Conversation: Homeless in Parkway

An excellent series of responses to the great article about the Parkway by Erika D. Smith in the Sacramento Bee, see at and our letter is one of them.

Our Letter:

It’s a tragedy for the parkway

This column nails it. It really is that bad down on the American River Parkway, and Erika Smith repeats what North Sacramento and Woodlake residents have been saying for years about their area of the parkway.

It really is all about the parkway and what’s happening to it. The tragedy of Sacramento homelessness has been overwhelmed by the tragedy of the impact of the homeless on the parkway.

We offer two strategies; absolute, enforced, zero tolerance for illegal camping, and creating a homeless transformation campus at Depot Park capable of handling the homeless population in Sacramento.

David H. Lukenbill, Sacramento, senior policy director, American River Parkway Preservation Society

Retrieved October 13, 2015 from

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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