Councilmembers take hopeful tone in Temecula State of the City

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Counterclockwise from the top left, Temecula Mayor Pro Tem Maryann Edwards and councilmembers Mike Naggar, Zak Schwank and Matt Rahn speak at Temecula’s 2020 State of the City address.
Optimism was the overwhelming tone of Temecula’s televised State of the City address Oct. 1. The address represented at least two firsts for the city. It’s the first time Temecula has conducted its State of the City in an all-virtual, televised format — made necessary by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And it is also the first time Temecula’s State of the City address has been given by the entire City Council, rather than just the sitting mayor. That is, of course, because the city does not have a sitting mayor. Former mayor James Stewart resigned in June over an email to a constituent that many criticized as racist, although Stewart defended himself by saying the offensive portion of the email arose from a transcription error. “All of us here today unanimously decided
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