City Beat

News, insight and discussion on Sacramento and its neighborhoods

Realtors, construction workers support Sacramento ‘strong mayor’ measure

08/07/2014 6:16 PM

08/07/2014 9:39 PM

The campaign over Mayor Kevin Johnson’s strong-mayor measure appearing on the November ballot is already heating up though the election is months away.

It’s early August, normally a quiet season in local politics, and yet two more groups have weighed in on the measure.

This time it is the Sacramento Association of Realtors and Laborers Local 185, both of which announced through the pro-strong-mayor campaign that they were supporting the measure.

The endorsements are not surprising, given Johnson’s pro-business attitude. The downtown arena championed by Johnson will also be built by unionized construction workers, many of whom will likely be members of Local 185.

Last week, the League of Women Voters announced it was opposing the strong-mayor plan, called the Checks and Balances Act of 2014. The proposal will appear as Measure L on the November ballot.

If passed, the measure would transfer many of the daily powers held by an unelected city manager to the mayor, including the authority to propose the annual city budget. The mayor could also appoint a city manager, with City Council approval, and dismiss the city manager unilaterally.

Supporters argue that the measure would create a more efficient form of government and create more accountability for the mayor by placing many of the daily duties of the city into the mayor’s hands. Opponents counter that it places too much power with one official.

About This Blog

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.

Contact reporter Ryan Lillis at rlillis@sacbee.com or 916-321-1085. Twitter: @Ryan_Lillis.
 

Join the Discussion

The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service