Information for Sac County Parkway Ordinance

 

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will vote on a Parkway Ordinance on August 10 at 2 p.m.

 

If passed, the ordinance will toughen restrictions and consequences of actions on the Parkway, including illegal camping, open flames, use of generators and combustible liquids, construction and maintenance of structures, and modifications to the land.

 

Read more about the ordinance.

 

The Parkway Foundation supports this measure as one part of the solution to addressing the humanitarian and environmental crises on the Parkway. However, this ordinance won’t be effective without the other essential element: ensuring there is shelter and wrap-around services for the unhoused in the County, especially those living on the Parkway.

 

We urge you to also show your support in at least one of the below ways:

  • Attend the Board meeting at 700 H Street in Downtown Sacramento and participate in public comment.
  • Call into the meeting at (916) 875-2500 and make a public comment.
  • Send an email to and/or call your Supervisor. Templates can be found here.

 

Even if the ordinance is approved, the Parkway Foundation will continue to work with the County on addressing homelessness.

 

Thank you for learning more about getting involved. Let us know if you have any questions.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SACRAMENTO COUNTY SUPERVISORS

Supervisor Don Notolli, Sacramento County District 5 – Chair

Supervisor Richard Desmond, Sacramento County District 3 – Vice Chair

Supervisor Phil Serna, Sacramento County District 1

Supervisor Patrick Kennedy, Sacramento County District 2

Supervisor Sue Frost, Sacramento County District 4

 

CC on the email: BoardClerk@saccounty.net

 

Letter/Email Template and Call Script for Sac County Budget Ask

 

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will hold budget hearings on June 8, 9 and 10.

 

We are asking you to make your voice heard to push for more funding and a comprehensive plan that will help get unhoused individuals off the American River Parkway.

 

Latest estimates pin the homeless population in the County at more than 16,000, which is the result of inaction from local leaders. A plan with timelines and investment in additional resources will help decrease the number of illegal campers on the Parkway and return our local streets, parks, businesses and the Parkway to the community.

 

To help with the push, we ask you:

 

Thank you for learning more about getting involved. Let us know if you have any questions.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SACRAMENTO COUNTY SUPERVISORS

Supervisor Don Notolli, Sacramento County District 5 – Chair

Supervisor Richard Desmond, Sacramento County District 3 – Vice Chair

Supervisor Phil Serna, Sacramento County District 1

Supervisor Patrick Kennedy, Sacramento County District 2

Supervisor Sue Frost, Sacramento County District 4

 

CC on the email: BoardClerk@saccounty.net

Update on the March 31 Deadline

Thank you to everyone who helped with the push of our local leaders to develop a plan for removing illegal campers from the American River Parkway by March 31, including the Sacramento Coalition to End Homelessness for adopting the timeline. This topic has gained momentum in our discussions with local stakeholders about how this ties into the larger issue of homelessness in Sacramento County and how we can work together to develop solutions.


So far the American River Parkway Foundation has received a response from the County of Sacramento, but no plan. And the City of Sacramento has not responded.


We’re not done yet.


Even though the March 31 deadline has passed, this issue is too important to let go. We will continue to grow the Foundation’s Voice of the Parkway Coalition and rely on its members to support our messaging to local leaders. We are also increasing our work with nontraditional stakeholders along with local businesses and corporations to apply unified pressure on our local leaders.


Our message remains that the County of Sacramento and City of Sacramento need to stop blaming each other and work together on this issue. If they don’t, it will only continue to worsen and our communities, businesses and local parks will pay the price.

Letter/Email Template and Call Script for Contacting Our Local Leaders

 

 

Thank you for learning more about getting involved.

Click here for the Email/Letter and Call templates

 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR LOCAL LEADERS

Mayor Darrell Steinberg, City of Sacramento

Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby, City of Sacramento District 1

Councilmember Sean Loloee, City of Sacramento District 2

Councilmember Jeff Harris, City of Sacramento District 3

Councilmember Katie Valenzuela, City of Sacramento District 4

Councilmember Jay Schenirer, City of Sacramento District 5

Councilmember Eric Guerra, City of Sacramento District 6

Councilmember Rick Jennings II, City of Sacramento District 7

Councilmember Mai Vang, City of Sacramento District 8

Supervisor Don Notolli, Sacramento County District 5 – Chair

Supervisor Richard Desmond, Sacramento County District 3 – Vice Chair

Supervisor Phil Serna, Sacramento County District 1

Supervisor Patrick Kennedy, Sacramento County District 2

Supervisor Sue Frost, Sacramento County District 4

 

ALSO SEND TO:

Liz Bellas, Sacramento County Regional Parks Director

Leonard Orman, Chief Ranger

 

Demand Letter: Progress Being Made

In January, the American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) submitted a letter to the County of Sacramento and City of Sacramento demanding they take action to alleviate the amount of illegal camping on the Parkway and provide funding for restoration efforts. Park rangers estimate 2,000 people are spending the night/living along the 23-mile stretch of the Parkway. This is having an impact on the wildlife, the environment, critical infrastructure and visitors by diminishing water quality, increasing fire danger and introducing contaminants.

Read the full demand letter here

For years, local leaders have developed plans to provide resources and housing for the unhoused throughout the County. With record amounts of funding available, it’s now time for the County and City to work together to implement solutions and get as many of these individuals as possible into housing where they can receive the services they need.

Since the submission of the letter, ARPF has been in contact with two Sacramento County Supervisors and four Sacramento City Councilmember as well as a number of organizations and individuals focused on helping the unhoused. Our outreach is continuing with the goal to connect with more of our local leaders and advocates.

Media also had an interest in our story. We provided comments to The Sacramento Bee and conducted interviews with CBS 13, ABC10, KFBK, Capital Public Radio and The Carmichael Times explaining why we submitted this letter and what we are hoping to see from our local leaders. You can find links in our social media.

Please stay tuned for updates as our efforts continue.