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April 14, 2008:
Antonio gives State of the City address.

April 14, 1912: Titanic hits iceberg.

Click to WEBCAST of speech on 35.

Noteworthy quote from Fantasyland: "Angelenos, lets imagine the horizon beyond our sight. Let's do it as a family. Let's do it as a community. Let's do it as one city."

Impressions from our far-flung correspondents:

"I've never heard more cliches in a speech in my life..."

"Why is...he talking...so...spaced...outttt...like...is....he...drunk?..."

"Where's a single specific on the City outside of gang stuff? Who's getting laid off? Robin Kramer?"

"From $1 billion down to $24 million for gangs, I guess he learned which way the wind is blowing. It's all the Connie Rice plan, but without the money."

Other local reactions:

Rail Riders Union: "That is a great start. Here at the Rail Riders Union, we are looking forward to seeing how he plans on making this a reality–and how we can help implement this vision for the region’s future!"

Boifromtroy: "It looks like he is setting the stage to go to the voters, perhaps later this year, to ask for money to expand rail, but will try to sweeten the pot by also leveraging what can be garnered from private investment. That is a smart move, and I am sure we will hear more about it."

Sylvia Cochran: "Case in point is the trash fee hike. Alleging that the city is currently subsidizing the trash pickup and not passing on the full cost to the consumer, the fee hike is needed to reimburse the city for its expenditure. While this sounds good in theory, the fact that any subsidizing of services is done with city funds which are - you guessed it! - paid for by tax revenues, a recompensing of these expenditures hits the tax payers thrice: one time by paying taxes, the next time by paying trash pick up fees, and a third time by paying an increased fee for said trash pick up."