Sacramento City Hall

Corruption

The Sacramento City Council’s actions to reject the Crocker Village gas station project have been outrageous and corrupt. A Superior Court judge recently ruled that Councilman Schenirer illegally acted to fix the outcome of the city’s vote that has cost the city millions in lost tax revenues while denying the rights of local citizens. The judge specifically called out Schenirer for “no longer being a neutral, unbiased decision maker” by orchestrating a backroom political deal to prevent the City’s second largest infill project from being completed. Schenirer’s illegal actions were so outrageous that the judge ordered a new hearing and Schenirer is not allowed to participate in the hearing or vote on this request — now or in the future. Not only did the judge rule that Schenirer’s actions were unacceptable, he failed to follow the law while fixing the vote to ensure the conditional-use permit would never be approved. The illegal actions by Schenirer and the City Council to delay this project have already resulted in more than $8.1 million of lost tax revenues — and counting — plus $32 million in impact fees that the City could have collected had the Crocker Village project been built. Most importantly, it has prevented both the Safeway store from being built and more than 200 jobs for Oak Park residents being created. Had the gas station been approved and the shopping center built, the more than 200 Oak Park residents working at Safeway would have already earned more than $18 million in salary and benefits. According to economists, these 200 jobs would have provided a $90 million stimulus to the Oak Park community benefiting more than 1,000 residents.

See below and read the same emails and court exhibits the judge read in reaching his decision. You will be stunned to read how the City Council and Jay Schenirer colluded to guarantee that 200 jobs for the Oak Park community would never happen!

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Schenirer arranging “NO” votes before the hearing

City Council staff shares the hearing script

Schenirer’s talking points illegally distributed a week before the hearing


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Jobs for Oak Park

Safeway entered into an agreement committing to hire more than 200 people residing in Oak Park for union jobs averaging $26.50 per hour including benefits provided the fueling station can be built as part of the grocery store project! This offer helps in unmeasurable ways given that Oak Park is an area that has the highest poverty and unemployment rate in the City without spending one dime of public money. In today’s retail economy, grocery stores must be built with a fueling station to attract club shoppers with additional incentives to shop. The fueling stations are the difference between a grocery store being profitable or going out of business. Think about this—the city annually offers millions of publicly funded incentives to attract employers to Sacramento, yet they turn their back on those most in need when Safeway promises 200 union jobs at no cost to taxpayers!

Read The Sacramento Bee Op-Ed Article:

Think About This

The city annually offers millions of publicly funded incentives to attract employers to Sacramento, yet they turn their back on those most in need when Safeway promises 200 union jobs at no cost to taxpayers!

Facts

  • The time has come for the Mayor to end the Safeway conflict in Crocker Village.  The people of Oak Park need help today and Safeway has committed 200 jobs to young people in the neighborhood that must be realized.
  • The Mayor and Council members continues to turn their back on local residents when a company like Safeway promised 200 union jobs at no cost to the taxpayer.
  • In June 2015, the Sacramento Planning and Design Commission voted 8-3 to approve a conditional use permit request for a grocery store and fuel station in Crocker Village.  The next step was for the City Council to review the Commission’s vote for approval.
  • Had the City Council voted to support the Sacramento Planning and Design Commission’s approval of the conditional use permit in November of 2015, those 200 jobs would now have generated more than $18 million in salary and benefits for Oak Park residents.  This would have also resulted in more than $90 million in stimulus for the Oak Park community benefiting more than 1,000 community members.
  • The Petrovich Development Company sued the City of Sacramento because the City Council did not provide a fair hearing.
  • In January of this year, a Superior Court judge ruled that the Sacramento City Council broke the law two years ago when it voted to deny the construction of a fuel station in Crocker Village because Councilman Jay Schenirer demonstrated “open bias” and orchestrated the Council’s illegal vote to reject the permit going so far to even coach council members through the voting process. 
  • Despite this, the City Council voted to appeal the judge’s decision rather than hold a fair hearing and delay their decision for at least another two years.
  • Every taxpayer in this city should be outraged that the Council has chosen to appeal the judge’s decision.  The City lost badly when the judge ruled that Councilman Schenirer illegally fixed the outcome of the council’s vote on the building permit request for the fueling station.  Yet, council members are willing to waste nearly $1.750 million of precious tax payer money to protect the reputation of one of their own.
  • Schenirer’s backroom political deal with the City Council to reverse the Planning Commission’s approval and stop the fuel station was not only illegal but it has cost the city nearly $40 million in lost tax revenues while punishing Crocker Village homeowners, preventing completion of the City’s second largest infill project and denying Oak Park residents that chance at 200 jobs with Safeway for the sole benefit of a few affluent Curtis Park residents.
  • The judge’s January 3rd order was clear – the City Council was to hold a fair hearing on the gas station request within 60 days and Councilman Schenirer would recuse himself because he broke the law and violated civil rights to fair due process. 
  • As part of Safeway’s interest in Crocker Village, it also committed to a “first source agreement” to recruit, interview and hire more than 200 people residing in Oak Park for union jobs averaging $26.50 per hour including benefits.
  • In today’s ultra-competitive retail environment, the decision to build new grocery stores also requires building gas stations where customers can be attracted to shop and their loyalty rewarded with discounted fuel prices.
  • Safeway wanted to become the anchor tenant in Crocker Village but could not do so without having a fuel center onsite so Petrovich Development Company approached the City’s Planning and Design Commission to apply for a conditional use permit for a fuel center to be built as part of the shopping center.
  • Crocker Village was approved for a mix of single-family, multi-family and senior affordable housing along with a park and shopping center.  All told, the Petrovich Development Company had spent more than $15 million on infrastructure and nearly $50 million on financing and design.
  • In all, Petrovich Development Company spent more than $30 million to clean up the project at a level well beyond what was required.  In fact, the efforts of Petrovich Development Company have been cited as a shining example of environmental rehabilitation.
  • In May 2004, Petrovich Development Company purchased the Union Pacific Railyard.  The developer immediately set out to clean up the 72-acre toxic brownfield.  It held over 230 community meetings on how best to develop the City’s second largest infill project and revised its plans 37 times to address specific concerns. 

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Project Overview

On September 28, 2010, the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved the following uses for the designated shopping center space in Crocker Village. While some uses require the city to issue reasonable conditions such as hours of operation, circulation, design of the buildings, height, signage and other existing code compliance issues none of these approved uses can be denied:

  • Gas Station
  • Plant Nursery
  • Library
  • School for Fine Arts
  • Driving Range
  • Hotel, Motel   
  • Tobacco Retailer
  • Restaurant
  • Laundromat
  • Museum
  • Community Garden
  • Firearms Business
  • Auto Repair
  • Veterinary Clinic
  • Community Market
  • Athletic Club
  • Office
  • Bar or Night Club
  • Check-cashing Center
  • Non-profit Food Closet
  • Non-profit Meal Service
  • Retail Store
  • Childcare Center
  • Plant Nursery
  • Cardroom
  • Kennel
  • Superstore
  • Recycling Facility

All these uses were vetted over five years by the experts hired and living in Curtis Park prior to the City Council approval in 2010. There was not one request to alter any of these uses.

In June of 2015, the Sacramento Planning and Design Commission voted 8-3 to approve a conditional use permit request for a grocery store and gas station in Crocker Village. The next step was for the City Council to review the Commission’s vote for approval. Had the City Council on appeal voted to support or simply add or amend existing conditions applied by the Planning Commission as they were required to instead of unlawfully denying the use outright, the Sacramento Planning and Design Commission’s approval of the conditional use permit in November of 2015, the Crocker Village shopping center would have been built by now generating tax revenue for the City and providing jobs for local residents in Oak Park. In January of 2018, Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny reversed the Council’s action citing illegal actions by Councilmember Jay Schenirer. The City Council decided to appeal the ruling to protect Schenirer thereby delaying the project for at least two more years.

Despite repeated public comments made by Councilman Jay Schenirer of broad opposition to any gas station constructed in Crocker Village, his own head of constituent affairs informed him prior to the City Council hearing that Schenirer’s office had received more than 300 emails from Curtis Park residents with positive feedback about the revised location of the gas station.

While the Planning Commission approved the gas station to be located in the front of the shopping Center as part of the original plan, it did create some concerns. However, to address this, Petrovich Development proposed to move the gas station from the original approved site along Crocker Drive to a site at the southwest corner of the shopping center, at the base of the Sutterville Bridge which is more than 500 feet from any homes in Crocker Village and more than 700 feet from the closest homes in Curtis Park. That decision to move the location generated overwhelming positive responses of support for the gas station from Curtis Park residents or as Schenirer’s staff member called it “happy feedback re revised location.”

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City is wasting money with gas station appeal

"The Sacramento City Council’s vote to appeal a judge’s recent ruling on a fuel station in Crocker Village is a slap in the face of every taxpayer in this city. The judge ruled that the council’s vote to deny the permit was unlawful and that Councilman Jay Schenirer was not 'a neutral, unbiased decision maker.' "
—Paul Petrovich, The Sacramento Bee [Read the entire article]

Media Coverage

  • The Sacramento Bee January 3, 2018

    Judge rules councilman likely was biased, overturns vote denying Crocker Village gas station

    A Sacramento judge has ruled that the city of Sacramento acted improperly two years ago when council members voted to deny developer Paul Petrovich’s application to build a gas station in his Crocker Village development near the Curtis Park neighborhood.

    Read the entire article

  • Sacramento Business Journal January 4, 2018

    Petrovich wants to move on from gas station battle

    After winning a court decision on the commercial development in his Crocker Village project, developer Paul Petrovich said he wants to move on. “The council has another chance to get it right,” Petrovich said Wednesday, after Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny ruled that Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer’s actions before a 2015 hearing should have prompted him to recuse himself before the vote.

    Read the entire article

    Pastor Aaron Cook and fellow musicians engaged the crowd of three hundred plus in a time of worship before Pastor Matt Steen led us in prayer. Pastor Ron Mitchell shared the vision and emphasized that now is the time; we MUST come together to Jobs for Oak Park of our members to those in the greater community. “The true wealth of any church is not measured by dollars and real estate holdings, but by the number of wounded being healed and transformed by the grace of the living Christ.” -Ron Mitchell

    RMCC member, Kathleen Jones, passionately shared the impact RMCC and its people have had on her life, and her enthusiasm to reach many more. Pastor Ron then invited guests to tour and pray over of the roughly painted layout of the structure that has been, over many years, prayerfully designed to fulfill the vision laid out before RMCC. Prayer commitment cards were available along with bookmarks to remind us all that we must be united in prayer, vision and commitment.

    As the service came to an end, guests enthusiastically held hands and prayed over our debt-free land and the opportunity to Jobs for Oak Park of our current members to the tens of thousands in our region who have little or no faith affiliation. Positive energy and Christ’s blessing was palpable to most who left feeling a new bond amongst us—God’s hands and feet—as we launch into building a legacy for Him.

    “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16.

    P.S. For those of you concerned, the barn down by the goats is staying and, in fact, was being “shored up” during our service!

    Photo courtesy of Michelle Ravencroft.

  • CBS Sacramento January 4, 2018

    Judge Rules Against City Hall In Fight Over Crocker Village Gas Station

    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Judgment day has come in a fight over fuel in Sacramento. A Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that the Sacramento City Council’s vote denying construction of a controversial gas station was unlawful and that one council member was even “coaching” opponents of the gas station through the political process.

    Read the entire article

  • Sacramento Business Journal January 10, 2018

    City to appeal decision on Crocker Village gas station

    The city of Sacramento will appeal a Sacramento County Superior Court decision ordering a new conditional-use permit hearing for a gas station in the Crocker Village development. During Tuesday night’s closed session portion of the Sacramento City Council meeting, the council voted 6-0 to appeal the Jan. 3 decision by Judge Michael P. Kenny. Council members Angelique Ashby, Eric Guerra and Jay Schenirer were absent for that vote, and other council members did not discuss reasons for the decision to appeal after it was announced.

    Read the entire article

  • The Sacramento Bee January 10, 2018

    Sacramento leaders will appeal ruling that said bias prevented 16-pump Safeway gas station

    Sacramento city leaders say they will appeal a court ruling that invalidated their denial of a 16-pump gas station in the large Crocker Village development near the Curtis Park neighborhood.

    In a 6-0 vote Tuesday night, the City Council authorized its attorneys to challenge a Sacramento Superior Court ruling last week that determined the Council vote was invalid because of bias against the project being built by developer Paul Petrovich.

    In his ruling, Judge Michael Kenny wrote that Councilman Jay Schenirer, who represents the project area, demonstrated “an unacceptable probability of actual bias,” and failed to act in an open-minded manner when the issue came before the council for a hearing and vote in late 2015.

    Read the entire article

  • The Sacramento Bee January 11, 2018

    City is wasting money with gas station appeal

    The Sacramento City Council’s vote to appeal a judge’s recent ruling on a fuel station in Crocker Village is a slap in the face of every taxpayer in this city.

    The judge ruled that the council’s vote to deny the permit was unlawful and that Councilman Jay Schenirer was not “a neutral, unbiased decision maker.” The Jan. 3 order was clear: The council was to give me a fair hearing within 60 days and Schenirer would recuse himself because he broke the law.

    So why commit to an expensive and lengthy appeal? Why is the council afraid to hold another hearing? Something is very wrong here.

    With the appeal, more than $1 million of precious taxpayer money will have been spent on lawyers by the city to deny me a fair hearing. This suggests that council members’ top priority is to protect the reputation of one of their own and support his biased actions to help a small group of affluent, well-connected Curtis Park residents.

    Read the entire article

  • Canada Free Press February 7, 2018

    California Sh*thole: Leftist Politicians Playing Politics With CA Businesses

    For many years I have written about the horrendous challenges California business owners face because of legislatively-imposed environmental regulations, business-killing regulations and labor laws, hostile politicians and city councils, and government-sanctioned labor union attacks on non-union businesses. Few politicians have ever run a business or owned a business, and even fewer appreciate what it takes to grow a business.

    Read the entire article

  • Flashreport.org February 21, 2018

    Sacto City Council Announces Taxpayer Funded Appeal Against Infill Project Developer

    Sacramento Developer Petrovich Spent $50 Million Cleaning Up Toxic Rail Yard, While City Council Spent $800,000 in Legal Fees To Stop His Development

    Read the entire article

  • Newsreview.com February 15, 2018

    Next lesson: Oak Park’s Renaissance woman makes a run in District 5

    ... L’Ecluse is challenging eight-year incumbent Councilman Jay Schenirer, a man whose feuds with developer Paul Petrovich and watchdog group Eye on Sacramento have garnered enough press to cloud his reputation as a razor-sharp policy wonk and youth advocate. For L’Ecluse, who’s spent her career finding ways to connect with and inspire children, leading through confrontation runs counter to her instincts....

    Read the entire article

  • KCRA March 4, 2018

    Oak Park Residents Rally for Safeway Jobs

    Local community members, job seekers and homeowners rallied at the Safeway Fuel Center site in Crocker Village to support the construction of the gas station and shopping center which will create new jobs, including 200 union jobs averaging $26.50 per hour including benefits to people living in the 95817 and 95820 zip codes, while providing a retail center with a variety of businesses and services to meet the needs of all residents in the area. Though supported by the Sacramento Planning and Design Commission, the City Council denied the construction permit three years ago keeping the project from being built and the jobs have never been created. However, a judge recently ruled that Councilmember Jay Schenirer and the City Council broke the law when they voted to deny a permit to build the fuel station. If the City Council had voted to approve the conditional use permit in November of 2015, those 200 jobs would now have generated more than $18 million in salary and benefits for Oak Park residents. It would have also resulted in more than $90 million in stimulus for the Oak Park community benefiting more than 1,000 community members.

    Watch the KCRA story

  • Flashreport.org March 6, 2018

    California Sh*thole: Sacto Mayor and Council Continue Fight Against Developer While Ignoring Local Housing Needs

    Sacramento Developer Petrovich Spent $50 Million Cleaning Up Toxic Rail Yard, While Sacramento City Council Spent $800,000 in Legal Fees To Stop His Development

    Read the full story

  • Sacramento Business Journal May 1, 2018

    Despite lawsuit, Petrovich begins work on Crocker Village retail center

    Though a lawsuit over the project is still active, site grading is underway for Crocker Village’s retail center. Developer Paul Petrovich announced that work at Crocker Drive and Sutterville Road got underway Monday, for what his company is planning as a Safeway-anchored center of more than 100,000 square feet.

    Read the full story


Frequently Asked Questions

Because Council member Jay Schenirer and the City Council have broken the law to deny approval of a building permit to construct the gas station. According to a recent decision by a Superior Court judge, Schenirer and the Council demonstrated “open bias” so they could improperly vote to deny a permit to construct a fuel station in Crocker Village.

While many Curtis Park residents want a brand new Safeway in Crocker Village, the reality is that the opposition is comprised of a few privileged homeowners with political connections. There is no reason to oppose this project however this small, elitist group is selfishly ignoring the needs of the City of Sacramento to protect their wealthy neighborhood.

Safeway entered into an agreement committing to hire more than 200 people residing in Oak Park for union jobs averaging $26.50 per hour including benefits provided the fueling station can be built as part of the grocery store project. This offer from Safeway does not cost taxpayers one penny!

All people living in the 95817 and 95820 zip codes. Any resident within that area who is qualified for a position will be given first consideration for employment in the new Crocker Village store. Those that are hired — either full-time or part-time working 24 hours per week — will receive wages and benefits in accordance with Safeway’s collective bargaining agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers. Health benefits are provided for all full and part-time positions as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement.

The City Council continues to allow Councilman Schenirer push his personal agenda and he has become blind to the benefits of this project due to his hatred for the project developer as he expressed in a court deposition. He has also stated on tape that that “black people don’t vote” and his voting record supports his disgusting remark. Schenirer’s priority appears to be the needs of his wealthy white voters in Curtis Park as he can count on their votes and campaign contributions.

Their illegal actions and opposition cannot be justified. Every taxpayer in this city should be outraged that the Council has chosen to appeal the judge’s decision as they have already wasted more than $1,750,000 of taxpayer money in pathetic effort to protect the reputation of one of their own.

Yes, the gas station has always been part of the original plan. In fact, the Planning Commission approved the gas station to be located in the front of the shopping Center. However, to address any concerns, Petrovich Development proposed to move the gas station from the original site along Crocker Drive to a site at the southwest corner of the shopping center, at the base of the Sutterville Bridge which is more than 500 feet from any homes in Crocker Village and more than 700 feet from the closest homes in Curtis Park.

Never has the City denied a request to build a gas station. In fact, the City Council just approved the construction of a new gas station on Fruitridge Boulevard next to a light rail station and existing homes in an economically depressed section of Councilman Schenirer’s district.

The City Council’s appeal means nothing will happen for at least the next two years unless we standup and make our voices heard. Clearly, it is time for Mayor Steinberg to end this conflict. The Council’s illegal actions and continued efforts to delay this project have already resulted in more than $7.4 million of lost tax revenues and $32 million of in impact fees the city could have collected from the Crocker Village project. Imagine what community issues and needs those funds could have addressed.

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  • Mayor Darrell Steinberg
    City Hall
    915 I Street, 5th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 808-5300
    dsteinberg@cityofsacramento.org
  • Councilmember Angelique Ashby, District 1*
    915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 808-7001
    FAX: (916) 808-8406
    aashby@cityofsacramento.org
  • Councilmember Allen Warren, District 2
    915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 808-7002
    FAX: (916) 264-7680
    awarren@cityofsacramento.org
  • Councilmember Jeff Harris, District 3*
    915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 808-7003 – FAX (916) 808-8546
    jsharris@cityofsacramento.org
  • Vice Mayor Steve Hansen, District 4
    915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 808-7004
    FAX: (916) 264-7680
    shansen@cityofsacramento.org
  • Councilmember Jay Schenirer, District 5*
    915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 808-7005
    FAX (916) 264-7680
    jschenirer@cityofsacramento.org
  • Councilmember Eric Guerra, District 6
    915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 808-7006
    FAX (916) 264-7680
    eguerra@cityofsacramento.org
  • Councilmember Rick Jennings, II, District 7*
    915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone (916) 808-7007
    Fax (916) 264-7680
    rjennings@cityofsacramento.org
  • Councilmember Larry Carr, District 8
    915 I Street, 5th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 808-7008
    FAX: (916) 264-7680
    lcarr@cityofsacramento.org

* Up for re-election in June.

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