This Week: Dozen NBA owners hold conference call on Kings future today

Published: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013 - 7:46 am

Dozen NBA owners discuss Kings today

A dozen NBA team owners are scheduled to hold a conference call today to decide if they think the Kings should remain in Sacramento or move to Seattle.

This combination of the NBA's relocation and finance committees will forward its recommendation to the full board of governors, made up of all 30 team owners.

NBA Commissioner David Stern says the board will decide the Kings' fate around May 13. As of Friday, Stern had not said whether the committee recommendation would be made public, though it's hard to imagine it will stay secret long as dozens of reporters around the country flog the phones in pursuit of news.

Stern reiterated last week that the vote will be a difficult one.

"Our concern is that there has to be a loser," he told a group of sports editors in New York.

The Maloof family agreed Jan. 21 to sell its 65 percent stake in the team for $341 million to a Seattle group led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Hansen's group has since sweetened its offer to $357 million.

A rival investor group led by Silicon Valley executive Vivek Ranadive proposes to buy the team and keep it here.

– Mary Lynne Vellinga

Project to tell story of Mexican Americans

Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican American day of celebration that went mainstream long ago, is Sunday. But from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sacramento residents can contribute to a greater understanding of Mexican American history at the Sol Collective, 2574 21st St. Historians Duane E. and Dolores Delgado Campbell are asking people to share photos, letters or other documents related to Mexican American families in Northern California from 1940 to the present for their Chicano/Mexican American Digital History project.

Behind the news: Duane Campbell, emeritus professor at Sacramento State, said the material will be used to construct a history of Mexican American life in Northern California.


'Catapawlooza' offers cat adoptions for free

The Placer SPCA's "Catapawlooza" – a free event featuring cat-themed carnival games, artwork and raffle prizes to promote cat adoptions – is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 150 Corporation Yard Road in Roseville. Adoption fees are waived.

Behind the news: Pet owners can have questions answered at the event's "Ask a Vet" or "Ask an Animal Behaviorist" booths – even a pet psychic will be available.



Export figures to be released

Despite economic troubles in Europe and decreasing demand for personal computer components in key trade markets, California exports have held fairly steady so far in 2013. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Commerce will report national export figures for March, and Beacon Economics will break down state numbers.

Info: Check for details.


UC Davis to auction bicycles

The University of California, Davis, will host its biannual bicycle auction Saturday inside the "west entry" parking garage at the intersection of Hutchison Drive and Dairy Road. More than 400 abandoned and unclaimed bikes will be available. The bicycles may be viewed from 8 to 9 a.m. Bidding starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until all items are sold.

Info: Call (530) 752-2453 or visit

Concerts in the Park starts

This summer's Concerts in the Park by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership launches at 5 p.m. Friday at Cesar Chavez Plaza, with the headlining act "Element of Soul." The series of free and almost weekly acts lasts until July 26.

Info: www. events/concerts-in-the-park

Tour Land Park gardens

Seven residential gardens will take the spotlight in the 15th annual Land Park Garden and Tea Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The event, which benefits the Holy Spirit Parish School's art program and other charities, costs $20 per person, $25 on the day of the event. Holy Spirit Church is at 3159 Land Park Drive, Sacramento.

Ticket info: or (916) 446-7605.

Citrus Heights sets expo

The Citrus Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce will present the Taking Care of Business in Our Community Expo from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Sunrise Mall, at Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard. Local businesses will showcase their products and services.


Annual handcar derby returns

The 22nd annual Folsom Handcar Derby takes place Saturday and Sunday on the railroad tracks in front of Broadstone Marketplace on East Bidwell Street. Saturday is reserved for a day of practice and qualifying for teams competing in handcar and quadripede events. Sunday's events kick off at 9 a.m. when anyone wanting to push an 850-pound handcar for distance is welcome to compete. Admission is free.


McKinley Park cactus show

The 53rd annual Cactus & Succulent Show comes to McKinley Park's Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. in Sacramento, on Saturday and Sunday, with the event starting at 9 a.m. both days. The show will end at 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Info: 2013_show.html

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