Mayor Johnson wants committee to explore ‘good government’ elements of Measure L

By Ryan Lillis

rlillis@sacbee.com

November 06, 2014 07:26 PM

Sacramento Mayor said he was making his hurt face after Measure L was defeated by voters as he attends the Sacramento Kings game against the Denver Nuggets. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com
Sacramento Mayor said he was making his hurt face after Measure L was defeated by voters as he attends the Sacramento Kings game against the Denver Nuggets. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson doesn’t want everything from his strong mayor ballot measure to be forgotten.

The mayor on Thursday asked that a City Council ad hoc committee explore implementing “good government” elements of Measure L, which was defeated Tuesday by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent.

The council body will look at creating an ethics committee, a redistricting committee that would draw City Council district boundaries and a neighborhood advisory committee. The committee will also look at developing a plan for an independent budget analyst; that position already exists but has never been funded.

“There were four components of Measure L I thought were very important, whether the measure passed or didn’t pass,” the mayor said. “I want to make sure these reforms come into action.”

The mayor appointed council members Allen Warren, Angelique Ashby and Jay Schenirer to the ad hoc committee. Johnson will also serve on the committee and asked that the group develop a work plan and a timeline for recommendations in the next month.

Councilman Steve Hansen, who led the opposition campaign to Measure L, said Wednesday he would ask city staff to explore an ethics commission. He asked the city attorney’s office on Thursday to look at similar commissions in other cities.

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