by Mayor Tom Butt (originally posted in the mayor’s e-forum),
The media and others are asking what we have accomplished in the first 100 days. The tradition of reviewing the first 100 days of an elected officeholder began when the term was coined in a July 24, 1933, radio address by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, although he was referring to the 100 day session of the 73rd United States Congress between March 9 and June 17, rather than the first 100 days of his administration.
The first hundred days has come to represent a sample of the first 100 days of a first term presidency of a president of the United States, used to measure the successes and accomplishments of a president during the time that their power and influence is at its greatest.
The first 100 days has also come to be used to evaluate the accomplishments of other officeholders all the way down to – yes, even mayors. So on April 23, 2015, at the end of the first 100 days of my term as mayor, I can provide the following list of accomplishments of the Mayor’s Office of the City of Richmond:
First, however, I want to thank and recognize my hardworking staff who hit the ground running and have not let up. Terrance Cheung, David Gray and Alex Knox have responded to hundreds of constituent phone calls, sponsored and attended numerous community events, and worked with residents, city staff, and local, regional and national leaders to push policies and create programs that improve the quality of life and well-being for all Richmond residents.
My ability to move forward on many of the items below was also enhanced by my participation as a board or committee member on regional boards and commissions, such as the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC), Contra Costa Conference of Mayors, Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO), Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), East Bay Regional Park Liaison Committee, League of California Cities and the Local Government Commission.
Mayor’s Office Accomplishments
Business, Jobs and Economic Development
Environment and Sustainability
Equity and Quality of Life
In addition to these specific accomplishments, I have fully appointed all authorized members to five City Boards and Commissions and partially filled numerous vacancies on others; my office has participated in planning meetings for the City’s My Brother’s Keeper Summit, and hosted an art instillation at the mayor’s Office in partnership with NIAD. Moreover, Richmond was selected as one of seven cities nationwide to win a $30,000 Cities of Service Grant as part of the Love Your Block Program.
I have made numerous presentations to business organizations, neighborhood councils and the Contra Costa Grand Jury, attended conferences including the Local Government Commission Ahwahnee Conference in Yosemite and New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Baltimore, traveled to Washington DC to meet with HUD officials along with Congressman DeSaulnier, attended the ABAG State of the Region Symposium, participated in two League of California Cities Environmental Quality Policy Committee meetings and attended dozens of regional organization meetings, including MCE, CCTA, WCCTAC, BCDC and Contra Costa Mayors Conference.
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