On Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council will likely become one of the first local government bodies in the region to endorse the Next Economy Capital Region Prosperity Plan, a new economic growth blueprint crafted by leading business groups.
The plan aims to strengthen and diversify Sacramento's economic base. A list of broadly defined strategies includes improving the business climate, recruiting talented people, supporting the growth of key industries and marketing the area abroad.
So what makes this plan different than so many others that have failed to deliver the rich trove of private-sector jobs Sacramento has long sought?
Melissa Anguiano, the city's economic development manager, says the difference is that Next Economy is a regional plan, rather than one written by a single jurisdiction.
The idea, she said, is that all the region's cities and counties will pull together.
The Next Economy coalition includes the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization, the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance and Valley Vision.
- Mary Lynne Vellinga
Davis hate crimes focus of documentary
The Guild Theater in Oak Park, 2828 35th St., gets a jump on the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a screening at 6 p.m. Tuesday of "From the Community to the Classroom." The documentary examines a push to confront racism in Davis after the town was rocked by hate crimes in 2003.
Behind the news: The effort began 10 years ago after an 18-year-old Davis Senior High School student was arrested on suspicion of spray-painting a racist epithet in front of an African American family's home. In later months, several African American families, a family of Middle Eastern descent, a gay man and an American Indian woman were victimized by acts of bigotry.
Sign up to spay or neuter your pets
Starting Saturday, pet owners with household incomes of less than $35,000 in Sacramento and Yolo counties can sign up to have their pets spayed or neutered as part of Spay Day Sacramento 2013.
Behind the news: Sponsored by the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition, the event provides each animal with $250 worth of services, including microchip identification and flea prevention, for $15 per cat and $20 per dog. Surgeries take place around March 3.
Registration and info: www.sacanimal.org
IN THE NEWS
Apartments to go up north of downtown
Sacramento civic leaders and a development group will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday on North Seventh Street to start construction of a 180-unit apartment building named the Cannery Place Apartments in the Township Nine development area. The apartments will consist of one- and two-bedroom units. Township Nine, in the River District north of downtown, is a 65-acre mixed-use development area that is expected to be home to 2,350 housing units, 840,000 square feet of office space and 140,000 square feet of retail space.
Stay connected: Watch www.sacbee.com for updates
Improvements sought for Davis greenbelt
The public is invited Tuesday to the first of three meetings focusing on ways to improve the air, water and wildlife habitat of the North Davis Riparian Greenbelt. The meeting takes place from 7-9 p.m. in the Blanchard Room of the Davis Public Library, 315 E. 14th St. Individuals may sign up for email updates on this project by visiting the website listed below or by calling (530) 795-3006.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Band fundraiser for Mustard Seed School
Local musician and schoolteacher Cary Farley performs a melodic mixture of alternative and contemporary rock with a five-piece band in a benefit for the Mustard Seed School at 7 p.m. Saturday at Three Stages Performing Arts Center at Folsom Lake College. Tickets are $10 to $15.
Info: (916) 608-6888 or www.threestages.net.
An open house - with monster trucks
Monster trucks Grave Digger and Scooby-Doo, plus their drivers and crews, will be guest stars at Universal Technical Institute's Monster Jam Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Attendees will have the opportunity to take photos, get autographs from the drivers and tour UTI's 245,000-square-foot campus at 4100 Duckhorn Drive in North Natomas.
Photos shed light on Alberta tar sands
International photojournalist Garth Lenz will present "The True Cost of Oil: the Beauty and the Devastation," a visual journey to the Alberta tar sands, at 8 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1701 L St., Sacramento. Lenz is one of only 60 Fellows of the International League of Conservation Photographers. There is a $10 suggested donation.
Info: (916) 642-9551.
Kaiser offers e-waste recycling Tuesday
Kaiser Permanente is hosting an electronic or e-waste recycling event on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Point West Medical Offices, 1650 Response Road, Sacramento. Kaiser Permanente members and the general public can drive up to the parking lot and drop off any large or small e-waste. All Green Electronics Recycling, a certified e-waste recycler, will take almost any device that plugs in or takes a battery.
Learn to prepare poultry and seafood
Danny Johnson, butcher and co-owner of Taylor's Market in Land Park, is offering a $40 per person class, with light lunch, on proper butchering techniques, buying tips and preparation of poultry and seafood. Knife skills also will be covered in the session. The three-hour class starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and takes place in Taylor's kitchen, 2924 Freeport Blvd. in Sacramento.