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SECTION 36100-36103

36100. The Legislature finds that developing an urban
problem-solving capability requires that:
(a) Federal assistance be offered in a flexible manner which
allows state and local governments to define their needs, set their
priorities, and design programs which respond directly to local
(b) Local governments have the skills and resources needed to lead
urban problem-solving efforts.
(c) Local, state, and federal governments coordinate their
independent programs so that their resources will be concentrated on
the most pressing urban problems.
(d) Government develop programs which integrate specialized
services of different agencies to meet the multifaceted nature of
urban problems, and specifically coordinate and integrate physical
and social planning and delivery of services.

36101. The Legislature further finds that the Comprehensive City
Demonstration Programs, authorized under the provisions of Title I of
Public Law 89-754 (42 U.S.C. 3301 et seq.) and commonly known as the
"Model Cities" program, provide demonstration efforts in 150 cities
throughout the United States, 11 of which are in California. The
Model Cities Program is a major federal effort to meet the overall
requirements for developing an urban problem-solving capability. The
purpose of this program is to:
(a) Provide flexible bloc grants to local governments and waive
restrictions in existing categorical grant-in-aid programs to permit
state and local governments to respond to local conditions and design
creative and innovative programs.
(b) Seek to develop in local governments the skills, resources,
and community support needed for effective leadership in urban
problem-solving efforts.
(c) Seek to coordinate and concentrate the resources of all levels
of government on locally defined urban problems.
(d) Provide opportunities for government to develop programs which
integrate the specialized services of various professional agencies.

36102. The Legislature further finds that, because of the state's
extensive involvement in the programs which directly affect Model
Cities areas, the Model Cities program will not succeed in California
without significant state interest and cooperation.

36103. The Legislature hereby declares that it is the policy of the
State of California to cooperate with and assist the Model Cities
program in California, to coordinate state services in Model Cities
areas, and to use the Model Cities program as an opportunity for
developing innovative programs, especially those programs which would
integrate or combine the specialized services of various departments
and agencies of state government.


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