At the end of the last Poway City Council meeting of the year, Mayor Steve Vaus commented that people have asked him when he was going to do a state of the city address.
“I’ve watched mayors all over the county do fancy state of the city addresses,” he said. “Well, elaborate and fancy is not my style. I am going to give you the shortest state of the city address ever delivered.
“We are the safest city in the county.
“We have the best roads and infrastructure.
“We have incomparable parks and open space.
“Our staff – from top to bottom, along with firefighters and deputy sheriffs – are the best of the best.
“Our volunteers are generous and talented.
“We spend the people’s money wisely.
“We have sufficient and appropriate reserves.
“Our council members – to a man – are engaged and accessible.
“We’ve got exciting projects poised to take off in 2018: Espola Road, Poway Road and the Community Center.
“And intriguing future opportunities shaping up, such as creating an affordable housing overlay on our Big Stone Lodge property. In my view, that will be a perfect setting for veterans housing.
“All to say the state of the city’s pretty darn good, but we’re not going to rest on our laurels. We’ll be working hard to make sure that 2018 and beyond is even better.
“So there you have it – the state of the city. Second to none. To all those who have played a part in making that possible, thank you. Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. And Happy New Year.”