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The Sacramento Press will be chatting live with Sacramento Bee City Hall reporter Ryan Lillis at noon about an eventual week in city politics - with the Lisa Serna-Mayorga credit card/criminal investigation and the more recent news that the Sacramento Democratic Party blasted Mayor Kevin Johnson for running a number of his non-city funded initiatives out of offices on the 3rd floor of City Hall – including the Greenwise group’s pursuit of energy and green tech opportunities and Think Big, the initiative to get an arena built in Sacramento.
The chat will conintue a conversation with City Concilman Steve Cohn about the credit card scandal and the city's developing plans to rebuild the playground structure at McKinley Park that was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.
The chat will be live streamed here - post any questions in the conversation below this article.
Political scandals and the scrutiny they bring can push governments to become more transparent – and that seems to be what's happening with Sacramento's credit card scandal.
After news broke last week that Lisa Serna-Mayorga, an aide and close ally of Mayor Kevin Johnson, had charged more than $9,000 in personal expenses on her city-issued credit card, City Councilman Steve Cohn, head of the city's audit committee, called for an audit of credit card use by city employees to be pushed up, and for an outside firm to be hired to audit the credit card use by City Council members and the mayor's office.
On this Wednesday's Sac Press Live chat, we'll talk to the reporter who revealed the scandal, Ryan Lillis of The Sacramento Bee. Cohn will also be joining us. That chat will be live-streamed in this article at noon on Wednesday.
Lillis learned of the alleged credit card abuse through one of the most valuable tools any political reporter has – leaks. He's been following the issue closely, and we'll talk to him about the details, where he sees it headed and how he sees it within the context of recent Sacramento history and his reporting on the city.
We'll also ask him about an issue that he was tweeting about Monday – Seattle's efforts to build a new basketball arena and how that could relate to the future of The Sacramento Kings.
The chat will conclude with a conversation with Cohn about the credit card scandal and the city's developing plans to rebuild the playground structure at McKinley Park that was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.
If you have questions for either Lillis or Cohn, post them in the conversation below this article or on the Facebook event page.