Politics & Government

Crime is big issue in Sacramento mayor's race

Sacramento has a public safety problem.

On that Mayor Heather Fargo and challenger Kevin Johnson agree. It's also where the agreement ends.

As the city faces historic budget shortfalls, the debate over how much money should be spent on cops and firefighters has become a divisive issue in the campaign for City Hall.

Fargo, the two-term incumbent, argues that public safety shouldn't be beefed up at the expense of other services like parks and after-school programs. During the primary election, critics charged she didn't take crime seriously enough. But in recent weeks, Fargo has spoken out more forcefully on public safety.

Read the full story at sacbee.com.