Mayor Kevin Johnson's truancy has reached new heights.
The mayor will miss his ninth City Council meeting of the year tonight, his staff said. And with that, Johnson will pass former Mayor Heather Fargo's highest absence total for a single year.
Johnson is in Washington, serving on a panel at the GreenGov Symposium, a conference run by the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The mayor's office said the White House requested that Johnson attend the discussion to talk about progress made by the city in the green technology sector, including a recent $100 million program launched to fund energy-saving retrofits of office buildings.
It's the mayor's third missed meeting in the last month. Of his nine misses this year, two have been for personal matters, while the rest have been for events in Washington, arena-related meetings in Los Angeles and other out-of-town business.
His nine misses are the most for an elected official at City Hall going back at least a decade. As far as anyone can remember, it's the most since former Councilman John Roberts missed 21 regular and special council meetings in 1980.