On Thursday, the California Assembly was supposed to vote on the bill to grant farmworkers overtime pay, but put it off, disappointing those who left the fields for a day to see history made. Instead they witnessed a process that shows their time and money aren’t valued yet. Strong leadership will make it happen. A lack of leadership delayed it.
This is the week that California’s progressive values will be put to the test. Are these values genuine? Or do they exclude the state’s most vulnerable workers because legislators typically eager to support labor causes will deny laborers who are poor and of Mexican origin?
If it’s true that we are judged by the company we keep, then what are voters to say about Ami Bera and Scott Jones, who are competing for Sacramento’s 7th Congressional District? Yikes? OMG? Is there a Green Party candidate in the house?
In my enthusiasm to learn everything I could about Alexander Hamilton – I’ve read the Federalist Papers, his lyrical defense of the U.S. Constitution – I stumbled onto a Sacramento connection to the Founding Father.
Local dancers take advantage of the break in the Sacramento Ballet season to produce their own dance, art and music collaborations with local artists. The Capital Dance Project presents Behind the Barre Aug. 26 and 27. More info at capitaldanceproject.org
The City Council will be asked Tuesday to spend $500,000 on outside lawyers to defend the city against a lawsuit brought by Curtis Park Village developer Paul Petrovich, who sued after council members denied his request to build a 16-pump Safeway gas station in his infill development.
In his new book “Charles K. McClatchy and the Golden Era of Journalism,” historian and priest Steven Avella traces the origins of Sacramento and its evolving narrative by examining The Bee’s former editor.
Decades before she was recruited to represent embattled UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi against allegations of nepotism and mismanagement, Melinda Guzman used to study in the Davis library as an undergraduate majoring in political science.
For what Darrell Steinberg spent on his victory in the Sacramento mayoral election, he could have purchased all of his supporters a serving of the Sonoma County duck breast at midtown’s Waterboy restaurant. Steinberg spent a record $1.6 million on his campaign – more than Mayor Kevin Johnson and former Mayor Heather Fargo combined to spend in the June 2008 primary.
Construction crews marked the two-year anniversary of work on downtown Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center on Monday. Sacramento Kings officials said the arena will be completed in time for an Oct. 4 Paul McCartney concert. A series of events is being scheduled at the arena for the last week of September.
Elk Grove resident Washington Espinoza had lived in the U.S. for 30 years and had resisted the suggestions of his children to become an American citizen. Then he heard Donald Trump speak and he changed his mind.
Ethan Dean, 6, became a garbage man for a day on Tuesday. Ethan is battling cystic fibrosis, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped make his wish a reality. Thousands in Sacramento watched as Ethan worked his route.
The case of Brock Turner revived long-held doubts about a criminal justice system that seems to go easy on the men who perpetrate sexual assaults of women. Turner, the former Stanford swimmer, was gifted a six-month jail sentence in June by a Santa Clara County judge despite Turner’s conviction on three felony counts, including assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person.
Sheriff Scott Jones, who is in the middle of a campaign for Congress, is having another bad week. He is dealing with the ugly fallout from a court ruling in favor of female deputies against the department, which recently was upheld by a judge. In that case, a document also alleges Jones made inappropriate advances toward a deputy, which he denies.