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State of the City

The State of the City address is kind of like what going to synagogue was like for me as a kid. I start off reasonably content, but before long I’m turning pages to see just how much longer it’ll last. Then I eat a lot of cake.

Wasserman mostly just talked about the good stuff, which is why we got out about 10 minutes ahead of schedule.  He praised Dirk Lorenz for being a good guy and briefly touched on the loss of the A’s and the crummy economy.

Then he started on the really happy stuff, like the BART extension and the new grade separations on Washington Boulevard and Paseo Padre Parkway, and the new Kristi Yamaguchi playground and Water Park, and, of course Solyndra and its future solar panel plant got a mention too.

He even said that there has been a 38 percent reduction in euthanasia at the shelter. Having done our Pet of the Week page for two years, I can say that is great news, because they were sometimes killing nearly 100 cats a week during kitten season. But I wonder if that would have made the cut during a better economy when there was more development to talk about.

Nothing was said about Centerville, or the Globe, or Patterson Ranch or Irvington. Niles got a mention because the Town Plaza should be finished this year. No talk of layoffs or upcoming labor negotiations. No talk of NUMMI’s future.

Mostly, if you read the Argus, there wasn’t any new news except for Linens N’ Things closing and the Kristi Yamaguchi Always Dream Playground breaking ground in May.

Matt Artz