Fighter’s Return: Heather Fargo Continues Her Battle for Open Space

By Gary Delsohn | January 2024 | Inside Sacramento

Former Mayor Heather Fargo is at it again.

The environmental and community activist became known by her battles against sprawl and shoddy development in Natomas, where she’s lived for decades.

These days, four decades after those fights, Fargo and her allies meet with community groups, elected officials, city and county staff, and others to push back against what they see as more damaging development in the Natomas Basin north of Downtown.

If you live in East Sac, Land Park or Pocket and wonder why you should care about development near Sacramento International Airport, Fargo will tell you about climate change and the need to develop infill properties rather than paving more farmland and habitat.

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Sacramento supervisors are addicted to sprawl. It could cost our region dearly | Opinion

By Tom Philp | December 7, 2023 | The Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento region could lose about $1 billion in state transportation funds in the coming years if it fails to develop a housing/transportation plan that reduces sprawl and increases housing within communities. Yet Sacramento County does not seem to care as it reflexively pushes for more sprawl.

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Bee’s Concern with County’s Poor Planning

By Tom Philp, October 24, 2023, SacBee

The Bee Rejects Suburban Housing Plans. An October opinion piece in the Bee states the Sacramento region has already approved more suburban projects than the region will need for the next generation.

It is time for supervisors to think far more strategically about growth. They must acknowledge that there can only be so much growth and what growth is approved must happen in a way that minimizes congestion and maximizes affordable housing and transit opportunities. Otherwise, it simply doesn’t make sense for the Sacramento County of today.

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Goodbye Open Land

The June 2023 issue of N Magazine featured an article about open land in Natomas.

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Sac leaders must advance work of Natomas Basin Conservancy, The Sacramento Bee, May 28, 2023

May 28, 2023

Brad Branan is a freelance journalist and photographer who sits on the boards of the Environmental Council of Sacramento and Sierra Club, Sacramento Group, both of which oppose development in the Natomas Basin.

One day, I saw a pair of Osprey build a nest atop a utility pole. Another day, I watched a Great Egret pluck aquatic creatures out of a canal and swallow them like popcorn shrimp. And on yet another day, I saw thousands of Snow Geese fly in unison near Highway 99, creating what looked like a vibrating cloud. The scenes happened on or next to property owned by the Natomas Basin Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that has collected fees from local governments and land donations from developers to protect threatened species since 1997. The Conservancy focuses on 22 plants and animals in the Natomas Basin, an area running from Garden Highway to south Sutter County, and from the Sacramento River to Steelhead Creek. Surveys have found that the Swainson’s Hawk, Giant Garter Snake and other threatened animals have maintained or increased populations during the Conservancy’s tenure. But now the Conservancy’s important work is under threat from three major development proposals

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