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Outgoing City Manager Talks About Coming Changes, Issues

City Of Sacramento / Website

City Of Sacramento / Website

The next few months will be a time of change for the city of Sacramento.

The new downtown arena will open in early October; Darrell Steinberg will take office as mayor by the end of year and the current city manager, John Shirey, will be leaving his job.

Shirey says the infrastructure is already in place to handle higher demand for parking once The Golden 1 Center - Sacramento's new arena - opens in less than a month.

"People are wringing their hands about parking,” says Shirey. “Well out at Sleep Train a sellout event requires about 6,500 parking spaces. Within four-blocks of our arena we have 15,000 parking spaces. It's just not a sea of parking lots; they're in buildings."

According to Shirey, people shouldn't expect to drive straight to the arena. They should pick out a parking garage, drive there, and walk to the arena. And he says people should also think about either taking light rail or ride-sharing.

The city is also planning to hold a series of town hall meetings later this year, according to Shirey, to help ease tensions between African American communities and the police.

"That'll give us more opportunities to hear from people about how they think they're mistreated by police and how we as a city government can do a better job of communicating and relating to our neighborhoods and our various communities," says Shirey.

In July, two Sacramento Police officers shot and killed a mentally-ill black man after responding to calls of the man waving a knife. At Tuesday's city council meeting, Sacramento Black Lives Matter pushed for a civilian-led commission to oversee police activities, with no seats for law enforcement. Sacramento's current "Community Police Commission" has no authority to investigate officer-involved shootings.

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