Join Sacramento Investment Without Displacement to learn more about Community Benefits Agreements (CBA) and how they have significantly impacted other cities. We will also have a discussion on the CBA Ordinance for the City of Sacramento and what should be included as the Ordinance is being developed.
The zoom meeting will take place on Thursday December 16, 2021 at 5:30pm.
The City is partnering with residents, business owners, landowners, and organizations to strengthen the Stockton Blvd corridor as a vital core for the surrounding neighborhoods and region, maintaining and improving it as a great place for existing residents and businesses while also providing space for future growth.
The Stockton Blvd Plan is a partnership between the City of Sacramento, community members, and organizations to transform Stockton Blvd into a thriving corridor that expands opportunities for, and supports the cultures of, existing residents and small businesses while accommodating growth and centering racial equity.
We will have an activity to prioritize potential strategies to accomplish this under the following topics:
Topic 1. Housing & Anti-displacement.
Topic 2. Inclusive Economic Development
Topic 3. Placemaking, Arts, & Culture
Topic 4. Environment & Public Health
Topic 5. Community Engagement & Building Capacity
Date: Saturday, September 11th. Location/Time: Colonial Heights Library, 10am-1pm
Date: Wednesday, September 22nd. Location/Time: Will C. Wood, 5:30-7pm. Materials and interpreters will be available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Spanish.
Date: Wednesday, September 29th. Location/Time: Zoom, 6:00-7:30pm. Register here
Date: Saturday, October 23rd. Location/Time: Colonial Heights Library, 10am-12pm
*In-person events are contingent on County COVID-19 Guidelines. Please note that participants must wear masks while at in-person events. If you feel unwell or have had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please do not attend and stay at home.
Give Your Input, Ask Your Questions
The City wants to hear from you! Here is a list of ways you can stay informed and involved in the process of the Stockton Blvd. Plan:
Visit the website at cityofsacramento.org/Stockton-Blvd-Plan
By Theresa Clift | September 14, 2020 | The Sacramento Bee
Guadalupe Del Angel-Garcia moved into her North Oak Park apartment 14 years ago. Three years ago, her rent was about $800 a month. Now it’s $1,100.
The rent is increasingly difficult for her family to pay, especially since her husband was laid off from his restaurant job due to the coronavirus pandemic. But Oak Park is home. She’s lived there more than two decades and belongs to a close-knit community through her church.
When she heard about Aggie Square, a sprawling new project bringing thousands of jobs to the UC Davis Medical Center about a mile away, she was deeply concerned.
Click here to learn how ECOS is involved in trying to get UC Davis to uphold the community development principles taught in their classes and make sure Aggie Square doesn’t cause more displacement in Sacramento’s underserved neighborhoods.
July 31, 2020 | By Felicia Alvarez | Sacramento Business Journal
Expansion plans at the UC Davis Medical Center and Aggie Square are continuing to pick up momentum.
On Friday, the University of California Davis released the draft environmental impact report for its long-term development plans at UC Davis Medical Center. The draft report captures all 146 acres at the campus, including the university’s planned tech hub, Aggie Square, and approximately $1.9 billion in new facilities and renovations for the medical center.
The Environmental Council of Sacramento has been working with a coalition of community members and advocacy groups to ask UC Davis to ensure that the community also benefits from this investment. Click here to learn more about the effort.
By Graham Womack April 1, 2020 Sacramento News and Review
The promise and pitfalls of Aggie Square in Oak Park
“The reality is Aggie Square could be the best thing for the neighborhood, and it could be the worst thing for the neighborhood,” said Sacramento City Council member Eric Guerra, whose district is directly east of UC Davis Med Center.
Even a UC Davis official—Hendry Ton, the university’s associate vice chancellor for health equity, diversity and inclusion—has questions about Aggie Square causing gentrification and displacing residents. “I think there’s a lot of questions about that and I certainly have questions about that as well,” Ton said. “I think that the potential is that if the people in Aggie Square and the university are thoughtful and careful and collaborative about this, this can be a very significant force for good in the neighborhood.” So far, however, collaboration hasn’t exactly been smooth, with officials and residents clashing on plans to ensure the neighborhood benefits from the project. A group connected to the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative, known as Sacramento Investment Without Displacement, has been working on a legally binding community benefits agreement for Aggie Square. A January draft of the agreement called for local hiring from nearby zip codes, anti-demolition policies to protect homes and enrollment of at least 50 percent of Medi-Cal recipients living within five miles of Aggie Square. “We believe that this project has a lot of potential to be successful. But it also has a lot of potential to displace working families.” Gabby Trejo is executive director of Sacramento Area Congregations Together. “We want to see Aggie Square be successful,” said Gabby Trejo, who has been working on the agreement and serves as executive director of Sacramento Area Congregations Together. “We believe that this project has a lot of potential to be successful. But it also has a lot of potential to displace working families. And we want to make sure that working families in our region are protected.” City leaders have yet to commit to a community benefits agreement, however. Guerra and Councilman Jay Schenirer, who didn’t respond to a request for comment, are instead working on a letter of intent, which city leaders declined to provide. “I’m less concerned about the type of document and more concerned about an honest agreement… that will last longer than whatever we call the agreement,” Guerra said. But Trejo and Sasso said the letter is insufficient. “We’ve seen other folks be bad actors in that things are promised and then they’re never delivered,” Sasso said.
ECOS is a part of the Sacramento Investment Without Displacement coalition to work towards preventing the displacement of long-time residents and local businesses that could occur as a result of this significant, new project at the UC Davis Medical Center.