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By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/27/14, 8:57 PM PDT |

CHINO HILLS >> A cartoon version of Mayor Ed Graham flexed tattooed arms on the screen Wednesday night in the City Council Chambers during the annual State of the City address. The event, attended by more than 100 people, highlighted the achievements of the city, its current state and the direction that it’s going.

The address was different in that Graham brought up various department heads and interviewed them. In between each live interview, an animated Graham would introduce the next interviewee through jokes and videos of the work that each department would do.

City Manager Rad Bartlam was the first to be interviewed by Graham and highlighted the budget.

“The budget is very strong this year,” Bartlam said. “It’s nice to be the city manager where the budget is going up and not down. Fiscally it’s a very sound budget and I think we’ve turned the corner.”

Bartlam also touched on the Tehachapi Renewal Project, bringing the audience up to speed on its anticipated start date in mid-September, and also expressed hope that Chino Hills would become a no-kill city when it comes to stray pets.

Public Works Director Nadeem Majaj told the public that the city would be undergoing a beautification, replacing turf with drought-tolerant landscaping.

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