City of Corona: State of the City

City of Corona: State of the City


Welcome everyone this evening and it is
my pleasure to present information about the City before doing that I want to
tell you that I’ve tried to pack in a lot of information here for you so bear
with me on that but hopefully you’ll find it very interesting before getting
started there are some people that are very important in my life so I do want
to recognize them first off is my Karen seated over here additionally, my daughter Cherise my
grandaughter Samantha Savannah sorry Samantha’s up
north and then I have the real privilege of inviting up someone who is
tremendously special to me all the grandkids are all four of them like all
my daughters are but I asked her if she would do the Pledge of Allegiance and
she said no so I said do you like getting gifts at
Christmas yes I said well how about doing the pledge I really don’t want
to well I’m glad you’re going to be doing it so I want to have come up my
own granddaughter Tyler so come on up Tyler please stand hand over your heart ready
begin I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the
Republic for which it stands one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all thank you so I also want to introduce some special
folks that are up in the front row here the this is the Mayor’s Youth Council
from all the different high schools in Corona and they have premier seats this
afternoon and I welcome all of you they wanted to learn more about government
and we’ll get the chance over the course of the year and this evening they’re
invited to learn more about the city and some of the statistics so let’s go ahead
and get started here so I kind of broke this up into different parts and our
logo has to cherish our past to plan our future and those are critically
important things but also for all of us here today now is to serve our community
so these are aspects that I tried to focus on for the State of the City do
you want to mention that I have four colleagues with me on city council and
we are working very well together it’s just a joy to work with them and I just
wanted to recognize them as well who you see right now are the interim city
manager along with the assistant city managers the Chiefs and the directors
for the city again just want to give a shout out to them they do a great job
and really appreciate all the work that they put forward so let’s get down to
some nuts and bolts so when you’re talking about a city or really any
organization you have to really focus at two aspects of it it’s going to be the
strategic plan and it’s going to be your budget because your strategic plan
sets the priorities and the focus for where your energy and resources are
going to go to meet those goals so we’ve had a strategic plan in place we started
it in 2014 and it’s going to wrap up here in 2019 and I’m going to
talk a little bit about that in addition to that the second vital part is the
budget we all have budgets personal budgets and you know sometimes that’s
very difficult to deal with but you always try to keep that in mind how is
that going how can we do things can we do things and things have to be assessed
based on your budget and you plan a yearly budget so that’s another
fundamental aspect in addition to the strategic plan for moving forward is the
city I don’t expect you to read this and I’m not going to read it to you
but my point for putting this up here is to point out that we have had a city
plan our strategic plan since 2014 as I said and you can see the different
aspects that’s what I’m trying to point out here public safety was one and there
are some there I did not type out all of the goals I just wanted to give an idea
but there are some of the goals up here and we have not to be honest with you we
have not been able to achieve every single one of them is that a bad thing
no their goals or striving to reach them and we have completed a number of them
but not all of them the next area one that’s really dear to my heart and was
expressed yesterday during our study session is the downtown revitalization
doing something with the Corona mall and that whole area there and that was
expressed yesterday by my colleagues as well during a study session when we were
discussing the lab in the downtown area so there’s some points in there many of
those are in progress is you can understand because it hasn’t changed a
lot to be honest with you we’re still working on that we’re working with a
developer and a little bit later I’ll give you some renderings as to what is
hopefully going to take place there goal three as a city we’re always
working to enhance economic development working with businesses bringing
businesses in supporting the businesses that we have here in order to provide
jobs and economic thriving for our city so we had different things in place so
we did have a goal for that engage in public and private partnerships so that
we don’t go it alone that we actually team up with the private industry to
work with us and we are still trying to build those partnerships in order to
make Corona a thriving exciting safe wonderful location so that’s part of
what we were doing there engaging public-private partnerships
goal five of the current strategic plan this is one of the most challenging
improve circulation and traffic now I know you don’t have any trouble getting
around in the morning in the afternoon and the evening it’s probably really
easy for you and that’s if you’re a hermit you stay in your own house
but the council the staff we all recognize that but it doesn’t mean that
we don’t try to do incremental things to improve traffic and flow in and around
our city and I’m gonna give you some information about the situation I’m not
going to give you promises that it’s going to be cured but I want to be
honest with you and give you data about what’s taking place on that but that
remains a goal and I’m sure on our new strategic plan that that will continue
to be their goal six improve communication with their community
and we put different things in place here on the website I’m just looking at
what’s up there it says that 182,059 people went to my bill for checking out their bill for DWP 135,000 plus went to the website for the library jobs 45,789 so we’re trying to boost it up we did
vamped the whole website a couple of years ago just to make it more user
friendly for everyone and a better experience for everyone the other thing
that has come about since that strategic plan was first written is a mobile app
so you can do SeeClickFix and other things right there so that’s a
strategic plan again it’s been in place since 2014 we did an update the last
time I was mayor in 2016 and we’re up for renewal now the second thing I
talked about was the budget hmm so I gave you some figures here you can see
our revenues 365 million plus expenditures of 335
million I do want to point out that I’m not just talking about the general
budget I’m talking about all combined budgets together what I’m talking about
the revenue and the expenses because we have different revenue sources and some
of them are absolutely dedicated for certain things so you can only use them
for those things but overall that’s what our budget looks like right now moving
forward we got some recommendations from our interim city manager and I’m going
to talk about him a little bit later Mitch Lansdell joined up with us in the
spring and has been phenomenal but last month he came to the council during a
study session and he spoke to us about the budget and in that presentation he
gave us a number of recommendations and so some of those recommendations I
placed there number one do as many other cities have done around us and add a 1%
tax to the sales tax in Corona a lot of other cities have done that that’s not
something the council can do that has to go to the voters and he’s recommending
that that go to the voters you’re probably wondering why I’ll try to give
you some information as to why that is critically important
that we do that he also suggests that we look at updating our fees and charges so
we cover the full cost of services sometimes we’re not doing that
and we lose revenue doing that and that doesn’t help us provide the service to
everyone you want the best you can get from us all we have to have the revenue
in order to do that and he had some other things there I
think one it’s really interesting is that for people coming in with plans
whether it’s for your house or a development that you could have the
possibility of coming in and paying a little extra more and you get the same
person working with you every single time through the path so you don’t have
a code person and then the next time you have a different code person come out to
check something and what happens they see different things and then you fix it
up again and they had different person comes and I’m not saying any of these
people are wrong oh they’re just doing their job but for consistency sake and
for your peace of mind and for it to be as quickly and painless
having that opportunity could be critically important the budget moving
forward you can see the numbers there 2018-19 722 employees we’re going this year to 732 or approved you should be happy I know the council is we are placing six
new positions at the police department also included in the budget I just
mentioned it’s for police officers the gentleman you see there with the chief
he just came on board I think it was Monday so he’s our newest officer right
now but we got four new officers they get to join up to community service
officers both all six of those positions going of the police department we have
four new fire engines we’ve got whole bunch of fire guys at the back we got
police everything’s back there so I’m sure they’re happy it
certainly benefits us as a city all of that section right there benefits is
ours as a city just to provide the best Public Safety that we can that is a top
priority for us it’s a core value for us a safe community fiscal accountability
and sustainability sustainable economic development and then I just want to
throw out here that Mitch Lansdell our interim city manager he met with some
employee groups and they came up with it another one I really love them so I just
added them in organizational efficiency workforce excellent and support
additionally attractive livable community so going over to the middle
column there this is the first budget ever in the city of Corona where we have
set aside money to deal with homelessness and we have set aside 1
million dollars in order to begin the process of trying to do something in
this realm if you’ve been watching the news you know darn well as I do that
there is not an immediate solution 1 million dollars doesn’t take care of the
situation immediately but it’s a start for us and I’m going to talk a little
bit about the other things we’re doing here for the city but we allocated a
million dollars I talked about the strategic plan we’re gonna update that
with a consultant we’re working on that public safety I’ve talked a little bit
about public safety personnel side but we’re providing funds there for
equipment imaging cameras and jail system improvements body worn cameras
replacement radios and other items continuing on new programs at the
library additional baseball softball in -field maintenance a kids club other
schools have it kids club at Lincoln school the American Disabilities Act
upgrades these are things like the sloped at the corners of sidewalks where
streets come together so people with disabilities have the ease of going up
and they usually have the yellow dimples and other things
like that expansion of youth services I know there’s a lot of folks that enjoy
especially kids getting opportunity to do programs through our fantastic
library and recreation services program there’s doesn’t sound really great new
pet waste stations I know a lot of you yeah but if you’re a person who goes to
the bar thanks councilman speak appreciate that but if you’re a person
who goes to the park whether you’re walking a dog and you’re greeting
somebody else’s dogs waste or you have kids up there you’re up there and just
exercising you don’t you don’t want to run into the waste
so there’s funding there to put some waste stations up there Griffin Park
over in the McKinley area I know Councilwoman Casillas will be very happy
about this it’s over in her area Griffin Park has been closed for a long time
it’s a static park but it’s been closed and the reason it’s been closed is
because of finances and as many people since 2008 it’s been tough it’s been
tough for our employees it’s been tough for services it’s been tough but we’re
moving forward as you can see with some good steps so Griffin park is going to open
complete trails master plan is coming adding a new planning manager to
community development to better serve our customers okay now doesn’t that look
like a mess right there this thing right here is a number one pain for our city
other cities counties school districts the state any public agency this is a
complete pain I’m going to try to tell you why it’s a pain this is CalPERS
CalPERS runs the pension system for public employees so the firefighters the
police officers those that were here before and have retired CalPERS deals
with their retirement so I want to try to explain to you what stake
place overtime and I’m going to try to use the arrows that are there to help
you know so CalPERS set a goal they had a goal and their goal is where that blue
arrow is up at the top the arrows at the bottom but if you go to the top it says
seven point five four seven point five percent can you see it I hope you can
see that so CalPERS said a number of years ago we’re gonna invest money lots
of money lots of money we’re gonna invest it and the goal is we’re gonna
get 7.5 percent return on our money and we brick get that money that’s going to
help cover these pensions yeah we’re gonna get money from the cities and the
counties and so forth to also support it but that investment
we’re doing it 7.5 when it’s there or higher it’s going to be awesome we’re
gonna be able to cover everybody’s retirement the world will be all rosy
and keen and beautiful now I said that every city and county and so forth they
have to pitch in their fair share so if we go over to the green arrow the green
arrow tells you what we would pay if everything was rosy and peachy and keen
that’s what we would pay okay so if I’m looking at that 2017-18 7.5%
return on your on their investment from the City of Corona 8.4
million okay do we want to give it to him well yeah because we like our
employees and we want to support them but it’s reasonable but the problem is
you see the yellow arrow the yellow arrow comes about because CalPERS didn’t make their goal many years they didn’t make the 7.5 if you don’t make it even
if all the cities and counties and school districts are giving you money if
you don’t make it with your investments lots of money investment if you don’t
make 7.5 then your figures are all screwed up
and they weren’t making it and so what do they do they do two things two things
one they do the yellow arrow they say yeah in 2017-18
you’re giving us 8.4 million but we’re short we didn’t make the 7.5 so we need
some more money from all the cities and the counties and so forth so for Corona
we need an additional 15.3 million dollars 15.3 now that’s a chunk of change when you’re adding it in that’s the first
thing they started charging billing mandatory billing for cities County
school districts and other public agencies that’s the first thing they did
and if you didn’t pay it like some cities didn’t then they shut down the
retirement payments to their retirees until you started paying so that was the
first thing the second thing they did is if you can’t reach a goal it’s like okay
I’ll just say it’s me so let’s say I decide I’m gonna set a goal of running
around the block Monday through Friday I’m gonna run
around the block yeah but first week second week I do great
week 3 comes huh I gotta take Tyler because she wants to go to something I
gotta take her there so I take her then my Karen wants to go somewhere one
night okay I’m just not making five nights a week so it’s just not working
out for me so I can’t I’m up here at five nights a week I can’t make my goal
what do I do I don’t want to feel bad I’m gonna move
it down to four nights a week yeah just move it down now I’m feeling much better
well so that’s what CalPERS did CalPERS says we’re not making the 7.5 I don’t think we’re gonna make the 7.5 so let’s start lowering
it so if you look at 2018-19 see it says 7.375
and in this year where the red arrow is going across it says 7.25 and then you
see below that it says 7% hmm so they set the bar for them lower that reduces
I’ll be honest with you criticism to them but they’re still not making their
goal but that’s what CalPERS has done so what I’m trying to point out here is
CalPERS yes they set a goal for themselves blue arrow green arrow they
allocated how much money that Corona as all other cities had to
provide to them to support the pension program in addition to their investments
which weren’t making it then you go to the yellow they’re not making their goal
so the yellow is well we’re gonna add another bill to you and then you go to
the red arrow and then it says 23.38 million
that’s the total if you go across so instead of 8.4 it’s 23.8 and if you work your way down you can see that that total is
going up the numbers on the far right side the city decided we needed to do
something and so the council decided that we were going to start to start
paying down some of that because CalPERS also likes to make money off of interest
so if you don’t pay the full amount they charge you interest so you see the 10.1
million dollars that was an additional payment the 6 million a couple of
years 4 million that we’ve been doing hmm we’ve got that going through 23 24 and then we’ll have to decide from there but we’re
trying to take care of that unfunded liability so I shrunk down that one
graph I was just talking about and up in the upper corner you can see on the
right-hand side these are the actual figures for CalPERS the line you see the
horizontal line is zero and you can see that one
year they did really a terrible job so let me kind of highlight that a little
bit more so this is it highlighted the second line the one above the dates
there are the years that’s basically the 7.5 so that gives you a visual of what
their goal was so you can see in 2007 hey they beat it 2008 nope
2009 they lost approximately 22% of all their investments that is HUGE
2010-11 they’re doing pretty good 2012 it’s down 13 and 14 they’re up since
then they’ve been down they have not been making their mark this is a
terrible situation for the city of Corona you see the figures that we’re
being charged to cover and it is really difficult for us to provide services to
keep paying our quality employees what they deserve in benefits and salary to
get them equipment that they need and like our officers and our firefighters
at the back they have really struggled and I appreciate every single one of you
and I know it has not been easy and they have sacrificed but we have to do
something about that and I said before Mitch our city manager said we need to
go for a 1% sales tax hike just to handle the situation you look at that
green line that I put in there back in 2012-13 with what CalPERS charges just
the regular plus the add on it was 15.6 look where were gone by 20 25 26 we’re
going to 35 million plus you’re looking at a 20 million dollar increase at least
it changes every year CalPERS depends on did
they make their goal they didn’t make their goal so I hope that was a little
bit of Education I know I was a little bit long but I hope it’s beneficial for
understanding the Calpers Dilemma terrible situation that we’re going on
that other budgetary things it’s getting harder and harder to provide for our
quality employees it’s tough to give appropriate salaries and benefits to
these folks you look at the equipment I mentioned just trying to get it there we
did pretty well this year and I’m glad and a lot of that goes to Mitch Lansdell
our Interim City mManager you probably hardly ever think about infrastructure
the roads unless you got potholes you don’t think about the roads how about
the sewer lines that are underneath what about the water lines that are
underneath you know they don’t last forever they have to be replaced you
gotta do upgrades on the infrastructure giving quality services and keeping the
place a great community for living and thriving and just being safe okay let’s
get off that so let’s talk about some other stuff so City Park down on sixth
Street so Library and Recreation Services is
going after grants and I have been out at the park they went out there and
they advertise on Facebook and through our email that we send out through
the city asking people to come down give us give us your opinion at the concerts
in the park they ask people there their booth set up and some of the things that
we’re on there a senior community center improved sports field state-of-the-art
Aquatic Center with competition pool new playground equipment dog park
interactive splash play area these are some of the ideas who were there and
they are trying to find out what the community wants that’s why they were out
there so that when they’re writing the grants for City Park on sixth Street
they’re trying to meet the need of the community so that’s what’s taking place
at City Park they’re working that I talked about Griffin Park
scheduled to open in July 2020 Lincoln park is getting a new inclusive
playground and this is a wonderful thing it permits all kids to play on the
equipment including our special-needs kids where they can integrate they can
do things together they can enjoy a playground together and this is through
a partnership and just want to give a shout out to our own Corona Parks
Foundation these are volunteers who do wonderful things they had a booth out
there I think they’re wearing green shirts here they would love to talk to
you about the Corona Parks Foundation they’re trying to help support and fund
things for our parks just do great things so if you have an interest so
thank you to them now transportation and roads so when I
was getting ready to do this this is the scariest area for me to talk about I was
thinking but I told you at the beginning that I like to talk about the past as
well as where we are the services the community as well as where we’re going
so I just want to spend a little bit of time on the past I’m providing here
population numbers for the city of Corona and I’m not gonna read them all
and I know you’re saying thank you very much well what I do want to point out is
if you look at 2018 at the bottom of the first column it says 37,400 and then you go up to twenty or excuse me in 1990 you got
an increase there of about forty thousand residents in this city in ten
years forty thousand that moved in then you go to two thousand look at that bump
now we’re up close to one hundred and thirty thousand 2010 a hundred and fifty
three thousand and then it’s gone up and we do have the Census count coming this
March April be sure you get yourself counted and everybody in your family I
just pointed out because the growth has been tremendous and I know that
everybody in this room has been here since the 1960s so I’m not counting you
as new people because you’ve all been here I’m sure so by the way do want to
point out to my granddaughter because I know she was thinking this but Tyler I
was not around to take these pictures at the time so just so you know some other
pictures of Corona kind of neat to look at the old times I don’t know how many people in here
remember the flood 1969 all of North Main Street was flooded out you couldn’t
get through 6th Street also many areas of that were all flooded out it was a
real mess and you can see there’s a driver there as an example yeah I was
living here I know my Karen was here during that time and then if you see the
late 1970s that’s at the top of the hill going over the railroad tracks on Main
Street going north toward Norco and if you look over to the side there that’s
where the Von’s was there was a builder’s Emporium
somebody reminded me there was a builder’s Emporium over there thrifty
drugstore was over there when this picture was taken Lamppost wasn’t even
there it’s not there now in addition there wasn’t the City Bank so things
have changed a little bit there this is Chase Drive known as south Corona now Chase Drive
many of us learned to drive on Chase Drive arrow that points to where it
is because you go up there and drive and nobody’d ever come around you crashed
into a tree and nobody’d ever know so was really safe to go up there so this
is highway 91 the 91 freeway do you recognize it well it’s not really the 91
freeway it was the way to get to Orange County
we didn’t have a 91 freeway so you took surface streets all the way
to the beach I can remember doing it took forever all the traffic lights and
everything I think my parents get tired of us saying you know what are we gonna
get there we’re sick of this let’s not go anymore so but this is in Corona it’s
an old piece of the night what was the way to get down there I learned in
putting this together that that section was state route 18 I didn’t know that
originally then it got changed to u.s. 91 and then the state route 91 so going on with the freeways let’s look
at some of the projects because I know you’re interested in that I want to
point out it’s important that you know this – that the freeway projects are not
the City of Coronas projects those projects are operated run and
orchestrated by Riverside County Transportation Commission we have a
representative from Corona which is Councilmember Speake as do all the other
cities in the county so we have one vote and as many other votes as he can muster
up but here are some of the projects they’re taking place so first one that
91 this is an additional lane westbound 91 between Green River and the 241 and
the Greater Corona Traffic Alliance was really instrumental in getting this
started and I congratulate them on that slated to be completed by late 2021
early 2020 – there is a 71/91 connector this is 91 eastbound transitioning to
the northbound 71 and that’s slated to be completed by 2023 the I-15 Express
Lanes this is not the one they’re working on
right now this is two lanes in each direction going from Cajalco all the way
down to Lake Elsinore and highways 74 Lake Elsinore so they’re still in
environmental review that process does take a long time so well it’ll be a
while before we see that 15 freeway the project that they’re working on right
now from Cajalco all the way up to the 60 completion for everything
the date is estimated as December 2020 and then we have connector from the 15
to the 91 or the 91 to the 15 so you’ll have a connector from the 91 Express
Lanes with the 15 Express Lanes North because right now you can go south but
to go north that’ll be completed in June 2023 oh
just some updates again I would just want to share a city doesn’t build
freeways that’s gonna be a Riverside County Transportation Commission so anybody heard about a McKinley and the
project that we were working over there few people so it’s still moving forward
you want to reassure you of that and Councilmembers Speake and Councilmember
Casillas are on an ad hoc committee related that and they’ve gone through
some meetings and some planning and that bridge is now looking favorable it has
been reduced from six lanes three in each direction down four lanes so it
pulls it into budget so we’re moving forward on that project you’ll see that
if you can tell where it says 14 businesses preserved there’s a road that
goes right through that development there that’s where the Outback
Steakhouse is that’s private property so we have to do some negotiations there so
we’ll be working on that this is a City of Corona project so we’re
looking to move forward and I’ll talk about how critical this is give you some
data on that but with the trains that are going through there it’s just
important we got so much traffic going through that area it’s important that we
separate the trains from the cars we also have an all traffic management
system that’s in place and when this is our traffic center it’s here on this
building on the second floor I don’t know if Dennis is here
Dennis dreams about traffic he courted his wife talking about traffic but he
does a phenomenal job as the whole team so they can actually see different
streets in Corona the intersections because there’s cameras there they can’t
see them all yet we’re still working on that but they can monitor them and they
also can get some information regarding the freeway
backed-up they are here are some figures for you on the top throwers are some
close-ups of those images from that room but you can see the 91 freeway it takes
two hundred sixty-four thousand cars a day 1,587 that’s quite a few cars well
let’s look at the city of Corona I asked Dennis he said on the top ten
streets for traffic the top ten they get three hundred and eight thousand vehicle
troops a day just on the ten biggest one which ones number one McKinley so
about traffic here we’re talking about the RCTC Riverside Transportation Commission we’re talking about our traffic management center well we’re
trying to do what we’re trying to expand and fix and so forth but I wanted to
give you and I wanted to give you some more information
I put the population it’s back up there on the right hand side but some of us
two weeks ago two weeks ago we went to meet up with a foreign dignitary saying
we’re looking to do some economic development stuff so we went over to
meet with them and we gave our presentation and then these other cities
were presented so I was listening and Eastvale says they have 55,000
residential units to go up Perris has several thousand downtown only the
downtown Riverside two thousand units still to go up Menifee 34 residential
developments I didn’t say a unit I said a development and that doesn’t even take
into account because they weren’t there Jurupa Valley Rancho Cucamonga county of Riverside going south and so forth the rest of Riverside Lake Elsinore
Wildomar Menifee and Temecula if you just take those ones at the top and
think about where are those people gonna work are some of them gonna take the
funnel through Corona to get to Orange County absolutely absolutely
we can’t even build freeways fast enough to deal with that and that’s something
that every person in Corona should know we can do everything humanly possible
but to be honest with you with all this growth is going on around us and there’s
one road to get to Orange County unless you go down to the 74 and Lake Elsinore it’s gonna be tough some people do take Metrolink but I want
to tie in a question here to Metrolink and I want to go back to that McKinley
Bridge because according to statistics given to us in 2011 there were 42
freight trains that traveled through the McKinley book through Corona 42
there were 23 Metrolink 3 Amtrak for a total of 69 look where we’re going in
2035 91 freight trains and they expect them to be longer
each one of them 42 Metrolink for Amtrak so I put on air will there be space I’m
hoping BNSF can figure out how to get all those trains on there and more
importantly that they can still operate Metrolink with all those freight trains
that are longer I’ve always wondered why we never went
to a monorail system never did it never even thought about it alright let’s get off that let’s go to
something oh wait it’s homelessness so homelessness the council we did set up a
Homelessness Resources Committee they have been busy
Councilmember Steiner is on it and Council Member Carrillo, they’ve worked with Path
of Life to establish beds so that our homeless can utilize them we worked
diligently with our own Police Department we’re working with the County
Department of Public Services County Veterans Services I’m skipping down to
the City Net we hired them we’re working diligently with them they give us
updates frequently and as I said we added a million dollars for the first
time to the budget to help with this situation but the one that I skipped is
the most critical the partnerships Corona cannot do this alone it’s just
not possible we’ve got to partner up with the county we’ve got to look at
partnering with another city or cities and we have to be sure we have all the
public agencies with us as well and that committee is doing that they’re reaching
out to all of these organizations to put it together we have to build a
partnerships so we can then put together the program and then figure out where
it’s gonna be and the committee is working diligently with the rest of us
and Council and staff to do just that is it gonna be overnight heck no but I’m
just telling you that we are working on it we also have workforce housing there
are many people in our community they work hard but paying a rent is extremely
difficult it’s expensive to live in Corona it’s expensive to live in
Southern California so there’s work force housing and that’s to help these
folks find housing that’s adding more reasonable rate and you can see the
income levels for work force housing what constitutes it so we have a couple
of facilities we’ve got one going up right now but there is still there is
still a waiting list of 400 people waiting for the workforce housing so wow
we tend to think about everybody lives like we do there are a lot of people
that don’t they struggle but they’re not homeless they’re just working as hard as
they can and they’re trying to make do oh I don’t I know you guys don’t care
about this retailing restaurants okay so we used to
have a K-Mart I hope some of you remember the K-Mart so that’s been replaced with
Adi and Chuze Fitness that must be one popular place cuz I drive by there
and that place is packed a lot of the time and then other stores that are up
there how about Metro and Main or the old Vons and all that work so the
picture dynamic vibrant area that’s come into the city just recently and some
great restaurants are going in there it just is powerful to go down and
enjoy that area in lamppost across the street and so forth out of
the 15 and Foothill Parkway whole new development going up the Starbucks just
opened it just opened just because we need 15 Starbucks you can see what
they’re getting in at that location they’re building out everything there
will be a new hotel going in there but that’s not slated yet so there’s nobody
selected for that you see a rendering at the top new development coming in for us Lazy Dog so the picture up in the upper
left I drove over the yesterday I went beyond the fence took a picture got
yelled at what are you doing on here you don’t have a hard hat I got a hard head
but anyway thank you so I took off but you can see some of the renderings of
other locations so that’s coming out at McKinley where the old Claim Jumper was
I can see Councilwoman Casillas is smiling over there
Bedford marketplace is coming this is over at Cajalco in the 15 where the new
homes development is going this is a whole new retail restaurant location
that is slated for that area as well this is at Dos Lagos and I’m gonna give
you a point of reference it’s where the mall actually is the Dos
Lagos part so if you look at the toward the right you’ll see Trader Joe’s so
that kind of gives you a bearings and then Temescal Canyon Road is at the
bottom and then over on the left is Dos Lagos Drive so if you kind of
have your bearings this is a new retail facility coming in restaurants and
retail as I said and a hotel and the hotel is signed on its Home to Suites by
Hilton we’ll be coming in there this way I laid this out you can’t really tell but
the road that is going toward the top of that rendering that will connect in to
the rest of Dos Lagos the middle of the shops there I thought you might be
interested in some statistics I’m gonna spare you and I’m not going to read them
to you I’m gonna give you a chance to take a look at so I hope some of those were interesting
to you so moving forward where are we going what do I see is the direction let’s just look familiar
was like slide three I talked about the strategic plan it sets the priorities it
tells us where we’re going it gives us focus and resources I talked about the
budget you can’t go forward if you don’t remember that what’s in your strategic
plan or you rewrite it and you don’t follow your budget and plan so I have to
bring us back to the suggestions made by our city manager and those have to be a
focus including the 1% sales tax we have to sustain ourselves to be able to pay
for public safety to pay for the other services to cover CalPERS as I’ve
explained it to you that’s going to be something that we’ve got to focus on so these items will be there other things that are certainly a focus
and I’ve talked about some of these jobs growth is obviously going to be their
family and senior citizen activities really important to me
fiscal stability infrastructure medical facility expansion maybe that’s
because I’m getting older employee training and collaboration fire trucks
mechanics all right something else is coming for
us I showed you the traffic management center correct
so we keep expanding upon that we keep adding cameras as we build out so that
we can see them we can operate them we can control them we can sync them but I
also want to make you aware of this website quick map dot dot dot Cal
dot-gov but the reason I’m pointing this out to
you is it provides information at this website that’s not available
other locations and you can go on this website and before you head out wherever
you’re going it’ll tell you how many minutes those are minutes how many
minutes to get to those locations so if I’m over there where it says minutes the
Lincoln so I’m sitting it that would be the 15 and Foothill El Cerrito so to
get the Lincoln is 8 minutes when I took that snapshot and I’ve put three of them up there so
if you go on there you can tag those and see how long it’s gonna take you can
also where those red circles or you can also tag those and see how long it’s
gonna take you to go places on the freeway the difference is the ones on
the freeway those LCD projectors displays they’re up
and operational these are not yet operational they’re only on the website
so I wanted to let you know that they’re there and I also want to let you know
that that’s coming for some displays along our streets something else if
you’re from The Crossings area or Dos Lagos it’s I know you guys have gone
through a lot of power outages we’re not ignoring it the City Council is not
ignoring it but right now there’s only one line that goes there when that line
has a problem providing electricity that power gets shut down until Edison can
get there and fix it and and it’s usually that it’s usually
Edison so they have to get there and fix it well working with Edison and Tom
Moody and his staff of DWP we’ve got a plan the city is putting in 2.2 million
dollars to put in a 33 kilovolt line a secondary line so that if the main line
goes down within five minutes the other line can be kicked on and get power
there so that’s a big step and it’s gonna take a little while about 18
months to get that done but I just want you to know that it’s not being ignored
that there is something coming for that give some relief out there in the future
we want to continue the focus on jobs here is this used to be the old cheese
plant so there’s a nice big development out there it’s already leased out which
is great news that’ll bring jobs into our community there are three buildings
out on Temescal Canyon Road brand-new and they’re already filled one from a
company that came from Riverside another one from Orange County and another
company that needed to expand they’re already here but they wanted to expand
they wanted to give more jobs so they picked up
the buildings as well so another opportunity for economic development and
jobs jobs jobs out of the Lake Shore by Dos Lagos we have the six-story
building that site actually was planned to have three buildings they built the
first one well it’s unbilled out and they say
they’re ready to go for the second building so they’re putting it up now
and then in the future we’ll have a third building coming out there again
additional jobs coming our way really great for our community Corona Mall i want to give you an update
on the corona mall first off this is not part of the lab company if you’re
familiar with the lab company but another set of developers there comes
the Starbucks for ya at 8th and Main so you can go from one or the other to the
other to the other so if you’re like my Tyler you know she can slurp those
suckers down pretty quick I worked my way around town so that’s coming in
there and then if we’re looking at the south part of the mall by the south part
of the mall I mean here’s the 99-cent store that strip they the little strip
that’s attached to it not the two-story and then the other piece going over
toward a bank the Lab Holdings company which we have been working with for a
couple of years now it’s a tough process to get through but they want to move in
and start going they on most of the spaces there these are some renderings
from them about what they would like to start to create on the south part of the
mall again that’s the part where 99-cent store they’re not touching the 99-cent
store because they don’t own it but these are some renderings if you’ve been
to the packing house they have some very dynamic ideas and if you have not been
to the packing house I strongly suggest that you go there and take a look you’ll
just find out how much creativity they have also in talking with one of them a
couple of weeks ago and and yesterday during our study session they’re already
looking outside the mall area for potential future growth for their
company they’re looking at calling the South Area rest area just so people can
come that can relax revived and so forth and they were even they even mentioned
yesterday where the theater was that they’re thinking about putting in a a
jazz place in there so this is the North portion of the mall and they own around
51% of the spaces there which makes it a real challenge when you don’t own the
whole thing you only own 51% but they are working forward on this and they
have ideas their working name is Union and they are considering putting some
shade structure over the center part of the mall so that that becomes an
entertainment it becomes alive yeah they can bring in if you’ve been in the
packinghouse you’ll know places to eat and things for kids to do so I’m really
excited about this this group another rendering here for them and that one
down there in the lower right kind of highlights that portion that they’re
talking about putting a shade type structure wood or something else here’s
another one another idea that they have for that area
that’s not feel good it feels great I’m just saying yeah do it let’s get on with
it but it’s not easy but we’re stepping forward like continuing with the
downtown expanding health care for Corona and jobs we expanded the Corona
Regional Medical Center the emergency room is much much much larger and in on
the lower portion there you can see that the hospital is the blue portion but
then the yellow we’re getting two new medical buildings coming in and one of
those is already signed City of Hope for cancer treatment it’ll
be so nice to have that in town at the top there is a rendering of that City of
Hope building to come in but focusing still in the downtown just in the last
two years we’ve had a couple of do medical buildings come in right across
the street really a great sign for the City of Corona de expand our medical and
have it at Downtown do also want to highlight that the Riverside University
Health System there up on the south part of Main Street but again new facilities
doing great things for medical in our community and providing jobs all right
city manager I’ve been saying that we have an interim city manager Mitch
Lansdell and we are in the process of hiring a regular full-time city manager
we put it out in the application period ended in August at the end of August the
vice mayor and myself we were the ad hoc committee and we looked at applications
we met with the recruiter and then we have interviews coming up in the next
couple of weeks all the council will be interviewing some of the candidates
there and then we’ll be moving forward to select somebody for our permanent
city manager so that is coming so I would be remiss if I didn’t take a
moment here to recognize somebody who came in our city and has done amazing
things his first day here as our city manager back in I think it was March you
know what do you do when you first come in he heads over to Finance meets up
with our Assistant City Manager for Finance
Kerry Eden and sits down with her
for six hours going through the budget page by page by page penny nickel dime
checking out the whole thing I think that’s pretty incredible it’s
amazing and we had a budget that was going to be due right there at the end
of June and he switched the terminology the terminology changed from the city’s
budget – this is my budget so he became personally invested he found out where
the money’s going he made suggestions he made improvements and it was his budget
and that’s just one example of the amazing things he’s done so Mitch stand
up all right in closing I just want to
thank all of the employees for our city we have fantastic employees in this city
and they provide the best the very best that they can do we make mistakes all of
us do everybody but Wes Speake on city council no I’m kidding
well we all make mistakes but we have a dynamic vibrant dedicated employee group
and I’m proud of every single one of them and I just want to thank them
publicly for all they do also yes thank some of the folks that helps put
this together I said I just want to do something simple
I’ll do the PowerPoint you don’t have to do anything on that I’ll take care of
that maybe put the flags there whatever and that’ll be good
holy smokes I got their checklist and everything so I just want to thank these
folks right here publicly for the great work that they did putting this together
and you’re invited to the reception on the third floor and you should go I was
yeah go ahead you can talk for them I was telling a unity meeting today
about the state of the city and I said the state of the city well you
nonprofits will start at five and then state of the city at six thirty
and then immediately following would be a reception there’ll be some food some
beverages and wine and beer and when ladies go there’s gonna be wine it’s
gonna be I need wine I need wine yeah well we’re gonna have wine I said it’s
goes well I’m glad I really need why I said if you want to come at like 7:15
and just go to the wine I’m okay with it so uh I also want to thank all of our
sponsors you can see them listed they’re Miguel’s Walmart Nothing Bundt Cakes
Dunkin Donuts Jim Dorsey he’s taking pictures right here thank you Jim Western Riverside Council of Governments
it’s like Riverside Council of Transportation Commission just does
different things there’s a rep on from every city and I’m on that so I thank
them for their financial contribution with that I thank you for coming this
evening this will be online the PowerPoint as well as presentation
feel free please come upstairs to the third floor and just remember don’t ask
us any questions okay thank you everyone

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