This Week: City to vote on hospital replacement Tuesday

It’s not often that a developer proposes to build a project that will reduce traffic in a surrounding neighborhood. That fact goes a long way toward explaining why the Sutter Park housing development planned for the current site of Sutter Memorial Hospital has been greeted so calmly by east Sacramento residents.

The Sacramento City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the project, which would replace the hospital with between 103 and 120 dwellings and a small commercial space that could include such uses as a coffee or bike shop. An environmental analysis conducted for the city concluded that the new neighborhood would generate 4,025 fewer car trips each day than the hospital, where patients arrive at all hours.

Sutter Memorial, built in 1937, is beloved by many Sacramento families as the place where their children were born. But the facility falls short of the state’s earthquake standards. Its operations will move to a new Sutter hospital nearing completion in midtown.

– Mary Lynne Vellinga

In the News

AAA’s statewide gas price survey due Tuesday

Gasoline prices have been rising steadily for a month as the spring-summer driving season ramps up. On Tuesday, AAA will release the results of its monthly statewide gas price survey, breaking down at-the-pump costs at jurisdictions throughout California.

Info: www.sacbee.com

Around Town

‘Weed Land’ author signs books Barnes & Noble

Sacramento Bee journalist Peter Hecht will appear at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Arden Fair, 1725 Arden Way, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday to sign copies of his new book, “Weed Land: Inside America’s Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit.” The book details the fight over marijuana legalization, from medical marijuana laws and federal anti-drug enforcement to legalizion of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington.

Info: www.weedlandbook.com

Master gardeners offer free session in Fair Oaks

UC Master Gardeners is hosting a free drop-in session at the Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., in Fair Oaks from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, where participants can learn how to thin grapes and prepare vegetable beds. Landscape design tips also will be offered. The event takes place rain or shine.

Info: (916) 875-6913

Air Force band performs at St. John’s in midtown

The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West is offering a free concert from 7 to 9 tonight at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 L St. in Sacramento. Stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, the band will perform numbers from its various ensembles.

Info: (916) 444-0874

Sacramento State revives Festival of the Arts

Sacramento State’s annual Festival of the Arts gets underway Wednesday on campus, 6000 J St., with a five-day lineup of acts celebrating the visual and performing arts. The festival ends with a full day of performances on what is billed as “Family Sunday Funday.” Among the performances is a staging of the musical “Gypsy,” and a Sacramento Puppet Art Theater presentation of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” Check the event’s website for performance times, locations and cost.

Info: www.al.csus.edu/festival

Learn to save on energy bills at ‘efficiency expo’

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is hosting its “Home Energy Efficiency Expo” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the SMUD Customer Service Center, 6301 S St., Sacramento. It’s designed to help homeowners save on their energy bills, and demonstrate the latest energy-saving technology to contractors. Various energy experts will be on site.

Info: www.smud.org/energyefficiencyexpo