They thought it was a permanent nature preserve. Now developer Tsakopoulos wants to build there.

The Sacramento Bee

December 11, 2017

By Hudson Sangree

Residents of Sacramento County’s Vineyard area are angry about the prospect of losing open space they thought the county had protected permanently more than 25 years ago.
It turns out the land, known as Silver Springs Lot P, has been owned all along by developer Angelo K. Tsakopoulos, whose company now wants to build houses on it.

“The applicants argued that they had never intended for Lot P to be preserved in perpetuity,” a county report said.

The developer has proposed constructing 48 houses on half-acre lots near Calvine and Excelsior Roads in the semi-rural area southeast of the city of Sacramento.
The plan is scheduled to be heard Monday by Sacramento County’s planning commissioners.

Residents of the Vineyard area thought the 91.5 acres in question had been preserved long ago to protect seasonal wetlands. Buyers paid premiums for houses adjacent to the land, believing it would always be open.

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What a wonderful awards ceremony!

Thank you to everyone who attended or otherwise supported the 44th Annual Environmentalist of the Year Awards on November 8, 2017! We have photos of the evening in the album below, as well as on our facebook page — enjoy!

This year’s honorees were as follows:

Jennifer Wood of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Sacramento (Environmentalist of the Year)

Lower American River Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Projects (Environmentalist of the Year – Habitat)

March for Science Sacramento (Environmentalist of the Year – Innovation)

Robert Meagher (Environmentalist of the Year – Volunteer of the Year)

As always, the awards ceremony was hosted by the Environmental Council of Sacramento. 

Photos compliments of the talented photographer and ECOS volunteer, Anny Huang. Thank you Anny!

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ECOS Board Meeting Nov. 20th

*NOTE* Location Change for this month: 
This month (November) the ECOS board meeting will be held in the Sierra Club California Conference Room at 909 12th Street (2nd Floor), Sacramento, CA 95814

Join the Environmental Council of Sacramento – ECOS for our November ECOS Board Meeting! Everyone who is interested is welcome. Bring a friend!

Monday, November 20, 2017

5:30 pm Reception
Please come and meet and socialize with ECOS Board Members and guests. Light appetizers and refreshments served. Feel free to bring something to share.

6:00 pm Meeting Begins
Paula Lomazzi, Executive Director of the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee (SHOC) will speak to us about the Homelessness Crisis in the Sacramento region. Did you know there was at least a 30% increase in the homeless population between 2015 and 2017? After we hear from Ms. Lomazzi, we will have a discussion/question and answer session.

As usual, ECOS Committees will report on their current business. Announcements from members and attendees are welcome at the end, as time allows.

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