City manager reflects on first year

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It will be one year that I have been back on  the  job  in  Avalon as city manager as of July 15. It is great to be  back  here.  I am  honored  and privileged to work for Mayor Anni Marshall and council members on behalf of the community.

I am also so pleased with the support and cooperation I have received from members of the community.

It will be one year that I have been back on  the  job  in  Avalon as city manager as of July 15. It is great to be  back  here.  I am  honored  and privileged to work for Mayor Anni Marshall and council members on behalf of the community.

I am also so pleased with the support and cooperation I have received from members of the community.

With  the  guidance  and support  of the City Council we have made much progress over the last year. There is so much to  be proud  of.  From the completion  of Joe Machado Field, improvements to Kids Park    (aka People’s Park)   and Knabe Park, additional recreational programs and several major capital improvements including  salt water  system upgrades, work  at  the  wastewater treatment plant,  street repairs, and fuel dock reconstruction.

City employees in all departments continued to perform at a high level. The City Council approved a loan to the Avalon Community Hospital to provide gap financing for their expansion and revenue growth initiatives.    I am pleased with the support we continue to receive from County Supervisor Janice Hahn, and her fine staff as well as the interest taken  in the  success of  our community by Congressman Lowenthal, State Senator Allen, and Assemblyman O’Donnell.

I live in town with my wife Terri on a full-time  basis. My commitment has been and remains to live on the Island and be “present” for the needs of the City Council and community.

The City Council and City management want to be certain that the community is kept informed and that  we  are accountable  for  work that we do. We produce  a  weekly management update to the City Council and entire community. We respond   regularly to resident concerns, suggestions, and complaints. We have hired competent  staff to perform  City jobs and adopted programs to ensure that  all employees are trained and work safely. We set performance goals for department  leaders and employees and eva luate performance.

We work to ensure that our public purchasing process is sound and conforms  to local and State law provisions. We strive to educate all officials and staff on the rules governing conflict of interests   that must be avoided in purchasing. We have developed excellent relationships with State government  officials and regulatory agency leadersi  We are working  in tandem  with  SCE to  ensure  an adequate fresh water supply for Avalon and working with  and examining ways with stakeholders to create  a  true  water  management plan for the City and Island. We are actively engaged with the Island Company in discussions   on the creation of workforce and affordable housing  for  full-time  residents. We are examining ways without  raising taxes to keep new local property tax dollars in Avalon to use for needed public  improvements.  We  are actively pursuing plans to redevelop and improve the Cabrillo Mole Transportation   Center  and  update and improve Pebbly Beach Road and the cliff areas.

The   City   Council  and   Staff   are working    hard   to make   positive changes and improvements  to  the community. Credit     for these accomplishments rests with    the elected leadership and with  staff in support of achieving City Council and community  goals. Our job as public employees in the public service is to remember  that  the  people  of  the community  come first as we provide the best service possible to all. The foundation   principle  of  the  public service is for us to work hard, work smart,  and  give  the   residents  of Avalon a full days work. We have a public trust  that  we are committed to   maintain.   As  a   hands-on  city manager, I  let  department  leaders and   their     staffs do their   jobi however, I am actively engaged with them should they need assistance.

We  have  made  a  good  start  and there is much more to do. The Mayor and Council and I are committed to providing  the  best, most  effective and efficient services possible to residents of Avalon. With  dialogue, understanding, collaboration and support from our community and friends of Avalon we can and will make positive  change that  benefits all.

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