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Alhambra mayor talks public safety and new business in State of the City address

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Alhambra , 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.

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2 thoughts on “Alhambra mayor talks public safety and new business in State of the City address”

  1. Too bad that this important city address was at noon on a weekday and you had to RSVP and pay $30 to attend. Not what I would call inclusive city policy. But pretty much the norm at city hall. Please try harder city hall. You work for everyone in the city, not just the Chamber and your besties.

    1. Linda Trevillian

      Seems to me that the items that Sham highlighted are what every city should be doing for its citizens every day (repaving streets, sprucing up parks, attracting new businesses; fast-food doesn’t exactly thrill me, and I don’t eat it, but yes, it does bring in business) and the like. The housing projects are laughable, though. Hundreds of trees were destroyed to accommodate the Midwick Collection, which looks nothing like the plans that the developed shared at planning commission and city council meetings and is far beyond the reach of most people who want to live in Alhambra. The same will occur at the Marengo Project unless we can find a way to stop it. When many residents are concerned about affordable housing and caring for the homeless, this is the best the city can offer us? Shame.

      Finally, the State of the City address should take place at a time and place that is convenient to most residents and should be free to all.

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