The Sacramento Valley Conservancy’s new hiding spot, unveiled

October 27, 2016

By Scott Thomas Anderson

Sacramento News and Review

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy is celebrating the end of a mission three years in the making—the opening of 11 acres of preserved woodland and riverbanks in the north city that’s open for anyone in the public to enjoy.

Known as Camp Pollock, the space is located at 467 Del Paso Boulevard and includes shady fields, a native plant garden, camping spaces, a rentable lodge and one of the only access points to the American River by Discovery Park where parking is free.

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Sacramento Railyards Plan Wins Approval, But Not Without School Concerns

October 24, 2016

By Steve Large


The Sacramento Planning Commission unanimously approved the massive Sacramento railyards plan Monday night, but not without raising some new concerns.


The Sacramento Unified School District’s Chief Operating Officer testified that the district will need a new school site for hundreds of new children expected to move in.

“So 420 elementary, 140 middle and 140 high school at the low level,” Sacramento Unified School District COO Kathy Allen said. “And there’s not enough facilities around downtown for them right now? I will not have capacity by the time that first student arrives.”

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Folsom annexation blues

October 20, 2016

By Scott Thomas Anderson

Sacramento News and Review

Showered by developer cash camouflaged through a political action committee, the Folsom City Council has quietly led an aggressive annexation campaign that could impact traffic, air quality and wildlife in northeast Sacramento County for decades to come.


The Environmental Council of Sacramento has raised concerns about the plan, including the impacts on smog and traffic, the effects on hawks and migratory birds and—most prominently—its seeming reliance on a nonexistent stable source of water: The city council voted in 2013 to supply thousands of future residents of the development with surplus water from conservation efforts within Folsom’s perilous local supply.

“They overallocated their water,” said Matt Baker, land use and conservation policy director at ECOS. “They’ve really not provided any kind of plan for an event that could drastically reduce their supply in an extremely dry year.”

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