This Week: City Council to consider strong-mayor ballot measure

After rejecting past strong-mayor proposals, the Sacramento City Council is scheduled Tuesday to consider placing a new measure on the ballot that would give significant power to Mayor Kevin Johnson.

The plan, backed by political and business leaders, would allow the mayor to appoint and fire a city manager. Under the measure, the mayor also would propose the city budget and have veto power over City Council budget actions.

The City Council could override vetoes with a supermajority vote. It would have confirmation authority over the mayor’s city manager appointments.

Backers say the change would allow Sacramento leaders to make quicker decisions, using a governance system similar to one found in other big cities. The Sacramento Central Labor Council has already expressed opposition, saying it would dilute the power that neighborhoods have now.

Sacramento voters would have final say over whether the city moves to a strong-mayor format. Supporters want the measure on the June 2014 ballot, but recently signed state legislation may push the proposal to the November 2014 election. The City Council is expected to consider Tuesday whether to have staff draft the ballot measure.

While the City Council has resisted past strong-mayor efforts, Johnson has more friends on the current council than in previous years. Whether he has enough remains to be seen Tuesday.

– Kevin Yamamura

International auto show to fill Cal Expo this weekend

Forty auto manufacturers will be showing off 2014 model cars and more for three days at the Sacramento International Auto Show beginning Friday 10/18 at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento.

Event organizers say showgoers will be able to get behind the wheel and drive more than 40 different cars from 10 manufacturers at on-site Ride & Drives.

Also featured will be art cars, featuring Maria Del Camino, an "airborne" El Camino wagon affixed to a set of military tracks and six other creative- expression cars.

Behind the news: The EuroSunday club will have two different buildings packed with club cars all vying for the Sac Auto Show People's Choice Award, a benefit for Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California. Showgoers can vote for their favorite vehicle and the winners in each of the two buildings will have $1,500 per person donated in their name to Shriners.

Info: For operating hours and ticket information, go to www.sacautoshow.com.

Folsom Renaissance Faire returns to Folsom at park

Thousands of visitors are invited to arrive in costumes this weekend at the 21st annual Folsom Renaissance Faire at Lions Park, 403 Stafford St. The festival will feature jousting sessions and full armored combat between knights. Visitors can participate in archery, dancing, fencing and other activities. There will also be games, theater and a Renaissance marketplace.

Behind the news: The show will feature many characters from Shakespeare's plays. The village will include a marketplace with about 80 merchants and crafters with wares for sale.

Info: The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10/19 and Sunday10/20. For ticket information, go to www.folsomfaire.com.


African Cultural Festival at Placer fairgrounds

Visitors can enjoy dancing, arts, live music and crafts exhibits at the African Cultural Festival this weekend at the Placer County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Roseville, 800 All America City Blvd. There will also be authentic cultural foods, reggae, hip-hop and more. Proceeds from the event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10/19 and Sunday 10/20, will benefit Humanitarian Foundation for charity causes in local communities and Africa.

Info: Admission is $5 general, free for children 12 and younger. For more details, go to www.africanculturalfestival.org.


Midtown Arts Festival set for Saturday

"Creative Connections" is the theme of this year's Midtown Arts Festival, planned for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at 20th and J streets in Sacramento. Arts organizations, galleries and performing arts groups are invited to participate in the free family event.

Info: www.exploremidtown.org.

Sake Fest planned Tuesday at Sacramento hotel

Sake, beer and shochuv from Japan will be featured from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the 2013 Northern California Premium Sake Fest at the Double Tree hotel, 2001 Point West Way in Sacramento. Sake masters from various regions of Japan will be displaying their wares. Sushi creations by local restaurants will also be featured, as will new Japanese food products.

Info: Cost is $60 in advance and $70 at the door. For more details, go to www.nafdc.com.

Food Truck Expo at Garcia Bend Park in Pocket area

Thirteen food trucks, a beer garden and live music will entice visitors to Garica Bend Park for the monthly Food Truck Mania. Sacramento City Council member Darrell Fong sponsors the event, scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the park, 7654 Sacramento Road in the Pocket area.

Info: (916) 808-8545.

Popular Sacramento State Ski Swap coming up

California State University, Sacramento's popular Ski Swap will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the University Ballroom. The annual event is believed to be the largest college fundraiser in Northern California, attracting hundreds of skiers and snowboarders looking for bargains, according to university officials. The event is hosted by CSUS's Ski and Snowboard Club, which uses the proceeds for an annual ski and snowboarding trip. The event offers up to 50 percent discounts on new equipment from last season's inventory of local retailers, as well as used equipment sold on consignment. Anyone wishing to sell equipment can drop it off at the University Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The club charges a 10 percent consignment fee whether the equipment sells or not. Skis, snowboards, boots and snowshoes will be accepted. Unsold items and cash for sold items must be picked up from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20.

Info: General admission for the event is $10, and $5 for students and seniors from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and $20 for early-bird shoppers at 9 a.m. Tickets are sold at the door; parking is free. For more details, go to www.sacstatesnow.com.