Optimism abounded this week, from President Obama in his second inaugural speech Monday, to Gov. Jerry Brown in his breathlessly delivered State of the State address Thursday morning. On Thursday evening, Mayor Bill Bogaard followed suit, forecasting a brighter future for Pasadena in his annual State of the City speech, delivered before about 450 people gathered in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium.
Bogaard pointed out that while other municipalities might still be struggling, “Pasadena stands firm as a national role model for excellence in municipal services and governance.” Businesses are opening doors here and offering employment. An active Economic Development Task Force is working behind the scenes. Things are on the move.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Curiosity and its dramatic arrival on the Red Planet last summer captured the attention of a worldwide audience. Working more quietly in the Mars background is the little rover that can — Opportunity — which was originally expected to perform a three-month mission back in 2004, but has kept on going, despite the challenges presented by its advanced age and the harsh Mars climate.
Between the Caltech/JPL achievements and the growth of local business, we are relieved to hear some positive news, following several years of less-than-stellar times. Let's embrace the optimism and join the mayor in looking ahead to better days.