Elk Grove News

Transportation

Rough weather puts rails at risk in Northern California

Rail tracks near Elk Grove, where a train carrying tomato cans derailed last week, are expected to be repaired by Thursday, allowing Amtrak trains on the line again and giving track owner Union Pacific an assist as it struggles to move freight during one of the wettest winters on record. But the derailment and the failure of tracks elsewhere in Northern California this winter offer a reminder of how extreme weather can disrupt train operations and pose safety risks.

Business & Real Estate

Federal government grants Wilton tribe control of land for Elk Grove casino

The Indian tribe that plans to build a casino in Elk Grove announced that the federal government has taken into trust 36 acres the tribe purchased for the casino. Elk Grove officials said the transfer means the tribe can now build its casino along Highway 99 without the city’s approval. But one lawyer who has spent many years representing casino tribes said the Wilton tribe’s ability to proceed may still be in question because of a previous agreement for the property that Elk Grove made with a shopping mall developer.

Crime - Sacto 911

Scene from freight train derailment in Elk Grove that sent cars into river

A freight train derailed from its tracks and sent cars tumbling into the water Friday afternoon. This is video from Robert "Doc" Souza, who was one of the first people on the scene. Cosumnes Fire Department Battalion Chief Kris Hubbard said about 14 railroad cars left the track near the Cosumnes River about 1 p.m. Hubbard said he believed the train was northbound and was on an elevated train trestle immediately adjacent to Dillard Road and Highway 99.

Business & Real Estate

Stalled Elk Grove outlet mall could get boost from national tenants

Nike, Forever 21, American Eagle Outfitters, Victoria’s Secret and Express plan to open stores at the outlet center off Highway 99, according to a leasing brochure from the Cushman & Wakefield commercial real estate brokerage firm. Other stores on the list for the 440,000-square-foot center include fast fashion brand H&M, Guess and Columbia. Developer Howard Hughes Corp. has not given a timeline for construction of the long awaited shopping center

Business & Real Estate

Elk Grove tribal casino situation still muddled after council delays decision

The fate of Elk Grove’s proposed Indian casino remained uncertain after city officials, grappling with mixed signals from the federal government, postponed a decision on scheduling a voter referendum aimed at thwarting the $400 million project. The City Council had been expected to vote Wednesday to set a June 6 date for a referendum on its plan to allow the Wilton Rancheria Indian tribe to build a casino and hotel on 36 acres off Highway 99. Instead, the council agreed to take the issue up again Feb. 8.

Videos

Union Pacific train derails into water south of Elk Grove

A Union Pacific freight train carrying flour and tomato sauce derailed from its tracks and sent cars tumbling into the water Friday afternoon in south Sacramento County next to the Cosumnes River.
Nashelly Chavez The Sacramento Bee
Union Pacific train derails into water south of Elk Grove 1:02

Union Pacific train derails into water south of Elk Grove

Scene from freight train derailment in Elk Grove that sent cars into river 0:37

Scene from freight train derailment in Elk Grove that sent cars into river

Journey to the Dumpling co-owner 'obsessed' with soup dumplings 0:46

Journey to the Dumpling co-owner 'obsessed' with soup dumplings

A look at Elk Grove's new brew pub 1:33

A look at Elk Grove's new brew pub