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Watch Mayor Stacy Berry's State of the City Address

Post Date:02/01/2019 3:06 pm

Mayor Stacy Berry delivered the State of the City address and presented Business of the Year awards at the Cypress Community Center on Wednesday, January 23.  A video of the Mayor’s speech is available at https://youtu.be/6qU0N_6dJ0I.      

Mayor Berry’s speech detailed many of the City’s accomplishments in 2018, including the results of a resident survey about city programs and services.  Mayor Berry reported that 92% of residents are satisfied with the City’s performance and 90% are happy with Cypress’ quality of life!  Other important accomplishments shared by Mayor Berry included the Valley View median restoration project, the new traffic signal at Cypress High School, and acquisition of land for a new park at Cerritos Ave and Lexington Drive.  Mayor Berry also highlighted the many dedicated nonprofit organizations, service clubs and community volunteers whose contributions help Cypress thrive.    

The Mayor also presented annual Business of the Year awards to three Cypress businesses for their commitment to giving back to the community.    

The recipient of the BRACE Business of the Year Award was Trident University International.  Established in 1998 and headquartered in Cypress, Trident University provides an exceptional online educational experience for its students – diverse adult learners including current and former members of the military family.  Trident’s community service projects focus on supporting active-duty military, veterans and their families.  Most significantly, Trident co-sponsors an annual Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express event – a fun day at Knott’s Berry Farm for the children and spouses of service members who have died on active duty since 9/11.  The event focuses on bringing hope and new happy memories to the families of the fallen and provides them an opportunity to connect with other families going through a similar experience.       

The AGENT Business of the Year Award was awarded to Right at Home.  A trusted quality home care provider, Right at Home is based in Cypress and serves portions of Orange and Los Angeles counties.  Owners Vernon and Grace Atwood have been members of the Cypress community for more than 20 years.  Right at Home is a generous sponsor of the Cypress Senior Center, donating nearly 6,000 cupcakes for monthly birthday celebrations at the Senior Center’s lunch program and regularly collaborating with local experts to bring important educational presentations to the Senior Center.    

The recipient of the SPIRIT Business of the Year Award was Kimmie’s Coffee Cup.  Kimmie’s opened in Cypress in 2014 and quickly became a favorite community gathering place for breakfast and lunch.  In Cypress, Kimmie’s partners with Cypress High School football and the California Highway Patrol to host an annual holiday toy drive for children.

Mayor Berry concluded the event with a call to action, challenging residents and businesses to continue exploring new ways to be of service in the community in 2019.

Mayor Stacy Berry and City Manager Peter Grant presenting award to Trident University President Travis Allen  Mayor Stacy Berry and City Manager Peter Grant presenting award to Right at Home owner Vernon Atwood  Mayor Stacy Berry and City Manager Peter Grant presenting award to Kimmie's Coffee Cup owner Kim Vinson