Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/02/2010 06:35:26 PM PST

LOMA LINDA – As economic woes threaten to cripple many companies and governments, Mayor Rhodes Rigsby announced Thursday that the city has maintained prosperous businesses and balanced budgets.

And City Hall isn’t about to interfere with that, he promised at the annual State of the Community Luncheon, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.

“As you know, the business of America is business, and the business of Loma Linda is business,” he said. “We plan to get out of the way and let you do what you do best.”

Rigsby said the city trimmed its budget by 20 percent to account for decreased tax revenues, without cutting services.

Rigsby highlighted other accomplishments of the year, such as bringing in a water-treatment plant, two restaurants – Cuca’s and Mr. Kabob, finishing preparations on a trailhead and recalibrating traffic lights. The crowd applauded as he said the city was doing away with cameras that track red-light violations.

Ongoing efforts include disaster preparedness, including discussions with Colton over a combined disaster plan, and negotiations to keep trains from blaring their whistles as they pass through the city.

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