CORE Comments on MTP and SCS Strategy 2035

In December of 2011, CORE submitted comments to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) in response to its Draft Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities (MTP/SCS) Strategy 2035.  CORE member organizations joined together in support of enhanced equity provisions that address the transportation and planning needs of low-income communities, communities of color, other vulnerable populations, as well as preserve our natural habitat.  Click CORE MTP/SCS to read the full document.

 

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Transit Renewal Underway

The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) is in the process of developing “TransitRenewal,” a comprehensive operational analysis of the entire RT bus and light rail system that will result in recommendations for transit service improvements over the next five years. This will be accomplished by conducting an in-depth transit service analysis, developing service standards, and gathering extensive community input. To learn more, visit this website.

In response to the plan drafted by Regional Transit as outlined at the RT January 23, 2012 Board Meeting, CORE Transportation Equity Work Group Members submitted a letter to the Regional transit Board of Directors highlighting issues with the draft plan, and making recommendations to improve the plan and service. Read the letter here: Transit Renewal Letter


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CORE Transportation and Land Use Planning Principles

The Sustainable Communities Workgroup developed a set of Transportation and Land Use Planning Principles to help guide development of policy for the Sacramento region under the coordination of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG).

SACOG is a national leader in land use and transportation planning for a smart, environmentally sustainable future. Planning efforts such as the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) can help ensure that the Sacramento region will grow in a way that benefits all residents, preserves natural and historical assets, and builds and sustains productive and healthy communities.

In support of these important transportation and land use planning processes, the Coalition on Regional Equity and its Sustainable Communities Work Group have formulated a set of recommendations to help SACOG form plans that reflect the needs of all Sacramentans. These principles are suggested to ensure that the Sacramento region is a region with transportation and housing affordable to everyone, with reduced commute times, more jobs closer to home, and preserved natural resources.

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SCORECARD

The SCORECARD Baseline Report is here.

Download your copy by clicking here.

The Sacramento Coalition on Regional Equity Collaborative Assessment of Regional Development (SCORECARD) Baseline Regional Report provides an overview of levels and patterns of opportunity and disparity in the region. This report is part of a longer term process dynamically linking community involvement with regional mapping and GIS analysis to support advocacy and organizing that promotes regional equity and health in the six county Sacramento region. The report attempts to answer the following questions: What are the patterns of social and economic opportunity in the Sacramento region? Are we growing more equitably, or becoming more unequal over time? In what areas are we improving and where are there areas of concern?

SCORECARD is a collaboration between the Coalition on Regional Equity and the UC Davis Center for Regional Change.

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Project Monitoring and Advocacy

CORE tracks a variety of current and ongoing regional projects and programs, with special attention paid to projects and programs affecting low-income communities and communities of color. By monitoring a variety of projects, CORE is able to take action when appropriate to help advocate for equitable and sustainable regional change. Currently, CORE is monitoring implementation of SB 375, the development of the railyards, and Regional Transit service. For more information on any of these issues, sign up for the CORE mailing list by entering your email in the box on the right side of this page, call us at (916) 455-4900, or email CORE Staff.

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AGENA – Natural Gas Storage

Sacramento Natural Gas Storage LLC has proposed to store 8 billion cubic feet of compressed natural gas in an existing geologic formation located under the Avondale Glen Elder Neighborhood. Over 90% of the affected residents are people of color and the community is in the 10th percentile in income nationally. There are significant health risks if there is seepage including accumulation of gas in structures and basements and contamination of the air and water. CORE is working with the neighborhood association to organize and inform community residents.

The Sacramento News and Review featured a very thorough and eye opening account of the struggles of the Avondale Glen Elder neighborhood against the potential siting of a 7 billion cubic foot natural gas storage facility under homes in this low-income community of color. Neighborhood residents, including Constance Slider, provide the human context to this potentially devastating proposal. To read the article, click here.

If you would like more information, or would like to become involved, contact CORE by calling (916) 455-4900.

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