Yakima business leaders gather for State of the City luncheon

Yakima business leaders gather for State of the City luncheon »Play Video
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Members of Yakima's business community showed up to hear City Council's annual State of the City report Monday.

Mayor Micah Cawley and four council members presented their priorities for the year. They include a completed Downtown Master Plan, expanded air service for the Yakima airport, enhanced public safety and better streets, as well as more urban bike and pedestrian trails.

The mayor says there are plenty of challenges.

"Besides getting a handle on the crime issue, which we've been working on, is really changing the appearance of our city and keeping it clean," said Cawley.

City leaders ended the meeting talking about Yakima's public image. They say more needs to be done to change perceptions of the city and to make it an attractive place to live and work.