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City Manager’s Update – October 2023

We are wrapping up 2023 in the blink of an eye. I would like to highlight some of our major accomplishments in the last few months; the approval of the purchase of 17101 Bushard Street property for our future Fire Station No. 1, the Police Department Locker Room Improvement Project is underway, salary increase for part-time classification and compensation plans were approved, the FY 2023-24 Annual Operating Budget & Capital Improvement Program was adopted, the Crawfish and Lobster Festivals were a success, Summerfest was a hit, Movies in the Park and Concerts in the Park were well-attended, a Groundbreaking was hosted for the Universally Accessible Playground (UAP) going in at the Fountain Valley Sports Park, and the Brookhurst, Warner and Ward bridges reopeoned. This is just to name a few and we look forward to many more success stories in the near future.

We also transitioned back to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (JPIA) for pooling self-insurance through the excess liability protection program of the JPIA; and completed the strategic planning retreat in May where City Council adopted the following vision and mission statements and our three-year goals as noted below.

Vision Statement

Fountain Valley is a safe, inclusive, and desirable community where you can live your best life!

Mission Statement

The City of Fountain Valley is a team-driven organization committed to providing excellent service to our community through our core values.

Core Values - The City of Fountain Valley Values

                                 (not in priority order)

•    Fiscal Stability

•    Honesty, Integrity and Ethical Behavior

•    Teamwork

•    Excellent customer service

•    Innovation

•    Quality of Life

3-Year Goals

•   Enhance the culture and environment of “A Nice Place to Live”

• Achieve fiscal stability by evaluating processes and attract and retain revenue producing businesses/opportunities

•   Attract and retain quality staff through best practices and trends

•   Maintain, build, and modernize infrastructure to support the growth and future needs of the City

The launch of the City's new and improved website and rebrand has been a big success and we continue to receive positive feedback; City staff continues to work hard to monitor and enforce the banning of short-term rentals in the City and will revisit the City of Costa Mesa’s group home ordinance and their pending lawsuit in the near future; the City is in an ongoing negotiation with the County on the Mile Square Park lease renewal; and continues to work closely with City Net in our continued efforts on outreach to show compassion for the unhoused population and providing them with resources & services to position themselves for a better future. 

Staff is working hard to make Fountain Valley “A Nice Place to Live, Shop, Dine, and Play”. Follow us on our social media platforms to get regular updates.  

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