Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and other city leaders want to explore raising the minimum wage in the city, setting up what likely will be a defining political discussion in Sacramento in 2015. Johnson plans to convene a task force after the first of the year to look into raising the rate above the current statewide minimum of $9 an hour.
The head of the Sacramento police union said Tuesday he was upset with comments made Monday night by Mayor Kevin Johnson after a Missouri grand jury decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Early next year, the city will open a new soccer field behind Oak Park Community Center, a few blocks up Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from where Rod Rodriguez Jr. was shot. It will be a safe haven for young people in Oak Park and so the city, led by Councilman Jay Schenirer, plans to name the field after Rodriguez, a young man who showed other neighborhood kids the way.
It was a subject that to the casual observer may have seemed rather wonky: a Sacramento City Council debate over how to draw new council district boundaries. But that issue sparked a furious dispute in the summer of 2011, resulting in rallies and public testimony from hundreds of residents.
Labor leader Bill Camp and the Sacramento Central Labor Council have agreed to pay a $15,500 fine for accepting donations and making contributions to political candidates above the state limit in 2010.
After three new Sacramento City Council members are sworn in next month, the council will have a grand total of 18 years in office. Three members will be rookies. A fourth will likely be a first-timer after an April special election is held to fill the seat vacated by Councilman Kevin McCarty, who won a spot in the Assembly last week.
The Sacramento Kings are planning to break ground this spring on a 16-story mixed-use tower and thousands of square feet of retail, restaurants and office space surrounding their downtown sports arena, team and city officials said Friday.
Under a lot of sunshine and with just as much pomp, a line of bigwigs last week planted shovels into what used to be the middle of Downtown Plaza. After years of trying, this was the official groundbreaking of a new NBA arena.
With the election just a few days away, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is pushing hard to persuade Sacramentans to grant his office more powers. Opponents are working just as hard to defeat his strong-mayor proposal.
The city Planning Commission unanimously approved a permit for the Pre-Flite to open in the basement of 1011 10th St., a stately building just off J Street that once housed a Wells Fargo bank. It’s across the street from the upscale Grange restaurant and next to the trendy Parlare night club.
Opponents of the strong-mayor measure on the November ballot have consistently criticized the amount of money proponents have raised from special interests. On Tuesday, Mayor Kevin Johnson’s wife tried to turn the tables on City Councilman Steve Hansen, the lead spokesman for the opposition campaign.
Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Sacramento Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.