Camarillo Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

Mayor Kevin Kildee

Mayor Kevin Kildee

On Thursday, September 11, City of Camarillo Mayor Kevin Kildee delivered the State of the City address at a luncheon event sponsored by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce at the Camarillo Ranch House. His remarks were upbeat, and portrayed a stable and optimistic outlook for the City. Mayor Kildee emphasized the City’s conservative fiscal principals and strategies, and said that the City is faring well. Mayor Kildee provided a historical overview of Camarillo’s first 50 years of incorporation, coupled with details about strategies to maintain the City’s fiscal sustainability, cost effective services, high quality of life, cutting edge on new issues, and public safety for residents and the business community over the next 50 years. 

Mayor Kildee provided an overview of the City’s current finances and discussed the City’s balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15. The Mayor stated, “Camarillo, from an overall economic development perspective, is a very well balanced and diversified community with a good mix of commercial, retail, jobs, and housing.” He noted that the City continues to maintain its AAA financial rating, being one of an elite group of cities in the State to achieve such a rating.

The address provided a detailed review of activities including capital and other development projects that have recently been completed, are underway, or are planned in the City, such as street projects, bike trails, improvements to water and sewer infrastructure, and the construction of a new high school in the City. Attendees received an update on the status of projects that were stalled for the past several years due to the State of California’s dissolution of redevelopment agencies.

The address also included information on public safety, water conservation goals, additional enhancements and services provided by the Camarillo Area Transit System, and the Camarillo Library. He spoke about the Russell Fischer Business Collection at the Library, which provides tools for businesses in Camarillo and the area to be successful. The collection offers business related reference materials including circulation books, audio books on CD, eBooks, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, and electronic databases.

The Mayor also discussed the City’s economic development program and the City’s continuing efforts to support the business community. He indicated that the City continues to work with the business community and regional partners to assist with economic development in the areas of business retention and attraction. He pointed to the City’s collaborative work with its partners and the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce on several programs and activities that support the business community and attract tourism.

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