Here are some of the themes and goals in Mayor Jim Ridenour's State of the City speeches:
2004: Make Modesto a place where young people want to stay and work by reducing unemployment and increasing wages.
2005: Boost economic development in part by repairing aging infrastructure.
2006: Pursue a half-cent sales tax for transportation projects.
2007: Work with law enforcement to tackle gang violence and promote responsible development by updating the city's general plan.
2008: Weather budget cuts with tight fiscal management, privatization and regional planning.
2009: With looming budget cuts, brace for layoffs among city staff, including police and fire.