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Council News Release

3/7/2007  9:43:00 AM
Licata Office (206) 684-8803

Council President Nick Licata


SEATTLE — Seattle City Council President Nick Licata issued the following statement in response to public and media inquiries about the Mayor giving his “State of the City” address today in front of the Seattle Downtown Rotary instead of in front of the Council as all other Mayors have done in the past:

“Let me be clear: I respect the Mayor’s right to address any group of citizens on any topic he wishes throughout the year; He certainly has the freedom to title his speech in any manner he wishes.

“By City Charter (Article 5, Section 6), however, the Mayor is obligated to communicate to the Council each June on the affairs of the City and to recommend measures to the Council. Traditionally this has been called the ‘State of the City’ address.

“In recent years, the Council and the Mayor have agreed that the ‘State of the City’ address would occur in January. This year, Mayor Nickels has decided to do things differently.

“Nevertheless, the Mayor is still obligated by Charter to directly, or through a representative, address the Council each year. Addressing the Downtown Rotary is not a substitute. I am confident that the Mayor will abide by the Charter and we expect to see him or his representative in June.”

The City Charter, Article 5, Section 6, reads: “It shall be the duty of the Mayor annually at the third meeting of the City Council in June to communicate by message to the City Council a statement of the conditions and affairs of the City, and to recommend the adoption of such measures as he or she may deem expedient and proper; and the Mayor shall, further, have the right to make special communication to the City Council from time to time as he or she may deem useful and proper.”


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