While budget uncertainties persist heading into 2013, Glendora school and city officials anticipated new projects, technology and services to define the new year during Thursday’s State of the City Address.
The banquet, hosted by the Glendora Chamber of Commerce at the Glendora Country Club, featured Mayor Gene Murabito, Police Chief Rob Castro, Citrus College President Dr. Geraldine Perri, Glendora Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Robert Voors and Charter Oak Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Mike Hendricks.
Murabito highlighted future development projects such as the Monrovia Nursery residential development and a 260-unit apartment complex on East Route 66 poised to be major revenue generators for the city.
He also introduced new technology on the horizon, including new automatic library checkout technology, and improvements to local parks and trails.
Still, the loss of the city’s redevelopment agency is still impacting the city and its residents, said Murabito.
“We recognize that the economic challenges of the past few years are still with us, and we must remain vigilant in our work and our approach,” said Murabito.
Police Chief Rob Castro presented figures indicating the Governor’s prison realignment plan is taking its toll on public safety. According to Castro, in the last year Glendora Police made 73 arrests of AB 109 releases who committed a new crime in Glendora.
Property crimes are on the rise because of AB 109, he said.
Castro also introduced new department technology, including electronic ticket devices and mobile fingerprint data detectors.