Yes folks five years ago this blog started. Now at 2932 Posts and over 100,000 visits with a current average of 2000+ visits per month this blog still has objectives to be of service to the Citizens of Grand Terrace. What has been accomplished over the years, may or may not be attributed to the existence of the blog. Here are the changes that have taken place during the blogs existence. You will see the connection to the blog... or not.
1) The City has improved web available information. There is still room for improvement but we must acknowledge there is a dramatic change in a 5 year period.
2) Tom Schwab, Steve Berry, Marretta Ferre and Bea Cortes are no longer in governance of our City.
3) Accounting and Contractual Agreements are being made clear and corrected as needed for past administration errors or mismanagement.
4) We have a new City Manager Betsy Adams. Although grossly over paid, she is doing a good job.
5) The use of Eminent Domain to remove a home owner from their home for the purpose of converting that property to a Private Development, Stater Brother/Jacobsen/Schwab was halted at the last home/property owner to be assailed by the threat of the use of eminent domain to force the sale of her property.
6) Reporting of Crime and Arrest Statistics has been improved and made available on various web based sites. They are compiled monthly for reader's convenience.
7) CERT training was held in Grand Terrace as a request directed from Grand Pa Terrace in the past the logistics of getting to the training site limited participation.
8) The LA Times, San Bernardino County Sentinel, Press Enterprise, and the Sun Telegram and other media have been in contact with the blog for the beginning points on several stories regarding many issues both local and state.
9) Thousands of email questions and attachments have been read, compiled, posted and answered.
10) Grand Terrace is a Great Place and is getting Grander by public individual action.
11) Public Transportation has been provided to the Senior Housing and the community.
12) Red Light Camera's that funnel money to Australia are going to be discontinued. The contract did not provide the city added revenue and it drained money out of the economic pool for local businesses and the state. The unintended consequence is that those funds left Grand Terrace and did not circulate in our own little economy here in GT.
Last but not least are all those of you who contribute to the blog. Thank You, without your tenacity and keen eyes for the details the blog would be much less than it has been. This is not the result of a single individual. There is still much to do, this blog will continue for at least one more year.
Gramps & Friends