Mayor Johnson Vows To Move Ahead With Urban Renewal Despite Budget Crunch


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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says he doesn’t want the city’s 68-million dollar cash shortage to put the brakes on downtown renewal projects.

Capital Public Radio’s Steve Shadley reports…

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Speaking at the annual “State of Downtown” breakfast today (Thursday 1.22)…Mayor Johnson outlined his vision for urban renewal.  He says the budget crunch means development won’t happen as quickly…but he’s says a facelift for downtown Sacramento is still one of his top priorities… 

 “I do believe that there are still some good projects underway on K street in particular that we will still be able to make happen in 2009.  we want to find that balance between being smart and frugal and cutting back…but still being able to go forward when the opportunities make sense…”
 
Mayor Johnson…who just returned from President Obama’s Inauguration in Washington…told the crowd that he’s confident the new administration will be good for economic recovery in Sacramento.  And, he says when the financial mess is over…Sacramento should start street car service downtown…and build a riverfront promenade that rivals the one in San Antonio, Texas.