“The state of the city is strong and full of optimism.”
These words were delivered by Wildomar Mayor Marsha Swanson Tuesday morning at the to more than 200 people who gathered for breakfast and to hear the "State of The City" address.
The mayor’s address, which was timed well under one hour, looked back at the city’s short history and ahead to its future.
“Everywhere we turn in Wildomar, we’re seeing positive signs,” Swanson told the city staffers, business leaders, police, fire, school district, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and other local and county officials who were in attendance Tuesday.
Swanson cited increased revenue from local sales tax, fiscal restraint by city leaders, funding for transportation projects including the Clinton Keith bridge project, a stabilized housing market and construction starts, new leadership at Inland Valley Medical Center, the Anne Sullivan Nursery School expansion, and opening of the Elks Lodge and Southwest Communities Animal Shelter as key achievements in Wildomar’s short history as an incorporated city.
“Building a city from the ground up is not an easy thing," said Swanson, who has served on the Wildomar City Council since incorporation. "No one has rested on their laurels.
“We incorporated in 2008, but we’ve been a community since 1886,” she continued, noting that the city has a community spirit with “a strong sense of identity.”
As an example of that spirit, the mayor pointed to efforts by a young resident, 7-year-old Kailee Carroll, , which are in jeopardy of closing due to lack of funding.
“(Kailee) is an example of what’s right about Wildomar,” Swanson said.
She also praised that raise money for causes and projects throughout the city. The events attract participants and attendees from across the country.
“Wildomar should be the BBQ capital of the world,” Swanson said, adding that the events celebrate “family, good food, (and) community.”
The mayor said the pertinent take-home message of Tuesday’s address is that Wildomar is a great investment for businesses, residents and organizations alike.
“Investments are being made in Wildomar,” she emphasized. “Our optimism continues to grow.”