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Sacramento, California

"Strong Mayor" initiative before the City Council tomorrow

News from the Stop The Mayor’s Power Grab

THURSDAY, August 6

Council takes up strong-mayor ballot issue

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson‘s strong-mayor proposal moves to the City Council, which has been asked to validate a count of signatures gathered in support of the measure. It’s the first step toward placing the initiative on a ballot. The same night, the council will hear from City Attorney Eileen Teichert about options for placing the measure before voters.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Sacramento City Council chambers, 915 I St.

If you can’t attend the meeting please email the Council. They will have the option of placing it on the ballot in 2012. No sitting mayor should benefit from an increase in powers. The public should get to vote on whether the mayor’s power should be increased and who those powers should be given to. Since the initiative gives the Mayor voting rights as a city council member (as well as veto power as a “strong” mayor) until a new city council district is created (most likely after the census is completed and redistricting takes place), there is justification for waiting until 2012 and after a new city council district could be drawn using up-to-date census figures.

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Written by scusdobserver

August 5, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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