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Sacramento 3.0, A New Era

By  Sierra Fatlowitz

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“I think most of you know last week I was at Washington D.C, and had an opportunity to give my first State of the City’s Address in my capacity of the president of the U.S Congress and Mayors,” stated Mayor Kevin Johnson.

U.S President Barak Obama declared “The State of the Union is strong,” during the State of the Union address. The next day, Johnson responded consecutively stating, “The state of the Union is strong, because the state of our cities is strong.”

January 29 2015, all classes of Sacramento society united in the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium to bear witness to the 2015 State of the City Address with the theme “Sacramento Strong”.

The preshow was appropriate as the night kicked off with an ensemble to Macklemore’s “The City Can’t Hold Us”, followed by a short film highlighting Sacramento’s best entertainment, business, influential people, arts, and sports.

According to Johnson, “Our city is moving into a new and vibrant era.”

Amidst the address, Johnson depicted the antecedent, and succeeding developmental eras of Sacramento into 3 stages.

Sacramento 1.0 “A community built around the Gold Rush and agriculture.”

Sacramento 2.0 “Came much later and saw our city develop as a government town that completely revolved around the state capitol, and real-estate.”

Sacramento 3.0 “Sacramento has to be a hub of innovation, of entrepreneurship, and technology. It’s paperless, its wireless, it’s cashless.”

Johnson stated Sacramento will break barriers enabling its third generation to “have more cell phones than land lines, more tablets than desktops, and more smart devices than tooth brushes.” Adding an “It’s true” to his statement as the audience laughed in disbelief.

In his vision for Sac 3.0, “The world’s largest music company has no records, Apple. The world’s largest bookseller has no bookstores, Amazon. The world’s largest taxi company has no cars, Uber.”

Johnson spoke with irony and with stating “It’s only a matter of time before the world’s largest hotel chain will have no hotel rooms, Air B and B.”

With sympathy to neighbor and sponsor of the address, California State University, Sacramento, Johnson stated empathetically, “I know the university folks are not going to appreciate this, but very soon the world’s largest universities will have no campuses.”

“When you think about the potential of Sac 3.0, it’s hard to not get excited.”

Johnson believes that Sacramento’s path forward will be dependent on its collective ability to focus on 3 main areas; innovation, infrastructure, and inclusion.

Johnson plans to build Sacramento’s innovated fundamental foundation by creating an economy that will create new jobs for all social classes. In order to do this Johnson spoke with urgency stating,

“We have to stop thinking about our community and our economy as being confined within our city limits. The global economy has no boundaries, so neither should ours.”

Johnson then announced the recently developed Greater Sacramento Economic Area Council powered by the regions leaders, the CEO’s and elected officials, under newfound leadership of Barry Broome with the purpose to create, attract, and grow new businesses from the 6 surrounding counties.

Accompanied with applause Johnson stated, “Barry will work to ensure that Sacramento is the easiest place to do business in California, that’s our goal.”

Johnson initiated the transition of the importance of infrastructure, including city wide Wi-Fi networks, and turnkey start up operations for startup companies. Civic amenities are expected the improve Sacramento’s quality of life, by providing a culture center, and a sense of community.

Specific infrastructure plans were disclosed such as the Downtown Sacramento Rail yard, soon to be home to the UC DAVIS World Food Center, and new soccer stadium to the Sacramento Republic FC, and other additions that will double the size of Downtown Sacramento.

“I am pumped beyond belief to announce today that in the spirit of regionalism the newest investor of the Sac Republic who will join our efforts to secure major league soccer in Sacramento is none other than the San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York!”

Johnson drew to the public’s attention that the big “whole in the ground”, where the construction of the new Downtown Entertainment Sports Complex is expected to be completed in 2016.

ESPN, the award winning 30 for 30 documentary, will do a premiere major film later this year about Sacramento’s fight to save their Sacramento Kings.

Interrupting his own address, Johnson interjected, “Wait, really quickly… DeMarcus Cousins didn’t make the all-star team? Okay can we just give a round of applause for DeMarcus because we know…” Johnson was abruptly cut off by the chants and screaming of the provoked Sacramento Kings fans.

Johnson declared that Sacramento is “just getting started” due to recent plans to commission a new state of the art performing and arts cultural center, that will house the philharmonic, the opera, the ballet, the California Music Theatre, and strong ethnic performing arts groups “because arts are just as important as our sports teams.”

-Staff Reporter Sierra Fatlowitz

 

 

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Mayor Talks Jobs, Downtown Kings Arena at Sac State

 

On Monday, September 29, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson held a city town hall meeting on the campus of Sacramento State University courtesy of their social sciences department. He spoke about issues concerning citizens the most. Johnson started off by recalling times growing up in his hometown and neighborhood of Oak Park and receiving high grades but not being well-prepared for college. He joked about not being able to spell the word, “euphemism,” at the time when he was a student. Johnson also talked of how Sacramento High School which is now ran as a Charter school has a 93% acceptance rate of its student being accepted to four year colleges. Between Johnson and wife, Michelle Rhee, they plan to make Sacramento a strong educational system for all kids.

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Johnson also spoke about the Downtown arena for the Sacramento Kings that will have a major impact on the city. It will not only house the city’s basketball team but soon a soccer team, and several other entertainment venues as well as creating several thousand jobs.

“You’re going to have eleven hundred construction jobs. A number of permanent jobs around the arena. Our restaurants, retail and our entertainment is going to grow and develop jobs. This is really good for Sacramento,” Mayor Johnson said.

The meeting ended on a more pressing matter, Johnson talked often about creating a ‘Strong Mayor,’ for the city with hopes of not running Sacramento like a governance city anymore. He says he just doesn’t agree with not being held accountable for electing a Chief of Police. Johnson wants the voters to feel like their opinions matter and believes that this can’t be done if someone who is not on a ballot gets to make all of the decisions for the city.

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“The person you vote for you want them to have a full democracy to carry-out what he or she says. The city manager is not elected. But that’s not who people vote for. People vote for the Mayor of Sacramento. I want them to understand a full democracy and accountability.”

He feels that by implenting Measure L is a way to give mayors a boost of authority in the mayoral chair in City Hall. If this bill passes, Johnson plans on making Sacramento 3.0 which will run this city like the major cities in California; Oakland, Fresno and Los Angeles bringing vitality to the city, making it more enjoyable for the citizens to live.

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“We picked a new Chief of Police a little over a year ago, that person was selected by the city manager. They didn’t ask me what my opinion was, I didn’t get to interview the candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me. I’m the mayor, everybody thinks I’m the one doing this like I don’t have anything to say.”

“You want to get a mayor to carry out their vision. That’s just one example of where I have no say so what so ever. I think Sacramento should be ran better than that.”