SARA opposed Measure B — a county-wide, half-cent sales tax increase that would raise $3,614,000,000 over 30 years for transportation projects — because it included a new bridge over the American River through Discovery Park.
Parkway Plan Implementation - Sacramento County Lawsuit
Beginning in 2011, Sacramento County mandated a “new business model” for Regional Parks to reduce the demand for County funding of our Regional Parks. As a result, the County is issuing permits that are not consistent with the Parkway Plan for special events and activities in an effort to make the American River Parkway generate revenue to pay for itself.
SARA does not object to making money from special events and activities held in the Parkway provided the events and activities are permitted consistent with the Parkway Plan. The Parkway Plan details a public process for changing its provisions. SARA objects to any efforts to change the Parkway Plan that do not strictly adhere to this legal process.
Our democracy provides legal recourse to parties who cannot resolve their differences. SARA has concluded, after more than a year of meetings and communications with County officials, that our only course of action to protect the American River and Parkway and the integrity of the Parkway Plan was to file in Sacramento Superior Court asking the Court for a ruling directing the County to comply with its obligations under the Parkway Plan.
SARA filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court on December 19, 2013. View the Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief that was filed with the Court.
Status on SARA Lawsuit (December 2014)
SARA Reports Related to Regional Parks Permits
SARA has repeatedly communicated to Regional Parks its disagreement with Regional Parks' application of the American River Parkway Plan that is contained in the Group Activity and Special Event Procedures proposed by Regional Parks for the American River Parkway.
Verified Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, Save the American River Association v. Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks; County of Sacramento; Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and Does 1 through 20, Case No. 34-2013-80001469, Superior Court for County of Sacramento, April 23, 2013.
Review of Proposed Food Truck Festival Truckin' on the River 2013 dated June 18, 2013
- Attachment B - SARA Letter dated November 8, 2012 to J. Leatherman, Subject: "Special Event Permit for "Truckin' on the River"
- Attachment C - Application submitted by ARPF dated January 8, 2013 for Truckin' on the River 2013
- Attachment D - Email from J. Leatherman, Regional Parks Director to B. Weiland, SARA, March 15, 2013, Subject: "Truckin' on the River" and Email from B. Weiland, SARA to J. Leatherman, Regional Parks Director, March 15, 2013, Subject: "Truckin' on the River"
- Attachment E - Chapter 6, 'Non-Recreational Use of the Parkway,' of the American River Parkway Plan 2008
- Attachment F - Basis for Conclusions Regarding Lack of Documentation
Final Report, Review of Aftershock 2013 a Rock and Metal Music Festival dated August 29, 2013
Review of Special Event Permit for Gold Country Orienteering Event, dated September 22, 2013
Letter dated September 24, 2013, from SARA by Betsy Weiland, SARA Land Use Committee Chair, to County Board of Supervisors, Subject: "Permit for Gold Country Orienteers Special Event on American River Parkway and Regional Parks Permitting Process Defects" and concurred in by the SARA Board at its meeting on October 15, 2013.
Letter dated November 8, 2013 from SARA by Stephen Green, Vice President, to Jeffrey R. Leatherman, Director of Regional Parks, Subject: "Permit for Gold Country Orienteers Special Event on the American River Parkway and Regional Parks Permitting Process Defects"