City Council gives green light to Sacramento Walk of Stars

A handout image from public relations firm Crocker & Crocker shows a potential star for actor Pat Morita.
A handout image from public relations firm Crocker & Crocker shows a potential star for actor Pat Morita. Crocker & Crocker

A proposal to create a “Walk of Stars” recognizing famous Sacramentans has received the endorsement of the Sacramento City Council.

The project, to be funded by a nonprofit organization, is the brainchild of Scot and Lucy Crocker of the local public relations firm Crocker & Crocker. The plan calls for installing large blue stars along stretches of sidewalks in downtown and midtown Sacramento. The stars are to be embedded at various spots between Fifth and 21st streets, on J, K and L streets. There are to be three to five inductees per year.

The council adopted a resolution that approves the Sacramento Walk of Stars program and criteria, and authorizes the city manager to issue revocable encroachment permits for installation and maintenance of the stars. The city manager or a designee also will review and approve candidates and locations selected for the stars.

Supporters of the project, including representatives of the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau and Region Builders, said the Walk of Stars would add an amenity to the central city’s landscape that would help boost local business and tourism.

Some speakers during Tuesday’s council meeting, however, questioned the project’s benefit to residents as well as its appeal to tourists. Visitors to the city, they said, likely would not recognize many of the people project supporters mentioned as candidates for the Walk of Stars. It was also suggested that another symbol, perhaps something representing the city’s Gold Rush history, would be more appropriate than a star, which some argued smacked more of Hollywood than Sacramento.

City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby supported the project, saying the city owed a big thanks to the Crocker family. But she suggested that those overseeing the project consider the comments of some of its critics.

“Because this will be permanent in this city, it needs to be loved by more than just a few,” she said.

Councilman Steve Hansen, who represents the central city, said he saw no downside to the project, saying it was an opportunity to recognize people in the community who have not been recognized.

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