Salt Lake City

Mayor Becker Delivers State of the City During School Assembly



January 14, 2015
Contact: Art Raymond

Mayor Becker Delivers State of the City During School Assembly






SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Ralph Becker chose an unconventional place to deliver his 2015 State of the City speech on Wednesday –an assembly at Whittier Elementary in Salt Lake City. 


"When I spoke to the adults last year about air quality, they weren’t very good listeners,” quipped Mayor Becker. “So, I thought maybe talking with the kids about the important issues facing our city might help bring more positive progress.” 


At last year's State of the City address, which focused on air quality and called on the Utah Legislature and Governor to take five specific actions to address the issue, students from Whittier’s fourth grade ELP class attended and sang a song they'd written about cleaning the air.


“Since the class took transit and trudged through a big snowstorm last year to attend my State of the City speech, I thought the best way I could repay their effort and commitment this year was to bring the speech to them," said Mayor Becker.


In addition to presenting his speech to Whittier students, Mayor Becker brought some fun and enrichment for the kids, too. He gave each student a reusable Mayor's Office water bottle and a map of the Jordan River to encourage them to explore nature and spend more time in the outdoors. He also donated a dozen copies of the book The Lorax that teachers read to the students the day before the presentation.


Mayor Becker asked the kids to write their wishes for Salt Lake City down beforehand and throughout the speech he drew wishes from a fishbowl and talked with the children about their hopes for the City. 


A final surprise for students at the end of the assembly was an appearance by the Utah Jazz Bear. 


The complete text of Mayor Becker’s 2015 State of the City speech can be viewed at