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Las Vegas mayor voices optimism in state of the city address

January 8, 2021 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman gave her annual state of the city address virtually on Thursday, expressing optimism after a challenging year for the city and its residents.

Las Vegas was forced to cut $124 million from its budget last year as a result of economic distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

Goodman in her speech acknowledged the struggles, but remained positive in her outlook on the new year.

“We do look forward to this new year in 2021, hoping to welcome everyone back to the real Las Vegas, restoring what was a booming economy just a year ago,” she said.

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Goodman praised the quarantine complex constructed at Cashman Center for the homeless population, housing assistance grants for jobless residents unable to pay their rent and mortgage, and help for small businesses, including helping fund personal protective gear using federal relief aid.

“We have followed mandated guidelines that have been passed down from the state, and we continue to work with our business community to ensure all precautions are being taken.”

Some residents said Goodman seemed too hopeful, comparing her speech to a commercial.

“To give a public commercial for the hotels — it wasn’t for us, it wasn’t for the people that don’t have a job right now,” resident Joyce Perez told KVVU-TV. “They’re not addressing the people in need and what’s going on with the hunger and the no jobs and the not getting the unemployment checks and the assistance that they need.”

Others said Goodman was effective in highlighting the positives in a tumultuous year.

“Especially in this time now where there’s so much negativity with the pandemic, and the shutdowns and everything that’s going on, she did a very good job of highlighting the growth of our city, with the incoming of medical and technology and education, and kind of took it a little bit away from the gaming side,” Dennis James said.