Reprinted with permission from the National League of Cities’
(NLC) Nation’s Cities Weekly. Michael Karpman is program
associate for outreach at NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education
and Families (IYEF). Clifford M. Johnson is executive director of
Municipal leaders, law enforcement officials and community
partners from 13 California cities came together in Oakland on
Jan. 24–25 to identify and share strategies for reducing gang
violence and victimization in their communities.
Richard James is director of community services for the City of
Palo Alto and can be reached at Richard.James@CityofPaloAlto.org.
Lisa Hendrickson of Avenidas Adult Services also contributed to
this article and the original report for Palo Alto.
It’s no secret that California is graying. Newspaper, television,
government and scholarly reports tell us that the first wave of
the Baby Boom generation is now entering into their
years and we are on the threshold of a major shift in demographic
characteristics. In the next
30 years, our state’s “senior” population will double due to the
sheer size of the Boomer group and — thanks to medical and health
advancements — live longer than any previous generation.
Christine Larson is a freelance writer in Sacramento and can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Joan M. Twiss is
executive director of the Center for Civic Partnerships and can
be reached at email@example.com. Thea Perrino is
program coordinator of Healthy Cities and Communities and can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the next 25 years, the number of California residents over
age 65 will more than double, swelling to nearly 18 percent of
the population. Meanwhile, the number of children will grow
faster than the working adult population.
The City of Long Beach won an Award of Excellence in the
Community Services and Economic Development category of the 2006
Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program. For more information,
The City of Livermore won a Grand Prize in the Community Services
and Economic Development category of the 2006 Helen Putnam Award
for Excellence program. For more information, visit www.cacities.org/helenputnam.
Our agency recently was criticized in the press because our
elected officials receive season tickets to our local sports
venue, which our agency owns but is operated by a private
contractor. No laws have been broken because the operator of the
facility provides these passes to the agency. Our attorney has
advised us this means that the passes do not need to be reported
under the gift rules and are not subject to the gift limits. This
explanation did not satisfy the press.