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.
A 54-member delegation – - representing business, government, community groups, and private citizens – - went to Atlanta to persuade a panel of judges that Santa Clara deserved the recognition for its achievements. Santa Clara was one of 30 cities qualifying as finalists.
“It was a thrilling experience for all of us who were in Atlanta, but winning this award should make every single person in Santa Clara feel proud of our community,” said then Mayor Judy Nadler. “There are thousands of cities in the United States, but Santa Clara is one of only 10 to be called an All America City in the new millennium. It’s a tremendous honor.” In addition to Mayor Nadler, City Council Members in the delegation included Pat Kolstad, Patricia Mahan, John McLemore, and Aldyth Parle. Elected Police Chief Steve Lodge and City Clerk Judy Boccignone also represented the City in Atlanta. All America City Delegation
To be named an All-America City, a community must demonstrate successful resolution of community issues through collaborative effort of local business, government and nonprofit organizations. In its application, Santa Clara identified as its two major current challenges the need for more affordable housing and the decision on how to reuse the large parcel of state surplus land, the former site of Agnews Hospital.
Santa Clara representatives told judges about several community programs focused on housing, such as the Intel Teacher Housing Fund partnership with the Santa Clara Unified School District, and the First-Time Homebuyers Program which is a cooperative program of the City and Cal Fed Lending. Also presented were housing assistance programs for special populations such as the Estancia apartment complex which sets aside units for low incomes households and the disabled, and the Sobrato Family Living Center operated by the Emergency Housing Consortium. The City’s Redevelopment Agency provides funding in support of most of these programs, and for many other housing assistance programs as well.