Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson issued a statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela,

“Inspiration, sacrifice, and courage.  Nelson Mandela represented these three words every day of his life.  Today the world lost one of the great leaders in its history.  Personally, I have always strived to live by one of Mandela’s many remarkable quotes, ‘There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.’  My thoughts and prayers go out to the Mandela family, the country of South Africa, and the millions of people around the world that Mandela touched during his time on earth.  Rest in Peace.”

- Mayor Kevin Johnson