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City Award

For Immediate Release:
October 4, 1995
CONTACT Angela Rushen
Media and Communications

City Wins Recognition for Programs
Two Honorable Mentions for Moreno Valley

The City of Moreno Valley is proud to announce two Honorable Mention recognitions in the categories of "Children, Youth, and Families Partnerships" and "Environmental Quality Partnerships" in the competition for the prestigious Helen Putnam Award. The California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence recognizes outstanding achievements by California's 470 cities. These cities have made unique contributions to community residents and businesses, contributions which have resulted in lower costs or more effective delivery of services.

Moreno Valley's first Honorable Mention is in recognition of the "Home Alone Preparedness Program for Youth" (HAPPY) in which the City has taken an innovative and pro-active approach to the social issue of children being left at home while parents are working. The City felt the need to act responsibly to educate both parents and children as to the hazards of this behavior, and to guide our youngest citizens in self-care as much as possible. One of the strengths of the program is the comprehensive effort of numerous agencies and volunteers from the community to pull together to implement the HAPPY program.

The second Honorable Mention recognizes the City's Asphalt Recycling Program, which struggles to make every penny of public funding count. It has become incumbent upon everyone working in the public sector to not only search out ways to accomplish more with less, but also to tap revenue sources previously unexplored. The City of Moreno Valley inherited 150 miles of road that was in very poor shape. The City's challenge was to make the roads safe for travel at the absolute lowest cost possible. The Asphalt Recycling program has saved $650,000 over the past 4 ½ years, has saved enormous space in our landfills that would have been taken up with used asphalt, and has doubled our construction crew's production.