Nearly two years after a new ownership group took control of the Sacramento Kings and Sleep Train Arena, the team is still working on a plan for the redevelopment of the North Natomas arena site once the franchise moves into a new downtown facility.
The arrest of a young woman involved in protests near the state Capitol last month has sparked further demonstrations and criticism by Mayor Kevin Johnson over the term used to describe the charges the woman is facing.
With a state ban on single-use plastic bags now on hold, “there will be a renewed push to make sure Sacramento moves forward” with its own legislation, a spokesman for Mayor Kevin Johnson said Tuesday.
Citing severe drought conditions that show no signs of letting up, utilities officials will ask the City Council on Tuesday to shave four years off the years-long process of installing water meters in every home and business in the city.
As downtown Sacramento embarks on a new era, K Street gets a lot of the attention and so does the downtown arena. But walking through the corridors of the new Warehouse Artist Lofts, it becomes clear that R Street is the city’s next urban destination.
Mayor Kevin Johnson’s signature showed up on a letter to state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, expressing support for raising the statewide minimum wage to $13 by July 1, 2017. The only problem: the mayor’s staff said Johnson’s signature was included due to a “staff miscommunication.”
There could be a time very soon when the border between downtown Sacramento and the city on the other side of the river is blurred. The urban movement is already beginning, with modern townhouses and hundreds of apartments under construction near the West Sac side of the Tower Bridge.
The Kings are talking to NBA officials about staging the game at the downtown arena, while partnering with Napa Valley to handle the overflow of guests. But the 70-mile distance would create challenges.
A 16-story hotel and condo tower planned for the downtown Sacramento arena complex got the green light from the city’s Planning Commission on Thursday, a pivotal step that allows the Kings to begin construction of the project.
Clearing what had become a prolonged legal hurdle in the effort to construct a new sports arena in downtown Sacramento, an eminent domain case arguing the value of the former Macy’s men’s store at the arena site was settled last week.
Downtown interests celebrated the rebirth of Sacramento’s central core Tuesday morning during the annual State of Downtown address at Memorial Auditorium. And as usual, that celebration focused on the impact professional sports is having on the area.
Local 46, a carpenters union, uses a 15-foot Grim Reaper doll to protest companies that don’t use union carpenters. You’ve probably seen this prop, his bony finger pointing into traffic outside small businesses and downtown skyscrapers. His sign always warns that his target hurts families, workers and communities.
Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Sacramento Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.