Mayor praises cooperation in his State of City address
By Ryan Hagen Staff Writer
Posted: 07/07/2011 10:03:36 PM PDT

COLTON – A collective effort has already reversed the city’s budget deficit and history of in-fighting, and a collective effort will help the city complete game-changing projects in the near future, Mayor David Zamora said Thursday in his first State of the City address.

“Somewhere in the past we lost focus of who we were supposed to be serving – nonsense became the language of Colton politics,” Zamora said in a 13-minute speech in the Council Chambers. “Today, transparency, respect and a commitment to getting the job done right the first time is our true objective and goal.”

Zamora, who was elected in November, said a concerted effort by the City Council and employees was responsible for turning a budget reserve of about $50,000 last year to a projected $1.9million reserve at the end of the current fiscal year.

That’s largely thanks to concessions from the city’s employee unions – all of which except for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have “stepped up” to pay their own share of pension contributions, saving the city about $1.2million per year, he said.

The biggest applause line came when he described a $270million plan to raise rail tracks in the city to slow delays and decrease noise.

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