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Weekend catch-up: 7 stories you don’t want to miss

Mike Tarp heads to his tent with his cat named Savage that he walks on a leash at Tent City 5, one of the city sanctioned homeless encampments located in Seattle's Interbay neighborhood, Thursday, February 25, 2016.
Mike Tarp heads to his tent with his cat named Savage that he walks on a leash at Tent City 5, one of the city sanctioned homeless encampments located in Seattle's Interbay neighborhood, Thursday, February 25, 2016. lsterling@sacbee.com

Here are seven stories from the weekend that you will want to catch up on before the work week hits.

1. Seattle tent cities: Solution for homelessness or unproven distraction?

On Friday, nearly 20 high-ranking city officials - including four members of the City Council, the city manager and the chief of police - toured three Seattle encampments, an indication of sudden momentum on a controversial topic.

Seattle has granted permits for three tent cities – temporary encampments of up to 100 homeless men, women and children that are designed to connect the residents with affordable housing options and social services. The camps operate under strict

2. Why Californians have fallen back in love with light trucks

When gas prices take a tumble, Golden State consumers are willing to buy light trucks ranging in size from practical to monumental.

3. Rancho Cordova cleans up neighborhoods one chain-link fence at a time

Mayor David Sander wants to transform Rancho Cordova from an aging suburb to an attractive place to plant roots and buy a home. His latest project to turn the city around: Paying residents $1,000 to take down their chain-link fences.

The city pays homeowners $1,000 to remove chain-link fences on properties.

4. A talker: On 49ers: Thoughts on team's Kap-and-trade prospects

Colin Kaepernick wants to be traded. That's bad news for the 49ers.

5. Popular on Twitter: The Barn rises on West Sacramento waterfront

The arrival of The Barn this spring is another result of West Sacramento's ongoing effort to turn its waterfront into a bustling district for housing and entertainment.

The "Barn" is set to open this spring on the West Sacramento waterfront. Part of the Bridge District development, it's envisioned as a community gathering point where people can listen to music, grab a beer or visit an open air market.

6. Popular on Facebook: Hometown Report: Paul Wulff overcomes heartache to succeed as coach

Paul Wulff, recently named assistant head coach at Sacramento State, found solace in football amid a time of searing teenage heartache.

7. Popular video: Vanilla Ice performs 'Ice Ice Baby' during Kings halftime

Vanilla Ice, who had a relatively brief but noticeable turn in the hip-hop spotlight in the early 1990s, dusted off his biggest hit, "Ice Ice Baby," performing it during halftime of the game between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers on

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