In his failed bid to become strong mayor, Darrell Steinberg may have lost his ability to command majority support on the Sacramento City Council.
The council expects three new members to arrive in December. None of the newcomers received support from Steinberg. Two veteran members—Jeff Harris and Angelique Ashby—have histories of opposing the mayor.
To introduce his strong mayor proposal to voters, Darrell Steinberg needed to answer a simple question: Why?
Voters rejected strong mayor in 2014. There was no call to resurrect the idea in 2020 amid a pandemic and social unrest. Changing the city charter is complex. The process demands comprehensive public debate and a vote of the people. Steinberg had time for just two City Council meetings before the door closed on Nov. 3 ballot initiatives.
Currently, the African American community feels that policing in America is prone to abuse. Therefore, they distrust the police. All too often, African Americans put all the police in one box labeled “the police are generally bad for black people.” However, not all officers are bad; so, the good officers get painted with the same brush as the bad officers.
Like the City Council and County Board of Supervisors, the Sacramento Transportation Authority continued to meet during the coronavirus closures. What did our transportation leadership focus on during two meetings at the height of hysteria in March and April?
You might assume they talked about an emergency plan related to the pandemic. You would be wrong.
At the Downtown Sacramento Partnership annual State of Downtown breakfast, Mayor Darrell Steinberg said he wants to build a Haven for Hope-style homeless treatment facility. He issued a challenge to the community to identify a site within 90 days.
I’m a strong advocate for local governments to move beyond ineffective low-barrier “Housing First” homeless policies. Rather, we must aggressively treat the root causes of homelessness in a long-term, clinical environment.
For the first time after four previous elections, Susan Peters’ name will not appear on the ballot due to her decision not to seek re-election for the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. As a result, five candidates have filed to run for the Third Supervisorial District in the March nonpartisan primary election. District 3 includes the unincorporated areas of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Foothill Farms and North Highlands, as well as Campus Commons in the city of Sacramento.
If one candidate captures 50 percent of the votes plus one, that individual will be the winner. Otherwise, there will be a runoff in the November general election between the top two vote-getters from the primary election.
Inside Sacramento contacted each of the candidates after the filing period ended and asked them to provide information about themselves and their candidacies. As a public service, following are the responses from those candidates who replied by our deadline.