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Mayor Kevin Johnson introduced the new members of City Council at his press conference Tuesday before Jay Schenirer and Darrell Fong were due to be sworn in at the City Council meeting later in the day. Angelique Ashby was sworn in last week.

Ashby, who represents District 1, said she is “really excited to be a part of this team.”

“It’s a big honor to have a leadership role in such a great city like Sacramento,” she added.“I am just thrilled about the opportunities that we have to help not only District 1, but the city of Sacramento over the next four 4 years.”

Her top priorities for the city include balancing the budget and fixing the levees, she said.

Schenirer will be representing District 5 and all of its 19 diverse neighborhoods.

“It’s probably the most diverse district in the city and has a great deal of need throughout,” Schenirer said. “I’m really looking forward to working with the neighborhoods to strengthen their capacity to take care of the residents and make sure that people feel safe and secure in their homes, and that they have what they need to be successful.”

His priorities include making the city more youth friendly and getting people employed.

“If we don’t have people employed, then we don’t have healthy families, and if we don’t have healthy families, then we’re never going to have healthy communities,” he added.

“I’m looking forward to getting to work and I’m looking forward to working with the council members and each and every one of you,” Fong said.

He added that public safety has always been a top priority for him as well as representing the Pocket community and Valley Hi.

In other news, Johnson announced that the task force will issue its process for choosing the next sports arena complex in the next couple of days.

“It will be an informal process where they issue an analysis to council on the way they see things currently,” Johnson said.

He said the task force will hold a public hearing in the first week of January.

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