The Swarm

Mix it up with The Bee's editorial board.

February 12, 2010
Does The Bee endorse Kevin Johnson's 'strong mayor' lite?
Mayor Kevin Johnson and his supporters declared in an email blast today that The Bee's editorial board has endorsed the mayor's "new consensus plan" on a strong mayor.

Nice try, mayor.

As we stated in an editorial Thursday, the mayor is "getting closer to getting it right on his strong-mayor plan." But we are not in favor of a rush to the ballot.

We think that Sacramento would be well served by mayor that has more authority to improve the city than past and current mayors have enjoyed. But we don't support the mayor's timetable on when the council should put together a consensus plan. That was clear in our editorial.

Perhaps the mayor and his supporters missed this section and other sections of the editorial:

He is urging the council to fast-track his plan on to the June 8 ballot, which would force a vote by Feb. 23 - too ambitious a timetable for such momentous changes. Johnson has not made a convincing case why the package can't wait until November.

Oh, what the heck. Politicians of every stripe misrepresent what our editorials on a daily basis. Why should KJ and his folks be any different?

At least he and others are paying attention. They should keep doing so.

About The Swarm

The Swarm is written by members of The Sacramento Bee's editorial board. They meet daily and are separate from the newsroom. Views included here are those of individual writers, and do not necessarily reflect those of a majority of the board or the positions expressed in The Bee's editorials.

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