Newly Elected Sacramento Mayor Wants More Power

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is seeking to
boost the power of the office he's held for less than two weeks.

The mayor says he will ask voters to change the city charter to give him powers that include proposing the city budget, appointing department heads and veto authority over the city council.

He says it will increase accountability and efficiency.

The mayor currently has one vote on the council in a weak mayor-strong city manager system.

Johnson's proposal is drawing criticism from some council members and the city's former mayor. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Fresno Mayor Alan Autry are supportive.

The former NBA all-star was elected Nov. 4.

Getting an initiative on the ballot is projected to cost $1.2 million.

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

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