September has always been one of my favorite months: a transition from the more casual days of summer and an optimistic look forward at all we will accomplish. While 2020 differs in so many ways, the optimism of September still holds true.

I say this with deep recognition of the challenges and losses we have faced over the past six months and will continue to address for some time. Yet thanks to all of you, we are emerging. With COVID numbers dropping and safe re-openings increasing, there is plenty of room for optimism.

On September 17, 2020, at 6 p.m., we will share our Virtual State of the City address with all of you. Our theme: Strengthened by Community provides a nod to the connectivity of residents, businesses and the City, as we addressed challenges, continued to provide services, progressed on key projects, and moved together through a year like no other.

We hope that you will join us for the event as it is live-streamed on the City of Murrieta and the Murrieta Wildomar Chamber of Commerce Facebook pages. We will also post a recorded version to our website. What a great way to welcome September!

On a final note: I want to send a shout out to Cindy Warren from Creative Media Solutions and JAGS Gives Back. Cindy supports local veterans and has been sponsoring lunches for essential workers at City Hall during COVID. Just one more example of our amazing, connected community at work!

As always, stay safe and well.