The League of California Cities selected the City of South Pasadena as a 2019 Helen Putnam Award winner.
The 2019 award winners were honored on Wednesday during the Opening General Session of the League’s Annual Conference & Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center.
The City of South Pasadena won the Ruth Vreeland Award for Engaging Youth in City Government for its Tech Day program. South Pasadena Youth Commissioners launched Tech Day to help the city’s senior community keep in touch with friends and family, a task made difficult by ever-changing technology and software. Tech Day is held on a monthly basis, providing ongoing, one-on-one learning sessions about email, Skype and Facebook. South Pasadena seniors can now confidently reach their loved ones.
Established in 1982, the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program recognizes outstanding cities that deliver the highest quality and level of service in the most effective manner possible. Particular attention and credit is given to applications specifically advancing the League’s strategic priorities (www.cacities.org/strategicpriorities), which are determined each year by the board of directors.
The award is given annually in 12 categories:
CCS Partnership Intergovernmental Collaboration
Community Services and Economic Development
Economic Development Through the Arts
Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics, and Community Involvement
Health and Wellness Programs
Housing Programs and Innovations
League Partners Award for Excellence in City-Business Relations
Planning and Environmental Quality
Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation
Ruth Vreeland Award for Engaging Youth in City Government
Of 168 submissions, 12 were recognized for their outstanding programs.
Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials.