Mayor outlines legislative proposals, policy directions for upcoming year at State of the City Address

Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual State of the City on April 7. While the State of the City is an annual event featuring the Mayor and the City Council of Alhambra, this was the first time it was held online.

There were over 80 in attendance on the Zoom webinar and over 1,400 views on Facebook Live. Mayor Sasha Renée Pérez gave an update on the state of the city. Vice Mayor Katherine Lee and Councilmembers Ross Maza, Jeff Maloney, and Adele Andrade-Stadler joined the live webinar and greeted the participants.

A Power Point presentation was given, highlighting the various programs and services the City of Alhambra provides. Even with the pandemic restrictions, the city has been able to continue its excellent service to residents.

Mayor Pérez outlined the income and expenses of government and shared the multiple ways in which the money is spent for the benefit of the community. Public Safety was high on the list, keeping the Police and Fire departments constantly upgraded with the most advanced equipment and training.

The Parks and Recreation Department also came in for commendation by adapting its community programs to keep the public active but safe during the year of COVID. The library too has stayed open for curb side pickup of the loan of their materials. The community is full service and that means that services have continued throughout this past year and are prepared to return to normal as California lessens its pandemic restrictions.

Alhambra is also working to support its most vulnerable residents, serving weekly curbside pickup lunches to seniors at the Joslyn Center and lunches with snacks to school-aged children during the summer at city parks. There is now a no fault eviction moratorium in place and even Emergency Housing Assistance for COVID-Impacted Households.

For the business community, ease of application is provided for outdoor dining service, and there has been no interruption of municipal water services, waste hauling, or transportation services while maintenance continues on existing infrastructure. The popular weekly farmers market has adopted social distancing while remaining open.

Work is underway by departments that most residents are unaware of. The Management Services Department provides outreach to the homeless and is constantly applying for and receiving grant money that helps fund government services without cost to the tax payers. The Finance Department, among other things, is seeking reimbursement for expenses due to COVID related services.

Looking to the future, councilmembers hoped to address adding more green space, revitalizing areas of Main Street and Valley Blvd, and adding affordable housing, bicycle lanes, and alternative transportation.

Councilmembers have held Town Hall meetings and will continue with a Housing Update Townhall series.

The State of the City was hosted by the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, with President Suzi Dunkel Soto welcoming the attendees. CEO Sharon Gibbs helped moderate the event.

Sponsors for the event were:

The Alhambra

The Villages at the Alhambra

Republic Services

Transtech Engineering

Southern California Gas


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