It’s been a successful “Sweet Sixteen” years for Aliso Viejo since the city’s creation in 2001, Mayor Dave Harrington said at his first State of the City address on Thursday, July 27.
Nearly 150 people came to the Pacific Life building to watch Harrington, who good humouredly limped across the stage with what he called a swollen “grapefruit-sized ankle,” as he announced a solid financial year and commended his “city of inspiration.”
“Aliso Viejo is an inspired community. I share a deep sense of pride with my fellow citizens for the environment we’ve created, nurtured and made desirable for others,” he said. “It is nearly impossible to pass through this community without making a friend or leave without a story to tell. That’s what makes living here so satisfying and so inspiring.”
During a 12-minute video presentation at the beginning of the State of City address, Harrington interviewed community members at the annual Snow Fest, city staff members and others. The video also showed Harrington, city council members and residents celebrating the city’s “Sweet Sixteen” party in June at the Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center.
“This year we celebrated the 16th birthday of our city’s 2001 incorporation by throwing a party for the men, women and children who inspired a community, which is continually ranked as one of the best places to live and as one of the nation’s safest,” Harrington said in the video.
Harrington, who joined city council in 2014 and was elected mayor this year, said the city is in a great financial position.
“We’re looking really good in the city financially,” he said. “Our budget’s around $17.5 million and our revenues – this is projected for this current year – will be $17.94 million so we’re looking very solid on the financial front.”
Harrington praised the Aliso Viejo Town Center as a great attraction to the city. Although, he added, there is room for growth.
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