Ensuring Elk Grove Remains A Welcoming Place To Call Home

Ensuring Elk Grove Remains A Welcoming Place To Call Home

Ensuring Elk Grove Remains A Welcoming Place To Call HomeEnsuring Elk Grove Remains A Welcoming Place To Call HomeEnsuring Elk Grove Remains A Welcoming Place To Call Home

11/16 Meeting with District 1 Councilman

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At the 11/6 meeting with District 1 Councilman, Darren Suen, community members had the opportunity to ask questions and express their thoughts about the CNU Medical Complex proposal. Though the topic was a hot button issue for all in attendance, for the most part, it was a respectful, intelligent and productive dialogue. 

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From the Elk Grove Citizen

The Elk Grove Citizen recently published a story, recapping the discussion between citizens of West Elk Grove and their District 1 Councilman, Darren Suen.  Read it here.

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From ElkGroveNews.net

Read a summary of the 11/16 meeting and listen to the audio of the entire event, published by ElkGroveNews.net, here.

Floodplain Issues in West Elk Grove Rise Up Again

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.

Is CNU's Medical Complex "Dead in the Water"?

Dignity Is Coming To Elk Grove!

At a recent Public Hearing, during which CNU sought the City's approval to apply for $900M in tax-exempt bonds in order to fund their proposed medical complex, representatives from Dignity Health confirmed their commitment to build the first state-of-the-art teaching hospital in Elk Grove. Yes - Dignity is coming to Elk Grove and NEST welcomes "humankindness"! 

ElkGroveNews.Net Talks With Dreaming Dog Brewery Co-owner

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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.


In Case You Missed It...

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 writes:  During the Wednesday, May 22, 2019 meeting of the Elk Grove City Council, two Elk Grove residents read a letter into the public record that aroused and seemingly irritated two council members. 

Public Docs Show Cozy Relationship Between Elk Grove & CNU

N.E.S.T. member exposes communications between the city's Economic Development Director, Darrell Doan, and CNU President/CEO, Alvin Cheung, illustrating the questionable business relationship between the two, as well as the vision of making West Elk Grove a "Biotech District".  This further goes to show the lack of transparency that exists between the City of Elk Grove, CNU and the citizens they both claim to serve.

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Darrell Doan Emails Prove City's involvement In CNU Project

Economic Development Director's Emails Display City's Support for CNU Project and for "Bio District"

Preview From Elk Grove News.Net Article:

 

Although the back story of the $750 million hospital proposed in Elk Grove has been cloaked in semi-secrecy, as public documents are released some questions are being answered. However, the records are raising as many questions as being answered.   


One of the early questions is what role does the city’s economic development director Darrell Doan have in the facility under pursuit by Elk Grove-based California Northstate University (NCU). Early indications from a review of the documents suggest Doan has been regularly corresponding with Dr. Alvin Cheung, NCU’s president and chief executive officer for some time.

"Highlights" from the 3/27 elk Grove City Council Meeting

  • Some speakers directly addressed Mayor Ly with concerns about his involvement with the project and the lack of transparency from city leaders.  
  • One speaker called for Mayor Ly's resignation.  
  • The final speaker exposed communications between the city's Economic Development Director, Darrell Doan, and CNU President/CEO, Alvin Cheung, illustrating the questionable business relationship between the two, as well as their vision of making West Elk Grove a "Biotech District".  

"Highlights" from the 3/13 Elk Grove City Council Meeting

  • Mayor Ly takes extra time to tell the speakers in the audience to be concise and to not waste time with their presentations. 
  • Union Leaders speak in support of CNU's proposed medical complex. (Shocker!)
  • Citizens/N.E.S.T. members exercise their rights to speak before the council and offer sincere input that has actual substance.
  • An angry man makes a jumbled speech, which culminates with him ordering any CNU opponents to "JUST MOVE!" 

MAYOR'S ASST. RESIGNS AFTER ALLEGED HARASSMENT OF PROTESTERS

The City Council meeting on 2/27 was well attended by citizens opposing the proposed California Northstate University Medical Complex. At this meeting, the update to the General Plan was discussed. Thanks to the presentations from several concerned neighbors, the council decided not to include the re-zoning of Stonelake Landing in the updated General Plan.

On 1/30/19, CNU had the opportunity to publicly answer questions and clear up what they've called "misquotes by the media" in relation to their plans to build a massive medical complex in Stonelake Landing, a project that would destroy at least 15 small-businesses and severely impact the quiet, neighboring residential community. Instead, they opted for "no comment".  Meanwhile, Councilman Suen claimed the city is not taking sides. 

At the 1/23/19 Elk Grove City Council meeting, a woman speaking in favor of the hospital project neglected to disclose her affiliation with CNU as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of Medical Education, even after being asked to leave her contact information so that CNU could include her in alleged community outreach events.   

Mayor Steve Ly's speech at CNU's press conference on 12/20/18 exposes lies regarding the scope and impact of the project, as well as when CNU first began talks with the mayor about their plans.  It is clear that as CNU continued to offer leases to new small businesses in Stonelake Landing, they did so knowing that those businesses would be destroyed just a short time later.