RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Public safety, quality of life, community investment, technology and business development were in focus on Wednesday at the annual State of the City event.
The Chamber of Commerce held its State of the City Address with Mayor Dennis Michael with a presentation focused on addition and effort in the past year.
"(Last year) continued to see stabilization, an uptick of the economy, and continued efforts on several capital and infrastructure projects," Michael said. "Whether it's responding to an emergency, improving roadways, utilizing technology for efficiencies or providing quality services and programs to our community - we are making it happen in Rancho Cucamonga and we are proud to share some of these accomplishments with you today."
Among key events in the past year were the opening of the Pacific Electric Trail bridge over Foothill Boulevard, the opening of the Freedom Courtyard military reflection area at Central Park, two new sustainable municipal buildings, the introduction of new mobile apps to aid resident communication with the city, and a streamlining of the city's development code.
The mayor served as emcee for five videos that touched on the five areas of service, the first of which was public safety, which Michael said is a priority.
"Keeping our city safe is always a top priority for the City Council and our city leadership," Michael said. "I am proud to say that we have created an environment where families, business owners and visitors feel safe.
As part of efforts to reduce accidents involving walkers, runners and bikers, the city instituted an informational campaign called "Look, Look, Look - Stay Alert Stay Alive.".
The Sheriff's Department will also be installing public surveillance video cameras at intersections around Victoria Gardens to deter criminal activity and help in crime investigations.
The Fire Department, which has plans for a new training center, responded to more than 12,000 calls in the past year.
Michael said Wednesday's event was the largest attended State of the City event. Among the guests was former state Sen. Bob Dutton, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, and key command for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, including Sheriff John McMahon. Michael thanked all law enforcement for their efforts during the search for Christopher Dorner in February.
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