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For Immediate Release                        August 27, 2013    Sacramento, California

Open Letter to Sacramento County Board of Supervisors

This letter is to express our strong support for increasing the size of the park ranger force in the American River Parkway.

Over the past year, you have conducted a dedicated response to the long-term and wide-spread illegal camping by the homeless in the North Sacramento area of the American River Parkway, for which you are to be heartily applauded.

However, the work is ponderously ongoing and more needs to be done, and—as you well know—more rangers on the ground are needed to do it, as well as to solidify the gains already made.

Fortunately, there has been some improvement in the local economy and we assume this means there will be more funds available for important local issues.

Other than being known as the state capital of California, the American River Parkway is arguably our next best claim to fame from a tourist’s perspective; and should further encourage your action ensuring it is safe and beautiful from the confluence to Folsom Lake.

The most important reason is to finally provide a safe and beautiful Parkway experience to the adjacent and long-suffering communities of North Sacramento.

While our organization still feels the permanent solution for the Parkway is to have an independent nonprofit organization be responsible for daily management and philanthropic supplemental fund raising modeled on the Central Park Conservancy managing the globally renowned Central Park in New York City, we are very gratified by your work improving public safety in the North Sacramento area of the Parkway over the past year.

We respectively urge you, during your upcoming budget hearings, to provide more funding for park rangers in the American River Parkway to enhance that work.

Organizational Leadership

American River Parkway Preservation Society

Sacramento, California

August 27, 2013

Contact Information

David H. Lukenbill, Senior Policy Director

American River Parkway Preservation Society

2267 University Avenue

Sacramento, CA95825

P: 916-225-9087 E:

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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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