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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Archive

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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
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