“Most of Elk Grove is a bedroom community, so folks move here, they educate their children here, but they go elsewhere to work,” she said. “They also primarily go elsewhere to spend. So, we’re losing quite a lot of money to sales-tax.”
In regard to bringing jobs to Elk Grove, Stafford said that those jobs need to be more than lower-level jobs.
“We need some truly sustainable positions here, with our median income being somewhere near $80,000,” she said. “We really need to look at creating or bringing positions to Elk Grove that support that need at that level of income.”
Stafford added that bettering employment and shopping opportunities in Elk Grove would improve traffic flow.
”If we can sort of alleviate this need for jobs and purchases outside of Elk Grove, then we would also make a major impact on (reducing the congestion of) traffic.”