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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Archive

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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
Walnut Creek Takes a Graphic Approach to Its Budget

Walnut Creek Takes a Graphic Approach to Its Budget

The city did something dramatically different with its budget report to capture the community’s attention about a looming deficit.

November 2013
Santa Maria’s Listos: Disaster Preparedness Program Builds Trust

Santa Maria’s Listos: Disaster Preparedness Program Builds Trust

The City of Santa Maria's Listos program emphasizes sharing emergency and disaster preparedness skills, using a culturally appropriate curriculum that overcomes language and trust barriers.

October 2013
Redlands Emergency Services Academy Gives Youth a Taste of Service

Redlands Emergency Services Academy Gives Youth a Taste of Service

Participants get hands-on experience in public safety work.

September 2013
A Tale of Two Cities: Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek’s Community Service Days

A Tale of Two Cities: Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek’s Community Service Days

These projects increase civic pride and produce remarkable results.

September 2013
Cathedral City Takes Action on Energy Efficiency

Cathedral City Takes Action on Energy Efficiency

Using a variety of partnerships and local initiatives, Cathedral City reduced its energy costs.

July 2013
Redlands311: Smartphone App Serves Residents

Redlands311: Smartphone App Serves Residents

The app provides a way to report a wide range of issues, including potholes, vandalism, water leaks and more, directly to city staff.

June 2013
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