It’s always great to welcome a new month with a nice, relaxing holiday weekend. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us on the 4th of July; it was a treat to see everyone together in festive attire, and the occasion truly made it feel as though things are beginning to return to “normal” again. This month is one of multiple celebrations for us here in the City, as we look back and reflect on the last 20 years of Aliso Viejo. Our 20th Anniversary marks one not only of achievement, but of strength and courageousness seen through the efforts of you, our residents, through the past year of the pandemic. I have been honored to watch this city grow; from the many businesses that have planted their roots here to the development of our iconic and historic landmarks such as Aliso Viejo Ranch. We truly have blossomed into a thriving community that we can all be so proud to live, work, and play in every single day.
To maintain a thriving and successful community, it is important for the City to offer our residents support whenever possible. As many of you may know, the City has partnered with Family Assistance Ministries and South County Outreach to offer programs to those in need, including financial counseling, access to food banks, and rental and utility assistance. The Fair Housing Foundation is another resource available to assist residents with landlord-tenant disputes and information on tenant rights. If you’d like to learn more about these programs and other economic recovery programs the City offers, I encourage you to visit our website at avcity.org/thrives.
For those of you looking to spend more time outdoors, we have several upcoming events that you’ll be excited to know about. Keep an eye on the City social media accounts for a surprise pop-up event in honor of Park and Recreation Month, and be sure to join us for the Furry Friends Pet Fair on Saturday, August 14 for pet adoptions, low-cost vaccinations, micro-chipping and more. We’ll also be hosting a movie night in August to watch Trolls World Tour, with registration for tickets opening this month on July 26 at 10 a.m. on our City website. In the meantime, I encourage you to head to Town Center to enjoy the sunshine at the new outdoor seating near the fountain or pick up some organic goods at our weekly Saturday Farmers’ Market. The Row also remains open for you to enjoy a meal with friends or a quick bite.
As always, City Council, City Staff, and I remain committed to supporting you and your family in every way possible. We look forward to seeing you around the City this summer season.
Mayor Tiffany Ackley
Any views or opinions expressed in this message belong solely to the Mayor.