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December 12, 2012
New Sacramento City Council promises unity, productivity
At least for one night, it was all sweetness and light for the new Sacramento City Council.

After newly-elected council members Steve Hansen and Allen Warren, re-elected council members Kevin McCarty and Bonnie Pannell and Mayor Kevin Johnson took the oath of office Tuesday evening, everyone on the council spoke about working hard and working together for the good of the city, particularly on jobs.

There was a sense of optimism as the local economy rebounds and as a half-cent sales tax hike generates money to start restoring budget cuts.     

"We've had enough of this darn recession," said Steve Cohn, now the senior member of the council. It's time, he said, for the city to reassert itself.   

"I'm really excited to see where we go," added Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby.

Johnson and several council members celebrated the diversity represented on the new council, which includes three African Americans as well as its first openly gay councilman in Hansen.

That diversity, the mayor said, makes Sacramento special -- a city that works for everyone.     

Dorothy Hill, a longtime community organizer in north Sacramento, added a note of reality and responsibility, reminding the new council: "Remember all of you, that seat is not you. It's about the people of Sacramento."

The Bee's editorial board called Tuesday for this new council to turn the page on the division and dysfunction that sometimes marred the past four years. If they can avoid the personal politics and be open-minded, council members have the chance to do some very good things for Sacramento.  

We'll see if the glad tidings last beyond the holiday season and the new council's honeymoon. 

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