It’s the time of the year when we take stock, reflect on the past twelve months and look forward to the New Year. We appreciate what we have accomplished and set goals for 2016.
As your Councilmember over the past 5 years, I have embarked on a number of aggressive projects that I hope will bring jobs, increased educational opportunities, and an increased quality of life in our community. Primary amongst these are our WayUp Sacramento initiatives including:
* Oak Park Smart
* MedZone, and our
* Urban Agricultural Center.
This coming year, we will add to our list a new bike/ped trail in South Land Park, and a new streetscape for Franklin Blvd. – both made possible by over $2.5 million in planning grants from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), on whose board I sit. I will also be spearheading an effort to create a Department of Youth within the City, as well as an increase in the City tax on marijuana, in order to better fund programs for those youth most at risk.
As important as I believe these initiatives are, I’d also like to hear from you. Please let me know what you think are the most important things the City should be doing in your neighborhood to improve your quality of life. We will do our best to tackle these issues head-on in the coming year.
For all of you, I wish you a happy and healthy New Year. As always, if you need me, I'm available at JSchenirer@cityofsacramento.org.
In addition to his council duties, Jay works as an independent consultant and policy advisor on education reform and youth policy and strategies.