This Week: Sacramento council to vote on contract for Curtis Park foot bridge

After years of planning, the Sacramento City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday to move ahead with construction of an $11.9 million pedestrian bridge connecting Sacramento City College and the Curtis Park Village development now under construction in the former railyard just north of Sutterville Road.

The City Council is being asked to approve a contract with Viking Construction Co. to finish building the bridge. Viking was the lowest bidder for the job earlier this year, but a challenge by another bidder delayed the award. City staff warns that the federal government will yank its $6.9 million contribution to the bridge if the contract isn’t awarded by Oct. 30. Staff has asked the council to suspend the competitive bidding process and award the contract.

The bridge would begin near the light-rail station at City College and cross the multiple sets of railroad tracks that separate Curtis Park Village from the college and the Land Park neighborhood. Construction is scheduled to begin in November and last about a month, according to the city staff report. The foundation for the bridge is already in place.

Mary Lynne Vellinga

‘ISIS Crisis’ is topic of interfaith discussion

A discussion on the Islamic State titled “The ISIS Crisis in the World” takes place Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Sacramento Valley Family Church, 1832 Tribute Road, Suite A, in Sacramento. The church is near Highway 160.

Imam Qasm, vice-president of the California Imams Association, is the quest speaker. The event is hosted jointly by the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento and the Universal Peace Federation.

Info: www.upf.org

Mayor, NAACP host forum inspired by Ferguson

Along with Mayor Kevin Johnson and other elected officials, the Sacramento NAACP is hosting another in a series of forums today aimed at examining issues raised by the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

Organizers say the goal is to develop a plan to improve trust and transparency between the community and law enforcement.

The forum, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., takes place at St. Paul Baptist Church, 4036 14th Ave., Room 201, in Sacramento.

Attendees will include youth groups, law enforcement, educators, judicial officials, and religious and community leaders.

‘Political Junkie’ Ken Rudin appears Tuesday

Capital Public Radio’s Beth Ruyak hosts “An Evening with Political Junkie Ken Rudin” on Tuesday at the Assembly Music Hall, 1000 K St., Sacramento.

Rudin, the National Public Radio political editor whose weekly show, “Political Junkie,” covers issues on the national, state and local level, will give his thoughts on California politics and treat the audience to a version of “ScuttleButton,” a mix of trivia, wordplay and historic buttons.

Tickets for the event are $25. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the show starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds go to Capital Public Radio.

Info: www.publicbroadcasting.net/capradio/.eventsmain

UC Davis bike auction returns Saturday

More than 400 bicycles will be up for sale at UC Davis’ biannual auction on Saturday.

The public can view the bicycles from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Pavilion parking garage at the intersection of Hutchison Drive and Dairy Road on the UC Davis campus. Most of the bikes are “fixer-uppers,” and purchases may be made with cash, check or a major credit card. Bidding gets underway at 9 a.m. Parking for the auction is free.

Proceeds are used to maintain a safe environment for cyclists at UC Davis.

Info: Call the UC Davis Transportation & Parking Services Bicycle Program coordinator at (530) 752-BIKE (752-2453) or visit www.taps.ucdavis.edu/bicycle/auctions.

Delta College stages its biannual Nearly New Sale

San Joaquin Delta College’s biannual Nearly New Sale – where home decor and designer apparel for men, women and children can be bought for as little as $1 – takes place Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Stockton campus.

The popular event draws bargain hunters from as far away as Sacramento and Roseville. Past sales have included donated goods bearing brand names such as Guess, Banana Republic and Juicy Couture.

The sale takes place at Danner Hall at Delta College, 5151 Pacific Ave. Proceeds benefit the college’s Fashion Program.

Singers with Hart perform Friday at Marshall Park

Singers with Hart and other musical acts will perform a free noontime concert Friday in Marshall Park, 27th and J streets in Sacramento.

The singing group is part of the Creative Aging Choral Initiative of the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.

Info: (916) 808-5462