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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Archive

Title Issue
Salinas Fosters Ag Tech Innovation

Salinas Fosters Ag Tech Innovation

Technology will soon be radically transforming agriculture and the Salinas Valley, home to an agricultural industry that generates over $8 billion annually.

January 2016
Brea and Fullerton Merge Fire Command to Maximize Resources

Brea and Fullerton Merge Fire Command to Maximize Resources

The consolidation occurred without layoffs, demotions or loss of pay to the affected employees and provided immediate financial relief for both cities.

November 2015
Menlo Park Builds Relationships for Safer Neighborhoods

Menlo Park Builds Relationships for Safer Neighborhoods

The city is the first in the nation to have a full-time police officer position funded by a private company.

October 2015
Restorative Peace Building Initiative Succeeds in Reedley

Restorative Peace Building Initiative Succeeds in Reedley

Mediators work with crime victims and offenders to help resolve conflict and make amends.

October 2015
Rancho Cucamonga Involves Youth to Improve Community Health

Rancho Cucamonga Involves Youth to Improve Community Health

Young people help inform and shape policies that improve healthy eating and active living.

September 2015
Acknowledging Excellence in City Programs

Acknowledging Excellence in City Programs

Sponsored by the League Partners, the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence recognizes cities’ efforts to creatively address local challenges.

August 2015
San José’s “Bring Your Own Bag” Ordinance Cuts Plastic Bag Pollution

San José’s “Bring Your Own Bag” Ordinance Cuts Plastic Bag Pollution

Plastic bag litter and increasingly stringent regulations signaled it was time to act.

July 2015
Benicia Turns Green Laws Into Greenbacks for Local Businesses

Benicia Turns Green Laws Into Greenbacks for Local Businesses

The Business Resource Incentive Program combines economic development and environmental sustainability.

July 2015
Covina Develops Software for Rental Inspection Program

Covina Develops Software for Rental Inspection Program

The city developed a proactive model and software to streamline inspections.

June 2015
Fontana Arts Program Invigorates Local Economy

Fontana Arts Program Invigorates Local Economy

A dynamic arts program enhances the community’s quality of life and the local economy.

May 2015
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