10th Annual State of the City Address
Friday, March 26, 2010Valley Hi Country Club9595 Franklin Blvd.Elk Grove, CaliforniaIf you were to ask people where they were on March 8, 2000 @ approximately 9:45a.m., youmay get few answers. I know
where I was. I was at the corner of Elk Grove Boulevardand Emerald Oak Drive, waiting for the light to change. That was the moment that it actuallyhit me! We were a city. A city in charge of our own destiny: responsible and accountable onlyto ourselves. And as I watched the traffic go by, I also came to realize that I was nowresponsible for their needs. I had been elected by the people, to help lead them and to be thevoice of those who could not speak for themselves.Now you may ask was I nervous? Oh yeah! You bet!It’s a memory that’s been on my mind a lot lately – especially as I’ve been thinking about thisevent and these remarks. At ten years, we can take a few moments out of our lives to reflecton who we are, how far we’ve come, and where we’re headed.You see, ten years ago, we had a clear call to action. What is ours today?After four decades in Elk Grove, I’ve certainly had some time to consider who we are. We arepioneers with a pioneer spirit. We were settled by those restless to take control of their owndestinies. They were good stewards of the land, good neighbors to weary travelers on thewestward trail.We are a community of givers. A spirit of giving that I truly believe is unequalled. We give hopeto others. Let me share with you what I mean. Our last newsletter asked for donations forWomen Escaping a Violent Environment, an organization also known as WEAVE. We receivedso many donations that we had to install 50 gallon drums to collect all the contributions thatcontinue to come in, each and every day, from people in our community who were moved tohelp those in a painful life transition, to make their transition just a little easier. I am
passionate about this program – and my passion stems from being a survivor.We are a City of pioneers and givers. We’ve been aggressive and unafraid to do things a littledifferently. But think about what that’s allowed us to accomplish.