Rent Stabilization: An Overview of the Possibilities for the City of Sacramento

February 2019

We invite you to read the timely paper authored by ECOS member organization, the Sacramento Housing Alliance, filled with information on rent stabilization programs and how we might think about a program here in Sacramento. The paper presents both a historical perspectives and a listing of rent stabilization policies in place today in other jurisdictions. The paper includes a discussion of “just cause eviction” requirements which are critical to pair with rent control polices.

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Help A Family In Need – Solar Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer in your local community!

GRID Alternatives in partnership with the Honnold Foundation need your help to bring solar to disadvantaged communities. Founded by world-renowned rock climber Alex Honnold, The Honnold Foundation continues to be inspired by GRID’s commitment to sustainable energy and social equity, their job training program, and their proven model for building community engagement. Come volunteer with GRID on a day installation to bring the benefits of renewable energy to a local family! Click here for the flyer.

GRID Alternatives is a licensed electrical and solar contractor CL#867533 that has worked with hundreds of homeowners statewide.

About GRID Alternatives

GRID Alternatives is a non-profit organization that makes renewable energy technology and training accessible to underserved communities.

How to get involved!

Step 1: Gather 5-6 of your classmates or friends

Step 2: Reach out to GRID to set up an orientation and secure your installation day.

Step 3: Volunteer on a one day installation (Lunch provided) and workshop to learn how your time helped a family in your local community!

Contact: Tommy Minor, Workforce and Volunteerism 916.620.9807 / tminor [at] gridalterantives [dot] org

GRID ALTERNATIVES | North Valley | 1417 N. Market Blvd. Suite 3 Sacramento, CA 95834 | www.gridalternatives.org

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A Note From Our Treasurer: ECOS Needs Your Support

January 11, 2019

Dear Friend,

I hope this letter finds you in good health. I want to highlight some of the Environmental Council of Sacramento’s (ECOS) accomplishments last year, inform you about our plans for the New Year, and ask for your continued financial support—because ECOS would not exist without support from local environmental stewards like you.
We need your support. Please consider becoming a member – better yet with a recurring monthly donation of ten or twenty bucks a month (less than the price of going out to dinner!). You can become a dues-paying member and support our community by clicking here: https://www.ecosacramento.net/membership-account/membership/.

We accomplished a lot in 2018:
· ECOS wins lawsuit securing light rail funding. ECOS secured $40.5 million for the Sacramento Regional Transit Light Rail system by settling our lawsuit challenging the Caltrans Environmental Impact Report for the Capital City Freeway Improvement Project. This money will be used to complete double tracking to Folsom, purchase low floor train cars, and resume evening service on the Gold Line.
· ECOS organizes 29th annual Earth Day. On April 22, 2018, ECOS hosted Sacramento’s annual Earth Day celebration in Southside Park—the largest annual environmental event in Sacramento County. This event now draws over 3,000 visitors to live music, 150 nonprofit and crafts vendor booths, and the largest electric vehicle display and test-drive event in the Sacramento region. Thanks to our partners the Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association and Charge Across Town, some 40 different electric vehicle models were displayed by owners and several hundred test-drives were conducted by regional EV dealers.
· ECOS advocates for underserved communities. In 2018, ECOS advocated for environmental protection in green spaces occupied by Sacramento’s growing homeless population and for expanded homeless services and transitional housing. In addition, ECOS established an Environmental Justice Committee within our organization to identify the priorities of underserved communities and help build networks in support of our mutual environmental interests, including the expansion of public transit, affordable infill housing, and living wages.
· Housing, housing, housing. With the economy continuing to improve, land use projects of increasing size and adverse environmental impact were proposed in Sacramento County last year. If the region does not accommodate the new urban housing market, sprawl will continue, threatening whatever habitat, agriculture and open space is left. So we have also paid a great deal of attention to the intensification of urban development in the region’s cities (Elk Grove, Roseville, Sacramento, Galt, Citrus Heights, West Sacramento, etc.) where the new urban housing market could be focused.

In 2019, ECOS will focus on future transportation funding options, Phase 2 hearings on the California WaterFix, local electric vehicle roll-out, environmental justice group empowerment, and local implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act next year. You can support our work by becoming a member: https://www.ecosacramento.net/membership-account/membership/.

As you know, we are a small, local organization that operates on a shoestring budget and depends on the financial support of community members like you. ECOS does a lot with a little: we have an annual budget of just thousands of dollars; with more members and an expanded budget, we can serve the community better. We know you receive requests from many organizations and hope our decades of dedicated community service and proven success earn us a spot on your list. As always, we would be extremely grateful for your support.

Happy New Year!

Best Regards,

Earl Withycombe, ECOS Treasurer

P.S. There are many ways to support ECOS. Beyond your annual donation we encourage you to become a monthly sustainer, which give us the financial stability to do more. You can do this by visiting our website (https://www.ecosacramento.net/), and then clicking on “Donate” under “Support ECOS”. We also welcome volunteers for every aspect of our work – you’ll have fun and learn skills as you help our environment. Contact us at office [at] ecosacramento [dot] net.

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