“The State of the City is strong.”
That was the message from Mayor Ivy Taylor Tuesday.
“But, ‘hay que trabajar,’ San Antonio,” she said. “There’s still work to be done.”
That was the major theme of her speech at a joint chambers of commerce luncheon at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center.
Her vision for the city: “A globally competitive city, where each of us has the opportunity to prosper.”
The keys, she said, are growing the city’s local and international economic competitiveness, delivering infrastructure in a fiscally responsible way, and working together so each one can prosper.
She said the city’s long-term competitiveness depends on smart governing and planning for that must start now.
“As San Antonio welcomes another million people by 2040, we need more places like The Pearl,” Taylor said, highlighting its shopping, dining, and living aspects. “And we can’t let quality suffer at the hands of quantity.”
She even delivered a message to the leaders of the San Antonio Police Officers Association and the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association, regarding to contract impasse.
“Our community needs you to get back to work immediately on resolving this issue,” she said. “Their refusal to even negotiate is not acceptable.”
And, there are rave reviews for the Mayor’s State of the City address.
“I thought the Mayor did a fabulous job of laying out a vision,” Henry Cisneros told KTSA News. “The sense of bringing the city together, focusing on infrastructure we can afford, and focusing on our economic future.”
“It’s one of the best speeches I’ve heard,” Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff said.
He applauded Mayor Taylor for tackling some controversial issues, like police and fire union contract negotiations.
“That takes some guts and I like to see that from local electeds.”
Councilman Ray Lopez said the Mayor delivered a simple message: Let’s get to work.
“We’ve got a lot of opportunity ahead and getting to work is going to ensure some success,” he said.