Former NBA player Kevin Johnson may have won the Sacramento mayoral election last fall, but that didn’t make all the dirt the previous mayor (Heather Fargo) and her supporters kicked up just disappear. (For your convenience: hints of underage sexual assault, evil landlordism, slimy direct mailings, etc.) Johnson and the city of Sacramento are still dealing with the repercussions.
That’s why it was something of a relief for KJ and the city when the whole nasty matter about alleged abuse of federal funds given to his foundation was resolved earlier this week.
Why the city? As part of the federal investigation, the feds put Johnson on a “do not receive any federal money” list, which just might have kept the city from getting any kind of federal assistance, crippling city services.
Remember: sometimes you have to burn down Sacramento to save it. (”It” being “Heather Fargo’s job”.)
KJ’s foundation (St. HOPE Academy) will have to pay back $424,000 in federal funds, though Johnson will float his foundation an interest-free loan for a fraction of that cost. He also has to complete an online business management course, just in time to lead a city of 460,000. Is it too late to send the link for that course to Kwame Kilpatrick’s Blackberry?