During the 2020 State of the City, hosted by the Norwalk Community Coordinating Council, Mayor Margarita L. Rios shared the past year's accomplishments, as well as exciting projects that will significantly impact quality of life for residents and businesses.
Mayor Rios highlighted 2019 as a year of growth and opportunity. The City's priorities included increased public safety measures, a diversification of business opportunities, improved streets and infrastructure and expanded community programming. In addition, she shared Norwalk had made history the past year, becoming the first city in the State to launch a comprehensive 2020 Census campaign.
Regarding public safety, attendees learned about the City's efforts to foster open communication with residents, curb illegal dumping, and increase resources that promote safety, including the launch of emergency notification services via NIXLE and a Ring Home Security Rebate event. In addition, the Public Safety Department reinstated the Community Service Program, allowing Norwalk at-promise youth an opportunity to work off fines owed for past juvenile offender activity. The program aims to reinforce the consequences of adverse behavior and connect youth with positive role models.
Mayor Rios reviewed ongoing economic development efforts that have resulted in an increase in diverse businesses coming to Norwalk. Most recently, our community welcomed Stinkin' Crawfish, the Buffalo Spot, BurgerIm, Sushi Joint, Dulce Canella Churros and Grocery Outlet. In the future, additional new restaurants, including Tacos Gavilan and Pick Up Stix, will open their doors. The City's efforts to attract businesses has been recognized with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation designating Nowalk as a finalist for the Most Business Friendly City Award.
The event was dedicated to former Deputy City Manager Kevin Gano, who passed on February 2. Kevin was a pioneer, having founded the Norwalk Public Safety Department and spearheading our successful community policing efforts.
Representatives from the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and the LA County Sheriff's Department also provided an update on business development and public safety.