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Beaumont City, Business Leaders Discuss "State of the City"

The annual State of the City was held Thursday at the Four Seasons community.

City leaders, business members and the community alike gathered Thursday to hear the city's latest report card and honor those who've helped shape the area.

Nearly 200 people packed into the ballroom at the Four Seasons community off of Highland Springs Ave. and Potrero Blvd. for the annual State of the City address.

MC'd by Councilman Brian DeForge, the two hour event included the honoring of those who've helped to "beautify" historical buildings around town, a speech by Mayor Roger Berg, and Chamber of Business announcements-- all culminating in an eleven minute long video presentation on the history of Beaumont, in its centennial year.  ()

Since the city is in its 100th year, a lot of attention was given to the growth of the area. 

“Let’s tell the world about Beaumont,” Mayor Roger Berg told the audience, speaking to commemorative postcards handed out.

Though his speech was concise as the video did much of the talking, Banning-Beaumont Patch caught up with the mayor after the event to discuss what he's most proud of this past year.

"Economic times are bad, [but] the city stayed on course," Berg told Patch.  "We've kept the employees there… building homes, bringing industry, bringing jobs in and serving the community."

Berg seemed to be especially fond of the citizens, and the small-town feel you still get around town.

"It's the people I'm proud of," he added.  "It's a great community."

The mayor also spoke to the growing diversity in the area, and how it's so important.

"This community now is a cross-representation of America," he said.  "You have every ethnic group in here.  The country is a melting pot; Beaumont is a melting pot.  And it makes it a great community when you see everyone in here."

Though most of us won't be around to see the city in its Bicentennial year-- many will be in the area in the next 10 years.  So Patch asked Mayor Berg just where he thinks the city is headed:

"I see the city continuing to move ahead, and build homes, and provide jobs and [be] a place for people to live; it's just going to continue to grow.  Maybe not as fast... but it's going to continue to grow.  It's going to be a great place to live," Berg said.


jackco May 18, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Judy Bingham May 18, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Small town feel equals small town corruption. A mafia modeled city with the power of the police that abuses citizens who try to expose them. First amendment rights don't exist in this city. There is always a price to pay by the average citizen It is hard to make an honest living in this town if you are a small business that doesn't go along. Roger Berg has bullied and threatened me on more than one occasion for speaking up at city council meetings and exposing the truth about how the city actually operates and exposes the lies of the city manager and his conflicted city attorney. My citizen's group was sued by the City's Directors of Planning,Economic Development and Public Works. City Manager Alan Kapanicas and his business associates, Egger ,Moorjani,and Dillon have stolen millions of taxpayer dollars over the past 20 years. They are enabled by their city council puppets -Roger Berg, Jeff Fox, Brian DeForge, and now David Castaldo. "Let’s tell the world about Beaumont,” Mayor Roger Berg told the audience," I agree www.beaumontgate.org
Judy Bingham May 18, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I would like to ask the new Patch editor, to please prepare a story to inform the public regarding the Public Notice and comment period on the State Route 60/Potrero Blvd.REGIONAL project. It is noticed in the Press Enterprise on page C3 of today's newspaper. The total cost of this regional project will borne by the taxpayers of Beaumont. Who will profit from this bridge to nowhere? Urban Logic Consultants -- Your city council mentioned above is intent on keeping them flush with lots of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
Lifer in Bmt. May 18, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Judy, I went to a council meeting a few months ago to see what you are talking about & I found out that you are a little off the rocker. After reading what you wrote today, you confirmed to me that you need to have your head examined. So please go visit a doctor.
Charles Ferrell May 18, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Please, let's be kind here. Judy may be off base at times and goes overboard with her criticism of Beaumont, but "off the rocker" is a personal comment and we can do better. I don't much agree with her and Nancy Gall, but let's not get into personal slams. Let's disagree on the issues.


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