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12 Nov 2014
by Vote L No

Sacramento Said Yes to Professional Management

As you are no doubt aware by now, Measure L, Sacramento’s ‘Strong Mayor’ initiative has been soundly defeated. It’s because of you, every single one of you who voted L No, and helped reject the power grab. Thank you for your vote. Thank you for your support. And thank you for your time. This was the dictionary definition of a grassroots effort.

Sacramento residents spoke loudly on Tuesday. But we didn’t just say no to Measure L, we said yes to professional management, yes to keeping the power in the hands of the voters, and yes to a city where everyone has an equal voice.

This is an issue Sacramento has been wrestling with in many forms for years. After Tuesday’s decisive defeat, we can now finally close this chapter and move forward. That includes enacting many of the good government reforms you’ve been hearing about, like the creation of an Ethics Commission for Sacramento. I will push for this in the days and weeks ahead.

Let’s also be clear about something else. This was not a rejection of Mayor Johnson. He’s an energetic leader, with a strong vision for Sacramento. He’s done many great things for our city, and we’ll support him as he continues to do so over the next two years.

To all of you who supported us financially, with your time, through social media, and with your vote, thank you! It’s because of each of you that we are finally able to put this issue behind us and move forward. Together.

23 Oct 2014
by Vote L No

Money Can’t Buy Votes

Have you seen the opinion piece in today’s Sacramento Bee, “Will Big Money Strong-Mayor Campaign Scare Voters?” With so much money pouring in from outside interests supporting the power grab, we trust voters to answer that question – and vote No On Measure L.

In addition to the Bee’s coverage, CBS13 aired a story on Monday night, “Kevin Johnson Absent From Strong Mayor Debate As Campaign Draws About $1 Million In Support” which outlines the stark dimensions of the power grab.
A million-dollar campaign to bring more power to the Mayor’s office seems incredible – but by outspending our Stop The Power Grab campaign five to one, they think voters will turn a blind eye to what those big money interests expect in return. We know voters are smarter than that.
And now is the time to act.

We’re just 13 days away from voting – and we need your help in these last days now more than ever. Even if you only can offer a couple of hours, we need you!

HELP US CANVASS PRECINCTS
When: Saturdays (9:30 – 12:30pm) and Sundays (10:30 – 1:30pm)
Where: 1021 F St. in Midtown Sacramento
What: Walk in pairs to canvass targeted precincts provided.

HELP US PHONE VOTERS
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm – 8:30pm Join us tomorrow night.
Where: Sacramento Democratic Party HQ, 1033 S St., Sacramento
What: Bring your cell phone and help us call targeted voters on lists provided.

DONATE
If you can’t walk, phone or deliver signs to help defeat Measure L, please help us with a donation to keep our grassroots campaign going. Every donation counts, no matter how small. Please visit our website at StopThePowerGrab.org and click on the Donate tab. While there, be sure to visit our Facebook page and make your voice heard by sharing your thoughts about the mayoral power grab with your friends, and ask them to join us.
If you can phone for us or walk for us, we need you now! Please contact jann@stopthepowergrab.org or leave her at message at 916/287-1049 and she’ll get back to you with details.

Thanks for all you’re doing to help defeat Measure L. And please, please, remember to share this info with all your friends!

19 Oct 2014
by Vote L No

The L No Campaign is Heating Up

Did you see your lawn sign on the KCRA 6:00pm News on Tuesday night?
There were so many No on L yard signs featured in the news footage showing your support across all of Sacramento’s neighborhoods that your front yard may have been one of the ones featured!

Your Stop The Power Grab campaign has had explosive growth in just the last four days – we can hardly keep up with the demand for lawn signs from people just like you. Everyone feels the momentum and wants to show support!
We’ve ordered more signs — and we’ll deliver them the minute they arrive!

Until they get here, here’s what we need you to do:

VOTE
Did you receive your ballot in the mail? Vote No on Measure L and return your ballot today! Be sure to sign your ballot and affix proper postage of 77 cents! And if you want to drop off your ballot, here’s a list of where you can do so: http://bit.ly/1lFhucy

HELP US CANVASS PRECINCTS
When: Saturdays (9:30 – 12:30pm) and Sundays (10:30 – 1:30pm)
Where: 1021 F St. in Midtown Sacramento
What: Walk in pairs to canvass targeted precincts provided.

HELP US PHONE VOTERS
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm – 8:30pm. Join us Tonight, 10/16!
Where: Sacramento Democratic Party HQ, 1033 S St., What: Bring your cell phone and help us call targeted voters on lists provided.

DONATE
If you can’t walk or phone to help defeat Measure L, please help us with a donation to keep our grassroots campaign going. Every donation counts, no matter how small. Please visit our website at StopThePowerGrab.org and click on the Donate tab. While there, be sure to visit our Facebook page and make your voice heard by sharing your thoughts about the mayoral power grab with your friends, and ask them to join us.

STOP THE POWER GRAB – NO ON MEASURE L
Thank you for your support. Questions? Contact the campaign at jann@stopthepowergrab.org or at 916/ 287-1049.

Thank you for your continued support

PS – Make sure you continue to spread the word about our campaign!

16 Oct 2014
by Vote L No

Elected Officials Stand Up To Measure L

Sacramento, CA – Noting the Yes on L campaigns efforts to appear diverse in support of both pay-to-play special interest AND the officeholders those interests lobby, many local elected officials wanted to state their opposition to strong mayor ballot measure. These include:
Darrell Fong, Sacramento City Councilmember
Steve Hansen, Sacramento City Councilmember
Kevin McCarty, Sacramento City Councilmember
Anne Rudin, Former Mayor of Sacramento
Heather Fargo, Former Mayor of Sacramento
Burnett Miller, Former Mayor of Sacramento
Deborah Ortiz, Former State Senator and Board member, Los Rios Community College District
Lyla Ferris Hanson, Former Sacramento City Councilmember
Bonnie Pannell, Former Sacramento City Councilmember
Sandy Sheedy, Former Sacramento City Councilmember
Ray Tretheway, Former Sacramento City Councilmember
Joe Yee, Former Sacramento City Councilmember
Illa Collin, Former County Supervisor
Grantland Johnson, Former County Supervisor
Ted Sheedy, Former County Supervisor
Genevieve Shiroma, SMUD Board President
Susan Patterson, Former SMUD Board Member
Bruce Pomer, Former Trustee, Los Rios Community College District
Harold Fong, Trustee, Sacramento County Board of Education
Sacramento Councilmember Kevin McCarty stated, “Measure L is wrong for Sacramento, which is why I stand with the neighborhoods, Common Cause, and the League of Women Voters in urging you to vote no.”
Former Mayor of Fresno and now Sacramento resident Karen Humphrey stated, “I was the Mayor of Fresno who supported that city’s move to a strong-mayor system in 1993, but both the city’s needs and the specifics of the measure are very different in Sacramento. Fresno’s measure did prove that no structural reform is a “magic bullet” to cure all our ills—but one without justification is much less likely to create progress. Sacramento is headed in the right direction. Measure L is a dangerous change to oversight and accountability and it should not pass.”
Additionally previously announced organizational endorsements include The League of Women Voters, The Democratic Party of Sacramento County, Sacramento County Young Democrats, The Sierra Club, Common Cause of Greater Sacramento, The Environmental Council of Sacramento, Teachers, Carpenters, Stationary Engineers, AFSCME & Plumbers Unions, and the Marshall School/New Era Park Neighborhood Association, Midtown Neighborhood Association, Newton Booth Neighborhood Association, Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association, and the Southside Park Neighborhood Association.
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For more information please visit http://www.StopThePowerGrab.org.

14 Oct 2014
by Vote L No

Lawn Signs are Flying out the Door

It’s another big week for your Stop The Power Grab campaign and we can feel the momentum – Sunday our volunteers delivered over FIVE HUNDRED Stop The Power Grab yard signs all over Sacramento!

We’re picking up more and more support as people just like you join our team to Vote L No and stop this power grab in its tracks. It’s a bad idea, it’s bad policy and it’s bad for Sacramento.
Look no further than Saturday’s Sacramento Bee Viewpoint column by Paula Lee, President of the Sacramento chapter of The League of Women Voters. Paula clearly shines a light on the flaws and deceptions contained in Measure L. Our campaign is a proud partner with the League, and we’re working together to defeat Measure L.

We’re making progress, but we still need your help as the days wind down to November 4. Please help.

HELP US CANVASS PRECINCTS
When: Saturdays (9:30 – 12:30pm) and Sundays (10:30 – 1:30pm)
Where: 1021 F St. in Midtown Sacramento
What: Walk in pairs to canvass targeted precincts provided.

HELP US PHONE VOTERS
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm – 8:30pm (join us tomorrow!)
Where: Sacramento Democratic Party HQ, 1033 S St., Sacramento
What: Bring your cell phone and help us call targeted voters on lists provided.

DONATE
If you can’t walk, phone or deliver signs to help defeat Measure L, please help us with a donation to keep our grassroots campaign going. Every donation counts, no matter how small. Please visit our website to donate at Stopthepowergrab.org. While there, be sure to visit our Facebook page and make your voice heard by sharing your thoughts about the mayoral power grab with your friends, and ask them to join us.

Thank you for your support. Questions? I invite you to contact Jann at jann@stopthepowergrab.org or at (916) 287-1049.

14 Oct 2014
by Vote L No

Pro Measure L Committees Playing With Funny Money

Sacramento, CA – In the continued themes of denial, deception, and desperation the Yes on Measure L official campaign committee has decided to hide their funds under the auspice of a firefighters committee. It also appears as though Mayor Johnson has given up on his own controlled committee, and is now donating to the firefighters union controlled committee for the purpose of airing television commercials, along with developers, special interests and the Yes campaign itself. This is detailed on the Sacramento City Clerks website. http://portal.cityofsacramento.org/Clerk/Elections/7-Campaign-Finance
Filings specifically include:
 On 10/2 the firefighters union opened and contributed $50,000 to the “Protecting Sacramento” committee (FPPC ID # 1371425). This is no surprise given that their contract is expired and the union is actively negotiating with the City for millions in pay and benefits.
 On 10/9 Mayor Johnson personally donated $49,000 to the firefighters committee. Why only $49,000? Because sums at or above $50,000 are required to be disclosed in communications disclaimers.
 On 10/9 the Sacramento Tomorrow committee (FPPC ID # 1364891) which until recently was the primary campaign committee for the Yes campaign transferred $100,000 to the firefighters fronted group.
 On 10/10 the Conway Family Trust and the Pacific Coast Companies, Inc. both entities NOT based in Sacramento collectively donated $75,000.
Charlene Jones leader in the good government organization Common Cause of Greater Sacramento stated, “I’m not surprised. When supporters claim Measure L is the road to good governance, you can bet it leads only to politics financed through a system of legalized bribery. Whether it’s secret committees, conflicts of interest, or putting the interests of cronies ahead of the public’s, that’s how these guys look to operate. So we must challenge this!”
This newly created so-called “Firefighters” committee has been open a little over a week, and in that time taken in $274,000! With only $50,000 or 18% actually being from a firefighters union this is misleading at best and obviously intended at deceiving Sacramento voters as to the true source of funding. This continues the Goliath special interest funded efforts to pass Measure L. The No campaign is proud to include the following individuals and groups in opposition, but not anywhere near the funding levels:
The League of Women Voters, The Democratic Party of Sacramento County, Sacramento County Young Democrats, The Sierra Club, Common Cause of Greater Sacramento, The Environmental Council of Sacramento, Teachers, Carpenters, Stationary Engineers, AFSCME & Plumbers Unions, City Council members Steve Hansen, Kevin McCarty, & Darrell Fong, former Mayors Burnett, Miller, Anne Rudin & Heather Fargo, former City Council members Bonnie Pannell, Ray Tretheway, Sandy Sheedy, & Lyla Ferris Hanson, former County Supervisors Illa Collin, Ted Sheedy, & Grantland Johnson and the Marshall School/New Era Park Neighborhood Association, Midtown Neighborhood Association, Newton Booth Neighborhood Association, Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association, and the Southside Park Neighborhood Association.
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For more information please visit http://www.StopThePowerGrab.org.

09 Oct 2014
by Vote L No

Eye on Sacramento Pokes Major Holes in Measure L Proponent Argument

It’s a huge week for your Stop The Power Grab campaign! Absentee ballots should be hitting mailboxes across Sacramento in the next day or two. It’s imperative you Vote L No and mail those back in as soon as possible. We need a strong showing from our absentee voters if we’re to defeat this mayoral power grab.

In case you missed it, Eye On Sacramento released its independent analysis of Measure L, and it wasn’t pretty. Eye On Sacramento ripped the mayoral power grab proposal for its intent, lack of details, and detrimental impact on Sacramento.

Addressing a packed house last week at the Clunie Center in East Sacramento, Eye on Sacramento President Craig Powell and Director of Research Dennis Neufeld warned voters to Vote L No. They highlighted several studies that show city manager governments are more efficient. They also discussed the possibilities for corruption and how disenfranchised councilmembes would be under a strong mayor system.

The Report summarized Measure L’s Yes argument by saying, “The campaign literature of the “Yes” campaign argues that the current charter is “outdated” and that while the city is not broken, Measure L “is just better.” We find such justifications to be exceedingly weak.”

Volunteer Opportunities
Will you please share our message with your friends and neighbors and help us phone voters and knock on doors all over Sacramento? Together, we know we can defeat the power grab.

HELP US CANVASS PRECINCTS
When: Saturdays (9:330 – 12:30pm) and Sundays (10:30 – 1:30pm)
Where: 1021 F St. in Midtown Sacramento
What: Walk in pairs to canvass targeted precincts provided.

HELP US PHONE VOTERS
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm – 8:30pm starting tonight.
Where: Sacramento Democratic Party HQ, 1033 S St., Sacramento
What: Bring your cell phone and help us call targeted voters on lists provided.

DONATE
If you can’t walk or phone to help defeat Measure L, please help us with a donation to keep our grassroots campaign going. Every donation counts, no matter how small. Please visit our website at StopThePowerGrab.org and donate today. While there, be sure to visit our Facebook page and make your voice heard by sharing your thoughts about the mayoral power grab with your friends, and ask them to join us.

STOP THE POWER GRAB – NO ON MEASURE L

Thank you for your support. Questions? I invite you to contact the campaign at jann@stopthepowergrab.org or at (916) 287-1049.

09 Oct 2014
by Vote L No

Teachers Unify To Halt Misguided Strong-Mayor Measure

Sacramento, CA – Continuing the momentum of growth, the coalition opposing the strong-mayor ballot measure added several new members to the team. Adding to the already announced California Federation of Teachers and Los Rios College Federation of Teachers, the Sacramento City Teachers Association, the Natomas Teachers Association, Twin Rivers United Educators, and the California School Employees Twin Rivers Chapter 1717 all have joined forces with the existing coalition to clearly state that educators do not like what a strong-mayor will do to our students, schools, and City.
Sacramento resident and local teacher Brenda Borge stated, “I don’t like what Measure L is about, we’ve got a well performing local government where officials work together and get things done. To break that up, to remove oversight from the Council while also making the Mayor less directly accountable is a mistake. And the mistake won’t only effect Sacramento over the next few years, but will be a mistake our kids will regret for decades to come.”
Downtown resident and special education teacher John Ennis stated, “Measure L is not needed. The city government is functioning just fine in its bi-partisan way. There are adequate checks and balances in place to allow the city government to progress.”
Leaetta Brooks-Hollan, a bus driver in Twin Rivers Unified School District with CSEA Chapter #1717 included, “Control of City Government should not be concentrated almost exclusively into the hands of the mayor which could lead to cronyism, backroom deals, and city council members disempowered to be able to meet the needs of their neighborhoods.”
“I’m a retired teacher and I’m happy to see that the teacher unions are united in their support of voting no on strong mayor, Measure L” stated Sacramento voter Pat Sager Handley. Hadley continued, “It does nothing for students or families and only gives more power to the mayor, which he certainly doesn’t need. Measure L makes no sense. It doesn’t promote transparency and democracy. The voters see that and I’m pretty sure they’re going to vote it down again.”
This adds to the growing list of those opposed including: The League of Women Voters, The Democratic Party of Sacramento County, Sacramento County Young Democrats, The Sierra Club, Common Cause of Greater Sacramento, The Environmental Council of Sacramento, Carpenters, Stationary Engineers, AFSCME & Plumbers Unions, City Council members Steve Hansen, Kevin McCarty, & Darrell Fong, former Mayors Anne Rudin & Heather Fargo, former City Council members Bonnie Pannell, Ray Tretheway, Sandy Sheedy, & Lyla Ferris Hanson, former County Supervisors Illa Collin, Ted Sheedy, & Grantland Johnson and the Marshall School/New Era Park Neighborhood Association, Midtown Neighborhood Association, Newton Booth Neighborhood Association, Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association, and the Southside Park Neighborhood Association.
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For more information please visit http://www.StopThePowerGrab.org.

29 Sep 2014
by Vote L No

30 Local Community Leaders And Organizations Stand Up Against Measure L

Sacramento, CA – In a change of pace from politicians, political organizations, and special interests with downtown development goals stating their support for Measure L, those closely engrained in their communities have stood up to oppose Measure L. Grassroots leaders who may not have a political PAC, but do live next door to friends and families, and can actually vote in the election announce their opposition to the mayoral power-grab.
Additionally at least four Neighborhood Associations have had official votes to oppose Measure L. These groups include the Southside Park Neighborhood Association, Marshall School/New Era Park Neighborhood Association, Midtown Neighborhood Association, and Newton Booth Neighborhood Association.
“The Measure L backers say our current system isn’t broke; they just want to make it better. For whom? The large developers supporting it will prosper, but not small business people like me” said Mark Abrahams, President of the Land Park Community Association*. Abrahams continued, “It’s impossible that neighborhoods and small business could be strengthened and empowered by this, as claimed. The measure’s financial supporters will prosper, but not us.”
“This is a power grab pure and simple” said Michael Benjamin of Oak Park. Benjamin continued, “The community voice is the last standing piece of a political system built to represent the people. A collective voice is what the people of Sacramento want. We need to practice trickle up politics, not trickle down politics. The people’s voice should be the loudest.”
This adds to the growing list of those opposed including: The League of Women Voters, The Democratic Party of Sacramento County, The Sierra Club, Common Cause of Greater Sacramento, The Environmental Council of Sacramento, Teachers, Carpenters, & Plumbers Unions, City Council members Steve Hansen, Kevin McCarty, & Darrell Fong, former Mayors Anne Rudin & Heather Fargo, former City Council members Bonnie Pannell, Ray Tretheway, Sandy Sheedy, & Lyla Ferris Hanson, and former County Supervisors Illa Collin, Ted Sheedy, & Grantland Johnson.
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* For informational purposes only, does not designate organizational endorsement or support
See attached second document for the full list of community leaders opposed to Measure L
For more information please visit http://www.StopThePowerGrab.org.

25 Sep 2014
by Vote L No

Sacramento Opposes Measure L

The campaign builds every week, and this week is no different! Support for your Stop The Power Grab campaign got a huge boost yesterday, with the news of three new endorsements. The Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) and Sierra Club, two of the most highly respected environmental organizations around, are joining a growing list of groups rejecting the mayoral power grab.

Also joining in support is Common Cause, an organization dedicated to open, honest, and accountable government. Charlene Jones, a leader within Common Cause of Greater Sacramento says, “By saying NO to Measure L, Common Cause shares a commitment to a government that serves the public interest, not the monied special interests. And keeps our democratic process in the hands of the ordinary voter.”

You can read more about the big news in yesterday’s Sacramento Bee.

Last week, Stop the Power Grab held its first fundraiser. With the partnership of the League of Women Voters, the campaign raised a significant amount of donations. The generosity and support showed by the community was overwhelming. Every dollar matters and your continued support is paramount. Please consider donating $25, $50 or $100 to the campaign at StopthePowerGrab.org.

The campaign will continue to be out walking and talking to voters every weekend until the election. If you have time to spare on a Saturday or Sunday including this Saturday, September 27 at 9:30 am and this Sunday, September 28 at 10:30 am. The walks will start at 1021 F Street, please email jann@stopthepowergrab.org for more information.

Thank you for your continued support in this endeavor.

Paid for by Stop the Power Grab – No on Measure L, Councilmember Steve Hansen Ballot Measure Committee ID # 1365950, 1787 Tribute Rd, Sacramento, CA 95815.