On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the City of Santa Ana hosted two Strategic Planning community workshops, one in the morning and the second in the afternoon, with a total of more than 280 community members in attendance. The purpose was to provide feedback on the data gathered through an online survey, to which over 900 people responded.
Amy Paul speaks with community members at the beginning of the workshop
City Manager David Cavazos welcomed each group and thanked participants. Amy Paul, corporate vice president from Management Partners, provided a brief overview of strategic planning and then shared results from the survey. The city had made the surveys available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, and for the community workshop sessions, the city provided headsets for simultaneous Spanish and Vietnamese translation.
Residents prepare to provide their ideas for Santa Ana's future
Community members were able to examine results in these nine priority areas:
- Public safety
- Business/job growth
- City financial stability
- Arts and culture
- Community wellness/environment/open space
- Community facilities/infrastructure
City Manager David Cavazos talks with residents during the workshop
Participants put their heads together to come up with new ideas for actions they, the city, or other organizations could take to help. Thousands of ideas (literally!) emerged. Congratulations to Santa Ana for making the effort to plan such great events!
Thank you to the participants for taking the time to provide input into Santa Ana's future!