Newport Beach Mayor Michael F. Henn gave a State of the City speech to members of the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, offering a sneak peek of topics likely to be addressed at the upcoming City Council 2011 Priorities Meeting.
Henn was the featured speaker at the chamber's lunch at Five Crowns, which drew a sellout crowd of about three dozen members and guests.
He began with a positive view of the state of Newport Beach.
"In a word, it is excellent," he said, describing how city staff successfully carved $8 million in savings in the 2010 fiscal year's budget and how they are pulling out another $18 million this year, all while opening the new OASIS Senior Center and "smartly" building a new Civic Center and park complex that will be complete by the end of 2012.
The City Council, he said, was poised to tackle issues that would be "generational," meaning they would change the city's path for generations to come.