2013-10-15 from Democratic Party of Sacramento County [1033 'S' Street, Suite 200Sacramento, CA 95811]:
Sacramento, Calif. --
The Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC) has voted overwhelmingly to oppose the "Strong Mayor Initiative" (SMI) -- set for a Sacramento City Council hearing Tuesday -- and any effort to put the SMI on the ballot in 2014.
The DPSC Central Committee reiterated its position that the council-manager form of government has been working for Sacramento and that the city charter is not what needs to be changed, but rather the transparency and ethics of the mayor and council.
Members of the DPSC argued that the SMI was virtually the same form as had been proposed by Mayor Kevin Johnson -- a Democrat -- in previous years, and questioned the "rush" to have the measure approved by the City Council now and placed on the 2014 ballot.
DPSC chair Kerri Asbury said: "The Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC) stands with Sacramento voters who overwhelmingly voted last November against city charter reform (Measure M). It is time to focus on the issues and needs of the city and move on from this needless push for power that has been brought forward multiple times over the last five years."