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Short for "status quo ante bellum"

Baby Barack Mayor Kevin Johnson sent out a mailer touting his strong mayor initiative this week, challenging Sacramentans to question business-as-usual politics.

Status quo is short for “status quo ante bellum” meaning “the state before the war.” And that’s what this local argument is turning in to…KJ uses Obama references whenever he can make a sophomoric connection that is meant to fire our synapses, because we (the unwashed electorate) are apparently not going to grasp the nuance that we are being played.

So the comparison of Kevin Johnson’s fight to change the city’s charter is equal to Obama’s fight to convince an entire world on how to execute a war?


The News and Review claims that the lawsuit filed yesterday by SAVE Sacramento is a gamble and plays right in to KJ’s plan:

So, all in all, it’s an interesting legal question. But it’s also an enormously risky question to ask. Because the general public don’t (sic) really care if it’s an interesting legal question, they’re just going to hear, “The special interests are trying to deny your right to a vote.”

How dumb do these KJ people think we are? Challenging the status quo does not easily translate into a plain and simple power grab.

The truth that most Sacramentans know in their collective hearts is that changing the city’s constitution (at this point in time) is very, very low on the list of priorities — KJ’s status quo ante bellum is a completely unnecessary state of affairs that drains us all of time, money and valuable human resources that could be put to much better use.


Marcos Breton: KJ is own worst enemy
Union leaders back lawsuit (Sacramento Press)


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December 2, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Strong mayor initiative dissected

At tonight’s city council meeting, City Attorney Eileen Teichert will present her report titled, “Strong Mayor Initiative Legal Issues and Options.”

Read it here.

Excerpt from page 17:

The Strong Mayor Initiative (SMI) provides for mayoral appointment and removal power over almost all City employees. This includes those employees who participate in City administrative hearing procedures that may grant or divest individuals of certain property rights as with land use and code enforcement decisions. Exercise by the Mayor of his tri-part voting, veto and voting not to override the veto power with respect to appeals of any matters decided by his appointees may give rise to significant due process concerns.

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September 15, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Local AFL-CIO mobilizes against Johnson

The Sacramento Central Labor Council has put out a call for a strong show of support at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.




Tuesday, September 15th @ 6 PM
*This should be one of the first items on the agenda*

Sacramento City Council Meeting
City Hall
915 I Street, Sacramento

On Tuesday, September 8th, Mayor Kevin Johnson removed Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy as chair of the City’s Law and Legislation Committee. Sheedy has been an outspoken advocate for workers issues on and off the city council. Councilmember Sheedy raised questions reflecting the concerns of Labor regarding the potential corruption in the strong mayor proposal advocated by the group Sacramentans for Accountable Government.

The city council will meet Tuesday, September 15th, to vote on implementation of the mayor’s recommendation of removing Sheedy. It is critical that allies of working families show council members they must vote against the implementation of this political vendetta!

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September 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Do you believe him?

In today’s Inside City Hall feature of the Sacramento Bee, Ryan Lillis reports that Mayor Kevin Johnson wants a bigger role in the way city schools operate. Johnson has plans to raise private money to hire an education liaison who would act as an intermediary between the mayor’s office and the city schools.

“Something very powerful that will unite the school districts under one common vision.” (Johnson’s words).

A thing or a person, KJ?


All this talk about a City Hall education wonk raised the question of whether Johnson had given any thought to taking over city schools, much as some big-time East Coast mayors have done.

No way, says Johnson.

“What’s on my radar is the mayor playing a critical role in our schools,” he said.

Something else on KJ’s radar? Sandbagging City Attorney Eileen Teichert.

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September 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

City Council votes 5-4 to put the strong-mayor initiative on the June 2010 ballot

The change to the city’s charter would have the mayor propose the city budget, including line-item veto power, give authority to hire or fire over 500 city employees, and have the treasurer, clerk and city attorney report directly to the mayor instead of the city manager.

KCRA 3 story

Sacramento Bee story

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August 7, 2009 at 1:22 pm

"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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August 5, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Friday Rally to Oppose the Amendments to the City Charter

Friday, January 16th @ 10:30AM
South Natomas Community Center
2921 Truxel Rd.
Sacramento, CA
Get Directions

This rally is the first and best opportunity to demonstrate that there is a strong number of city residents against the proposal to change the city’s charter. All of the news media will be there, so it is VITAL that you show up and bring as many people as possible with you.

Take an early lunch, take a half-day off from work, just please make sure that you are there and bring people with you. The future of our city is at stake!

For more information, please visit this link

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January 15, 2009 at 6:54 pm