The City of Elk Grove has already approved Dignity Health's plans to move forward in building the first state-of-the-art hospital in Elk Grove at Wymark and Elk Grove Blvd - and they're doing it without destroying existing small businesses. The for-profit California Northstate University Medical Complex is unnecessary and wasteful.
An update on the status of the 200-year floodplain, Urban Levee Design Criteria (ULDC) and Laguna West Levee System Problem Identification Report (PIR), indicates that the Laguna West Levee System would need to be raised by an average of approximately 3.5 feet in order to comply with the 200-year flood protection standard. "The PIR identified an estimated cost of approximately $12.2M to raise 4.5 miles of existing Laguna West levees by 3.5 feet, with an additional $3.0M that may be required to extend the levees in some areas. This estimate only covers the improvements needed to raise and extend the levees. As stated in the PIR, along with the need to raise the height of the levees, there is also the potential for under-seepage and stability issues within the levee system. The potential costs to address these issues could add anywhere between $7M and $30M to the cost of achieving 200-year flood protection."
Read the report here.
Public documents reveal previously undisclosed plans by Elk Grove city officials and California Northstate University (CNU) to develop a “biodistrict”, including a wet lab, in the residential community of Stonelake, which is adjacent to the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in West Elk Grove.
In addition to the purchase of Stonelake Landing, it has also been confirmed that CNU has purchased TWO parcels on Maritime Drive, north of Elk Grove Blvd.
At the 5-22-19 Elk Grove City Council meeting, one resident shared her professional experience with law enforcement and urged the council to pay heed to the concerns of the citizenry. Councilmembers' involvement with CNU was also discussed by another resident, pointing to a potential conflict of interest and suggesting that those officeholders should recuse themselves from voting on the project. The legal definition of "conflict of interest" was discussed, shining a light on the murky waters of the law.
ElkGroveNews.Net shares an interview with one of the co-owners of Dreaming Dog Brewery in Stonelake Landing. It appears that California Northstate University has successfully torn a huge swatch from the fabric of the Stonelake community in Elk Grove, while destroying two retirees' labor of love.
David and Liz, you're both a class act and will be sorely missed but we absolutely understand your decision and wish you the best.