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While I was on deadline talking to Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox Wednesday for an update on the South Bay Power Plant’s future, she said she was running up against her own deadline. She’s delivering her State of the City speech in five days. It’s not finished yet.

With serious budgetary problems facing the city, I asked Cox whether she’d declare, as politicians often do, that the “state of our city is strong.”

“No,” she said.

She continued:

I think the will of our people is strong. The whole issue is: What is an adequate amount of services at an acceptable level and how do we pay for it having inherited some real problems? You learn from the past. The economy is not strong. Confidence is not strong. Mayors across the country are writing the same message: These are hard times.

So if the state of Chula Vista isn’t strong, anyone else have a suggested adjective for the mayor? If you were giving the speech on Tuesday, how would you complete this sentence: “The state of our city is …”?

I’ll post the best responses later today. E-mail me at rob.davis@voiceofsandiego.org.

ROB DAVIS

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