At Redlands — where Chief Catren has spent his entire career —
building trust is as simple as being transparent and following
through on every call or complaint, no matter how mundane they
may seem. To put it another way, “They know you’re going to do
what you say you’re going to do, because you always do
it.” There’s practically a non-zero chance that someone will
have a neutral encounter with the police. It’s either positive or
negative. Every department must “outweigh a single negative
experience with hundreds of positive ones.”
Six months into the pandemic, it was clear that San Diego’s
creative industry was suffering. By September 2020, 14,500 local
artists, photographers, dancers, filmmakers, graphic designers,
architects, and computer programmers had lost their
jobs. The city of San Diego knew it had to act quickly and
purchased visual art by area artists to get badly-needed funds to
Looking ahead at growing population demands, many cities are
embarking on infrastructure modernization projects to ensure
water reliability. They are also taking a long view and designing
these projects with climate change in mind. As droughts and
warmer temperatures become more common, cities are on the front
lines working to ensure their constituents have a sustainable
source of water now and into the future.
A dynamic group of committed religious, community, housing, and
local government leaders in Walnut Creek came together to solve
one of our state’s most pressing problems: the need for more
affordable housing. Working together they created St. Paul’s
Commons, a mixed-use, transit-oriented affordable housing
development that opened its doors to residents in February 2020,
just before the pandemic hit.
The City of Sacramento is one of many
California cities to put a general sales tax measure on
the ballot to bring in much-needed revenue for local
projects. Voter approval to renew or raise local sales
tax has given some cities a sustained source of revenue to
maintain critical services, invest in local infrastructure, and
create additional amenities for the community.
Through their many years of service in local government these outgoing mayors and council members have sage advice about how to be an effective city leader and wise words for new mayors and council members as they embark on their journey to lead their city forward.
The National Civic League recognized Rancho Cucamonga for
promoting inclusive civic engagement to address health and
well-being in the community. The city’s ongoing efforts have
created stronger connections among residents, businesses,
nonprofits, and government leaders that have improved the quality
While different regions and industry sectors opened at various
times, the desire to safely reopen businesses and give residents
opportunities to carefully move about their communities was a
common theme guiding city leaders’ decisions.
In an area that lacked basic infrastructure, two mixed-use
affordable housing developments brought improvements including
new streets, drainage, and lighting. A complex mix of federal,
state, and city funding, matched with private-sector loans,
covered the costs.
With “safer at home” orders in effect in an attempt to flatten
the curve of COVID-19 spread, cities were on the front lines
maintaining essential services and working to protect residents
who were out of work or lost their job because of the crisis.
Collectively, California cities are creating hundreds, if not
thousands, of projects each year that improve the lives of
residents. While many people often lament that other levels of
government do not always seem to work, California cities can show
powerfully through #LocalWorks that local government works.