Our success lies in the fact that we are always evolving and in
our passion for bettering the lives of Californians. I can
guarantee you that 125 years ago, I would not be your Cal Cities
President. We are all different and unique. But at our core, we
care about the same things.
California’s youth are worried about the climate crisis. They
face a long future of climate extremes, with consequences for
their health, well-being, education, and livelihood. Many are
experiencing a great deal of eco-anxiety and are looking for help
or ways to take action.
As the former mayor of Novato, I know the importance of creating
opportunities for underserved youth. Youth Jobs Corps proves
state and local governments working together is a winning
combination, with benefits for young people, cities, and
communities across California.
Until 2022, people had to weave through parked cars and native
dune habitats to visit Pacific Grove’s beautiful, rocky
coastline, known as Point Pinos. Today, visitors can safely
walk or bike along the shore. The new section of the trail is
built to last for years to come.
Youth throughout California are struggling with mental illness —
a trend made worse during the pandemic. As lawmakers advance
major changes to the state’s behavioral health system, students
in Gonzales are also making changes to their own systems of care.
It is no secret that cities are struggling to hire and retain
staff. Employment is well-below pre-pandemic levels and a
majority of workers are considering leaving their jobs. These
trends illuminate both the diminishing capacity of city
government and the opportunity for norm-breaking programs.
Milpitas received global recognition for its energy and
sustainability work last year. Its Smart City Infrastructure
Program aims to generate over $1.5 million in annual energy and
water cost savings for the city.