Tuesday, October 28, 2008

If you want Sacramento to look like Phoenix, vote for Kevin Johnson

Please vote for Heather Fargo over Kevin Johnson for Mayor of Sacramento, here's why:

Heather Fargo is an experienced, competent mayor (which in our weak mayor city means chair of the city council) who is pro-environment, pro strong
neighborhoods and pro smart growth. She isn't perfect, and isn't the strong leader that I'd want all other things being equal and she's been wrong on some things (such as the arena), but she's from a neighborhood activist background and is accessible and trustworthy.

Kevin Johnson on the other hand says that his model city for Sacramento to follow is Phoenix, Arizona! Can you imagine?! That city is the epitome of random sprawl, air pollution, no thought put into development at all, in other words, he wants to exacerbate all the bad choices the Sacramento region has made (something Fargo has tried hard to avoid). He is close to Bob Thomas and the Tsakopoulos developers and shares their philosophies.

Although he's saying the right things about the environment now, he refused to even let the Sierra Club interview him and refused to fill out their questionnaire, showing contempt for environmental positions.

Another reason not to vote for Johnson: a Planned Parenthood mailer today tells me that Johnson says he's pro life. And then when you add in the questions raised about him as a property owner/landlord and with possibly sexually harrassing teenage girls, I just don't think we can afford to gamble with this guy. I don't think he knows what he's doing.

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