This Week: City Council takes up gun control ordinance

Published: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Sacramento already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. On Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council is scheduled to debate a new ordinance that would make those laws incrementally tougher.

The city now treats gun stores like other retail businesses, with no special permit required for them to open in commercial or industrial zones. Under the proposed ordinance, stores selling firearms would need to obtain a conditional use permit before opening. If a store violated the conditions of its permit, its license could be revoked.

"It lets the community have a voice on whether or not a shop comes in," said Councilman Jay Schenirer, who represents Oak Park and other city neighborhoods troubled by gun crime.

Early this year, Schenirer began pushing for greater restrictions on firearms and ammunition. Sacramento reported a 21 percent increase in 2012 in major crimes involving guns.

Schenirer said there are additional measures he'd like the city to adopt in the area of gun control. Items under discussion include a gun buyback program and possible incentives for homeowners who install gun safes.

– Mary Lynne Vellinga

Gold Rush Days hails Sacramento's past

Gold Rush Days returns this weekend to Old Sacramento, where the streets will be paved with more than 200 tons of dirt to return the historical district back to its 1850s heyday. Among the free activities and attractions offered Friday through Monday will be a tent city of yesteryear, gold panning, kids activities and historical re-enactments.

Behind the news: Hauling dirt into Old Sac is symbolic of a herculean effort in the 19th century to save what was then Sacramento's central business district. After devastating floods in 1850 and 1852, and a third in 1862, thousands of cubic yards of dirt was brought in by wagon to raise the street level of the entire district.


Sacramento's Greek Festival turns 50

Sacramento's Greek Festival celebrates its 50th year this weekend at the Sacramento Convention Center. General admission for the three-day festival – Friday through Sunday – is $5 per day; children younger than 12 get in free.

Behind the news: This year's highlights include a Greek "farm to fork" food court; a book and print signing by artist Gregory Kondos; and a Greek wine class taught by author Rick Kushman.


Have a drink, paint a picture in Granite Bay

Creative Juices Events is offering a cocktail and painting session from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Source Global Tapas, 5540 Douglas Blvd., in Granite Bay. Participants will be guided through painting of a featured artwork, "Seaside." Beginners are welcome. Cost is $45, which includes art supplies.

Info: Call (916) 719-0934

Co-op class makes tarts out of tomatoes

The Sacramento Natural Foods Coop, 1900 Alhambra Blvd., is offering a "Tomato Tart" workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on how to create quiches or tarts with summer tomatoes. Each student will make a mini-tomato-vegetable tart and learn to create pastries at home. The cost is $40 for co-op owners; $49 for the general public.


Bike nights on tap at Safetyville USA

Safetyville USA is hosting two more Family Bike Nights, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Families can come to the facility's 3.5-acre campus at 3909 Bradshaw Road in Sacramento for an evening of bike riding, a bike safety clinic and vendor booths. Hot dogs, sodas and other snacks are available at the food court. Admission is free.


Talk will focus on dignity in caregiving

The Asian Community Center is hosting a discussion on dignity in caregiving with local author Frances Kakugawa, who will share her poetry and stories on caregiving. She will also host a workshop for interested participants. The $5 event takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at 7375 Park City Drive, Sacramento.


Velocity Venture hosts 'Epic Office Hours'

Velocity Venture Capital will host its "Epic Office Hours" event – a business version of speed dating – from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the company's Entrepreneurs Campus, 909 Mormon St., in Folsom. Startup entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas to technology executives, investors and venture capitalists. A typical session lasts 20 minutes. The aim is to give entrepreneurs feedback and ideas on developing a business in the Sacramento region. It's part of El Dorado Hills-based VVC's fourth annual Entrepreneurs Showcase.

Info: Call (888) 292-4748, or click on the "Connect" link at

Local Christian writers to attend Folsom fair

More than a dozen local authors, most of them members of Inspire Christian Writers, will meet the public between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Folsom's Lembi Park, 1302 Riley St. The authors are available for book signings and discussions on the writing process and how to get published. The event is part of an arts and crafts fair sponsored by The Market Place.


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