Before I fold up the laptop for the night, I thought I’d share with you a few thoughts about Steve Benjamin’s State of the City speech last night — only about 24 hours late.
To begin with, you can read the whole speech here. Well, the whole prepared speech, anyway. I know of one thing that’s not in it — the mayor’s ad-lib about working to get professional baseball back to Columbia. But you can watch the video for the speech as delivered. (Or at least, I hope you can — I’ve had trouble viewing it. If this persists, I’ll check with the mayor’s office tomorrow.)
Beyond that, I share my Twitter feed from during the speech. All Tweets are mine, except when otherwise indicated:
- Did I just hear Mayor Benjamin right? 263 security cameras installed since he entered office? I had no idea…
- Mayor’s mention of the city’s ice skating rink is an applause line…
- Steve Benjamin @SteveBenjaminSC “We’ve added over $8 million dollars in public safety funding.” #SOTC2013
- Eva Moore @yesevamoore Just once I want to hear that the state of the union/city/state is anything but strong.
- Susanna King @superflippy @yesevamoore “The state of the city is discombobulated yet bodacious.”
- Steve Benjamin @SteveBenjaminSC “30 months later we’ve invested nearly $320 million in rebuilding our water, sewer and stormwater systems.” #SOTC2013
- Mayor Benjamin says he’s working on getting professional baseball…#SOTC2013
- Hey, Warren’s here! “@BoltonWarren: “The future holds great promise for this great city.” — Benjamin”
- Steve Benjamin @SteveBenjaminSC “If I had predicted accomplishing those goals in less than three years on Day One, there wouldn’t have been a Day Two.” #SOTC2013
- Good job with the Tweeting. Could you email me a copy of the speech?
- Eva Moore @yesevamoore Columbia’s civil rights history makes it into State of the City speech. And: “While cities like Selma, B’ham burned…Cola remained whole.”
- Mayor Benjamin: “Quality-of-life issues are essential to economic development.” Mentions 3 Rivers Greenway, Gamecock baseball…
- Former interim city manager Steve Gantt, who did a great job, just got key to the city… #SOTC2013
- Mayor Benjamin: “Many, if not most, of our city employees, are making less money than they deserve.” #SOTC2013
If you’d like something more coherent than my Twitter feed, go read John Monk’s news story.