Open Letter to County Board of Supervisors

Dear Supervisors:

Our organization does not support the ban on alcohol in the American River Parkway as it unfairly penalizes the majority of Parkway visitors, who use alcohol responsibly, in order to sanction the minority who do not.

We would direct your attention to a much more serious problem, which is the illegal camping in the North Sacramento area of the Parkway, dramatically captured in photographs and narrative from the past week posted to the American River Parkway, Woodlake Area Facebook page.

This is an issue that has plagued the Parkway for decades and will take dedicated and focused public leadership to remedy, which our organization and the beleaguered citizens of North Sacramento, hope to see realized at some point.

We realize the budget constraints you are dealing with and we suggest a potential remedy is to consider the formation of a Joint Powers Authority to contract with a new or existing nonprofit for dedicated management and supplemental fundraising for the Parkway, as outlined in our strategy.

Take care.

Sincerely,

Michael Rushford, President                     

Kristine Lea, Board Officer/VP       

David H. Lukenbill, Board Officer/CFO

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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