Old Sacramento business owners aren’t the only people upset with the cancellation of the annual Gold Rush Days festival.

It’s more than three months until the November election. But clearly, the looming political campaign over whether Sacramento should transform its style of governance is on the minds of some groups.

After years of rumors that Whole Foods Market might come to midtown Sacramento, the Texas-based grocery chain said Wednesday it had signed a lease for a new location at 20th and L streets.

Both Sacramento City Councilman Cohn and Elk Grove City Councilman Cooper are Democrats. They are vying with fellow Democrats, Sacramento City Councilmen Kevin McCarty and Darrell Fong, to claim two Assembly seats currently held by Democrats, Assemblymen Richard Pan and Roger Dickinson, who are seeking an open state Senate post.

The Sacramento Kings will begin building their new $477 million arena Friday.

The flow of gas has been stopped at a gas-line break in south Sacramento and traffic control at Center Parkway and Cosumnes River Boulevard has been lifted.

Sacramento’s Wildlife Care Association, which had run out of money and faced the possibility of shutting down in August, has been saved for now by donations from the community and wildlife advocates.

Old Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days, hosted over the Labor Day weekend since 2000, have been canceled because of the drought, city tourism officials announced Monday.

Power was cut to 92 Sacramento Municipal Utility District customers Tuesday morning after a vehicle smashed into a utility pole in Arden Arcade.

Caltrans relinquished the highway on both sides of the bridge to Sacramento and West Sacramento a decade ago, cutting the bridge off from the rest of the state highway system. Its 737-foot span over the Sacramento River is the shortest highway in the state. Caltrans now says it wants to give the vintage 1935 bridge to the two cities.

The battles in Sacramento aren’t always about arenas or condo towers. Sometimes, they’re over something as simple as a house in an alley.

California water agencies with mandatory water conservation rules in place were far more likely to reduce water conservation, according to data gathered by the state. The numers also show that Northern California cities have done a better job conserving water so far this year than their neighbors in the south.

Sacramento County will reopen a financial fraud unit in January after reports of scams against the elderly have gone up dramatically since Adult Protective Services eliminated the unit several years ago.

Along the rural border between Sacramento and Placer counties, Elverta residents are increasingly concerned about how thousands of new homes may lead to traffic, drainage and water supply problems.

Barely a year into his new contract, Joseph Williams has resigned as Twin Rivers Unified associate superintendent with a severance package worth more than $277,000.

The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is offering a two-hour cooking class Thursday titled “The Thrill of the Grill,” with instructor Dionisio Esperas demonstrating how to prepare dishes such as grilled flat iron steak with onions and baby back ribs with chipotle blackberry barbecue sauce.

He’s been toasted in pubs throughout Kilkenny County, Ireland, for his hurling prowess and called the “Irish Godfather,” “the spiritual father of south Sacramento,” a singer and a saint during his 66 years ministering to needy Sacramentans across faiths and races. Monsignor Edward “Ned” Kavanagh is his name, and serving underdogs is his game.

Crews have repaired a gas leak that prompted the evacuation of roughly 20 people from six buildings in Oak Park on Friday morning.

Shipping containers, embraced as restaurants and shops in other cities, are gaining acceptance in Sacramento with the planned opening of the Federalist bar and restaurant in midtown.

Work crews this weekend will replace leased scaffolding outside the defective Board of Equalization headquarters with scaffolding purchased by the state, prompting board Chairman Jerome Horton to blast the Brown administration for failing to find a new facility for the agency.

Sacramento County homicide detectives are seeking identifications of four men they believe can provide information in the killing of Tyrell Hall outside an Arden Arcade business.

Sacramento planning commissioners reviewed a controversial plan Thursday to tear down 206 garden apartments and replace them with more than 1,000 high-rise units on a leafy, traffic-free “super block” in downtown Sacramento.

Chief Deputy Milo Fitch, who led the Sacramento County Sheriff Department’s rehabilitation efforts, will retire next month.

A Sacramento man has donated 13,000 books to the Friends of the Arden-Dimick Library, the largest donation the organization has ever received and one that includes works spanning topics from the Civil War to women’s studies.

An art project that beautifies street-side utility boxes downtown will be unveiled to the public early next month.

Bay Area retailer Sports Basement has revived its interest in opening a downtown Sacramento store just as city officials are attempting to buy a building the company eyed as recently as last year.

A Sacramento Superior Court judge refused Tuesday to validate a hotly contested will that a prominent lawyer claimed to be the last wishes of a dying friend. The will would have given all but a small portion of Joseph Herb O’Brien’s estate to a mutual friend.

The Rise Guys, a longtime fixture on Sacramento radio, are returning to the local airwaves on ESPN 1320 beginning July 28.

The on and off ramps on Highway 50 northbound to La Riviera Drive and Watt Avenue will be closed on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m for paving, according to a press release from the Sacramento County Department of Transportation. Delays of 10 to 15 minutes are expected.

The Sacramento Zoo is offering to help a wildlife rescue group facing financial difficulty raise funds during a Thursday night music and car show at the zoo.

Concerned about an increase in the number of insects and birds testing positive for West Nile virus this summer, the local mosquito abatement district is once again using planes to spray pesticides over parts of the Sacramento region.

The new criminal water waste rule adopted by California this week also applies to government agencies, but no one is sure how the penalty will be enforced.

David Williams is a grown man now. But when he was just a kid, he’d run up and down 24th Street in Meadowview with his friends all the time, unafraid of what the street could do to him.

Hundreds of people Saturday cooked using only the power of the sun – a practice little used in the United States, but considered a liberating tool for women in developing countries that also helps curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The ads by health nonprofit California Endowment have appeared in the rotunda of the state Capitol, on bus stops across Sacramento and as a 90-by-140-foot mural on a historic Los Angeles hotel. But not in the Sacramento International Airport, where officials deemed them too controversial. One ad shows several people with the statement, “1.4 million undocumented tax-paying Californians lack health coverage.”

The city of Sacramento is beginning to discuss how to replace the failing lighting system lining Capitol Mall. City public works officials are debating two options, one far more expensive than the other.

In the shadows of Grant Union High School, The 3 B’s barbershop hosts Little League sign-ups, fundraising carwashes and community association meetings. These days, the red stucco shop is where people come to talk about tuberculosis.

A Sacramento attorney filed a $50 million tort claim this month, a first step toward suing the Board of Equalization on behalf of employees who say their bosses downplayed the high-rise tower’s ailments and put workers’ health at risk.

Weekend construction caused heavy traffic on Interstate 80 in the Natomas area Saturday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Sacramento City Unified trustees, as expected, voted Thursday night to name José L. Banda as the district’s new superintendent, concluding a search that began about seven months ago when Superintendent Jonathan Raymond departed.

The Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a new Sacramento County panhandling ordinance as unconstitutional.

Jonathan Raymond came into the Sacramento City Unified School District nearly five years ago as a hard-charging superintendent, bucking the teachers union on tenure rules and seeking to use test scores in performance evaluations.

Sacramento County has two effective programs that help low-income women cope with first-time motherhood.

Sacramento residents calling the city’s 311 Call Center on Friday night could encounter longer-than-expected hold times or a busy signal as the result of a phone system upgrade.

Study documents benefits to new moms and their children.

Hercules Johnson has watched the same cycle over and over again for the 26 years he’s lived in North Sacramento.

Nine cigarette butts and a couple of apparent lies to the cops led a judge Thursday to order a murder trial for Ryan Roberts in the killing of Jessica Funk-Haslam in Rosemont two years ago.

A former defendant in the south Sacramento barbershop shootout that claimed the life of Monique Nelson as she shielded her 2-year-old son from a wild exchange of bullets nearly four years ago took the witness stand Monday in Sacramento Superior Court.

If the Sacramento Wildlife Care Association’s worst fears come it pass, it will shut down in August. The group raises the possibility that the 1,000 birds it cares for at McClellan Park may have to be euthanized.

Go indoors, close windows and doors and make sure pets have shelter for overhead spraying of insectide for West Nile virus tonight and Thursday night

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