State Bets Big on Infrastructure in Final Budget Deal
“Green Means Go” wins funding; Sacramento region needs to be ready to compete for billions more in new spending for transportation, housing, broadband, and climate resilience
After a series of legislative stops and starts and the passage of a temporary placeholder budget in mid-June, Governor Newsom and the legislature finally reached a deal late last month on a massive $262.2 billion budget that includes historic one-time expenditures on infrastructure, housing, broadband, climate resilience, and much more. As reported in last month’s Current, the Sacramento region’s “Green Means Go” program won dedicated funding as part of a new $600 million statewide program to help metropolitan regions meet their greenhouse gas reduction targets.
SACOG envisions connected future with new Director of Transportation
Kristina Svensk, AICP to start August 16
July 28, 2021 – SACOG is proud to announce Kristina Svensk, AICP as our new Director of Transportation. Svensk joins SACOG with 17 years of experience in strategic transportation planning and execution in San Diego and across northern California. The nature of how we get around is changing, and she brings extensive experience in building long-range transportation plans, collaboration, and partnerships that will influence SACOG’s transportation funding role, and how services and programs are delivered across the region.
To singer John Denver, who wrote the lyrics to the 1970s famous song “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” rural roads were the means to send him to the place “I belong.” He was reminiscing about West Virginia, but he could have easily been singing about Meadow Vista, an unincorporated rural community between Auburn and Colfax in Placer County.
Elk Grove Historic District Invests in Placemaking
Plaza and streetscape improvements welcome visitors
International urban planner Jan Gehl once said, “Cultures and climates differ all over the world, but people are the same. They will gather in public, if you give them a good place to do it.” And the City of Elk Grove is doing its darndest to create a good place for its residents and visitors to gather. The City is making two major investments in its Old Town area.