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Analysis Of Strong-Mayor Structure

Eric Risberg / AP

Barbara Lane votes at a polling place on election day in the garage of the Munoz family residence Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Novato, Calif. Alice Munoz has had a polling place in her garage for the past 40 years.

Eric Risberg / AP

Sacramento’s Measure L, which would give the city’s mayor more autonomy in making decisions, is the latest attempt to change the political structure of California’s capital city. But the real question is whether the city would benefit from the change. On one hand, Sacramento’s mayor would be like a governor or president and have more authority to enact change, so he or she could act quickly and effectively. On the other hand, the mayor would have less restraint in making those changes, which means there’d be fewer checks on his or her power. Jessica Trounstine is an associate professor of political science at UC Merced and studies city governments. She joins us to analyze the pros and cons of being a city with a strong-mayor form of government.   

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