The city of Cerritos has been profiled as part of the ongoing “Strong Cities | Strong State” campaign, highlighting local government success stories across California.

This announcement brings Cerritos into the fold of cities demonstrating the value and skill of local government. Along with other cities in the “Strong Cities” campaign, Cerritos is an example of the innovation and experience of local officials in delivering vital services at a time when their expertise is vital. The lessons they demonstrate could be used by others, particularly by state leaders struggling with fundamental issues of governance. “Strong Cities | Strong State” demonstrates that cities are vital, necessary and equal partners in building a better California.

“I’m proud of the success stories that Cerritos has highlighted in the Strong Cities Strong State effort,” stated Mayor Carol K. Chen. “In light of the state’s budget shortfall and the Governor’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies, we make every effort to protect the city’s resources and will continue to be prudent with the city’s budget.”

“We are fortunate to live in an exceptional ‘All America City,'” continued Mayor Chen. “And our community gains its strengths and success from Cerritos’ residents and city staff who share pride in working together to make Cerritos a special place.”

Some of the items that drew the attention of the Strong Cities campaign were Cerritos’:

  • Cerritos Corporate Yard Photovoltaic Project;
  • Gridley Park Improvement;
  • Cerritos Sheriff’s Station Expansion; and
  • Eddy Award and Los Cerritos Expansion.

“Good local government is made up of the City Council, residents and city manager working together harmoniously in the best interests of the community. The Strong Cities Strong State website helps capture those working relationships in Cerritos,” Art Gallucci, Cerritos City Manager.

The Strong Cities | Strong State campaign will continue profiling individual cities each day, with a goal of highlighting all California cities over the coming year-and-a-half. Profiles include photos, video and other media articulating how each individual city has been working to both provide essential services, as well as elevate the quality life of its residents. Success stories will range from public safety initiatives to educational partnerships, infrastructure improvements to community engagement strategies and more.