US Mayor Article

About the Mayor

March 20, 2000


New Orleans and U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board Chair Mayor Marc H. Morial appeared on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, a syndicated radio show heard in over 100 radio stations in the United States.  Promoting the first Mardi Gras Celebration of the 21st century, Mayor Morial said, “This event is a multi-cultural celebration of people, full of rich traditions.” Over one million people will visit New Orleans to participate in the Millennium Mardi Gras.

Two California Mayors – Christina Shea of Irvine and Miguel Pulido of Santa Ana – were hosts February 13 to 16 to over 450 mayors and business leaders in the first Summit of Mayors Conference on international trade in both cities.

The conference focused on developing new partnerships between cities and key business leaders from California and Mexico. California’s exports to Mexico accounted for more than $13 billion in 1998.

On separate side trips, several Summit attendees from Mexico visited cities across California including San Jose, Oakland, Fresno and Long Beach.

Baltimore’s new mayor, Martin O’Malley, no stranger to the nation’s capital, was the subject of a lengthy profile in the February 28th business section of The Washington Post. The article detailed the many problems and expectations that surround the mayor, a former city councilman. O’Malley, 37, lets off steam The Post reports, by playing in his Celtic rock bank, O’Malley’s March, clad in black T-shirt and Levi’s.

Key among challenges facing the new mayor are expanding Baltimore’s job base and halting the flight of middle class families.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino attended a March 2 meeting of The Aspen Institute in San Jose, California, on the issue of bridging the “digital divide.”

Mayor Menino was the only mayor at the meeting held to highlight now corporate America can work with government to improve access to technology. Mayor Menino’s partnership with 3COM, a technology company, is a national model.