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.

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

On eve of election, 3 Rancho Cordova City Council members endorse restoring Planning Commission

On Nov 2nd, the night before the 2020 general election, 3 Rancho Cordova city council members endorsed discussing restoring the planning commission. All 3 council members fully endorsed restoring the planning commission. Mayor David Sander, Donald Terry @donaldterryrc and an enthusiastic, assertive Garrett Gatewood. Thank you. I look forward to that meeting.

11/13 Ballot Count Update

Ballot count update – We’re still in 6th place, 8% of the vote with 4,564 votes, with 51, 699 ballots remaining to be counted. Thank you again to all who voted for me and supported our issues.

@electsiri Siri Pulipati has pulled into 2nd place, Congratulations!

Next count update is on Tuesday, 11/17/2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Election Update and Thank You

I want to thank everyone that voted for my candidacy, my friends and family, community members for your endorsement and support of my candidacy in this current city council campaign of 2020, and in 2018.

The Sacramento County Office of Elections released an update of votes this afternoon and it looks like we wont see a change from 8% of the vote, at 3,058. There are still 260,804 ballots left to count, and the next update will be on Tuesday, 11/10 at 4pm.

It looks like we may have a new city council member with Siri Pulipati currently holding at 3rd place.

Congratulations to Siri, Donald Terry and David Sander.

I look forward to continuing to work with the city council to make Rancho Cordova a great city, and include Rancho Cordovans as partners in economic, public safety, land use planning, mobility, transit and zoning decisions that affect them by restoring the planning commission.

Thank you again for your support, for the opportunity to serve you in making a difference for Rancho Cordovans.

Proposed Trumark at Kassis Housing Project

Proposed Trumark at Kassis Housing Project

I am opposed to approval of the Trumark at Kassis housing development, as currently presented/proposed, due to traffic, environmental impacts to the American River Parkway, as well as no traditional public stakeholder participation to date.

I have signed the petition circulated by SARA (Save the American River Association) and share concerns with Tiffany neighborhood residents about the project and the city council’s responses to date.

I am also opposed to the concessions the city and community must make to facilitate this development being built as proposed in the FBSP designated “Parkway Corridor Overlay Zone” (RCMC 23.325.070 Parkway corridor (PC) overlay zoning district), which includes the orchard and river bank, sensitive areas to the health of the American River Parkway.

As identified as an “Opportunity Site” in the Folsom Boulevard Specific Plan:

“The opportunity sites designate locations where the City will concentrate resources (e.g., economic development incentives, public investment, facilities, outreach, coordination) and community assets (e.g., public gathering places, events, activities) with the goal of catalyzing significant private investment in these areas.”

Chapter 5, Opportunity Sites 2013 Folsom Blvd Specific Plan Update

Nowhere in the FBSP Opportunity Site assessment of the Kassis Property does it mention the American River Parkway as a “community asset”. The major blind spot of the perspective of this specific plan is that it promotes private investment at the cost of the American River Parkway.

Our city must strike a balance between meeting our housing needs share identified in the SACOG “Regional Housing Needs Allocation”, the economic development opportunities and challenges facing Folsom Boulevard, and protecting the American River Parkway.

I strongly urge the project proponents demand greater due process for their project and the neighboring property owners’ interests, by demanding that the City Council immediately restore the planning commission, allocate funds to hire additional staff to study this project, and create a task force of neighboring property owners, project proponents and regional parkway stakeholders to iron out project alternatives that don’t impact the American River Parkway and address traffic safety and preservation of quality of life in the established Tiffany neighborhood.

I would also ask that each of the candidates running in the November 3, 2020 election for Rancho Cordova City Council share their position or perspective on the proposed Trumark at Kassis project and protection of the American River Parkway.

Trumark’s most successful projects in other cities have moved through the planning process with a planning commission in play. This fact should inform their sense of urgency to avoid costly and wasteful litigation, and bring neighbors and parkway stakeholders together to achieve a successful housing project that meets the housing needs of the city, mitigates harm to the American River Parkway, and honors the property and due process rights of all involved.

-Donald Childs