SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Voters in the city of Sacramento are weighing a November initiative to create a so-called "strong mayor" form of government. Measure L, the initiative backed by Mayor Kevin Johnson and his wife, school reformer Michelle Rhee, has divided the labor community and has pitted members of the city council against each other. Council member Steve Hansen is leading the opposition campaign.
Rhee and Hansen will debate the issues that surround Measure L at a lunch hosted by the Sacramento Press Club on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The debate will be moderated by former TV news reporter Pamela Wu.
The initiative would restructure the city's government from a system that gives the city council authority to hire a chief executive to serve as city manager to one in which the elected mayor is the chief executive. Supporters say it would give the mayor more authority to lay out a vision for Sacramento; opponents say it would give the mayor undue power over the elected council.
The lunch, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will take place at the Capitol Plaza Ballroom, 1025 Ninth Street, 3rd Floor. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Priced at $29 for members and $40 for non-members, tickets may be purchased at www.sacpressclub.org. The RSVP deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, October 17.