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California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence Archive

Title Issue
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
Project Safety Net Works to Save Lives in Palo Alto

Project Safety Net Works to Save Lives in Palo Alto

January 2012
How “Penny for Your Thoughts” Helped Concord’s City Council Connect With the Community and Set Priorities

How “Penny for Your Thoughts” Helped Concord’s City Council Connect With the Community and Set Priorities

December 2011
Brea Uses Collaborative Model for Budget Planning

Brea Uses Collaborative Model for Budget Planning

November 2011
Santa Cruz Launches Smartphone Application for Public Safety

Santa Cruz Launches Smartphone Application for Public Safety

October 2011
Los Gatos Recognizes Youth-Friendly Local Businesses

Los Gatos Recognizes Youth-Friendly Local Businesses

September 2011
Lancaster’s Economic Stimulus Package Pays Dividends

Lancaster’s Economic Stimulus Package Pays Dividends

May 2011