California local government cities are laboratories for implementing local control since each city determines how to best serve the needs of its people. City council members are agents in enacting change within a City. As a former city council member for the City of Artesia and one year president of California Contract Cities Association (CCCA), I have firsthand experience with developing law and policy for the benefit and safety of all residents.
The Claremont Farmers and Artisans Market had been protected by removable bollards, which were purchased from Atkore years ago. When the market had to be temporarily relocated due to infrastructure upgrades, the City knew that they had to continue to use safety devices to protect the vendors and visitors of the market.
What do residents, visitors, business owners and public officials of every community have in common: the desire and need for safety. Most residents think law enforcement and the fire department are the only responsible parties for maintaining public safety within a community, but I see a growing need for municipalities to expand their concept of public safety.
This February, the California Choice Energy Authority (CalChoice) welcomed Energy Programs Manager Kathy Wells. Kathy will research, implement and manage programs for the benefit of CalChoice and its associate members.
Reach codes have been gaining increasing attention statewide because they can help increase economic competitiveness, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, act on climate change, and help ensure new and existing homes are built and remodeled with the health and welfare of occupants in mind.
Tucked in Tulare County and just west of Sequoia National Park, Lindsay Unified School District has been upgrading its outdated electrical and mechanical equipment, which have been draining the district’s financial resources for years. Throughout 2020, the district has been… Read more »
After welcoming seven new members—the cities of Hemet, Lemon Grove, Pacific Grove, Stanton, Vista, and West Covina, as well as the Rossmoor Community Services District—in July 2020, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) is strategically advancing the structure and number of its staff in order to best provide excellent service for and substantive relationships with its members. The California JPIA celebrates the promotion of Alex Smith and the acquisition of two fresh professionals: Nikki Salas and Aaron Webb.
Safety committees can be a valuable resource for municipal risk managers to gain assistance, increase communication, and expand safety program buy-in for identifying and managing agency-wide exposures.