Downtown is big goal for Redlands
Molly Davis, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/20/2011 06:40:52 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Although the city may not be financially well-off, there’s still much to be proud of, Mayor Pete Aguilar said Wednesday.

Speaking to local business leaders, residents and public officials, the mayor gave the State of the City address at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon held at the University of Redlands’ Orton Center.

“We do the very best job we can do,” Aguilar said, speaking for the council. “Everyone at City Hall knows the importance of their job, and doing the right (thing) for the residents of Redlands.”

After his opening remarks, in which he recognized local leaders in the audience, such as Assemblyman Mike Morrell and San Manuel tribal chairman James Ramos, Aguilar introduced a video produced by the city, in which he and the other council members gave an overview of what the city has accomplished in the past year.

Mayor Pro Tem Paul Foster talked about the importance of the downtown business corridor and the improvements to that area.

“The unique downtown will continue to be promoted,” he said. “I’m pleased to see growth in this area.”

Councilmen Bob Gardner and Jon Harrison mentioned that the council will continue to look toward sustainability plans, while Councilman Jerry Bean praised the council and staff’s ability to produce a balanced budget.

“That’s something to be very proud of,” he said.

Aguilar also praised the work of volunteers, telling the audience that they’re an integral part of the city.

“Without their help, we could not provide the level of service (the city needs),” he said. “We’re very thankful for their help.”

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