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 ten communities from throughout the United States for the prestigious honor.
All American City DelegationA 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.