MAYOR DEMINGS' DIGEST
On May 16, I welcomed hundreds of residents and leaders to my first
State of the County
address. The theme, “We will build our community together,” focused on the three pillars of innovation, collaboration and inclusion. With these three central pillars in mind, I ask you to join me in making Orange County the "Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow." My commitment to you as your Mayor is to do everything in my power to move Orange County forward. Our individual contributions will achieve a collective impact that counties, cities and communities across our nation will look to as an example of excellence and a beacon of hope. As we build our community together, we want Orange County to be known, not only as the premier place to do business, but ground zero for the entrepreneurial spirit and a hub for innovation. We also want to be intentional about fostering a culture of top-notch customer service in all of our operations.
Building our community together will require a laser-like focus on connectivity, specifically as it relates to our transportation infrastructure. We are fortunate to be part of a dynamic and growing community. By the year 2030 we will boast a regional population of 5.2 million. With this growth comes challenges, but I am confident we can arrive at community-wide solutions that work for everyone. Specifically, we must collaborate on a range of solutions that will alleviate the pressure on our fledgling transportation network.
I am convinced we must begin seeking multi-modal transportation options that increase frequency of public transit so more people use it. I invite our community to consider support of a sales tax referendum to prepare for the future today. I look forward to leading efforts to pass a one-cent sales tax that will allow us to fully fund a transportation system that will better serve us well into the future. Over the course of the next few months, we will hold public workshops to listen and gain input from our community stakeholders, learn the priorities of our citizens and local elected officials, and build towards a long-term solution that works for everyone.
I believe now is the time to build a better quality of life, not only for us, but for generations to come.