City of Oxnard wins 2016 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence for City Corps youth partnership

discount arial, for sale sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>The City of Oxnard proudly accepted the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence at the League of California Cities® 2016 Annual Conference and Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. The City was honored with the prestigious League award for work completed by Oxnard City Corps youth in partnership with the Public Works Department.

“City Corps is an excellent program that gives our youth hands-on training and work experience in preparation for the future,” said Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez. “The program instills community pride, self-confidence and a good work ethic in our youth, and this award is a testament to the great work that’s been done by our youth in partnership with City staff,” she said.

Part of the recreation division of the City’s Cultural and Community Services Department, the City Corps Program was established in 1995 to provide local youth ages 14-24 with job and educational opportunities. The City’s Public Works Department tapped City Corps to help the department fulfill its commitment of providing high caliber services, facilities and infrastructure to residents, which in turn has helped City Corps meet its mission.

City Corps youth have assisted the Public Works Department with tasks that include:

  • leading tours of the City’s state-of-the-art Advance Water Purification Facility (AWPF), and gathering data for the U.S. Reclamation’s research project at the AWPF;
  • helping the department complete a waste characterization study, which will help the City determine future equipment needed to increase diversion of the City’s waste stream and also help reduce greenhouse gas production through decreasing landfill waste;
  • helping the department install ocean-friendly gardens to reduce storm water runoff and pollution; and
  • removing trash and illegally dumped items from storm drains to help protect federally listed endangered species and their habitats.

Since 1982, the League of California Cities® has recognized outstanding accomplishments by California cities through its Helen Putnam Award Program. Each year, the award for excellence is bestowed upon cities that make unique community contributions that have resulted in reduced costs or more efficient delivery of services. The award is given in honor of Helen Putnam who was a mother, school teacher, principal, mayor and county supervisor. Read more about the award program at

City of Oxnard booth at 2016 League of California Cities Conference & Expo

City Corps youth partnership

The City of Oxnard is a full-service general law city incorporated in 1903. Oxnard is the largest and most populous city in the County of Ventura, serving 200,000 culturally diverse residents. Read more about the City of Oxnard at Follow us on social media at (@CityofOxnard), and

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