What if Sacramento joined San Francisco in the dismal category of pricing working class people out of decent housing? If that happened, Sacramento would lose what has always been a strength. The ability to rise above difficult circumstances through safe, stable housing has made Sacramento a better community. Safe, stable housing has been a gateway to the middle class for many Sacramentans. If Sacramento lost that gateway, it would lose generations of human potential. It might lose future community leaders who experienced struggle but rose above and then felt the call to give back to their community. Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn is in this category. So are City Council members Angelique Ashby, Eric Guerra, and Steve Hansen. The list is long of Sacramentans who grew up in less than affluent circumstances, or were single moms trying to support themselves, or college students sleeping in their cars, or young people whose parents or guardians were on public assistance. Hahn, Ashby, Guerra, Hansen and many others fit these descriptions.
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