Alhambra City Council approved on Monday a new Strategic Plan, a set of three-year and six-month objectives for city staff. Long-term goals include enhancing communication, improving the use of technology, improving quality of life, maintaining financial stability, and increasing commercial activity "while retaining residential integrity." Read the Strategic Plan below.
The Strategic Plan also lists 35 goals for the next six months, including presenting a dog park plan to City Council; posting City Council, board, and commission meeting staff reports on the city's website; and providing information to the public regarding the 710 Environmental Impact Report process.
Council members receive a Strategic Plan progress update every six months, but City Manager Mary Swink noted at Monday’s meeting that the first update is scheduled for January.
City staff and City Council members participated in a Strategic Plan development meeting on Nov. 17, during which staff noted city accomplishments and challenges. Accomplishments in the last three years include breaking ground on the new Alhambra Place, installing picnic shelters and completing the band shell flooring at Alhambra Park, relocating the Farmers Market and celebrating its 30th anniversary, adopting a balanced budget, launching a Chinese-language social media initiative on Weibo, and re-designing the city website.
Challenges facing the city include a lack of city services available online, low staffing levels, aging equipment, and a lack of funding for community events. Staff and council members also noted perceptions by the public and others that the city is not transparent, Alhambra is overdeveloped, or that City Council members or city staff are apathetic.
Weren't able to attend Monday's City Council meeting? You can watch it here. City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month on the second floor of City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801. The next regular meeting will be on Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m.