video title: 2012 State of Downtown Pt5
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uploaded on YouTube Jan. 18, 2012

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duration: 9:54 minutes

Mayor and Downtown Partnership Talk About Redevelopment "Video of the Day" review by Alex Cosper on Feb. 16, 2012

Mayor Kevin Johnson explains plans for moving forward with Sacramento's Downtown revitalization in this speech from January 18, 2012. He says that revitalization efforts were dealt two blows the past year. He says the first blow was the governor's approval of state legislation for "raiding the redevelopment coffeurs" to balamce the state budget. The other blow for the community, Johnson says, was the U.S. Supreme ruling that revitalization agencies must cease operations in February.

Nevertheless, Johnson says, the City will find a way to move forward with economic development, affordable housing and job creation. The Mayor says the three most important Downtown issues are redevelopment, improving the Downtown Plaza and the proposed entertainment/sports complex, which he calls a "game-changer." The complex will have a $7 million impact on the community and will create 4,000 jobs, he assures. He encourages Downtown businesses to keep fighting through tough times and to embrace new development. Read more about Mayor Johnson's sports complex plan in this Sacramento Press article.
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