Empowering People

Sacramento’s next mayor must make our city government accessible to every Sacramentan and empower our citizens to invest in their community.

Unlike many other cities, Sacramento has room for every resident to take a seat at the table. The sky is the limit. And — even though it’s a cliché — our city’s biggest asset is our people.

Our next mayor must find a way to empower the entrepreneurial spirit that is growing in our city.

Launch “One Sacramento” Civic Volunteerism Program

Councilmember Ashby established the Youth Action Corps (YAC) in District 1, and as mayor she would expand it citywide. YAC engages youth in park cleanups, the completion of senior projects, provides leadership opportunities, employment preparation workshops, financial literacy classes, and youth symposiums. YAC participants are connected directly with job and internship opportunities.

As Mayor, Ashby would also launch the “One Sacramento” civic volunteerism program, tapping into local colleges and businesses to provide all Sacramento residents the opportunity to engage in their community in a meaningful way, while investing in them by offering classes and training programs for volunteers of every age looking to build skills.

Employers, Employees, and Business Community

  • Support Hack-a-thons, other coding projects, and other civic efforts that empower the tech community and young people to invest in our city.
  • Open Business Assistance Center so entrepreneurs can focus on investing in our city, not navigating government regulations. And lower the barriers to entry by building up micro-loan programs and the Neighborhood Entrepreneurial Institute.
  • Support Public / Private partnerships, especially on small projects that can inject needed private investment into community.
  • Empower businesses to shape workforce development programs to ensure that programs train for jobs that local companies need to fill, particularly connecting employers with local educational providers such as UC Davis, CSUS, and Los Rios Community College.

Seniors and Retirees

  • Empower retirees to lead volunteer efforts and service programs like One Sacramento.
  • Improve safety of public transit to empower seniors to continue an active lifestyle after they stop driving.
  • Water & Energy Audits: Help seniors on fixed incomes invest in their homes while saving money on their bills.
  • Work with community colleges to increase outreach to seniors to provide greater access to lifetime learning after retirement.

City Employees and City Contractors

  • Implement LEAN Processes Training to empower employees to bring their expertise and ideas to find efficiencies, provide better customer service, and identify cost savings. This private-sector management process has worked in other city governments and should be brought to Sacramento’s.
  • Improve staff development training in city departments to help retain and nurture talented employees.
  • Create home loan program to encourage police and firefighters to buy a house in the city.