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City of Glendale - City Council - Key Priorities 2015-2016
- Transparency in all we do as City Council members in order to continue building trust with the community, staff and each other as a policy body. The openness of policy discussion is also reflected in the variety of rules and guidelines adopted by the City Council with the obligation that all adhere to that guiding principle.
- Fiscal sustainability is always a standing goal for the City as a matter of course. It rises to a Key Priority level in the face of major fiscal concerns and recovery strategies. The 2015 – 2016 Budget will move the City in a very positive direction toward sustainability.
- Economic Development is acknowledged as a key element of fiscal sustainability. It could easily be a subset of that priority. However, the level of significance of a strong economic development effort is seen by the City Council as an item that warrants its own special focus for policy level support. This is a critical component of the fiscal recovery process.
- Signature Events are seen as defining elements for Glendale’s regional identity. Failure to present expected celebrations that have long drawn crowds to downtown Glendale will have substantial impact on the community well-being, economics of shop owners and ability to attract commerce. This will require the City Council attention to the policies needed to encourage long planned Centerline activity to expand the capacity of downtown.
- Creative, Innovative, Efficient Systems and processes will continue to gain the highest level of service given the limitations of budget capacity. Staff talent and comment will continue to be the critical element of customer service despite difficult financial challenges.
- Continuous Business Policy Improvement to assist Mayor and City Council in establishing policy necessary to continually improve the business and citizen attraction to the downtown core and Centerline.
- Public Safety – Prepare a five-year Public Safety plan to ensure public safety capacity to provide a level of service that is consistent with the needs of the community, the budgetary capacity and the standards of performance in generally acceptable national guidelines. Encourage innovation and the application of creative new approaches, where necessary and applicable.