SCUSD Observer

Sacramento, California

Kennedy to run for city council?

In today’s Sacramento Bee, Ryan Lillis reports that Mayor Kevin Johnson is backing former SCUSD Board Member Jay Schenirer to run for Sacramento City Council District Seat 5.

Political insiders say he also has the inside track on garnering Johnson’s support because as vice president of the Sacramento City Unified School District board, Schenirer voted in favor of turning Sacramento High School into a charter school run by Johnson’s nonprofit St. HOPE.

“Endorsements are important for what they show, that there are leaders in the community who believe in me,” Schenirer said. “But at the end of the day, it’s about connecting with the people who live in this district.”

Current SCUSD Board Member Patrick Kennedy has also apparently thrown his hat into the ring for the District 5 race.

The facts are that Patrick Kennedy (who ran unopposed) has been a school board member for less than a year and the district is in a budget crisis that needs a focused, administrative entity willing to hunker down and address the staggering set of problems before it.

We have yet to see a cohesive, intelligent action come from our newly-elected board.

Now is decidedly not the time for any of our newly-elected board members to enter into a political campaign for higher office, much less a council seat race that promises to be an expensive, mud-slinging contest with the mayor’s power grab as the centerpiece.
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Written by scusdobserver

July 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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