During Gary Broad's first year as city manager of St. Helena, Calif., he cut costs and made $1 million available for much-needed road repairs. In addition, the City Council passed ordinances addressing smoking in public parks, well drilling and water management, as well as measures that advance the General Plan, which has been on hold since 2010. "It generally feels like we're on calm seas going into 2013. We can build off 2012 and accomplish a lot," said Broad, who became manager in November 2011.

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