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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 30 job announcements; Here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
General Manager, Salinasclick here for details.

CPRS District Highlight
CPRS D1 Awards and Installation Banquet, Feb. 22, click here for more details.

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Marketing Survey
The City of Fontana is currently researching different agencies in regards to Marketing for both department and city wide. If possible, would you mind please answering the following questions for your agency?
1. Does your City have a Marketing Coordinator? If so, what is their official title?
2. Does your City have a marketing team or department? If so, how many staff members are on the team? Part time? Full Time?
3. What are their official titles?
4. What are their primary responsibilities and salary ranges?
Thank you so much for your assistance!
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2014-15 State Board of Directors' election results
CPRS President Michelle Lacy has announced the results of the 2014-15 State Board of Directors' election. Elected to the State board include:
  • Region 1 Representative: Henry Perezalonso, Town of Danville
  • Region 3 Representative: Darin Budak, City of Bakersfield
  • Region 5 Representative: Aliah Brozowski, City of Santee
  • Council of Section Representative: Tom Hellmann, Cosumnes Community Services District
  • Vice President: Kristi McClure, City of Chula Vista
Mark Mariscal, City of Los Angeles, President-elect, advances to the President position and Tim Barry, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, Vice President, advances to the President-elect position. Continuing on the Board include Secretary/Treasurer Ann Dunleavy, City of Benicia; Region 2 Representative Anna Bielecki, City of Gilroy; Region 4 Representative Tom Boecking, City of San Gabriel; and Council of Section Representative Ashley Howe, City of Benicia.

In addition members approved the proposed change to the CPRS Bylaws, Article XI, Amendments, to delete the word "materially" from determining when proposed Bylaws changes may be approved by a majority vote of the CPRS Board of Directors or the members.

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17 communities could run out of water within 60 to 120 days
California County News
17 communities across 10 counties are reported to be in danger of running out of water in the near future, state officials revealed. Across California, wells are drying up, and reservoirs are emptying. The size of the water systems ranges from area-to-area, ranging from systems that serve 39 residents — the Lompico County Water District in Santa Cruz County — to districts that serve over 1,000 people, such as the ones running low in Healdsburg and Cloverdale in Sonoma County.
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Forest Park management ignores community's recreational needs
The Oregonian
According to Frank Selker: City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Portland Parks and Recreation employees forgot one thing when preparing their just-released final draft plans for Forest Park: You. First, they prepared the "Project Evaluation Methodology." Haven't heard of it? You are not alone: It was prepared in consultation with selected interest groups and presented at a small westside meeting I attended.
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Youth participation in team sports on the decline
Athletic Business
The Wall Street Journal recently published a lengthy article detailing the drop in participation in the four most-popular U.S. team sports — basketball, soccer, baseball and football. The results are not pretty. The author examined data from youth leagues, school sports groups and industry associations from 2008 to 2012.
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More women belly up to the barre
The Press-Enterprise
It wasn't a stretch for Sylvia Youngson, a retired dancer, to figure out the best way to whip herself and other women in shape: Belly up to the barre. "I was losing tone and needed to condition my body," said Youngson, 50. "I had the time because my son was grown and driving. But mention 'ballet' to women and they run for the hills. It scares the heck out of people who think they're too short, too tall, too fat or too uncoordinated."
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New Illinois Forest Preserve program to insert children's stories in nature
Libertyville Review
In Illinois, Lake County Forest Preserve officials hope that turning beloved children's stories into trail hikes this summer may boost literacy, offer families a new outdoor learning experience and, hopefully, make the preserves a go-to destination. The forest preserve district, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods and Waukegan Public Library are collaborating to create what likely will be the region’s first children’s trail book at Greenbelt Forest Preserve near North Chicago and Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods this summer.
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Green spaces deliver lasting mental health benefits
University of Exeter Medical School
Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health, finds a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology. Analysing data that followed people over a five year period, the research has found that moving to a greener area not only improves people's mental health, but that the effect continues long after they have moved.
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California officials mull tax on sweetened drinks
San Francisco officials again are trying to improve residents' health and raise money for government coffers by taxing soda and other sweetened drinks, an effort that's previously failed to gain traction locally and in other U.S. cities. Four city lawmakers announced that they are introducing legislation that would impose a 2 cent-per-ounce tax on soft drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks.
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The Olympics make us think of gold medals — Here's your chance to capture yours! Applications due March 24

The NRPA/American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration Gold Medal program is available to all agencies large or small to share their agency's uniqueness in providing parks and recreation services! Applications are online and are due March 24. Feb. 12 applicants can learn more about the application process by attending a Gold Medal Awards web chat at 11 a.m.

Based on past applicants, finalists, winners of the Gold Medal and gold medal committee surveys and input, the population categories have changed and questions further modified to encourage agencies to "tell their story" of excellences in providing park and recreation services to their community!

To learn more, visit NRPA and Academy for Park and Recreation Administration web page link with a program video

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Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Opportunities
The Strategic Growth Council is offering sustainable communities planning grant to cities, counties and designated regional agencies that intend to develop and implement plans aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving other sustainability objectives. All applications are due by Feb. 28.

For more information, click here.

Webinar — The New Putting data to work for California children
Feb.25, 10–11 a.m. | Register
After a recent redesign, has many new features — so, even if you're an experienced user, you'll want to attend this webinar. In this 1-hour webinar, we'll show you how to get the most out of, a free website that tracks more than 500 measures of child health and well-being, covering every county, city, legislative district, and school district in California. An excellent tool for those who work on behalf of children and youth, can help you quickly locate, customize, and export local and state data, allowing you to identify needs, monitor trends, and document inequities.


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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Legislative change to after school program snack requirement (California AfterSchool Network)
Pickleball courting growing popularity (Pantagraph)
'Youthful enthusiasm' help adults overcome fear of water (Aquatics International)
Roanoke's Countryside Golf Course deal with athletic group part of trend (The Roanoke Times)

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  • March 4-6, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Ontario), click here to register.
  • March 4-7, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here to register.


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