At the Downtown Sacramento Partnership annual State of Downtown breakfast, Mayor Darrell Steinberg said he wants to build a Haven for Hope-style homeless treatment facility. He issued a challenge to the community to identify a site within 90 days.
I’m a strong advocate for local governments to move beyond ineffective low-barrier “Housing First” homeless policies. Rather, we must aggressively treat the root causes of homelessness in a long-term, clinical environment.
For the first time after four previous elections, Susan Peters’ name will not appear on the ballot due to her decision not to seek re-election for the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. As a result, five candidates have filed to run for the Third Supervisorial District in the March nonpartisan primary election.
District 3 includes the unincorporated areas of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Foothill Farms and North Highlands, as well as Campus Commons in the city of Sacramento.
If one candidate captures 50 percent of the votes plus one, that individual will be the winner. Otherwise, there will be a runoff in the November general election between the top two vote-getters from the primary election.
Inside Sacramento contacted each of the candidates after the filing period ended and asked them to provide information about themselves and their candidacies. As a public service, following are the responses from those candidates who replied by our deadline.
Three local ballot measures are poised to grab a share of the limelight in the 2020 election cycle. One is certain to appear on the March 3 primary ballot. Two others may work their way into the Nov. 3 general election. None should be overlooked.
A new way to manage the homeless problem is making its way across California. It’s called civil conservatorship for the chronically unsheltered, and it’s gaining traction.
In October, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 40, which enhanced existing laws that allow three counties to obtain conservatorships over mentally ill homeless people who can’t care for themselves. For now, the law is limited to San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. It’s time to expand the scope and reach of civil conservatorships.