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City Council Decides to Put 'Strong Mayor' on the Ballot

City Council Decides to Put 'Strong Mayor' on the Ballot

Voters in Sacramento will get to decide if the mayor's office will get more power over city government. The city council has decided to put the issue on next year's ballot.

The Sacramento City Council members voted 5-4 last night to put the "strong mayor" issue on the November 2014 ballot.

If passed it would give the mayor increased power and bring other sweeping changes to the way the city is run.

Only a handful of people spoke last night, nearly all in favor, like Pastor Anthony Wallace.

"We feel in the faith based community ... that this is a good proposal. That the checks and balances act is going to help us move forward as a city," Wallace said. 

Labor representative Bill Camp opposes the act saying the council members should have a connection to city neighborhoods.

"What we are looking for is a responsible government," he said.

The vote comes after nearly five years of lawsuits and political acrimony, and it could lead to the departure of the city manager, John Shirey.

 

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