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Russ Kelley meets with area mayors in Sacramento

By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Loomis Mayor Russ Kelley was among are mayors who joined Sacramento Mayor-elect Kevin Johnson for a morning meeting of top city officials last week. Kelley said the breakfast meeting held in the Wells Fargo building on Thursday, Nov. 20, was productive. "He wanted to find out how the City of Sacramento could work with ... surrounding communities," Kelley said. According to Kelley, most of the meeting revolved around transportation issues. He said it was about "how we get our people to and from work without impacting the whole world." Kelley said Johnson was "very positive" and talked about wanting to work with other mayors in the area to be sure their needs are being met. "I think he wanted to make a good connection with Placer County," Kelley said. "Sometimes you forget there's other folks around you that need to have their concerns addressed." Johnson played host to 13 mayors, including Brett Storey of Rocklin, and Gina Garbolino of Roseville. Lincoln Mayor-elect Spencer Short was invited but not able to attend, according to Kelley. Kelley's one-year term as Loomis mayor will end Dec. 9 when he turns the gavel over to Walt Scherer, mayor pro tempore. At that time, the council will say goodbye to councilman Tom Millward, who lost his bid for re-election in the Nov. 4 election. The swearing-in of incumbent Rhonda Morillas and newcomer Gary Liss to the council, and Crickett Strock, incumbent town clerk, and Roger Carroll, incumbent town treasurer, will also take place. The four city officials were elected during the presidential election. Gold Country Media's Gus Thomson contributed to this story.