By Steve Large

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Hoping the fourth time will be the charm, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s push for more power inside city hall scored a big win on Tuesday night.

In a 5-4 vote, the Sacramento City Council voted to put the strong-mayor plan one step closer to reaching the ballot.

The strong-mayor plan would change the city charter to give Johnson the power to hire and fire, propose city budgets, and veto what he doesn’t like.

The mayor has publicly sat on this sidelines for this attempt. Instead, a strong-mayor Sacramento Tomorrow committee has led the effort to change the charter.

It’s led by co-chairs Steve Ayers, a businessman, and former Sacramento State professor Barbara O’Conner.

Sacramento Tomorrow

Ayers is also a Sacramento Kings minority owner who has donated to Johnson’s campaigns, and campaigned against him when he beat former Mayor Heather Fargo.

Fargo made her first appearance in the council chambers tonight in the last five years to voice her opposition to the strong-mayor proposal.

In 2010, Johnson took off his jacket and criticized his colleagues for voting against the proposal.

This time, with a vote in his favor, he avoided questioned by leaving city hall from its underground garage.


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