The Mayor of San Jose is targeted on recovering from COVID-19 within the state of the town speech

Mayor Sam Liccardo painted a grim but resilient picture of San Jose battling the COVID-19 pandemic, forest fires and civil unrest at the end of the year.

His sixth such address, originally planned for spring, was postponed until a face-to-face speech was possible. Since that time had never come, Liccardo gave the speech on Facebook Live on December 30th, just in time for the New Year.

“Our city is suffering like never before. … We were injured and beaten. But we’re not bowed, ”said Liccardo.

Mayor Sam Liccardo gives the address of the city’s state via Facebook Live.

He opened the speech by recognizing Patricia Dowd, 57, who lives in San Jose and became the first person to die of COVID-19 on American soil, and told a story about a resident named Celina who worked on a city-funded electrician- Attended a training course – held outdoors on COVID-19.

For Liccardo, Celina – a formerly imprisoned resident – was the image of resilience. Against a backdrop of a pandemic, Liccardo said Celina was grateful for the county’s alcohol rehabilitation program, for her recovery from addiction, and for the recently built “tiny house” that protected her from the cold. Despite the personal challenges, Celina still took the time to distribute food to families in need, the mayor said.

The mayor touched the “range of emotions” felt by everyone who grieves, struggles and tries to survive after months of illness and catastrophe. Amid the common frustration, exhaustion, fear, anger and outrage, Liccardo urged residents to stay strong and believe in one another.

“Our faith teaches that even though we remain physically separate, we still live together in one community, one city,” Liccardo said. “It creates the collective resilience needed to emerge stronger from this pandemic – but only if we work together.”

Liccardo thanked the thousands of residents who had come together to distribute groceries to families, key workers, including grocery store clerks, senior supervisors, delivery staff and health care workers “who put themselves at risk every day to serve us all and support them “.

He paid tribute to the work of Neha and Eshan Rachapudi, two high school students and town librarians who printed 3D face shields for a local hospital, and thanked protesters on Santa Clara Street for picking up rubbish from the George Floyd protests the night before picked up the streets.

He thanked the city workers who had worked long nights in the Emergency Operations Center and praised their efforts to help businesses open up the outdoors, close the digital divide, minimize food insecurity, shelter the homeless and the disease in the Eliminate city. He also noted that the San Jose Fire Department has taken steps to improve emergency response times.

As Liccardo spoke, images of residents and city workers flashed on and off the screen.

Liccardo pointed out his recent breach of state COVID-19 health guidelines to encourage residents to ponder the collective good.

“After my own transgression at a Thanksgiving dinner with my wife and six family members, many residents confessed to me that they too had deviated from one or the other health regime during this pandemic. So let this be a moment for all of us to commit again and make it better for each other, ”Liccardo said.

The mayor said his main focus in 2021 will be on struggling families and small businesses. Liccardo said he would advocate the extension of the nationwide eviction moratorium and call on congressional leaders to provide a stronger aid package.

A plan to “reorganize policing” and make officials accountable after a year of reckoning with police brutality and racial bias is also at the forefront of the mayor’s plans for 2021. Liccardo believes that the police and racial injustice debate is not the investment should stifle more resources for teens – especially teens with color.

“Let’s make San Jose the first city in America where a child’s trajectory isn’t restricted by their zip code, immigration status, or race,” Liccardo said.

Incoming Councilor David Cohen said Liccardo’s speech touched the right points. He was glad that the mayor didn’t lose sight of the pre-COVID-19 problems.

“I am grateful for his call for unity and his reputation for all of us to work together to try to resolve these issues together,” said Cohen.

Matt Mahan, who will soon replace the retired Johnny Khamis on the city council, said Liccardo gave an “authentic and inspiring” presentation.

“However, what really struck me came later in the speech when he was thinking about how local government is evolving to respond to this crisis and how the city has traditionally been addressing new challenges such as food distribution and digital inclusion were not part of the city government’s purview, ”Mahan said.

Mahan said he looks forward to helping San Jose grow and provide resources to residents.

Liccardo ended the speech hopefully.

“When our days are up and history tells future generations our troubles, a very different narrative will emerge than the one we have read in our time. It will tell our descendants about our shared faith – one that has inspired us to overcome our physical separation, to act together, to give courageously, and courageously to adapt, ”Liccardo said.

“This narrative will show how we endured fires that together forged a stronger alloy and created a“ better normal ”. This is our moment to write a new chapter for our city, to define our generation’s special place in history and to lead a critically ill nation on a path of healing, ”he said.

To see the Mayor’s speech, visit Liccardo’s Facebook page.

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