While federal lawmakers grappled with the challenges of electing
a new House speaker, council members and mayors — regardless of
their political affiliation — were tirelessly moving forward to
serve the public. Yet, an emerging challenge is making this
crucial work much tougher.
The combined cost of funding public safety agencies can occupy
over half of a city’s budget. Yet many fire departments’
emergency response systems are underutilized. As cities struggle
to meet greater social needs, the fire service can lean into some
of its strengths and fill some of those gaps.
Victorville is preparing to open a low-barrier shelter with
medical care, interim housing, and other supportive services.
Officials hope the shelter can serve as a model for other cities
looking for ways to offer better services and more shelter to
Palmdale wanted to do something about the growing number of
fentanyl-related deaths. City officials knew they could not
enforce their way out of the crisis. Working with key
stakeholders, they launched an initiative aimed at reducing drug
overdose deaths through education and community engagement.
Just three years ago, Pleasanton police were placing over 350
people per year in psychiatric detentions when they were judged
to be a danger to themselves or others. There were no follow-ups
after initial evaluations. Today, someone experiencing a mental
health crisis in Pleasanton has a much different experience.