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Mayor Addresses State of the City for Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman spoke candidly about her son Judge Eric Goodman, who was discovered late last month seriously injured in a public restroom. In the mayors "State of the City Address," she thanked first responders who rushed him to the hospital, but said this brings to light how overburdened police and emergency workers are across the city.

2013 was a big year for the city of Las Vegas as life truly was beautiful with one of the area's biggest music festivals. Dozens of shops and businesses opened their doors and people are recovering the post-recession.

Mayor Goodman's "State of the City Address" said there are still problems that need fixing and supports the controversial more cops tax.

"We need more shoes on the ground more officers on bikes and officers in vehicles and more badges out there protecting us," Goodman said.

The valley is growing and Goodman said without more police officers on the streets, valley residents will not be as safe. Goodman also added that more EMT's are needed especially in light of what happened with her son, who still can't recall how he was left injured in a public park bathroom.

"As with our son, we were totally vulnerable," Goodman said.

Goodman thanked the emergency workers that saved her son and the doctors that removed part of his skull, but the family is still struggling. The mayor also wants to get kids better prepared for the classroom and wants the city to further partner with the school district and area-non profits to help get all kids ready for reading.

"We have a language barrier in the inner city and they start school, they don't speak English," Goodman added. "You're only as strong as your weakest link.

A lifelong champion of education, Goodman believes kids are building blocks to a strong future for the city of Las Vegas.

The mayor added pedestrian safety will also be a big focus in the New Year. The city is adding more pedestrian lights, painting more crosswalks and expanding city streets to allow for bicyclists.

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