Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today delivered his first State of the City address to the Seattle City Council. He was joined by his husband, Michael Shiosaki, members of his staff, and a capacity crowd in council chambers. Murray focused on his accomplishments to date and his next steps in office.
You can watch the speech in its entirety here:
President Burgess and members of the Seattle City Council.
In this, my first State of City address after several weeks in office, I would like to focus on our Future as a City and how we collectively can build on your work and the work of those who came before us to address the challenges that we face.
It was just days ago that over 700,000 people crowded the streets of Downtown Seattle to celebrate the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl victory.
They were celebrating something very Seattle.
The Seahawks’ use of intelligence, getting the fundamentals right, teamwork and leadership that was both positive and innovative.
And just weeks ago we saw Macklemore and Ryan Lewis honored for those very Seattle traits of creativity, independence, authenticity and focus.
As I spoke to those gathered on the street, I found folks that are positive and hopeful about what we can accomplish as a City.
An attitude that contradicts the cynicism that has creep into our politics and media about what we as public servants can accomplish to improve the lives of all our people.
There is no better example of this spirit than the response to the damaging of the historic Pergola in Pioneer Square.
Shana Pennington-Baird and a friend took it upon themselves to launch a fundraising campaign via social media to pay for the repairs, much of it in $12 increments in the spirit of the 12th Man.
Shana is here with us today – I want to welcome and thank her for the innovation and community spirit behind her creative campaign.
It was only six weeks ago that I started a conversation with City Council, with the people of Seattle and with our region as a whole about the challenges and opportunities before us.
About the great diversity of our city, but also its fragmentation.
About our city’s great progressive legacy, and its emphasis not just on debating problems but on tackling and solving them.
And about government not as the problem, but as a collaborative partner in solving the problems we face.
It’s a conversation that we return to today as we discuss the state of our City – and one that we will continue to have together throughout my Administration. [Read more…]