Like other native Sacramentans, I used to enjoy coming to the lower reaches of the American River Parkway as a kid on my bmx dirt bike. I have yet to meet a parent who would be willing to let their child or even older teenager do the same today. We shouldn't be afraid to use our Parkway. I'm trying to do something about it, but I won't succeed without your help.
On Wednesday, August 23 at 2:00 p.m. the Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal I've advanced for two months that not only funds more rangers, park maintenance personnel, and even a dedicated animal control officer for the Parkway, but most importantly responds affirmatively to the county's other funded initiatives to compassionately provide for those who might otherwise consider living in the Parkway.
My thanks to many of you who have already called or emailed my office to share your thoughtful comments, suggestions and support of the 'clean and safe Parkway initiative. Following is a social media post from the Sacramento Valley Conservancy:
On Wednesday August 23 the County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal by Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna to increase funding for Parkway operations, including rangers, a dedicated animal control officer and park maintenance. Sup. Serna says the bill also "responds affirmatively to the county's other funded initiatives to compassionately provide for those who might otherwise consider living in the parkway illegally." SVC has managed Camp Pollock, the 11 acre former Golden Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America property, since 2013. Everyday SVC staff work hard to make Camp Pollock a safe place to enjoy the Parkway. Our 11 acre gem at Camp Pollock has become an example of how much benefit there is to treating the entire Parkway like the jewel it should be.
If you agree with Sup. Serna's approach, please write to your supervisor to let them know you support the 'Clean and Safe Parkway Initiative.'