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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Archive

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Monrovia’s YES Program Opens Doors For At-Risk Teens

Monrovia’s YES Program Opens Doors For At-Risk Teens

Monrovia’s YES Program Opens Doors For At-Risk Teens The program provides career opportunities and guidance.

September 2014
Eureka Reaches Teens With GULCH

Eureka Reaches Teens With GULCH

Eureka Reaches Teens With GULCH Youth helped design a character building program.

September 2014
Santa Clarita Uses Community Approach to Strengthen Neighborhood

Santa Clarita Uses Community Approach to Strengthen Neighborhood

The city partnered with residents to find creative ways to address tough challenges.

August 2014
Elk Grove Rain Garden Plaza Showcases Water Conservation

Elk Grove Rain Garden Plaza Showcases Water Conservation

A public project demonstrates sustainable stormwater management practices and offers an educational, inviting space.

July 2014
Eureka’s Arts District Drives Local Economy

Eureka’s Arts District Drives Local Economy

The arts benefit the community in many ways.

May 2014
Mammoth Lakes Gateway Brands the Destination

Mammoth Lakes Gateway Brands the Destination

A unique collaboration helped realize a dream.

May 2014
San Clemente’s “Fun on the Run Fitness” Focuses on Youth

San Clemente’s “Fun on the Run Fitness” Focuses on Youth

The Fun on the Run Mobile Recreation program visits four low-income neighborhood areas weekly to keep children engaged and active after school with physical activities, games, crafts and nutrition education.

April 2014
Ontario Provides Homeless With Continuum of Services

Ontario Provides Homeless With Continuum of Services

The City of Ontario partnered with Mercy House Living Centers to create a full-service continuum of care that would provide the social and capital infrastructure necessary to transition all segments of Ontario’s homeless population into stable housing.

March 2014
Malibu’s Legacy Park: A Public Works Approach to Sustainability

Malibu’s Legacy Park: A Public Works Approach to Sustainability

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Legacy Park, which was designed to showcase six regionally significant habitats, including the coastal prairie, woodlands, coastal bluffs, riparian corridor, wetland meadows and vernal pools. Perhaps most remarkable, the park was engineered to treat and beneficially reuse water that would otherwise discharge into Malibu Creek, local beaches and Santa Monica Bay.

February 2014
Montclair and Ontario Invest in Future Workforce

Montclair and Ontario Invest in Future Workforce

Like many cities throughout California, Montclair and Ontario are faced with breaking the cycle of low adult educational attainment, family poverty and workforce development hurdles. An innovative partnership, the Promise Scholars Initiative, offers a way to overcome these community challenges.

January 2014
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