Stevante Clark, 14 others named to committee to help decide how to spend Measure U revenue

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Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg talks to the Bee reporter Theresa Clift about Measure U at an election night party at Urban Roots in Sacramento on Nov. 6, 2018.
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Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg talks to the Bee reporter Theresa Clift about Measure U at an election night party at Urban Roots in Sacramento on Nov. 6, 2018.

The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday voted to approve Stevante Clark, brother of Stephon Clark, and 14 other people to help decide how the city should spend revenue from the Measure U sales tax increase voters approved in November.

Councilman Larry Carr – who represents the Meadowview neighborhood where Stephon Clark was killed – nominated Stevante Clark for the Measure U Community Advisory Committee because of his ability to connect with “hard to reach groups,” within minority communities and young people, Carr said.

“His entrance in to the public was somewhat disturbing, and his actions immediately following that were also disturbing, but since then, he has been to nearly all my community meetings and worked with me on projects,” Carr told the Bee in February after nominating Clark. “He’s sweet, he’s kind, he’s soft spoken and he wants to do something to help the community. I’m willing to give him a chance to do that.”

Clark has had a rocky relationship with the council and Mayor Darrell Steinberg. The day after his brother was killed, Clark jumped on top of the dais at City Hall and yelled profanities at Steinberg. He has apologized to Steinberg and started working as a mentor and tutor for Black Child Legacy Campaign and the Roberts Family Development Center. He also has announced that he’s running against Steinberg for mayor in 2020.

The other members of the Measure U Community Advisory Committee include:

Flojaune Cofer: An epidemiologist and research and state policy manager for nonprofit Public Health Advocates. Cofer is also an activist who has participated in multiple Stephon Clark protests, including a silent protest at Lucca restaurant, where District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert was set to give a speech. Nominated by Councilman Jay Schenirer.

Jessie Ryan: President of the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education. Nominated by Steinberg.

Imani Lucas: Program director of Sacramento Minority Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. Nominated by Councilman Jeff Harris.

Gina Lujan: CEO and founder of Hacker Lab and Code for Hood. Nominated by Councilman Eric Guerra.

Kimberly Williams: manager of Sacramento Building Healthy Communities, or the Hub. Nominated by Councilman Rick Jennings.

Dana Kivel: Director of Community Engagement Center and professor at Sacramento State. Nominated by Councilman Steve Hansen.

Elisabeth Pray: An advocate for seniors and an active community member in Natomas. Nominated by Councilwoman Angelique Ashby.

Marjorie Dickinson: Former assistant chancellor at UC Davis. Nominated by Councilman Allen Warren.

Amanda Blackwood: President and CEO of Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Cathy Creswell: Former deputy director for housing policy and interim director at California Department of Housing and Community Development.

Alice Perez: AT&T external affairs manager and former president/CEO of California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, owner of Creswell Consulting.

Debra Oto-Kent: Founder and CEO of Health Education Council.

Dean Murakami: Vice president of Sacramento Central Labor Council and president of Los Rios College Federation of Teachers.

Mashal Ayobi: Police and program analyst for California Department of Social Services.

Pray, Dickinson, Lucas, Cofer, Williams, Creswell, Perez and Murakami will serve full terms on the committee, through 2022, while the rest will serve partial terms, through 2020.

City officials expect to receive about $50 million annually in new Measure U revenue, starting in June.

Another committee will be formed under the city manager’s office that will also help decide how to spend the new revenue.

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Theresa Clift covers Sacramento City Hall. Before joining The Bee in 2018, she worked as a local government reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Daily Press in Virginia and the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin. She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University.