A young man getting out of a pick-up truck took notice and immediately went back into his truck, stating that he had an extra jacket and gave it to the older man. A random act of kindness with impact that I will not soon forget. An example for us all.
As we enter into the holiday season and the New Year, my hope is that we can continue to build community in Sacramento through acts of kindness and compassion, both small and large.
I am hugely thankful for all that I have, for my family and friends, and for being in a position where I have the ability to make a positive impact in the lives of others, particularly our young people.
As a Council, we have been able to increase support for our parks and public safety, primarily through the use of Measure U dollars.
Downtown continues to revitalize as the Entertainment and Sports Complex, the 700 block of K street, the rail yards including a new soccer stadium, hospital, and courthouse, and other projects move forward.
For the first time in decades, we have invested millions into our City’s infrastructure, replacing old pipes and installing water meters. I am proud of Sacramento leading the state in water conservation.
This past year has also seen advances in our Oak Park initiatives. Oak Park Smart, where the Principals of Oak Park public, public charter, and private schools are working together to increase student achievement, will be looking at joint after school programs and collaborative professional development for their teachers.
We continue to work with UC Davis to create a Medical Zone (Med Zone) along Stockton Blvd., which will create jobs and provide training in the health sector for high school students.
We are about to break ground on Cultivate Sacramento, which will be turning the abandoned City Tree Nursery just north of Executive Airport, into an urban agricultural center providing both food and education to the community.
And I am most excited about the creation of a Department of Youth Services in the City that, along with new funds to be generated from taxes on Marijuana, will provide a real focus on supporting Sacramento youth to be successful in school, career and life.
These are a few of the projects and initiatives I have and will continue to work on in the coming year. There are many more throughout the neighborhoods I represent, including revitalizing the South Land Park shopping center, creating a bike/pedestrian trail between Sutterville and the town of Freeport along an abandoned rail line, supporting the redesign of Franklin Blvd., creating better and safer biking in the City, and many more.
For now however, I want to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year, and thank you for the honor and privilege of representing you on the City Council.
In addition to his council duties, Jay works as an independent consultant and policy advisor on education reform and youth policy and strategies.