City, County and Neighborhood News
Five weeks after his arrival, the new executive officer at the Central Valley Flood Protection Board appeared to ignore state law when he quietly signed three authorizations for private fences to block access to the Sacramento River Parkway and levee.
Two additional fence authorizations soon followed.
By allowing temporary fences, Christopher Lief reversed years of flood board practice and seemingly violated a California regulation that requires the board itself—not executive officer Lief—to authorize levee fences.
Homelessness is more than a housing crisis. It involves mental illness, drug addiction and criminal behavior, often committed by homeless individuals against others in encampments. While unsheltered individuals suffer, so does the quality of life in some of our neighborhoods.
Sacramento County takes a balanced approach using what I call the “four C’s”—compassion, coordination, capacity and consequences.
Can a gas station that never got built cost taxpayers more than $28 million? Yes, when that unbuilt gas station involves Crocker Village.
Turning an industrial site into a neighborhood of homes, shops, parks and offices is never easy. Crocker Village was no exception—a difficult infill project from inception two decades ago.
The village sits atop a former polluted rail yard. It required deep, expensive environmental remediation.
Unrestricted homeless camping on public property should not be accepted as an inevitability of city life. It’s neither compassionate nor practical to let unhoused people engage in unlawful behavior and flagrant drug use while they live in squalor on our streets.
This is why residents passed Measure O, the Emergency Shelter and Enforcement Act of 2022. Voters expected City Council members to see the measure as a mandate to prioritize public safety and clean up our city.
Citizens sent a message: Make our neighborhoods and Downtown feel safe again. Promote a successful business environment. Elevate our quality of life.
Has City Council heard the will of the people? The answer, judging by council actions in August, is maybe.