The workshop was moderated by Steve PonTell, president of Rancho Cucamonga-based think tank La Jolla Institute, who led council members through four main topics of discussion to help them identify their goals for the next 12 months.
"The purpose is, in a resource constrained environment you can't do everything," PonTell said. "You have to be really honest about what's reasonable and feasible. You have to be really smart about how you deploy the limited resources you have. "
The council agreed to keep focused on balancing the city budget, continue to evaluate the city's business structure and improve customer service.
"I think that this was a great process to sort through a lot of issues and distill it down to a couple of key goals and processes that we want to look at to move the city forward," said Councilman Glenn Bozar.
Through the council's discussion, City Manager Stephen Dunn was given some direction on what the panel expects him to focus on.
"I think this has been wonderful," Dunn said. "It's exactly what I hoped to get out of it. There are no surprises in any of this. I now have clear direction on what I need to work on and I will work with department heads to work toward accomplishing these items. "
The discussion was broken up into four major themes: city finances, economic development, infrastructure and customer services.
Within the themes, the council determined several areas in need of improvement:
The council is expected to rely heavily on a committee recently formed to review the city's development review process.
The committee will meet regularly over the next few weeks to determine ways the city could improve its processes working with businesses and developers.
Bozar suggested the council and public be updated at future meetings on the progress of the committee, when it's meeting and what it will be discussing.
"I think that's a key driver of what we're trying to do here," Bozar said.