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Probation seeks to eliminate barriers for the unhousedThe Observer, October 11, 2023


$25M to go towards housing, services for unhoused along the American River Parkway – abc10, September 21, 2022

Sacramento County developing pilot program to incentivize landlords to charge less rent – Sacramento Business Journal, September 11, 2022

Sacramento County juggles dueling concerns in final draft of climate action plan – Capital Public Radio, March 24, 2022

County Fills New Public Safety Position – The Observer, February 22, 2022


Sacramento County blamed American River’s pollution on homeless people. But was it true? – The Sacramento Bee Opinion, November 26, 2021

With $300 million coming from feds, Sacramento County looks to correct past misspending – The Sacramento Bee Opinion, November 21, 2021

County Board Moves Forward With Federal Funding – The Observer, November 16, 2021

Experts weigh in: How the Sacramento Main Jail could be reformed or closed – The Sacramento Bee Opinion, November 10, 2021

Sacramento County Launching New Commission on the Status of Women and Girls Nov. 9 – The Observer, November 9, 2021

Sacramento County supervisor asks if jail inmate release is needed to contain COVID outbreak – The Sacramento Bee, November 4, 2021

Opinion – Special to The Sacramento Bee by Phil Serna: After suffering COVID trauma, we have never needed the Aftershock Festival more than now – October 6, 2021

COVID lies spread at Sacramento County meetings are an inside job. Are you OK with this? – The Sacramento Bee, September 20, 2021

Opinion – Special to The Bee by Phil Serna:  Some mentally ill folks can’t help themselves. Why Sacramento took a tough step to help – VIEWPOINTS, The Sacramento Bee, June 5, 2021
Sac County to reconsider infrastructure help for Metro Air Park – Sacramento Business Journal, April 8, 2021

Sacramento County considers mental health crisis response system – KCRA3 News, March 30, 2021



See historic photos of Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr. – The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento County workers alarmed by COVID-19 outbreaks, lack of deep cleaning in offices – The Sacramento Bee, October 21, 2020

After a meeting flouting COVID rules, two supervisors tell Sacramento County CEO to resign – The Sacramento Bee, October 20, 2020

Top Sacramento County officials held a meeting where few wore masks. Now one has COVID-19 – The Sacramento Bee, October 18, 2020

Tale of two COVID decisions: How Sacramento County screwed up CARES funding, the city didn’t – The Sacramento Bee, September 1, 2020

Some of the COVID money for Sacramento County – finally – ends up where it’s needed – The Sacramento Bee, August 20, 2020

Sacramento County treats its coronavirus problem by funding police. That’s malpractice – The Sacramento Bee, August 12, 2020

Sacramento tries to bolster Section 8 housing with new CARES Act money – Sacramento News & Review, July 21, 2020

Sacramento Board of Supervisors must stop ducking the public and embrace the Zoom era – The Sacramento Bee, June 24, 2020

Facing a tough budget, why is Sacramento Sheriff Jones immune to ‘defunding the police’? – The Sacramento Bee, June 16, 2020

Sacramento County asks governor to approve local state of emergency – KCRA News, June 4, 2020

County OKs Plan To Begin Reopening – The Sacramento Observer, May 25, 2020

Opinion – Special to The Bee by Phil Serna and Scott Jones:  To beat coronavirus, Sacramento County residents must work together and follow the rules – April 9, 2020

If you can’t work, you can’t pay rent. Gov. Newsom must halt coronavirus evictions – The Sacramento Bee, March 25, 2020

Sacramento County bans evicting renters impacted by coronavirus. Here’s when it starts – The Sacramento Bee, March 25, 2020

Emergency ban on evictions against Sacramento County renters affected by COVID-19 fails – The Sacramento Bee, March 24, 2020

Sacramento County considers temporary eviction ban against renters impacted by coronavirus – The Sacramento Bee, March 20, 2020

California leaders must halt coronavirus evictions to protect renters from homelessness – The Sacramento Bee, March 21, 2020

Sacramento County residents directed to ‘stay at home’ and wait out coronavirus – The Sacramento Bee, March 17, 2020

Local Response To COVID-19 Outbreak – Capradio Insight, March 13, 2020

After Sacramento leaders hold impassioned conference, CIF proposes to let Sheldon play – The Sacramento Bee, March 8, 2020


Sacramento County Sheriff Jones has an opportunity to restore trust. He should take it – The Sacramento Bee, December 11, 2019

Here’s who Sacramento County just selected to provide oversight of the Sheriff’s Office – The Sacramento Bee, December 11, 2019

You live in a better Sacramento because of him. Rest in peace, Mayor Joe Serna – The Sacramento Bee, November 7, 2019

These 2 Sacramento County supervisors are to blame for more people losing their homes – The Sacramento Bee, November 7, 2019

We deserve a say in how Sacramento County spends tax money. This plan will make it easier – The Sacramento Bee Opinion, November 6, 2019

Sacramento County Eviction Protection Ordinance Falls One Vote Shy – Capital Public Radio, November 6, 2019

Sacramento tenants frustrated as emergency moratorium on no-fault evictions fails – FOX40, November 5, 2019

Tenants say they are being mass evicted. Will Sacramento County help them? – The Sacramento Bee, October 23, 2019

Sacramento County Sheriff Releases Internal Affairs Videos And Documents – CBS 13, September 25, 2019

Throwing a menstrual cup at legislators isn’t a form of anti-vaxx protest. It’s bloody terrorism – The Sacramento Bee, September 14, 2019

Sacramento County left $126M in state mental health funds unspent. Now it has a new plan – The Sacramento Bee, August 12, 2019

What challenges do women in Sacramento County face? New commission may look for answers – The Sacramento Bee, August 7, 2019

Sacramento’s Plan To Keep Black Children Alive Is Working — And LA Is Watching – LAist, July 29, 2019

Sheriff’s officers were paid thousands in overtime working on Netflix reality show ‘Jailbirds’ – The Sacramento Bee, June 28, 2019

‘Damn near staged:’ Sacramento sheriff stood by while ‘Jailbirds’ amped up the drama – The Sacramento Bee, June 26, 2019

A crystalized crisis – Sacramento News & Review, June 11, 2019

What does ‘Jailbirds’ really cost? A lot more than a Netflix subscription – The Sacramento Bee, June 10, 2019

Sacramento teachers union asks state schools chief to help prevent strike, district takeover – The Sacramento Bee, May 10, 2019

Advocates Eye Legal Options as Homeless Are Ticketed Along River in Sacramento – KQED News, The California Report – April 23, 2019

Citations soar for homeless on American River parkway after ruling halts bans on camping – The Sacramento Bee, April 7, 2019

Opinion – Special to The Bee by Phil Serna and Mayor Darrell Steinberg: Sacrifice and compromise necessary to avoid insolvency, protect Sacramento schools – March 19, 2019

Teachers union votes to authorize strike against Sacramento City Unified – The Sacramento Bee, March 15, 2019

Sacramento County Leaders Debate Whether They Need A ‘Code Of Conduct’ – Capital Public Radio, February 27, 2019

Increase Campaign Donations To County Supervisors? Staff Is Looking Into It. – Capital Public Radio, February 27, 2019

Sacramento County reducing black child deaths – National Association of Counties CountyNews, February 18, 2019

Black children were dying at an alarming rate in Sacramento County. Here’s how that’s changing – The Sacramento Bee, February 1, 2019


Thank you, Sheriff Jones. You’ve given us three valuable gifts – The Sacramento Bee, December 10, 2018

Decency and common sense beat the sheriff – for now – with a vote to keep oversight – The Sacramento Bee, December 5, 2018

Change of heart or political play: Sheriff Jones releases video but public needs to see policy – The Sacramento Bee, December 4, 2018

Protesters Demand Transparency as Sheriff Jones Addresses Board of Supervisors – FOX 40 News, December 4, 2018

Black children die at a disproportionate rate in Sacramento County. Here’s why that rate has dropped 45 percent – The Sacramento Bee, December 4, 2018

Black Infant Death Rates Down In Sacramento Following Massive Community Efforts – Capital Public Radio, December 3, 2018

Sacramento, time for a gut check. Are you going to stand up to the sheriff? – The Sacramento Bee, December 2, 2018

Sacramento County citizens should demand change in wake of McIntyre death – The Sacramento Bee, November 28, 2018

Opinion – Phil Serna Special to The Bee: Sheriff’s Office shouldn’t be able to impede inspector general’s work – The Sacramento Bee, November 26, 2018

The DA cleared the deputies in a fatal shooting, no surprise. Our acceptance of it is. – The Sacramento Bee, November 26, 2018

Jones wants democracy without transparency. That’s not how it works – The Sacramento Bee, November 19, 2018

Sacramento’s sheriff might be deaf to the public, but the Board of Supervisors heard this message loud and clear – The Sacramento Bee, October 31, 2018

Sacramento supervisors delay weakening oversight of sheriff after public pressure mounts – The Sacramento Bee, October 30, 2018

Video: Is the Sheriff acting legally, supervisor asks – The Sacramento Bee, October 30, 2018

Letters: The public has a right to know more about Sheriff Scott Jones – The Sacramento Bee, October 19, 2018

Sheriff gone rogue. Welcome to Sacramento County, where he calls the shots – The Sacramento Bee, October 17, 2018

What’s next for inspector general’s role? We still don’t know after supervisors debate – The Sacramento Bee, October 17, 2018

Gustus: We pushed the sheriff to release a video, and pieces were missing. What’s in it? Your right to know. – The Sacramento Bee, October 16, 2018

Sacramento International Airport has a new director – The Sacramento Bee, September 11, 2018

Sacramento airport to get ultra-fast electric vehicle chargers from VW settlement – Sacramento Business Journal, September 4, 2018

Takeaways from UC Davis’ announcement of the first project at Aggie Square – Sacramento Business Journal, August 8, 2018

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The city where EVs, regulators and money merge – E & E News, August 7, 2018

Opinion – Phil Serna Special to The Bee: Family and public deserve to know more about Mikel McIntyre’s death – The Sacramento Bee, August 2, 2018

‘Has your boss threatened you?’ Sacramento billboards enlisted to fight human trafficking – The Sacramento Bee, August 1, 2018

Sacramento adds flights to another city in Mexico starting Thanksgiving week – The Sacramento Bee, July 27, 2018

ICE rips California county for scrapping contract to house detainees, says move could backfire – FOX NEWS, June 11, 2018

ICE no longer welcome: California’s Sacramento County cancels contract with immigration agency – The Blaze, June 7, 2018

Sacramento County Cancels Multimillion Dollar Immigrant Detention Contract With ICE – Capital Public Radio, June 6, 2018

Sacramento County Cancels ICE Contract – CBS 13, June 6, 2018

Why hundreds more homeless camps and tons of garbage have been cleared from popular parkway – The Sacramento Bee, June 1, 2018

Sacramento’s Black Community Wants Racial Justice After Stephon Clark’s Death. But this Isn’t The First Push To Save Black Lives –  Capital Public Radio, May 21, 2018

Farmers market returns to downtown Sacramento park – KCRA 3 News, May 9, 2018  KCRA News 3 - Phil Serna at Farmer's Market

Royal Chicano Air Force touches down at Sac State – Sacramento State News, April 26, 2018

Transgender Woman Booked Into Male Section Of Jail During Protest – CBS13, April 17, 2018

County Probation Office Employees Clean Up Neighborhood Center On Cesar Chavez Day – Capital Public Radio, March 30, 2018

Latino artwork at NBA arena ‘almost a middle finger’ to Trump, county supervisor says – The Sacramento Bee, March 1, 2018

Video: G1C’s new mural has special meaning for Phil Serna – The Sacramento Bee, March 1, 2018

Mural At Golden 1 Center Honors Royal Chicano Air Force – CBS 13, March 1, 2018

Reversing ageism: Sacramento County expands health program for undocumented immigrants following age discrimination outcry – Sacramento News & Review, February 22, 2018

Sacramento Amazon facility ‘just amazing’ – The Sacramento Bee, February 9, 2018

Sacramento County approves panic button for hotel employees – KCRA 3, February 7, 2018

County is state’s first to require panic buttons for hotel workers. Will city follow? – The Sacramento Bee, February 6, 2018

Sacramento County Maids Score Big Win With Panic Button Ordinance – CBS Sacramento 13, February 6, 2018

Sac County Board of Supervisors Approves ‘Panic Button’ Plan for Hotel Workers – FOX40 news, February 6, 2018

Hotel Workers In Sacramento County Could Soon Have Panic Buttons – Capital Public Radio, February 6, 2018

She was trying to clean the hotel room. But the naked man had other plans – The Sacramento Bee Opinion, February 6, 2018

DOJ threatens California, Sacramento County with immigration subpoenas – KCRA News, January 24, 2018

Sacramento airport gets OK to raise food and beverage prices despite price gouging fears – The Sacramento Bee, January 24, 2018

Sacramento County Officials Vote to Remove Pricing Cap from Sac International Airport Vendors – FOX40 News, January 23, 2018

Sacramento airport food prices could rise soon. Price gouging a concern, supervisor says – The Sacramento Bee, January 23, 2018

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones announces he will run for third term – The Sacramento Bee, January 16, 2018

Work begins on Golden 1 Center mural dedicated to Latino heritage – The Sacramento Bee, January 5, 2018

Golden roots: Royal Chicano Air Force returns ‘home’ to arena with ambitious mural – Sacramento News & Review, January 4, 2018

ICE leader says sanctuary city politicians should be arrested. Come get me, mayor says – The Sacramento Bee, January 3, 2018


Green Tech: Education Spurs Local Economy – Comstock’s Magazine, December 8, 2017

Oak Park hosts inaugural Christmas tree lighting – My58/KCRA News, December 18, 2017  SOPFP Inagural tree lighting and hay ride

Opinion – Reducing Homelessness – County takes a comprehensive approach: Inside Publications, December 2017

Sacramento County Plan Aims To Protect Hotel Workers From Harassment – CBS Sacramento, December 13, 2017

Sacramento County sees big drop in percentage of black infants dying in their sleep – The Sacramento Bee, November 15, 2017

Sacramento City And County Working Together On Homeless Issues  – Capital Public Radio “Insight with Beth Ruyak,” November 9, 2017

Sacramento County has finally seen reason on homelessness. Now the real work begins – The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board, November 7, 2017

Sacramento County approves $44 million for homeless mental health and drug abuse services – The Sacramento Bee, November 7, 2017

Supervisors OK effort to clean up American River Parkway’s homeless camps – The Sacramento Bee, August 23, 2017

Sacramento County supervisors approve beefed-up Parkway patrols – KCRA News, August 23, 2017

Board of Supervisors Approves Funds for American River Parkway Cleanup – FOX40 News, August 23, 2017

Sacramento County leaders discuss multi-million dollar plan to clean up American River Parkway – ABC10, August 23, 2017

Sacramento Leaders To Increase Police Patrols Along The American River Parkway – CBS13, August 23, 2017

Should more money be spent to clean up American River Parkway? – KCRA News, August 23, 2017

A choice for Sacramento: Save the parkway or let it become a sewer for good – The Sacramento Bee’s Marcos Breton, August 21, 2017

Push for more patrols on American River Parkway – KCRA News, August 20, 2017

Rangers Note Increase in American River Parkway Crime over Last Year – FOX40 News, August 10, 2017

FOX40 News story - Rangers Note Increase in American River Parkway Crime over Last Year

Violent crimes rise on American River Parkway. ‘He took issue with me just being there,’ cyclist says – The Sacramento Bee, August 10, 2017

South Oak Park Residents Build Relationships with Police at National Night Out – FOX40 News, August 1, 2017

Historic State Fair Exhibit Recognizes Farmworkers – Capital and Main, July 25, 2017

What Has Cap-And-Trade Done For California? – KOVR News, July 14, 2017

Neighborhood watch: Community activists fight to rescue the neglected and complicated Fruitridge Finger – Sacramento News & Review, July 13, 2017

Frustration mounts over homeless crisis. County leaders say they need more money. – The Sacramento Bee, July 11, 2017

Opinion – Phil Serna Special to The Bee: Here’s how to save the American River Parkway  – The Sacramento Bee, July 7, 2017

County Supervisor Phil Serna plays a mean bass and wants you to check out his band – The Sacramento Bee, June 22, 2017

How Sacramento County supervisors blew it on parkway safety – Special to The Bee by Stephen Green, Save the American River Association, June 21, 2017

Park Rangers: Some Pelted by Rocks on American River Parkway – FOX40 News, June 19, 2017

Will cleaning up the American River Parkway send more homeless people into the suburbs? – The Sacramento Bee, June 17, 2017

Three cyclists were hit by rocks on the American River Parkway. One has a collapsed lung. – The Sacramento Bee, June 16, 2017

Sacramento Considers Costly Plan To Clean Up Illegal Homeless Camps – KOVR/CBS13, June 6, 2017

Finally, a plan to put serious money into getting homeless off the parkway. It’s a start – Marcos Breton, The Sacramento Bee, June 2, 2017

No longer available – Ashley, a 28 year-old recently recovered homeless woman shares her story of life on the streets – Podcast: KFBK Home Show, Apr 29, 2017

Leftovers on restaurant diners’ plates will be turned into compost, biofuel – The Sacramento Bee, April 20, 2017

Homeless Speakers Bureau stories inspire action – Sacramento News & Review, April 6, 2017

Brown, Democratic Lawmakers Announce Transportation Funding Deal – Capital Public Radio, March 29, 2017

Sacramento County approves broad plans to help the homeless – The Sacramento Bee, March 21, 2017

Sacramento County approves ambitious plan to help homeless – KCRA 3 News, March 21, 2017

Sacramento Hispanic Chamber celebrates small businesses – Vida en el Valle, March 1, 2017

Opinion – Phil Serna Special to The Bee: Focus on all facets of care, service to deal with homelessness – The Sacramento Bee, February 7, 2017

Is there hope again to find a way off Sacramento’s streets? – Erika D. Smith Editorial: The Sacramento Bee, January 29, 2017

More beds open for homeless near American River Parkway as rains come down – The Sacramento Bee, January 18, 2017

The most influential Latinos is 2016 – Vida en el valle, January 2, 2017


How parkway safety goes beyond citations – Special to The Sacramento Bee, December 28, 2016

Pilot Program Adds More Warming Centers for Homeless in Sacramento – CBS 13, December, 22, 2016

Rangers cite half as many homeless people this year for American River Parkway camping – The Sacramento Bee, December 20, 2016

Sacramento Latino leaders show concern on Trump presidency – KCRA 3 News, November 14, 2016

Low-income health clinic opens near Sacramento’s housing projects – The Sacramento Bee, November 3, 2016

Sacramento County Honors Volunteers – FOX 40 NEWS. November 1, 2016 heroes-of-hs-fox-news-11-1-16

California voters to decide fate of plastic bags on ballot – KCRA News, October 31, 2016

Sacramento County sparks emotional discussion after proposing homeless aid changes – The Sacramento Bee, October 19, 2016

More children die from abuse and neglect in Sacramento County – The Sacramento Bee, October 5, 2016

Phil Serna would like people to call him Phil, not Joe – The Sacramento Bee, September 29, 2016

Regional Transit / New Golden 1 Center – GoodDay Sacramento CBS, September 28, 2016

Benicia nixes Valero plan to run crude oil trains through Sacramento, Davis, Roseville – The Sacramento Bee, September 20, 2016kcra 10-26-16

2016 proves river drownings are entirely preventable – Erika D. Smith, The Sacramento Bee, September 9, 2016

Opinion – Phil Serna Special to the Bee: Farmworkers deserve right to overtime pay like everyone else – The Sacramento Bee, September 8, 2016

Sacramento County’s final budget ramps up social services funding – The Sacramento Bee, September 7, 2016

Why Phil Serna is bugged about plastic bags – Dan Morain, The Sacramento Bee, September 1, 2016

Amazon bringing 1,000 warehouse jobs to Sacramento – The Sacramento Bee, July 15, 2016

1,000 jobs are coming to Sacramento area thanks to Amazon – KCRA News, July 15, 2016 amazon-kcra-july-15-2016

Black children’s lives matter, too – Editorial Board, The Sacramento Bee, July 11, 2016

Arena artwork will be homage to former Sacramento mayor – The Sacramento Bee, July 10, 2016

Black children die at alarming rate in Sacramento County, and here’s why – The Sacramento Bee, July 10, 2016

Democratic supervisor, GOP sheriff clash on concealed weapons funding– The Sacramento Bee, June 16, 2016

Paddleboard fundraiser helps DART prevent drownings after deadly 2015 season – The Sacramento Bee, June 11, 2016

Humility is the most important character trait for those hoping to represent others – Vida en el Valle, June 6, 2016

The role of Latino voters in California and beyond – Vide en el Valle, May 31, 2016

Officials: Grab life jacket before heading into Sacramento rivers – The Sacramento Bee, May 20, 2016

Opinion – Special to the Bee: Sheriff Scott Jones should end his disappointing support for Trump – The Sacramento Bee, May 19, 2016

Phil Serna, many others pile on Scott Jones over Trump – The Sacramento Bee Opinion, May 18, 2016

Fight at Discovery Park concert leaves one dead, another on the loose – The Sacramento Bee, May 16, 2016

River rescuers prepare for busy season in Sacramento region – The Sacramento Bee, May 8, 2016

Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving – hit by website glitch – reaches $4 million – The Sacramento Bee, May 3, 2016

Day of Service’ On American River Parkway For César Chávez Day – FOX40 News, March 31, 2016

County Employees, Power Companies Eliminate Invasive Plants – Capitol Public Radio, March 31, 2016

Goodwill, Sacramento County give funds to reopen youth shelter – The Sacramento Bee, March 24, 2016

Sacramento County bans plastic bags beginning July 1 – The Sacramento Bee, March 22, 2016

Low-income undocumented residents gain access to healthcare coverage – Vida en el Valle, March 22, 2016

Opinion – Special to the Bee: Supervisors should decide on plastic bag ban for county – The Sacramento Bee, March 21, 2016

Video: Sacramento County refreshes Florin Road stretch in hopes of spurring development – The Sacramento Bee, February 2, 2016


Sacramento County’s next CEO must match our times – Editorial Board, The Sacramento Bee, December 21, 2015

Opinion: A disturbing view of parkway destruction – Erika Smith, The Sacramento Bee, October 3, 2015

Marcos Breton: It’s time to talk real solutions for the parkway – The Sacramento Bee, September 29, 2015

Half century after grape strike, Phil Serna shaped by UFW activism – The Sacramento Bee, September 27, 2015

Marcos Breton: We deserve to know why the parkway is burning – The Sacramento Bee, September 12, 2015

Sacramento County seeks review of elections office – The Sacramento Bee, September 12, 2015

Opinion – Special to the Bee: Another View: Homeless lawsuit can’t get in way of safety on parkway – The Sacramento Bee, August 24, 2015

Teens in youth facility get lessons in swimming, water safety – The Sacramento Bee, August 16, 2015

Efforts to douse American River Parkway fires bogged in controversy – The Sacramento Bee, August 15, 2015

Marcos Breton: A burning silence in Sacramento – The Sacramento Bee, August 15, 2015

Opinion: Phil Serna steps out of his father’s shadow – Marcos Breton, The Sacramento Bee, June 20, 2015

Sacramento County officials step up communication efforts to prevent drownings – The Sacramento Bee, July 20, 2015

Sacramento County approves health care for undocumented immigrants – The Sacramento Bee, June 16, 2015

Sacramento County supervisors add Cesar Chavez holiday – The Sacramento Bee, June 9, 2015

Opinion – Special to the Bee: Sacramento County is trying to shore up safety net – The Sacramento Bee, May 25, 2015

How to improve Sacramento’s light rail? The debate starts this week – The Sacramento Bee, February 22, 2015

Opinion – Special to the Bee: Pushing for broader engagement in government for Latinos – The Sacramento Bee, February 21, 2015

A political giant awakens in Sacramento? Maybe. –  Mariel Garza, The Sacramento Bee, January 31, 2015

Phil Serna elected chairman of Sacramento County Board of Supervisors – The Sacramento Bee, January 6, 2015

Where have all the Latinos gone? A statistical mystery in local politics – Mariel Garza, The Sacramento Bee, December 20, 2014

Working Together: Improving South Oak Park/Fruitridge Pocket is a Group Effort – Inside Publications Guest Editorial, December 2014

Black children dying at higher rate in Sacramento County – and gap is growing – The Sacramento Bee, November 10, 2014

Kudos to: Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna and the band UnSupervised – The Sacramento Bee, November 9, 2014