Mayor Gene Murabito was the keynote speaker at this year’s State of the City and Schools Luncheon hosted by the Glendora Chamber of Commerce and held at the Glendora Country Club on January 18, 2017.
In addition to Mayor Murabito, Superintendent/President of Citrus College Dr. Geraldine Perri, Glendora Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Robert Voors, Charter Oak Unifies School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Hendricks, and for the first time the President & CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership Jeff Allred presented to a full house of community members, business owners, city staff, and others about the many accomplishments, projects, awards and concerns in our community.
Dr. Voors and Dr. Hendricks gave a report on many of the new and enhanced programs at their perspective districts, their winning sports programs and others along with an update on school funding from the state.
Dr. Perri reported on how Citrus is growing tremendously, detailed their new 37,000 sq. ft. Visual Arts Building, and how Citrus continues to receive top honors from state and federal rankings along with The Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education ranked Citrus College 12th in the nation in terms of awarding associate degrees to Hispanic students and ranked #1 in degrees of Fine and Performing Arts.
Mr. Allred discussed the everchanging demographics of the San Gabriel Valley, the Foothill Gold Line Extension and discussed how Glendora is a leader in the Valley in regards to leading many of the governing organizations such as the San Gabriel Council of Governments (SGVCOG) and others.
Mayor Murabito closed the State of the City presentations by reporting on many of the ongoing and new projects in the City, storm water mandates, the Foothill Gold Line, surveys and more.
The City of Glendora “recently, undertook a community survey of our residents where the results showed that over 90% of Glendora residents surveyed rated their quality of life in Glendora as good to excellent. Among the most favorable qualities…, low crime rate, great schools, local charm and friendly people,” said Mayor Murabito.
“The Glendora Library is dear to the heart of our community. And garnered the highest satisfaction rate in our recent community survey respondents,” said Mayor Murabito. “The library offers a vast array of programming with the help and support of the Friends of the Library Foundation. This year, their largest fundraising event, Night on the Plaza raised $160,000, providing a very nice supplement to the libraries budget.”
In regards to capital improvements and transportation “During the fiscal year ending June 30, over $14M of capital improvement projects were completed by our Public Works Department. Including street, park and facility improvements, with the majority completed in water maintenance and system upgrades.”
“In November voters approved Measure M. As a result, one of the biggest opportunities and challenges for Glendora will be the Gold Line extension. The 12.3 mile extension will take the Gold Line from the Citrus / APU station to Montclair. We can look to our neighbors to the west, Arcadia, Monrovia, Azusa to see the positive impacts that the God line has brought to their communities. While the Gold Line will certainly bring economic development opportunities, it will also bring challenges. Our challenge will be minimizing the impact that will come with the construction of the line,” said Mayor Murabito.
If you would like to view the presentation in its entirety, please go to the Glendora Chamber’s webpage at
Glendora-Chamber.org/sotc to view the video.
The Glendora Chamber would like to thank our presenters for their presentations and their leadership in the community of Glendora. We’d also like to thank our sponsors Athens Services & Glendora Community Hospital along with America’s Christian Credit Union, Foothill Credit Union, and Glendora Unified School District.
About The Glendora Chamber
The Glendora Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to Promote, Connect & Grow and we do this by providing tools and resources to assist the business community in prospering and adapting to the economic climate, while growing membership and promoting local purchasing. For more information about the Chamber please contact Joe Cina, President/CEO at 626-963-4128 or visit us at 224 N. Glendora Ave. Our website is Glendora-Chamber.org. Thank you for supporting Glendora Chamber Members.