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Opinion: Rosemont Plaza Owners are Creating Blight - What You Can Do

Rosemont Plaza owners cause blight in the community. It's time for residents to voice their concern!

There has been an ongoing problem brought about by the absentee Rosemont Plaza owners. Many residents are losing hope regarding the blight that has been created by the owners’ disregard and neglect of their property.  They have negatively impacted our community–our property values and the problems continue to worsen. They have refused to show a willingness to become part of the solution. 

Many in the Rosemont community have reached out to them with an invitation to engage in discussions about how to solve problems–problems that have arisen and which are worsening because of their ongoing disregard. They simply do not respond.

Do you know…

  • The Rosemont Plaza's owners received a notice last month saying they're violating a county law that requires a "six-foot high perimeter masonry wall along the interior boundary lines of all residential (RD) zoned properties."     Visit:  http://patch.com/A-qK8R and http://patch.com/A-qL3Z
  • The Rosemont Plaza’s owners are appealing the decision.

If they had responded to various Rosemont community members who have on numerous occasions attempted to “reach out” to them, they would have found a support system that was willing to work with them to identify and solve problems.  If they would have acknowledged problem issues such as the homeless and implemented ways to deter them from camping on their property, they may not have had to face a code violation.

What they have chosen to ignore is now having repercussions and they should be held responsible for addressing the consequences of their lack of action. 

Because they choose to reject offers to partner with our community in a constructive manner, they now need to be called to account by requiring them to resolve the issues they essentially created. Denying their appeal will finally hold them accountable to do what is right and resolve an issue that they are responsible for. 

Rosemont residents are encouraged to share their concerns with Supervisor Don Nottoli by letter, fax or email.

Supervisor Don Nottoli - District 5

700 H Street, Suite 2450
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 874-5465; Fax (916) 874-7593

Email: nottolid@saccounty.net (Note: When your email has been received in Mr. Nottoli’s office, you will be sent an email confirmation.  If not received, call the office.)

If you would like to attend and/or speak at the hearing, see details below:

2 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Chambers
700 H St., Suite 1450

Information about hearings:

  • The Board of Supervisors is comprised of a total of five members
  • Mr. Nottoli is the Chairman
  • For those who would like to speak at the hearing: A public speaker form must be completed and handed to the clerk of the Board (The forms may be found on the table between the two sets of doors). Three minutes are allowed.

Important reminder:

 If you plan to attend the hearing, check to ensure it has not been postponed.

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Cyndi Marshall February 15, 2012 at 12:35 AM
This is probably not something the county can do, but hiring a private 24 hour security company would go a long way in helping the businesses that remain and the customers who use those businesses. Many businessess have had to cut their hours of operation due to security issues. It would be a shame to lose any more…And, the owners who do themselves a tremendous service if they would spend a little money and upgrade the façade, add some beautiful landscaping, and add some café type areas that we could all walk to and enjoy a nice cup of coffee, breakfast or lunch while reconnecting with our neighbors. What a beautiful picture that paints!
Marianne Martin February 15, 2012 at 05:06 PM
It does not look good for Rosemont Plaza with Fresh & Easy Markets opening up all around this area. This may be why the owners don't seem to care. The competition will be tuff and they know it. Could this be why there is a lack of concern from the owners?
Donna Hoatson February 16, 2012 at 04:23 PM
If the owners of the Rosemont Plaza are not willing to keep their properties nice then they should sell to someone who cares. I'm so tired of seeing our beautiful area going down the drain. I for one think Rosemont could be one of the nicer suberbs of Sacramento. It is a great location and it has much to offer. The homes are on big lot's, you can't buy that any more. The area has beautiful mature trees and it is close to light rail. Come on people this is our investment. Bring it back!
Laura Ball February 17, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I completely agree with Cyndi Marshall. These are not things the county can require but they are all great ideas. With some basic maintenance to the property and the addition of a coffee shop/cafe Rosemont Plaza could become a real destination rather than the bane of the neighborhood. It seems like there should be some sort of code that requires security guards for retail complexes of a certain size, or that stay open certain hours, or something like that. If a code does not already exist I wonder how hard it would be to get one passed. Any ideas???
jean Silver February 17, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Code or no code, there can always be security, BUT it is expensive and the BUSINESSES would have to PAY for the security. If we like the merchants ................... WE NEED TO GIVE THEM OUR BUSINESS!!! The property owners don't care ..... No matter what, if the merchant stays, they get their money. My idea? SHOP THE MERCHANTS YOU WANT TO KEEP!!!!

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