wasco http://kvpr.org en On Quality of Life: Small Cities Face Tough Times; Volunteers http://kvpr.org/post/quality-life-small-cities-face-tough-times-volunteers <p>California&#39;s cities have been hit hard in recent years. The housing bust, the economic downturn, and perennial state budget crises are just a few of the factors that have helped batter the balance sheets of municipalities up and down the Golden state. Valley cities are no exception, especially given the region&rsquo;s perennially high levels of unemployment, even in so called &quot;good&quot; times. Many large cities, like Fresno have been forced to make drastic cuts to city services, and have been forced to lay off hundreds of employees. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 01:52:32 +0000 Joe Moore 1229 at http://kvpr.org