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Sustaining Public Engagement Case Stories


Learn how California local governments are successfully sustaining public involvement in local governance over time.

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New Policy Guides City of Oakland’s Budget Process

The City of Oakland has demonstrated its commitment to institutionalizing public engagement by adopting a resolution that establishes clear rules for enhancing public participation and transparency in its budgeting process. The policy seeks to improve local government’s effectiveness by enlisting the problem-solving capacities of the general public and organizations outside local government.

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Santa Rosa Sets the Table for Good Public Engagement

The City of Santa Rosa has increased its use of public engagement for a variety of issues while only increasing its staff dedicated to the effort by one. The effort has literally brought residents “to the table” who have never before participated in a local decision making process.

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Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge visiting City of Cupertino staff Erin Cooke and Laura Domondon Lee and block leader Mahesh Nihalani at the 2010 League of California Cities Annual Conference, where the program was awarded the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence.

Cupertino Block Leader Program Connects Neighbors with One Another and their City

The City of Cupertino’s award winning block leader program has been enhancing public safety and helping neighbors get to know one another since 2002. Over 350 volunteers have received training and support to become block leaders. The program was established in the wake of 9/11, when residents in the fast growing, increasingly diverse Silicon Valley community asked city leaders for support in getting to know their neighbors better.

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City of Portland Oregon Public Involvement Principles

A road map to guide government officials and staff in establishing consistent, effective and high quality public involvement across Portland’s city government.

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