24 Sep 2014
by Vote L No

Environmentalists Unified In Opposition to Strong-Mayor Measure

Sacramento, CA – In an increasing show of opposition momentum to the strong-mayor ballot measure the Environmental Council of Sacramento, the Sierra Club, and Common Cause of Greater Sacramento, all announce their opposition to Measure L. These environmentalists and environmental organizations will play a critical role in defeating the misguided power-grab known as Measure L.
The Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) President, Richard Guerrero, stated, “ECOS recognizes that Power is an environmental issue. Because Measure L includes who has the power to make decisions on regional and community sustainability and a healthy environment for existing and future residents, the board voted to oppose Measure L. ECOS feels that the present form of government better allows for transparency, accountability and dialogue with a body across the political spectrum to create solutions that are good for the environmental and the people of Sacramento.”
Charlene Jones, a leader within Common Cause of Greater Sacramento stated, “We are excited to oppose Measure L, and will lead a community campaign to stop the concentration of political power at city hall. 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.”
Opposition campaign leader Councilmember Steve Hansen expressed appreciation and excitement at the growing coalition. “With partners ECOS, Common Cause, and the Sierra Club walking and talking with voters by our sides, and the existing team we already have together I’m very confident for our chances in November. The more voters learn about this misleading and misguided effort the less they like it, that’s what we’ve seen in polling, and what I’m experiencing every day in my district.”
This adds to the growing list of those opposed including: The League of Women Voters, The Democratic Party of Sacramento County, 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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09 Sep 2014
by Vote L No

Stop the Power Grab

We are working hard to stop Measure L. We’ve been at numerous neighborhood forums and launched our voter contact efforts. However, we need your help as a volunteer and donor.

You’ve probably seen that the Yes campaign is getting big money, [including $100,000.00 from a single donor.] We are counting on you to help counter them through small donations and grassroots support.

We will be out canvassing this Saturday at 9:30 am and Sunday at 10:30 am. Face to face conversations are the most powerful form of persuasion and a great way to earn support. If you have a few hours to spare this weekend please contact Jameson to RSVP and to get more information.

Please help by donating to our upcoming fundraiser on Thursday, September 18 (details below). Join the Facebook event to get more details. Every dollar is going to be important on the campaign. If you cannot join us the evening of the 18th please consider donating to the campaign online.

Please join the Sacramento League of Women Voters &
Councilmember Steve Hansen & Friends
For Stop the Power Grab, Vote No on Measure L
Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 5:30-7:30 pm
At the Sierra 2 Center, Garden Room
2791 24th Street | Sacramento, CA 95818
Host: $500+
Co-Host: $250+
Friend: $100+
Ticket: $20+

Thank you for your support and energy!


PS – Please tell your friends and neighbors about our efforts to keep Sacramento moving forward by forwarding this email or by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter.

25 Aug 2014
by Vote L No

Sacramento Coucilman Steve Hansen to Lead Opposition to Strong-Mayor Plan

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 10:30 pm
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Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen, not even two years into his first term at City Hall, is about to take on a popular mayor and many of the city’s most powerful interest groups in a closely watched political battle over how the city will be governed.

Hansen said Monday he is launching a political committee that will seek to defeat a November ballot measure pushed by Mayor Kevin Johnson that would vastly increase the authority of the mayor’s office. In doing so, Hansen instantly became the new face of an opposition campaign that until now had been led largely by labor unions and Democratic Party activists.

Sitting outside a midtown coffee shop, Hansen said “concentrating so much power in one office is not what we need in Sacramento.” He said he would call his campaign “Stop the Power Grab.”

“I don’t think (Johnson’s plan is) necessary, and it’s clear the voters don’t think it’s necessary either,” Hansen said. “They see it as a power grab, especially given that the current system is working.”

Hansen, 34, was elected to office in 2012 to represent the central city, Land Park and a slice of South Natomas. Since then, he has voted with the mayor on the most controversial issues to face the City Council.

Hansen voted in favor of a $255 million city contribution to a new downtown arena, supported easing restrictions on “big box” superstores in the city and voted to approve the McKinley Village housing development in East Sacramento. Johnson supported all three proposals.

“We largely share the same vision,” Hansen said.

But Hansen has been consistent in his opposition to a strong-mayor plan.

A spokesman for Sacramento Tomorrow, the campaign supporting Johnson’s measure, said he wasn’t surprised Hansen planned to campaign against it. Hansen was one of four council members to vote unsuccessfully against placing the measure on the ballot.

“There are always people who want to maintain the status quo and stop efforts to change business as usual,” campaign spokesman Josh Wood said.

The plan is dubbed the Checks and Balances Act of 2014 and will appear on the November ballot as Measure L.

If it’s approved, the mayor would obtain the power to appoint and remove the city manager, who in turn would oversee the hiring and firing of key city officials. The mayor’s choice of a city manager would still require City Council approval. However, the mayor could unilaterally remove the city manager.

The mayor also would have the ability to propose the city budget, a power currently held by the city manager.

Some limited City Council actions would be susceptible to mayoral vetoes under the plan, including budget decisions. The City Council could override those vetoes, but only with a supermajority vote of six of eight council members.

An ethics committee and neighborhood advisory committee would also be formed.

The form of government is similar to those in many large cities. Supporters argue it makes the mayor more accountable to voters.

Hansen said he has begun recruiting neighborhood and civic leaders to join his campaign. He said he has raised roughly $39,000 so far to launch the effort from the International City Managers Association.

The League of Women Voters and the Democratic Party of Sacramento County have also expressed opposition to the plan. Kerri Asbury, chair of the Democratic Party, said her organization would work with Hansen. “We’re all on the same page,” she said.

Hansen said a poll he commissioned this summer showed nearly two-thirds of voters oppose Johnson’s proposal. While the exact text of the poll and the questions asked were not released, a memo that accompanied the survey showed that 62 percent of likely November voters do not want to grant the mayor the powers he is seeking.

David Binder, whose firm conducted the survey of 500 city voters, said the poll showed that while voters largely approve of the job Johnson is doing in office, they disagree with his strong-mayor proposal. He said 42 percent of those polled said they were certain to vote against the plan and will not consider changing their minds.

“That’s a pretty high number,” he said. “That will make it very, very difficult for the other side to prevail.”

Johnson’s camp is expected to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on its campaign. Sacramento Tomorrow reported raising $90,000 through the first six months of this year, including a $45,000 check from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Some local building trades unions and business groups have already voiced support for the plan. “There will be a broad coalition of people from all different political perspectives who believe it’s time for us to reform our government and improve the system we have into a system that is proven to work,” Wood said.

Doug Elmets, a Sacramento political consultant, said the campaign will serve as a litmus test on how efficiently the city is being run.

“The mayor has to make the case that the current system is clearly an impediment to running a successful, world-class city,” Elmets said. “And Steve Hansen needs to convince the electorate that the way the government is operating today is sufficient with the existing checks and balances.”

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19 Aug 2014
by Vote L No

New Poll Shows Sacramento Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Mayoral Power Grab

Sacramento, CA – A recent survey of 500 likely Sacramento voters shows that Measure L would lose by nearly a 2-1 margin. Measure L would remove the Mayor from City Council and give him unprecedented control over City operations, with the ability to fire the City Manager at will, control the City’s staff and budget, and veto laws passed by the City Council.
The poll was commission by the Stop the Power Grab campaign, which is a newly formed effort to coordinate with neighborhood and civic leaders against the measure that launched today.
“It’s clear that voters don’t think this is a good idea,” said Councilmember Steve Hansen, a leader of the Stop the Power Grab campaign. “The City Council, Mayor, and City Manager have been working well together to keep the City on the right track. This measure is simply a power grab that shifts power away from the public and reduces accountability. Our city’s professional management shouldn’t be replaced with politics.”
The poll found voter opposition to Measure L is strong and highly resilient. 62 percent of respondents say they will vote against the measure, while just 32 percent say they will vote for it. Of those respondents, 42 percent say they are certain to vote no and will not consider changing their minds, while only 19 percent are certain to vote yes. Even after testing positive messaging used by the measure’s supporters, public support did not budge. Only one percent of voters moved in favor of Measure L after a full battery of positive messaging and positive details of the measure.
Pollster David Binder said, “Sacramento has a very sophisticated electorate which understands the difference between a popular Mayor and giving that Mayor and future mayors too much power. It’s very rare that you see a community give positive reviews to a sitting politician and, at the same time, deny that politician a policy change that he seeks. But, in this case, that is exactly what is going on, as voters look past the personalities and reject a change that they see as counter-productive.”
A more detailed polling memo is attached. Findings are based on a telephone survey conducted by David Binder Research on August 1- 3, 2014 using both cell phones and land-lines. The survey was conducted among 500 registered voters, living in the City of Sacramento with working phone numbers, who are expected to vote in the November 2014 general election. The survey has a ±4.4% margin of error.
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