Despite some challenges, the state of our city remains strong and financially secure. Houston is
still the best city in the country in which to live and work. We remain better off financially than any other big city and we have the best prospects to emerge from this recession as a cleaner, safer, thriving city with abundant jobs.
This first year in office has been very productive. We've been fighting crime, growing our
economy, creating jobs, planning for the future and saving money. We've been reforming, streamlining, modernizing and transforming the way we do business. Have there been challenges? You bet! Have we met them head on? You bet! There are more challenges ahead, but I also know there are good times ahead. I am certain of this.
Nothing compares to being mayor of your hometown - a town as great as this one. The opportunity to make decisions that will provide benefits for generations to come is truly fulfilling. Thank you for the opportunity you have given to me.
The entire text of Mayor Parker's prepared 2011 State of the City address is available at http://www.houstontx.gov/mayor/stateofthecity2011.html. There may have been slight changes in her delivery.
We Love Animals
Lou Bailey, Director of Alumni Relations and Planned Giving at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, sent us this adorable photo of her rat terrier, Roo...complete with reading glasses! http://www.sstx.org
Dixie Neeley, the Founder of the Triple Me Mac Equine Sanctuary in Bulverde, rescued this off-the-track thoroughbred from a boys ranch. Malt & Jam was starved and had a broken shoulder. The picture was taken last summer - he is totally healed and healthy! http://www.triplememac.org
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary recently became home to two tiny American black bear cubs, one male and one female, who were found abandoned in their wild Alaska. These two were young, helpless, and unable to survive on their own. As such, they were transported to their new forever home in Texas. At IEAS, they will have 1.5 acres of forest, meadow, and grass to thrive in. With the help of Emotional Enrichment, they will learn to find security and trust in their new family. IEAS staff is eager and excited to make the lives of these cubs as amazing as possible, and they can't wait to watch them live like wild bears in a safe, caring environment!