About 50 people gathered at Five Crowns Restaurant this afternoon for the annual Meet the Mayor luncheon event, which featured Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry and his State of the City speech.
Curry, who was mayor in 2010, praised City Council members Mike Henn and Nancy Gardner, who served as mayor for the past two years, for their leadership during tough economic times.
“I am very pleased to report to you that our city is financially strong,” he said. The city’s reserve account has more than $100 million, he said.
“It’s more than ever in the history of Newport Beach, and we did that through a recession,” he said. “I’m very proud of that.”
Curry praised the city’s efforts to work on pension reform, dredging and the library expansion and Civic Center project. He said that bicycle safety would be a priority during his tenure as mayor, as well as work on plans to outsource the city’s trash collection and jail.
Chamber members and guests attending the luncheon dined on pork loin, mashed potatoes and broccolini. After the speech, Curry answered a few questions from the audience, including the future of fire rings in Newport Beach and whether the library would offer coffee service. (The fire rings removal needs Coastal Commission approval, he said, and the library eventually will have coffee available.)
After the event, Curry said the speech was excerpted from a longer speech he plans to present at the Mayor’s Dinner, sponsored by Speak Up Newport, scheduled for Feb. 8.