SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said his goodbyes after serving eight years at his final regular city council meeting. The California state Assembly, state Senate and the Sacramento City Council itself all gave resolutions expressing gratitude to Johnson at a reception in the lobby of city hall.
"Here's what's really cool, people say all these nice things about you, and I'm still alive to be able to hear them... So thank you for that," Johnson said.
The mayor told the crowd, that while it's been challenging, the city's direction under his leadership has vastly improved.
"It's been like a roller coaster, and that's what you want when you ride a roller coaster, right? You want ups and downs... I didn't realize I wanted it to that degree," he said.
And despite accusations of sexual misconduct tarnishing his time in office, Johnson said there was just one thing he would have changed.
"I have one regret, and this is the only regret that I can think of over the eight years, and that regret is this: that I did not get a chance to work closer with city staff in the last eight years," Johnson said.
Once the meeting started, city council announced it was working to hang a Mayor "KJ" jersey inside the Kings new Golden 1 Center he helped to build. But that may not happen so easily. In a statement the Kings said:
"In addition to the wall honoring the Mayor and City Council for their efforts to save our team, we do not have any immediate plans to retire his jersey."
Technically Johnson will have one more council meeting as mayor.
Next Tuesday he will pound the gavel to open the meeting and then council will go to the Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento where Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg will be sworn in as the city's next mayor, along with new city council members who won seats during the 2016 November election.