Mayor Bob Foster2013 State of the City - 1 -
Mayor Bob Foster
2013 State of the City Address January 15, 2013
Thank you.Special thanks to Nancy.It is a pleasure tonight to have here my son Kenny and his wife Cheryl and our threegrandchildren, Taylor, Bobby, and Ryan. Welcome.Thank you to the various attendees and special guests.Welcome to residents from across the City who are watching from their homes and places of work as this speech is again streaming live over the web. Welcome all to the beautiful CenterTheater in Downtown Long Beach.The requirement to deliver the State of the City is part of our City's charter and I am proud tocontinue the tradition of a speech accessible to the entire City.Because above all else, this speech is the annual application of democracy's demand that citizensbe informed of how well their government is performing.It is my pleasure tonight to tell you that we have successfully come through a very difficult timeand fortunately emerged a stronger City for it. The experience reminds me of a sign I saw on atelephone pole recently. It read "lost dog, black and grey German Shepard, walks on three legs,blind in one eye, missing one canine tooth, neutered, answers to the name Lucky."While the economy does not yet have the strength we all desire, growth has returned,employment is modestly up, business activity is increasing and this City continues on the road tobetter financial footing.The increase in economic activity in the form of consumer spending, the rebound in the realestate market and the up tick in development projects provide an important barometer on revenuelevels that have been unpredictable for the better part of 4 years.More importantly, your City government took difficult and proactive steps vital to healing ourbroken finances.
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