Pre-speech butterflies

Pre-speech butterflies

Veteran public speaker Mayor Bogaard still gets nervous before the State of the City

By André Coleman 01/16/2014

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Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard will present his annual State of the City Speech at 7 p.m. next Thursday in the new Center for the Arts building at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The theme of this year’s speech is “Arts + Innovation = Pasadena.”    

The speech will focus on recent accomplishments by the city, with an eye on future plans for Pasadena. Vice-Mayor Jacque Robinson will serve as emcee of the event. 
Bogaard told the Weekly he was still working on the speech when contacted on Monday morning.

“What I intend to do is touch briefly on what the city has accomplished in the last year or two and then focus on some of the priorities, like the work plan with the PUSD, the YWCA project,” Bogaard said. “There will also be some comments on the Rose Bowl renovation and the positive reaction that has been received from this year’s Tournament of Roses.”

Bogaard said he would also touch on challenges the city is facing through public sector pensions and offer perspective on that.
Although this will be his 15th State of the City speech, Bogaard said he still gets nervous beforehand.

“They don’t get any easier to prepare for,” Bogaard said. “I do a lot of public speaking and I don’t sweat too much about any of the appearances, but for this one I still sweat.”
Information tables and displays from several city departments will also be on hand and light refreshments will be available after the event. 

The speech will be held inside the Robert & Adrienne Westerbeck Recital Hall at the new Center for the Arts building.  

Parking is available in the Lot 5 parking structure off Bonnie Avenue. Signs will be posted and guides will assist attendees to the Center for the Arts. Spanish translation and assisted hearing services will be available on site. 

For more information, call Lorain Nagahiro in the Mayor’s Office at (626) 744-7210 or email  


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