LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Downey, Huntington Park and Torrance were among 26 cities announced today as finalists for the National Civic League’s All-America City Awards.

The league honors 10 cities each year, with winners chosen using criteria such as community-based problem-solving, civic engagement and joint efforts involving the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Other California cities to make the list of finalists were Dublin and Yucaipa.

The winners will be announced during an NCL event in Kansas City June 15-17.

“It’s a unique combination of local pride and community innovation, and in these very tough times for localities, these communities give us hope and new ideas about how to do more with less,” said Sandra Freedman, chair of the league’s board of directors.