“Money can buy you everything” “But money can’t buy you love” Its tough being Kevin Johnson. Re-elected for a second term he should be dancing in the streets of Sacramento. A series of embarrassing events and vengeful city council had put the party on hold.
Outside the city limits, some think le mayor is cool. Inside the city and dare I say, the burbs, there isn’t a lot of love. The former NBA Point Guard ushered a new era in Sacramento Politics. Money and Celebrity. Many believe money was the issue in the last election as the mayor had more cash then all the other candidates combined . A lot of this money was raised outside of the City and County.
Retention of the Sacramento Kings and building a new arena downtown was priority one for the mayor and in the eleventh hour with every piece in place, the team withdrew devastating fans and the Mayor.
The mayor ego and inexperience has resulted in bad blood on the council and the neighborhoods.
A Dark cloud over I Street
A series of embarrassing events beginning with the council stripping Mayor Johnson of the ability to hire or fire. The Oakland A’s publicaly telling the Mayor and the city7 to go away. His aide and friend Lisa Serna Mayoraga embezzling funds from the city. Question about his non profits using office space and not paying rent and finally a smoking story by Ryan Lillis of the Sacramento Bee. It seems one of the Mayor’s non profits Think Big, didn’t disclose several sizable donations from the Sacramento Kings until several months after they were legally required to do so.
Citizen X and Facebook Friends
An anonymous person has started a petition to recall the Mayorhttp://www.change.org/petitions/recall-mayor-kevin-johnson the Sacramento Bee story is the foundation of his recall which as 63 signatures as of this story. He needs to get 10% of the city’s registered voters to get the recall on the ballot in 120 days. At this pace, the Mayor shouldn’t lose any sleep, however if there is a face with this effort and other faces……well stramger things have happened…..ask US Senator and Former Mayor of San Francisco Dianne Feinstein.