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City Council District 4 candidates will discuss business, neighborhood issues and the value of the arts at a forum hosted by four central city organizations on Monday.
Moderator Wendy Hoyt, former president of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, will moderate the forum on behalf of the DSP and the other co-hosting organizations: the Greater Broadway Partnership, Old Sacramento Business Association and Midtown Business Association.
“There will be no arena questions, I can tell you that,” Kevin Greene, policy manager for DSP, said Monday. “This forum will be different than the others. ”
District 4 candidates participated in two previous forums where the proposed entertainment and sports complex was the hot topic of the evening.
Now that the arena deal between the city and the Sacramento Kings owners is over, Greene said Monday’s forum will have a different focus.
“We’re looking at economic development and where the candidates are going to differentiate themselves (from one another),” Greene said, “especially in light of the loss of redevelopment agencies and proposed budget cuts.”
Representatives of the host organizations compiled the questions, Green said, adding that members of neighborhood associations within the district helped come up with them.
“I’m really interested in what the candidates have to say about the central city specifically,” Luis Sumpter, president of the Alkali Flat Neighborhood Association, said Monday.
The recent redistricting process changed the shape of District 4 considerably, Sumpter said, putting the central city into one district instead of three, as it has been for decades.
“I want to hear about issues like homelessness, vandalism, theft and graffiti in central city neighborhoods,” Sumpter said.
Most of the candidates reside in Land Park or South Land Park – neighborhoods that don’t see much of those issues, Sumpter said.
“It’s not that I don’t think (the Land Park) candidates won’t be sensitive to those things,” Sumpter said. “I just want to hear their views.”
Other topics on the night’s agenda include the value of small business and the value of the arts community, Greene said.
The event will be at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret Theater, 1000 K St. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the discussion begins at 5:30 p.m.
Melissa Corker is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow her on Twitter @MelissaCorker.