Aging public infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges facing Sacramento today. From our vital flood control protections, decaying water and wastewater systems, and roads that are desperately in need of maintenance, to our outdated public facilities that support the arts and economic development.
The number one infrastructure issue in Sacramento is — without a doubt — flood control. Our whole region is a flood plain, and if we don’t address flood control then every part of our city risks entering a building moratorium at some point. We must always stay out in front of flood control.
As Natomas comes out of its building moratorium, we’re finally getting ahead on this issue. We must stay ahead of levee repair needs in Pocket/Greenhaven and the Railyards, and we need to support the Army Corp of Engineers plan to “armor” the American River levees, including levee protections for Campus Commons, the River District, Sacramento State, East Sacramento, and College Glen. It’s vital that we keep our entire city out of a building moratorium. We must support the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, which Ashby has served as Chair and Vice Chair, and the Army Corp of Engineers to move the American River Flood Control Project through the same authorization and funding process that the Natomas Levee Project has made its way through.
Moving Our Infrastructure Forward
Sacramento must develop an infrastructure financing plan that ensures the sustainable operation of our public assets, without unduly burdening residents, while maximizing contributions from state and federal sources. Adequate investment in our assets will continue to improve Sacramento’s quality of life and economic competitiveness.
- Develop an Infrastructure Financing Plan (IFP) to provide a multigenerational roadmap for critical infrastructure investment across the city so that future city leaders, and the communities they represent, do not have to face the burden that the current council faces due to lack of planning and investment from previous councils for decades.
- Water Supply and Wastewater Infrastructure: Make responsible investments in our utility infrastructure to prevent severe rate spikes and catastrophic failures.
- Road Maintenance & Transit Infrastructure: Sacramento has a significant backlog of road maintenance projects. We must develop a plan that addresses our roads and provides a framework for transit investment, including strategic advocacy to apply for regional funding through the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, where Ashby has served as a city representative and built regional partnerships with bipartisan local elected leaders across the six county region.
- Bridges: Sacramento needs to focus on creating additional connections across our rivers. These new multi-modal connections will relieve traffic congestion, reduce air pollution, and provide additional access or first responders in emergencies. Sacramento must partner with Sacramento County, Sacramento Transportation Authority, and State and Federal agencies to support their proposed projects to expand the Capitol Freeway Bridge and create a multi-modal crossing between the River District and South Natomas.