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The Conversation / Full-time city council

Approximately 5,700 people are employed by the city of Sacramento, but only nine are elected to make decisions about the future of our region. One is the mayor. The other eight are our City Council members and are considered part-time city employees – and are paid accordingly.
Approximately 5,700 people are employed by the city of Sacramento, but only nine are elected to make decisions about the future of our region. One is the mayor. The other eight are our City Council members and are considered part-time city employees – and are paid accordingly. Sacramento Bee file

In last Sunday’s Conversation, Rob Turner presented a case for Sacramento to make its City Council a full-time job, stating that all other major cities in California have full-time council members. (“It’s time for Sacramento to create a full-time City Council”; Forum, July 31).

We asked readers: Do you think Sacramento should have a full-time council? Why or why not?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Fresno, Stockton not good examples

Fresno and Stockton are not good examples to support the claim that more money buys better government. Before the public buys into this idea, we will want to see some proof that a city with a full-time city council does a better job ... like not having stinky lakes.

Evan Jones, Sacramento

Rich Vasquez – A city the size of Sacramento, with the population we have and the diversity we have – how can we expect our council members to make a difference on a part-time basis? Even so, many council members are doing well and getting out into their communities and making change. Imagine what more positive change they could help influence when they can fully focus on our city and its citizens. There are pros and cons to everything but this is a common-sense issue.

Renee Hussar – I don’t think California should have a full-time anything. This only breeds career politicians whose only focus is staying in office. A part-time legislature or governing/supervisory body means that members need to have jobs outside of politics.

Jeff Olsen – No. We should not have any full-time politicians, from local city council to Congress. We don’t need or want career politicians.

Leo Valdez – The mayor is a full-time position and look how often he shows up for council meetings.

Marcos Seide – Yes! It’s not fair to their full-time staff, who get stuck with work overload!

Sacbee online

Bill Tobey – It wasn’t that long ago that state legislators were part-time and had to work in the real world. Have we had an improvement in the quality of legislation since we started to spend millions of dollars on their salaries? I think not.

Keep the city leaders part time.

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