POLITICS (State, Local): Local government, strong-mayor form of government: "Jerry Brown throws support behind strong-mayor systems" ....
* Sacramento Bee: "Jerry Brown throws support behind strong-mayor systems" - From the Bee:
Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday expressed his support for strong-mayor forms of government. While not directly endorsing Sacramento’s Measure L, the campaign behind the ballot measure described the statement as a boost to their effort.
“In a large, diverse city, there has to be a unifying force, and an elected mayor with executive authority fills that bill,” the governor said in a statement released by Measure L. “It’s more democratic for the people to elect the one who has the authority and is not just a figurehead.”
Brown has declined to throw his support behind most specific ballot measures around the state, instead choosing to focus on a state water bond and budget proposition on the November ballot.
Mayor Kevin Johnson, the lead proponent of the strong-mayor plan, said Brown “knows exactly how essential it is to have a city government work well.” “(The governor’s statement) is a huge boost for our campaign to move Sacramento forward with Measure L,” the mayor said in a statement.
Brown successfully passed a strong-mayor ballot measure in Oakland in 1998 as he campaigned for mayor of that city. The strong-mayor measure earned 75 percent of the vote..................