April 19, 2004

Report highlights wide disparities in
Greater Sacramento Region

Full report (pdf)

A new report by a researcher from California State University, Sacramento and the Community Services Planning Council features a series of GIS maps which graphically depict local challenges such as pockets of poverty, low-performing schools and imbalances in government services.

The goal is to help community leaders meet future needs in the eight counties of the Greater Sacramento Region (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba).

The report, “A Regional View of Social Disparities,” was produced by CSUS public policy professor Rob Wassmer and the Community Services Planning Council, with assistance from a grant from the Great Valley Center. It features 44 maps – supported by tables and other references – that help leaders “see” the region’s social and economic disparities.

“Different jurisdictions in the region face different health and human service needs, and have varying levels of resources to address those needs,” Wassmer says. “Ongoing population growth, for instance, means greater demands for new infrastructure. We’ll need 840,000 new housing units, and that could consume nearly half a million acres of land currently in agricultural production. Policies to address these regional challenges are unlikely to be accomplished through local jurisdictions working alone.”

Some highlights from the report include:

Full report: www.communitycouncil.org/pdf/A_Regional_View_2004.pdf

For more, contact Katrina Middleton of the Community Services Planning Council at (916) 447-7063 ext. 306, or Rob Wassmer at (916) 278-6304. Media assistance is available from CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

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