Posts Categorized: Politics

Release the Whales

At his “State of the City” address tonight, Mayor Johnson is “expected” to grace us with the names of the investors with whom the City is already negotiating. However, as the Bee points out, this is only an assumption, albeit an assumption based on the fact that transparency in government is something that Americans expect…. Read more »

Election 2012 Open Thread

It’s Election day, Sacramento. Make sure you cast your ballot. Find your polling place at If you are “Vote By Mail,” don’t put it in the mail today, drop your ballot at any polling place. Keep this page open in your browser to find out what’s happening as soon as it develops and one… Read more »

KJ’s Arena “Plan C”: Major League Baseball?

With potential arena operator AEG backing out of any future arena plan that did not include a major tenant, local news is reporting that Mayor KJ and his “Think Big” group are planning to pursue Major League Baseball. Specifically, it appears the Mayor is planning to seek the Oakland Athletics franchise. (Apparently the group doesn’t… Read more »

“What would you say you do here?”

Ryan Lillis, one of the Bee’s big three reporters doing actual professional journalism on the topic of the arena, reports today that Mayor Kevin Johnson and Kings co-owner George Maloof have decided on a sit down meeting this week to discuss possibly reviving the DOA arena deal. Reading that this morning, the question you might… Read more »

New Hornet Political Association

Today, a new association for Sac State alums who are involved in the political and governmental world will be launched. Regardless of degree earned, all former Hornets are invited to professionally network, mentor students and have some fun. If you are interested, be at Cafeteria 15L at 5:30pm for the premiere of the Politics and… Read more »

City has big plans for Power Balance site

Today’s reporting in the Bee by Bizjak and Lillis has some dissection of the City’s stance on what to do about the current Power Balance Pavilion location once a proposed new downtown arena gets built. Council member Ashby assures her constituents that reuse of the arena site after 2015 is “part of the deal.” But… Read more »

Final thoughts before tonight’s arena vote

This was me all weekend photo credit: Alejandra Gamgeek from Gallifrey I had the whole weekend to stew on the arena terms sheet, fueled by Cosmo Garvin’s great piece on the math of the thing on the SNOG Blog, and bolstered by Isaac Gonzalez’s excellent takedown of the “good, bad and the ugly” aspects of… Read more »

Sacramento, at least we’re not Stockton (yet?)

Man, this Stockton bankruptcy thing is quite the mess. The city of Stockton in California’s crop-abundant Central Valley has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation and one of the highest crime and unemployment rates. It was named America’s most miserable city in a national magazine — twice. Of course, this is a loaded issue… Read more »

City Council in preliminary vote on parking lease tonight

On the agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting is a motion to select 10 of the 13 bidders who sent in responses in pursuit of the City’s proposed plan to lease parking operations rights to raise money for a new arena. It’s at the bottom of the agenda, and it’s a purely procedural item but… Read more »

Dedeveloping K Street and the Railyards?

Sacramento’s quest to revive downtown K Street and develop its northerly neighboring railyards may be facing a setback suddenly, now that millions in redevelopment money is at risk. The Bee published a collage of reactions yesterday from developers and city officials commenting on last week’s Supreme Court ruling that eliminates redevelopment and, possibly, subsidies that… Read more »

Didn’t need no welfare state

The Associated Press released this article yesterday about California making deep cuts to its welfare programs and I couldn’t help but notice how each new agency picked it up and spun it a bit differently., for example, only gave it four paragraphs and with little statistical information or specifics. The Contra Costa County Times,… Read more »

What’s our problem?

Interesting commentary on about this recent article in the Sacramento Business Journal regarding unemployment rates in Sacramento. In the middle of downtown Sacramento there is a building with a gold dome. People from all over the State come there for three purposes. The Republicans to give back freedom, allow families to keep more of… Read more »