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By Will Fritz

Murrieta Mayor Jonathan Ingram showcases city at 2018 Murrieta State of the City


Last updated 8/1/2018 at 6:34pm

Kim Harris

Murrieta Mayor Jonathan Ingram addresses the crowd gathered for the 2018 Murrieta State of the City Tuesday, July 24.

Addressing a packed house, Murrieta Mayor Jonathan Ingram showcased the city's accomplishments and looked ahead to the future at the 2018 Murrieta State of the City, Tuesday, July 24.

In a question and answer session with Andy Morris, immediate past chair of the Murrieta-Wildomar Chamber of Commerce, at Murrieta Spectrum, Mayor Jonathan Ingram said the city's proud of things like the new Clinton Keith Road extension and attracting quality health care to the city in the form of Loma Linda University Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Murrieta and a neonatal intensive care unit run by Rady Children's Hospital.

Some areas of improvement for the city include attracting more high-paying jobs, funding for public safety and other city services and solving transportation problems on the region's perennially-congested roads and highways.

"Whether I'm coming in from San Diego or Corona, if I'm coming to Wildomar, Menifee, Canyon Lake, if it takes me two hours, it's impacting my life as well as my constituents' lives, and we have to change that," Ingram said.

The mayor said the Interstate 15 corridor improvement project committee is continuing to look into ways to solve the problem.

"We understand how much of an impact it has on your life if you're spending two hours a day on the road five days a week. That's 40 hours a month of your life that you could be with your Jojo," he said, referring to his new granddaughter, "or your significant other."

In addition to the Clinton Keith extension, another important transportation project the city recently completed is the Whitewood Road extension, which adds a surface street connection to the northern arm of the city near its border with Menifee.

In a video presentation shown at the State of the City event, city staff also said the Murrieta Fire Department is soon to be the first fire department in Riverside County to receive accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International – a distinction only about 9 percent of fire departments in the country have received.

On the other side of the public safety coin, FBI statistics showed Murrieta to be the safest city in the nation, reflecting the success of the city's police department, staff said.

Kim Harris

Murrieta Mayor Jonathan Ingram responds to a question posed to him by Andy Morris, the immediate past chairman of the Murrieta Wildomar Chamber of Commerce, in a fireside chat-style question and answer session during the 2018 Murrieta State of the City address, Tuesday, July 24.

The city is dedicated to providing its residents with a high quality of life, staff said, and recently opened its 51st park.

And these successes are all in spite of tight budgets at city hall.

"We're a very fiscally-responsible organization," City Manager Kim Summers said in the presentation. "And we work hard to provide quality services to our community. Once example of that is despite lower than average staffing levels, we have an outstanding public safety department."

Fixing the city's finances is another goal, Ingram said.

"We have to get back to pre-recession dollars," he said.

The city council recently approved a ballot measure for a one-cent sales tax increase within city limits.

Murrieta continues to expand, and Ingram said it continues to be "at the front and center of innovation."

"The future of Murrieta is going to be absolutely amazing to watch," he said.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at [email protected]


Reader Comments

tomsuttle writes:

The most difficult (and important) task a city can perform for its citizens is raising the city's standard of living. The cornerstone of the structure of such an achievement is put in place by some very heavy economic lifting. It comes from a focus on the bottom line... not shifting existing numbers around, but rather adding to the actual volume of taxable sales. That is real economic development, sales tax generating development, and it takes a LeBron James level of talent to achieve.

tomsuttle writes:

As a Murrieta 'long timer' (observing how things have been done since the city's incorporation), I have to say 'Congratulations' and 'Thanks' are due both Mayor Ingram and City Manager Summers for their dedication to Murrieta's success, and to the well being of the citizens.


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