Questions by Sacramento State students to the Sacramento mayoral candidates clearly reflect anxiety about jobs and their future in the community. They want to know specifically what the city can do to help college students get jobs. They also want to know what would make the city a "destination" city, not a "halfway point" between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.
Mayor Heather Fargo believes Sacramento has done a good job of diversifying its economy. She points to Sacramento as a regional health care hub and education hub. She sees Sacramento as having a more stable economy in a downturn than most cities because of state government employment. She sees the issue for students as letting them know their options.
Challenger Kevin Johnson isn't buying. He sees missed opportunities on J and K Streets. He thinks the Railyard and Cal Expo projects have moved too slowly. He believes the city hasn't taken advantage of its two rivers as a destination. He wants to do a whole lot more to attract jobs.
The choice, it seems, is keep doing what we're doing (it's working) or do something different (it's not working as well as it should). More of the same or change.