Council President Nick Licata
Council President Licata Receives Mayoral “State of the City” Address
SEATTLE — Seattle City Council President Nick Licata acknowledged today receiving the Mayor’s “State of the City” address as required by City Charter (Article 5, Section 6). This year, Mayor Greg Nickels, instead of addressing the Council directly as all other Mayors have done in the past, gave the Council the printed text and a CD copy of his speech delivered to the Seattle Downtown Rotary on March 7, 2007. Council President Licata said, “While Mayor Nickels is complying with the letter of the law, he is missing the spirit of the City Charter.”
Council President Licata has introduced an amendment that clarifies the Charter’s requirement that the Mayor address the Council with a “State of the City” message every year. The proposed amendment also moves the date of the speech from June to the beginning of the year as has been the practice for over the last two decades. The proposed Charter Amendment will be discussed and possibly voted on at the Public Safety, Governmental Relations and Arts Committee, Tuesday, June 19, 2 p.m.
Council President Licata said, “I respect a mayor’s right to address any group of citizens on any topic he or she wishes throughout the year; once a year, however, the Mayor should address the people’s representatives, the City Council, in City Hall in keeping with the intent of the City Charter.”