Should Nearby Cities Pay Attention To Sacramento State of the City?

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The state of the city address by Sacramento City Mayor Kevin Johnson may not appeal to people who live in the county and in other cities in the six county economic region.

Certainly any pronouncements about city services or schools would not elicit interest because those who live outside the city limits have their own local governing bodies to provide services for them.

But Cal State University economist George Jouganatos says they should pay attention because their economic health is tied to the economic well-being of the area’s largest city.

“A stronger economy in Sacramento means more spending in Roseville and Elk Grove,” said Jouganatos.

While about 470,000 people live in Sacramento, the region has over 2 million residents. Sacramento provides the highest payroll in the area and workers, many employed by the state, live in the surrounding bedroom communities.

That’s why Rancho Cordova resident Sue Ladd will pay attention to what’s said by the mayor.

“Even though I do live in Rancho Cordova, I think what happens in Sacramento does affect us out here,” said Ladd.

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