Of candidates and maps

Today’s Bee had a feature on geography-as-destiny in the mayoral race.  The city looks like a donut – if you map areas that lean Johnson against areas that lean Fargo. The city center – old, established neighborhoods, went for Fargo in the primary.  The outer frontiers – North Natomas, the Pocket – went for Johnson.  Polls indicate the trend still exists heading into Tuesday’s final showdown.

Crime concerns are central to the Northern and Southern Sacramento outposts.  It’s worth noting, though, that both reaches experience little violent crime.  It’s the property crimes that keep people awake. I suppose in the grand scheme of things, I’d opt for property crime over violent crime. Or, you know, no crime would be best.

As a resident of both new and old Sacramento – and as someone who’s lived in higher-crime areas in other cities, I know how I’ll be voting on Tuesday. . . .

(Obviously, my views are my views and aren’t necessarily representative of Metroblogging nor of any of our other authors. So bear that in mind.)

I’m voting for Heather Fargo.

There’s a few primary reasons: first, over my years in Sacramento – primarily spent living in downtown or midtown, things have been steadily getting better.  More businesses, more nightlife, more caring residents, more renewal.  The Bee article cites critics from the outposts who dislike Fargo’s traditional focus, as they see it, on the health of the city core at the expense of their neighborhoods. With property values and sales still heading downhill, however, a vibrant, economically strong tax base in the downtown and midtown areas is essential to maintaining city services all around the city.  The same property crimes, by the way, bother center city residents, along with more serious crime concerns.

Sh*t happens. That’s the bottom line. The entire country is in economic crisis and, historically, there will always be a corresponding rise in property crimes when the belt tightens around everyone’s collective budget.  I live in the ‘burbs now (the very Southern edge of the ‘burbs) and wow, are problems relative. It’s a quiet paradise out here compared to some parts of midtown. Of course, I used to live in the Tenderloin in San Francisco, so really, ALL Sacramentans should shut up about their crime woes.

It’s all imporant, of course. No level of crime should be tolerated.  But I just don’t see Fargo as the singular blameworthy party for property crimes in North Natomas.  Nor is it realistic, given the economic realities faced by local governments across the state, to expect Johnson to have the resources to combat suburban concerns.

My choice is Fargo because I don’t things are worse in Sacramento. Things remain messy because governing is messy – especially in a shitty economy.  Things have gotten better under her watch. I hope Kevin Johnson sticks around and learns more about governing – all cities are stronger when experienced leadership is in the pipeline, ready to lead when called.  I don’t think he’s there yet.

Readers, I welcome your passionate counterpoints. . . . .

3 Comments so far

  1. kathleenergin on November 7th, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

    Heather Fargo is the wrong choice. If you want to get strangled in your home, be my guest.


  2. anntracy on November 11th, 2008 @ 10:31 am

    well it’s a shame that voters in California voted to increase the hate (yes on prop 8) and that Johnson was elected mayor here in Sacto. He’s not very liberal when it comes to Gay/Lesbian issues and was FOR prop 8, just like the Mormon Church and he’s also anti-choice when it comes to abortion.

    If you voted NO on prop 8, please boycott Music Circus as Richard Eckert, their Artistic Director has donated money to the yes on 8 folks, even though he’s willing to work with gay people and take dollars from them. Here are the others who donated too:
    The following individuals or organizations (according to ElectionTrack.com) have donated money to the California Proposition 8 campaign which seeks to ban same sex marriages. Please do not patronize them. 8 = HATE. Thanks, and pass this list on until all people receive equal treatment

    Scott Anderson / Executive, Zenith Specialty Bag / Chino Hills, CA / $1,000

    Steven Clark / Manager, R.l. Co. / Orangevale, CA / $1,000

    Janet Mahoney / Nursing, Scripps Health / San Diego, CA / $1,000

    Matthew Major / Engineer, Lockheed Martin / Sunnyvale, CA / $1,000

    Paul Eumurian / Engineer, Boeing / Anaheim, CA / $1,000

    David Warner / Periodontist, David A. Warner Dds / Whittier, CA / $1,000

    Integrated Dental Implant Services / Las Vegas, NV / $1,000

    John Ludwig / Dentist, John B. Ludwig Dds Dental Corp. / Santa Clara, CA / $1,000

    Craig Paullin / Partner, 14000 Avalon, Llc / Los Angeles, CA / $2,500

    Richard Snelson / Accountant, Ernst & Young Llp / Newhall, CA / $5,585

    Brent Griffiths / Self Employed, Brents Carpet One / Newhall, CA / $1,000

    Gordon Maughan / Medical Doctor, Self Employed / Palos Verdes Estates, CA / $1,000

    Scott L. Larson / Mngr., Scandia Rec., Inc. / Ontario, CA / $1,000

    Richard Teerlink / Real Estate Consultant, Richard M. Teerlink Consulting / Gold River, CA / $2,500

    Mark Warden / Executive, The Bergman Corp. / San Jose, CA / $1,000

    James Elison / Geologist, Paso Creek Reources / Bakersfield, CA / $1,000

    Mark E. Abel, Dds / Auburn, CA / $1,000

    Douglas Myers / Cpa, Douglas S. Myers, Cpa / Mission Viejo, CA / $1,000

    Dallin Large / Pool Cover Repairman, Cover Care / Los Angeles, CA / $1,000

    Patrick Foley / Ceo, Rirock Technologies, Inc. / Redlands, CA / $5,000

    Mark Walton / Accountant, Reading Intenational, Inc. / South Pasadena, CA / $1,000

    Wikitoria Lovett / School Teacher, San Bernardino City Usd / Redlands, CA / $1,580

    Lois Lafrance / Cinematic Artist, Activision / Thousand Oaks, CA / $1,000

    Scott Wallace / Engineer, Carlsbad Manufacturing Corp / Chula Vista, CA /

    $1,000

    Steve Keithly / Vice President, Whittier Mailing Products / La Mirada, CA / $3,000

    Paul Kepes / Risk Manager, Ctc, Llc / Chicago, IL / $9,900

    Monica Kepes / None, N/a / Chicago, IL / $9,900

    Salvatore Cordileone / Clergy, Catholic Diocese Of San Diego / San Diego, CA / $2,000

    Lance Paddock / Teacher, Alvord Usd / Fullerton, CA / $1,000

    New Covenant Church / Martinez, CA / $3,050

    Nathan Birchall / Cfo, Ranch Capital / Encinitas, CA / $1,000

    Ken Swanson / Engineer, Sun Microsystems / San Jose, CA / $3,000

    Patrick Svedin / Sales, Sanofi Pasteur / Salt Lake City, UT / $1,000

    Jay Mortensen / Consultant, South West Dealer Services / Laguna Hills, CA / $2,500

    Edward Weaver / Teacher, Tehachapi Usd / Tehachapi, CA / $1,000

    Jay Clark / Produce Dealer, A & Z Produce / Centerville, UT / $25,000

    Scott Eckern / Artistic Director, California Musical Theatre / Citrus Heights, CA / $1,000

    Rodney Remington / Physician, Self – Remington / Clovis, CA / $1,000

    Harold Stevens / Building Contractor, Stevens Construction / Lancaster, CA / $1,200

    David Payne / Self Empoyed, Muzicraft / Santa Barbara, CA / $9,550

    Behrouz Younessian / Cfo, The Brass Ring Inc. / Oceanside, CA / $2,000

    Robyn Evans / M.d., Self – Robyn Evans / Redlands, CA / $1,000

    Todd Johnson / Dentist, Todd L Johnson Dds / Citrus Heights, CA / $1,000

    Todd Johnson / Dentist, Todd L Johnson Dds / Citrus Heights, CA / $1,000

    Benjamin Whitesides / Principal, Orange County Logistics / Huntington Beach, CA / $1,000

    Michael Freeland / Optometrist, Family Optometry Of Camarillo / Camarillo, CA / $1,000

    Stuart Watt / Attorney, Amgen / Camarillo, CA / $2,500

    Stuart Watt / Attorney, Amgen / Camarillo, CA / $2,500

    Drew Dellenbach / Sales, Bms / Corona, CA / $1,500

    K. Melton Higgins / Ceo, Ca Bapist Foundation / Fresno, CA / $1,000

    Arthur Birtcher / Real Estate, Birtcher Anderson / San Juan Capistrano, CA / $1,000

    Barry Magaoay / Advisor, Lee Financial Group / Kapolei, HI / $1,000

    Shelley Mitchell / Owner, Strategy Micro / Laguna Hills, CA / $1,000

    Brian Mendenhall / Manager, Pendum / Lake Forest, CA / $1,000

    Drew Dellenbach / Sales, Bms / Corona, CA / $1,500

    K. Melton Higgins / Ceo, Ca Bapist Foundation / Fresno, CA / $1,000

    Arthur Birtcher / Real Estate, Birtcher Anderson / San Juan Capistrano, CA / $1,000

    Don Francis / Manager, Cbs / San Ramon, CA / $2,500

    Jeff Hendrickson / Manager, Legacy Professional Services / San Clemente, CA / $3,500

    John Mcgaffey / Manager, Polara Engineering / Murrieta, CA / $1,000

    Mike Denning / Consultant, Ernst & Young / San Clemente, CA / $3,000

    Jeff Grover / Manager, Solecon / Modesto, CA / $1,000

    Lu Little / Admin Asst, Rw Little Ins Agency / Los Angeles, CA / $8,500

    Robert Little / Ins Agent, Rw Little Ins Agency / La, CA / $9,500

    Richard Zamboni / Manufacturer, Zamboni, Co / Paramount, CA / $1,000

    Donovan Cyndi / Secretary, Gaelic Electric / Santa Barbara, CA / $1,000

    Calvary Bible Church / Bakersfield, CA / $2,255

    Donn Crummer / Real Estate Mgmt, Crummer Realty Mgmt Group / Santa Ynez, CA / $1,000

    Ronald Smith / Professor, Biola University / San Bernardino, CA / $1,000

    Helen Boltz / Chemical Plant Manager, Tressidewl-kirley / Mesa, AZ / $5,000

    Myron Randall / Computer Programmer, Firemans Fund / Penngrove, CA / $1,000

    Dave Barlow / Real Estate Broker, Barlow Williams Realty / Camarillo, CA / $1,000

    Bohl, Nixon & Schoneman / Ventura, CA / $2,000

    Jon Van Woerkom / Attorney, Aig / Roseville, CA / $1,001

    Orion Wood / Consultant, Orion Wood Consulting / Newark, CA / $2,500

    Frank Johnson / Engineer, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center / Oxnard, CA / $1,000

    Robert Frost / Project Manager, Ace Hardware / Clayton, CA / $1,000

    Patrick Fitzgerald / Cpa, Pricewaterhouse Coopers Llp / Mission Viejo, CA / $2,000

    Jon Hickman / Investment Analyst, Mdb Capital / Pleasant Hills, CA / $1,000

    Scott Letellier / Sports Executive, Big League Dreams Usa, Llc / Palos Verdes Estate, CA / $1,500

    Sally Lee / Vp Media, Guthy-renker Corp. / Los Angeles, CA / $1,000

    John Warren / Cpa, John Warren Cpa / Uniah, CA / $1,000

    Dan Lang / Attorney, J.d. Lang & Associates / Westlake Village, CA /

    $1,000

    Kelley Ivancovich / Farmer, Ivancovich Farms / Porterville, CA / $1,500

    Alan Colledge / M.d ., Central Utah Clinic / Lindon, UT / $1,000

    John Griffiths / Orthodontist, John C. Griffiths, Dds, Mds, Pc / Las Vegas, NV / $1,000

    Darren Wight / Finance, Insight Health Corp / Laguna Niguel, CA / $1,500

    Dana Del Francia / Ceo, Bullet Freight Systems / Anaheim, CA / $1,000

    America Francis / Apartment Manager, Spieker Companies / San Ramon, CA / $2,000

    Bruce Higginson / President, Awc / Garden Grove, CA / $2,001

    Brian Gibson / Operations Manager, Hewlett-packard

    / Antelop, CA / $1,000

    Jennifer Johnson / Manager, Coraticum Asset Mgt. / Holladay, UT / $2,500

    Mark Lindgren / Pilot, Fedex / San Luis Obispo, CA / $5,000

    Thomas Brasher / Insurance, Brashers Insurance Svc. / Newcastle, CA / $2,500

    Jeff Nelson / Tech Support, Shields, Harper & Co. / Vacaville, CA / $1,800

    David Knowles / Insurance, David Knowles Insurance / Sacramento, CA /

    $1,000

    Jon Iverson / Cpa, Jon Iverson, Cpa / San Jose, CA / $5,000

    Michael Schield / Manager, Orpor, Inc. / Laguna Woods, CA / $2,500

    Eric Schwarz / Consultant, Omni Management / Thousand Oaks, CA / $2,000

    Roman Catholic Bishop / Sacramento, CA / $1,000

    Schmoekel Insurance Agency, Inc / Sacramento, CA / $1,000

    Eugene Van Zee / Pastor, Faith Community Church / San Jacinto, CA / $1,064

    Travis Clawson / Potato Processor, Joy Foods / Laguna Beach, CA / $1,000

    Aldric Porter / Co-producer, Columbia Pictures / Santa Rosa Valley, CA / $5,000

    Richard Jordan / Professional, Natural Success International / Laguna Niguel, CA / $25,000

    Anne Weaver / Rn, Kaiser Sand Teresa Hospital / San Jose, CA / $1,000

    Janet Smith / Interior Design, Labelle Maisor / Altadena, CA / $1,000

    Kevin Riches / Business Owner, Self – Riches Group / Portola Valley, CA /

    $1,000

    Stephen Taylor / Financial Advisor, Bank Of The West / Sacramento, CA /

    $1,000

    Robert Pratt / Attorney, State Of Ca. / Woodland, CA / $1,000

    Susan B. Jones / Psychotherapist, Susan B. Jones, L.c.s.w. / Yuba City, CA / $5,000

    Gregory Clark / Consultant, Cirrus Financial / Dublin, CA / $21,500

    William Orlando / Manager, Aes Ins. / Concord, CA / $1,000

    Ross Biesinger / Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley / Palm Desert, CA / $1,000

    Lise Dimartino / Teacher, Lammersvill School District / Tracy, CA / $1,000

    Friends Of Ron Packard / Carlsbad, CA / $5,000

    Pam Peterson / Executive, Folsom Lake Ford / Granite Bay, CA / $1,000

    Iris Marshall / Designer, Hyundai Kia / Laguna Hills, CA / $1,000

    Carole Waite / Teacher, Los Angeles Usd / Huntington Park, CA / $10,000

    Karen Cooper / Tech, C.h.w. / Riverside, CA / $1,000

    Meghann Pricer / Project Director, Century Group / Los Angeles, CA / $1,000

    Kristine Kiser / Accountant, Kristine M. Kiser, Cpa / Mission Viejo, CA / $1,500

    Eric Chen / Research, Ucla / Los Angeles, CA / $1,000

    Thomas Butler / Real Estate, Fortress Investments / American Fork, UT / $1,000

    Fang Lu / Engineer, Broadcom / Rowland Heights, CA / $5,000

    Cay Pooley / Accountant, Mosaic / San Luis Obispo, CA / $1,350

    David Paxman / Teacher, Byu / Provo, UT / $1,000

    Tracy Pickett / Executive Support, Ladera Integrators / Mountain View, CA / $3,000

    Garth Pickett / Accounting, Ladera Integrators / Mountain View, CA / $3,000

    Richard Marshall / Veterinarian, Sutter Institute For Med. Resrch / El Dorado Hills, CA / $1,000

    Angela Li / Software Engineer, Yahoo!, Inc. / San Mateo, CA / $1,300

    Bruce Jensen / Engineer, Raytheon Co. / Goleta, CA / $1,250

    Linda Reeve / Landscape Design, Self- Linda Reeve / Alamo, CA / $9,500

    Ca State Council Knights/columbus / Fontana, CA / $8,889

    Lasco Enterprises / Spring Valley, CA / $1,000

    David Pace / President, High Valley Construction / Villa Park, CA / $1,000

    Calvary Chapel Mission Fund / El Centro, CA / $2,000

    High Valley Construction Co, Inc / Anaheim, CA / $1,000

    Central Christian Church / Lancaster, CA / $2,490

    Larry La Monica / Property Manager, La Monica Properties / Carson City, CA / $1,000

    James Lee / Pharmacist, Yorba Linda Pharmacy / Anaheim, CA / $1,000

    William Albert / Developer, Sares-regis Group / Irvine, CA / $1,000

    William Wilson / Dentist, William G Wilson Dds / Modesto, CA / $1,000

    Lisa Call / Teacher, Los Altos School District / Los Gatos, CA / $1,000

    Brad Zimmerman / Grading Contractor, Quest Engineering / Tustin, CA / $2,500

    Sharleen Peterson / Research Clerk, Bank Of America / Alhambra, CA / $1,000

    Paul Manwaring / Ces Coordinator, Ces Seminars/institutes / Twin Falls, ID / $1,800

    Linda Williams /Cpa, Ristau & Co Inc Cpas / Turlock, CA / $1,000

    Keith Rowbotham / Tradebinder, Allied Binding Co / Corona, CA / $1,000

    Robyn Robinson / Insurance Broker, Self – Robyn Robinson / San Juan Capistrano, CA / $1,000

    Kenneth Woolley / Ceo, Extra Space Inc. / Salt Lake City, CA / $5,000

    Angie Crosby / Teacher, Anaheim City School District / Newport Beach, CA / $1,000

    Melanie Jensen / Insurance Broker, Sheppard & Assoc. / Orangevale, CA / $1,000

    Tevita Piutau / Contractor, Self – Tevita Piutau / Ontario, CA / $3,300

    Ralph Ogden / Attorney, Law Offices Of Ralph C. Ogden / Modesto, CA /
    $1,000

    Sarah Pack / Therapist, Emq Children And Family Services / San Jose, CA / $2,000

    Neal Proctor / Appraiser, Appraisal Net / Folsom, CA / $3,000

    William Obryant / Director, Unitedhealthcare / Mission Viejo, CA / $1,000

    Hierbert Gillespie / Attorney, Gillespie Law Office / Roosevelt, UT / $1,000

    Steven Olsen / Psi Network, Inc, President / Laguna Niguel, CA / $24,999

    David M. Fenn / Contractor, Fenn-robbins Homes / Lake Arrowhead, CA / $1,000

    Daniel F. Johnson Forensic Services / Canyon Country, CA / $1,000

    Ashcraft Design / El Segundo, CA / $1,000

    Keven D. Oreilly / Physician, Dr. Kevin Oreilly / Redlands, CA / $1,000

    Eric Fors / Comm. Loan Underwriter, Bank Of America / S. Pasadena, CA /
    $1,000

    Jeremie D. Mckee / Mngr., Npc / Corona, CA / $1,000

    Robert C. Van Sweden / Finance, Gfi Energy Ventures / Santa Monica, CA / $1,000

    Bradley E. Haag / R.e. Appraiser, Appraisal Solutions / Lehi, UT / $2,000

    Daniel E. Burgoyne / Mngr., Ca Dgs / Folsom, CA / $1,000

    Matthew Perona / Acct., Price Waterhouse Coopers / Concord, CA / $1,500


  3. cd (cndn) on November 11th, 2008 @ 10:04 pm

    ann – next time, a link would work just as well, but I know what you mean.

    kathleen – i hadn’t heard about the string of natomas strangulations. fear is a great argument though – way to go.



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