Cypress After 2000
On May 22, 2000, Patrick Importuna became the City's sixth City Manager. The 2000 census revealed that Cypress had approximately 48,000 residents. The City celebrated its 45th birthday in 2001.
In the fall of 2003, both Costco Wholesale and Cottonwood Christian Center formally filed their respective plans to develop sites within the Los Alamitos Race Track and Golf Course Redevelopment Project Area-Costco on the northeast corner of Katella Avenue and Walker Street, and Cottonwood Christian Center on the northwest corner of Katella Avenue and Lexington Street. These projects anchor the two corners of the Katella Avenue frontage and compliment the existing Race Track and Residence Inn developments. Costco's plans for a 150,000 square foot store on an 18-acre site plans include a tire center, pharmacy, photo lab, food concession area and a free standing fueling station. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 28, 2004. The Cottonwood Christian Center plans call for a seven building campus with approximately 490,000 sq. ft. in 28 acres. The architecture is designed to compliment that of the existing Business Park uses to the east. Completion of these projects formed the foundation of a new economic era for the community.
On November 10, 2003, the City Council approved plans for the development of a new 74,100 square foot retail commercial center at the northwest corner of Katella Avenue and Siboney Street- between the entrance to the Los Alamitos Race Track and the Residence Inn. For years Cypress residents and businesses have been asking for more restaurants, shopping and quality of life amenities within the community. Among the companies located in this center are Office Depot and 24 Hour Fitness.
In January 2004, the Cypress City Council approved a contract to undergo a significant remodel to the Council Chamber. This facility had not been renovated since its construction in 1967. Upgrades included federally mandated requirements for accessibility by the Americans with Disability Act and improved lighting for use by those in the room as well as to enhance picture quality for those watching City Council meetings at home. Improved aesthetics, pathways and seating for the comfort of the public in the audience were also provided. A rededication ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday, September 29, 2004.
Having been abandoned for several years, removal of the railroad tracks around which Cypress was originally built was completed in 2004.
The spring of 2005 saw the Civic Center expansion and renovation project continue. The project created six new tennis courts and much needed improvements to the parking lots at the Civic Center and Library. Extensive remodeling to the Civic Center building itself began at the end of 2005 and was completed in April of 2006.
The long awaited Costco Wholesale retail center, at the northwest corner of Katella Avenue and Walker Street, opened on July 14, 2005.
On August 1, 2005, Dave Norman became the City's seventh City Manager.
2006 marked Cypress' 50th Anniversary. An Oral History project began the year with interviews of many long-time residents conducted by City staff and televised on City Channel 36. "Flight" sculpture by Kirsten Kokkin was placed in front of the Council Chamber and dedicated on April 15. June 17 kicked off the Summer Concerts on the Green Series with an exceptional performance of the Cypress Pops Orchestra featuring the Southern California Mormon Choir. A well attended reunion of former City Council Members and City Officials was held on the day of the Community Festival, July 22. On July 24, the official "birthday" of Cypress, many long-time residents and business owners were honored at a special City Council meeting.
On February 14, 2007, John B. Bahorski began work as Cypress' eighth City Manager.
Beginning in October of 2006, the Cypress Community Center underwent an extensive, modernization, expansion and renovation. Originally built in 1974, the needs of the community had outgrown the aging facility. The modernized Community Center had a grand reopening celebration on July 24, 2007.
"American Pride" Art in Public Places sculpture by Dave Chapple was dedicated on April 29, 2008. It was placed on the north side of the Cypress City Council Chamber.
The City of Cypress and the Orange County Business Service Center joined forces for the 2010 Cypress Job Fair held on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at the Cypress Community Center. The Job Fair provided opportunities for job seekers to speak with major employers that are currently recruiting. Over 1,800 job seekers attended the Job Fair, far exceeding the organizers' and the employers expectations. 34 employers took part in the successful event.
The City of Cypress and the Orange County Business Service Center joined forces once again for the 2011 Cypress Job Fair held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the Cypress Community Center. 36 employers took part in the event. Over 260 job seekers had their first interview with the employers, and many had second interviews scheduled. Over 1,600 job seekers attended the Job Fair, mirroring the success of the City's first job fair held in 2010. Also available were free job seeker workshops, covering topics such as interview skills and résumé writing. Business professionals were on hand to offer free résumé critique for the job seekers.
On July 7, 2014, Peter Grant became the City's ninth City Manager. Mr. Grant previously served as the Assistant City Manager in the City of Redondo Beach where he was responsible for the city's economic development initiatives, labor relations, special projects and capital improvement budget. Prior to working in Redondo Beach, Mr. Grant worked for the cities of Burbank, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach and Irvine. He also spent five years working in the private sector for LINC Housing, in Long Beach, and The Olson Company, in Seal Beach, partnering with cities to create in fill and affordable housing developments. Mr. Grant graduated cum laude from the University of California, Riverside, and was honored as a Harry Hufford Fellow while earning his Master's in Public Administration at the University of Southern California.