LocationAlhambra , CA United States
Mayor Stephen Sham celebrated city efforts on emergency preparedness, public safety and infrastructure improvements at Alhambra’s State of the City address on Tuesday.
These efforts included an emergency preparedness fair that introduced a $100 discount on a Ring video doorbell for 200 Alhambra families, said Sham, speaking for half an hour at a luncheon hosted by the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce and the Alhambra Rotary Club.
“It was wonderful,” said Sham, specifically mentioning vendors including the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management who offered products, services and emergency kits to attendees. The Alhambra Police and Fire Departments also offered demonstrations, while Sham mentioned the police’s upcoming Citizens Academy conducted in Mandarin, as well as a future academy conducted in Spanish for residents.
Sham also mentioned $4.5 million in improvements to streets, sidewalks, sewer replacements and ADA compliance and $3.4 million in park improvements.
The mayor also praised recent business development in Alhambra, including the opening of new restaurants on Main Street like Los Amigos and Budda Belly, as well six new restaurants and retail stores opening downtown this year. He touted new housing and retail development at Commonwealth Plaza, right across from Costco, as well as at the Midwick Collection, Stoneman Villa and Camellia Court projects and a 124-room hotel slated to open on Commonwealth Avenue.
“12 years makes a difference,” said Sham, thanking former city council members Paul Talbot and Mark Paulson for their leadership on Main Street’s transformation.