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Alhambra City Council To Set Goals at Strategic Planning Meeting

Photo by David Muñoz.


Alhambra , CA United States

The Alhambra City Council will set city priorities for the next fiscal year during a special daylong meeting Thursday at the Alhambra Civic Center Library.

During the meeting, the City Council will draft a strategic plan for the upcoming fiscal year, according to the meeting agenda. The strategic plan contains priorities that city staff works on throughout the year. The City Council is expected to discuss specific goals at this meeting with the city manager and city department heads, divided into categories including economic development, transportation and governing and internal matters. Patrick Ibarra from the Mejorando Group, which helps government organizations with strategic planning and other organizational effectiveness techniques, will facilitate the discussion.

City Council members will also discuss progress on strategic planning goals for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which began on July 1, 2018 and ends June 30, 2019. The city worked on six priorities for this fiscal year. These goals included improving city services and delivery, with the specific goal of streamlining permit processing; and a smart economic growth development plan, with the specific goals of amending parking requirements citywide, revitalizing East Main Street, and improving mobility infrastructure.

The city also has a transportation priority, with the City Council setting the goals of adopting a bike plan and investigating regional bus services; and an open space and sustainability priority, for which the city has set goals to increase and enhance green space, pursue grant funding and engage in energy conservation and climate change prevention. For the public safety priority, the city set goals to upgrade the fire station alert system, enhance and utilize the fire cadet program, develop a police recruitment plan and recruit and retain quality employees. The city also set a strategic priority for this past year to improve information, response and overall communication on social media.

Once goals are set, city staff works on them and updates the City Council on their progress on a quarterly basis. The timeline for goals can be extended or put on hold. For instance, the goal to amend parking requirements will be updated with the city’s zoning code, after the adoption of the new General Plan.

The strategic planning meeting will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to speak at the beginning of the strategic planning meeting. Those who wish to do so must fill out a speaker’s card and will have five minutes to talk.

Read the City Council agenda and 2018 strategic plan here.

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