City Beat

Woodlake resident suing Sacramento over psychiatric hospital

A group of Woodlake residents has sued the City of Sacramento after the City Council last month approved a plan for the construction of a psychiatric hospital in north Sacramento.

Woodlake Neighbors Creating Transparency filed a suit Monday alleging that the city did not follow California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) regulations when it approved the project. Powell said the council gave the green light to the hospital based on an analysis completed eight years ago of how an office complex at the site would impact the area.

Group spokesman Tom Powell also said the area near Highway 160 is flood-prone and that the project could threaten endangered animal species in the area.

The City Council voted unanimously in December to approve the 120-bed hospital by Signature Healthcare Services. The hospital is planned to be built on Expo Parkway, near a Costco and the Red Lion Woodlake hotel.

City Attorney James Sanchez said in an email, “The City remains confident that it can defend the Council decision approving this project.”