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Bexar County Judge Sakai focuses on business and economy in first State of the County address

Judge Sakai said his goal is to bring civility and transparency in county government.

SAN ANTONIO — The North San Antonio Chamber hosted a State of the County event featuring a keynote address by newly elected Bexar County Judge Peter Sakai on Wednesday.

Judge Sakai said his goal is to bring civility and transparency in county government. He says he hopes to strengthen Bexar County’s economy, bring the justice system back up to speed, and improve residents’ health. 

In Wednesday's address, he focused on business and economic growth. He says in the first few months in office, he has taken action and met with stakeholders from around the county.

"Through our community outreach, I have heard from businesses, county partners, governmental entities, neighbors, and nonprofits," Judge Sakai said. "There are more than 2 million residents here, and many more that commute daily. They come here for jobs, education, and healthcare and they even come to see the Spurs."

He also addressed concerns that San Antonio does not measure up to other large cities in Texas.

"When we hear of the Texas Triangle, critics suggest San Antonio has a lower standing than Dallas and Houston. I aim to flip the script . There are incredible things happening in our community and so much more to come," Judge Sakai said. "I believe we can position Bexar County as the top of the triangle, as the gateway to South Texas."

A long-term initiative for his term is to improve county operations. He called for a comprehensive organizational review to assess what works and what doesn't among departments. Sakai said he should be receiving the review at some point on Wednesday.

"I want county government to be working at the highest level of performance," he said.

See Judge Sakai's full comments here.

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