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Rocky Vows to Make Some Noise

Mayor Rocky Anderson July 28, 2006

Mayor Rocky Anderson July 28, 2006
(appologies for the bluriness of the photo -- I only took one and I didn't want to disturb others by using the flash)

I attended Mayor Rocky Anderson's presentation on global warming this evening. I was looking to learn more about how Salt Lake City is doing in the fight against climate change and I was also interested in the free ice cream that the Spotted Dog Creamery provided for the event.

Rocky and Salt Lake City's government have made some wonderful changes in the city: LED traffic lights, walking and biking safety and promotion; building to green standards, reducing energy consumption, using hybrid and compressed natural gas vehicles and much more.  Rocky and Salt Lake have been awarded many honors for the way that Salt Lake City and the government have been greening up.

In a brief question and comment period after the presentation, I got to plug the idea of giving CFLs to friends and family for Christmas to the packed auditorium.

After only a few minutes of participation by the audience, it was time for an announcement. Rocky started out by talking about his administration's accomplishments over the past 6 1/2 years. And then the semi-bad news -- Rocky announced that he would not be running for a third term as mayor of Salt Lake City.

Rocky wants to get back to grassroots activism -- working on climate change issues and social justice issues such as genocide. He mentioned that during the genocide in Rwanda back in 1994, the White House didn't take action because the American public didn't make enough noise -- and he wants to get busy making some in a way that he can't as mayor.

At the end of the speech, there was an instantaneous and very long standing ovation -- the longest standing ovation that I can ever remember. I admit I teared up a bit. I've been very proud to have such a progressive and forward thinking Mayor. As someone who is concerned for the well being of other people and the planet, Rocky has done much to earn my admiration. I look forward to seeing what he does when he returns to citizen-life and I'm excited to see what projects he takes on as a grassroots activist. Thank you, Rocky -- the person that follows you has some big shoes to fill.

Helpful links: Salt Lake City Green

Mayor Rocky waiting in line for ice cream State House Rep. Ralph Becker at the ice cream party
Mayor Rocky waiting in line for ice cream
State House Rep. Ralph Becker at the ice cream party


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Jul. 29th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
If Ashdown can't dethrone Hatch (not saying that he can't or won't), he should run for mayor. I think he needs to be in office, no matter what. He seems like a similar future player (as Rocky has been, so far) in politics to me. One that gives me much hope! &^)
Jul. 29th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
It would be nice to see Pete in office. He's a really decent guy.
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