Police Organization Supports Former NBA Star For Sacramento Mayor

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former NBA all-star Kevin Johnson has picked
up an endorsement from local law enforcement in his bid to unseat
Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo.

Sacramento Police Officers Association President Brent Meyer says his board likes Johnson's emphasis on public safety and economic development.

Johnson has been involved in redeveloping a blighted Sacramento
neighborhood since retiring from the Phoenix Suns in 2000.

The Sacramento native says he wants to protect law enforcement
from spending cuts despite the city's $58 million budget shortfall.

He says violent crime has risen during Fargo's eight years in office and wants a greater effort to fight gang violence.

Fargo responded by saying violent crime has held steady for 12 years and dropped in the last year. She also wants to avoid police layoffs.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-03-28-08 1501EDT

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