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SACRAMENTO --

His finale ended the way most performers and politicians hope - with a standing ovation.

But as Mayor Kevin Johnson delivered his last 'State of the City' address to Sacramento, pushing togetherness in song and word, homeless ticket holders for the event were kept outside of the Crest Theater.

Many of them were some of the protesters who have spent 52 days occupying City Hall in protest of policies that criminalize them sleeping outside.

Here's what the mayor had to say about the ongoing controversy.

"We want to be a place that serves everyone, but we want to do it in a lawful respectful way," said Johnson.

During his 8th 'State of the City' he addressed the issue early on - announcing a new partnership with Sutter Health system to provide $5 million in matching funds to fund sustained, permanent housing for those without shelter.

For their part, the folks who were able to get into the Crest with their tickets, were most interested in Johnson's promised focus on business growth during his remaining days in office - capturing momentum from the construction of the Kings' new home.

"I want to see public transportation get built up so people can go to the games and use it. I'm just delighted with what's happening," real estate attorney Keeva Coe said with a big smile.

"I'd like to see more for minority owned businesses," said Asia Allen, second Vice President of Sacramento's NAACP chapter.

Johnson delivered on what Allen was looking for, putting the three largest ethic chambers of commerce in the area under one roof.

"This co-location model will allow the Asian Chamber, the Black Chamber and the Hispanic Chamber to blend knowledge improve visibility and run more efficiently in our communities."

He also announced the activation of the Sacramento Employment and Economic Development Corporation or SEED Corp to target struggling areas of Del Paso Heights, Meadowview and Valley Hi with $1.2 million in bond proceeds to attract more private sector jobs.

Anpac Bio-Med and Flippboxx, a cloud storage tech firm, are both relocating to Sacramento and the capitol city will be the first city investor in Dave McClure's '500 Startups' company and fund.

The fund typically gets five times its return on investment and McClure, former PayPal executive and the founding Partner of 500 Startups, has promised to invest in ten new Sacramento start-ups.

For the first time in months, talk of Johnson's sex scandal inside city hall and one resurrected from his past seemed far from Sacramentans' minds and impact on Johnson's legacy.

"Scandal's a thing of the past ... years ago ... nothing true to it. It's going to be that he brought economic boom to Sacramento," said Lanford Tobe.

"I'm totally excited for the future of Sacramento," said Itasker Hollins, assistant Pastor of All Nations Church of God in Christ.

"Oh yeah...he's (K.J.'s) definitely responsible. That's why everybody wants this job now."