Simply put, Measure L is a power grab and we urge you to vote No. It will do nothing to create jobs, fix our schools, or keep us safe. Big money donors argue that we need to give the mayor a lot more power so we can be a “big city.”
This means the public is pushed aside to give big donors more influence. This power grab means that the mayor doesn’t have to listen to you or your neighbors, because he or she will no longer have to attend city council meetings. Important decisions can be made in back rooms, which makes it easier to favor big contributors. It weakens the ability of council members to help you and your neighborhood.
Without public input, the mayor can veto any budget item or ordinance approved by the council. Only an extreme majority of 75% could overturn a veto, more power than a Governor or U.S. President. Measure L would make it easier for special interests to use their money and political power to influence just one elected official, rather than a majority of the city council, or the public.
This proposal lets the mayor fire the city manager at will, without cause, virtually controlling all department managers, by controlling the city manager. This allows professional and independent city management to be replaced by the politics of whims and favoritism. Measure L does not create accountability or transparency. It reduces it. Measure L doesn’t create checks and balances. It erases them.
Measure L is not what it seems. It is not necessary. You can like the mayor and oppose this measure. Protect Sacramento by voting No on this extreme attempt to grab power from the many, for the few. That’s why we say “L-No.”