Mayor, City Council share stage for State of City address

Partnerships touted
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Lincoln Mayor Peter Gilbert, before more than 150 civic and business leaders, broke with tradition Wednesday and delivered the 2017 State of the City address with the help of his fellow City Councilmen and city manager.

The annual State of the City address, hosted by the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce, was held at the Orchard Creek Lodge at Lincoln Hills.

“Lincolnites share a sense of pride,” Gilbert said. “America’s home town and city of opportunity are not just slogans here but a reality.”

Gilbert and City Manager Matt Brower focused their comments on the city’s successful partnerships, including:

  • Shared administrative services between the Rocklin and Lincoln Fire Departments
  • The Lincoln Theatre Company’s (LTC) use of, and renovation of, the Lincoln Civic Auditorium. Gilbert called the theatre company “a cultural force in the community”
  • The Art League of Lincoln and the city’s Art in Public Places program
  • William Jessup University and Placer Valley Tourism and the renovation of McBean Memorial Baseball Stadium. Placer Valley Tourism provided $260,000 toward the renovation of McBean Memorial Baseball Stadium.

David Attaway, chief executive officer of Placer Valley Tourism, a hotel-funded organization that promotes sports tourism with the goal of increasing incremental room nights in South Placer County, said he remembered talking about the renovation of McBean Stadium.

“The only way we can do our work is because of our hotels,” Attaway said. “We had a record year this year with $66 million in sales and $3.8 million generated in hotel taxes.”

Attaway added that Placer Valley Tourism would sponsor free admission to the 2017 Placer County Fair.

“It is the 80th anniversary of the Placer County Fair,” Attaway said. “You are all invited to be our guests.”

Gilbert, convening a meeting of the Lincoln City Council, was then joined on stage by Brower and Councilmen Stan Nader, Gabriel Hydrick and Dan Karleskint to highlight recent developments in Lincoln. The address was part high school skit and part City Council meeting and included costumes and props.

Hydrick highlighted the arrival of In-N-Out Burger; Nader the formation of the Lincoln Potters Baseball Team; Karleskint the partnership with William Jessup University; and Brower the Lincoln Air Show.

“We’ve had an uptick in economic indicators in the last year,” Gilbert said. “New business licenses are up 126 percent and commercial permit valuation is up 135 percent.”

Gilbert added that retail and industrial vacancies are down from previous years.

“Developers, it is time to start building new commercial space,” Gilbert said.

Mark Luster, president of the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce, introduced the business advocacy group’s new Chief Executive Officer Sonia Coopwood. A native of Southern California, Coopwood moved to Loomis as a teenager and is a Del Oro High School graduate.

“I am a visionary and extremely approachable, Coopwood said. “I am focused on the needs of Lincoln.”

The State of the City address also featured an introduction of Lincoln Potters baseball players and mascot.