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CPRS Job Highlight
The CPRS Job Center currently has over 40 job announcements; here is a current job announcement that may interest you.
Aquatics Program Specialist, Santa Cruz, California Click here for details.

CPRS Forum Highlight
CPRS Resource Request
A member agency is creating an office procedures manual and is requesting sample manuals which could be used as a template rather than having to start from scratch. Ideally this would be a something that could be downloaded with the ability to edit and amend as needed for the agency's office operation. Please email any samples to John Glaeser, john@cprs.org. Thank you.

TB Testing
Are you TB testing new hires such as seasonal lifeguards, swim instructors and camp counselors? Do you require them to get it on their own or do you send them to a clinic? Is the agency or the employee paying for the TB test? Do you require outside contractors who teach specialty camps/programs to provide proof of TB testing? Thank you for your input. Post your answers at the link below.
http://community.cprs.org/vb/showthread.php?t=408.

Looking for Red Cross instructors
I'm looking for Red Cross certified instructors for lifeguarding/CPR/First Aid, etc., for our small town. We are located 45 minutes north of Paso Robles and 45 minutes south of Salinas. If you can help, you can reach me at awasson@kingcity.com or (831) 385-6748.

CPRS Member Highlights
Jennifer Liu Named Director of Parks & Recreation in Foster City
Liu has been employed by the City of Foster City since 2005, starting as Recreation Coordinator for Senior and Volunteer Programs and then serving as Recreation Manager beginning in April 2007. She will succeed current Parks & Recreation Director Kevin Miller when he becomes Foster City's next City Manager on July 1, 2015.





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Residents getting ready to vote on another effort to prop up state parks
San Francisco Chronicle
A new state park bond measure is being developed to appear on the November 2016 ballot. It wouldn't be a required fee, like the failed Prop. 21 in 2010. And it wouldn't be perceived as a giant pork barrel, like the failed Prop. 149 in 1990. The details of the dollar amount of the bond have not been disclosed. But in a switch, local and regional park districts in urban areas would get a new funding source, not just the perpetually troubled (and high-priced) state parks.
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I thought he was alone at the park. But look closer and ... I broke down in tears!
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VideoBrief When Betty Caldwell passed away, her husband Bud continued to show his love by bringing one daisy and one penny to a park bench that he purchased and dedicated to her. The idea stemmed from Daisy a Day and Pennies From Heaven, two songs that the couple loved during their 56 years together.
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Feds promote artificial turf as safe despite health concerns
USA Today
Lead levels high enough to potentially harm children have been found in artificial turf used at thousands of schools, playgrounds and day-care centers across the country, yet two federal agencies continue to promote the surfacing as safe, a USA Today analysis shows. The growing use of turf fields layered with rubber crumbs has raised health concerns centered mostly on whether players face increased risk of injury, skin infection or cancer.
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Electric boxes slated to get new colorful look in Burbank
The Burbank Leader
Some drab utility boxes in Burbank are set to get a colorful makeover through a pilot program that will recruit artists from throughout Southern California to spruce up seven pad-mounted electric equipment boxes throughout the city with unique murals. The city council recently unanimously approved the project, which had been proposed by the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission, with the theme "Just Imagine." It will be open to Southern California artists — high school students or older — who may submit applications as either individuals or groups.
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Chico City Council approves lifeguarding agreement
Chico Enterprise-Record
Lifeguards at Chico's Sycamore Pool this summer will no longer be city employees, after an agreement approved by the Chico City Council recently. Councilors voted 5-2 to approve an agreement with Chico Area Recreation and Park District to provide lifeguarding services and other programs at Sycamore Pool. The partnership, which will be extendable after a one-year demonstration, is expected to create staffing flexibility, cost savings for the city and additional use of the pool for recreation classes.
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Los Angeles, Coca-Cola celebrate new soccer fields, youth league programs
PR Newswire via MarketWatch
Los Angeles soccer lovers and community members now have two refreshed soccer fields to enjoy at Gilbert W. Lindsay Recreation Center, thanks to a partnership between The City of Los Angeles, Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr., Coca-Cola and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Officials were joined by community leaders, local Coca-Cola representatives and community members to unveil the completed soccer fields, which will provide a fun and welcoming environment for youth in the community to gather.
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Turlock council to discuss future of parks and recreation department
Turlock City News
Turlock City Council will host a special meeting to hear a presentation on the future of the Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Department. The presentation will involve discussion of existing programs, as well as proposed programs and services.
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Hume suggests city take over parks from CSD
Elk Grove Citizen
Elk Grove Vice Mayor Pat Hume said he didn’t mean to reopen a nearly decade-old wound when he suggested the city of Elk Grove consider taking over parks and recreation functions from the Cosumnes Community Services District. He made the suggestion during a City Council retreat. The topic was governance, and Hume said the city is starting to overlap with some of the parks services provided by the CSD, which also governs fire services for Elk Grove and Galt.
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Residents give input on the City of Manhattan Beach budget
The Beach Reporter
Bill Hory made a beeline to the community development table during a recent priority meeting on the city's budget. He and fellow resident John Wilcox did so because they agree: The city needs to spend more for bicyclists in Manhattan Beach.
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Rod Run changes (mostly) welcomed by merchants in Temecula
The Press Enterprise
Changes made by the city to the annual Rod Run classic car show, which was held recently in Old Town Temecula, were largely welcomed by Old Town merchants, a historically hard-to-please group that includes some longtime business owners and deep-pocketed interests. "They're not going to make everyone happy but they know what they're doing," said Corinna Coram, president of the Old Town Temecula Association.
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RESOURCES


Survey addresses parents' views on afterschool programs
The Afterschool Alliance recently released findings from a national survey of parents that reveals their views about the role afterschool programs play in improving kids' health and physical fitness. In addition, the report delves into the satisfaction level parents have with the food and activities at afterschool programs and offers recommendations to help make programs more effective.
http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/AA3PM/Kids_on_the_Move.pdf.

Host a Pitch, Hit and Run competition in your community
Baseball/Softball season is here which means it is time for Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run. You can register to host a FREE Pitch, Hit & Run competition to give boys and girls ages 7-14 the opportunity to showcase their skills and advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the Finals during MLB All-Star Week! Visit www.PitchHitRun.com to get involved.


EDUCATION


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Join City Parks Alliance — and more than 1,000 fellow Rec and Park leaders — in San Francisco April 11-14 for Greater & Greener 2015: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities. Over four days, you'll learn about best practices and innovative ideas that are having an impact in urban parks across the world — addressing key issues such as funding, maintenance, public-private partnerships and programming. Through expert-led tours, mobile workshops, inspiring speaker discussions and networking events, Greater & Greener 2015 will provide you with the leading-edge information and tools to apply these solutions in your community. Discounted rates on host hotel accommodation and conference registration end soon! View the full conference program and register today at greatergreener.org.


 

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