Sam Pannell was a longtime community advocate who also served as the District 8 representative in Sacramento’s City Council for seven years. His wife, Bonnie Pannell, was elected to fill Sam’s seat following his death; She served for 16 years. Both Pannells advocated for policy changes to support the health and well-being of Sacramentans. The center was previously named the Meadowview Community Center and was re-named to honor them and their work.

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