Re "Should county approve Cordova Hills?" (Viewpoints, Jan. 27): So why is Sandy Smoley, a former Sacramento County supervisor and current health care consultant, supportive of urban sprawl and growth? Not a brilliant planner as a supervisor, she later admitted her error in selling off rights to an American River bridge crossing at Arden Way to connect to Highway 50. Developers and estate owners were happy.
Smoley and Ron Alvarado, the developer of Cordova Hills, have history together. When Smoley was supervisor, Alvarado was her chief of staff. When Smoley was California's secretary of health and human services, Alvarado was her undersecretary.
I'm sure there is no conflict of interest here, and Smoley is probably not involved in Alvarado's current grand scheme, but her failure to identify her long-term relationship to and support of Alvarado causes one to wonder about the altruistic nature of her support.
-- Dave Smith, Elk Grove