Kevin Johnson's Mayoral Campaign May Have Hit A Snagrickchand3/18/08 2:20pmFiled to: skeletons, closets and youKevin JohnsonNbaPhoenix Suns63EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkA lot of people perked up and took notice last week when former Cal and Phoenix Suns guard Kevin Johnson announced that he was running for mayor of Sacramento. Johnson is known as a philanthropist, having devoted himself to several urban renewal projects around Sacramento (his hometown) since his retirement from basketball in 2000. He founded the St. Hope Academy in 1989, a nonprofit "faith-based" community development corporation. He's taking on three-term incumbent Heather Fargo in the municipal election that will be held in June, which some are already calling a mini Hillary vs. Obama showdown. It is anything but that, however.Johnson is already facing a few thorny issues. First, his commitment to urban renewal apparently does not extend to the properties he owns (as Will wrote back in October). Johnson apologized after The Sacramento Bee ran a story about Kynship Development, a for-profit company owned by Johnson. Nearly half of Kynship's 37 properties have been cited for health code violations over the past decade, and we're not talking about minor stuff.