Hesperia is getting its turn being touted as a local governmental success story by a statewide organization of cities.


The city is the newest one featured on the Strong Cities, Strong State site. The site is a joint project of the League of California Cities and the California City Management Foundation to promote how cities are continuing to provide vital services during tough fiscal times.


"The league of cities, back (during the fight over the fate of redevelopment agencies), were trying to let the state and the legislature know what we're doing with the money," Councilman Thurston "Smitty" Smith said.


Although the fight over redevelopment was ultimately lost when the agencies were forced to shut down Feb. 1, the program continues highlighting ways the public and private sectors have worked well together in California.


"It might be something as small as hiring another deputy or two," Smith said. "We all deal with the same things, but it's about what we do differently that worked, and what they did wrong that we don't want to do."


Among the projects highlighted on the site are the construction of the Ranchero Road underpass, the Citizens Academy and other outreach programs, and the development of the High Desert Gateway Shopping Center.


"We've stayed focused long enough to get things done," Smith said. "Ranchero could have gotten bypassed, but we stayed together and got it done."


See the entire "Strong Cities" profile at StrongCitiesStrongState.com/city/hesperia.


The campaign will continue profiling individual cities each day, with a goal of highlighting all California cities over the next 18 months.