Sacramento to strike deal with Verizon
The Sacramento City Council is expected to vote on an agreement with Verizon that would give the cellular giant fast permitting, access to city pipes for cable, free use of 101 small cell towers for 10 years, and other concessions in exchange for next-generation wireless infrastructure throughout the city and amenities such as free Wi-Fi at 27 parks. Mayor Darrell Steinberg said he believes the technological leap could expand internet access in the city’s disadvantaged communities and position the city as a testing ground for new technology. Council members meet in their City Hall chambers, 915 I St., starting at 5 p.m.
Supervisors weigh Gibson Ranch lease
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to take up a lease agreement for Gibson Ranch Regional Park in Elverta. Developer and former congressman Doug Ose took over ranch operations in 2011 under a 10-year lease but advised the county last fall that he would quit running the park April 30 because he was losing money. Supervisors told county staff members to come up with an interim agreement with Ose that would keep the park open and stem his losses. They did, but supervisors didn’t like a plan to increase parking fees from $5 to $8. They directed staff to come up with another option. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. at the county administration building, 700 H St., Sacramento.
Screening of Ruthie Bolton film
The Sacramento Kings will host a special screening of the ESPN Films documentary, “Mighty Ruthie,” which examines the life and accomplishments of former Sacramento Monarchs star and Olympic gold medalist Ruthie Bolton, including a look at how she coped with years of domestic abuse in her first marriage. All proceeds from the event will benefit organizations dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence. It starts at 6:15 p.m. at Golden 1 Center, 500 David J. Stern Walk, Sacramento. The fee is $5.