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about Jeff Harris

 

Jeff Harris was elected in November 2014 to represent the 3rd City Council District in the City of Sacramento. The third district encompasses the East Sacramento, River Park, Sacramento State, the Downtown Railyards, the River District, South Natomas, Gardenland and Northgate neighborhoods.

Since taking office, Councilmember Harris has been a strong advocate for parks and neighborhoods. He has successfully furthered development of Oakbrook Park (scheduled to open Spring 2018) and the rehabilitation of Gardenland Park in South Natomas. He fought for additional parks maintenance funding, new community gardens, and more Park Rangers. Thanks to his efforts, in 2018 the City will develop an Urban Forestry Master Plan. The Mayor and Council supported his request for funding to rebuild two antiquated fire stations (Stations 14 & 15). Station 15 is scheduled to open Summer 2018.

He has been a leading voice on the Council to address the needs of the homeless and the impacts of people living outdoors. He worked with the City staff and Volunteers of America (VOA) to establish the City’s first homeless triage shelter. Councilmember Harris has advocated for funding to develop a pilot program for to have attended restrooms in the River District. He is working to develop micro pads and other housing for homeless persons in our region. Councilmember Harris has worked with other community leaders to identify funding to clean up the river parkways impacted with trash and debris. He also led the effort to secure $1 million in funding to expand the Sacramento Police Department’s Homeless Impact Team to be a 7-day a week operation.

After spending 30 years as a small business owner building scores of quality homes and additions in the Sacramento region, Jeff Harris has become a champion for fiscal restraint on the Council. He has pushed for a larger rainy day fund and regularly questions City expenditures he feels are excessive.

Jeff Harris has been a strong advocate for small businesses and economic development. He worked with business and property owners on Alhambra Boulevard to create a Property and Business Improvement District (PBID) to address maintenance and other issues. The result has been a dramatic improvement for businesses and customers on the Alhambra corridor. He has led the effort to gain the entitlements for Redevelopment of the Downtown Railyards. This year, we will see the construction of major sewer infrastructure.

While serving as Chair of the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) in 2016, he led the successful effort to pass an initiative to fund numerous flood protection measures along the American and Sacramento Rivers, and the Natomas east main drainage canal. He currently serves as SAFCA Vice Chair. Flood control remains a prime area of interest.

He serves as the Chair of the Lower American River Conservancy Program Advisory Committee, the Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA), and the Council standing committee for water issues. He is a member of the Board of Sacramento Regional Transit, Sacramento Regional Sanitation District, Regional Water Authority, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Regional Water Authority, Sacramento Transportation Authority, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, the Council Law and Legislation committee and others.

Prior to his election to the City Council, he served 4 years on the City of Sacramento Parks Commission, the final year as Chair of the Commission. He was a leader of the group that worked to pass Measure U that restored most Police, Fire and Park services funding that was lost during the Great Recession. He founded one of the first “Adopt-a-Park” groups in Sacramento to provide for the upkeep of Glenn Hall Park. He also helped start “Adopt-a-Park” groups for Chorley Park, Ninos Parkway and Bannon Creek Parkway. As a past-president of the River Park Neighborhood Association, he coordinated and trained Neighborhood Watch and Night Patrol programs for seven years. He was a leader in the McKinley Park Rebuild.

A beekeeper, gardener and Cal Aggie, Harris has a deep connection with the agricultural heritage and farmers of the Sacramento Valley. He lives in the Riverpark neighborhood with his daughter Lilah.