Salinas, Calif., residents asked the City Council for more children's books for the library and discussed economic development, expanding resources, public safety and road maintenance at a strategic-planning session that lasted almost five hours. "We need to go back to being the leader. ... People need to pay attention to what we're doing, instead of us paying attention to them," Mayor Joe Gunter said. "We are really good, and sometimes we forget to tell ourselves that."
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