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CPRS DISTRICT/SECTION HIGHLIGHTS



  • Jan. 17, CPRS District 2 NCAMA Workshop, click here for details
  • Jan. 18, CPRS District 11 '80s Game Night Social, click here for flier
  • Jan. 23, CPRS District 10 Adaptive Recreation Roundtable
  • Feb. 2, CPRS District 10 Recreation Leader Training Consortium, click here for details
  • Feb. 21, CPRS District 3 Awards and Installation Luncheon
  • Feb. 28, CPRS District 4 Annual Awards and Volunteer Recognition Dinner
  • March 2, CPRS District 1 Awards & Installation Banquet
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for details



  • NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

    America's lawsuit-happy culture might be making our children fat
    Business Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    More than 15 million lawsuits will be filed in state courts this year, according to tort reform advocates. And that tendency to litigate first and ask questions later might be hurting the country's children. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the trend toward litigating every minor accident that happens in our lives, as well as constantly adhering to the "safety first" motto, could be creating weak, overweight, neurotic children. More

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    How to shoot video from a smartphone like a pro
    10,000 Words    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    These days, carrying around a full video rig is the last thing a journalist wants to do when in the middle of important breaking news. Thankfully, the smartphone is rapidly becoming the go-to option for capturing news as it happens, and the rise of HD quality video in such a small package means that more important and newsworthy moments are being captured and shared throughout the world. More

    Palmdale approves public-private partnership to operate its library
    California City News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As a way to cut costs and increase hours of operation, another California city has decided to pursue a public-private partnership for its library services. On a 5-0 vote, the Palmdale City Council recently voted to partner with LSSI, Library Systems & Services, to operate the city's library. Notably the library still will be managed by the city, but its operations will be handled by LSSI. More

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    Oak Park farmer's market in line for more upgrades
    The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Once a haven for crime, McClatchy Park in Oak Park continues to undergo a transformation. The project would include two large shade structures and electrical outlets for vendors. The $332,000 project would be funded mostly from fees collected from developers. Construction is expected to be completed by April, in time for the market to reopen for the season. More

    Take 2 hours of pine forest and call me in the morning
    Outside    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    These days, screen-addicted Americans are more stressed out and distracted than ever. And nope, there's no app for that. But there is a radically simple remedy: get outside. Florence Williams travels to the deep woods of Japan, where researchers are backing up the surprising theory that nature can lower your blood pressure, fight off depression, beat back stress — and even prevent cancer. More


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    NTD, a leading provider of comprehensive architecture services to education, healthcare and civic institutions. MORE
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    The power of parks
    The Trust for Public Land via YouTube    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    For 40 years, The Trust for Public Land has been conserving land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places for generations to come. More

    Outdoor smoking bans: Impossible to enforce — or inevitable?
    The Atlantic Cities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    More than a thousand U.S. cities and counties (and several states) have some type of smoke-free law indoors, and hundreds more have laws regulating smoking in public parks. But amid the endless variety — no two jurisdictions, it seems, have quite the same laws — only a handful of places have banned smoking outright in outdoor public space. More



    New Las Vegas gun ordinance in NRA's cross hairs
    Las Vegas Review-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A new ordinance to update gun rules in Las Vegas parks could backfire on the City Council if the National Rifle Association gets its way. The pro-gun lobbying behemoth set its sights on Las Vegas after the council decided to update a 27-year-old firearms ban in city parks. More


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    National Parks Service releases dates for free days in 2013
    Examiner.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced dates in 2013 when more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other federal lands will offer free admittance to everyone. There are 84 million acres of iconic, treasured, and sacred places protected in America's nearly 400 national parks. More

    Nevada, California looking at state park management in basin
    North Lake Tahoe Bonanza    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Agencies in Nevada and California are looking to update management policies of state parks and trails, changes that could eventually increase riding terrain for Tahoe's mountain bikers. The current management strategies are dated and were developed during the sport's infancy, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association Trails Director Ben Fish said. The International Mountain Biking Association reported nearly 40 million rode bikes in the U.S. this year, yet the management plans in the basin haven't evolved with those recreational trends. More

    BRANDING CAMPAIGN IMPLEMENTATION



    Each week CPRS will be sharing a new idea of an easy way to implement the branding campaign in your agency. Clarify and prioritize key target audiences as they pertain to the six key messages of the Parks Make Life Better!® campaign.


    City of Huntington Beach Community Services Staff will be receiving a reminder of the Parks Make Life Better!® campaign this holiday season, and it is a gift that will send a positive message for years to come! Department volunteers decorated nearly 100 holiday tree ornaments with the Parks Make Life Better!® message, and these baubles will be distributed to all permanent and part time staff at the annual holiday event.

    Send any samples of how you or your agency is incorporating the brand promise and key messages to Jane H. Adams, jane@cprs.org.

    MEMBERS NETWORKING
    The CPRS Forums are the place for members to exchange ideas and to ask questions. The forums area currently has 200-plus threads. The value of forums increases when you share your knowledge and resources. Increase the value of your membership by answering or posting a question in the forums. Visit CPRS Forums. You can also pose your own question.

    Policies/guidelines on commercial programs/farmers markets in public parks
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    Sheila Molinari, City of Salinas, asks, "The City of Salinas is developing policies/guidelines on commercial programs/farmer markets in public parks. If someone already has policies/guidelines on this topic, I would appreciate receiving any information you can share." Please post your answer here.

    Gift of public fund training
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    Ed Jost, City of Las Vegas, asks, "We had a situation recently where an employee with the best intentions got themselves sideways with the city by using their city credit card to pay a fee for a private citizen. As such, it was construed as a "gift of public funds." We were able to get the payment reimbursed and documented everything to minimize the issues this would raise. However, it also brought to light that in all of the training that both regular and part time staff receive, the subject has never been taught so employees can avoid getting into situations like this one. Does anyone know of a written training brief that can help employees become aware of the potential pitfalls of violating the restrictions on using public funds for something that has a private benefit?" Please post your answer here.

    EDUCATION


  • March 5-7, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam, click here to register
  • March 5-8, California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, click here for more details
  • Starting January 2013, DEPR – CPRS Webinar Series, click here for more information
  • April 16-18, Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course & Exam (Riverside), click here to register
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