In a message that was at times hopeful:
"If there is hope tonight, it's that intelligent people - who all want the best for this state and it's communities - will find a way to restore economic development - and job creation, and affordable housing, and blight and crime eradication - because, those are just some of the things that are now in jeopardy here and throughout California."
And at other times cautiously optimistic:
"We begin this new year optimistically, but with continued concerns."
And yet other times just downright humbled:
'One lesson we learned last year was - "don't make promises in this economy."Mayor Lutz delivered a message that reminded Monrovians that there is a balanced budget, a well-trained staff that can lead the City through adversity, and that no matter what the hurdle - whether it's weathering a tough economic storm or a violent windstorm - that Monrovia has a tradition of finding a "way to move forward."
If there is a common them in tonight's message, it is one of perseverance. To read the complete State of the City, click here.