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Mayor Johnson says he hasn’t read latest ‘strong mayor’ plan

Mayor Kevin Johnson is sure to like the latest proposal floating around Sacramento City Hall to greatly enhance his authority. That is, if he ever gets around to reading it.

Johnson said today he hadn’t “gotten my hands on” a plan released last week by a group of political and business big shots that would give the mayor’s office added authority over the city manager and budget. The measure was hand-delivered to the City Council at last week’s meeting, but Johnson was not in attendance.

The City Council is scheduled to debate whether to place the plan on the ballot at next Tuesday’s meeting.

Sacramento Tomorrow, the group that penned the proposal, said it sought community input on the idea of giving Johnson the same kind of powers enjoyed by mayors in many large cities. But the group also went out of its way to say it had not sought the influence of Johnson in crafting the plan.

For his part, Johnson thinks the voters will get a chance to weigh on the plan after three other “strong mayor” proposals failed to make the ballot. He said there’s “a good shot” the council will place this plan before the voters.

“I think it’s something that our community has been talking about for four-plus years,” he said.

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