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Prior Awards Received by City of Santa Clara (partial list)


  • California Library Association's Public Library Section "2005 Award for Excellence as a Public Librarian" to Mary Hanel, Library Program Coordinator-Local History 
  • National Arbor Day Foundation's "2005 Tree City USA" and "Growth Award."
  • Government Finance Officers Association presented a "Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting" for Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
  • Silicon Valley Power received two Awards of Excellence for Economic Development Program from the California Association of Local Economic Development
  • The American Red Cross presented "Circle of Humanitarians" Award of Support at the highest level to victims of Gulf Coast hurricane disasters. 
  • Wall Street Journal named City of Santa Clara as One of Nation’s Top Ten Most Inventive Towns 
  • Liberty Tower, a senior housing complex, presented the City of Santa Clara a "Community Salute" plaque in appreciation of support of affordable senior housing. 
  • The National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies presented the “2006 Excellence in Communication Award-Improving Water Quality (third place) under their Watershed Watch Campaign-Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program 
  • The City received the Environmental Protection Agency's Outstanding Municipal Stormwater Program First Place Award for the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program. 
  • The Santa Clara City Library rated third out of 329 public libraries nationally by the Hennen's American Public Library Ratings. 
  • California Library Association's PR Excellence Award 2006 went to Senior Library Assistant David Smith for his design of Library’s Teen/Net Website. 
  • The National Energy Renewable Conference awarded the City of Santa Clara/Silicon Valley Power with the 2006 Green Power Leadership Award.


  • The City’s Information Technology Department received the "Achievement in Information Technology Practices Award" for 2003-04 from the Municipal Information Systems Association of California. 
  • National Arbor Day Foundation awarded the City the "2004 Tree City USA" and "Growth Award." 
  • Building Official, Sheila Lee, received the Victor L. Taugher Building Official of the Year Award. 
  • Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting for Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association. 
  • The City received a Certificate of Achievement for 7 consecutive satisfactory rating sin the Biennial Inspection of Terminal Program from the California Highway Patrol. 
  • The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence "Blue Seal of Excellence Award" for the third consecutive year was presented to the City's Automotive Services Division. 
  • The Peter W. Walsh Award was presented to the Parks Superintendent George Friedenbach for his outstanding service to the Maintenance Superintendents Association. 
  • The "Excellence in Information Technology Practices Award" for 2004/05 was received by the Information Technology Department from the Municipal Information Systems Association of California.


  • The Street and Engineering Departments received Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s "Bay Area Best Road 2004" award.
  • The California Boards Association gave the Santa Clara Unified School District and the City the "Golden Bell Award" for its partnership. 
  • The "2003 Tree City USA" and "Growth Award" was presented by the National Arbor Day Foundation. 
  • The Silicon Valley Power received the "Acterra 2004 Environmental Award" for Habitat/City Gianera Housing Project installation of photovoltaic solar electric systems in the area of Social Equity for sustainability. 
  • The 2004 ICMA Mark E. Keane Award of Career Excellence Award went to City Manager Jennifer Sparacino. 
  • The City received the 2004 Governor's Historic Preservation Award for support of the City's Sesquicentennial Projects in 2000, 2001 and 2002. 
  • The California Integrated Waste Management Board presented the Santa Clara Convention Center with the 2004 Waste Reduction Awards Program Award (WRAP) 
  • The IT Department received the "Achievement in Information Technology Practices Award" from the Municipal Information Systems Association of California.


  • State Department of Housing and Community Development – Certificate of Outstanding Jurisdiction-Housing Element 
  • Morgan Quinto Press – "8th Safety City" (FBI Ranking) 
  • National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) "Blue Seal of Excellence Award" 2002-03 
  • The National Arbor Day Foundation – "2002 Tree City USA" and "Growth Award"
  • Kosmont-Rose Institute – Cost of Doing Business Survey-2003 "Very Low-Cost City" (Excellent Place to do Business) 
  • USCM/3COM Urban Challenge Award - $100,000 tech products grant – presented and accepted at Council Meeting 
  • California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) – 3rd place recognition for City's Marketing Campaign, "Celebrating the City of Santa Clara Sesquicentennial" 
  • "Planner's Choice Award" and "2003 Pinnacle" to Santa Clara Convention Center Honoring Excellence in Meeting Services & Facilities 
  • Golden Nugget Awards to projects in Santa Clara – "Casa del Maestro" – "Rivermark" and the Park Neighborhood at Rivermark 
  • 2003 California Cities "Helen Putnam Award for Excellence" – Honorable Mention and Appreciation for BEE Bus 
  • Self-Help for the Elderly-appreciation for support of Zung Sieu Longevity Garden (Sunrise Center) – 10th anniversary 
  • Hennen's American Public Library Ratings (American Libraries magazine) – Santa Clara Library ranked in the top 10 
  • Aquamaids – "2003 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Community Service Award" for the development of synchronized swimming
  • California Dept. of Education to Santa Clara Adult Education "Programs of Excellence" Award 
  • BAAQMD (Bay Area Air Quality Management District) "Spare the Air 2003 Campaign" 
  • HUD (US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) – City's Home Investment
  • Partnerships Act Program (HOME) Ranked #1 in California and #2 in the nation
  • GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association) Certificate of Achievement – Excellence in financial Reporting CAFR 
  • Three City volunteers--Ann Alder, Tim Frazier, and JoAnn Silva—were recognized for outstanding service to the Santa Clara community at the 34th annual Junior League Volunteer Recognition Luncheon in April. 
  • Wilcox High School Spirit and Dance Club/Frames Picture thanks for donation-USA Cheerleading National-Anaheim 
  • Kwanzaa Festival (4th annual) Certificate and Flag


  • COPSWest/Best Station/Facility Design/to SC Police Department 
  • California Building Officials Association (CALBO)/Outstanding Building Department of the Year 
  • Kosmont Cost of Doing Business Survey/2002 "Very Low Cost City" (Excellent place to do Business) 
  • CSMFO (CA Society of Municipal Finance Officers) - CAFR FY 6/30/2001 Excellence in Financial Reporting 
  • FEMA (Federal Emergency Management System) – National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System (CRS) – Class 8 
  • APPA DEED Program/2001 Award of Continued Excellence (ACE) to Silicon Valley Power – APPA Conference, Dallas, Texas 
  • APPA James D. Donovan Award to Jim Pope-Individual Achievement – APPA Conference, Dallas, Texas 
  • Santa Clara Latino Handball Club – Presentation/In Appreciation for the construction of the Santa Clara Handball Courts
  • Sesquicentennial Resolutions/Proclamations
    • U.S. Senate Certificate of Proclamation (Sen. Diane Feinstein) 
    • U.S. House of Rep. Proclamation (Congresswoman Anna Eshoo)
    • U.S. Congressional Record-House of Rep. (Hon. Mike Honda) 
    • CA State Assembly Resolution (Hon. Elaine Alquist) 
    • CA State Assembly Resolution re Open House (Hon. Elaine Alquist)
    • 13th CA Senatorial District Resolution (Hon. John Vasconcellos)
  • All-America City Plaque – Presented at White House 7/31/02
  • Santa Clara County Women of Achievement to Mayor Nadler – Women’s Fund – as "Elected Public Official" 
  • California State Assembly Resolution to SC Fire Department/Response to Santana Row Fire – Commendation for Timely Response
  • Governor Gray Davis – Certificate of Recognition for Appreciation Certificate of Outstanding Leadership "Flex Your Power" campaign 
  • NCPA – Commendation to Mayor Judy Nadler 
  • Helen Putnam Award for Excellence/2002 League of California Cities – "Infusing Political Campaigns with Community Ethics & Values"
  • Municipal Member of 2001/2002 – presented to Rick Mauck, Director of Streets & Auto Services by No. CA Chapter of SWANA—Solid Waste Association of No. America-Gold Rush Chapter 
  • Silicon Valley Independent Living Center – "Community Partner of Distinction"
  • Austen Warburton Community Service Award to Mayor Judy Nadler – presented by Mission City Community Fund 
  • "Best Workplaces for Commuters" – by Bay Area's Best Workplaces for Commuters Coalition 
  • "Governor’s Environmental and Economics Leadership Award" – Certificate of Recognition-Optimal Power Use Service (OPUS) 
  • A 15-foot Kwanzan flowering cherry tree was presented by Izumo City as a symbol of sisterhood between cities and in honor of Santa Clara’s Sesquicentennial.
  • Standard & Poor gives Electric Utility an A rating reflecting the utility’s excellent cash position, conservative business strategy, and strong contingency planning and risk management practices.


  • All-America City Award 2001 - The City of Santa Clara won an All-America City award in 2001 from the National Civic League in a highly competitive program that selects 10 communities from throughout the United States for the prestigious honor.

Last updated: 9/29/2010 1:18:32 PM