Measure L, also known as the “Strong Mayor” initiative, appears to have failed Tuesday night.
With all precincts reporting, it was 57% to 43%, No on L. The measure would have given the mayor position in Sacramento more power, moving some responsibilities from the city manager to the mayor’s office.
The Yes on L campaign spent election night at Pizza Rock on K Street, including Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson who was a big supporter of the measure.
At one point in the evening, the restaurant was so packed no one could move. But then, as results started coming in, people drained from the building and chairs were turned over.
Supporters stayed positive, hoping overnight results would improve.
“We have a team of consultants who’ll be looking and reviewing these numbers and waiting to see how they track from here,” Josh Wood with the Yes on L campaign said.
The No on L campaign spokesperson Steve Hansen told FOX40 Tuesday night he was cautiously optimistic about the results.
“After six years of conversation about this, we finally have pretty close to diffinitive results, and I hope we get to move on from this and work on what people want us to work on,” Hansen said.
Mayor Johnson did not make a comment at the end of election night about the results.