It was a heart pumping Thriller last night on H Street

It was a chila dilla on  H street last night .  With the central themes being  Power to the People and a Supercharged Mayor.

Power to the people is a proposed ballot measures was authored by outgoing Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy.  It would allow the citizens of Sacramento  to decide if they want to lease public parking spaces belonging to the city to help finance a new downtown arena in June.

The proposal is to lease the cities parking garages.  City leaders believe the leases could generate as much as 200 million dollars toward the proposed downtown arena. It is a critical piece of the financing plan.  The city has a deadline of March 1 to come up with a financing plan important to keep the National Basketball Association “Sacramento Kings”

The garages generate nine million dollars a year.  Revenue which goes into the city’s General fund.  Last year the cities deficit was over 40 millions dollar,resulting in public safety layoffs and reduced city services.

It was a squeaker, by the  gong  the vote was 5-4 vote against placing the measure on the June Ballot.

What wasn’t a  squeaker was Mayor Kevin Johnson‘s third or fourth attempt to become a Supercharged or (Strong Mayor)   Mayor Johnson wants to join an élite group of  mayors  who have the authority to hire fire and make unilateral appointments to city goverment.  In this latest proposal, the mayor  would have the authority to appoint and remove the city manager, pending City Council approval. The mayor also would have the power to propose the city budget and veto some council actions.

In the City of  Sacramento and many other cities.  Hiring,firing  of  staff positions (city manager, city attorney and other is key positions) is approved by  Mayor and the members of the city council.  Changes, amendments to the city charter has to be approve by their council or by referendum.   

The mayor asked the council to place his strong mayor plan on the  November ballot. Johnson also agreed to include term limits for the council and mayor, and add a ninth City Council seat.No one on the council said they supported the mayor’s plan – but many said they just wanted to move on. “It’s time to quit spending council time debating this issue,” Steve Cohn said. “It’s exhausting.”

In warp speed, the council presented and approved (7-2)an alternative plan which will ask  voters if they want to form an elected charter review commission that would look at changing the way the city is governed. If that proposal passes, 15 city residents would be elected to serve on that body.

Nearly two years ago, a very controlled and angry Mayor Kevin Johnson went off of the council for rejecting his second bid for  Strong Mayor.

Hours before this rant, a confident Kevin Johnson  believed he had support from the council and was soundly rejected.   People forgive, but they rarely forget and many of those people were on the council last night.


Published by CityFella

Moved to the Big Tomata in the nineties from San Francisco. No Suburbs for me with its single colored houses and lawns and the excitement of pulling out my trash can once a week. I'm a CityFella , a part time New Yorker. I'm happiest in the Center City where people the streets and people are alive. I'm still waiting to buy a 34th floor condo somewhere downtown/Midtown with a nightclub. "Hurry I'm old" My politics are somewhere in the middle with a needle that constantly moves. I'm too liberal to be a Republican and too conservative to be a Democrat. Everything interests me . I've come to love Sacratomato, Its a nice town in cheap sensible shoes .

2 thoughts on “It was a heart pumping Thriller last night on H Street

    1. A couple of a local news outlets have gone after the four councilpersons who voted for the ballot measure,saying they where against the Sacramento Kings.

      So much for fiscal responsibility. As the city gets ready to layoff policemen. Its seem spending a A half billion dollars for a sports team is just an afterthought.


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