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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Archive

Title Issue
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
Gonzales Grows Green: An Innovative Economic Program

Gonzales Grows Green: An Innovative Economic Program

Gonzales offers an excellent model of an economic development program that focuses on sustainability and builds trust and understanding.

May 2012
La Mesa Gives Seniors a Lift

La Mesa Gives Seniors a Lift

The Rides4Neighbors program provides a variety of flexible transportation options for eligible senior residents.

April 2012
Hayward Uses Murals to Fight Blight

Hayward Uses Murals to Fight Blight

Hayward’s Mural Art Program offers an outstanding example of a local effort that has helped reduce crime, build public-private partnerships, enhance community pride and save taxpayers’ money.

March 2012
Cathedral City Takes a Smart Approach to Water

Cathedral City Takes a Smart Approach to Water

A grant program helps homeowners eliminate their thirsty landscaping and use a drought-tolerant xeriscape approach instead.

February 2012