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Mayor Lee’s State of the City: Jobs, Innovation, Reinvention

Randy Shawbyline‚ Jan. 29‚ 2013

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s January 28 State of the City address highlighted past accomplishments and laid the groundwork for an equally bold future. This future includes a “re-envisioned” public housing system likely to include nonprofit management and increased private investment; "world class" city transit; and middle schools with greater resources and universal pre-school to get kids off to a good start. Lee noted city unemployment has declined from 9.6% to 6.5% since he took office (California remains at 9.8%), that 26 cranes across the city’s skyline testify to success attracting new development, and said 4000 housing units were under construction.

Lee, a longtime immigrant rights activist, became most animated when urging San Franciscans to “shout from the mountaintops” for Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform this year. Lee covered a wide range of topics, though he missed a chance to address one key issue that perfectly dovetailed with his chief themes.