Mayor's State of the City Address Upbeat

We have rounded the corner on the tough times. That was the essence of Mayor Annise Parker's annual "State of the City" address before a luncheon crowd at the Hilton Americas downtown.

Mayor Parker told the crowd that the city is focused on five priorities: jobs and sustainable development, infrastructure, public safety, fiscal responsibility and quality of life. She said the Houston area gained more than 100, 000 jobs last year.

"And that's why for the second year in a row, we are the number one destination for relocations. We are a magnet to the world."

With some 30 new projects for better street and drainage worth $250 million, a declining murder rate, and reform of the city's troubled crime lab, Parker says progress was made without raising taxes or mortgaging the city's future with debt.

"The budget I will send to city council next month will not include cuts in swimming pools, not include cuts in library hours, or healthcare services. It will not include furloughs or layoffs of employees."

She calls it a budget that will get things done. Parker ended her speech by calling the city's quality of life the umbrella over the other four priorities.

"This fall, we're gonna have a bond election and I will ask you to support among other things, our bayou-greenway connectivity initiatives, where we take that beautiful green web we have across the city, and connect our hike and bike trails with our neighborhood parks, in a continuous network."

It's a measure that calls for no tax increase. Parker said they are working every day to earn the confidence of Houstonians, and that the job of citizens is to have faith in Houston.

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...