How can a city shift its power supply to clean energy, create
jobs, complete projects on its deferred maintenance list and
improve its bond rating — without raising taxes or local water
and sewer utility rates? Two small cities offer a model.
The awards program honors counties and cities throughout
California for creative and cost-effective projects that improve
local streets, roads and bridges. It also showcases projects that
promote fiscal and environmental sustainability in the local
A new law requires a statewide system of drop-off kiosks for
unwanted medications and a fully funded mail-back system for
sharps. It also includes education, oversight and data tracking
mechanisms to ensure successful implementation.
State programs aimed at solving climate change can also help
cities tackle many of their other community priorities. The
cap-and-trade program generates substantial revenue that the
state invests to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and
achieve other community co-benefits.