A few weeks back, recently elected Mayor Lionel Rivera delivered his first "state of the city" speech to a group of well-heeled business leaders at the Antlers Hotel downtown. Other than the need to get the cash to fix potholes and build more roads, everything seems to be going along fine. That is, unless you ask around.
The mayor has given his version of the state of the city. What is your version? The City Council here in this town and the political circles are just always one sided. [They are] just too right wing. They spend millions of dollars on a fountain and they don't do anything for the homeless. What's more important: a fountain or people having a home?
What does the city need that it will never have? Some more liberal politicians. More people to represent the true spectrum of the society here, which is not all right wing and religious. What about representing people of color?
Who runs this town? Mary Lou Makepeace.
Who should run this town? There's a homeless guy that we call the mayor. He's tried to run but they don't give him a license to run. Just because he doesn't have four walls [they assume] he can't have intellect and dignity.
The mayor has given his version of the state of the city. What is your version? I think we've got a little of a depression going on here now.
What does the city need that it will never have? Good public transportation.
Who runs this town? The builders.
Who should run this town? Well, definitely the people.
The mayor has given his version of the state of the city. What is your version? Horrible, I guess. There's no jobs.
What does the city need that it will never have? Enough jobs for everyone who lives here.
Who runs this town? I don't even know his name, but some [Hispanic] guy. He doesn't do a very good job.
Who should run this town? Probably a woman.
The mayor has given his version of the state of the city. What is your version? The city's all right, but the roads need to be fixed up a little bit. I'm tired of hitting all them potholes. Other than that it's a pretty nice city.
What does this city need that it will never have? Something other than skiing, the Olympic training center and the military. We need more things to attract people to the city besides that stuff.
Who runs this town? The mayor.
Who should run this town? Well wasn't he the vice-principal or something? I mean, I guess he knows what he's doing. He seems like the man for the job.
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