On Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council will take up the fate of a crescent-shaped slice of land along the Capital City Freeway in east Sacramento. This 48-acre parcel, once a fruit and nut orchard, has been the focus of intense development battles over the years.
A development group led by former state Treasurer Phil Angelides seeks permission to build 338 homes on the land, which is sandwiched between the freeway and the elevated Union Pacific Railroad tracks. City staff and the city Planning Commission have recommended approval of the development, called McKinley Village, on the grounds that it’s consistent with the city’s general plan, which encourages “infill” housing in existing neighborhoods.
Neighborhood opponents have been vocal. City Councilman Steve Cohn, who represents the area, has suggested he will vote “no” unless the developers agree to build a vehicle entrance at Alhambra Boulevard. Angelides has said such an entrance would be prohibitively expensive and that the demand for a tunnel is a ruse to torpedo the project.
– Mary Lynne Vellinga
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Yolo library programs promote child literacy
Yolo County libraries continue their observance of El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) at various branches this week. Multicultural programs that emphasize the importance of reading will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Clarksburg Branch Library, 52915 Netherlands Road; 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Winters Community Library, 708 Railroad Ave.; and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Esparto Regional Library, 17065 Yolo Ave.
Food Literacy Center celebrates move with open house
The Food Literacy Center is celebrating its expansion into a new space on the second floor of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society building, 5380 Elvas Ave. in Sacramento, with an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The open house features cooking demonstrations, craft stations and literacy center students serving food items.
Talk at Nimbus Hatchery examines fish, drought
The public is invited to a free presentation Saturday at the Nimbus Hatchery on how California’s drought is affecting salmon and steelhead populations in the American River. The event is offered by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which operates the hatchery. Rob Titus, a senior environmental scientist at the department, will discuss the state of salmon and steelhead runs and the challenges the drought poses to their survival. Forest Williams of the Sacramento County Water Agency will describe ways the public can reduce water use and reduce human impact on the river. The event begins at 11 a.m. in the hatchery visitor center, 2001 Nimbus Road in Rancho Cordova.
Info: (916) 358-2884 or www.facebook.com/NimbusHatchery
‘Henry V’ is focus of UC Davis film series
Elizabeth Constable, an associate professor of women and gender studies at UC Davis, will give a talk on “Henry V” before the 1989 film by director Kenneth Branagh is shown tonight at the Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall. The movie is being shown as part of the school’s Focus on Film series, which carries the theme “Shakespeare, Self-Directed.” Constable’s talk is at 6:30 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m. General admission, $10; students, $8; children and UC Davis students, $5.
It’s a ‘Tamale Party’ at co-op cooking class
The Sacramento Natural Food Co-op, 1900 Alhambra Blvd., is offering a “Tamale Party” class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Participants in the hands-on workshop will prepare chicken, chili and cheese tamales. Instructor Dionisio Esperas will also demonstrate how to make coconut flan. The cost is $40 for co-op owners; $49 for nonowners.
Info: (916) 868-6399
Sac State club offers class in fixing a flat bicycle tire
Peak Adventures, the club for outdoor enthusiasts at Sacramento State, is offering a free, 45-minute class Thursday on how to fix a flat on both your front and rear bicycle tires, as well as what to pack in a repair kit. Minimum age is 13. The class starts at 6 p.m. at Sac State, 6000 J St.