Since 1949, the National Civic League has celebrated the best in
American civic innovation by awarding the prestigious All-America
City Award to ten communities nationwide. This year, Livermore
was the only city in California to receive this honor. The
award celebrates the city’s inclusive engagement efforts to
improve equity and resilience.
In November 2016, Downey residents voted to invest in the most
robust capital improvement program in the city’s history: Measure
S, a 1/2 percent transactions and use tax that generates
approximately $10 million per year for the city. Thanks to
Measure S, Downey residents now experience increased public
safety, benefit from important infrastructure upgrades, and enjoy
The city of Davis set out to find an innovative way to address
its long-term environmental, public health, and safety goals by
educating and engaging young Davis residents through its Safe
Routes to School program. Looking to do something different, the
city set its sights on sourcing local, partnering with a
local theater company to create a memorable and engaging theater
piece that promoted safe biking to young audiences.
The Colton Police Department believes that investing in youth,
especially at-risk children and adolescents, creates healthier
and happier communities. Guided by research, the police
department developed a multi-agency partnership known as the
(Colton-At-Risk-Teens) Academy, with the goal of
providing at-risk youth with discipline, guidance, and
career development opportunities.
The Cal Cities brand has expanded to reflect the diverse mosaic
of the Golden State’s cities. You can see in both the logo and
the bright new color palette that our brand identity
embraces the concept of coming together as a unified block to
promote and protect local democracy and the common interests of
California cities in the state and national capitols.
Through sports leagues, camps, recreation centers, ball fields,
courts, and parks, local governments play a large role in
providing opportunities for youth recreation. To ensure they
can continue to offer such valuable programs for youth in their
communities, local governments should also take steps to minimize
potential liability risks associated with youth recreation.