Green Means Go Campaign Launches With Strong Legislator Support
Stockton Blvd. event showcases need for infill development
February 13, 2020: SACOG launched its lobbying campaign for the Green Means Go program with a press conference and walking tour of Stockton Boulevard on Monday, February 3. The press conference featured State Senator Dr. Richard Pan, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and City of Sacramento Councilmember Eric Guerra.
The strong support from the legislature followed on from the majority of the Sacramento region’s legislative delegation signing a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom in support of the Green Means Go proposed pilot program, which will lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the six-county Sacramento region by accelerating infill development, reducing vehicle trips, and electrifying remaining trips.
At the press conference, Assemblymember McCarty urged more of that collaboration among lawmakers. “When you look at the issues of the day we’re trying to tackle – our air quality, climate change, safe streets, complete streets, housing affordability – they’re all right here in the solutions outlined by Green Means Go. And we’re only going to do this if we work together because let’s face it, in the Capitol, LA has a lot more members than we do and so does San Francisco.”
Mayor Steinberg, who when he served in the Senate authored SB 375, the law that set regional targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, said SACOG’s proposal for Green Means Go was “a bold move … As a region we’ve said, we’re going to set our goal even higher than what we have to, 19 percent, and in order to meet that goal, we need the resources for affordable housing, we need the resources for commercial corridor revitalization, we need the resources to expand our transit system.”
City of Sacramento Councilmember Eric Guerra, who represents neighborhoods around Stockton Boulevard, localized the potential of Green Means Go to revive commercial corridors: “Green Means Go can help us accomplish more housing on the corridor, more business on the corridor, and connecting these vital businesses with the rest of the city.”
Following the press conference, presented in partnership with the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Stockton Boulevard Partnership Executive Director Frank Louie and City of Sacramento planner Elizabeth Boyd led a short walking tour, explaining the history of the corridor’s rise and fall and how strategic investments in removing some of the barriers to infill development could bring new investment and life back to it.
As State Senator Dr. Richard Pan said, “Green Means Go will pair housing and transportation investments to spur catalyst infill projects, and I look forward to the impact of this program on our whole region.”
Over the next three months, SACOG will present three more walking tours to show elected officials, the media, and the public other possibilities for Green Means Go investment around the region.