A judge has blocked Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s request for the strong mayor initiative to appear on the June ballot.

The Sacramento Superior Court judge tentatively ruled that the initiative process can’t be used to revise Sacramento’s city charter.

That process could be used to amend the charter but major changes needs to be proposed by the City Council or Charter Commission.

Johnson, who included his plans for a strong mayor form of governance in his campaign platform, announced his intention to put the measure on the ballot within a month of taking office to fulfill what he considered his mandate “action, results and accountability.”

In an interview on Capitol Public Radio’s Insight, he said the checks and balances in his plan rest with the voters. “If a mayor is the chief executive officer, then the voters are able to hold that mayor accountable for the results.”

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