Quality of Life for a Livable City
“Quality of Life” is everything that makes Sacramento an attractive place to live, work, and play. Healthy neighborhoods, well maintained parks, recreational activities, access to our rivers, investment in arts and culture all play a key role in attracting and retainingyoung professionals, families, and people of all ages.
1. Healthy Communities
Invest in programs with a focus on public safety/code enforcement, access to healthy foods, affordable housing, education and health care.
- Additional Code Enforcement Resources: Code enforcement is critical to healthy neighborhoods. Neighborhood clean up days where items are picked up at no cost and area specific code sweeps must be done to clean up communities burdened by illegal dumping.
- Reinvest in our Public Parks: As a councilmember, Angelique Ashby built out 53 acres of parks in her district, while using area specific funds. Our next mayor must prioritize outdoor space for people of all ages, and must commit to clean, safe, and well-maintained parks in every neighborhood. Our city’s parks maintenance staff are still woefully underfunded and our parks need significant capital improvements.
- Affordable Housing and Community Investment: Adopt policies that protect long-term affordability in the Central City and other neighborhoods seeing price increases by expanding access to affordable and low-income housing, and incentivizing development that provides housing for vulnerable populations.
- Downtown Play Areas: Unique and locally relevant, we need downtown playgrounds that invite families to play, particularly as the new arena and new downtown housing will dramatically increase the number of kids living and visiting our downtown core. Great examples like Seattle’s Westlake Park Playground, Maggie Daley Park in Chicago, and Owensboro, Kentucky’s Lazy Dayz Riverfront Playground provide us models for what works — this is something we should do in the near term.These should be Boundless Playgrounds that are universally accessible to all kids, regardless of ability. As Councilmember, Ashby worked with the Parks & Recreation Department to open a “Bankshot” Basketball Court in Valley Oak Park, creating an opportunity for play that is inclusive and accessible for all kids, particularly those with autism.Our next mayor must bring models like this across the city, and especially to our central core. Whether along the waterfront or in existing downtown park space, it is time to make this happen.
- Protect the American River Parkway: The American River Parkway is a regional gem that connects city residents to the outdoors while providing limitless healthy recreation opportunities for families. Our next mayor must work with our local state and county leaders to support current legislation to make the American River Parkway a conservancy, while fighting for state funding to address current maintenance needs and expand access.
- Complete Pocket Sacramento River Paths: By working collaboratively with effected Pocket/Greenhaven property owners, we can mitigate concerns and connect our river trails to open up a network that would extend access from the Delta all the way to Folsom Lake. For too long (40 years!), we’ve taken the easy way out, but it’s time to come together and solve this issue. The potential opportunity is too great to ignore.We are not Malibu, where access to beaches is restricted due to an ongoing feud between wealthy beachfront property owners and visitors to the area. We’re Sacramento, where we come together as a community to enjoy access to our region’s natural beauty. Area councilmembers have been leaders on this issue, but they need committed support from the next mayor and council.