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City Awards for 2015
Four Public Works Projects Receive 2015 Silicon Valley Chapter APWA Awards
The American Public Works Association Silicon Valley Chapter recognized four San José public works projects at its 2015 Awards Luncheon on May 20. Del Monte Park (Council District 6) won a Project of the Year award while Roberto Antonio Balermino Park (Council District 7) and West Evergreen Park (Council District 8) each won Honor awards. These three park
projects, each with great place-making value, were delivered collaboratively by the departments of Public Works and Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services.

In addition, the San Fernando Street Enhanced Bikeway and Pedestrian Access Project (Council District 3), which promotes multi-modal transportation and pedestrian/bicycle safety, also won an Honor award and was delivered collaboratively by the departments of Public Works and Transportation. 

The APWA Awards program promotes excellence in the public works profession by recognizing the partnerships that lead, plan, design, and deliver projects that significantly contribute to community quality of life.

Commodore Park recognized for site design and low impact development for storm water pollution
On Monday, May 5, 2014, the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program honored the City of San José with an award for Commodore Park’s Site Design and Low Impact Development for Storm Water Pollution. The annual award recognizes Santa Clara Valley’s public agencies and private development community leaders who are actively solving site design challenges by reducing storm water pollution and runoff quantity while meeting or exceeding the requirements of the municipal NPDES permit. The recently constructed 3.2 acre park features pervious asphalt, porous pavers and porous colored concrete; all of which are low impact development (LID) techniques to mitigate stormwater impacts. These measures help to protect water quality by filtering stormwater through plants and soil, while allowing stormwater to infiltrate into the ground, thus mimicking the natural hydrology of the undeveloped site and using rain as a resource onsite.

This is the second award Commodore Park has received since opening in November 2013. On April 30, 2014, the American Public Works Association (APWA) Silicon Valley Chapter notified the City of San José that it awarded Commodore Park the Silicon Valley Chapter Public Works Project of the Year Award.

City recognized at 2015 American Planning Association National Conference 
During the 2015 American Planning Association National Conference, the City of San José won a second place award for “Visualizing Density in Silicon Valley.” The recognition was given during the APA National Conference held April 2015.

Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force Receives “Bold Steps for Child” Award

The Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force received a 2015 "Bold Steps for Children" Juvenile Justice Systems Partners Award on February 25. This award recognized contributions that have helped to reduce juvenile arrests, detentions in juvenile hall, and the disparity in arrests of Latino and African-American youth. Several key MGPTF partners, including the San José Police Department, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, community-based organizations serving justice-engaged youth, East Side Union High School District, and Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice Court also were recognized.

This award emphasized our efforts at making a philosophical shift to address youth in the juvenile justice system; working together to integrate systems and end the pipeline leading to the system; and advocating for what is right for youth.