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But there was another wrinkle to the 2-hour long event at the Grand Theatre. Mayor Brent Ives, ostensibly giving a glimpse of the city's present and future, took a swipe at one of his rivals in the 2008 mayoral election.
He landed a body blow to Celeste Garamendi, who happened to be in attendance, saying the slow-growth law she helped author is hurting the city:
“Certainly any time a city has a reputation for being a slow-growth city, it is an economic weakness. It’s difficult when you have a reputation in the business industry out there — when you have a reputation for being slow growth, it’s difficult to mitigate.”
He also seemed to hit hot-button anti-growth activists in his speech's final minutes:
“This isn’t a selfish pursuit serving your community. This is not a place for single issue — this is a place for broad understanding of what it takes to make a healthy city."
The Press editorial board promised the 2008 election wouldn't be boring. No kidding.