Folsom is no role model for suburban cities

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 - 7:10 am

Re "County, chamber offer platform to a skewed scholar of suburbs" (Stuart Leavenworth, Forum, Oct. 13): The point of your article is well taken. However, why did you have to spoil it by mentioning the city of Folsom as a role model for a suburban "city that is working well"?

Maybe you missed the recent Bee article about rowdyism related to the huge concentration of drinking establishments in the city. Maybe you missed Folsom wasting millions of state parks grant money on paving over the banks of the lower American River. Obviously you are unaware of the huge debts Folsom has accrued. Worst of all, you have missed the facts that should concern all of us who live downstream due to the lack of capacity of the city's sewage system. Lake Natoma, a recreational site for thousands, is likely to become a cesspool for Folsom's neglect of its sewage system. Folsom is actually a poster-child city for money and development trumping responsible government.

-- Alan D. Wade, Sacramento

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