Studio Sacramento: Mayor Kevin Johnson - KVIE


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>> I'M JAMES BECKWITH,
PRESIDENT AND CEO
OF FIVE STAR BANK.
AS A COMMUNITY BANK,
WE BELIEVE THAT OPEN DIALOGUE
ABOUT THE ISSUES
AFFECTING OUR REGION
IS VITALLY IMPORTANT.
FROM THE ECONOMY
TO THE ENVIRONMENT
TO SOCIAL ISSUES,
WE LOOK FORWARD
TO THE CONVERSATIONS
AND HOPE YOU WILL JOIN IN.
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>> FOUR YEARS AGO,
KEVIN JOHNSON WON HIS BID
FOR PUBLIC OFFICE.
THIS YEAR,
MAYOR JOHNSON IS RUNNING
FOR REELECTION
AFTER FOUR YEARS
WITH NEW INITIATIVES
AROUND SUCH THINGS AS EDUCATION,
THE ARTS, AND THE ECONOMY.
AND IT'S BEEN A TIME
MARKED BY ECONOMIC ADVERSITY
AND A CITY HALL CLIMATE
THAT SOME WOULD SAY
IS BETTER KNOWN FOR POLARIZATION
THAN FOR PROGRESS.
MAYOR JOHNSON JOINS US TODAY
TO DISCUSS THE STATE
OF THE CITY
AND HIS LAST FOUR YEARS
AND WHAT WOULD BE NEXT
SHOULD HE WIN REELECTION.
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.
>> GOOD TO BE HERE.
THANKS, GUY.
>> SO WE HAVE TO START OFF
WITH THE OBVIOUS: THE ARENA.
WHAT HAPPENED?
>> I'M STILL TRYING
TO FIGURE THAT OUT, AS WELL.
YOU KNOW, IF YOU GO BACK
A YEAR AGO?
THE FANS, THE COMMUNITY,
ROSE UP AND SAID,
"WE DON'T WANT
TO LOSE OUR TEAM!"
THE KINGS WERE THIS CLOSE
TO GOING TO ANAHEIM.
I FLEW BACK TO NEW YORK,
AND WE ASKED THE NBA
GOVERNING BOARD,
THE RELOCATION COMMITTEE,
TO GIVE US ANOTHER YEAR.
AND THEY END UP
GIVING US A YEAR.
THE MALOOFS DID NOT FILE.
AND WHAT WE NEEDED TO DO
IN THAT YEAR
WAS TO COME UP
WITH A FINANCING PLAN
FOR A NEW ENTERTAINMENT
AND SPORTS COMPLEX.
I WENT AND FLEW OUT
AND MET WITH THE BROTHERS
IN LAS VEGAS
AND SAID, "WHAT DO YOU WANT?"
AND THEY SAID,
"WE WANT BRAND NEW ARENA
DOWNTOWN!"
SO WE SET OFF
ON TRYING TO FIGURE OUT
A FINANCING PLAN FOR THAT.
NUMBER ONE,
WE HAD A SIGNIFICANT
PUBLIC INVESTMENT
OF $255 MILLION!
THEY WANTED PUBLIC/PRIVATE
PARTNERSHIP.
WE DELIVERED THAT.
NUMBER TWO,
THEY SAID THAT THEY JUST WANT
TO BE TENANTS.
SO WE BROUGHT THEM
AN OPERATOR IN A.E.G.
WHO WAS AN EQUITY INVESTOR
NUMBER THREE?
THEY SAID THAT THEY DIDN'T
WANT TO PUT UP A LOT OF CASH.
WE BROUGHT THE NBA IN
WHO PUT UP $70 MILLION.
WE CAME UP
WITH A $390 MILLION PROJECT
WHERE THEY COULD HAVE
STEPPED INTO BRAND NEW BUILDING,
NOT PUT UP ANY CASH,
AND THEY DID NOT ACCEPT
THAT DEAL!
AND I'M STILL DUMBFOUNDED
WITH WHY NOT.
THE NBA IS CONFUSED.
THE CITY OF SACRAMENTO
HAS GONE UP AND DOWN
EMOTIONALLY.
AND IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT
FOR US, BUT WE'RE GOING TO....
WE'RE GOING TO LICK OUR WOUNDS
AND GET BACK UP
AND FIGURE OUT
A WAY TO GO FORWARD
WHETHER THEY ARE TENANT
IN THE DOWNTOWN ARENA OR NOT.
THAT'S THE BIG QUESTION
GOING FORWARD.
>> WELL, THE BIG QUESTION
ON THE MINDS OF MANY PEOPLE
WITHIN THIS REGION IS
ARE THE BROTHERS WORD
AS BOND, HANDSHAKE,
TYPE OF GUYS?
>> YEAH.
I WILL TELL YOU
ONE OF THE LESSON I LEARNED
WHEN WE WERE IN ORLANDO
ON FEBRUARY 27?
WE HAD A HANDSHAKE AGREEMENT,
A FRAMEWORK?
WE WENT
AND DID A PRESS CONFERENCE.
WE VOTED ON IT A WEEK LATER
AT CITY COUNCIL.
I WENT OUT TO THE PAVILION,
AND WE RAISED OUR ARMS
IN THE AIR TRIUMPHANTLY
BECAUSE WE DID SOMETHING
THAT WE SAID WE COULD DO
THAT NO ONE THOUGHT
THAT WE COULD DO.
AND WE DELIVERED ON IT.
AND THEY DID NOT HONOR
THAT COMMITMENT.
THAT WAS VERY DIFFICULT.
SO A LESSON LEARNED!
AND WE CERTAINLY WOULD MAKE SURE
THAT CERTAIN THINGS
ARE IN WRITING THE NEXT TIME
BEFORE WE GET THAT FAR
DOWN THE ROAD.
>> YOU TRAVEL A LOT
AROUND THE UNITED STATES
AND INTERACT
WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE.
THE EYES OF THE COUNTRY
(AND ACTUALLY INTERNATIONALLY)
HAVE BEEN ON SACRAMENTO
THROUGH THIS JOURNEY
WE'VE BEEN GOING ON
WITH THE KINGS.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE
OUTSIDE OF THIS REGION
SAYING ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE?
>> THE PEOPLE
OUTSIDE OF THIS REGION
(BEYOND THE STATE
AND THE COUNTRY)
ARE ALL SAYING
WHAT SACRAMENTO DID WAS AMAZING
TO BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT
A WAY TO BUILD
A NEW ENTERTAINMENT
SPORTS COMPLEX,
TO BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT
A WAY TO FINANCE IT
IN THIS ECONOMY,
TO BE ABLE TO DO IT
IN CALIFORNIA
WHERE NEW BUILDINGS
ARE NOT BUILT
WITH SOME PUBLIC INVESTMENT.
PEOPLE ARE AMAZED!
AND WHAT SACRAMENTANS
NEED TO KNOW?
WE SAY OFTEN
THAT THIS IS BIGGER
THAN BASKETBALL.
IT'S ABOUT JOBS.
IT'S ABOUT OUR CIVIC IDENTITY.
THE BEST THING THAT MARKETS US
AND GIVES US A BRAND
BEYOND SACRAMENTO, YOU KNOW?
PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THE CAPITOL
AND THE DYSFUNCTION
OF THE POLITICS
AT THE STATE HOUSE.
BUT PEOPLE TALK ABOUT
THE SACRAMENTO KINGS.
EVERYWHERE I GO
(AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WATCHING
VERY CLOSELY,
KIND OF OUR SAGA,
AND OUR UPS AND DOWNS HERE)
AND I THINK THAT PEOPLE
IDENTIFY WITH A CITY
THAT LOSES A SPORTS TEAM.
NO ONE WANTS TO SEE
A CITY LOSE SUCH A CIVIC AMENITY
TO SOME OTHER CITY
ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S A CITY
LIKE OURS HAS DONE EVERYTHING
THAT WE SAID WE WOULD DO
AND MORE.
>> SOMETIMES PEOPLE
TAKE THE POSITION
THAT SOMETIMES
THROUGH SHORT-TERM FAILURE,
YOU ACTUALLY GAIN STRENGTH
FOR LONGER TERM SUCCESS.
THE CITY, THIS REGION,
REALLY PULLED TOGETHER
BACK WHEN THE ANNOUNCEMENT
WAS MADE ABOUT THE ANAHEIM
A YEAR AGO.
WHAT DO YOU THINK
(DESPITE THE CURRENT IMPASSE
GOING ON) WHAT DO YOU THINK
THIS REGION HAS GAINED
AS A CONSEQUENCE
OF THIS EXPERIENCE?
>> I THINK THAT OUR REGION....
IF YOU GO BACK TO WASHINGTON,
ONE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S
COMMITMENTS
IS YOU HAVE TO HAVE
REGIONAL ECONOMIES.
YOU HAVE TO HAVE
REGIONAL COLLABORATION.
YOU CANNOT....
HE DOES NOT WANT THE GOVERNMENT
TO WORK IN SILOS.
HE DOES NOT WANT
THE CITIES THAT ARE ADJACENT
TO EACH OTHER
TO WORK IN SILOS.
ONE OF OUR STRENGTHS
IN SACRAMENTO
THAT TIES TO BASKETBALL?
THE CITY OF SACRAMENTO'S
470,000 PEOPLE.
WE'LL ROUND UP TO 500,000!
WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR REGION?
WE'RE 2.3 MILLION!
AND THAT'S ONE
OF THE TOP 20 TV MARKETS
IN THE COUNTRY.
SO OUR REGION IS SOMETHING
THAT GIVES AN ADVANTAGE
AND A LEG UP.
WE TALK ABOUT
A REGIONAL ECONOMY?
AND WE HAVE 22 CITIES
IN SIX COUNTIES!
IF WE CAN GET ON THE SAME PAGE
LIKE WE DID FOR THE ARENA,
ON OTHER ISSUES?
IT'S GOING TO GIVE US
AN ADVANTAGE
TO GET FEDERAL DOLLARS,
AND IT'S GOING TO GIVE US
AN ADVANTAGE
TO GET STATE DOLLARS.
AND IT'S GOING TO GIVE US
AN ADVANTAGE
IN TERMS OF TRYING
TO RECRUIT NEW BUSINESSES.
CERTAINLY, WE HAVE TO RETAIN
THE BUSINESSES THAT WE HAVE.
AND WE HAVE TO HELP
THE ONES HERE GROW.
BUT IF WE WANT TO ATTRACT
NEW BUSINESSES?
HAVING A REASONABLE
PERSPECTIVE ECONOMY?
AND THE ARENA
BROUGHT THAT TO BEAR!
YOU HAVE DEMOCRATS
AND REPUBLICANS
WORKING TOGETHER.
AND YOU HAVE GOT BUSINESS
AND LABOR WORKING TOGETHER.
AND WE WERE ABLE TO DO THIS
THROUGH   THINK BIG
IN A WAY THAT OUR COMMUNITY
HAS NOT SEEN IN THE PAST.
BUT I THINK IT WILL BE
THE BEGINNING
OF REGIONAL COLLABORATION.
>> AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT
REGIONAL COLLABORATION
IN THE ECONOMY IN A MOMENT.
BUT TO STAY WITH THE ARENA
FOR A SECOND?
LET'S TALK A BIT
ABOUT A NO SACRAMENTO
KINGS ARENA
IN THE RAIL YARD.
HOW IS THAT GOING TO BE
ECONOMICALLY VIABLE?
>> SO WE'RE TRYING
TO FIGURE THAT OUT, SCOTT.
LET ME GO BACK AGAIN TO NEW YORK
A YEAR AGO.
WHEN I WENT BACK
AND MET WITH THE NBA OWNERS,
I SAID, "LOOK,
WE WANT TO REMAIN AN NBA CITY.
THREE SCENARIOS!
SAME OWNERS/SAME TEAM!
AND THAT MEANS THE MALOOFS
THE KINGS STAY IN SACRAMENTO.
THAT'S OUR PREFERRED SCENARIO.
SCENARIO TWO:
NEW OWNER/SAME TEAM!
IF THEY ARE WILLING TO SELL,
WE HAVE SOMEBODY
WHO WOULD BUY THE TEAM
AND KEEP THEM IN SACRAMENTO.
>> ARE THEY STILL HERE?
>> THEY ARE STILL IN PLAY,
ABSOLUTELY!
AND SCENARIO THREE
IS NEW OWNER/NEW TEAM!
IF THEY MOVE TO ANAHEIM
OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
WE WOULD LIKE THIS OWNER
TO BE ABLE TO BUY A TEAM
THAT, YOU KNOW,
AT SOME POINT, YOU KNOW,
GETS ON THE MARKET
AND GETS THEM IN SACRAMENTO.
SO THOSE ARE THE SCENARIOS
THAT WE THOUGHT THAT WE COULD
TO REMAIN AN NBA CITY.
IF YOU LOOK
AT THE RAIL YARDS DOWNTOWN,
YOU ARE STILL GOING
TO HAVE TO PLAY OUT
THE THREE SCENARIOS.
I DON'T KNOW
WHICH ONE IT WILL BE.
BUT WE HAVE TO BUILD
A NEW ENTERTAINMENT
AND SPORTS COMPLEX DOWNTOWN.
RIGHT NOW, WE'RE STUDYING
THE ECONOMICS OF THE DEAL.
WE'RE TALKING TO A.E.G.
A.E.G. HAS DONE IT BEFORE.
THE SPRINT CENTER?
THEY DON'T HAVE
AN ANCHOR TENANT!
AND IT IS ONE
OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL VENUES
IN THE COUNTRY,
THE SECOND BUSIEST
IN THE UNITED STATES
AND THE FIFTH BUSIEST
IN THE WORLD!
SO THAT SHOWS YOU IT CAN WORK.
THEY HAVE DONE IT BEFORE.
THERE ARE OPERATORS THERE.
WE ARE HAVING DISCUSSIONS.
SO WE'RE LOOKING
AT THE ECONOMICS OF IT.
WE HAVE GOT TO LOOK
AT THE FINANCING.
AND YOU HAVE
A $75 MILLION INVESTMENT
BY THE KINGS
IF THAT'S NOT THERE,
WHAT TYPE OF REPLACEMENT
INVESTMENT DO WE NEED TO HAVE?
AND THIRDLY,
WE HAVE GOT TO LOOK AT LEGALLY
WHETHER WE CAN DO IT OR NOT
AND WHAT OBLIGATIONS DO WE HAVE
WITH THE CURRENT OWNERSHIP,
AND WHAT MAY OR MAY NOT
BE ABLE TO OCCUR DOWNTOWN.
>> LET'S TALK BIT
ABOUT ECONOMIC VIABILITY
FROM THIS STANDPOINT.
MARCOS BRETON FROM THE BEE
DID AN INTERESTING ARTICLE
WHERE HE POINTED OUT SOMETHING
THAT I
(AS A FORMER CONCERT PROMOTER)
COMPLETELY MISSED,
WHICH IS HOW MANY
ENTERTAINMENT RELATED EVENTS
BYPASS SACRAMENTO
AND ENDED UP IN PLACES
LIKE FRESNO!
AND THIS IS NOT
TO DOWNGRADE FRESNO AT ALL.
BUT THE FACT
THAT MAJOR ARTISTS
AND ENTERTAINERS
ARE NOT COMING
THROUGH SACRAMENTO
AT THE PAVILION
SEEMS LIKE THERE HAD TO BE
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN OPERATOR
THAT WAS SO INCLINED.
YOU SAID THAT WE ARE
IN THE TOP TEN MEDIA MARKETS?
>> TOP 20!
>> THEN WHY THE CONSISTENT PRESS
THAT SAYS THAT WE'RE
IMPOVERISHED,
THE TEAM IS IMPOVERISHED,
WE DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY
TO ATTRACT THE TYPE OF TALENT
OR THE TYPE OF AMENITIES
THAT OTHER SIMILARLY
SITUATED REGIONS HAVE?
>> LET'S SEPARATE THE TWO.
THE OWNERS, WHO MAY
OR MAY NOT BE FACING
FINANCIAL CHALLENGES?
THAT'S A WHOLE
SEPARATE SCENARIO.
SO THEM NOT INVESTING?
THEY HAVE ONE OF THE LOWEST
PAYROLLS?
MOST OF US KNOW IN SACRAMENTO,
FOR 27 YEARS?
THEY SOLD OUT, YOU KNOW?
19 SEASONS!
THAT WAS MORE THAN ANY TEAM
IN THE NBA.
AND IN THOSE 19 SEASONS
THEY SOLD OUT?
ONLY 10 DIDN'T MAKE
THE PLAYOFFS!
SO WE DON'T HAVE
FAIR WEATHER FANS,
BUT OVER THE LAST FIVE
OR SIX YEARS?
THE PRODUCT ON THE COURT
HAS DECLINED SO MUCH
THAT IT'S VERY DIFFICULT
FOR OUR FANS TO SUPPORT
A TEAM THAT YEAR AFTER YEAR
AND YEAR AFTER YEAR
IS WINNING LESS THAN 30 GAMES!
AND WE'RE NOT ON A TRAJECTORY
TO IMPROVE THAT.
YOU HAVE TO PUT
THAT RESPONSIBILITY
ON THE OWNERS AND INVESTING
AND MAKING SURE
THAT THEY PUT A QUALITY PRODUCT
ON THE COURT.
SO THAT'S ONE SCENARIO.
AND THE OTHER ONE
THAT YOU ARE GETTING TO?
WHEN YOU LOOK AT FOLKS WHO,
YOU KNOW, AGAIN?
ENTERTAINMENT!
WE CALLED IT AN ENTERTAINMENT
SPORTS COMPLEX
BECAUSE OUT OF SAY 200 NIGHTS,
THAT THERE WILL BE SOMETHING
IN THIS BUILDING DOWNTOWN?
75% THEM WILL HAVE NOTHING
TO DO WITH SPORTS.
SO THEY WILL BE
NON-SPORTING EVENTS:
THE CONCERTS,
THE ICE CAPADES....
>> THE TRACTOR PULLS!
>> YOU'LL GO
TO THE TRACTOR PULLS.
I WILL WATCH IT
ON THE NEWS LATER!
SO THE FAMILY ACTIVITIES
THAT PEOPLE WANT TO GO
AND, YOU KNOW, PARTICIPATE IN?
WE DON'T GET THOSE
IN SACRAMENTO!
OTHER CITIES ARE GETTING THEM!
AND TWO REASONS:
PEOPLE DON'T BELIEVE
THAT SACRAMENTO
IS A VIABLE MARKET.
SO THESE BIG
CONCERT PROMOTERS....
AND THAT'S WHY HAVING A.E.G.
ON OUR SIDE?
THAT'S AN OPERATOR,
AND THEY OWN THIS CONTENT.
THEY ARE THE ONES
WHO DETERMINE THE CITIES
THEY GO IN.
HAVING THEM AS A PARTNER?
THAT MEANS WE'LL GET
ALL THE BEST IN SACRAMENTO!
NUMBER ONE!
AND NUMBER TWO?
THOSE WHO COME OUT
(AND THIS IS VERY HONEST)
THEY COME OUT AND THEY ENTERTAIN
AND THEY PUT ON A CONCERT.
AND THEY LOOK AROUND
AT THIS BUILDING
AND THEY LOOK AT THE GREEN ROOM.
AND WE ARE LIKE
WE'RE NOT COMING BACK!
IT IS THE MOST ANTIQUATED,
OUTDATED FACILITY,
ALMOST ONE OF THE WORST
IN THE COUNTRY.
>> IS THAT THE REASON
FOR THE IMMEDIATE PROJECTION
OF THE BROTHERS' OFFER
OF REHABILITATING THE PAVILION?
>> ABSOLUTELY!
YOU DON'T TELL ME,
TWO YEARS AGO?
THAT YOU WANT
A BRAND NEW BUILDING,
AND YOU DON'T WANT TO RENOVATE
POWER BALANCE?
SO WE SET OUT ON THAT COURSE
FOR TWO YEARS
AND DO EVERYTHING
THAT WE SAY WE'RE GOING TO DO
AND MORE.
EVERY BENCHMARK?
EVERY MILESTONE?
WE DID SOMETHING
THAT WAS MAGICAL
IN TERMS OF WHAT WE PULLED OFF.
AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN
AT A PRESS CONFERENCE
SAY, "WELL, WE CHANGE OUR MIND.
WE WANT TO STAY
AT POWER BALANCE?"
THAT'S YOUR RIGHT.
YOU CAN STAY THERE,
BUT YOU WILL HAVE
TO RENOVATE IT YOURSELF.
WE'RE NOT GOING TO PUT
ANY PUBLIC DOLLARS IN THAT
BECAUSE WE'RE ONLY GOING
TO INVEST TRULY IN PARTNERS
THAT SATISFY
OUR CORE PRINCIPLES.
AND ONE OF THE CORE PRINCIPLES
WAS DOING IT DOWNTOWN
BECAUSE IT CREATED JOBS,
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT....
AND THE SPIN OFF
THAT WOULD BE VERY CATALYTIC
FOR THAT DOWNTOWN AREA,
WE FELT WAS UNPARALLELED.
>> IF THEY HAD ASKED YOU
TO DO POWER BALANCE
BEFORE THIS JOURNEY BEGAN,
WOULD YOUR ANSWER
HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT?
>> ABSOLUTELY!
WE WOULD HAVE SATISFIED
THE CUSTOMER.
IF THEY SAID
WE DON'T WANT
A BRAND NEW BUILDING,
OR WE CAN'T AFFORD IT,
OR WE HAVE TOO MUCH DEBT,
OR THEY HAD SAID
ANY OF THOSE THINGS?
WE WOULD HAVE SAT DOWN AND SAID
WHAT DOES IT TAKE
TO REDO THE PAVILION,
AND WE WOULD HAVE SET OUT
ON THAT COURSE.
BUT YOU CAN'T ALL OF A SUDDEN
MID-STREAM CHANGE YOUR MIND
AFTER WE HAD AN AGREEMENT.
IT'S NOT THAT EASY.
WE INVESTED TONS OF DOLLARS
AND TIME AND ENERGY,
BLOOD AND SWEAT,
TO MAKE THIS A REALITY.
WE BROUGHT IN, YOU KNOW,
FOLKS AT THE STATE LEGISLATURE,
OUR CONGRESS PEOPLE....
EVERYBODY WAS....
INCLUDING THE NBA!
LET'S NOT FORGET DAVID STERN!
AS AN OWNER,
AS A COMMISSIONER OF THE NBA?
HE'S NEVER SEEN SOMETHING
LIKE THIS BEFORE
WHERE A CITY HAS DELIVERED
ON A NEW BUILDING,
AND IT GETS TURNED DOWN.
THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN!
>> HOW DO YOU RESPOND
TO THE MALOOFS
AND THE OTHER CRITICS
WHO SAY THE MONEY IS A GHOST,
IT DOESN'T EXIST.
THE NUMBERS DON'T WORK.
HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT?
>> THEIR NUMBERS DON'T WORK,
OR OURS?
>> YOURS!
>> OUR NUMBERS
WERE THE NBA'S NUMBERS!
SO....
>> YOURS OR THE NBA?
>> THE REVENUE PROJECTIONS
THAT WE BUILT THIS PLAN
WAS ON THE NBA.
THE NBA IS THE ONE
WHO HAS 30 TEAMS.
THEY HAVE ACCESS TO THE NUMBERS.
THEY RAN THE REVENUE PROJECTIONS
ON BASKETBALL
RELATED ACTIVITIES!
AND THE A.E.G.
WHICH IS A CONCERT PROMOTER?
THEY AND THE NBA GOT TOGETHER,
AND THEY ARE THE ONES
WHO CAME UP WITH THE NUMBERS.
FROM A CITY STANDPOINT?
WE DON'T HAVE EXPERTISE
ON WHAT THE NBA OR WHAT,
YOU KNOW, THE ARENA OPERATORS
DO.
WE DON'T KNOW THAT.
WE HAD TO RELY ON THEM.
WE HAVE GOT
OUR INDEPENDENT CONSULTANTS IN
THAT ANALYZE THE NUMBERS,
AND THEY AGREED.
SO ALL THREE PARTIES
WERE VERY COMFORTABLE.
THE CITY DOLLARS
WAS A PUBLIC INVESTMENT.
WE FELT THAT WE COULD TAKE
AN UNDERUTILIZED PARKING ASSET,
TURN THAT ASSET INTO SOMETHING
THAT COULD LEVERAGE
ANOTHER ASSET DOWNTOWN.
WE'RE TALKING
230-240-250 MILLION DOLLARS
THAT WE HAVE 30 PEOPLE
THAT BID ON PARKING
AROUND THE COUNTRY
SAYING THAT THEY WANT
TO PARTICIPATE.
WE COULD NOT BE
IN A BETTER SITUATION
THAN WE WERE.
AND ALL THE PARTNERS
WERE EQUALLY AS EXCITED
EXCEPT FOR ONE!
AND WHAT THEIR FINANCIAL
SITUATION IS, OR THE DEBT
THAT THEY WOULD HAVE HAD
TO INCUR?
THAT IS NOT FOR ME TO SPEAK ON.
BUT I THINK
THAT IT'S PRETTY CLEAR
THAT THREE WERE READY
TO GO FORWARD
AND ONE WASN'T!
AND THAT WAS DIFFICULT
FOR SACRAMENTO AND THE FANS.
>> LET'S TURN TO STRONG MAYOR.
THAT HAS GONE TO THE SIDE
BECAUSE I'VE BEEN SO FOCUS
ON ARENA ISSUE.
LET ME GIVE YOU A PERSPECTIVE.
>> OTHER THAN JOE SERNA,
MANY WOULD ARGUE
THAT YOU ARE ALREADY
THE MOST INFLUENTIAL
AND POWERFUL MAYOR
THAT WE HAVE SEEN
IN THIS REGION IN DECADES.
YOU HAVE THE POWER OF CONVENING
BECAUSE OF YOUR BACKGROUND
AND YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
AND YOU BROUGHT IN MORE PEOPLE.
DR. OZ WAS HERE YESTERDAY.
YOU BROUGHT IN SECRETARIES
OF EDUCATION, H.U.D.
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL?
ALL THESE FOLKS
AND ALL THESE RESOURCES!
SO YOUR POWER AS A CONVENER
IS PRETTY CLEAR
REGARDLESS OF WHETHER PEOPLE
ARE WITH YOU POLITICALLY OR NOT.
WHAT DO YOU NEED IT FOR?
YOU HAVE ALREADY GOT IT!
ONE OF YOUR PREDECESSORS,
WHO FRANKLY,
DIDN'T HAVE THE REACH
THAT YOU DO?
THEY NEEDED STRONG MAYOR.
WHY DO YOU?
>> THAT'S A FAIR QUESTION.
LET ME SEE
IF I CAN SET THE CONTEXT.
OUR CITY'S CHARTER
HASN'T BEEN MODERNIZED
VERY MUCH
OVER THE LAST HUNDRED YEARS,
NUMBER ONE.
NUMBER TWO?
CITIES OUR SIZE?
WHEN YOU HAVE A SMALL CITY,
A CITY MANAGER, IT WORKS!
AND WHEN YOU GET BIGGER,
YOU NEED TO MAKE DECISIONS
A WHOLE LOT QUICKER.
YOU GET OPPORTUNITIES,
INVESTMENTS....
AND YOU HAVE GOT TO BE ABLE
TO CALL THE SHOTS
AND GET SOMETHING DONE
REALLY QUICKLY.
AND SO CITIES OUR SIZE?
WHEN YOU GET OVER 400,000?
NEARLY 70% OF CITIES OUR SIZE
HAVE A STRONG MAYOR
OR AN EXECUTIVE MAYOR
FORM OF GOVERNMENT.
WHY WOULD WE NOT WANT TO?
IF YOU LOOK
AT THE TOP TEN CITIES
IN CALIFORNIA?
THE MAJORITY OF THEM
THAT ARE OUR SIZE,
(SEVEN OF THEM, I BELIEVE)
ALL HAVE THIS FORM
OF GOVERNMENT.
>> HERE'S ONE REASON.
ONE REASON
IS THAT SACRAMENTO HAS NOT HAD
SOME OF THE CORRUPTION
BECAUSE OF THE SEPARATION
BETWEEN THE ELECTED'S
AND THE DAY-TO-DAY MANAGEMENT
OF THE CITY
THAT OTHER CITIES HAVE HAD.
AND SO THAT SOMETHING
THAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED HERE.
BUT THAT SEPARATION
HAS LEFT IT SO THAT YOU HAVE
CIVIL SERVICE MANAGERS
RUNNING THE CITY
ON DAY-TO-DAY.
THE POLITICAL ELECTED'S
DOING THEIR THING.
THAT TENDS TO BE
THE PRIMARY ARGUMENT.
HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT?
>> SO THREE THINGS
THAT I HAVE GOT TO GET OUT
WITH THAT.
NUMBER ONE, GOING BACK
TO YOUR ORIGINAL QUESTION?
THERE ARE SO MANY MORE THINGS
THAT I WOULD BE ABLE TO DO
AS A MAYOR
WITH THE EXECUTIVE
MAYOR FORM OF GOVERNMENT.
RIGHT NOW, I HAVE FOUR STAFF.
SO WHEN I GO TO WASHINGTON,
I SPEND MY OWN MONEY
TO GO TO WASHINGTON.
SO THE MAYOR OF SACRAMENTO
DOES NOT HAVE A BUDGET
THAT'S SIGNIFICANT
TO BE ABLE TO TRAVEL
AND BRING RESOURCES
TO SACRAMENTO.
NUMBER ONE,
MY OWN MONEY!
I'VE DONE THAT FOR FOUR YEARS.
NUMBER TWO,
WHEN I GO TO WASHINGTON
OR (WE'LL KEEP USING WASHINGTON
AS A SCENARIO)
MOST MAYORS HAVE A LOBBYIST
AND A STAFF PERSON
AND SENIOR POLICY PERSON
WITH THEM.
I'M BY MYSELF.
AND I HAVE MY NOTE SHEET,
AND I TAKE NOTES.
AND PEOPLE SAY SAYING
YOU ARE THE CAPITOL
OF CALIFORNIA!
WHERE'S YOUR STAFF?
HOW CAN YOU TAKE
WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE
AND GIVE IT TO SOMEBODY
ON YOUR TEAM
AND HAVE THEM FOLLOW UP
IN TIMELY MANNER?
THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN.
I TAKE MY NOTES, I COME BACK,
AND I HAVE FOUR STAFF.
AND I HAVE FOUR PAID STAFF!
SO I TRANSCRIBE MY NOTES,
AND AT THAT POINT IN TIME?
DEALS WERE DONE AND GONE,
AND THEY ARE SOMEWHERE ELSE.
YOU CANNOT GET THINGS DONE
IN REAL-TIME.
THAT'S NUMBER ONE!
NUMBER TWO,
WHO IN THE WORLD
AS A CITY MANAGER
WOULD WANT NINE BOSSES?
WHO CAN BE EFFECTIVE
WITH NINE BOSSES
AS OPPOSED TO ONE PERSON?
WHAT WE WANT IS ACCOUNTABILITY.
I WOULD LIKE TO BE ACCOUNTABLE
FOR THE DECISIONS
AND THINGS THAT HAPPEN
IN SACRAMENTO.
AND IF THINGS WORK GREAT,
WE GET CREDIT.
IF NOT, HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE!
RIGHT NOW,
I GET HELD ACCOUNTABLE
FOR TONS OF THINGS THAT HAPPEN,
AND I DON'T MAKE THE CALL!
THOSE DECISIONS
ARE MADE BY CITY MANAGERS.
THAT'S BEEN MOST ALARMING
TO PEOPLE.
GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE.
ONE DAY I'M JOGGING
IN THE MORNING.
THE MEDIA PULL OVER IN A TRUCK,
AND THEY SAY
WHY DID YOU LAY OFF
THE 30 PEOPLE?
AND WHAT 30 PEOPLE?
I DIDN'T LAY OFF ANYBODY!
A CITY MANAGER THAT DAY
(OR THE DAY BEFORE)
LAID OFF 30 PEOPLE.
THAT WAS NOT A DECISION
I WAS CONSULTED ON.
BUT THE MAYOR IS THE ONE
HELD ACCOUNTABLE.
PEOPLE DON'T LIKE THAT.
AND THE LAST ONE
(AND IF I DIDN'T HIT
ONE OF THE POINTS)
WHY WOULD YOU NOT WANT
THE MAYOR TO BE ABLE
TO PROPOSE A BUDGET,
TO TAKE THE RESOURCE
THAT IS WE HAVE
AND CREATE A VISION THAT WORKS
FOR THE CITY,
AND ALIGN THE RESOURCES
THAT WE HAVE
AND HAVE A CITY MANAGER
CARRY OUT THE DAY-TO-DAY
DETAILS, AND SAY I DON'T WANT
TO DO THAT.
THAT'S NOT MY STRENGTH!
BUT I WOULD LIKE TO GET A VISION
AND HAVE THE RESOURCES
AND BE ABLE TO BRING PEOPLE IN
THAT COULD EXECUTE THAT VISION
AT A HIGH LEVEL
LIKE MOST MAYORS.
WE CANNOT DO THAT IN SACRAMENTO.
AND IT IS A FALSE PREMISE TO SAY
BECAUSE CERTAIN GOOD THINGS
ARE HAPPENING,
THAT THINGS DON'T NEED
TO CHANGE!
I WOULD BE ONE TO ARGUE
THAT SACRAMENTO
COULD BE SO MUCH MORE.
IF YOU LOOK AT DOWNTOWN,
IT HAS BEEN THAT WAY
FOR 40 YEARS.
IF YOU GO DOWN K STREET,
WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS
OVER THE LAST THREE
OR FOUR YEARS.
WE COULD BE SO MUCH MORE
AS A CITY!
AND I BELIEVE ANNE RUDEN,
MISS MILLER,
MR. EISENBERGS,
FORMER MAYORS....
LET THE PEOPLE VOTE.
LET THE COMMUNITY VOTE
AND DETERMINE WHETHER
THEY COLLECTIVELY FEEL
THAT WE SHOULD MODERNIZE
THE FORM OF GOVERNMENT
OR NOT.
ONCE THAT HAPPENS,
I AM GOOD EITHER WAY!
BUT I WILL GUARANTEE YOU
IF THAT GETS ON THE BALLOT
AND PEOPLE VOTE
AND THEY VOTE
IN THE AFFIRMATIVE?
WE'LL BE ABLE TO TAKE SACRAMENTO
FROM HERE
TO AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT LEVEL.
AND THE BEAUTY
OF WORKING IN SACRAMENTO
IS BECAUSE IT WAS NOT A SCANDAL
OR WASN'T MAJOR CRISIS,
THAT WE WERE NOT SATISFIED
WITH BEING MEDIOCRE.
WE WANTED TO GO
TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
SO YES, OTHER CITIES
HAVE DONE IT
BECAUSE THEY HAVE HAD
CORRUPTION.
A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK
THAT OUR UTILITIES,
THE LIBRARY,
THE METERS?
WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH ISSUES!
WE HAVE FOUR OR FIVE
CITY MANAGERS.
I'VE BEEN MAYOR FOR FOUR YEARS,
FOUR CITY MANAGERS.
AND I SUPPORTED ALL OF THEM.
SO THESE ARE ALL ISSUES
THAT GO ON TO CREATE
A DYSFUNCTIONAL ENVIRONMENT.
WE SPENT TIME IN SACRAMENTO
NOT GOING FORWARD.
BUT WE'RE STAGNANT,
AND THAT DOES A DISSERVICE.
>> LET'S TALK ABOUT
THE DYSFUNCTIONAL ENVIRONMENT.
PART OF THAT
DYSFUNCTIONAL ENVIRONMENT
HAS BEEN THE RELATIONSHIP
THAT YOU HAD
WITH CERTAIN MEMBERS
OF THE COUNCIL.
THERE IS A CHARGE
AGAINST YOU THAT SAYS
THAT YOU'RE TRANSACTIONAL
AND NOT RELATIONSHIP-BASED,
AND THAT YOU SET YOURSELF APART.
AND SO YOU DON'T COLLABORATE
VERY WELL.
HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT?
>> I WOULD DISAGREE!
SO WHEN I GOT ELECTED MAYOR,
THERE WAS EIGHT COUNCIL MEMBERS
AND A MAYOR.
THAT MAKES NINE OF US
ON THE CITY COUNCIL.
AND I HAD TWO OR THREE SUPPORT
WHEN I RAN FOR MAYOR.
AND THAT MEANS FIVE OR SIX
DID NOT SUPPORT ME.
AND I WAS GOING AGAINST
THE ESTABLISHMENT.
I MESSED UP A CALCULUS.
HEATHER FARGO
WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MAYOR
AND THE NEXT PERSON
WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MAYOR....
>> NO MALE COULD BEAT A WOMAN
IN THE CITY OF SACRAMENTO
WAS THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM.
>> SO YOU KNOW?
WE DEFIED THE ODDS!
IT HAPPENED!
AND MY POINT IS
I STEP INTO AN ENVIRONMENT
WHERE I WAS NOT PART
OF THAT CLUB.
AND I UPSET, YOU KNOW,
THE APPLE CART,
AND THAT'S FINE.
SO WHEN I WAS THERE
IN MY FIRST YEAR?
I WAS TOLD IF YOU SIT DOWN
AND YOU MEET
WITH COUNCIL MEMBERS
EVERY MONTH? THAT HAD
NOT HAPPENED IN THE PAST!
I DID THAT!
AND I WAS TOLD
THAT IF YOU DO THESE THINGS?
I DID THOSE.
AND THE COUNCIL AND MYSELF?
WE AGREED ON 95% OF THE THINGS.
SO IF WE HAVE A VOTE,
95% OF THE TIME WE VOTE,
THE SAME WAY!
WE DID NOT AGREE
ON EXECUTIVE MAYOR.
WE DIDN'T AGREE
ON AN EXTERNAL AUDIT,
REDISTRICTING,
OR THE PUBLIC SAFETY BUDGET.
THOSE ARE FOUR!
PROBABLY ONE ISSUE A YEAR
THAT THE MAJORITY COUNCIL
DIDN'T AGREE ON!
ONE ISSUE A YEAR!
SO GOING BACK
TO THE TRANSACTIONAL
OR RELATIONSHIP?
I HAVE VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIPS
WITH PROBABLY HALF THE COUNCIL,
AND SOME THAT I DON'T.
AND I'M GOING TO ALWAYS CONTINUE
TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR
AND FIGURE OUT
WHAT I CAN DO BETTER.
BUT I THINK
THAT THE COMMUNITY HAS WATCHED
WHAT HAS TRANSPIRED
OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS.
AND THEY SAID THE MAYOR
IS AN EQUAL CULPRIT.
BUT AS TIME WENT ON,
THERE WAS THINGS DONE
BY OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS.
AND PEOPLE SAY
WE NEED NEW BLOOD.
AND SOME
OF THOSE COUNCIL MEMBERS
ARE NOT RUNNING.
YOU WILL SEE A NEW DYNAMIC
AT COUNCIL.
AND I GUARANTEE
IF I SIT BACK HERE,
FOUR YEARS FROM NOW?
YOU WILL BE LIKE GOSH,
HE HAS A GREAT RELATIONSHIP
WITH COUNCIL.
WHAT HAPPENED?
>> SO WHAT IS IT
THAT YOU COULD HAVE
IMPROVED UPON
AND DONE BETTER
AT LEAST INITIALLY?
>> I THINK NUMBER ONE, YOU KNOW,
I FELT LIKE I WON
BY A PRETTY LARGE MARGIN.
AND I CAMPAIGNED ON THIS VISION.
AND WANTED
TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING,
YOU KNOW, AND BIG AND BOLD!
AND I THINK
THE FIRST LESSON I LEARNED?
BE QUICK, BUT DON'T HURRY.
THERE IS A WAY
THAT I COULD HAVE SLOWED UP.
I WAS HARD CHARGING IT.
THAT'S WHO I AM:
READY TO GO AND DO THAT!
SO I THINK
THAT RUBBED COUNCIL MEMBERS
A LITTLE BIT THE WRONG WAY.
AND SECONDLY, I BROUGHT OUT
THE EXECUTIVE MAYOR,
YOU KNOW, TOO EARLY!
I THINK
THAT I SHOULD HAVE WAITED
AND HAD RELATIONSHIPS.
AND IT MAY NOT
HAVE CHANGED ANYTHING,
BUT IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN
A REASON THAT PEOPLE COULD SAY
THAT'S WHY WE'RE NOT
SUPPORTING HIM
BECAUSE YOU BROUGHT IT OUT
TOO QUICKLY.
>> AND FINAL MINUTES,
I WANT TO TALK ABOUT
FOUR YEARS FROM NOW.
IF WE ARE SITTING DOWN
AT THIS TABLE,
TELL ME WHAT SACRAMENTO
IS GOING TO BE LIKE,
HOW WE'RE GOING TO BE DIFFERENT,
AND HOW ARE WE
GOING TO BE BETTER.
>> I WOULD LIKE TO THINK
THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE KNOWN
FOR GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS,
AND THAT'S REALLY HARD.
I WOULD LIKE TO THINK
THAT DOWNTOWN,
OUR DOWNTOWN CORE,
IS A STRONG, REGIONAL,
CIVIC AMENITY FOR ALL OF US.
THAT WE LOOK AT THE DOWNTOWN
AND GO OH, THAT'S GOOD THING.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
K STREET!
AND J, K AND L!
YOU WILL SEE MORE PROGRESS.
I WOULD LIKE TO THINK
THAT WE HAVE AT LEAST
ONE BRAND NEW ENTERTAINMENT
AND SPORTS COMPLEX,
AND MAYBE HEADED TO ANOTHER.
AND THAT'S PRETTY BIG AND BOLD.
AND WE HAVE GOT TO FIGURE OUT
A WAY TO ACTIVATE
OUR WATERFRONT.
AND I THINK THAT WE'RE GOING
TO DO THAT.
AND TOWNSHIP 9 DOES IT.
AND THE POWERHOUSE
SCIENCE CENTER
AND WORKING OUR WAY INTO OLD SAC
UP TO CROCKER?
WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
TO REALLY MAKE OUR RIVERFRONT
SOMETHING THAT IS REALLY
SPECIAL.
AND THE FUNNY THING ABOUT THAT
IS I TELL THIS STORY?
MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
TO SAN ANTONIO.
AND SAN ANTONIO HAS RIVER WALK.
AND EVERYBODY JUST, YOU KNOW,
APPLAUDS THAT.
AND IT'S NOT A RIVER.
IT'S A CANAL!
THEY PUT WATER DOWN A CANAL,
AND THEY MARKET IT UNBELIEVABLY.
SO A CANAL!
WE HAVE TWO RIVERS,
AND WE TURN THEM BACK.
SO WE HAVE GOT TO FIGURE OUT
A WAY TO EMBRACE OUR RIVERS
IN A REAL WAY.
AND LASTLY (REALLY QUICKLY)
I BELIEVE VERY STRONGLY
THAT WE HAVE GOT TO DIVERSIFY
OUR ECONOMY.
WE CANNOT BE OVER-RELYING
ON THE REAL ESTATE
AND GOVERNMENT JOBS.
I THINK THAT THE GREEN SECTOR
IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US
TO CREATE A SELF-SUSTAINING
INDUSTRY IN A WAY
THAT CAN (WE CAN)
IT CAN CREATE AN IDENTITY
FOR SACRAMENTO.
I WOULD LIKE US
TO TRANSFORM SACRAMENTO
INTO THE EMERALD VALLEY,
BEING THE GREENEST REGION
IN THE COUNTRY
AND A HUB FOR CLEAN TECHNOLOGY.
>> AND OUR FINAL MOMENTS,
I WANT TO TURN TO THE PERSONAL.
SINCE YOU BECAME MAYOR,
YOU GOT MARRIED.
THE BURNING QUESTION
ON EVERYONE'S MIND
IS BECAUSE OF YOUR WIFE
MICHELLE'S NATIONAL STATURE
AS A REFORMER IN EDUCATION,
AND YOUR PASSION FOR EDUCATION,
THERE IS A QUESTION WHICH IS
DO YOU EVER DISCUSS ANYTHING
BUT EDUCATION?
DO YOU WATCH ANYTHING
OTHER THAN
THAT RECENT DOCUMENTARY,
YOU KNOW, ABOUT THE GUY
IN THE HARLEM CHILDREN'S ZONE?
WHAT ELSE IS THERE?
>> IF SHE GETS HOME
BEFORE I GET HOME,
THE FOOD NETWORK IS ON.
AND IF I GET HOME
BEFORE SHE GETS HOME,
ESPN IS ON.
SO WHOEVER GETS
TO THE REMOTE CONTROL FIRST,
GETS TO SET THE TABLE.
YEAH, I THINK ONE
OF THE ADVANTAGES
OF OUR RELATIONSHIP....
....ARE OUR PASSION, OUR VALUES,
OUR CORE, OUR....
THE CORE OF WHO WE ARE
IS AROUND EDUCATION
AND TRYING TO CREATE
AN ENVIRONMENT
WHERE UNDER SERVED FOLKS
HAVE ACCESS
TO REALLY GOOD SCHOOLS.
AND I THINK THAT
THAT'S OUR STRENGTH.
SO THAT DOES DOMINATE
THE MAJORITY OF WHAT WE DO.
BUT YOU KNOW,
WE GO TO MOVIES
LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.
WE GO ON WALKS.
WE DO BIKE RIDES.
WE TAKE ADVANTAGE
OF THE AMERICAN RIVER
BIKE TRAIL.
WE TRAVEL.
SHE LIKES FOOD.
SO WE DO ALL THE THINGS
THAT EVERYONE ELSE DOES.
>> YOU'VE STAYED THIN.
SO OBVIOUSLY, YOU DON'T.
>> I LIKE IT,
BUT I HAVE GOT TO WORK OUT
TO STAY THIN.
I HAVE GOT TO MIX THE TWO.
>>> THAT'S OUR SHOW.
THANK YOU
TO MAYOR KEVIN JOHNSON.
AND THANKS TO YOU
FOR WATCHING STUDIO SACRAMENTO.
I'M SCOTT SYPHAX.
SEE YOU NEXT TIME RIGHT HERE
ON KVIE.
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