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)