Back and Forward: Charles Bergson

Isleton’s city manager on revitalization

Back Q&A Aug 30, 2018

Isleton City Manager Charles Bergson offers his insight into the city’s revitalization. For more from Bergson, check out “Big Shakeup in the Delta’s ‘Little Paris’” in our September issue. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll email you when it’s available online.

What’s the biggest change for the City of Isleton over the past year?

On several fronts, the Isleton City Council has taken actions to stabilize the City Hall’s fiscal and general operations. These include hiring an experienced city manager, establishing an annual budget, filing past audits, establishing regular legal advice, managing all indebtedness and establishing payment plans for arrearages. The City has also committed to steadying City Hall operations by maintaining its personnel and setting improved and dependable services. These changes also helped the City in its relations with neighboring cities, and other public and private entities.   

What do you foresee as the biggest change on the horizon in this year to come?

The biggest change for the upcoming year will be the adjusting to the influx of businesses and new residents. A combination of the rising costs of living in the Bay Area and establishing a dependable business environment for the city is bringing economic and livelihood changes to [Isleton]. With the opening of the Antioch BART station and the continuing rising costs of Bay Area living, living in Isleton while working in the Bay is viable — and many folks do so now. This, along with the City Hall establishing a dependable city services and an emphasis on re-establishing Main Street, are two driving forces for the next 12 months.

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