Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 01/27/2010 09:56:11 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Grant money, capital projects and a new furniture store were some sources of optimism for Mayor Don Kurth, who gave his fourth State of the City speech at Etiwanda Gardens on Wednesday.

Despite a budget shortfall and a shrunken City Hall work force, Kurth remained sanguine, reminding a group of business and community leaders that Rancho Cucamonga is still a “golden city on the hill.”

That’s because two new restaurants – Paisano’s and Candelas – are on the way for Victoria Gardens and Linder’s Furniture, a home furnishing and electronics chain, will open in the former Wickes Furniture location on Fourth Street.

Kurth outlined the new arrivals a couple of hours after the grand opening of Fresh and Easy grocery at Foothill Boulevard and Vineyard Avenue. It’s the second of three such markets slated for the city.

“The introduction of these new Fresh and Easy markets to Rancho Cucamonga is certainly a sign that the local economy is on the rebound,” Kurth said.

The mayor listed a number of city projects on the way in 2010.

This spring, a Hellman Avenue storm drain project will break ground to help the flood-prone area in the southern portion of the city. The city will also complete its General Plan update, begin construction of a new fire station and start work on widening Foothill Boulevard in the western portion of the city.

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