Last week, Mayor Juli Costanzo hosted the city’s annual State of the City address at the Mission Playhouse lobby. The 30 minute event – which outlined some of the city’s accomplishments – focused on the City Council’s strategic plan, which outlines five main goals: building and improving the city’s infrastructure, generating economic development, engaging with the community, providing great customer service and developing resources through innovation and efficiency.
Build and improve
This past year, the city focused on five priorities to build and improve San Gabriel’s infrastructure. These goals included rehabilitating and preserving the city’s streets, completing the San Gabriel trench, refurbishing several parks, congestion relief and safety for motorists and the construction of a new police facility.
Generating economic development
Business is a crucial element in San Gabriel’s development, and this past year, the city has expanded its economic outreach by developing new marketing materials in English, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese. In addition, the city is also happy to welcome five new businesses to the community, including Nomad Ice Pops, OGOPOGO Brewing, Iceforest Rolled Ice Cream, Bonchon Fried Chicken and Jones Bicycles.
On top of these businesses, several developments will also open in the near future, including the Las Tunas Regency, the Sheraton Los Angeles/San Gabriel, the Hyatt Place and the Mission View Plaza.
Engaging with the community
The city aims to make San Gabriel an inviting place to live, work and shop through special events, new recreation activities and ordinances that help maintain the San Gabriel’s unique characteristics.
This past year, the city has:
Customer service is a key component of the strategic plan, and this year, the city has embarked on several initiatives to improve the quality of service offered to residents.
Some initiatives this year include:
The city strives to ensure that it spends tax dollars wisely and prudently by seeking grants whenever possible, and increasing efficiency across the organization.
Currently, the city’s total proposed revenue will be $55,355,395 with expenditures of $54,760,323. Of that, $47,948,520 is dedicated to the city’s operating budget, and $8,811,803 is dedicated to capital improvement projects.
When it comes to grants, the Mission Playhouse has received $15,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts and $25,000 from the Ralph M. Parsons foundation to help restore its façade. The city also secured $4.6 million for the development of Marshall Community Park from the Proposition 84 Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization program.
If you missed this year's State of the City address, you may watch a video of the entire presentation below: