San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee stepped up to a podium at the new College Track center in Bayview/Hunter's Point to deliver his annual "State of the City" Monday afternoon.
Lee's hour-long speech addressed a whole litany of issues, from education to public safety to (of course) Muni, and also laid out an ambitious agenda for reforming city government.
The mayor began by rattling off a list of our recent accomplishments: the tech boom, the rebirth of the local "artisanal manufacturing" movement, a boom in new housing construction, our low unemployment rate, a balanced two-year city budget and being rated the "Best City In America" by Bloomberg Businessweek.
The city's business community was thrilled by Lee's address, with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce tweeting, "Thank you @mayoredlee for your continued focus on job and economic growth."
However, not everyone shared the same sentiments. San Francisco Bay Guardian Editor Tim Redmond, for example, slammed the mayor precisely for what he didn’t hear.
"Mayor Ed Lee punctuated his State of the City speech with a nice little quip: 'Every San Franciscan deserves a clean, safe place to call home.' I agree," wrote Redmond. "So why, in a speech lasting more than an hour, did the mayor not once mention that thousands of San Franciscans are facing the loss of their homes -- and will be forced out of the city -- because of the same policies that he's proudly promoting?"
Opinions, Lee did lay out a specific agenda for the future of our city. Take a look at some of the proposals he outlined below, in the mayor's own words:
Here's a video of the speech: