ECOS Letter re City of Sac Transportation Priorities Plan

On March 15, 2022, ECOS submitted a letter to the City of Sacramento regarding their Transportation Priorities Plan. Below is an excerpt from our letter.

ECOS recommends:
1) The schedule for developing the TPP plan should be accelerated so projects can be eligible for funding sooner and built sooner.
2) SacRT’s transit system should be the backbone around which the City’s transportation projects are selected, to make existing transit station areas and transit corridors more walkable and livable. This approach is consistent with state law (SB375, SB743), regional policies (SACOG Blueprint, Green Means Go), and it would enable the leveraging of federal grants.

Click here to read the letter in full.

Comments re Sacramento’s Transportation Priorities Plan

On March 14, 2022, ECOS, along with several other environmental groups, submitted a letter to the City of Sacramento about the City’s Transportation Priorities Plan.

Once again, we write to implore you to act swiftly to take comprehensive and bold action to transform transportation in the City and the region. Such a transformation is nonnegotiable if we are to begin to respond to the imminent threat of climate change; it is also essential in fostering equity, addressing traffic safety, increasing the livability of our neighborhoods, and improving air quality.

Just a few weeks ago the Council held a workshop titled Climate and Transportation. Yet the Transportation Priorities Plan before you, which proposes analyzing 700 transportation projects that have been proposed by council members over the past twenty years, would appear to adopt the status quo and does not establish addressing climate change as one of the criteria. Our city is in dire need of a transportation plan that reflects the current century. Again, we urge you to direct your City Manager to set aside staff and resources to develop and implement a comprehensive active transportation and public transit framework for the city.

Click here to read our letter in full.

Please take this Survey: Investment Without Displacement

Sacramento Investment Without Displacement (SIWD) is a coalition of social justice organizations and residents who support building healthy communities, affordable housing, preserving cultural traditions, and the stability of neighborhoods.

SIWD is conducting this survey to gather feedback from the community about a proposed City of Sacramento policy.

The proposed policy would require developers to enter into a community benefits agreement (CBA) for new construction if the developer receives money or incentives from the City of Sacramento.

A developer is an individual or company responsible for building homes, offices, retail or commercial centers, arenas, or industrial sites.

A community benefits agreement or CBA is a legally binding document that outlines community benefits (e.g., affordable housing, park improvements, job training programs) a developer must provide to reduce the negative impact of new development on the people who live near the project.

SIWD will use the information collected through this survey when advocating with the City that the proposed CBA policy reflects equity and what the community wants.

At the end of this survey you will have the option to enter into a raffle to win a prize (for example, gift card, t-shirt or hoodie).

ROGER DICKINSON

Todd Smith and Roger Dickinson to speak 3/10

Please join ECOS’ Climate Change Committee on Thursday, March 10, 6 PM to hear Todd Smith discuss the Sacramento County Action Plan and Roger Dickinson speak about a potential new transportation ballot measure.

6:00: Welcome and Introductions

6:10: Sacramento County’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) draft was released (revised from September): https://planning.saccounty.net/PlansandProjectsIn-Progress/Documents/Climate%20Action%20Plan/Revised%20Final%20Draft%20CAP_February%202022.pdf
Comments on the CAP are due March 23.
Also March 23 (6 PM start): the Board of Supervisors will hold a CAP WORKSHOP (presentation and CAP discussion), and a presentation on its Climate Emergency Declaration’s Task Force.

Todd Smith, Sacramento County Planner, will provide an overview of changes to the CAP. Help us prepare comments. Get involved!

6:45: Transportation Ballot Measure for November election

Would increase sales tax in Sacramento County to generate almost $9 billion over 40 years for transportation improvements. Signature gatherers are being led by a coalition of developers, construction companies, and construction trade unions. As a “citizens group” (“A Committee for a Better Sacramento”; details: www.movesac.org), it needs 50%+1 for passage, rather than 67% if proposed by a government agency.

Its language is similar to the Measure A that was pulled in 2020 due to Covid … EXCEPT: $300 million to build the Capital Southeast Connector (Folsom-Elk Grove expressway [I-5 – US-50]). AND: it gives the Southeast Connector Authority the ability to determine whether it meets greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction requirements, rather than SACOG. This would lead to sprawl development and increased vehicle miles traveled, and prevent our region from reaching State-mandated GHG reduction.

Roger Dickinson will provide overview. He is Policy Director for Civic Well (formerly Local Government Commission); previously Executive Director of Transportation California, and State Asemblymember.
We will discuss our options.

7:15: Sacramento City
Transportation & Climate Workshop; Update, Climate Implementation Plan
March 15: City Council to consider and budget for transportation priorities: transit and complete streets — with infrastructure for walking, rolling, riding transit and driving.

7:25: Introduction of new ECOS activists, and their interests

Prior to adjournment, we welcome announcements, and other matters you may raise.

Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6656164155
To phone in: 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 665 616 4155

Sacramento County Climate Action Plan

February 17, 2022

Sacramento County staff are hard at work on the County’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), which aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prepare the County for climate-related impacts for decades to come.

​The revised final draft of the CAP, and associated environmental document, are available for review and will be heard at a Board of Supervisors workshop in March 2021. You may review the revised final draft of the CAP, and associated environmental document, by viewing the links below. The public comment period is open from Thursday, February 17 to Wednesday, March 23, 2022.​

Click here to learn more: https://planning.saccounty.net/PlansandProjectsIn-Progress/Pages/CAP.aspx