CAPIO EPIC Award Finalists Announced!
Watch for our "Let's Make July EPIC" social media campaign

Teresa Collins CAPIO Vice President of Awards and Communications Manager, City of Escondido

We had a record-breaking 275 entries for the 2020 CAPIO Excellence in Public Information and Communication (EPIC) awards which celebrates great projects from the 2019 calendar year.

This year awards will be mailed and winners will be invited to join us in our “Let’s Make July EPIC” social media campaign where we will celebrate winners throughout the month.  

New this year our judging bench included communications peers from the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO). Categories were assigned multiple judges and scores were averaged.  Our Texas colleagues shared that they were impressed with the quality of work our California communicators are doing and enjoyed the review process very much.

We want to congratulate all of the finalists on their achievements as a CAPIO awards winner! 

The list of finalists can be found below.  Entrants can log in and review comments provided by their category judge(s).    View | Print List of Finalists (PDF)

Annual Report

City of Folsom
Annual Citywide Communications Reporting

County of Ventura
2018 State of the County / Estado del Condado

Los Angeles County Probation Department
2018 Annual Report

Padre Dam Municipal Water District
2018 Annual Report

San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
2018 Annual Report


City of Visalia
Visalia On Air Podcast

Placer County
The Placer Life Podcast: The Placer Dead episodes


Captain Cal

City of Elk Grove

City of San Marcos
San Marcos Creek Project Logo

Communications or Marketing Plans/Campaigns - Consultant-Supported

City of Oceanside and NV5
Pure Water Oceanside Community Relations, Education and Perception Change

Caltrans District 8 and Connect & Company
60 Swarm

Regional Water Authority and IN Communications
Check the Soil and Save

Roseville Electric Utility
More Powerful Together: 2019 Business Campaign

Sacramento Area Sewer District and Regional San
Elementary Schools Outreach Campaign

Western Municipal Water District
North Well Outreach Campaign

Communications or Marketing Plans/Campaigns - In-House

City of Folsom
Rainbow Bridge Centennial Celebration

City of West Hollywood
‘Homeless. Not Hopeless.’

John Wayne Airport/County of Orange
Trips That Transform

Orange County Transportation Authority
OCTA College Pass Program

Community Relations/Participation

City of Carlsbad
Engaging the Public on Carlsbad’s Budget Priorities

City of Cupertino
#BudgetBite Social Media Takeover and Budget and Bites Community Workshop

Port of San Diego
Chula Vista Bayfront Parks Design Outreach Campaign

RydeFreeRT – Students Ride Free Program

Crisis Communications Response

City of Berkeley
Public Safety Power Shutoff Communications

SCV Water
PFAS Groundwater Contamination Response Plan

Ventura County Fire Department
Crisis Communications Response – Maria Fire

Dollar Stretcher

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District
EVMWD & RCWD Waterwise Living 1, 2, 3 Campaign

Jurupa Community Services District
Flume Outreach Campaign

Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District
Environmental Learning Resources Guide

Graphic Design – Print

CalSTRS Member Handbook

City of Folsom
Rainbow Bridge Centennial Celebration

County of San Mateo Home for All
San Mateo County Second Unit Workbook and Inspiration Book

Rowland Water District
Rowland Quarterly Newsletter

Rowland Water District
Water Quality Report

The City of Santa Clarita
Sammy Stories- Meet Sammy Clarita

Internal Communications

California JPIA and Tripepi Smith
CA Joint Powers Insurance Authority – 40th Anniversary Book

Placer County
The 2019 Employee Picnic

Rancho Water
Rancho Water’s Water Buzz Employee News

San Francisco Office of the Assessor-Recorder
SF Assessor Goal to Roll Initiative

Marketing and Promotional

East Bay Regional Park District
85th Anniversary Campaign

Sacramento Area Sewer District
First-Ever FOG Newsletter

Media Event

City of Carlsbad
Connect & Launch – Carlsbad Connector Launch Press Conference

City of Oceanside and NV5
City of Oceanside’s Green Oceanside Kitchen Launch Event

Most Innovative Communications

City of Sacramento Front Street Shelter

City of Santa Clara
The Great White Website Launch

Sweetwater Authority & Otay Water District
Hydro Station Education Experience

Newsletter or Magazine

Central San
Pipeline Newsletter

City of Folsom
City News Newsletters

City of Temple City
CONNECT Magazine Rebrand

Ventura County Area Agency on Aging


California High-Speed Rail Authority
Pile Drivers Local 34 Photography

Central San
Heavy Lifters

City of West Hollywood
Pride In West Hollywood Photography

Placer County Water Agency
Water System Photo Gallery

Preparedness/Public Safety Education Campaign

Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT)
SacRT Forward – Public Outreach Campaign

Ventura County Fire Department
Public Safety Education Campaign

Social Media Best Use Overall

City of Santa Clarita
Saugus Strong- Instagram Tiles

City of West Sacramento

Social Media Campaign

Central San
“Wipes Clog Pipes” Social Media Campaign

Municipal Water District of Orange County
MWDOC Strategic Digital Communications – Imagine a Day Without Water

Special or Community Event - One-Time

City of San Marcos
San Marcos Creek Project Groundbreaking Ceremony

City of Temple City
Temple City Photo Contest

Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District
Riverside Pollinator Festival and Habitat Planting

San José Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
Explore Your Parks

Special or Community Event – Recurring

City of Citrus Heights
The Best Lights In Citrus Heights Competition

City of Folsom
Folsom Community Service Day

Municipal Water District of Orange County
2019 MWDOC Water Awareness Poster Contest

Ventura County Fire Department
Everyday Heroes Fair Exhibit

Video Production – Event Coverage

County of Marin
Marin Fair Minute

Video Production – Long Form

City of Carlsbad
The State of Carlsbad – Trustworthy and Valuable

City of Walnut Creek
City of Walnut Creek Specialized Recreation:  Best Day Possible

City of West Hollywood
Getting to Zero

County of Marin
State of the County 2019

Eastern Municipal Water District
Patrick the Poo

Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Early College High School Promotional Video

Placer County Sheriff’s Office
Placer County Sheriff’s Office Recruitment Video

Video Production – Series

Association of California Water Agencies
California H2O: Flowing for the Future

City of Concord
#TeamConcord Video Series

City of Indian Wells and TripepiSmith
City of Indian Wells SOTC Video Series

City of Long Beach
City of Long Beach: Long Beach Life Video Series

County of Marin
Marin Fair Minute

Video Production – Short Form

City of Chula Vista and NV5
“THIS is Chula.” Video

City of Moreno Valley
Moreno Valley Code Crusaders

City of San Ramon
“For Housing, What Does “Low Income” Mean” Short Video

City of West Hollywood
Recreational Reefer Madness


City of Santa Clara Website Redesign

Contra Costa County
Contra Costa County, Office of Communications & Media, “Virtual Office”

San Diego County Water Authority
Water News Network


City of Carlsbad
City Matters

City of Santa Clarita
Saugus Strong Article

Sacramento Area Sewer District
Sacramento Area Sewer District’s First-Ever FOG Newsletter