Hosted by the Norwalk Community Coordinating Council, Mayor Jennifer Perez shared the forward progress of Norwalk during the State of the City, as well as the accomplishments that took place throughout the year.
The City's priorities in 2018 pertained to projects affecting residents' quality of life, such as increasing the number of businesses, fostering community - public safety relationships, strengthening infrastructure and implementing community programming. After hearing from residents through community forums and public meetings, Mayor Perez shared that residents will soon be able to enjoy three new supermarkets, Smart Choice, Grocery Outlet and El Super, as well as new restaurants moving into our community, including Stinkin Crawfish, Buffalo Spot, BurgerIM, Tacos El Gavilan, and Panera Bread. As the City anticipates the arrival of new businesses, attendees also learned of businesses who recently celebrated grand openings, such as Chick-fil-A and LA Fitness.
For the public safety aspect, attendees learned about the City's efforts to fortify the relationship between residents, public safety officials and the LA County Sheriff's Department. For example, earlier in the year, the City hosted a luncheon with the new L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. In addition, the City reestablished task force activity addressing nuisance properties and juvenile delinquency, and enhanced programs such as Coffee with a Cop and Neighborhood Watch Block parties.
The most recent infrastructure projects and community programming highlighted included the design project to widen Firestone Boulevard, advancement of the local streets rehabilitation project, continuation of community forums, completion of a Park Master Plan for Norwalk Park and Hermosillo Park, and upgrades to the weight room at the Norwalk Arts & Sports Complex.
Representatives from the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and the LA County Sheriff's Department also provided an update on business development and public safety statistics.