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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Archive

Title Issue
SmartRiverside Transforms Community and Fosters Innovation

SmartRiverside Transforms Community and Fosters Innovation

SmartRiverside has helped transform the city by promoting high-tech businesses, encouraging collaboration and creating a forum for communication between students and high-tech organizations.

June 2013
Lancaster’s Holistic Approach to Healthy Neighborhoods

Lancaster’s Holistic Approach to Healthy Neighborhoods

The Neighborhood Impact Program uses neighborhood revitalization and partnerships to address health, safety and social issues.

April 2013
Fontana Revitalizes Downtown With a Focus on Seniors

Fontana Revitalizes Downtown With a Focus on Seniors

The city provided its senior population with high-quality, affordable housing close to the services they need.

March 2013
Perris Reaches Out to Make Sewer System Upgrade Possible

Perris Reaches Out to Make Sewer System Upgrade Possible

How one city overcame significant community resistance.

February 2013
Santa Clarita’s Neighborhood Approach Builds Trust and Community Involvement

Santa Clarita’s Neighborhood Approach Builds Trust and Community Involvement

December 2012
San Carlos Adopts Innovative Contracting Techniques to Maintain Service Levels

San Carlos Adopts Innovative Contracting Techniques to Maintain Service Levels

Like many California cities, San Carlos has faced some serious budgetary challenges in recent years.

November 2012
San Mateo Helps Residents "Be Ready, Be Safe, Be Involved!"

San Mateo Helps Residents "Be Ready, Be Safe, Be Involved!"

October 2012
Santa Monica Opens Career Doors for Young Girls

Santa Monica Opens Career Doors for Young Girls

September 2012
Cathedral City Partnership Program Focuses on Schools

Cathedral City Partnership Program Focuses on Schools

September 2012
Hollister Uses Solar Technology to Save Money and Educate Workforce

Hollister Uses Solar Technology to Save Money and Educate Workforce

The city took an innovative tack in dealing with unpredictable electricity rates and used a public-private partnership to train workers for the green energy industry.

June 2012