This Week: 8,000-home Cordova Hills project before supervisors Wednesday

Published: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 - 12:35 am

Supervisors to vote on Cordova Hills plan

Sacramento County supervisors are expected to vote Wednesday to approve development of about 8,000 new homes on rolling rangeland near Rancho Cordova.

The proposed Cordova Hills development lies outside the county's current urban growth boundary. Developers sold the plan to the county with the promise that it would include a four-year university to be built by the Legionaries of Christ, a Catholic group.

The Legionaries pulled out last year, but the development is going forward anyway. Developer Ron Alvarado says his ownership group intends to attract another school.

Cordova Hills is the first project outside the so-called Urban Policy Area boundary to come before supervisors since they adopted the county's new general plan. That plan calls for a more inward approach to growth, and says there is enough land in the Urban Policy Area to absorb building for the next 25 years.

The county planning staff nonetheless recommends that the board approve Cordova Hills. A staff report says the development contains a variety of elements that offset its remote location, including walking and biking paths, a transit shuttle and a variety of housing types.

– Mary Lynne Vellinga

Holiday social offers a 'Taste of History'

Tasty holiday treats and a discussion of family traditions centered on food are on the menu for the Sacramento County Historical Society's "Taste of History Holiday Social" on Tuesday at the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, 5380 Elvas Ave. in east Sacramento. The event begins with socializing at 6:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion at 7:30.

Behind the news: The historical society has assembled a panel of food experts to explore "Sacramento's unique culinary journey," including specialty grocer Darrell Corti and University of the Pacific professor Ken Albala, the author of 14 books on culinary history.

Info: www.sachistorical

Festival showcases cinematic castoffs

The Found Footage Festival, which features videos unearthed at garage sales, warehouses and Dumpsters throughout the country, comes to California State University, Sacramento's, Hinde Auditorium on Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Behind the news: Organizers Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher host the screening of these hokey and sometimes bizarre videos, offering their comical commentary on films once meant for the junk pile. The screening is part of a national tour.



Steel company's assets up for auction

The assets of Sacramento's Bar Steel Service Inc., a 39-year-old steel-fabrication and installation company that filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, are being auctioned off this week.

Bidding for the court-ordered, online-only sale – being overseen by Tiger Group's Remarketing Services division – has begun at and will close live-auction style beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. A preview will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the former business site, 8139 36th Ave. Checkout will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Items up for bids include trucks, forklifts, fabrication machines and office equipment.

Info: (800) 758-8443

Monthly gas price survey due Tuesday

After clobbering consumers in October, gas prices have been riding a downward trend for weeks. Yet analysts point out that current prices are much higher than during past holiday seasons. We'll get a better picture of prices statewide on Tuesday, when AAA releases its monthly survey of gas prices, breaking down average pump costs in jurisdictions throughout the state.

Info: Check for results.

Commerce to release California trade report

California export trade, coming off a record 2011, has sagged in recent months as worldwide economies cool down and Europe continues to struggle with debt woes. On Tuesday, the U.S. Commerce Department will report national export figures for October, and Beacon Economics will break down state numbers.

Info: Check for details.


Highway 50 proposals up for discussion

The Tahoe Transportation District is inviting residents and business owners to an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday to review proposals for improving the safety and traffic flow of Highway 50. The district is hosting the event at Harvey's Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay B Room.

Chief justice speaks to Sacramento bar

California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye will deliver the keynote address today at the Sacramento County Bar Association's meeting at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown Sacramento. The bar's officers will be sworn in.

Info: Mary J. Burroughs, (916) 564-3780


Needy families to receive rehabbed cars

Golden State Collision Repair Centers will present four rehabilitated vehicles to area families in need. The vehicles will be presented during the sixth annual Community Benevolence Event at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Golden State Collision Repair Center, 7407 Roseville Road in Sacramento. Golden State operates several repair centers in the Sacramento area.

Women's chorus hosts holiday singalong

The Sacramento Women's Chorus is hosting its third annual holiday concert and singalong from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at First Christian Church of Sacramento, 3901 Folsom Blvd. Songbooks are handed out so the audience may join the chorus. The chorus also collects clean used or new warm items to give to the homeless, such as blankets, socks, coats and sleeping bags.

Information session on naturalization set

The Sacramento Public Library is hosting a free information session for legal permanent residents and others interested in becoming a U.S. citizen at 6 p.m. Tuesday at its Elk Grove branch, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd. Topics include the naturalization process, the new naturalization test, and rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. The presentation will be in English; attendees may bring their own interpreter. The program is sponsored by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Info: (916) 264-2920 or

Celebrate Hanukkah at the Torch Club

Sacramento singer-songwriter William Mylar is hosting his annual Hanukkah celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Torch Club, 904 15th St. in Sacramento. This event is free, but attendees must be 21.


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