How Did This Happen?
"  A society becomes totalitarian when its structure becomes flagrantly artificial: that is, when its ruling class has lost its function but succeeds in clinging to power by force or fraud."
  - George Orwell

The Strange City Border

The Land with No Residents

For decades, the people of Arden & Carmichael have fought over a peculiar piece of land - often called "The Peninsula" or "The Thorn". This land, while part of the City of Sacramento, doesn't contain any city residents.

Instead, it contains the Haggin Oaks and Del Paso Parks, The Children's Receiving Home, and the Natural Sciences Museum (now closed). Due to its unique location, the only people who use the park (and are effected by it) live in the unincorporated areas of Arden & Carmichael.

Arden & Carmichael Has No Voice

Because County Voters cannot vote in City elections, County residents have to endure the lack of city attention to the park, which currently, and throughout the history of the park, has fostered unlawful behavior that has spilled into the surrounding neighborhoods.

City decisions are made without fear of neighborhood repercussions.

We have no voice. We don't matter.

Discovery Museum

What was Lost

Steinberg and City Hall's decision to put the homeless shelter on Auburn Blvd is no accident. It follows the City's long, sad, abandonment and exploitation of "The Thorn".

In 1967, the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center opened its doors to the public. It soon became a beloved destination for school-children and parents from all around the Sacramento Area. The Museum featured a series of rotating exhibits that covered a wide variety of topics:

  • The Space Exploration Exhibit and Planetarium allowed children to sit in a cock-pit, stare into the heavens, and try on a real spacesuit.
  • The Archaeology Exhibit allowed children to dig for ancient remains
  • The Robot Lab allowed children to build their own robot.
  • The Nature Discovery Trail land Nature Discovery Room let students explore the endless beauty of nature. The trail wove through the natural beauty of Del Paso Regional Park.

For generations, parents and children, alike, enjoyed and learned at the museum. But, its days were numbered. In 2021, the City of Sacramento completed work on the Powerhouse Science Center - located downtown off Highway 5. Rather than maintain two museums, which could handle the ever-growing population of Sacramento, the City decided to gut the Auburn Site and move all its exhibits, its staff, and its budget, downtown. The old building, which had entertained children for over forty years, was abandoned and left derelict.

The Abandoned Site

When the City decided to create a number of "respite centers", to house the ever-growing City homeless, the abandoned museum became an attractive choice. Since no voters live within "The Thorn", it gave the city an opportunity to solve its homeless problem without angering any voters.

  1. The Homeless Shelter would be located on the eastern-most tip of District 2's boundaries. This is far outside the neighborhoods of the City.
  2. The Homeless Shelter is advertised to serve homeless within 1/8 of a mile of the site. However, very few homeless exist in that range. There are no City voters.
  3. The only City land that would be impacted includes: the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, the Children's Receiving Home, and Del Paso Regional Park (nature reserve).
  4. The only communities, that would be impacted, are outside the City's boundaries.

The City had only one problem: the site is located within feet of the Children's Receiving Home. So, when the City first attempted to create the Homeless Shelter, they, intentionally, didn't warn the families in Arden, Carmichael, or even the Children's Receiving Home itself.

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