The city of Sacramento is poised to press ahead this week with plans to knock down two World War II-era housing projects in the Land Park neighborhood and replace them with a mixed-income housing development.
On Tuesday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on using $500,000 in federal grant funds to pay developer Land Park LLC to create a “neighborhood transformation plan” for the 68-acre parcel just south of Broadway near Miller Park.
The idea is to replace the 751 housing units in the Marina Vista and Alder Grove projects – formerly known as New Helvetia and Seavey Circle – with the same number of low-income units in a larger development that would include market-rate housing. Land Park LLC comprises Related Cos. of California, Mercy Housing and Regis Homes Sacramento.
About 2,500 people live in Marina Vista and Alder Grove. In fall 2012, the City Council delayed action on the plan after tenants and community members complained that the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency had blindsided them. SHRA followed up with eight community meetings, according to a May 2013 staff report.
– Mary Lynne Vellinga
IN THE NEWS
Free food service
The Yolo County Department of Agriculture is hosting a free farmer-school food service educational workshop from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Friday at the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute, 392 Old Davis Road. The workshop will focus on building a stronger infrastructure for farm-to-school sales in Yolo and Sacramento counties through the use of a distributor-aggregator.
Behind the news: According to organizers, the workshop’s objective is to further momentum in connecting farmers, area farm-to-school programs and school food service. It will include panel discussions led by Delaine Eastin, Farm to School Yolo Advisory Committee chairwoman and former state superintendent of public instruction.
Info: www.harvesthubyolo. org (click on “Calendar”)
Pig Bowl XL Saturday
at Hornet Stadium
The Pig Bowl turns 40 this year. This year’s Guns and Hoses charity football game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium pits the the law enforcement “Hogs” against the fire service “Dogs.” Gates will open at 11 a.m., and the pregame events will begin at noon. Tickets are $10; free for children 5 and younger.
Behind the news: The competition benefits area charities, schools and nonprofits, including Volunteers in Victims Assistance, WIND Youth Services, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Toy Project and the Firefighters Burn Institute.
For a Good Cause
Crab, pasta feed
in east Sacramento
The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society hosts a fundraising crab and pasta feed from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Sacramento Turn Verein, 3349 J St. During the event, performers Pat Skiffington, Greg Sabin, Greg Willett and Friends, and Nick’s Rockway Beach All-Stars will entertain guests. Cost is $45 for adults and $30 for students up to age 20. Proceeds will benefit the the jazz society, a nonprofit organization.
State Parks exhibit
at Railroad Museum
The California State Parks 150 Years Exhibit continues this week at the California State Railroad Museum, 125 I St. in Old Sacramento. Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of California State Parks in 2014, the exhibit features diverse historic images of parks along with a variety of cultural and natural history objects. The exhibit, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Jan. 31, is in the front lobby of the Railroad Museum.
Info: (916) 445-6645
Estate planning seminar at zoo
Local attorney and estate planning specialist Mark S. Drobny will discuss estate planning in a free seminar from 1 to 2:30 Thursday at the Sacramento Zoo, Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road.
Info: (916) 808-8815
Author to discuss photo collection
Author Steve Unger discusses “Before the Paparazzi: Fifty Years of Extraordinary Photographs,” a collection of photos taken by Arty Pomerantz. The free event takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Valley Hi-North Laguna Library, 7400 Imagination Parkway in Sacramento. The discussion will be followed by a video. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Info: (916) 264-2700
event at Cal Expo
The Home and Landscape Expo begins its three-day run at noon Friday at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento. More than 1,000 exhibit booths and 600 companies will be on hand, filling all of Cal Expo’s buildings. Added attractions include the Landscape Showcase Building and Design Competition, and educational workshops. Cost is $7 general, $2 for seniors 60 and older and free for children 12 and younger. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.