Mayor Leitzell made his state of the city address yesterday- and wisely posted it on his blog so that he didn’t have to count on the media to get it right.
Using the web to skirt the media is a step forward.
However- speaking in platitudes isn’t an answer, a plan or even remotely what we need. What we need is a vision of leadership- a direction, a plan.
This doesn’t cut it:
- Dayton is on its own
- Dayton must reinvent itself to survive and thrive
- If we’re going to get anything done, we need to work together
- Dayton is evolving
- Dayton will prosper
In the meantime, we’ve not answered how we are going to staff our safety forces- our core mission for our government, we don’t have a plan to clearly “reinvent” ourselves- name one piece of legislation he’s introduced, never mind an agenda for transformation- like true charter changes? We could start with eliminating the policy of making lateral hires go back through our safety academies- and instead do OJT. We could also eliminate the charter requirements based on numbers of registered voters- and change it to percentages of last general election.
And while we continue to pour money into “economic development” projects that are nothing but corporate welfare- we could instead invest our money in programs to rebuild the fabric of our neighborhoods- working together with Dayton Public Schools and the Charters to create citywide youth sports programs- so our kids have something to do other than join gangs or move away when they reach school age. Strong neighborhoods build strong cities.
Instead- we got none of that. We got this:
we have world class citizens with world class ideas. Now is the time for us to put those ideas into action. This is our moment. Let’s work together and seize it.
I won’t even touch his endorsement of William Pace- but, it is his first attempt to actually stand for something- so- I guess we do have progress.
What’s the plan, Mayor?
(and- btw, I would have been in attendance, but instead I was helping coach my kids’ soccer game in Sidney).