Mayor Kevin Johnson, (Soap City Part 1)


I love smart people, there is something sexy about an intelligent person.

I moved to the Big Tomato in 1993 from San Francisco. One of the many things I like about Sacramento is district elections. With district election there is direct representation from someone in your area

In most cities council members are elected citywide, the problems is that, those elected officials are not often directly in touch with issues effecting your neighborhood.

Being a politico, I watched the city council meetings on cable.   I was a fan of former Mayor Joe Serna, councilpersons Heather Fargo and Debra Ortiz, I admired their intelligence and grasp of the issues.

Many elected officials rely on their staff, few actually read the pages  sent to them on various issues….

By their responses at the meetings it was very evident that the two women on the council knew and read the information . They always seem well prepared, Ms Fargo was very passionate about her district (she lives in South Natomas)  she and Ms Ortiz clearly did their homework and unlike their colleagues  had a full firm grasp of the issues. They actually read the info packets, Ms Ortiz could tell you what page a certain subject or issue was on. I was very impressed.

In 1994, I met Heather Fargo at a Natomas Community Association meeting, with her encouragement I became a board member at the first meeting, I found her warm and charming.

When she represented district 1 (Downtown and Natomas), I found myself in agreement with her on many city issues. including a new arena for the Sacramento Kings. She was against the city paying for a new arena. This was a time when city libraries were closed three and four days a week. I admired her passion about planning in North Natomas.

One of her many fans I volunteered for her when she initially ran for mayor.

As mayor , I think she lost her way. She and I lost touch. Some said she was polarizing, Others said she was very stubborn.and difficult. What I wremember was a leader who connected with the public. Her support of the Kings Arena at a time when the city had a deficit. troubled me

Enter Kevin Johnson,. I believe Mr Johnson is the highest profile candidate who has ever run for city offices. He was a professional Basketball player for the Phoenix Suns…. Local boy makes good.

Mr Johnson wasn’t a fixture at city hall and from his public appearances, it was clear he knew little about ow government worked.   From what I read, nearly all of his business affiliations  were somewhat controversial , from the Charter School to his Real Estate holdings in Oak Park.

I couldn’t support Mayor Fargo and I didn’t respect Kevin Johnson. I was astounded by his lack of intelligence, I found myself often screaming at the television.. With four hundred and sixty thousand persons living in the city limits, these were our choices?   The Sacramento Bee gave the impression that they to had troubles with the remaining candidates.

Mr Johnson, he has some serious baggage,here in Sacramento and beyond. What bothered me most about Mr Johnson is/was his complete lack of knowledge and lack of preparation for the job he was running. But Former Major Fargo made it easy for him. Intimidated by his profile and financial connections, she handed him the position.

But here we are, Kevin Johnson is my mayor… I hope that he will succeed as Mayor of this wonderful city.

So far there has been a LOT of noise coming from the mayor office.

But its early…to soon perhaps.

As the business of Mayoring goes in Sacramento… It’s pretty bland, boring  No fun sex scandals….no bribery, no corruption Even with the likes of former mayor Joe Serna…..B O R I N G

Like the nightlife in midtown…..Things are changing……….

Enter our new Mayor……

The Jackson’s could almost envy his toothy smile.(almost-calling Dr Smile)

Rumor is he has traded up, from Oak Park to the L Street Lofts……..

He is one of the best dressed Mayors (not up to the level of Willie Brown) but he holds his own.

There are some who say he has a friends and enemies list. a la Richard Millhouse Nixon.

He wants more power….. The Richard Daley Chicagoland Power.

There are some who believe that his non paid staff has too much power and influence on I Street.

Angry about the huge expansion of the Galleria Mall in Roseville ( now the areas largest shopping mall) He has given an Ultimatum to the largest shopping center company in the world Westfield telling them to remodel the Downtown Plaza or……………..

Retailers are clamoring to get into the Galleria, high end stores like Tiffany has bypassed Sacramento altogether while the Plaza cant attract Target.the sales per square foot is nearly double the Downtown Plaza.

So back to the question, remodel Downtown Plaza or what? Does the Mayor have a plan B?

The smiles are report ably few in City Hall (unless your apart of his inner circle) Its quite possible that before his term is over, we just might have that scandal.

( my eyes are moist with anticipation)

Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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