As the lengthy State of the City article on our page one attests, Hesperia is living up to its former motto, "City of Progress." Lots is happening, especially in the area of commerce.

This past year a number of new retail establishments have opened, including the Shops at Topaz, Bear Valley Plaza and Crossroads Plaza. Looking for some place new to eat? You might try one of many new dining establishments: Cancun Mexican Food, Soya Sushi, Chicago BBQ Ribs, Golden Star Chinese Buffet, Figaros Pizza, My Hacienda Mexican Grill, Papa Johns Pizza, Taco Time, Surf City Squeeze, Starbucks and Miyako Sushi Japanese Restaurant.

Some people might be excited about the new Super Target and Wal-Mart Supercenter that are expected to be built in town. With the improvements of the Target Store center at Apple Valley and Bear Valley roads, divided allegiances are likely to surface with those on the east side of Hesperia continuing to drive to Apple Valley and those on the west side to go west to the new centers.

Also noteworthy is that the city paved a record 60 miles of roads. The city is in the process of making improvements to Main Street from I Avenue to Rock Springs Road, which will help traffic flow.

But perhaps the most important accomplishments by the city are the addition of five new deputies last year and another six this coming year.

Bumpy roads may hurt our tires and automobile suspension systems, but crime cripples us at our core. Devoting taxpayer funds to protecting those who call Hesperia home seems to be money well spent.