Sierra Madre elected officials and city staff will gather for a one-day planning retreat today to review the city's key goals and update its objectives for the next six months. In recent years, the City Council has held "strategic planning retreats" twice a year to monitor progress and to come up with a 6-month blueprint for action that reflects the city's primary goals.
"It's a good way to make sure that we're moving forward on a lot of our goals so we're not just being reactionary," said Councilman Joe Mosca. "With so many things going on, we're studying our priorities and making sure that we are moving toward them."
Mosca's odd use of the word reactionary aside, the feel good goals described in the article are "achieving financial stability," getting people to trust the city's government more, get people more deeply involved with the affairs of the city, and hiring good people to work in City Hall.
Or, as Elaine Aguilar describes it, "a collaborative, in-put intensive process." Which I think means there will probably be a whole lot of talk.
A "revised strategic plan" comes out of this meetings as well, something to be approved at a future City Council confab.
The retreat kicks off at 8:30 this morning at 8:30, and is supposed to wrap-up by 3:30. It is being held at the Youth Activity Center at 611 E. Sierra Madre Boulevard.
Bonus coverage: The Supreme Court has just overturned a federal law banning animal cruelty videos, terming it a violation of the right to free speech.