For a stretch of concrete that’s less than 2 miles long, Franklin Boulevard south of Sutterville Road sure has a reputation. People talk about it as if it were a lovely but mildly frumpy person with a surprisingly sordid past.
The Valley Fire blackened 76,067 acres of Northern California hill country in September 2015, killing four people and destroying 1,280 homes during one of the state's worst fire seasons. Among the victims are David and Cindy Leonard, whose Cobb Mountain home was burned to its foundation. Like many of the displaced, the Leonards have vowed to rebuild. The Sacramento Bee chronicles their emotional journey beginning Sunday, February 14, 2016.
David Leonard, Paul Kitagaki Jr. The Sacramento Bee