In South Sacramento, tensions were high and a community on edge with the threat of parolees moving next door, but by the end of Thursday night they could breathe a sigh of relief after the county planning commissioners voted against the proposal.
For 40 years, Frank Cable has watched his pharmacy and other businesses on Franklin Boulevard go through changes, but he says his community has had to battle one problem after the next.
“We are kind of a dumping ground,” said Cable. “It is low income and no one out there really cares and we probably won’t get much feedback, because they certainly wouldn’t put that on Fair Oaks Boulevard would they.”
That same night, the Sacramento City Unified School District voted to close schools in that same area.
The neighborhood has also had to deal with the announcement of Campbell’s Soup closing its factory and a recent proposed sanction for a tented homeless camp.
Cable is also president of the Franklin Business District.
He has helped raise thousands to redevelop businesses and support local schools.
“Our business association is very community oriented because there are not any associations here,” said Cable
The company that plans to bring the halfway house for parolees said they will appeal the board’s decision.