This Week: $17.395 million spending plan on council agenda

The City Council will look at the budget at City Hall on Tuesday.
The City Council will look at the budget at City Hall on Tuesday. jvillegas@sacbee.com

The Sacramento City Council will get a look at its mid-year budget this week.

According to a city staff report, the council will be asked to approve a spending plan for $17.395 million in one-time funding at a budget hearing. That hearing will be part of the council’s meeting at City Hall that is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

City staff said the one-time funding is “the result of departmental savings and receipt of revenues above budget” from the 2013/14 fiscal year budget.

Among the projects that city staff are recommending receive money from the spending plan: $3 million to the proposed downtown streetcar line; $700,000 to help defend the city against a lawsuit related to the downtown arena project; $1 million to be added to a trust to help fund medical benefits for retired city workers; and $4.925 million for emergency radios used by public safety personnel.

City staff members have also recommended that $120,000 be set aside to help fund the recruitment and staffing of an independent budget analyst.

Ryan Lillis

Talk about pioneering black union on Tuesday at CSUS

David Covin, emeritus professor of government and Pan African studies at Sacramento State, will give a free talk about his novel “Princes of the Road” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sacramento State University’s Library Gallery, 6000 J St. The book centers around the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the major U.S. black union led by A. Philip Randolph.

Info: (916) 278-5954

Extending property tax break for seniors planned

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider extending for 18 months an ordinance that allows a property tax break for senior citizens moving into the county.

The board in December 2009 adopted an ordinance that allows eligible homeowners who are 55 or older, or who are disabled, and who move to the county to transfer low property assessments from their previous primary residence in another county to a home purchased as a primary residence in El Dorado County. Unless the board approves the extension, provisions of the ordinance will expire April 1. Although the tax break means that the county, along with school districts and special districts, forgoes some property tax revenue, advocates of the provision argue that the loss is offset by increased sales tax revenue as the new homeowners undertake remodeling and other projects. Adopted during the recession, it was viewed as a form of economic stimulus.

Opponents have argued that it benefits newcomers to the county at the expense of current residents. In August 2014, the county assessor reported that since the ordinance became effective in February 2010, the tax break had been approved for 210 homeowners and 22 applications were pending.

A hearing on the proposed extension is scheduled for 11 a.m., during the board’s regular meeting, in the Board of Supervisors meeting room, 330 Fair Lane, Building A, Placerville.

Info: www.edcgov.us/bos

Valentine run/walk Saturday at Country Club Plaza

The 12th annual Valentine Run/Walk is billed as a kid-friendly, stroller-friendly and canine-companion-friendly fundraising event Saturday at Country Club Plaza, 2310 Watt Ave., Sacramento. There will be a 1.8-mile untimed course or a 4-mile course (which can be timed or untimed) that tours the surrounding neighborhood. Proceeds from the run/walk will help sustain Legal Services of Northern California’s services that empower low-income families.

Info: http://lsncrun.info/

Sweet potato star at festival at Pannell Center

The 26th annual Sweet Potato Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pannell Meadowview Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento. The event will feature sweet potato pies by Chef Richard Pannell, a sweet potato pie contest, vendors and local amateur entertainment. The Sacramento Valley Section of the National Council of Negro Women is festival sponsor.

Info: www.svsncnw.org (click on Events)

Sacramento Autorama returns for 65th year

The custom car extravaganza known as the Sacramento Autorama returns to the city for the 65th year, beginning its three-day run Saturday at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. The autorama, which began as a two-day hot rod show in 1950, is one of the longest-running indoor car shows. Radical custom and exotic show cars will be on display, as well as hot rods, pickups, motorcycles, muscle cars and street machines.

Info: http://www.rodshows.com/

Black history celebration Sunday at Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum’s Black History Month Celebration will feature live music, dance performances, hands-on learning, art activities and a Black and Beautiful Community Marketplace. The event, presented in collaboration with the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum and Sacramento Juneteenth, will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 216 O St., Sacramento.

Info: crockerartmuseum.org