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Santa Clarita workers retrofit street lights.
Energy costs can account for as much as 10 percent of an agency’s operations budget.
and Economic Effectiveness Effort Plan (also known as the E4 Plan). The E4 Plan outlines strategies to foster Riverside’s economic development by: • Stabilizing utility rates; • Offering discounted economic development and business retention electric rates to large-scale customers or specific industries; • Encouraging use of renewable energy technologies; and • Providing business incentives and energy efficiency programs. Although Riverside has a municipal electric utility, many of the E4 Plan’s strategies may be employed by other cities and counties. For example, in partnership with investor-owned utilities local agencies may promote low-income and water efficiency programs, digital meter installation, and building audits and retrofit recommendations.
As cities and counties face continued budget challenges, local agency best practices include identifying ways to save money and operate more efficiently. The efforts of cities and counties participating in the Beacon Award program offer models of energy efficiency projects and leadership at the local level that can be replicated by other local agencies. n
Director of Maintenance Services CITY OF ARROYO GRANDE, CA
Located on the beautiful central coast, the City of Arroyo Grande, California (population 17,252) is offering a unique opportunity for an experienced professional to serve as its first Director of Maintenance Services. The newly formed Maintenance Services Department will oversee maintenance of parks, streets, water, sewer, facilities and the vehicle fleet. The ideal candidate will be an experienced professional with strong values and outstanding management, technical and interpersonal skills. Any combination of experience and training equivalent to five years of increasingly responsible parks, streets, or utility maintenance experience as a supervisor or superintendent and a bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. Arroyo Grande is a special place to live and work – offering a friendly small town atmosphere, outstanding climate, beautiful environment and excellent recreational opportunities. Salary for the position is $7,057 - $8,582 per month plus CalPERS 2.5% at 55 retirement and competitive benefits package. For a brochure and job application, call (805) 473-5410 or visit the City’s website at www.arroyogrande.org. Filing deadline: Friday, August 10, 2012
Chief Ranger/Parks Director, Monterey County The Monterey County area, with its moderate Mediterranean climate, is a multicultural and diverse society set in a picturesque coastal location. Monterey County is now seeking a Chief Ranger/Parks Director to oversee a FY budget of $13.6 million and 54 employees. The Chief Ranger/Parks Director is an at-will employee, appointed by and reporting directly to the County Administrative Officer, and is a key member of the County’s executive team. Candidates for this position must: meet the minimum standards for peace officers in the State of California; possess a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Park Administration, Conservation, Business or Public Administration, or a closely related field; and have at least 5 years’ experience in community recreational development and/ or park administration, with at least 3 years in a management capacity. The salary range for the Chief Ranger/Parks Director is $116,400 - $136,680, depending on qualifications. Step increases can be awarded every two years beyond the top of the advertised ranged, based on satisfactory performance. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please apply online at www.bobmurrayassoc.com. Please contact Judy LaPorte at (916) 784-9080 should you have any questions. Brochure available. First application cutoff date July 13, 2012. phone 916•784•9080 fax 916•784•1985 www.bobmurrayassoc.com
Western City, July 2012
The Environment & Energy Issue