State of the City: What Else Besides the Kings?

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It started with a dance troupe’s fancy footwork and promised inspired steps into Sacramento’s future – the city’s 21st and  the Mayor Kevin Johnson’s fifth State of the City address.

Exciting efforts to keep the Kings aside, early on in his speech Johnson plunged into one of 12 term-two priorities listed on the last page of his leadership brochure.

He addressed a public safety announcing a new gun buy-back program.

“Where guns can be surrendered to the city for gift cards without fear of persecution,” said Johnson.

His address also planted more efforts in the green sector – declaring 2013 the “Year of Food.”

The goal of that – to stress access to healthier meal options.

But  for a capitol city losing at least seven elementary schools because of declining enrollment and lack of cash,  many parents have been upset that the Kings seem to have topped education on the mayor’s agenda.

“It’s kinda disappointing. I’d like to see more energy for schools,” said SCUSD parent Charles Newens.

In the State of the City, the mayor did offer a new education initiative.

“Sacramento will receive, for 8,000 students each year, free eye exams and glasses,” said Johnson.

The city’s “Vision to Learn” program tackles achievement barriers caused by poor eyesight,  but for little Eli’s future, mom Brianna Myers was hoping to hear more.

“Just what they’re gonna do to address our literacy. He talked about low rates, but I didn’t really hear anything about how they’re working to improve it,” said Myers.

Jessica Clark, on the other hand, was impressed by the mayor’s renewed commitment to get all third graders reading at grade level.

“It was enough for me. The rubber meets the road, now. I’m eager to see how it turns out. I think it will be O.K.,” said Clark.

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