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April 23, 2013
Update: Councilman Schenirer now a mayor pro tem

What do you get when you combine a mayor who travels a lot with a vice mayor who's about to have a baby?

This isn't a bad joke. It's actually a question the Sacramento City Council faced tonight.

The council took the unusual - and maybe even unprecedented - step of appointing a mayor pro tem to run council meetings when Mayor Kevin Johnson and Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby aren't around. Councilman Jay Schenirer earned the honor, which comes with the added benefit of a couple of extra words in his title but no more money.

Johnson has been known to miss a meeting or two - especially with this Kings saga continuing - and normally the duty of running the meeting falls to Ashby. But Ashby is expecting her third child on May 9 and said she expects to miss a couple of council meetings.

The pro tem position will be in effect until Ashby returns to the council.

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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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