Vacuum left by Legionaries of Christ in Sacramento

Think of the air quality

The following comes from a December 10 editorial in the Sacramento Bee.

On Wednesday, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors is poised to vote on allowing the controversial Cordova Hills development to proceed.

The vote is premature. It is based on an irredeemably flawed environmental impact report.

The county planning staff is recommending that the board expand its urban growth boundary to include the 2,366-acre Cordova Hills site; rezone that land from agricultural to residential, commercial and office uses; and, finally, that it certify the project’s environmental impact report as adequate and complete. Their recommendations are predicated on the long-discredited assumption that a university will be built on the site.

Early in the planning process, the Legion of Christ, a Catholic institution, announced plans to build the University of Sacramento, a 224- acre campus, at Cordova Hills. But the university has withdrawn from the project and developers have not identified another university willing to locate there.

All of the environmental analysis was done with the assumption that a university would be built. It was assumed that many of the people who moved to new houses in Cordova Hills would work at the university, thus reducing the amount of driving and greenhouse gas emissions. It was assumed many students and university employees would bicycle to and around the campus or use public transportation. Population densities would be boosted based on students living in dormitories.

The absence of a university changes all those assumptions. Sacramento Air Quality Management District officials stated the problem succinctly in a letter to county supervisors delivered last week.

“Since there is a strong likelihood that the university will not be built, and consequently that the air quality analysis underestimates likely emission levels, the EIR understates the severity of air quality impacts.”

To read entire editorial, click here.

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  1. Why no information from Cal Catholic on why the Legion decided not to build the University?

    For those of us not from the area, it’s hard to put this all in context without knowing at least the public info on why the University will not be built.

    A sentence or two would help greatly.

    • mike m,

      The reason is because the Legion is imploding and shrinking ever since the revelations of the abuses and the wicked life of their founder Fr. Maciel. The Legionaries of Christ were known as the “Millionaires of Christ” in some countries. Their money, riches, funding, and resources has collapsed in the wake of the Maciel saga. Thankfully, this order seems to be dying off slowly.

  2. Annette Dubois says:

    The Legion has been pure evil and deception. They fell apart due to pederasty, sodomy and vitimizing of children which dated back to their founder’s escapades as a young priest. Father Maciel was a truly evil and twisted man!

  3. i’m glad the legionaries of CHRIST did not build a college.

    given their history and the countless lives they have damaged through child abuse and such, who needs ‘em?

  4. I knew two exceedingly holy priests in the LoC. Someone please help me say an Ave Maria for Brian and John. It feels better than speaking ill of the dead — or picking up the stone.

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