All forms of local government have problems, but the one great advantage I can see from the mayor as chief executive is that there is someone the buck stops at, and in relation to the American River Parkway and the terrible problems we have had with illegal camping in the part of it that is located in the Sacramento city limits, having a chief executive mayor—given that they agreed that illegal camping by the homeless in the Parkway had to stop—could be an effective bully pulpit.
The Sacramento Bee reports on the latest in the effort to create the strong mayor scenario.
After a contentious debate, the Sacramento City Council voted 5-4 late Tuesday to place a proposal that would strengthen the mayor’s power on the ballot for voters to decide in November 2014.
The plan, if approved, would alter the way Sacramento is governed by concentrating power with the mayor’s office. The stakes in this battle are high for Mayor Kevin Johnson, who has thrice failed to persuade fellow council members to approve similar proposals.
Johnson, along with council members Angelique Ashby, Allen Warren, Steve Cohn and Jay Schenirer, voted for the proposal. Council members Steve Hansen, Kevin McCarty, Darrell Fong and Bonnie Pannell voted against it.
City Attorney James Sanchez will incorporate changes council members suggested Tuesday night before the ballot language is finalized.
Warren expressed hope that taking the measure directly to voters would finally put the issue to rest.
“Our city has grown weary of this discussion,” he said. “I’m of the opinion that this should be decided by the people.”