South Land Park is a neighborhood of over 13,000 residents in the southwest area of Sacramento. SLPNA exists to protect, promote, and enhance our neighborhood.
To effectively represent the interests of the neighborhood by actively engaging with the City Council, school district, County Board of Supervisors, and other influential bodies
To help protect the neighborhood's residents and property and to help maintain and improve the value of the neighborhood
To create a well-connected and strong community.
Goals to Accomplish the Vision
Constantly communicate current events and issues with the members of the association through email, newsletter, website, and online communities
Organize events that help foster community - such as music and food
Contact new residents to the community and welcome them to SLPNA. Ask them for their interests and get them plugged in
Who we are
South Land Park Neighborhood Association (SLPNA):
Was formed in March of 1990, and is an association of members who reside or do business in the area bounded by Freeport Blvd., Florin Road, the I-5 Freeway, and Sutterville Road
Elects a Board of Directors which meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at BELLE COOLEDGE LIBRARY. General members and public are welcome to attend any Board meeting
Is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation, and is 100% volunteer-based. Membership dues are tax deductible
2017-18 Board of Directors
Brian Ebbert, President
Brian has lived in South Land Park for several years and has served on the board since January 2014. He holds degrees from UC Davis and CSUS, and serves on several nonprofit boards. Personal interests include enjoying the outdoors, history, genealogy, and travel. Brian has fought for the Del Rio Trail, and wants to ensure full neighborhood input on the plans for the abandoned rail line. His other areas of interest include improving the area's commercial centers, hosting more community building events, improving public safety, engaging with schools, and bolstering the health of the association. He was elected President in 2016.
Nita Barve, Secretary
Nita has lived in South Land Park for 5+ years. She has been part of SLPNA since 2014 and recently being elected as Secretary, SLPNA. She has a Master's in Environment Studies, works as an Environment Scientist (Department of Parks & Recreation) and runs a consultancy business with her husband. As a South Land Park resident, wife and a mother she supports the Del Rio Project. Her interests include arranging frequent community events, improving community safety, neighborhood watch initiatives, working with community schools, and supporting local family friendly businesses. Personal interest include hiking, reading, walking, camping, and socializing.
Chip O'Neill, Vice-President
Chip O'Neill was born and raised in Houston, Texas and resided in the Columbus, Ohio area prior to relocating to Sacramento in 1995. Chip spent many years in the Telecommunications Industry as a software designer and began a new career in 1999 as a Realtor with Coldwell Banker. Chip has been a resident of South Land Park Hills since 1998. He believes in giving back to his community. In addition to his involvement with SLPNA, he is very active with the Art Service Group, the Sacramento Association of Realtors and with the City of Sacramento Management Academy.
Jeff Brown, Treasurer
Jeff lives in South Land Park Estates with his wife, daughter, and cat. He is a Project Management Accountant for the CA Department of Water Resources and, prior to working in public service, was an Accountant in the hospitality industry. Jeff is an advocate of creating a more vibrant neighborhood through community engagement and economic development. He has bachelors in Business Administration and Economics from California State University Stanislaus and a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. He also enjoys fishing, hiking, snowboarding, growing succulents, and studying applied Economic Behavioral Theory.
Dr. Carl Sjovold, Board Member
Carl grew up in southern California, but moved to the north state to study at U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Davis. He is a Professor of History at Sacramento City College. For the last 14 years, he has lived in the South Land Park neighborhood with his wife and two children. He enjoys hiking, fishing, reading and cooking.
Brian Backhaus, Board Member
Brian Backhaus grew up in Ida Grove, Iowa, on the family farm where he was was active in 4-H and FFA projects. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a BS in Business Administration. With a vision of "Go West, Young Man!" Brian landed in Northern California and has lived in Sacramento for 30 years. His interests include traveling, golfing, gardening, barbequing and collecting wine. Brian understands the importance of a cohesive community and wants to bring social collaboration within the South Land Park Community. He has been a SLPNA board member since 2014.
Scott Burns, Board Member
Scott has lived in South Land Park for 16 years, but trick-or-treated here as a child so he's practically an old-timer. He is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian, working mostly with labor unions and professional associations, but he also has a light toe-hold in the non-profit sector - he has served as SLPNA's parliamentarian since 2014.
Tommy Stroud, Board Member
Tommy is a native of Sacramento and has lived in South Land Park with his wife and 2 children for 12 years. He is an Operations Director for Sutter Health by trade and enjoys swimming, biking, running, skiing and spending time with his family. Tommy is primarily concerned with crime/safety issues and bringing the proposed Del Rio Trail Project to life.
Tanya Lammerding, Board Member
Tanya Lammerding has lived in South Land Park for 6 years. She had previously taught second grade, but now is a stay home mom with her 1 year old. She loves the neighborhood and enjoys seeing new businesses moving into our area because it is great to walk to all the places we need to go. She hopes to welcome many more great small businesses into the neighborhood.
Joe Flores, Board Member
Joe Flores has lived in South Land Park since 2012. He has over decade of public service working for public agencies such as City of Fairfield, County of Alameda, County of Sacramento and City of Sacramento and is looking to use his experience of community development and economic development for South Land Park.
Joe has an Economics degree from Sacramento State and a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, East Bay. He also serves as an Executive Committee Member for Dia de los Muertos - Oak Park, is the 'Member of the Public' Appointee of the Oversight Board for the Sacramento County Redevelopment Successor Agency, and is an alumnus of City of Sacramento's City Management Academy.
Anthony Jackson, Board Member
Anthony is a lifelong South Land Park resident and has seen many changes throughout the Community over the years. He has a keen interest in preserving the beauty of the Community, the sustainability of the local businesses, and keeping the our neighborhood safe. Anthony has served the Rosa Del Rio Homeowners' Association, a self-managed HOA, where he resides, in various volunteer capacities. His current role, for nearly 10 years, has been serving as the Board's President. Anthony was appointed to the SLPNA Board in November 2016 and is looking forward to serving the Community in which he was raised. When he isn't working or volunteering within the Community, Anthony enjoys hiking and traveling.
Sarah Sciandri, Board Member
Sarah is a mother, corporate communications writer, self-taught designer, and proud South Land Park resident. She spends her days as a public information specialist at SMUD and focuses her creative energy as chief operations officer for InspireMidtown, a Sacramento-based community for female professionals. She is also a member of the City of Sacramento's Measure U Citizens Oversight Committee.
Sarah's passionate about telling stories through writing and design, helping make Sacramento a place where her children can thrive and be proud of, and helping women grow through connecting and learning from one another.
David O'Toole, Board Member
Dave O'Toole has enjoyed living in South Land Park since 2008, and joined the board in 2018. He and his wife Catherine have four young children who attend the local public schools. Dave has been an active member of neighborhood associations and served on the Sacramento City Parks and Recreation Commission. Professionally, Dave serves as the Director of Internal Services for the regional Sanitation Districts Agency.
Advisor to the Board: John Heiser, AICP, APA
What we do
Represent our members to City and County government, and work with other neighborhood associations on issues that affect our residents and businesses
Provide a non-partisan forum for discussion on neighborhood concerns
Organize community events and entertainment
Monitor local government programs or decisions that affect our neighborhood
Keep members informed of neighborhood issues such as crime, development, transportation, and code enforcement
SLPNA has several committees and activities in which you may participate. You can get involved in planning community events; do member outreach; work with schools; engage in city parks, economic development, transportation, and more! You and your family can even march in a parade with us! Let us know what you're interested in and we'll get you plugged in.
Annual General Meetings
The General Meeting is held each year at the end of March, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, at Alice Birney or Pony Express Schools. Members receive meeting notification and agenda information in the newsletter, as well via email. This meeting usually includes our local elected officials as well as local law enforcement and acts as a forum to exchange information throughout the neighborhood.
Examples of Past Activity
Permanent association was founded in 1990 by members of an ad hoc group that was formed when there was neighborhood opposition to a proposal to build approximately 500 apartments on what is now the East Land Park Village site of 90 homes. Over the years, we:
Presented the City with the results of a neighborhood survey showing major opposition to a fast food restaurant on the northwest corner of South Land Park Drive and Florin Road, and more recently worked with the city in attempting to ensure a neighborhood- and traffic-friendly business development at the same site
Presented the City and County with the results of a neighborhood survey regarding the possible closure of Executive Airport (as part of the Mather Reuse Study in the 1990s), and more recently stayed abreast of a proposal by the City to close Executive and develop the land
Were founding members of the Freeport Boulevard Improvement Committee (comprised of members from neighborhood associations and businesses along the boulevard and the City and County) which created a boulevard Master Plan adopted by the City Council, and was a driving force behind median landscape improvements along the boulevard
Represented the neighborhood on selection of contractors for renovation of Freeport Square into the Sacramento Public Safety Administration Center and the Executive Airport parking lot, and provided input as the South Hills Center was renovated
Facilitated public meetings which led to quieting of problems from a nightclub in the South Hills Shopping Center
Worked with CalTrans to ensure completion of a project to mitigate Interstate 5 noise problems north of Florin Road
Worked with City Councilman Jimmie Yee and City Public Works on a plan to irrigate and plant street-side areas above drainage canals on 13th Street and on South Land Park Ddrive at 14th Street
Facilitated meetings and provided the City with neighborhood concerns and desired amenities for a new park at the south end of Park Village Street - Jensen Park
Worked with the City to limit the height and breadth of a proposed cell tower at 35th Avenue and South Land Park Drive
Successfully opposed the State Parks plan to run tourist trains in South Land Park.
Assisted the City in its successful grant application for the Del Rio Trail.