You civic-minded readers may be able to help me understand this story about Mayor Johnson’s new ride. Here are a few quotes that do not make sense to me…
To pay for it, the city of Sacramento used funding initially scheduled to replace two police vehicles; an aging Ford Expedition and a forklift used at the police department’s property division. “So it’s basically cost-neutral,” Johnson said.
You know, basically. More or less. About. As far as you know.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s got a new car — a jet-black sport utility vehicle with tinted windows, a hybrid engine and a satellite television dish on its roof.
Wow, that sounds like a sweet rig. How on earth did he find the money in these tough economic times to purchase such a luxury item?
The mayor’s office said no taxpayer dollars were used to purchase the onboard television system.
Ah, I see. Same goes for the CD holder and clip-on air freshener?
The mayor said the hybrid gets six more miles to the gallon than his previous car — a 2007 Chevy Tahoe with 78,000 miles.
Whoa! That’s all you had to say. Going green never looked so good.
The SUV came from a dealer near Fresno with a price tag of $51,250.
What, the Sacramento dealerships have all gone out of business?