Top Priorities

Restore the Planning Commission suspended since 2011 :

Citizens deserve to be involved in the decisions that impact their neighborhood’s quality of life, safety, health and economic opportunities.

Public Safety Priorities and Accountability:

Ensure Public Safety Services Funding, Transparency and Priorities meet all our citizens needs and ensure due process for both residents and officers. Implement annual Implicit Bias training for Police department, City Staff and City Council. Adopt resolution setting the “8CantWait” use of force policies as hundreds of cities in California and our region have like Roseville,  Elk GroveSacramento, Folsom, Rocklin .

Housing Affordability, Insecurity and Homelessness:

Maintain our ability to address housing insecurity for working families and seniors to prevent homelessness, and continue to partner with other local governments to address long term homelessness.

Happy Cesar Chavez Day!

Happy Cesar Chavez Day !

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”

Oct 21, 2021 5 -7 pm Rancho Cordova Climate Action Plan Virtual Workshop

The City of Rancho Cordova has begun it’s Community Stakeholder Engagement effort for our Climate Action Plan study by sending out, via US Mail,  a public involvement mail piece on 9/29/21 that included CAP Virtual workshop announcement and invitation to register for virtual meeting being held Thursday 10/21/21, 5-7pm.

City has launched a web page last week for the Climate Action Plan project

Signup for the Oct 21 workshop is available at web page above and link below.

Link to Register: (Screenshot of Zoom Reg Page attached)

City included QR code on mailer to Climate Action Plan project page . (QR code image and flyer excerpt attached)

For additional news and information about the Rancho Cordova Climate Action Plan, visit

Statement on Verdict of George Floyd murder trial

Today’s verdict convicting Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd is watershed moment of police accountability in the history of our country. 

In at least one courtroom, today, one American jury decided that Black Lives Matter, and deserve the protection and justice promised to us all.

For the Floyd family, it brings some justice, but will never bring back George Floyd. 

The verdict has also relieved and inspired millions of African Americans, given them hope that “Justice for All” includes them as well.

Painfully, we must admit that there is not “Justice for All” and we must all continue to work to make that statement true.

I hope that in my city, Rancho Cordova, our elected officials and community leaders will re-double their efforts in light of today’s verdict, and embrace that the Pledge of Allegiance is a pledge to serve each other, the promise of justice for all Americans, secured by their fellow citizens.

#BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

My 01/04/2021 Public Comments on Emergency Shelter Zoning

My Monday, January 4, 2021 public comment to Rancho Cordova City Council Meeting Agenda Item 11.1 : AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTIONS OF THE RANCHO CORDOVA MUNICIPAL CODE RELATED TO TITLE 23 ZONING CODE AND DISCUSSION AND DIRECTION ON FUTURE AMENDMENTS TO TITLE 23 (Discussion and Direction – Emergency Shelter permitted in Zones OIMU, M-1, M-2)

Staff Memo/Report:


Donald Childs
2601 Barbera Way, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 | (916)207-2659 |

January 4, 2021

Rancho Cordova City Council, City Manager Cyrus Abhar, Planning Manager Darcy Goulart
2729 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670


I am opposed to the permitted use of Emergency Shelters in the OIMU (Office/Industrial/Mixed Use) and believe this decision should be moved through public workshops to address residential and business concerns with having emergency shelters located near neighborhoods, retail, business parks and motels.

I am also disappointed as to how this subject was placed on the agenda, inconsistent with standard practices of cities throughout the county, region and state.

This community has a storied and unjust history in land use decisions being made at our expense to address social problems, alleviating other communities from shouldering their fair share. The need for residents and local businesses to be real, empowered stakeholders remains.

I am in complete support of permitted use of Emergency Shelters in the M-1 and M-2 zones, with the condition that council form a commission addressing housing, housing insecurity and homelessness; that commission be comprised of members of the commercial real estate community, owners, tenants within the M-1, M-2 zones, as well as housing advocates, multi-family housing property management reps, homeless npo staff, and at large seats for residents.

This commission should receive a quarterly report on permitted emergency shelters from RCPD, Code Enforcement, homeless program managers/staff measuring how many clients were served, the number of calls for services, code enforcement complaints so that the commission may provide stakeholder oversight and recommend to staff and council needed changes.

I hope in the coming months you will consider the roll out of workshops to address the permitted zoning of emergency shelters and the re-instatement of the Planning Commission to participate in bringing stakeholders together to help make these decisions in traditional, conventional ways that every other city in California above 55,000 in population have been committed to doing.

Sincerely, Donald Childs