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Jeff Farano

As is customary, the mayor’s State of the City speech is preceded by remarks from the chairman of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, giving the chamber’s perspective on the state of the city. Here is Chairman Jeff Farano’s speech from Monday’s event:

Thank you for that kind introduction, Phil. For the last three years I’ve had the honor of standing before you as chairman of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, and sharing the Chamber’s perspective on the state of our city. Next month, I will hand the chairman’s gavel over to my able successor, Ross McCune of Castile Builders.

While I have enjoyed being the Chair of the greatest Chamber of Commerce not only in Orange County but in California, I am also excited to see Ross use his proven business skills to continue growing the Chamber and carrying out its policies. Through my experiences around the state and nationally, I truly believe that pound for pound this chamber gets more things done than any other chamber or business organization in the state. And since this will be my last time to do this I would like to recognize and thank my wife Sue for allowing me the time to serve in this important capacity.

HOW WE GOT HERE

Many of you here are long-time Anaheim residents, business owners or both. Some of you are newer to our community – but we’re all partners in one of the major economic centers of this state. Anaheim didn’t achieve that status by chance or fate. Let’s take a moment to reflect on how Anaheim became the success that it is, and why this is such a great place to live and to do business.

Take, for example, Disneyland and the Resort Area, the Angels and the Stadium, the Ducks and the Honda Center, the Anaheim Convention Center and soon, ARTIC. It is no accident they are all located in Anaheim. They are here thanks to the vision and planning of Anaheim’s civic leadership.

These – and more recently the Platinum Triangle, GardenWalk, the Canyon District and the soon-to-open Anaheim Packing District – didn’t just happen in a vacuum. Anaheim is home to all of this, and more, because the leadership of this city and the private sector have shared a vision and worked together as partners to plan out and implement that vision.

For more than half-a-century, Anaheim’s civic and business leadership have worked together to bring businesses and jobs to the people of this city. Anaheim’s leaders had the vision to welcome Disneyland in 1955 as well as each of its expansion projects over the years. The Angels came to Anaheim in 1966, because city leaders had vision to see how it would benefit Anaheim to be the home of a world-class professional baseball franchise.

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Mayor Tom Tait

Mayor Tom Tait

The annual State of the City luncheon event organized by Anaheim Chamber of Commerce took place this past Monday at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Following is the State of the City speech delivered by Mayor Tom Tait (excerpted from the City of Anaheim website):

Good afternoon.

Thank you all for joining us today for this important annual event when we stop and reflect on what we’ve accomplished and what challenges and opportunities lay before us.

Before I get into the meat of my remarks, I’d like to take a few minute and acknowledge a few people in the room.

I would also like to thank my colleagues on the Anaheim City Council for joining us here today: Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray and Council Members Gail Eastman, Jordan Brandman and Lucille Kring. All of these councilmembers put in a tremendous amount of time and effort doing their job. Please one more time, let’s all thank them again.

Let me also thank and acknowledge the hard work and talent of our city staff, starting with our new City Manager, Marcie Edwards. I’d also like to welcome our new Utility general manager Dukku Lee and our new Deputy City Manager, Kristine Ridge.

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