City Manager's Page

Fall 2018



The year is quickly coming to an end and we can look back on great progress and accomplishment throughout the community.

  • Summerfest was a huge success yet again thanks to the community partnerships that pull together each year and make things happen.
  • Police officer recruitment has resulted in 12 new officers being hired over the course of the year which must be a record for Fountain Valley. We are still a couple positions short of being fully staffed but it is nice to not see such a large vacancy list like we had several years ago. 
  • Two summer paving projects were completed successfully: Euclid between Slater and Warner was repaved, as was the neighborhood streets in “Quadrant H2”, which is City speak for the area bounded by Harbor Blvd., Newhope St., Heil Ave., and Edinger Ave. We are thankful for Measure HH funding which helps us keep this valuable street paving program in place.  
  • The 405 widening project kicked off with the closure of Slater Bridge. Although inconvenient, it has been pleasantly surprising the lack of traffic congestion that has occurred to date. That being said this is the first year of a five-year project so we do want to remain connected to the OCTA website for updates as to the project status.  
  • We have now kicked off the 2 plus year General Plan process that will involve many community meetings, a Citizen filled Advisory Council, a consulting team and our City Planning staff working together to complete an update of our General Plan which will set the foundation for how our City develops over the next 20 years. 
  • Economic Development conversations are ongoing throughout our community including within the area known as “the Crossings”. This area south of Talbert and east of Ward is seeing a number of development conversations occur as property owners determine if they want to redevelop their properties using the new planning overlay guidelines that the City Council passed earlier this year.

Many good things in 2018 so far, with optimism looking into the next year ahead.

Rob.

Rob Houston