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October 25, 2012
Mayor Johnson: Vote no on charter panel, but here are my picks if it passes

Mayor Kevin Johnson doesn't want you to vote to create a charter commission next month. But, like some others in the city who share that position, he also wants to cover his bases.

Johnson is urging city voters to shoot down Measure M, which would create an elected commission tasked with exploring changes to the way the city is governed. If it passes, however, the mayor has picked 15 candidates for the panel. Some labor and business groups also oppose the commission but are running slates of candidates of their own.

The mayor's full list of endorsements, including the charter candidates, can be found here.

The mayor also wants his supporters to vote against Measure U, the measure seeking to raise the city's sales tax rate by half of a percentage point. But he supports Measure T, which would allow the city to require the use of green waste bins and move toward scaling back weekly leaf collection by the Claw.

In the District 2 City Council race, Johnson is heavily invested in candidate Allen Warren and is continuing his support of the north Sacramento developer.

Johnson is staying out of the District 4 race between architect and business owner Joe Yee and biotech firm manager and former Downtown Sacramento Partnership board member Steve Hansen.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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