La Palma city officials announce 2012 goals

February 11, 2012 by  

La Palma Mayor Henry Charoen predicts that 2012 will be a year of progress, purpose and prosperity for its more than 15,000 residents. Several primary goals were established by the city council during last month’s goal setting meeting in an effort to accomplish the Mayor’s objectives.

Maintaining financial stability was high on the list of priorities for La Palma. The city says it intends to present a balanced budget without dipping into reserves to help fund day-to-day operations. Remaining fiscally stable also means keeping the utility users tax at 4 percent and continuing to look for ways to trim city expenses.

Improving technology by offering free Wi-Fi in Central Park and at the Civic Center should be accomplished in 2012, according to the council. Adding Wi-Fi to other locations in the city should be explored as well. The council noted the importance of promoting wireless expansion in La Palma. Flyer printing could help spread the word about the most recent and upcoming Wi-Fi hot spots.

Becoming more proactive in the area of economic development is another major goal in 2012. The city listed examples such as assisting new anchor tenants in retail shopping centers and improving retail properties that are not being used to their full potential.

City officials also feel it’s important for La Palma to expand its online presence. More frequent posts on Facebook and investigating new social media opportunities were recommended.

The city of La Palma has been ranked twice by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The city ranked high on the list in 2007 and again in 2011.