We are a group of volunteers dedicated to quality of life for all residents, economic prosperity for local businesses and a reversal of the downward spiral of land uses and the adverse effects on property values across our community.
Why are we doing this?
We love our community! It has been a great place to live, raise a family, work, have a business, shop, or just visit. Arden Arcade is home to one of California's first shopping centers - historic Town and Country Village - that is now, sadly, just another big box shopping mall. Our streets hardly ever get paved unless a big golf tournament is about to happen. Our banks have been replaced by check cashing stores. Our department stores have become discount dollar stores. Our restaurants have been replaced with fast food joints. We have an over-abundance of retail liquor sales outlets. As concerned residents and business people, we have tried to get the Sacramento County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors to listen to our concerns, but without much success. Mostly the County seems to do whatever developers want to do, paying no mind to the taxpaying residents' opinions. That's the challenge.
Well, enough is enough. The gathering storm of discontent is demanding that someone stand up for our area. Advocates for Arden Arcade serve as a voice for residents and businesses who are asking for, and who deserve, a better community.
We do not claim or pretend to speak for everyone in Arden Arcade. We are a group of citizens who care about our community and are actively seeking ways to engage neighbors and businesses to join with us in facilitating positive changes. Further, we do not feel wedded to the County's definition of our community "boundaries". We feel a kinship with our unincorporated area brothers and sisters who live on the other side of the dotted lines that the County uses to assign its workforce. We don't think zip codes define a community, they just make it easy for the Post Office to sort and deliver the mail. We challenge anyone to stand in the middle of Mission Avenue (the "official" divider between Arden Arcade and Carmichael) and tell us what is different from one side of the street to the other.
Please Join Us
We do not hold monthly meetings. With the increasing popularity of social media and the busy times that confront all of us, there is less need for face-to-face meetings to communicate concerns that pertain to our community. Yet there are many issues facing Arden Arcade that have given rise to the need for numerous community discussions. Group discussions can facilitate understanding and sometimes people prefer them. Thus, we are available with reasonable notice to attend, host and facilitate gatherings for the community (please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com). From time to time we conduct special meetings with expert guest speakers -- those meetings are announced via social media.
The best way to join us is to stay in touch with our web site, like us on Facebook and share our posts across social media. Visits and reactions to our posts help information spread farther and deeper. We are very much interested in your feedback and welcome your comments.
Formed in April 2015, and recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 charitable organization, the group consists entirely of volunteers, has no employees, and does not provide stipends or per diem payments to any group participants. The IRS articles of incorporation are a public record.