Projects affecting the River Park neighborhood:
Upcoming School Board Vote on Cuts Threatens Caleb’s IB Status
On Thursday, December 10 the Sacramento City School Board will vote on a Fiscal Recovery Plan that contains extensive cuts that directly impact programs across our district – IB, Waldorf, Inclusive Practices, AP, GATE, elementary sports and other essential programming for students with high needs. The cuts eliminate funding the Coordinator for Caleb Greenwood’s International Baccalaureate Program, a position required in order to maintain our authorization as an IB World School.
Since implementing the IB program, enrollment at Caleb Greenwood has increased by 150 students and all grade levels are waitlisted even for new neighborhood families. Student achievement has increased by double-digits. Where families once looked outside our neighborhood for school options, they now move to River Park just to guarantee a place in our beloved school. Because of IB the school and the growth it has caused, the school now generates enough revenue in a single year to cover our all program expenses and generates additional revenue for the district. Eliminating the IB Coordinator, and thus dismantling the IB program, will have a profound impact on our school and community.
To learn more, please visit the Caleb Greenwood home page links below to catch up on recent discussion and view Principal Hanson’s Parent Information Session from December 2, in which she explains the impact of the cuts as well as the impact the International Baccalaureate Program at Caleb has had on the school and our community. There, you can also view November 19 Sacramento City Unified Board Meeting, specifically discussion of the financial deficit at the 90 minute mark.
To take action, arm yourself with the facts and consider calling or emailing board members and other stakeholders to defend the Caleb Greenwood IB program and advocate for fiscal reform at the district-level. In communication with stakeholders and voters, please politely identify yourself and establish your connection with Caleb Greenwood.
Principal Hanson’s December 2 Parent Information Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_YTUNWBMXk&feature=youtu.be
Principal Hanson’s Slides, including Board and Labor Partner contacts and links to independent budget reviews: https://calebgreenwood.scusd.edu/sites/main/files/file-attachments/12.2.20_ptso_ssc_parent_information_session_re_scusd_frp_3_0.pdf?1607032826
SCUSD’s November 19 Board Meeting (at the 90 minute mark, you will hear the presentation from the school district): https://www.scusd.edu/board-education-meeting/board-education-meeting-90
Proposed Private Housing Development on Existing Site of Newman Center (J St. and Carlson Dr.)
At the August 2020 RPNA Board Meeting, representatives from the City, the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, and private developer Peak Campus, joined to provide an overview of a planned development on the existing site of the Catholic Newman Center on the corner of J St. and Carlson Dr. The planned development will significantly change the the look at that intersection. The existing Newman Center will be demolished, and a new Newman Center will be build towards the back of the property off on Newman Ct. On the corner of the intersection, the Catholic Diocese is partnering with Peak Campus to build a 6-story, 210-unit (565 bed) residential building that will be targeted at students. There are a proposed 118 parking spots for the 565 beds and the construction proposes to remove 21 “protected” trees. Construction is projected to start at the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022 and complete by the summer of 2023.
Proposed project documents include the following:
- A set of slides from the developer (including artist renderings) that were presented at the Board meeting: https://riverparksacramento.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/J-CarlsonDevelopmnet.pdf
- The routing form outlining the comment opportunity: https://riverparksacramento.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Comment-Routing-Form.pdf
- The “project narrative” outlining the project elements for the city: https://riverparksacramento.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Project-Narrative.pdf
- Detailed plan visuals: https://riverparksacramento.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Detailed-Visuals.pdf
- Arborist report: https://riverparksacramento.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Arborist-Report.pdf
Two Rivers Trail Phase II
The City of Sacramento is currently in the planning stages of a project called the Two Rivers Trail Phase II. Details of the project can be found on the City’s website at
Presentations from the City of Sacramento, and concerned neighbors on the Two Rivers Trail Project from the RPNA Spring General Meeting in April 2018:
CapCity Corridor Project
Project information per CalTrans website: The CapCity Corridor (State Route 51 and adjacent streets) is the most congested corridor in the region. In 2016, SR 51/CapCity experienced over 2,050,000 vehicle hours of delay at a $27.5 million cost to users and had five of the region’s top 10 bottlenecks. As the region continues to grow, conditions in the SR 51/CapCity Corridor are expected to worsen by 2035. To address the issues in the corridor and better meet the needs of drivers, transit riders, freight drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians, Caltrans initiated the Capital City (CapCity) Corridor Project: A collaborative, interagency planning process that coordinates and prioritizes potential multimodal projects in the corridor. There is no single project that will solve all the issues. Instead, it will require a suite of short-, medium- and long-term multimodal projects with planning and funding from multiple agencies. This project may include HOV lanes, multi-use Class I path across the American River, neighborhood bike infrastructure, improved pedestrian infrastructure, transit projects and improved connectivity to transit stations.
Off Road Bike Jumps in the American River Parkway
In the late summer/early fall of 2020 the Sacramento County Regional Parks Department took action to dismantle off road bike jumps in the American River Parkway near the River Park neighborhood. Off road biking and construction of bike jumps in the parkway is not in compliance with the American River Parkway Plan which is state law. Details of that plan can be found here: https://regionalparks.saccounty.net/Parks/Pages/ParkwayPlan.aspx