State of the City Address- Paula’s Perspective

February 26, 2009 at 10:27 pm 7 comments

luncheonpaula by Paula Tobias

I’ve never been to a State of the City Address before. I liked it!

Unlike the State of the Union Address where they stand and applaud every 10 seconds they didn’t do that until the speech ended.
(Oh yeah, except for the round of applause for The Skodny family for decorating the City this year, maybe there were a couple of other times such as the Pipe Yard and Fire Dept.)

Many representatives from the City, Politicians, Media, Non Profits and Business Community were present, about 200 I believe.
revdon Rev. Donahue

The meeting began with Rev. Dr. Brad Donahue explaining the background of Rotary (our Hosts today).
He mentioned a Four Way Test the Rotary uses that I believe should pertain to Government as well.
1. Truth
2. Be Fair
3. Build Goodwill
4. And do what is beneficial to all concerned

As always I claim I don’t hear everything as it can be a challenge to write, listen, think, comprehend, hold back the questions that keep popping into your brain, not be distracted by the people surrounding you (Loraine!), etc etc but I try my best.

Here is last year’s transcript:
http://www.chroniclet.com/2008/02/22/lorain-state-of-the-city-transcript_122/
mayro-krasienko

The Mayor began by noting the significant challenges/crisis faced by the Federal, State and Local governments today.
Mention of providing service to the citizens is their responsibility.

Back to the State of the City.
Key phrases and terms I noted were:
• Sound fiscal management is imperative
• Galvanize efforts
• Teamwork
• Sacrifices

Safety Services:
Mention of the reduction in crime rates and homicides and the opening of the jail with 2,400 customers last year. “Criminals know they have consequences.”

The Mayor said if you asked citizens and groups like the Neighborhood Watch Group they have noticed a difference.

Lorain Fire Department and their help with nonworking street lights and the ability to do 1,100 inspections with just two members and the glowing report the Department had in 2008. (side note: I told Chief Brown he should be happy as the Morning Journal told Elyria’s Fire Department to take note of the cost savings they’ve had).
Economic Development:
The Mayor said it is built on relationships, and partnerships. The businesses that have moved to Lorain and Emerson that has remained were noted. (Side note: just received a letter that M and M Mower is moving down the street to Sheffield Village, there goes more revenue for the city).

Housing issues:
They’re targeting impacted areas, rewriting rental laws and holding Landlords responsible.

PipeYard:
Operates without tax assistance.

Schools:
The City is working with.

Waste Water:
Possibility of our new Waste Water Treatment plant that would move up the river could be a Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant. Regionalism, the future of government.

Mayor Krasienko said the city is moving forward with Projects.

“We will remain resilient and make the difficult decisions”.

He wants everyone to renew their support for the City.
He asked the Media, Elected Officials, City Workers….. Young and Old….. Democrat or Republican …..
(( HEY !! What about us Independents !?!?))
To answer a call to serve our City and each other.
adking
The Mayor likes this quote from Admiral King “We do all we can with what we have”. Here’s one I like better from Admiral King.
“If a ship has been sunk, I can’t bring it up. If it is going to be sunk, I can’t stop it.
I can use my time much better working on tomorrow’s problem than by fretting about yesterday’s. Besides, if I let those things get me, I wouldn’t last long.”

Video:
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2009/02/26/news/doc49a680c22d144204896672.txt

Also worth noting, during the meet and greet prior to the meeting Loraine was referred to as a “fixture”.
Oh My, the thoughts and pictures running through my mind on that one…….
Chronicle
http://www.chroniclet.com/2009/02/27/krasienko-safety-tax-renewal-vital-to-city_122/

Morning Journal
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2009/02/27/news/mj674685.txt

Entry filed under: city of lorain, Paula's Perspective, personal opinion.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Loraine Ritchey  |  February 26, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    I know I am sorry Paula I don’t behave at all well 🙂 I will have my own take of the State of Lorain tomorrow … but I had a great time -great food ( thanks to De Lucas – great company and a lot of smiles – Lorain has some good people as evidenced this afternoon…… well worth a 20 dollar ticket 🙂

  • 2. denise  |  February 27, 2009 at 2:53 am

    hello Loraine…I am here…just wanted to let you know.
    Have a good nite/day..or whatever comes inbetween!!
    d~

  • 3. kalin  |  February 27, 2009 at 6:52 am

    DJ Joe would be a “fixture” by definition. (a person or thing long established in the same place or position.)

    How about “apparatus?” (structurally different organs working together in the performance of a particular function.)

    Actually, I think it’s perfect by just calling you Loraine. It’s poetic.

  • 4. Loraine Ritchey  |  February 27, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Kalin I am just getting over Twits and Tweets and being Tagged 🙂

  • 5. Buster's Momma  |  February 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Paula, if Loraine behaved anything like she did at the council meeting that I shared with her, I know you had a good time at the State of the City! 😉

  • 6. Loraine Ritchey  |  February 28, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Guilty as charged in my defense I don’t get out too often lately 🙂

  • 7. Paula  |  February 28, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    It’s a Great Day with Lorain(e)

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