About 150 community and regional leaders gathered at Bateman Hall at the city of Lynwood on Wednesday night to hear an exciting summary of what has happened in the city in the last twelve months and a glimpse of what’s in store for our city in the future.
Outgoing Mayor Marisela Santana said it was a year of recovery for the community, made possible by a unified City Council that has the city “moving in the right direction,” she said.
She pointed out the challenges brought on by the COVID pandemic but was proud that the city and region had pressured county and state leaders to bring needed food, COVID testing and vaccinations to the city and the region.
City Manager Ernie Hernandez emphasized the achievements of the city in improving the quality of life in the city—and praised the residents of the city for their support as the city leaders have worked to improve public safety, expand and repair the city’s infrastructure and put the city on fiscally sound footing.
As an example of the progress being made, Hernandez said that in the last three years over 2 million square feet of streets in the city have been repaired and resurfaced, an investment of $35 million and said the City Manager, “there’s more look forward to.”
Hernandez, who has been city manager since March 2021, laid out an ambitious plan that included a five year capital improvement plan that will accelerate work and improvements on the city streets, facilities and parks.
LA County Sheriff Captain Yolanda Figueroa, who is the first woman to serve as commander of the Century Station, promised that the Sheriff’s office will be nimble adjusting tactics to fight crime in our community and pledged to continue working with the community to further earn the trust of our residents.
LA County Fire Assistant Chief Robert Harris reviewed the services his department provides the city and the importance of having two fire stations in the city. Did you know that the paramedic squad answered 3600 calls in the city thus far this year.
It was a great night, one that underscores why residents of Lynwood have much to be thankful for in the past year and why our future looks even better.