Last night Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey gave the 37th annual State of the City Address. This was his second time giving the address and it could not have been more inspirational. In attendance were more than 900 Riverside locals, the largest crowd in the history of the annual State of the City Address. I was lucky enough to be 1 in 900, as a student at CBU I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of something so intimate to the city in which I live. To hear Mayor Bailey’s powerful words and mingle with some of Riverside’s greatest leaders, innovators, and true trail blazers would be unforgettable.
The meeting began with Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful Beautification Awards and Riverside’s Hero Award, which was deservingly awarded to UC Riverside School of Medicine. The Awards where touching and the videography was captivating, but more than may eyes and ears were reached last night. Mayor Bailey’s passion for Riverside moved my soul.
I am ashamed to say that after working, studying, and living in Riverside for close to a decade, Riverside had lost its sparkle to me. The perimeter, borders, and all the beauty between was just the place in that I reside. Riverside seemed pretty normal to me, when in reality this city is far from it. There is actually nothing “normal” about Riverside, we defy normalcy. This powerful City’s ability to face despair in face and declare a renaissance is not normal. The rich culture and beautiful diversity in Riverside is not normal. The sustainability of this city through economic down fall is not normal.
Mayor Bailey’s topic last night was “We are Better Together.” It is not just my family that lives here, my neighbors are not defined by the fence we share; we are all neighbors. I am united with this city along with everyone who lives here. We all a part of the future of Riverside, and I am blessed to be included in the journey.
I met my husband in Riverside, I had my son in Riverside, my education is in Riverside, and my occupation is in Riverside. Riverside should not be a reflection in my life; my life is a reflection of Riverside and all the amazing possibilities this city has to offer. Riverside has never sparkled brighter to me. There are no boundaries for the potential this city and we will continue to achieve success the only way we know how; The Riverside Way.
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