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    Sacramento Mayor Johnson Set for Pacific Visit This Thursday

    Apr 19, 2011

    Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson will speak at University of the Pacific at 1p.m. on Thursday, April 21 in Raymond Great Hall on Pacific's Stockton campus during an event organized by Pacific's Harold S. Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership. Johnson willl talk about the role of a Mayor in city governance and in promoting better schools.

    Johnson will also share his experience as a leader, community partner, and public servant with all interested members of the Pacific community.

    Following a stellar collegiate basketball career at the University of California Berkeley, Johnson was a premier professional player in the NBA, before winning a gold medal for Team USA in the 1994 World Basketball Championships. Even during his professional career in basketball, Johnson had his sights focused on community enrichment. As President and CEO of The Kevin Johnson Corporation, he founded St. HOPE Academy in 1989 and served as its CEO until January 2008.

    St. HOPE is a nonprofit community development corporation whose mission is to revitalize communities through public education, civic leadership, economic development and the arts. In 2003, St. HOPE formed St. HOPE Public Schools, a pre-k-12 independent charter school system that provides education to nearly 2,000 students in seven small schools.

    According to the City of Sacramento website, "Since taking office in December 2008, Mayor Johnson has accomplished a number of objectives in his ambitious action plan for Sacramento, including:

    • Improving public safety by adding more police officers on the street, securing homeland security grants, and hosting a gang summit;

    • Boosting economic development by supporting existing businesses and working to bring others to Sacramento, collaborating with President Obama, Governor Schwarzenegger and Congresswoman Matsui to advocate for stimulus funds for the region, and promoting green business development; and

    • Championing excellence in public education by meeting with area school superintendents and hosting an education summit;

    • Setting a new standard for community engagement and accountability by holding office hours and town hall meetings throughout the city, publishing his public calendar, promoting the City's 311 service, and launching Volunteer Sacramento, an initiative to make Sacramento a national leader in volunteerism."

    Johnson's appearance at Pacific is open to all members of the University community; and is free of charge.