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Johnson Gives State of City Speech as Challenges Loom

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
In his first State of the City address last year, the mayor railed against what he called “an over-adherence to process” at City Hall. This year, after winding up on the short end of more than a few battles with council members, Johnson has a new motto, courtesy of legendary basketball coach John Wooden:
Johnson: “Be quick but don’t hurry.”
Translation: the mayor wants to keep his agenda moving forward as quickly as possible, but realizes he has to build support and relationships with council members. In his speech, he once again blamed last week’s resignation of City Manager Ray Kerridge on the “dysfunction” at City Hall. And he said it’s time for the council to put aside personal differences and bruised egos to work together.
Johnson: “I take full responsibility for the fact that I have not done a good job in this area. I’m making a commitment going forward to dedicate more time and energy to make sure I go about it the right way and set an example. But I can only do so much on my own. It’s going to take willing partners.”
Johnson continued to push a scaled-back strong mayor proposal. His original one rankled council members who felt it gave him too much power. He also called for allowing cars back on K Street; adding 30 more police officers, despite the city’s budget crisis; and a new initiative to make Sacramento a center for the green-tech industry.

Finally, Johnson once again called for a new Sacramento Kings basketball arena. His task force is sorting through seven proposals, and will likely recommend several of them to the city council next month.
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