Mayor Carl Brewer

Sean Sandefur



Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer gave his final State of the City address on Tuesday night. He reached his term limit after eight years at the helm. He thanked his many colleagues, and credited public and private partnerships for helping Wichita through tough economic times. 

Brewer said he’s most proud of the revitalization of downtown Wichita. 

Sean Sandefur

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer will give his eighth and final state of the city address on Tuesday night. Brewer is term-limited and will be replaced after municipal elections this spring. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur sat down with Brewer to discuss last year's state of the city address and what's happened since.

In last year’s state of the city address you mentioned infrastructure. With the failed sales tax in November, what can the city do?

Sean Sandefur

Voters in Wichita have made their decision on a proposed one-cent sales tax. The referendum was defeated soundly, with “no” votes over 60 percent. KMUW 's Sean Sandefur has been following this story since it was first discussed by city council members and has this report . . .


On Tuesday night, election results roll across TV screens at the Hyatt in downtown Wichita--votes against the city's proposed one-cent sales tax grow and grow. At about 9:30 pm, Jon Rolph of Yes Wichita makes his remarks.

An upcoming trade mission to China led by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer has been rescheduled for November.

The mission was originally scheduled to cover six cities over a 12-day period in August. Feedback from interested businesses who might accompany the mission, as well as from Chinese trade partners, suggested a November schedule would be more effective.

The itinerary has now been changed to visit five cities over nine days, from November 8 - 16.

Mayor Brewer says, "China represents a tremendous new market opportunity."

Carla Eckels / KMUW

During a City Council Workshop Tuesday, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer thanked the city maintenance crew that cleared snow from streets.

"Through this entire time frame, through both of the snows, we have to say hats off to our guys that were out there working the streets," said Brewer.

Brewer said the crew worked through the first storm and then immediately prepared for the next one to come in.

"They did an outstanding job in getting our streets all taken care of and getting them all cleaned up." said Brewer.

Carla Eckels

Hundreds took part in an annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in Wichita Monday, co-sponsored by The Greater Wichita Ministerial League and Wichita State University.

This year’s event showcased a live broadcast of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. 

The audience erupted in applause while watching Obama take the ceremonial oath of office on a big screen at the WSU Metroplex.

Attendee Floyd Johnson, Sr. considered the day historic.