It was once one of Sacramento’s top hotels, frequented each morning by Gov. Edmund “Pat” Brown, who padded across the street from the Governor’s Mansion in his bathrobe to swim laps in the pool. That was a half-century ago, though, and the former Mansion Inn – later renamed the Clarion Hotel – closed for good in 2012.
Pacifica Cos., the San Diego developer that owns the property, wants to raze the sprawling, low-rise hotel at 16th and H streets and replace it with a four-story complex that will include 132 senior apartments and 28 assisted-living units, along with retail on the ground floor. The proposal will go to the Planning and Design Commission on Thursday for review and comment.
The Alkali and Mansion Flats Historic Neighborhood Association supports the project because it would bring more market-rate housing to the neighborhood. City staff suggested some changes, such as adding more retail or other active uses on a stretch of H Street now designated for assisted-living units.
Housing experts predict a growing need for projects like this one as the population ages.
Mexican Consulate holds Labor Rights Week
Sacramento’s Mexican Consulate is offering Latino and Mexican workers a week of workshops and conferences aimed at informing community members about their workplace rights.
The sixth Labor Rights Week is being staged Monday through Friday at the consulate’s offices, 2093 Arena Blvd. in Sacramento, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
Agencies and organizations attending the conference include the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Department of Labor and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.
Lawyers host workshop
on contracts for artists
California Lawyers for the Arts is hosting a workshop on contracts Tuesday aimed at artists, small-business owners and independent contractors.
Participants will go over important clauses in contracts, common pitfalls, how to protect oneself from litigation and how to achieve a “meeting of the minds” with prospective business partners.
The speaker is Grace Bergen, a musician and business attorney with the Law Offices of Grace J. Bergen, and a former general counsel for Tower Records.
The workshop, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will be held at the Michael T. Solomon Building, 1017 25th St. in Sacramento. For those who register in advance online, the cost is $20 for the general public, $10 for CLA members, and $5 for CLA student and senior members. Walk-up admission is $25.
Local historian to appear
at Time Tested Books
Author William Burg will read from his latest book, “Midtown Sacramento: Creative Soul of the City,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St. (between L and K streets) in Sacramento.
Burg is the author of other books on Sacramento history, including “Sacramento’s Southside Park,” “Sacramento’s K Street” and “Sacramento Renaissance.” He also has served as president of the Sacramento County Historical Society.
“Midtown Sacramento” chronicles midtown’s resurgence from an area slated for demolition to one that has become the city’s cultural center.
Greek Festival returns Labor Day weekend
Sacramento’s venerable Greek Festival, one of the most prominent heritage events in the region, returns to the Sacramento Convention Center on Friday for a three-day run over Labor Day weekend.
Along with food, dancers and games, this year’s 51st annual festival features a sports theme with the help of the Sacramento Kings, River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
General admission to the event at 1400 J St. is $5. Children under 12 are free.
SacTweetup heads to Capitol Dime on Thursday
SacTweetup, Sacramento’s largest social media mixer, returns Thursday with a 6 p.m. gathering at Capital Dime, the farm-to-fork eatery at 18th and L streets.
The free monthly mixer – this is the 54th – gives attendees an opportunity to network, share ideas and make new connections.
Tickets on sale for summer’s last DigIn!
The summer’s final DigIn! dinner, a charitable program of the West Sacramento Famers Market, will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the city’s Civic Center, 1110 W. Capitol Ave.
The three-course, family-style meal will be overseen by well-known Sacramento-area chef Noah Zonca. West Sacramento City Councilwoman Beverly Sandeen is special guest. Tickets are $75 each, and a portion of ticket sales will go to the American Red Cross of Yolo County.