Santa Monica city officials were among the panelists who laid out their goals for the city for the upcoming year at the State of the City luncheon January 15th at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.

More than 300 local business, community and city leaders were in attendance at the sold-out event, hosted by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.

Panelists, who discussed some of the most pressing issues affecting the city this year, included Santa Monica mayor Herb Katz, city manager Lamont Ewell, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce president Laurel Rosen and chairman Tom Larmore, Bayside District Corporation executive director Kathleen Rawson and Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau president Misti Kerns.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein also spoke at the State of the City event, addressing her economic concerns and new environmental legislation.

Among the topics discussed by panelists were the projected effects of the changing economy, new construction projects in the city, such as the Santa Monica Place renovation, and the General Plan Update on local businesses and residents.