Re "Strong-mayor vote backed" (Our Region, Oct. 16): During more than 25 years as a volunteer protecting county seniors and as former executive director and president of the Sacramento County Taxpayers Association, I faced five Sacramento mayors. From my experience I agree with the Sacramento City Council's decision to put a "strong mayor' plan on the November 2014 ballot.
As mentioned in The Bee, Sacramento remains one of the few large cities in California run by a council. Cities should be managed by an elected mayor who hires the city manager and is responsible for the city's budget and actions.
In my years of interfaces with city leaders, only Mayor Joe Serna proved strong enough to demonstrate what a "strong mayor" could achieve. Serna, aided by Bill Edgar, the best of the four city managers I faced, made the city vibrant.
-- Joe Sullivan, Roseville