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SPACIOUS TUTOR STYLE Spacious East Sacramento Tudor at its best! 4 bedroom home is on a very large lot and is minutes from coffee shops, downtown, and restaurants. Notice the charming living room, formal dining, a large kitchen, and a family room that opens to a large sun room. $670,000 TIM COLLOM 247-8048

EXQUISITE RENOVATION 4 bedroom 3 bath Fabulous 40’s home where old world charm meets all the modern amenities! 2722 square feet with an open Àoor plan concept connecting the living room and dining room to kitchen with quartz counter tops, and leading to family room that opens to a beautiful backyard. $1,224,900 JAMIE RICH 612-4000

McKINLEY PARK McKinley Park at its best! This 3 bedroom 2 bath home offers a remodeled kitchen, re¿nished hardwood Àoors, a vintage ¿replace, a spacious Àoor plan, a wine cellar in the basement, and a large formal dining room. Remodeling garage and studio/art/of¿ce space. $749,000 TIM COLLOM 247-8048

FABULOUS FAB 40’s Spacious remodel over 3300 square feet with 5 bedrooms 4½ baths! Nicely redone with features including a chef’s kitchen, butler’s pantry, an amazing master suite, upstairs mini suite and and downstairs guest bedroom with bath and slider to backyard. Bonus room off garage. $1,350,000 JAMIE RICH 612-4000

FANTASTIC BUNGALOW Fantastic East Sac bungalow is ready for a discerning new owner. Fresh paint, re¿nished hardwood Àoors, updated baths and a kitchen facelift are just a part of this appealing package. Newer roof, electrical panel & HVAC. $449,000 CHRIS BRIGGS 834-6483

VICTORIAN STYLE DUPLEX Wonderful opportunity to own this classic duplex in Midtown Sacramento! Each unit boasts high ceilings with 2 bedrooms and a full bath, living room, dining room with built-in hutch, large kitchen area and sun porch. Large lot and 4 car garage. $489,000 CHRISTINE BALESTRERI 966-2244

McKINLEY PARK VILLAS Mediterranean style duplex (with upper and lower Àats) just down from the Park. Both units have an extra of¿ce space, cute updated kitchens, beautiful hardwood Àoors, beamed living room ceilings, laundry rooms, and lots of charm! $799,900 DAVID KIRRENE 531-7495, ROSLYN LEVY-WEINTRAUB 952-6602

ELMHURST PARKWAY HOME Lovely 3 bedroom 2 bath is loaded with charm! Large open kitchen, gleaming hardwood Àoors, beautiful crown moldings, and formal dining room with built-in hutch. Upstairs is a master suite for relaxing. Here’s the best part - a ¿nished detached bonus room with half bath. $475,000 TIM COLLOM 247-8048

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ith an election coming up early this month, political campaign signs have been prominently displayed in our neighborhoods for many weeks. This year, there are city council races in three of the four districts we serve. In the county, there’s a competitive race for district attorney, not to mention a couple of very competitive races for the state assembly and senate and a hotly contested race for the U.S Congressional District 7 seat. Within the city limits, campaign signs tend to be small ones posted on front lawns, with an occasional larger sign or two. In less congested neighborhoods, a few property owners post large signs along busy thoroughfares. This past weekend, I was in Napa and was astounded by the number of bold, 4-by-8-foot political signs along beautiful bucolic Highway 29. Within a single mile, I stopped counting at 25. Signs of this size are legal but regulated under state law. Some cities restrict their use to 30 days before an election. Other cities restrict them so much that no one even uses them.

While political signs are as old as our republic, new printing technologies have made them less expensive to produce, and they now come in more durable materials. They are more readily used these days to endorse a voter’s candidate of choice. Most political campaign consultants dislike them. They say they don’t produce winners and are a pain to store and distribute. On the other hand, candidates love them because they provide visible proof of the candidate’s support. Polls usually aren’t conducted for local races, so voting trends can be tough to call. It is understandable that candidates and their supporters want to count something to gauge their progress with the electorate. I’ve seen some pretty effective campaign strategies that employed lawn signs. Four years ago, District 3 City Councilmember Steve Cohn was challenged by Chris Little, a relatively unknown and comparatively underfunded candidate at the start of the race. But Little walked every precinct and talked to voters early and often—all the while amassing a list of supporters who wanted lawn signs. A few months before the election, hundreds of Chris Little signs appeared almost overnight throughout the neighborhood. No doubt it signaled to Cohn that he had a real race on his hands. Three-term incumbent Cohn ultimately prevailed with 53 percent of the vote to Little’s 38 percent, but Cohn significantly outspent him. Sacramento district attorney candidate Anne Marie Schubert was the first in my East Sac neighborhood to put up lawn signs this election

cycle. This led to a bit of confusion among voters. I had several readers wonder why we didn’t include her in our question-and-answer coverage of the district’s city council race. The city code allows political or campaign signs on behalf of candidates for public office or measures on election ballots, provided that the signs are not erected earlier than 90 days before the election and are removed within 15 days after the election. A sign cannot exceed 6 square feet in area, or about 2 feet by 3 feet.

Another relatively common practice is for candidates to post signs on commercial property without the owner’s permission. It’s illegal to post political signs in public right of ways. Yet as I ride my bike on the mile-long stretch of Elvas Avenue in East Sac, I see numerous illegally posted signs for three council candidates on the railroad right of way. I see the same practice in other parts of town for other candidates. When they appear in parks I take them down myself. To me, that illegal practice just shows an amateurish campaign desperate for attention. Although commercial property owners have the same right to post as residents, their signs often exceed the city’s legal size limit. Another relatively common practice

is for candidates to post signs on commercial property without the owner’s permission. In many cases, an unsuspecting property owner doesn’t see it for a while—maybe never. The candidate hopes he or she will get away with it long enough to gain some visibility. While retail business owners also have the right to post political signs, I am always surprised when they do. My sense is that a business owner might not want to risk alienating potential customers. Truth be told, I am not a fan of political lawn signs. My husband and I put up signs many years ago but have sworn off it for several reasons. I believe that political signs tend to polarize neighbors. I’ve heard stories of neighbors yelling at each other in their yards over political differences. That is not good. With a country desperately polarized politically, I’d prefer our neighborhoods be gentler and more tolerant places. I find it easier to develop relations with neighbors without getting into politics. As a publisher covering local political races, I’d rather not have my neighbors know my voting preferences. While major newspapers routinely endorse candidates, they have relatively faceless editorial boards that zealously assess candidates for endorsement. We, on the other hand, strive to embed our business into the communities we serve. Even though we employ dozens of writers, I tend to be the public face of our papers. In my own East Sacramento neighborhood, I’m PUBLISHER page 10



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Dental; City Councilmember Steve Cohn; East Sacramento Improvement Association; Inside Publications; Rita Gibson Insurance & Investment Services; Smith McDowell and Powell; and Train Hard or Go Home/Action Boot Camps. “We have a limited number of tickets. Each year, we were sold out more than a week before the event, and the tickets are selling even faster this year,” Kuyper said. “We are thrilled with the support the neighborhood has given this event. It has really become a neighborhood tradition.” Shepard Garden and Arts Center is at 3330 McKinley Blvd. Tickets are $30 in advance and will be available at the chamber booth at the Pops in the Park concerts and at Selland’s Market-Cafe (5340 H St.) or by calling 452-8011 or emailing



he sixth annual Taste of East Sacramento, a wine and food tasting event that benefits the Pops in the Park concert series, will be held on Sunday, June 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. The tasting, presented by East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, will be at Shepard Garden and Arts Center. “Once again, we are honored to have Josh Nelson and Tamera Baker of the Selland’s Family Restaurants volunteer to co-sponsor the event,” said chamber president Brad McDowell. Nelson will coordinate the participating wineries. “We have more than 15 restaurants and food purveyors that will be offering up samples,” said event chair Bill Kuyper. Z-Chef Catering, 33rd Street Bistro and Dos Coyotes are among the participating businesses. Beer will be provided by Hoppy Brewing Company. The event will also feature works by local artists and live music from The Brian Dougherty Trio. Sponsors include Clubhouse 56; Dr. Jenny Apekian of Midtown


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POPS IN THE PARK East Sacramentans will be able to enjoy a free concert every Saturday night during June at parks throughout the neighborhood when the Pops in the Park series starts. The series will begin June 7 with country music from Chris Gardner Band at East Portal Park (1120 Rodeo Way). On June 14, The Count will play rock-’n’-roll classics from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s at Glenn Hall Park (5415 Sandburg Drive). On June 21, John Skinner Band will perform swing and big-band music at Bertha Henschel Park (160 45th St.). The last concert of the season will be held June 28 in McKinley Park Enjoy the tastes of East Sac at the sixth annual Taste of East Sacramento on June 29

(601 Alhambra Blvd.), with Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads performing a tribute to Jimmy Buffett. East Sacramento Improvement Association will present its annual Sydney Pope and Onion Awards at the Bertha Henschel concert. Major sponsors of this year’s Pops series include City Councilmember Steve Cohn; Todd Andrews, D.D.S.; East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce; Gonsalves Real Estate Properties; KMG Mortgage Group; Realtor Rich Cazneaux; East Sac Hardware; Inside Publications; Mercy General Hospital; and Sutter Health. Food and drinks will be sold. Attendees are asked to not bring alcohol. The beer and wine garden will be sponsored by Bogle Vineyards and Hoppy Brewing Company. Food will be available from Clark’s Corner, Formoli’s Bistro, Burr’s Fountain and the East Sac Midtown Kiwanis. The monies raised by sponsorship, program advertising and the sale of food and drinks go to fund the concert series and enhance neighborhood parks.

get a canvas shopping bag with a copy of a painting of the McKinley Park duck pond by artist Maria Winkler. The funds raised go to support the Pops in the Park concert series. The T-shirts and shopping bags will be available at the East Sac Chamber booth at the concerts or by calling 4528011 or emailing eastsacchamber@

LOCAL COUNCILMEMBER TO HOLD SIDEWALK OFFICE HOURS Pops in the Park happens every Saturday night in June at various East Sac Parks. Adults and children enjoy the music. Photo courtersy of Steve Harriman.

All concerts start at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Attendees should bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. No outside canopies are allowed. For more information, call 8085240 or go to eastsacpopsinthepark. com.

SUPPORT THE POPS, GET A GIFT At this year’s Pops concerts, a donation of $15 will get you a 2014 Pops in the Park T-shirt featuring a collage of art from the concert series’ past years. For a $10 donation, you

City Councilmember Steve Cohn will hold sidewalk office hours on Saturday, June 28, in McKinley Park near the corner of 33rd and H streets. Cohn will be available to talk to residents from 4 to 5 p.m. before the start of the Pops in the Park concert. No appointment is necessary; visits will be on a first-come, first-served basis.



“Of the seven candidates, Harris is a cut above. He will continue Sacramento’s long tradition of hands-on neighborhood leaders who learn the ropes on city boards before moving up to the City Council. A general contractor, he is past president of the River Park Neighborhood Association and current chairman of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, where he played a key role in what became Measure U, the local sales tax hike that has helped restore parks and public safety services. Harris will be a thoughtful and pragmatic councilman.”





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SECOND SATURDAY DONE BIG Art galleries, shops, salons and restaurants near H Street and Elvas Boulevard will join together to celebrate Second Saturday on June 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. According to Beth Jones, co-owner of the gallery JAYJAY on Elvas Avenue, we wanted to provide a cultural evening that let people walk or bike to the charming storefronts of East Sacramento.� Participating businesses include S. Benson & Co., Opa! Opa!, Cabana Wines, Picket Fence Antiques and Haus. There will be music and refreshments. For more information, go to

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Shepard Garden and Arts Center received the approval of the city council. At its April 29 meeting, the council voted 6 to 3 to support the plan by developer Phil Angelides and RiverView Capital Investments. The vote came after almost four hours of testimony by supporters and opponents of the project and discussion by the councilmembers. Steve Cohn, who represents East Sacramento on the council, voted no. He was joined by councilmembers Kevin McCarty and Angelique Ashby. Councilmember Steve Hansen, who represents Midtown, supported the proposal. The project had received a unanimous vote of approval from the city’s Planning and Design Commission, and the city’s planning department staff has supported Angelides’ proposal, saying the infill project is compatible with nearby neighborhoods. But many East Sac and Midtown residents said traffic from the proposed project was a major concern. The developer’s proposal includes two auto-accessible entrances into the site, one via A Street over the levee in Midtown, the other at 40th Street in East Sacramento. Some neighborhood groups asked for additional auto access at Alhambra Boulevard, which would require construction of a 38-foot-long tunnel under the Union Pacific railroad tracks. According to Cohn, “Vehicular access at Alhambra is a necessity, not an amenity, and should have been made a condition of approval.� Hansen requested modifications to the plan prior to the council vote. His modifications, which were approved by the council, included prioritizing

the building of an Alhambra underpass by making it a city project, using $2.2 million contributed by the developer; building pedestrian improvements at 28th Street and a half-street closure at C and 28th streets; and the renaming of 40th Street in the McKinley Village project area. The Angelides team expects to have homes for sale by 2015.

SUMMER READING AT MCKINLEY LIBRARY Readers of all ages can have summer fun at McKinley Library. The theme of this year’s summer reading program is Paws for Reading. In keeping with the theme, library events throughout the summer will celebrate the fun of reading with special events such as the popular Read to a Dog program, held the first Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. Starting June 1, library patrons can sign up at the library or online at to participate in the program. Everyone who reads five books will win a prize. Children and teens will get a book of their choice. Adults will get a book bag. For each additional five books read, participants will earn an entry into a grand prize drawing. As part of the summer reading program, McKinley Library will host a special event every week. On Thursday, June 5, at 4 p.m., the library will kick off summer reading with a show of bubble artistry, comedy, stories and music. The

program will include bubbles in the shape of dragons and whales. On Thursday, June 12, after hearing a tale of space adventures, children will be able to create their own light sabers with pool noodles and decorative tapes and jewels. Juggler/magician Owen Banker-Flynn will perform in a program for all ages on Wednesday, June 18. Both programs begin at 2 p.m. Children ages 6 to 12 will make their own small balloon-powered cars in a special event coordinated by Art Beast on Thursday, June 26, at 2 p.m. These programs are partially funded by Friends of McKinley Library. McKinley Library is at 601 Alhambra Blvd. For more information, call 264-2770.

MCKINLEY ROSE GARDEN HIRES A FELLOW Friends of East Sacramento, the nonprofit that manages McKinley Rose Garden and Clunie Community Center, has announced that Dayna Napolillo has been hired as the group’s summer fellow. Napolillo, a 2013 biology and sociology graduate of UC Davis, will oversee the garden’s operation and maintenance during the growing season from May to August. She will also develop a manual for the garden’s care that can be used to create a longterm sustainable plan for the garden’s ongoing maintenance. The Friends group received major donations from local Dunnigan real estate agent and artist Tim Collom and City Councilmember Steve Cohn to help fund the 2014 summer fellowship program. According to Cecily Hastings, cofounder of the Friends group, in 2012 and 2013, the group raised more than $100,000 to renovate and maintain the 1.5-acre garden. For more information on McKinley Rose Garden or to volunteer, email or call 4528011.


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AND AT ANOTHER ROSE GARDEN The Old City Cemetery gives new meaning to “deadhead” with its early-evening deadheading event on Monday, June 2, from 6:30 p.m. until dark. Volunteers are needed to help ready the rosebushes in the cemetery’s Historic Rose Garden for next season by removing spent blooms and tidying up the garden. Tools and training will be provided and light refreshments will be served. On Saturday, June 7, at 10 a.m., there will be a tour of the cemetery focusing on Sacramento’s rich theatrical history, as told through the stories of cemetery residents who were part of our capital’s exciting theater scene from 1849 to the 1920s. Are you spooked easily? If not, join the frighteningly fun tour, The Unlucky 13, on—when else?—Friday, June 13. Costumed storytellers will lead brave tour goers through the

cemetery and its many superstitions. Friday the 13th tours will take place at 6:45, 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. and are $13 per person (which includes food). Tickets are available at For more information, call 8085621 or visit The Old City Cemetery is at 1000 Broadway.

A NEW RESTROOM FOR MCKINLEY PLAYGROUND Construction of a restroom for the McKinley Park playground should be completed by the end of this month. When the new playground was being designed, city staff determined that a new restroom was necessary under the Americans With Disabilities Act. A new monument bench to recognize donors to the new playground will also installed this summer. The bench will include bricks recognizing the Brick by Brick donors to the playground rebuild. EAST SAC LIFE page 18


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Running for Alzheimer’s WHAT THE FAB 40S 5K MEANS TO ME


in 1980 at the age of 63 but had really been lost to my family from her early 50s. East Lawn has recognized the impact of Alzheimer’s on our community, first by organizing the 5K run/walk and later by establishing an Alzheimer’s Memorial Wall on its grounds where the names of departed loved ones, including my mother, Estelle Posner, are enshrined.



very July, East Lawn Memorial Park stages a 5k run/walk through the streets of East Sacramento to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada. Since its inception in 2008, this event has had a special significance for me. As a longtime runner, I am always on the lookout for local races, and as I advance through the age categories, I have found that the competition has thinned to the point that I can actually win a medal every now and then. As an East Sac resident, I find this race particularly attractive since I can sleep in and still easily walk or bike to the start line before the action begins. And what can be more picturesque than jogging or strolling through our beautiful East Sacramento neighborhood on a sunny summer morning? But most importantly from my point of view is the cause that the Fab 40s 5k seeks to promote: dementia support, care and research. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. It strikes one in nine people over the age of 65, and it takes a terrible toll on those with the disease and their loved ones. It is a long, cruel journey from diagnosis to death, and there is no effective means of treatment, prevention or cure.

It is the rare family that has not been, or will not be, scarred by this terrible disease.

East Sacramento resident Howard Posner runs the East Lawn 5k run/walk each year, especially because proceeds benefit the Sacramento office of the Alzheimer's Association.

I know this scourge all too well. My mother was diagnosed in 1971 with what was then termed presenile dementia and would now be called

younger-onset Alzheimer’s. In retrospect, it was clear she had been exhibiting symptoms for several years before her formal diagnosis. She died

Last year, I was honored when East Lawn asked me to serve on the steering committee for the Fab 40s 5k Run/Walk. The committee is encouraging our neighbors to come out and walk or run with us on Saturday, July 26. The event has something for everyone. It’s dog friendly, stroller friendly, has kids’ races, and is a timed city of Sacramento 5k championship race. We are also asking local businesses to consider sponsoring a booth or otherwise supporting the event. Proceeds from the 5k will go to the Sacramento office of Alzheimer’s Association to help support Alzheimer’s research as well as care and support services for those coping with Alzheimer’s and their families. Local services Volunteer page 18



incumbents are Brian Augusta, David Diepenbrock, Tom Griffith, Ann Hamel, Paul Noble, Cyril Shah and Tricia Stevens. ESIA is East Sac’s oldest and largest neighborhood association. For more information, go to

BACON & BUTTER OPENS IN TAHOE PARK The popular restaurant Bacon & Butter closed its Midtown location late last month and is expected to reopen in Tahoe Park by mid-June. At first, the restaurant will serve breakfast, brunch and lunch. Chef/ owner Billy Zoellin eventually plans to serve dinner three nights a week. The new location is 5913 Broadway. For more information, go to


Two local residents have been elected to East Sacramento Improvement Association’s board of directors: Kyle Mickiewicz and Nick Kufasimes with Paul Noble


POTTERS GROUP TO HOLD SHOW Shepard Garden and Arts Center will host the sixth annual Art By Fire exhibit on Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will feature the work of more than 30 local artists who use fire or extreme heat to create their art. Works will include art made of clay, metal and glass. There is no charge for admission. The center is at 3330 McKinley Blvd. For more information, email


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NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS Two local residents have been elected to East Sacramento Improvement Association’s board of directors: Nick Kufasimes and Kyle Mickiewicz. The new directors join seven members of last year’s board to form the group’s leadership core for the current year. The re-elected

Seven area Kiwanis clubs have joined together to sponsor the second annual Golf Ball Drop Event on Sunday, June 1, at Haggin Oaks Golf Course. The event will feature music, dinner and a putting contest and will culminate with numbered golf balls being dropped from a helicopter high above the golf course. Golf balls are currently being sold at $5 each or 5 balls for $20. The golf balls will be numbered, and the owner of the golf ball that goes in the hole or closest to the hole will receive $2,000. After all prizes are awarded, the remaining proceeds will go to The Eliminate Project, a global initiative of Kiwanis International and UNICEF to raise $110 million by 2015 to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from more than 35 countries. There were 59 countries that needed this help when the project began three years ago. To purchase golf balls or tickets to the event, contact Ann Isaacs at 2617270 or

HANDS ACROSS THE BORDER In April, more than 130 high school students and adults from East Sac’s Fremont Presbyterian Church spent spring break in Camalu, San Quintin, Mexico. The students worked with Go Missions to Mexico and members of a Camalu church to help with construction projects in the town. They also volunteered at a medical and dental clinic set up in the town hall.

LEARN YOUR TREES Sacramento Tree Foundation will hold a free guided tour of the trees of McKinley Park on Thursday, June 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The tour will be led by a certified arborist. Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet or smartphone and will be shown how to identify trees, edit data and more using GreenprintMaps.

EAST SAC LIFE page 20 VOLUNTEER FROM page 17 include education programs, an annual conference, support groups, care consultations, online resources and a phone hotline that is answered by Alzheimer’s Association staffers 24/7. As the number of families impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias has increased, so has the need for services in our area. It is the rare family that has not been, or will not be, scarred by this terrible disease. Participating with our neighbors on July 26 is a small but meaningful way to fight back. To learn more about this important event, please go to or call 4928966. If you or a loved one has been impacted by Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, I encourage you to reach out to Alzheimer’s Association for information and support at or (800) 272-3900. Howard Posner lives in East Sacramento. n

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Digital technology is not required to enjoy the trees and the tour. Attendees are asked to meet on the west lawn of Shepard Garden and Arts Center at 3330 McKinley Blvd. For more information or to sign up for the tour, go to or call 924-8733.

FOOD TRUCK MANIA Twice a month, food trucks gather in local parks for an event called Food Truck Mania.

On the second Friday of each month, more than 10 local food truck vendors set up in McKinley Park. On the second Friday of each month, more than 10 local food truck vendors set up in McKinley Park. There is also music and a beer and wine garden featuring Hoppy Brewing beer. The trucks park near the children’s playground. On the fourth Friday, the trucks gather in Tahoe Park at 3501 59th St. Both events are from 5 to 8 p.m. Food Truck Mania will be held every month until October.


More than 130 high school students and adults from East Sac’s Fremont Presbyterian Church spent spring break in Camalu, San Quintin, Mexico.

LOVE EMBROIDERY? The local chapter of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America will meet on Monday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at SMUD, located at 6301 S St. The meeting is free and guests are welcome. For more information about the club, call 223-2751.

MERCY GUILD AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS Mercy General Hospital Guild recently awarded 12 scholarships to junior volunteers graduating from high school this year. At an awards dinner in April, scholarships of $800 each were awarded to Ella Alazaroy (Rosemont High School), Kritika Amanjee (Granite Bay High School), Helen Chan (West Campus High School), Heather David (C. K. McClatchy High School), Emily Eby (C. K. McClatchy High School), Monica Jimenez (Mira Loma High School), Paul Kozel

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HOME TOURS COMING UP Mark your calendar for these upcoming home tours: The Sacramento Old City Association home tour will take place Sunday, Sept. 21, featuring homes on the J Street corridor in Midtown. On Sunday, Sept. 28, Friends of East Sacramento’s Urban Renewal Home Tour will be held. Sacred Heart Parish School’s annual Holiday Home Tour will be the first weekend in December.


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East Lawn Memorial Park will offer a free luncheon and educational seminar, The Privilege of Planning, on Thursday, June 12, at 11:30 a.m. The 20-minute presentation will focus on the importance of family involvement in the process of advance

The city’s household junk pickup program is taking appointments for the 2014 season. This year, all residential customers can make two appointments for the free pickup of acceptable bulky items including yard waste. Household junk pickup occurs through October.

Accepted items include yard waste, one appliance, TVs, computers, e-waste, furniture, mattresses, carpet, toys, and four unmounted tires. The city will collect up to five cubic yards of material per appointment— approximately the amount that will fit into the bed of a pickup truck. Extra charges may apply if the load is in excess of five cubic yards. Accepted items include yard waste, one appliance, TVs, computers, e-waste, furniture, mattresses, carpet, toys, and four unmounted tires. A full list of acceptable items and guidelines for the household junk pickup program can be found at sacrecycle. org. To request an appointment, call 311 or go to Lisa Schmidt can be reached at The deadline for inclusion of items in this column is the fifth of the month preceding the month of publication. n






ver the past three and a half years, I have had the privilege of serving my community on the board of education. I have learned an enormous amount about how public education in California works … or doesn’t work, depending upon your perspective. I have become deeply involved in current educational debates. And I have discussed how our particular community views its local schools with parents, politicians, community leaders and students. This article is a direct result.

It is a fact that a majority of the students attending school in the Sacramento City Unified School District live in poverty. Upward of 70 percent of our student population receives free or reduced-price lunches under federal law. We also have a significant population of Englishlanguage learners; many students are newly arrived immigrants. At the same time, East Sacramento does not have large numbers of students living in poverty or students whose first language is not English. Bluntly, our community is different from most of the school district, and the students who attend our local schools generally don’t come from the same socioeconomic background as the majority of students in Sacramento. I have tried to bridge this divide throughout my tenure. I believe that public education is better off when it is populated by students and families from all socioeconomic stations. Diversity should be celebrated and the involvement of students from all parts of society should be supported in our schools. Our community deserves thriving public schools that educate

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students well and serve the general welfare. Although I understand the marked issues with educating children in poverty, I have also tried to strike a balance in our larger, districtwide debates. I have fought for greater understanding that all children deserve a modicum of resources, regardless of their economic situation. I have constantly advocated for our area schools across a number of public policy debates. I fought for the transformation of Caleb Greenwood and Kit Carson to International Baccalaureate schools, creating a new educational option for families in our area. I have asked the district to fairly allocate bond monies so that our area facilities are prioritized. I have promoted a focus on student achievement, parent support and community connections so that our schools are held up as examples of what is right with our local public education system. It is axiomatic that children from poverty need more educational support. But I have long believed, and continue to advocate, that students from middle- and upperclass backgrounds are deserving of support as well. Through the years, I have had an opportunity to visit our local schools and talk with parents on many occasions. I have a deep respect for the power of parents at the school-site level. Our local schools are successful because of the hard work of parents. I have seen firsthand how parental involvement impacts student success. I think parental involvement works in two ways. First, parents push their children to perform well academically and socially. They ensure that student

success starts and ends at home through a combination of exhortation and support. As I engage in conversations with parents in our community, I see a direct connection between parental involvement and student success.

East Sacramento schools are notable for their fully functioning parent organizations. The commitment and effort of each organization is central to the success of our area schools. Second, parents also volunteer their time, energy and money for their individual school sites. East Sacramento schools are notable for their fully functioning parent organizations. I have visited many parent-teacher organizations over the last few years. The commitment and effort of each organization is central to the success of our area schools. These parents put in uncountable hours. Their efforts benefit every child who attends that particular school. Even casting a wider net, parents in our community find innumerable ways to connect with school sites, improving and building upon the foundations established by those before them.

One of the chief concerns I have when visiting district schools in other areas is the lack of connection between a school site and its parents. When there is no connection, the school atmosphere is noticeably different. The school feels untethered from the community around it. And student success suffers to varying degrees. In our community, when I visit a school site, I always see the connection between parents and the school. Whether it takes the form of a new project or afterschool activity, a parent walking the school hall on the way to volunteer in a classroom, or the scene of a school at afternoon pickup time, I know that our schools have a deep and abiding connection with its parents. Ultimately, our community is better for these connections and relationships. The past few years have afforded me an opportunity to engage directly with district staff. I have found that there is a unique relationship between a school district bureaucracy—including upper management and the superintendent—and individual school sites. At times, the district gets in the way of the good work being done at individual school sites. The district has a tendency to engage in top-down management that mandates a number of processes and procedures but does little to assist in carrying them out. The district also has a tendency to come up with solutions to problems before seeking input from local decision makers and people. The district can also change school-

site goals rather indiscriminately and without warning, forcing local educational leaders to constantly react and repurpose their resources. This leads to a more chaotic system.

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here is only a tiny handful of policy wonks who actually look forward to the release each year of the city manager’s proposed city budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1. I’m one of them. City budget manager Leyne Milstein drove that point home in my interview of her last month, joking that I was one of only three people who have actually read the document that only a wonk could endure, much less enjoy. But endure it I did and, knowing that most of you don’t spend your nights curled up with the city budget, I’m offering you the CliffsNotes version of it this month. The good news is that after five years of battling chronic budget deficits, city manager John Shirey is proposing a $383 million generalfund budget that actually ekes out a small $2 million budget surplus. (The total city budget, which includes fee-collecting “enterprise funds” like city utilities, the convention center and marina, is actually $872 million, but most attention is paid to the city’s general-fund budget, which funds basic city services such as police, fire,


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parks, etc.) That means no cuts next year in services or city employees. All three of the city’s primary sources of income (property, sales and utility user taxes) are expected to grow modestly next year with Sacramento’s very modest economic recovery. The city will see a onetime bump in property taxes from the rapid return of housing prices to 2008 levels, which will lead to a quick restoration of reassessments for many (particularly newer) homeowners. The 11 percent utility tax on city utilities is generating a gusher of new taxes for the general fund as a result of three years of double-digit hikes in water and sewer rates. (The final year of hikes kicks in on July 1.) But the city decided in 2012 to set aside those fresh revenues ($3.8 million next year) to fund a new subsidy program to insulate low-income homeowners (but not low-income renters) from the impact of the major run-up in water and sewer rates. Given the city’s coming fiscal problems (see below), don’t be surprised if this new welfare program gets the ax sometime in the next few years. The one-half-cent sales tax hike approved in 2012, Measure U, is expected to bring in $31 million next year, up from $29 million this year. The city, having already used current Measure U money to reopen all browned-out fire stations, plans to use it next year to hire 14 new sworn police officers and preserve 10 police positions that are funded with expiring grants. Measure U, however, expires in five years, and city officials have announced no plans to adapt the city budget over the next few years to a post-Measure U world. My city

hall sources report that city officials hope to make the case to voters in 2018 that an extension of the tax is essential to avoid cuts in city services, which may be considered by some residents who voted for Measure U a breach of faith since it was sold as a temporary fix of the city’s temporary budgetary problems.

The 11 percent utility tax on city utilities is generating a gusher of new taxes for the general fund as a result of three years of double-digit hikes in water and sewer rates. On the expense side of the budget, the city is actually “bending the cost curve” and reining in health-care costs for current employees. From 2009 until 2013, the city’s cost of health care per employee rose from about $10,500 to more than $15,000. By offering city employees a $2,000 incentive (all right, call it a bribe) to shift from traditional insurance coverage to a high-deductible, healthsavings-account-based health plan, the city, for the first time in memory, is actually holding the line on healthcare costs on a year-over-year basis. With the arrival of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), the city is dealing with the ACA’s requirement that benefits be provided

to all employees working “full time,” meaning 30 or more hours per week. Like private employers, the city is making sure that part-time employees do not exceed 30 hours per week without having a darn good reason for doing so. Also, the city is expected to be caught by the ACA’s 40 percent excise tax on “Cadillac” health-care coverage beginning in 2018 due to the generosity of its coverage. The Cadillac tax kicks in on individual coverage valued at more than $10,200 annually and family coverage valued at more than $27,500 annually. One question that remains unanswered is whether the city could reduce its health-care costs for current and retired employees if it were to shift health coverage for lower-paid workers from city plans to plans offered under the ACA, taking advantage of the significant ACA subsidies. Several cities around the country are actively considering such shifts. Human resources director Geri Hamby, however, was unavailable to discuss the issue. A major uncertainty for the city in planning next year’s budget is that it’s negotiating new contracts with each of its major unions. The city and the police union are locked in binding arbitration that will result in a highrisk “winner take all” resolution, with one side or the other prevailing based on the terms of its last best offer. The city is trying to compel police to pay their full “employee’s share” of pension contributions, which amounts to 9 percent of their salary. The only significant change in the city’s fiscal circumstances since CITY HALL page 26

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Measure U was approved by voters in 2012 has been the council’s approval of the arena deal and issuance of up to $325 million of arena bonds. The arena bonds will impose a projected $21.9 million annual hit to the general fund, softened by the $6.5 million annual lease payments (which will increase 3 percent annually) from the Kings owners. The city plans to cover the net $15.4 million shortfall, at least in the first three years, by borrowing more on the arena bonds and by tapping a modest one-time $6 million liquidity reserve that the city plans to fund from the city’s hotel tax. After the first three years, the city expects to cover the shortfall through a major increase in city parking profits, according to city treasurer Russ Fehr, despite the fact that close to one-half of city parking garage spaces are being handed over to the Kings owners as part of the arena deal. But there is a disconnect between Fehr’s projection that the city’s parking profits will increase by $7.5 million and Milstein’s far more modest projection that city parking revenues and expenditures will grow by 1 percent to 2 percent annually for the next five years. Fehr claims that the city plans to rapidly grow parkingmeter profits by expanding the number, hours, rates and locations of parking meters in the city. If so, either no one told Milstein or she’s not buying the projected rapid rise in parking profits. Fehr claims that measures to hike parking profits are not being designed merely to raise revenue for the arena. According to Fehr, the city’s public works department developed the measures to “modernize” the parking system and use it most efficiently. This is, to put it charitably, balderdash. The plan to increase parking profits was developed solely to fund the city’s arena obligations. If the plan to greatly increase parking profits had originated in the public works department, the city budget director would have been privy to the plan and would’ve included the higher profits in the city’s five-year budget forecast.

Why is this rather obscure budgetary issue so important? Because the Legislature enacted a statute in 1943 limiting how local governments can use profits from municipal parking. It provides that such profits can be used only to fund a municipality’s parking operations and may not be used for any other purpose (like making arena bond payments). Fehr is trying his best to portray his plan to spike parking profits as an ongoing city effort to “modernize” city parking and make it more “efficient” in order to shoehorn his arena financing plan into the state law that strictly limits the use of muni profits to supporting parking operations. In my view, and as a president from Texas used to say, that dog won’t hunt. A taxpayer suit may be brought against the city to enforce the state law restriction on the use of parking profits (or under Proposition 26, which limits the amount a government can charge for certain fees to the “reasonable cost” of services). If such a suit succeeds in embargoing parking profits from being used to make arena bond payments, the city will have to scramble to fund the $15.4 million annual arena bond funding shortfall through other means, most likely by using the tried-and-true method of cutting city services. The city manager is projecting that the general fund will return to deficit in two years, starting with a $2.2 million deficit in 2016, a $12 million deficit in 2018 and by 2019, due to sharp increases in pension contributions mandated by CalPERS and the 2019 expiration of Measure U, leaping to $41 million of red ink. If higher parking profits are either not realized or are legally prevented from being used to fund arena bond payments, the general-fund deficit would likely grow to around $53 million. The city is being hammered with a third round of pension contribution hikes from CalPERS. The first two hikes were to deal with losses in the pension fund’s portfolio and a reduction in its forecasted earnings rate on invested funds from 7.75 percent to 7.5 percent. The latest

rules that ignore the current costs being run up for city retiree healthcare costs, as well as deferred maintenance of city facilities. Because the city hasn’t been setting aside funding for retiree health-care costs until very recently, the city is facing a $470 million unfunded liability for such costs. The city is accruing $29 million per year in such costs, which are owed to city employees for services rendered in the current year, but which are not reflected in the city’s general-fund budget. If the current costs of providing retiree health-care benefits were included, the projected $2 million surplus would become a $27 million deficit, while the $41 million projected deficit in 2019 would become a $70 million deficit. This year, for the first time, the city manager is proposing a contribution to a trust fund for such costs as part of the annual budgeting process. While the $1 million allocation is largely symbolic, it’s a start. Unfortunately, it’s also designated as a one-time allocation, not a recurring one.

Another off-budget expense that misses the general-fund budget is the accrual of deferred-maintenance expenses. The city currently has a $37.4 million backlog of deferred maintenance on city facilities and intends to accrue (instead of paying) another $1.5 million to $2 million in deferred-maintenance expenses in the coming year. If the city council is wise, it would protect its physical assets by using its $2 million surplus next year to fully fund current maintenance costs—and set up a funding plan to work off the $37.4 million maintenance backlog as soon as practicable. Author’s note: This column went to press before the May 20 city council meeting at which the council was expected to approve the arena deal and the sale of arena bonds. Craig Powell is a local attorney, businessman, community activist and president of Eye on Sacramento, a civic watchdog and policy group. He can be reached at craig@ or 718-3030. n

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contribution increase (to be phased in over five years) is both good news and bad news. The good news is that city employees are living much longer. The bad news is that the city must pay for their pensions for a longer time. Cumulatively, these increases will raise the city’s annual CalPERS contribution by $33 million over the next five years, from the current $49 million to $82 million. In terms of salaries, the city’s current pension contribution rate for public safety workers will rise from 31 percent of salary to about 42 percent. For all other city employees, the rate will increase from 14.5 percent of salary to almost 19 percent. Also looming on the horizon is the possibility of a fourth increase in the pension contribution rate should the CalPERS board conclude that the new 7.5 percent earnings assumption is still too optimistic, as pension reformers, a major ratings agency (Moody’s) and even the Government Accounting Standards Board assert. While the city manager’s proposed budget reflects a small surplus, it relies on weak government accounting

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athy Taylor first got interested in trains when she was a child in Thailand, riding the rails to visit her father, who worked for Air America airline. Then in high school, her history class visited the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station, a faithful re-creation of the western terminus of America’s transcontinental railroad, when it opened in Old Sac in 1976, and her fascination grew. When the Railroad History Museum opened in 1981, she picked up a brochure and got involved as a volunteer. Last October, the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums honored Taylor with a lifetime achievement award for her significant contributions to railway museums and heritage throughout the United States, and for her involvement with the California State Railroad Museum complex in Old Sacramento, which hosts more than 500,000 visitors annually. “What set her apart was the important role she played in developing the California State Railroad Museum, which is one of the most influential railroad museums nationwide,” says Aaron Isaacs, chair of the association’s award committee. “While there are some other very good museums, CSRM sets the standard for the industry. Cathy deserves credit for much of that.” Taylor, who lives in East Sacramento, is now chief of the archeology, history and museums division of California State Parks. “It’s important to remember our


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Cathy Taylor has always been fascinated by trains

history so as not to repeat the past,” she says. “But more important, preserving our heritage really helps define us as people and gives us purpose and meaning to life, and a touchstone from where we come from.”

While Sacramento boasts a worldclass art museum and is building a new downtown arena, the city is at its core a railroad town, according to Taylor. “How Sacramento is set up and how it’s evolved is very much the story of the railroad,” she explains.

Kevin Keefe, a former editor of Trains magazine, nominated Taylor for the lifetime achievement award. The two have been friends and colleagues for more than 25 years, ever since meeting at the annual convention of the Tourist Railway Association in Ohio in 1987. “I was a relatively new associate editor at Trains magazine, and Cathy was with a team of go-getter professionals from CSRM,” Keefe says. “They, and she, made a huge impression on me. They struck me as the very models for the kinds of people we needed in railroad preservation. They had the right training, the right instincts and they cared deeply about the subject.” The award noted her leadership as part of the team that launched Sacramento Southern Railroad, the railroad museum’s popular tourist excursion available on weekends out of Old Sacramento. She played an instrumental role in the state’s acquisition of the railroad line from Southern Pacific, which began tourist operations in the early ’80s. The steam-powered train takes passengers on a 40-minute round trip along the Sacramento River levee and provides a significant source of funding for the museum. Taylor says the project was considered risky and not wholeheartedly supported by California State Parks, which balked at the idea of a ragtag group of volunteers operating the endeavor. But organizers brought in experts to train volunteers on being brakemen and conductors. “They thought, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to run trains with a whole bunch of volunteers,’” Taylor recalls.

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was responsible for the rehabilitation of the Governor’s Mansion and the opening of Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park in downtown in 2005. Now, as a division chief for California State Parks, Taylor oversees statewide cultural heritage programs and projects, including the California Statewide Museum Collections Center, a new 200,000-square-foot facility that houses sensitive heritage collections. One of her biggest personal and professional achievements, though, remains her involvement with Sacramento’s railroad museum complex. “I really invested my heart and soul in that place from 1982 to 2012, so 30 years of my life,” Taylor says. “To be involved in making the California State Railroad Museum one of the most visited railroad museums in the country—to me, that’s a huge source of pride.” Sena Christian can be reached at n

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400s—organized by ZIP code. Like most of this bright businessman’s actions, there’s a method to his madness. “Calling references will give you a lot more information than simply, ‘Yes, they did a good job, on time and on budget,’ ” Baker says. “You might learn about things people would do differently if they did it over. “You should learn how the company’s employees were to work with. Were they considerate of my family? Did they respect the rest of my property? Were they clean and tidy? Did they communicate well through the course of our relationship? Were they helpful in

solving issues/problems throughout the project? “You might be really surprised at the things past clients might discuss with you that you would never consider at the early stages of a project.” For Baker, more information is good information, especially when a client is looking at making a major investment in improving their home for years to come. “Don’t be swayed by the bottom line,” Baker cautions. “Obviously there’s no money tree, but you’re investing—you need to get the most out of your money. IKEA might come in with the lowest bid, but how can

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SHOPTALK FROM page 32 In addition to the advancing age of some of his clients, Baker has noticed an uptick in the interest surrounding green remodeling—“the whole ‘green’ thing,” as he calls it. To meet a growing demand for more eco-conscious housing features, the city of Sacramento is working on a series of guidelines and building codes to address the increased interest in residential projects such as gray water recycling systems (bathroom water being recycled to irrigate property, for example). But regardless of how gray, green or otherwise a project may be, Baker recommends considering one other crucial reality of a remodel. “Be sure to consider the emotional trauma of living through a remodel,” Baker says. “I tell folks I will guarantee one thing over all else: You will get to the point where you want us out of your house—and we won’t even be there yet. Therein lies the value of references. I have people tell me that they didn’t realize how much it would mean to them that the workers left the toilet seat down until they had them in their house day after day.” So go ahead, call any one of Baker’s hundreds of references. We bet they’ll tell you he left the seat down. In need of a new kitchen or refreshed bath? Call Baker and his team at D&J Kitchens and Baths Inc. at 925-2577 or go to

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BELLA BRU! Two decades is a long time for any business to last, but in the case of local cafe Bella Bru, which celebrates its 21st anniversary this month, some things get better with age. “Our business has always been about responding to neighborhood wants and needs,” says Bella Bru owner Liz Mishler. “We started as a cafe, a neighborhood gathering spot that offers affordable, gourmet food in a casual atmosphere. But customers wanted Bella Bru to be more.” Since founding Bella Bru in 1993, Mishler has overseen its steady expansion even amid the economic woes of the past several years. To


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The French-cafe-in-your-ownbackyard appeal of Bella Bru and Luna Lounge continues to draw regular crowds, a testament to Mishler and her team’s consistent, and often cutting-edge, offerings. “We always try to keep abreast of food and drink trends and adapt our menus to reflect those ideas,” Mishler says. “The menus change with the seasons, our creative chefs have nightly specials and the small plate menu has been really popular.” And, as always, Bella Bru’s heavensent bakery scents are like nothing else in town. “We still bake all of our own breads, pies, cakes, bagels and sell to a long list of wholesale customers,” Mishler says. “We even make wedding cakes! The bakery seems to be the best-kept secret in town, but it assures that the (local) cafes will have great baked products—the freshest around.” But Mishler’s proudest accomplishment, after the longevity of her local establishment and the newand-improved Luna Lounge?

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survive as a restaurant in any climate is a feat, but Mishler was up for the challenge, and adapted accordingly by cutting costs where she could while maintaining the stellar service and impressive menu that had put her on the map. Now Mishler boasts three Bella Bru outposts in the region (at its original location in Carmichael, in Natomas and in El Dorado Hills) and customers couldn’t be happier. But what really makes Mishler grin is the updated Luna Lounge attached to Bella Bru in Carmichael. Although the lounge is seven years old, it recently underwent a patio expansion complete with waterfall that will significantly increase its capacity and ability to serve hungry (and thirsty) Arden-area patrons. “(After we’d been open for a while,) the natural outgrowth was to create Luna Lounge, a neighborhood bar

serving food and beverages,” Mishler explains. “It also offers late-night dining and has a private party room upstairs.” The addition of a full bar helped Bella Bru capitalize on the barfly culture that has seemed to capture the Sacramento imagination over the past decade. “It’s a challenge to stay current with cocktail trends and match the culinary diversity we’ve established in the cafe,” Mishler says. “We handcraft drinks, from muddled cocktails to the classics—which are making a big comeback. Regular customers stop by many times during the week knowing that there will always be special additions to the menu like dinner entrées, local beers, wines and specialty cocktails. Some even walk over, getting exercise as well as dinner.”

“We have many customers who have met in the cafe or lounge. Many have even married. It’s gratifying to know that we’ve provided a neighborhood gathering place that has resulted in so much happiness.” “We have many customers who have met in the cafe or lounge,” she says. “Many have even married. It’s gratifying to know that we’ve provided a neighborhood gathering place that has resulted in so much happiness.” SHOPTALK page 36


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SHOPTALK FROM page 34 Keep the fresh-baked bread, delectable dishes and top-notch drinks coming, and we bet Bella Bru will be celebrating another 21 years before Mishler knows it. Celebrate Bella Bru’s birthday and the reopening of the Luna Lounge from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 22 at the Luna Lounge Patio Party with live music, food and drink service and “other surprises.” For more information, go to Bella Bru is at 5038 Fair Oaks Blvd.

A HEALTHY SOLUTION “Yoga is for all people, not just 20-year-olds,” insists Jennifer Sadugor, owner of the Yoga Solution studio on Elvas Avenue. “I work with people in wheelchairs and people who’ve run the Boston Marathon. Yoga is adaptable to so many different abilities. Our philosophy at the studio is being able to help people work wherever they are.” This all-inclusive attitude has drawn students to Sadugor for more than 18 years—she established the Yoga Solution in April 1996, just weeks after moving up to Sacramento from Los Angeles. “I wasn’t here two days when I got a phone call from a woman who had broken her ankle asking if I would teach her yoga classes while her leg was healing,” Sadugor says. She agreed, and soon found herself renting space all over the city—at the Turn Verein on J Street, in the main clubhouse of the Campus Commons housing community, at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Sierra Boulevard—all with one goal in mind:

Jennifer Sadugor (far left) started The Yoga Solution in 1996

helping others with yoga the way yoga had helped her. Sadugor came to the calming practice after 12 years as an office administrator for a law firm in L.A. Panic attacks and the stress of her job were taking their toll and she decided she needed a different outlet before she ruined her health. “I knew from the first class (I took) that yoga was going to help,” Sadugor says. “I knew somehow that yoga was going to change my life, and the more I practiced, the more I realized it was going to help me.” Fast-forward 18 years and Sadugor owns her own studio and oversees a

staff of 10 teachers, each as dedicated to the myriad benefits of yoga as she is. “All of the teachers are well-loved by the students,” Sadugor says. “A major part of that is because of what they bring: They’re stable, they’re passionate about yoga and they like to share what they learn. I couldn’t have hand-picked or hand-designed each teacher better.” In some cases, that’s nearly what Sadugor did: If she met a yoga teacher who was looking for a place to practice, she would often offer them a class or two of hers to take over. When Sadugor realized how much she

enjoyed working with these emerging educators, she decided to offer them a 200-hour teacher training program that gave them even more specific skills—and a place to work once they’d graduated. Now, Sadugor has an inspiring stable of yogis whom she’s proud to call colleagues. "Without them, what would there be?” she says simply. Perfect your downward dog with Sadugor—or seek yoga therapy for various ailments—at the Yoga Solution, 5290 Elvas Ave. For more information, call 383-7933 or go to n

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ameerah Abdullah could have just fallen through the cracks. Like so many residents of downtown single-roomoccupancy hotels, she was living hand to mouth, struggling with the demons of addiction and mental illness. When she walked through the door of the nonprofit agency TLCS, she was at the lowest point in her life. Today, Abdullah is the picture of dedicated volunteerism. Over the past three and a half years, she has organized and energized TLCS’s food distribution program, making a difference in the lives of scores of mentally ill seniors in the downtown area. Through her efforts, homebound elderly residents of several of the hotels receive custom care packages personally delivered with love. “Their rent is $550 to $600 a month, not including utilities, and they receive an average of $700 to $1,100 a month,” says SRO case manager Sharon Berry. “There’s no cooking allowed in their rooms, and they share a bathroom and laundry room. How can they afford to eat? Either they go to Loaves & Fishes or they’re being robbed by the corner grocery store.”


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Volunteer extraordinare Sameerah Abdullah helps a client load up his groceries at TLCS

On a meager budget of $200 a month, the TLCS program stocks its pantry with food purchased from Senior Gleaners, sent over from Sacramento Food Bank or donated by local businesses. On Friday mornings, residents from 20 nearby SRO hotels

and senior apartments, as well as many homeless, line up for food. For those unable to leave their rooms, Abdullah is a godsend. “Sameerah knows just what people need to eat,” says Berry. “She knows if they’re diabetic or vegetarian, and she also

knows about their different cultures. She makes a connection with them, and that’s very important.” TLCS’s SRO program office has one part-time and two full-time paid staffers, so it relies heavily on volunteers like Abdullah. Most are former clients of the program. Few have had the impact that Abdullah has had. “We stumbled along before she came,” says Berry, “and now I don’t know what we’d do without her.” When the case managers are out of the office, Abdullah runs things. Abdullah is candid about her journey to this point in her life. “I was busted for drugs, and I had to come here to use the phone every day,” she says. “I started pulling myself together. My faith is strong, and I decided to use my energy to be productive.” When she first came to TLCS, she was living downtown in Hotel Sequoia with sex offenders and parolees, cleaning up after everyone and compulsively recycling. She had also raised four children and held many physically demanding jobs. She wasn’t afraid to take on a new project. She started at a desk job, “not thinking she could do anything,” says Berry. “She’s done that and more. She single-handedly runs the food closet. She multitasks like nobody’s business. There aren’t enough words to express the gratitude we have for her every day.” It’s a never-ending challenge: people walking in from Greyhound buses, sleeping on the doorstep, waiting just to use the phone or get a cup of coffee. TLCS provides support and services to the mentally ill homeless and elderly. Having been on the other side of the handouts, Abdullah knows exactly what these

people are going through. “I’ve lived in this community,” she says. “When they come in here, they have problems, and we don’t need to make them worse. We give them coffee and a place that’s warm and safe. If I was in that position, I would want my family to know that I’m taken care of.”

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“This woman here is the definition of a hometown hero,” says TLCS development director Erin Johansen. “She has compassion because she experienced this stuff herself, plus she has a boatload of energy that she can channel and do amazing things.” Johansen says that the SRO program has seen its primary funding sources dwindle or disappear in recent years. “It’s funded by a ragtag of cobbledtogether resources,” making someone with Abdullah’s skills and vision indispensable. “This community saved my life,” says Abdullah. “This is how I’m giving back. I live for that. All I have is love. Now my kids are proud of me, and I’m back on track. Now I get respect, but I give respect too.” For more information about TLCS, go to Donations of nonperishable food products, such as canned goods, cereal and rice, are always needed and welcomed. Terry Kaufman can be reached at n

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oday’s college professors do a lot more than deliver lectures and grade student papers. Just ask Elaine O’Brien. A professor of art history at Sacramento State University, O’Brien writes books, recruits guest lecturers, serves on art juries and organizes art symposiums with leading arts educators from around the country. “Education is changing a lot, especially technology,” says O’Brien, who specializes in modern and contemporary art history and theory. “We’re all figuring out how to take advantage of it without losing what we care about, which is direct interaction with real people. That’s important.” According to O’Brien, Sac State is very supportive of its professors. “My job,” she says, “gives me this institution behind me so that I can use their publicity, their rooms, their equipment. And if I want to do a lecture series or produce a newsletter, I can.” Recently, O’Brien formed a committee of local arts professionals to organize the university’s Permanent Art Collection. Sac State owns fabulous works of art, including pieces by local artists Ruth Rippon and Robert Arneson and by internationally known artists Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Frank Stella. But the collection remains mostly out of sight. Lacking a permanent museum space, the art has been haphazardly stashed for years. “The goal is to get it under professional management, and that includes proper storage,” explains


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O’Brien. “It needs a proper place for display and a knowledgeable person overseeing and taking care of it.” She adds, “Unfortunately, the art department doesn’t have the means to properly administer the collection.” Although O’Brien finds her work inspiring, she and her colleagues face the realities of tightened budgets. “It’s hard on the students because the classes are bigger,” she says. “The more students you have per teacher, the less the students get.” Sac State’s art department has been shrinking, she says. “We’d really like to add another full-time art historian. I’d also like to hire somebody who could teach curatorial studies. I’m sure we

could easily fill these classes right away.” Specializing in modern and contemporary art history is “all about falling in love,” says O’Brien, who lives in Midtown. “It’s a passion. It’s a subject I know I will never, ever lose interest in. I don’t want to offend anybody, but I believe it’s the most relevant. This is the art of living people.” She adds, “I’ve never been interested in history for history’s sake. It just doesn’t interest me.” O’Brien has a reputation as a tough and knowledgeable instructor. Soft spoken but commanding, she structures her classes around lectures paired with carefully culled slides of

important artworks. She’s also been known to guide students through museums. O’Brien says she strives to give students “a way of thinking: critical thinking.” “Elaine O’Brien is one of the most intelligent individuals I’ve ever met,” says Terry Lee, a former student and Sac State alum. “She held me to her standards, which were very rigorous. I was awarded for my hard work, but it was not what you would call an easy A.” After raising two children in Southern California, O’Brien made a midlife decision to shift gears and resume her education, earning a Ph.D. in art history from

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arking spots are only for cars, right? Wrong. These spots can actually become openair mini-parks where people sit, eat, drink, converse and enjoy the scenery. You can already see these parklets, as they’re called, in San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia and Nevada City. Now, Sacramento is poised to make room for some of our own. A makeshift parklet that sprung up outside the MARRS building in Midtown on national PARK(ing) Day last September revived interest in creating more green space in urban settings for the public to enjoy. The first PARK(ing) Day occurred in 2005 when employees from the art and design company Rebar fed some parking meters in San Francisco, laid sod and hung out until the meters’ time was up. Back then, people thought, you don’t hang out in parking spots. Those are reserved for cars. “It's kind of like how you can’t walk through a drive-through,” says Matt Winkler, operations general supervisor for the city of Sacramento’s parking division. “You’re not supposed to do that.” But maybe it’s wasn’t such a bad idea after all. City staff began examining how parklets could exist here in response to calls from merchants and pedestrian and bicycle advocates. “Word of mouth spread and next thing you know, people are asking how can we get that program here?” Winkler says.


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Communities all over the world are experimenting with creative parklets

In October, the city council first heard a presentation from staffers about the benefits of parklets, which are basically low decks installed in adjacent parking spots as an expansion of the sidewalk. The council approved a two-year pilot parklet program in March. If it proves successful, the city will move toward making these features a permanent part of the local landscape. Parklets are part of a bigger vision by the council to beautify utilitarian spaces and promote a bike- and pedestrianfriendly culture. Winkler says the program emulates San Francisco’s successful parklet

endeavor. The City by the Bay officially installed its first parklet in 2010. Now, there are more than three dozen. Sacramento is accepting applications from businesses interested in becoming one of six to 10 to be granted a revocable encroachment permit to cordon off pavement for a parklet. A review committee composed of, among others, representatives from Downtown Sacramento Partnership, Midtown Business Association and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District will determine who gets the permits. The air quality

district is offering $1,000 grants for projects that include two spaces for bike parking. “The Midtown Business Association is in support of parklets because they encourage our community to be less dependent on cars in a dense urban area, create a unique public space and challenge our city to continue to invest in unique urban design,” says Emily Baime Michaels, the association’s executive director. Permit recipients will be selected in July. Construction on the parklets should be complete by September. Applicants must meet a laundry list of criteria. The business must be front-facing the street and in a

25-mile-per-hour-or-less zone, and the plan must include appropriate lighting for safety, nearby garbage and proper drainage. Manholes can’t be covered and the decks must be enclosed with rails and meet all requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The review committee will also consider remediation plans for loss of parking in high-density areas. The committee wants to see that the applicant has solicited input from the public and adjacent businesses. “I want to make sure everybody wants this,” Winkler says. Parklets aren’t necessarily cheap. According to Winkler, they cost a business anywhere from $15,000 to $100,000 to construct. They’re also not permanent. If, for example, roadwork needs to be done or the hosting business closes, the city will remove the feature. According to Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, parklets make neighborhoods more inviting, reduce sidewalk and traffic congestion, improve air quality and increase the visibility of businesses.

At a city council meeting in March, SABA executive director Jim Brown said the parklets signal that streets are not only for cars.

Parklets aren’t necessarily cheap. They cost a business anywhere from $15,000 to $100,000 to construct. They’re also not permanent. “What is so important to us about this is it’s a step toward acknowledging that our streets are public places,” Brown said. “They are not the exclusive domain of cars. This is one of the first steps in making our streets a safer, calmer, friendlier place to visit and to do business.” Sena Christian can be reached at n






ast year I read the Bible— every word of it. I even have the documentation to prove it: a certificate signed by the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. It says, “Kevin Mims met The Bible Challenge by reading the Bible in one year, January 2013 to January 2014.” I may be the only atheist in town who can boast of having received such a citation. I was part of a group of people that met every Thursday, at noon, in a meeting hall at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento to discuss the Bible verses we had read that week. The Episcopal Church has a program called The Bible Challenge, which divides the text up into 365 easy installments. Each day, we were assigned a chapter or two of the Old Testament, a single psalm and a chapter of the New Testament. The people in my group tended to be older (in their 60s, 70s or 80s) and female. (I was one of only two men in the group.) The group included people who were raised in a variety of Christian faiths: Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, etc. One woman was


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raised a Seventh-day Adventist and tended to read the Bible very literally. The cradle Episcopalians tended to view the Bible more metaphorically. Because I couldn’t bring any religious faith to these meetings, I decided to bring the next best thing: cookies. I was the only member of the group who didn’t miss a single Thursday session, and I brought cookies to all of them. Our group sessions were presided over by an Episcopalian priest, but she didn’t make any effort to pass herself off as an expert on the Bible or to discourage heretical thinking. We were there simply to discuss our thoughts on what we had read. We were not required to conform to Episcopal orthodoxy—or any other orthodoxy, for that matter. Reading the Bible from cover to cover in a short period of time emphasizes just what an odd document it is. It is less a book than a collection of books, many of which seem to be in conflict with each other. The Song of Solomon, for instance, is a sequence of poems that celebrate sexual love. How it found its way into the Bible, I don’t know. It is filled with beautiful and suggestive imagery: “Let my beloved come to his garden, and eat its choicest fruits…” It would be difficult to run a longer quotation than that one without violating the standards of a family newspaper. Because sex is so often treated as a cause for shame and punishment in the Bible, it was refreshing to come upon a book that doesn’t have any Thou Shalt Nots in it, a book that celebrates love and allows its female narrator to talk openly about her desire without being

branded a harlot. The women in my group were particularly fond of it, having endured so many passages in the Bible that condemn women as wanton hussies.

So how did the members of my Bible Challenge group resolve these scriptural inconsistencies? We didn’t. The Bible, like humankind itself, is a record of evolution. Many biblical books seem to be in conflict with each other. In 2 Samuel, we see King David behaving appallingly, committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband murdered. But later, in the second Book of Chronicles, many a subsequent king of Israel is criticized for not being an upright, godly leader like David. Again and again, we are told that David never did anything wrong in the sight of the Lord, and yet earlier passages of the Bible have detailed much wrongdoing on David’s part. I was also surprised to see that the Bible contains some outright errors. In 2 Chronicles 21, we learn that King Jehoram of Israel died at age 40 and was succeeded by his son, Ahaziah, who was 42 at the time. The notes in the New Oxford Annotated Bible disclose that this error occurs in the

original, so here is clear evidence that the Bible can be wrong. While reading the Bible, I found it difficult to understand how anyone can claim to follow it to the letter. In Leviticus, for instance, we find the famous injunction, “Anyone who maims another shall suffer the same injury in return: fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth.” But in Matthew 5:39, Jesus says, “You have heard it said, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you do not resist an evildoer. If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also…” So which command should one follow if one wishes to live biblically? You could argue that Jesus’ words trump those of the author of Leviticus. After all Jesus (and later Paul) frequently contradicts Old Testament teaching. (For instance, the O.T. is full of dietary restrictions, but Jesus tells his followers to eat whatever they want. He also rejects the Pharisees’ strict interpretation of the O.T. injunction against working on the Sabbath.) And yet elsewhere in the Bible, Jesus insists that every word of the Old Testament is to be followed: “Do not think I have come to abolish the law (of the Old Testament) … For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law.” So how did the members of my Bible Challenge group resolve these scriptural inconsistencies? We didn’t. The Bible, like humankind itself, is a record of evolution. Its harshest passages and most WRITING LIFE page 48

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WRITING FROM page 46 draconian laws come in its earliest books. Gradually, the Bible becomes less about rulemaking and the punishment of evildoers and more about being kind to others and looking after the needy. In the Old Testament, the list of people who inspire the wrath of God is long and wearisome. He wants children stoned to death for disobeying their parents. He wants people punished for eating shellfish, getting tattoos, wearing polyblend clothing, shaving their beards, reading their horoscopes, working on Saturday, engaging in same-sex physical relations and a whole host of other behaviors that nowadays seem perfectly innocuous. Jesus’ list of evildoers is much shorter. He is silent on the matter of tattoos, horoscopes, homosexuality, beard shaving, polyblend clothing and most of the other Old Testament laws. Jesus saves most of his wrath for the rich. But even though the wealthy come in for a great deal of criticism from Jesus, he never comes close to calling for them to be

punished in any way, at least not here on earth, and he certainly doesn’t want them executed. When you read the entire Bible, it’s hard not to notice that it tends to evolve away from punishment and in the direction of greater forgiveness and kindness to others. It becomes less tribal and more universal. It becomes less about rules and more about personal choices. But even this evolutionary reading of the Bible is open for debate. After all, even Jesus, who often comes across as the ultimate peacenik, says at one point, “Do not think I have come to bring peace to the earth. I come not to bring peace but a sword.” To most of the Bible Challenge meetings I brought chocolate-chip cookies. Occasionally I decided to mix it up a bit. To one meeting, I brought a very popular type of cookie that I have always called a Russian tea cookie. When I showed up at the meeting with a bowlful of these, I was astounded to hear how many different names my fellow group members had for this one variety of cookie.

Some knew them as Mexican wedding cookies. Some knew them only as Christmas cookies. One woman called them Italian butterballs. Another called them pecan puffs. Another claimed they were known as ambrosia balls, while still another woman just called them snowballs.

Everyone in my group seemed to interpret the Bible in her own unique way. Rarely were we all in agreement about any particularly troubling passage of scripture. Regardless of what they were called, we all enjoyed them. And no one insisted that her particular name for the cookie was the only truly

accurate one. In that regard, the Bible is a bit like a Russian tea cookie. Everyone in my group seemed to interpret the Bible in her own unique way. Rarely were we all in agreement about any particularly troubling passage of scripture. There’s nothing wrong with reading the Bible and trying to live by it. But it’s important to recognize that everyone interprets scripture in his or her own way. We live in a world where few people can agree on what to call a cookie made with powdered pecans, flour, salt, butter, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and a bit of powdered sugar. We’ll only create trouble for ourselves and others if we insist that everyone interpret a book written thousands of years ago by numerous different authors over a period of many centuries exactly the way we ourselves interpret it. That’s what I learned from my year of reading the Bible. Kevin Mims can be reached at n

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ouldn’t it be cool if all those holes led to a room of fire?”“ Um, what? Leave it to my nephew Isaac to stun us all into silence at the San Francisco Zoo, exactly the way his father would have done in his own youth. We were standing in front of the zoo’s penguin enclosure, where those cute little tuxedoed birds waddled and nested and did a little swimming. In turn, the eight of us oohed and ahhed and admired them or pictured them in Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire— depending on who you are. Welcome to the Gandy family’s inaugural Cousins Day. When we hatched this little plan of taking five cousins to the San Francisco Zoo, it was admittedly with parental needs in mind. It is a scientific fact that when left alone with children during spring break, adults tend to lose brain cells at an alarming rate. What’s that? The fine print says it’s because they consume an inordinate amount of wine during those same 10 days. Regardless of the actual causes, too much unstructured time can make any adult a little nutty unless you have something to do. I’m not talking about video games; I’m talking about


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Even the human flamingoes felt it was too smelly at the zoo

getting outside and actually doing something. My younger brother, father to 10-year-old Isaac and 6-year-old Jaxson, was completely on board when I suggested we get our collective broods together for some cousin time. After all, our own cousins provided some of the best times in our childhood. Those relationships are priceless, and not just because those cousins taught us how to play Spin the Bottle. (Seriously, if you met my cousin Mark, you would have signed on in a minute.)

Sacramento has a perfectly delightful zoo, but our kids had been there dozens of times, and our family loves a good road trip. You get all that nice together time visiting in the car, and if you are lucky, one or more of the kids will fall asleep sometime between bickering about the radio station and pinching the kid next to them. From our early days in Orange County, road trips have been a way of life for us Gandys. San Francisco is a great family destination, too. There are many places where children of all ages can be entertained: Chinatown, the beach,

Fisherman’s Wharf … the list goes on. The City by the Bay is packed with educational experiences just waiting to be discovered. “Isaac, your dad went to school here in San Francisco,” I explained, while his smarty-pants cousin Emma retorted, “Yeah, right there in that tree.” In our family, we all think we are comedians. Isaac had the last laugh: “Well, that explains a lot.” And it did explain a lot. My brother went to San Francisco State, and yet he had to rely on his phone to map out directions to the zoo, Chinatown

and all the other attractions. What was he doing when he lived there, I wondered. Going to class?

All those years of trying to curb potty talk and now it’s the main attraction on our little family field trip. Nice. We made it to the zoo, and of course we consulted the handy map to see what the attractions were that month. Grizzly feedings? The train that goes around the property? No, the big attraction in April was “The Scoop on Poop.” All those years of trying to curb potty talk and now it’s the main attraction on our little family field trip. Nice. According to the zoo, “Animals use poop to build homes, hide from enemies, attract mates, send messages and cool off—some even eat it! Poop

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is a scientific puzzle, and with a little detective work, you can learn a lot about an animal by what it leaves behind.” Here is what the cousins learned about poop: It repels children from the zoo. We all know that where there are animals, there will be animal droppings. And, as the famous children’s book proclaims, everyone

poops. The zoo’s poop display sent 12-year-old Nick running for the hills. Dung may be used to build homes and start fires, but it also smells. Gather the dung from a variety of animals all housed in the zoo, and it smells a lot. At first, we had fun. We enjoyed several exhibits, including one where we got to see the most adorable gathering of ring-tailed lemurs all curled up together, eliciting

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“He can’t!” she proclaimed. “He doesn’t believe in God.” “That was rude!” Becky said. Then, not one to miss a teachable moment, Becky turned to her whiteboard and added the girl’s name to a discipline list. Years earlier, I introduced a similarly teachable moment to an Air National Guard commander when she dropped by for an impromptu visit. “How are you, chaplain?” she asked from outside my open office door. Keeping protocol, I stood to answer; but perhaps since I measured at least a foot taller than she, she insisted I keep my seat. “What are you working on today?” she asked, seeming genuinely interested in a friendly chat. “I’m trying to write a retirement prayer for a squadron commander, but I’m having trouble finding the right fit.” “Fit?” “Yes,” I said. “The retiree is a Buddhist, but since our audience will likely be Christian, I’ll need something acceptable to both. Silence.

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I kept talking. “I’m thinking about using this Buddhist poem our retiree has selected for the ceremony handout.” I passed it to her and watched her lips silently move, her facial contortions building on every word. “You should use a Christian prayer,” she suggested. “After all, this is a Christian Air Force.” Now it was my turn to wear a disappointed expression. “You don’t see it that way?” she asked. Like Becky, I paused to reflect. Then, recognizing the careershortening possibilities of my answer, I respectfully stood to share my thoughts. “No, ma’am. I’m sorry, but I don’t.” While I can’t recall my exact words, it was something like this: “Ma’am, we serve in an Air Force that is made up primarily of Christians, but I don’t think that our majority status makes us a Christian Air Force.” Sensing I needed to serve the whole enchilada, I forged ahead. “We are sworn to protect the Christian majority just as much as we pledged to protect and serve the minorities of all faiths.” Then, I took my seat, sure that my position expressed the principles in the 10th chapter of John’s Gospel. Most Christians recognize this chapter as the one where Jesus so famously introduces himself as the “good shepherd.” However, Jesus also includes a cryptic saying that seems to oppose those who sequester themselves in theologically gated communities. “I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them,

also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”

“We are sworn to protect the Christian majority just as much as we pledged to protect and serve the minorities of all faiths.” Unfortunately, neither of the two ladies mentioned in this column seemed to get that part of the scripture. At the end of that school day, my wife phoned the girl’s mother to share her thoughts on pluralism in a public school. Not surprisingly, the mother gave an answer not unlike her daughter’s. As for my commander, she expressed no further objections to the poem/prayer. Unfortunately, five years after my conversation with the commander, a malignant brain tumor put a tragic end to her promising career. However, my guess is that her best teachable moment came when she was welcomed into heaven with salutes and open arms from all of Jesus’ flocks. Norris Burkes is a chaplain, syndicated columnist, national speaker and author of the book “No Small Miracles.” He can be reached at You can read more of his columns on his website, n



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Curtis Park home with her former partner, Vince Dutcher of Dutcher Construction Company. The home’s previous owner, a 90-year-old woman known in the

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tube wiring, copper water pipes and a gravity-flow heater. Muttera wanted to update and expand the house without sacrificing any of its considerable charms. “It was important to me that we kept the cottage scale and feel of the home and that the addition looked original to the home,” she says. Her experience as an interior designer made hiring subs for the electrical, plumbing and cabinetry work a snap. Muttera and Dutcher also did plenty of the work themselves, painting the interior, replacing the window sashes, ropes and weights and refinishing the redwood jambs on numerous doublehung windows throughout the house. “The process was really time consuming,” she says. They added diamond-pane windows in the kitchen, breakfast nook and living room to enhance the home’s storybook feel. The kitchen received a face-lift, including new appliances, custom cabinets and dark marble countertops. Several of the cabinets have glass panels so that Muttera can display her collection of dishes, which includes a few pieces of her grandmother’s Haviland china. In the dining room, a new curved staircase with a wrought-iron

handrail leads to the second-story addition. Natural light from a large window at the top of the stairway illuminates the staircase. Configured out of the attic, the 700-square-foot suite consists of a master bedroom and bathroom. Muttera designed the plan. The bedroom’s stunning coffered ceiling engages the eye. Two large walk-in closets provide welcome additional storage. Painted in Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage accented with crisp white trim, the room is soothing and elegant—no fussy details. The original attic rooflines are evident in the bathroom. Two dormer windows, on the street side of the home, provide natural light. Two sinks are set in vanities topped with classic Carrara marble. “I wanted a clean, classic feel for the addition,” Muttera says. “It is a bit less traditional than the downstairs but still has that sort of feeling.” A cabinet in the bathroom displays Muttera’s collection of 1930s powder jars, all in shades of soft pink. “My mother and I would go to flea markets and antique stores when I was a girl,” she says. “I fell in love with the figurines on top of the powder jars.” Outside, Muttera showcased the home’s storybook quality by painting


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the beams over the front porch. “Our neighbors said they didn’t realize the brick house had beams until we painted them,” she says. A curved walkway leading up to the house and a retaining wall encircling a large Deodar cedar were constructed from broken brick to emphasize the

house’s fanciful look. The unique concrete roof tiles were custom made. “They allow you to choose the color as well as what percentage of moss you want included on your tiles,” Muttera says. Muttera stresses the importance of having a solid plan at the initial stages of a project. “Many people will complete portions of a project, then find themselves backed into a corner when it doesn’t all come together,” she explains. Personalizing with family furnishings or antiques you love is key. When working with clients, Muttera draws inspiration from what they like and already have in their homes. “People generally know what they want,” she says. “But they often can’t achieve the look they want.” If you know of a home you think should be featured in Inside Publications, contact Julie Foster at n

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ou have to love a walking club that begins and ends its evening exercise route at a bakery. Maybe that’s why Sacramento Walking Sticks is the nation’s largest American Volkssport Association club. When Barbara Nuss, president of Waking Sticks, called to invite me on a walk with the club, I was a bit hesitant about starting out with a 5k on a warm evening. I do a lot of walking, but it’s mostly on a golf course or dragging our old dog around the block for what we call a museum walk (walk a few steps, look around, walk a few more steps, etc.). Then Nuss mentioned they would start and end at Les Baux bakery on Folsom Boulevard. That sounded quite delightful. At least there was the promise of a treat at the end of the trail. “The group is a chapter of the American Volkssport Association,” said Nuss. “It is a national walking organization. There are a variety of membership levels, which are designed to get you off the couch. Some members track the number of events or distances they walk in event books. Others just go for fun.”


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Walking Sticks members enjoy a walk. The club started was started in 1984.

Walking Sticks has 573 members. They walk at least once a week, usually more often. The routes vary. The evening I joined them, they met at 51st Street and Folsom Boulevard in East Sac, then walked to McKinley Rose Garden and back to the bakery, just over three miles. The previous weekend, the group walked the North Laguna Creek Wildlife Area. Upcoming walks were scheduled for the historic Sierra Oaks Vista and Woodland neighborhoods. To celebrate World Walk Day in May, many members drove to Redding to

walk the botanical gardens at Sundial Bridge. “The length of walks varies from 5k to 10k, and often the longer walks have an optional route for people who can’t go the whole way,” said Nuss. “Volkssporting uses the metric system to measure distances, primarily because the sport started in Germany. One kilometer is approximately .62 miles, so 10k is about 6.2 miles and 5k is 3.1 miles.” Routes are always well planned with rest stops, parking suggestions, locations of restrooms and other

amenities. Although they walk in a group, everyone is given a map and cell phone number to call if they get separated or have problems. According to Nuss, anywhere from a dozen walkers to 300 might turn up for an event. Besides walks for humans, the group also sponsors Doggie Do Walks for members and their dogs. Registered dogs receive an achievement button and a pat. The evening I joined them, there were about 15 walkers. A few were very serious and looking


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f you don’t count something, it doesn’t count. What and how we measure not only reflects what is important to us; it influences how important it is. The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution says the Constitution’s goals are a more perfect union, justice, domestic tranquility, security, the general welfare and liberty. Yet we don’t devote serious resources to tracking justice, tranquility or the general welfare. Nor do we formally measure the happiness we’re diligently pursuing per the Declaration of Independence. Instead, our focus has been keeping tabs on economics—and economics measured in a rather crude, bruteforce way. Since before World War II, a key measurement of economic well-being in the United States has been gross domestic product. GDP is the sum of all the goods and services sold in the country. Many consider GDP per capita a measure of how well off we are, but not everyone agrees. While developing the idea of GDP and knowing GDP’s dollar value have been great achievements, GDP is not the be-all and end-all of


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measurement. In fact, the economist who was instrumental in formulating the notion of gross national product (GDP’s forerunner), Nobel winner Simon Kuznets, said, “The welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measurement of national income as defined by the GDP.” Thirty years after GDP was introduced, Robert Kennedy, while running for president, observed, “It counts napalm and it counts nuclear warheads, yet the gross national product doesn’t allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” GDP treats the costs of pollution and the costs of cleaning up pollutions as “goods.” It treats money spent on drug abuse, pharmaceutical overuse, natural disasters, prisons and wars as positives, but that does not mean such outlays represent progress. Economic activity is not really a surrogate for well-being. By itself, it doesn’t distinguish between what is good or bad for society. Economists and others have proposed more holistic alternatives to GDP. Increasingly, governments are putting these new yardsticks into use. Some years ago, I wrote about the Kingdom of Bhutan’s intriguing gross national happiness metric. There’s also something called the Genuine Progress Indicator, a collection of statistics that not only measure the benefits of economic activity, but the costs as well. GPI measures social and environmental factors that relate to economic activity. For example, it adds values

for household work and parenting, education and volunteer work. It subtracts the costs of pollution, loss of wetlands, farms and forests. If GDP is viewed as “gross profit,” then GPI is more like “net profit.”

GDP treats the costs of pollution and the costs of cleaning up pollutions as “goods.” It treats money spent on drug abuse, pharmaceutical overuse, natural disasters, prisons and wars as positives, but that does not mean such outlays represent progress. Economists have calculated GPI over a period of decades for a number of countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Canada, Chile, France, Finland, Italy and the Netherlands. Maximizing industrial production hasn’t always turned out well. In most countries, GDP has continued to rise while GPI has stagnated since 1980. Perhaps that’s the reason many people feel no better off than they were decades ago.

A striking feature of the Genuine Progress Indicator is the number of factors that relate to transportation. Of the 26 GPI elements, nine are linked to transportation. One is a positive: the value of highways and streets. The others are negatives: cost of commuting, loss of leisure time, cost of vehicle crashes, cost of air, water and noise pollution, carbon dioxide emissions damage and depletion of nonrenewable energy resources. In order to make more informed policy decisions, Maryland and Vermont are now tracking GPI. Oregon and Washington are adopting forms of GPI. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Governing magazine’s public official of the year, has pushed for a 10-year state budget plan integrated with GPI. David Johnston, Canada’s governor general, said about the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (another GDP alternative), “Collectively, this index helps us to determine trends in our overall quality of life, giving us a powerful tool for action.” It would be nice to see California and the United States added to the list of states and nations using GPI or something similar. A more comprehensive measure of what’s important for the general welfare could result in our having more leisure time, less commuting cost and less pollution—all pretty good outcomes from counting things that matter. Walt Seifert is a bicyclist, driver and transportation writer. He can be reached at n

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he news has been full of reports that bee populations are declining across the world for reasons that scientists still don’t fully understand. Farmers and home gardeners worry about how our food crops will be pollinated if Colony Collapse Disorder continues. You and your neighbors can make a difference by creating a colorful pollinator paradise in your home gardens. Plant a variety of flowering plants, provide appropriate water and shelter, and the bees will come. How best to do that? It depends on the type of bees. If you weren’t aware there were thousands of different species of bees, you are not alone. Most people think that all bees live in hives and make honey. Actually, we know what honeybees are, but we don’t understand them very well. Did you know that they were brought to North America by early European colonists? Did you know that millions of honeybee hives are moved across the country in order to pollinate many key agricultural crops? Did you know that honeybees scout for sources of nectar and pollen, then return to the hive to tell their sister worker bees


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Christine Casey in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Garden at UC Davis

where to go? The workers are all business. They fly directly there and visit every flower. No flitting allowed! Then they make a beeline home. If you look closely at bees in your garden, you will discover many are not honeybees. There are a thousand native California bee species ranging from tiny iridescent green bees to big black or golden carpenter bees. Nearly all of them are solitary, not hive dwellers. Individual bees make their nests in the ground, in hollow stems

or reeds, or holes in wood. Native bees are threatened, too, because their habitat is declining as people clear weeds from hills and roadsides, cover up soil with pavement and mulch, and cut down dead trees. A visit to UC Davis’ HaagenDazs Honey Bee Haven shows how beautiful a bee-friendly garden can be. Despite its name, this half-acre garden is designed for all bees. To accommodate honeybee foragers, each variety of plant is grouped in an

area at least three feet square. Bees vary considerably in size and tongue length. Some bees use colors and others use chemical cues to find their hosts. Accordingly, the garden has plants with blossoms in many shapes, sizes and colors. Plants are chosen that bloom throughout the seasons because different species of bees are active at different times of the year. In this garden, bees find many places to nest, including blocks hung in trees, bare undisturbed soil and sandy areas between pavers. There are rocks to shade their nests. Bees need water and congregate at dripping faucets and puddles. The haven has specially designed blocks to collect water and simple water-filled basins with stones in them for the bees to rest upon. The Honey Bee Haven has at least 10 to 15 diverse bee-friendly plants blooming in each season of the year. Christine Casey manages the garden. When asked for plant recommendations, she is especially enthusiastic about Ceanothus, also known as California lilac. If a California garden doesn’t have this plant, she says, it’s not a bee garden. It’s possible to have one variety or another of Ceanothus in bloom from January until frost. She considers catmints (Nepeta) one of the best plants for bees and advocates other members of the mint family such as salvias. Bees are attracted to composite flowers such as asters, daisies and sunflowers. They like members of the rose family, too. Single or semi-double roses that open to reveal their stamens attract more pollinators than those that are packed with petals. Eighty-five different native bees have been identified in the Honey

Bee Haven. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery’s perennial garden, Hamilton Square, has been studied by UC Berkeley researchers who found 65 varieties there. Other pollinators, including moths and hummingbirds, also frequent these gardens.

Some people are reluctant to have bees in their garden because they are afraid of them. You have to work at it in order to be stung. Bees are going after flowers, not people. Some people are reluctant to have bees in their garden because they are afraid of them. Casey says that you have to work at it in order to be stung. Bees are going after flowers,

not people or their food, and will sting only if stepped on or trapped. Most of the best bee-friendly plants thrive with infrequent, deep irrigation. If you are planning to reduce or eliminate your lawn and replace it with a water-efficient landscape, why not create a bee haven of your own? Anita Clevenger is a Sacramento County UC Master Gardener. Master Gardeners advocate integrated pest management practices and advise gardeners to use pesticides with great care because of potential impact on bees and other good bugs. For answers to gardening questions, call the Master Gardeners at 875-6913 or go to UC Davis’ Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is a half-acre bee-friendly garden on the college campus, next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road. For more information, go to beebiology. For plant lists and other tips on bee-friendly gardening, go to n


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“Poor women may spend three to five hours per day gathering firewood to cook. On sunny days when they can use a solar cooker, it frees up a huge amount of time. Kids can go to school instead of gathering wood.” Solar cookers come in three basic designs. Parabolic cookers look like shiny satellite dishes with a pot suspended in the middle. These cookers have the advantage of getting very, very hot (up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit), but they’re expensive and must be adjusted frequently to follow the sun and keep its rays in focus. Box solar cookers are lined with a shiny, reflective material and have a transparent cover to keep warm air inside. They can be as simple as a pizza box lined with foil, or a more sophisticated version that can reach 400 degrees.



ome days in Sacramento, it feels hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. But it doesn’t take triple-digit air temperatures to cook just about anything using California’s abundant sunshine. Solar cookers, or sun-powered ovens, concentrate the energy of the sun and provide a free, zero-emissions way to prepare meals even when you’re wearing long sleeves. In our area, solar cooking season generally runs from April through October. Surprisingly, higher summer air temperatures are not the reason. The sun’s “heat” doesn’t power a solar cooker. A solar cooker collects electromagnetic radiation, including visible light, from the sun and focuses it on a black-colored cooking pot. The radiant energy absorbed by the pot is turned into heat, which the cooker is designed to trap. Therefore, solar cooking is fastest and easiest not on the hottest days, but on days when the sun’s energy is at its peak—that is, any cloudless day around the summer solstice, which is June 21 this year. On this first day


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of summer, the Earth’s tilted axis points the northern hemisphere most directly toward the sun, giving us the longest day and the most intense solar fuel for cooking. What can you cook using the sun? A simple cardboard-and-aluminumfoil panel cooker can cook anything your Crock-Pot can. Stews, either vegetarian or with meat, are foolproof in a solar cooker because they’re impossible to overcook. Foods that take a lot of heat on the stove, such as hard-cooked eggs, whole fresh beets, rice, potatoes and lentils, can all be prepared outdoors in a solar cooker. In June and July, you can even solar cook baked goods such as banana

bread and brownies. When you’re running the air conditioner and you dread turning on your kitchen stove or oven, solar cooking can save you money and help to keep you cool. While solar cooking is a fun hobby in Sacramento, in poorer parts of the world it can change lives. Sacramentobased Solar Cookers International is a local nonprofit that works with organizations all over the world to bring solar cooking to those who can benefit from it most, especially poor women and people in refugee camps. After recently attending a United Nations meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, SCI executive director Julie Greene said,

Solar cooking is fastest and easiest not on the hottest days, but on days when the sun’s energy is at its peak— that is, any cloudless day around the summer solstice, which is June 21 this year. Panel cookers are the easiest to make and the cheapest to buy. They can be portable and collapsible for easy storage or carrying to a campsite.




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Panel cookers act like a funnel for sunshine with a set of shiny cardboard panels slanted around a pot. Food is placed in a thin-walled black metal pot with a lid. (GraniteWare is ideal.) A clear, heat-resistant bag (such as a turkey roasting bag) or an inverted glass bowl goes over the pot to trap heat and moisture. At our latitude, a CooKit, a panel cooker designed here in the Central Valley, can reach 220 degrees. The intensity of the heat generated surprises people. Greene, who is an experienced solar cook, says, “I tell people, ‘Don’t touch the pot—it’s hot!’ They look straight at me and touch the pot.” Want to see for yourself how hot the pot can get? On July 19, solar chefs from around the world will gather for SCI’s Solar Cooking Festival. A wide variety of solar cooker designs will bake, simmer, and slow cook from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the southeast corner of William Land Park. SCI sells complete solar-cooking starter kits, including pot, for as little

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f anyone is responsible for the upheavals that will soon take place at University Park in Campus Commons, blame Sophia. Sophia is an elegant combination of Italian greyhound and Chihuahua with very long, brown legs and a slender figure and highly sociable disposition. The neighborly disposition is what gave her human companion, Ann Harriman, a big idea about University Park. “There is really no place close by within walking distance where she can go and meet other dogs,” says Harriman. “Then some of us who love dogs and live nearby, we got to thinking about this little portion of University Park, and we realized it was the perfect place for a dog park.” Monumental transformations of urban planning don’t always require eminent domain lawsuits and the destruction of faded shopping malls. Sometimes, a brilliantly innovative idea for improving a community can be reflected in the bright eyes of an Italian greyhound. The proposed dog park at University Park is one example of the small ways in which Sacramento residents find creative ways to keep themselves and their canines happy and well socialized. Another example is the monthly pop-up dog park in Midtown, a temporary affair that corresponds with the Second Saturday farmers market in the vicinity of 20th and J streets. The two dog parks have been driven by neighborhood desire, not bureaucratic decree or governmental whimsy.


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Ann Harriman and Sophia, center, among two-legged and four-legged friends

The pop-up park, which serves petite breeds (there’s a 30-pound weight limit; Sophia would qualify twice), was triumphantly funded by crowdsourcing and has become a monthly Midtown mainstay. “Our pop-up park is only about 300 square feet, so we have to limit the size of the dogs,” says Midtown Business Association executive director Emily Baime Michaels. “I’m not familiar with anyone else doing the same sort of thing, but we’d love to be an inspiration to other places.”

While it remains a gleam in Sophia’s eye, the University Park dog corral may ultimately serve as the classic dissertation on what happens when small-scale civic involvement seeks to solve the dilemma of fourlegged urban leash laws. In Sacramento and most other cities, it’s illegal to allow a dog off leash in a public place. The owner of an off-leash dog can be ticketed and fined. If an off-leash dog attacks a person or animal, the consequences can be severe, even fatal.

But as anyone who has visited a neighborhood park can attest, some dog owners can’t resist the temptation to ignore the rules and unclasp their dog’s leash, if only to let Scraps chase a tennis ball for a few uninhibited minutes. It’s a dumb move. This is where dog parks come in. Behind the sturdy fences and waived liabilities of a dog park, leashes are freed—along with the territorial aggression that leashes can encourage, some dog experts claim. It’s every dog for herself.

Sophie, the little dog who started it all

In Sophia’s case, the problem wasn’t the lack of a dog park—the city of Sacramento has nine of them— but rather the lack of one within reasonable walking distance. The Granite Park dog park is about one mile from Sophia’s home in Campus Commons. But what a mile: Harriman and Sophia would have to brave Howe Avenue, cross the American River, breech Highway 50 and dart between semi trucks at Power Inn Road and Folsom Boulevard. “As the crow flies, it is only a mile,” Harriman says. “But you take your life in your hands getting there.”

The solution was a short walk from their front door. University Park backs up along American River at the Howe Avenue bridge. One section of the park sits by itself, near the levee. It’s perfect for a dog park. “It’s just an idea that made sense,” says Marty Henderson, a Campus Commons neighbor. “A lot of us walk their dogs there and thought, why not?” Harriman and Henderson linked up with other dog people, including Lauren Archer, John Lenk and Cheryl Summers, and contacted their city councilmember, Kevin McCarty, who promised to help create a University Avenue dog park if the residents raised half the money. It will cost $118,000 to build a twosided dog park, one for bigger breeds and one for little Sophia and friends. The Campus Commons neighbors are seeking donated materials and raising money through social media. They are confident the dogs will be barking by winter. “It makes real sense to put a dog park here,” Harriman says. “The city has been very helpful and the neighbors are working together.” Dogs, it seems, have a talent for making things happen.

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nnie Murphy-Robinson, an award-winning artist and teacher, is just as passionate about the art she creates in her Carmichael studio (in a garage converted by her husband) as she is about teaching art at Roseville’s alternative Adelante High School for troubled youth. But her road to success hasn’t been easy. Murphy-Robinson’s formative years were turbulent, to say the least. She ran away from home, used drugs and alcohol and ended up in juvenile hall before doing a stint in the army. Fortunately, this Sacramento native was able to turn her life around by embracing art and education. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art, she picked up teaching credentials. For five years, she taught ceramics at Sac High before moving to Adelante, where she teaches both drawing and art history. Now in her 17th year of sobriety, MurphyRobinson says, “I have been in recovery basically since I started getting serious about art.” Known for very realistic, deeply personal, often haunting charcoal drawings of her two daughters, Murphy-Robinson has shown her work locally at John Natsoulas Gallery, b. sakata garo and Crocker Art Museum, as well as in Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Her portrait of Mayor Kevin Johnson hangs at city hall. At Carmichael’s Boulevard Coffee Roasting Company, Murphy-Robinson recently discussed art, education and drawings as realistic as photos.


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Artist Annie Murphy-Robinson

Why did you choose to become a teacher? For practical reasons. Before I went to graduate school, I was a substitute teacher and I really liked it. I thought it was a great job. Teaching has saved me. It’s given me purpose. What are your goals as an educator? In the realm that I’m working in, my No. 1 goal is to give the kids the help they need. My job, more so than teaching two-point perspective drawing, is getting to know the students, earning their trust and finding them help. At the same time, through art I can help the students find their voice. By teaching them art

techniques, they learn to convey their feelings visually. It gets them noticed and gives them a sense of power. What motivates you in the classroom? The thing is, these kids know I’ve been there. They trust me. I know their struggles and what they’re going through. And that goes a long way with them. I love my job because I think I’m making a difference. What are some challenges you find in teaching art? Mainly the kids who don’t want to learn. So I tell them to put the pencil on the paper and move it around. As long as it’s not lewd or crude, drug or gang related, they can draw whatever

they want. The other challenge I face is that I’m always worried what’s going to be the next required course to go. Right now, fine arts is still a requirement to graduate, thank God. How do you describe your own artwork? I call it hyperrealism. I like to draw things that resonate with me. Mostly, I draw my kids because they’re little me’s, and they’re beautiful, but not all sweetness. The portraits I do of my children move beyond portraits. There is always something to do with the past, but also something to do with transformation. Some people might look at that and be fearful.

2080 Hallmark Drive Sacramento 95825 Does your work have a message? What I want people to get from my work is for them to feel connected. I try to convey a sense of being in the moment and that there is beauty in everything. My job as an artist is to create the vision and to fascinate the viewer. I want the viewer to say, ‘I’ve got to look at that more and I’ve got to know what’s behind this.’

“Through art I can help the students find their voice. By teaching them art techniques, they learn to convey their feelings visually. It gets them noticed and gives them a sense of power.” Can you describe your technique? I work with 42-by-60-inch-wide, 100 percent cotton rag paper, and I draw with fine compressed charcoal.

After putting on a mask, I open the studio door and use an electric sander to remove sizing from the paper. It opens up the weave and softens the paper. Then, I select an image I’ve photographed and begin drawing, starting with the eye. You strike me as a perfectionist. Is that accurate? Absolutely, and my art dictates that. I’m known for it. People always say, ‘It looks just like a photo.’ But it’s not. I would have blown up a photo instead of taking 140 hours to draw it. Do you have a mentor? Although I’ve never taken a class from him, it would be local artist and Sac City College professor Chris Daubert. He gave me my first show at Sac City’s Kondos Gallery. What does the future hold for you, especially after your children are grown and out of the house? I’d love to do commissions but I don’t project too much into the future. I try to stay in the now. I’ve learned in recovery: one day at a time. Some of Annie Murphy-Robinson’s portraits will be on exhibit at city hall’s Robert T. Matsui Art

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usic in the Mountains’ 33rd SummerFest season starts June 11 in Grass Valley. Lend an appreciative ear to the festival’s impressive array of musical acts, from classic Beatles to Celtic fiddle and more, in three concert series at multiple beautiful venues. The Concerts Under the Stars series takes place on the Great Lawn at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and features assorted musical acts that are sure to delight and entertain: “Grand Fiddler’s Rally” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 (Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp celebrates the fiddle music of Scotland with more than 150 musicians); “The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute” at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 27 (“The best Beatles show in the world,” according to the Los Angeles Times); and “A John Williams Spectacular” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 (the MIM Festival Orchestra and Chorus presents music from Williams’ movie soundtracks). The Orchestra Series takes place at the Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (11228 McCourtney Road) and includes family-friendly fare: “Family Music


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The Beatles tribute band, the Fab Four –The Ultimate Tribute, will be a featured act at the Concerts Under the Stars series at SummerFest 2014. The event starts on June 11 in Grass Valley

Faire” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 21 (Nathaniel Stookey’s “Lemony Snicket: The Composer is Dead” Family Concert and Interactive Music Faire, conducted by Pete Lowlen); “Young Geniuses” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 22 (the world premiere of groundbreaking young composer pieces that explore the mind of a teenage music master); “Tales from the Exotic East” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25 (featuring Alexander Borodin’s “Polevetsian Dances,” Henry Cowell’s “Persian Set” and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade”); and “Nordic Fantasy” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 29 (Scandinavian folklore set to music by Edvard Grieg, Felix Mendelssohn and Niels Gade).

The Chamber Works series will play at selected venues in Grass Valley and features a slew of masterful musical works: “Young Composers Project” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 and Friday, June 13 at Peace Lutheran Church (828 W. Main St.) features 27 world premieres by talented regional youth musicians; “Feste del Caribe” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 at the Center for the Arts (314 W. Main St.) celebrates Cuban jazz trio Gardenia Azul alongside the MIM Festival String Quartet and Woodwind Quintet; and “The French Connection” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26 at the Amaral Center (11228 McCourtney Road) features pianist-in-residence Konstantin Soukhovetski playing the “Faure Piano Quartet in C minor.”

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SINGULAR SENSATION As the days get more and more sweltering, Sacramento denizens know there’s one place to go to get their fill of entertainment and air conditioning—the Sacramento Music Circus season is back up and running with “A Chorus Line” playing June 24-29 in the Wells Fargo Pavilion. California Musical Theatre has come a long way from the suffocating circus tent theater of yore, but the shows are the same classic musicals you remember attending as a kid.

“A Chorus Line” promises to bring the nostalgia—the music by Marvin Hamlisch (including songs “What I Did for Love,” “I Hope I Get It” and the iconic “One”) is recognizable from the first three chords—and the dynamic dancing that has made starry-eyed chorus kids of us all. Since most of us aren’t exactly kids anymore, California Musical Theatre and its president and CEO, Richard Lewis, have implemented a new schedule this year to accommodate the often three-hour run time of many Music Circus shows: Due to an overwhelming demand from patrons, all evening performances will start at 7:30 p.m. (instead of the usual 8 p.m.) and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. has been added for all shows. Now you can catch all the shuffling before you shuffle off to Buffalo! For tickets and more information, call 557-1999 or go to The Wells Fargo Pavilion is at 1419 H St.

SUGAR, SUGAR Sure, Second Saturday is all abuzz in midtown, but it’s also hoppin’ over at the Delta Days Second Saturday Artwalk from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 at Old Sugar Mill Wineries in Clarksburg, just 15 minutes south of Sacramento. Meet the monthly artists (June features the work of Sharon Gerber Scherer), observe plein air painting and taste wine from 10 local wineries as you revel in the lovely Delta breezes. Is all that art and fresh air making you hungry? You can bring a picnic lunch or purchase food from vendors on site to enjoy with your glasses of grape juice. For more information, call 744-1615, ext. 8011, or email Old Sugar Mill Wineries is at 35265 Willow Ave. in Clarksburg.

RAINBOW CONNECTION June is Pride Month, celebrating Sacramento’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, and no one does it bigger and better than the Crocker Art

Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond” opens June 29 and will be on display until Sept. 1. The exhibition includes 100 paintings, sculptures and photographs by African American artists drawn from the collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. As the only West Coast venue for this exhibition, the Crocker got quite a coup! The 48 featured artists include William H. Johnson, Alma Thomas, Jacob Lawrence, Sam Gilliam, Renee Stout and other renowned artists active before, during and after the Harlem Renaissance. For tickets and more information for all Crocker events, call 808-1182 or go to The Crocker Art Museum is at 216 O St. Don't miss Crocker Art Museum’s Art Mix/Pride party from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 12

Museum’s Art Mix/Pride party from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 12. Let the high-flying feats of Body Waves from the Topsy Turvey Queer Circus take your breath away, groove to live music, meet local drag divas, watch short films produced by the Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, take in some stunning art by local artists who are part of the Sacramento Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center and lend a hand to help build the Sacramento LGBT Center Pride Parade float. The event is free for museum members, only $10 for nonmembers, $8 for college kids and drinks are under $5 all night. Talk about partying hearty! Wondering what the youths are up to these days? Check out “Mu Phi Epsilon Presents” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 8. The concert will feature the winners of the Sacramento Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity’s 2013 scholarship competition, which includes University of the Pacific clarinetist Michael Salas and CSUS bassoonist Taylor Haugland. Space is limited, so buy your tickets early by calling 808-1182. To accompany the Crocker’s new exhibition “African American Artists: The Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond” (more on that in a moment), the Jazz in the Courtyard

performance at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 will feature jazz vocalist and recording artist Vivian Lee singing standards from the likes of Ellington, Brubeck, Monk and Gillespie. And now about that new exhibition: “African American Art: Harlem

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don’t worry about your pocketbook: admission and parking are free. For more information, call 4892576 or go to or sacwinds. org. Carmichael Park is at 5750 Grant Ave. in Carmichael.


“Come Together” is a multimedia Beatles tribute performance of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus on June 6 and 7 at the Crest Theatre

PREVIEWS FROM page 75 United States, at 6 p.m. on June 22 at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College. Hundreds of young competing corps members will descend on the field to present their best performances of marching percussion and brass, front ensemble (vibraphones, marimbas and other percussion instruments) and color guard. Each creative corps, which can contain up to 150 members, ages 8-21, will execute an 11-minute performance and will be judged on musical performance, general effect on the audience and color guard. (Past performances have included a field of mirrors, an entire corps decked out in gladiator gear, a James Bond-themed performance complete with tux-clad corps members, an actual horse race, and plenty of other mind-boggling, eye-popping presentations.) Participating drum corps include the Blue Devils from Concord (15time national champions); the Blue Devils B, also from Concord (two-time national champs); the Mandarins from Sacramento (eight-time national champs); the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara (six-time national champs); the Vanguard Cadets, also


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from Santa Clara (three-time national champs); and many more. For tickets and more information, visit Sponsors of Musical Enrichment (SOME)’s website at or purchase tickets at the gate. General admission is $20, reserved VIP seating is $30. Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College is at 3825 Freeport Blvd.

“Come Together” will feature a vocal quartet and dancers, with choreography and “choralography” by Darryll Strohl, as well as dancing seniors, LGBT parents and kids and the melodious music of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus. For tickets and more information, go to The Crest Theatre is at 1013 K St.



Where can you hear singing seniors, a crooning chorus and a veritable bouquet of Beatles tunes? At “Come Together,” the multimedia Beatles tribute performance of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus on June 6 and 7 at the Crest Theatre. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ historic appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” this show will feature choral interpretations of Beatles classics along with vintage still photos and video footage featuring Beatle mania in America, the U.S. civil rights and gay rights movements of the 1960s, and images from rallies and rock festivals throughout pop culture history in the United States.

Looking for something to do to ring in the merry month of June? Don’t miss the Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Association’s annual Carmichael Park Community Band Festival on May 30 and June 1 at the Carmichael Park Amphitheater. Bring a picnic and some lawn chairs and sprawl on the grass in the sun as you listen to the song stylings of community bands (including the Sacramento Symphonic Winds) from across California. This festival has been one of the largest community band festivals in the state for more than 20 years. Music will be played from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 1. And

Talk about a mind-body connection. On Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. from June 4 through July 2, bring your brain and a healthy dose of curiosity to a five-session poetry workshop for women, “At Home in Our Bodies.” During five class meetings, workshop coordinator Alexa Mergen (a poet in her own right) will have you exploring guided breathing and mediation, reading poems by American female poets, and writing poetry with and about bodily awareness. No experience is necessary—just an open mind. As the class is limited to six women, register soon by emailing Mergen at or calling 606-9952. The class will be held in a private office meeting space at 2131 Capitol Ave.

HEART OF GLASS Lindsay Filby’s first gallery show, “Big Hard Color,” premieres at the Alex Bult Gallery on June 12 and will be on display through July 5.

The preview reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 12 A fourth-generation Sacramentan, Filby studied fine art at Sacramento City College, Cuesta College and California State University, Sacramento, until she decided that she wanted to focus on glass because she loves “the color and the freedom” it gives her. This show will mark her first foray into a gallery setting, and it was at the behest of Matt Bult—a collector, fellow artist and the father of gallery owner Alex—that Filby will

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Thru June 15 Community Center Theater 1301 L St, Sac 557-1999 Two girls meet in the land of Oz. See how the two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good!!

Steady Rain Thru June 15 B Street Theatre 2711 B St, Sac 443-5300 Two best friends since kindergarten, work together for several years as policemen in Chicago, when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn ad puts their friendship on the line.

26th Annual One-Act Festival Thru June 16 Threepenny Playhouse 1721 25th St, Sac 501-6104 Join the Actor’s Workshop for a night of laughs and short one-act plays.

The Bluest Eye Thru June 14 Celebration Arts Theatre 4469 D St Sac, 455-2787 Rich language and bold vision, Lydia Diamond’s theatrical adaption of Beloved , explores the crippling toll that centuries of racism and false standards of beauty, have taken on a small Ohio community.

Groucho: A Life in Revue Details Tue-Thu 11-9 | Fri-Sat 11-10 | Sun 11-5 | Closed Mon

Artisinal and Farmstead Cheese • Cured Meats finally show the world just what she (and her art) is made of. The preview reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 12 and the opening night reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Second Saturday (June 14). For more information, call 476-5430 or go to The Alex Bult Gallery is at 1114 21st St., Suite B. Jessica Laskey can be reached at Please email items for consideration by the first of the month, at least one month in advance of the event. n

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Thru June 15 Chautauqua Playhouse 5325 Engle Rd, Carmichael 489-7529 The inspired bio musical begins with Groucho telling the story of the Marx Brothers and their struggles.

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike Thru June 15 B Street Theatre, Main Stage 2711 B St, Sac 443-5300 Middle-aged siblings share a home in Bucks County, Pa., where they bicker and complain about their lives, until their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike.

The Producers Thru June 22 Runaway Stage Productions @ 24th Street Theatre 2791 24th St, Sac 207-1226 Based on Mel Brooks 1968 feature film, this musical is set in New York. After finding an accounting error, Leo Bloom and Max hatch a plan to get rich by producing the worst Broadway show ever.

The Last Sunday in June Thru June 21 Geery Theatre 2130 L St, Sac 448-9019 It is the last Sunday in June, the day of the annual Gay Pride Parade through Greenwich Village. Partners of seven years, intend to spend the day planning their when a friend drops in to view the parade from their apartment.

A Chorus Line June 24 – June 29 Wells Fargo Pavilion 1419 H St, Sac 557-1999 This emotional behind-the-scenes look at the Broadway world. It is a celebration of what it means to be a professional dancer, fervently pursuing the passion to perform onstage.

The Submission June 6 – July 5 Big Idea Theatre 1616 Del Paso Blvd, Sac 960-3036 Complex, new drama about an AfricanAmerican family struggling to leave the projects, has just been selected for the nationals preeminent play festival. A young, white, gay playwright, submitted his work under a pseudonym in the hope of increasing its chances for production by hiring a black actress to stand in for him as author.

Maple and Vine June 18 – July 20 Capital Stage Company 2215 J St 476-3116 Katha and Ryu have become allergic to their 21st century lives. After they meet a charismatic man from the a community of 1950s re-enactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. Exploring feminism, racism, homophobia, and marital strife.







aragary Restaurant Group has been a fixture of the Sacramento restaurant scene for decades. Along with the Haines brothers (33rd Street Bistro, Riverside Clubhouse, etc.) and the Selland family (Ella, Selland’s Market-Cafe, The Kitchen), the Paragary group blankets the region with its different personas. There’s the flagship Paragary’s Bar & Oven, temporarily closed for a large-scale renovation and set to reopen in late summer; Centro Cocina Mexicana, the Mexican-American standby on the party block of J Street; Esquire Grill, the reliable if predictable steak-and-potatoes retreat of theatergoers and lobbyists on K Street; Hock Farm Craft & Provisions, the recent downtown entry in the farm-to-fork field; and Cafe Bernardo, Paragary’s fast-casual/ order-at-the-counter/midprice go-to, with five locations in two counties. Before we continue, let’s define our terms. There’s a distinct difference between Paragary Restaurant Group and a restaurant chain. Like the Haines and Selland groups, Paragary Restaurant Group is a regional restaurant group that owns and operates several eating establishments in the region. Some of these establishments might share a name, but they are not cookie-cutter replicas of a single restaurant. A chain is an attempt to make each location as identical as possible. In order to maintain standards and meet customer expectations, products


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The newest addition to the Bernardo family is Cafe Bernardo at Pavilions

are sourced from central locations sometimes thousands of miles away, recipes are followed without deviation and economies of scale are exploited to their fullest. In most chains, there’s no room for fresh, local ingredients or for experimentation by talented cooks. There’s no possibility for a unique experience. A regional restaurant group, however, uses each location to its

fullest, customizing the menu, decor and service to the place and people it does business in and with, respectively. Paragary’s most popular and repeatable enterprise is Cafe Bernardo. Each restaurant feels unique. The 15th Street location is a wee bit industrial, the Davis location a bit town square-ish, the

Midtown location continental and neighborhoody. No single Cafe Bernardo defines the brand. Each location also has its own bar with its own separate identity and attitude. On 15th Street, it’s R15. In Midtown, it’s Monkey Bar. On K Street, it’s KBAR. The names aren’t particularly creative, but each bar feels authentic—not an easy thing to do. The newest addition to the Bernardo family is Cafe Bernardo at Pavilions, the upscale shopping center on Fair Oaks Boulevard near Howe Avenue. Opening an eatery in Pavilions is quite a brave undertaking. First, many of Sacramento’s best restaurants have had homes at Pavilions (think Mace’s and Mitchell’s Terrace), and many other good restaurants have come and gone there. Add the fact that Bernardo opened in one of the great food spots in our town’s history, the former home of David Berkley Fine Wines & Specialty Foods, and you’ve got one risky proposition. David Berkley was a food lover’s paradise. Part market, part deli, part bakery, part wine merchant, it was Arden-Arcade’s answer to Taylor’s Market and Corti Brothers. Its prepared foods were unbeatable, the skills of its wine buyers undeniable. Moving into that hallowed ground is a brave move for any restaurateur. While Cafe Bernardo doesn’t quite replace David Berkley, it does a fine job of treating the local bounty with respect. It also pays homage to the dearly departed grocery store by naming its bar Berkley Bar and focusing its efforts on California wine
















Arugula and strawberry salad is a light and cool lunch on a hot summer day

and craft cocktails. Several wines are available on tap, by the glass or the bottle at reasonable prices. The well-appointed bar even has a bit of a winery feel, with reclaimed barrels and cork accents. The menu is similar to that at most other Cafe Bernardo outposts, so I won’t spend much time on it other than to say the execution is spot on and the service first rate. Dinner specials rotate nightly and deserve a try, especially the pan-fried petrale sole on Fridays. Breakfast is served seven days a week. While each Cafe Bernardo feels unique and fresh, the menus are the thing they most closely share. Thankfully, the food is reliable and well priced and always presented with impeccable service. The cookie cutters

are tucked away but consistency never fails. A chain this is not. Cafe Bernardo is at 515 Pavilions Lane; 922-2870; Greg Sabin can be reached at n

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Lucca Restaurant & Bar 1615 J St. 669-5300 L D Full Bar $$-$$$ Patio Mediterranean cuisine in a casual, chic atmosphere •

Mulvaney’s Building & Loan 1215 19th St. 441-6022 L D Full Bar $$$ Modern American cuisine in an upscale historic setting

B L D $ No table service at this coffee roaster and bakery, also serving creative artisanal sandwiches

D $$ Full Bar Chicago-style pizza, salads wings served in a family-friendly atmosphere •

Doughnut Day

D Full Bar $$ Middle Eastern cuisine in a Moroccan setting

Centro Cocina Mexicana

2416 J St. 443-0440


2115 J St. 442-4388

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Kasbah Lounge

B L D $-$$ Wine/Beer Casual California cuisine with counter service

L D $$ Full Bar Patio Regional Mexican cooking served in a casual atmosphere •

French-inspired pastries, cakes and breads handcrafted on-site every morning by artisan bakers and chefs!

1230 20th St. 444-0307

L D $$$ Wine/Beer California cuisine served in a chic, upscale setting •

Fox & Goose Public House 1001 R St. 443-8825

1716 L St. 443-7685

Paesano’s Pizzeria 1806 Capitol Ave. 447-8646 L D $$ Gourmet pizza, pasta, salads in casual setting •

Paragary’s Bar & Oven 1401 28th St. 457-5737 D $$ Full Bar Outdoor Patio California cuisine with an Italian touch •

Suzie Burger 29th and P Sts. 455-3300 L D $ Classic burgers, cheesesteaks, shakes, chili dogs, and other tasty treats • suzieburger. com

Tapa The World 2115 J St. 442-4353 L D $-$$ Wine/Beer/Sangria Spanish/world cuisine in a casual authentic atmosphere, live flamenco music -

Thai Basil Café 2431 J St. 442-7690 L D $-$$ Wine/Beer Patio Housemade curries among their authentic Thai specialties

B L D $-$$ Wine/Beer English Pub favorites in an historic setting •

The Coconut Midtown

Harlow’s Restaurant

2502 J Street 440-1088 Lunch Delivery M-F and Happy Hour 4-6

2708 J Street 441-4693 L D $$ Full Bar Modern Italian/California cuisine with Asian inspirations •

Italian Importing Company 1827 J Street 442-6678 B L $ Italian food in a casual grocery setting

L D $-$$ Beer/Wine Food with Thai Food Flair

The Waterboy 2000 Capitol Ave. 498-9891 L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Patio Fine South of France and northern Italian cuisine in a chic neighborhood setting •

Zocolo 1801 Capitol Ave. 441-0303 L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Patio Regional Mexican cuisine served in an authentic artistic setting •

EAST SAC 33rd Street Bistro 3301 Folsom Blvd. 455-2233 B L D $$ Full Bar Patio Pacific Northwest cuisine in a casual bistro setting •

Selland's Market Cafe 5340 H St. 473-3333 B L D $$-$$$ Wine/Beer High quality handcrafted food to eat in or take out, wine bar

Star Ginger 3101 Folsom Blvd. 231-8888 L D $$ Asian Grill and Noodle Bar

Subway 5539 H Street 451-6500 LD $ Another healthy and fresh choice for the neighborhood.

Burr's Fountain 4920 Folsom Blvd. 452-5516 B L D $ Fountain-style diner serving burgers, sandwiches, soup and ice cream specialties

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Clark's Corner Restaurant 5641 J St. B L D Full Bar $$ American cuisine in a casual historic setting. Breakfast on weekends.

Clubhouse 56 723 56th. Street 454-5656

BLD Full Bar $$ American. HD sports, kid's menu, breakfast weekends, Late night dining

Evan’s Kitchen 855 57th St. 452-3896 B L D Wine/Beer $$ Eclectic California cuisine served in a family-friendly atmosphere, Kid’s menu, winemaker dinners, daily lunch specials, community table for single diners •

Español 5723 Folsom Blvd. 457-3679 L D Full Bar $-$$ Classic Italian cuisine served in a traditional family-style atmosphere

Formoli's Bistro 3839 J St. 448-5699 B L D Wine/Beer Patio $$ Mediterranean influenced cuisine in a neighborhood setting •

400 L St. 321-9522 L D $$ Full Bar American cooking in an historic atmosphere •

Chops Steak Seafood & Bar 1117 11th St. 447-8900 L D $$$ Full Bar Steakhouse serving dry-aged prime beef in an upscale club atmosphere Chop

Downtown & Vine 1200 K Street #8 228-4518

Educational tasting experience of wines by the taste, flight or glass •

Ella Dining Room & Bar 1131 K St. 443-3772

L D $$$ Full Bar Modern American cuisine served family-style in a chic, upscale space •

Esquire Grill 1213 K St. 448-8900 L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Outdoor Dining Upscale American fare served in an elegant setting •

Estelle's Patisserie

L D $ Pizza for Dine In or Take Out or Delivery 100 Beers on tap •

901 K St. 916-551-1500 L D $$-$$$ French-inspired Bakery serving fresh pastry & desserts, artisan breads and handcrafted sandwiches.

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Fat's City Bar & Cafe

Hot City Pizza 5642 J St. 731-8888

3260B J St. 449-8810 L D $-$$ Thin-Crust Pizza, Deserts and Beer in an intimate setting and popular location

La Trattoria Bohemia 3649 J St. 455-7803

1001 Front St. 446-6768 D $$-$$$ Full Bar Steaks and Asian specialties served in a casual historic Old Sac location •

L D Wine/Beer $-$$ Italian and Czech specialties in a neighborhood bistro setting

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Les Baux

L D $$$ Full Bar Global and California cuisine in an upscale historic Old Sac setting •

5090 Folsom Blvd. 739-1348 BLD $ Wine/Beer Unique boulangerie, café & bistro serving affordable delicious food/drinks all day long •

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Frank Fat’s 806 L St. 442-7092

L D Full Bar $$-$$$ Chinese favorites in an elegant setting •

5644 J St. 451-4000 L D Wine/Beer $ Fresh Greek cuisine in a chic, casual setting, counter service

Nopalitos 5530 H St. 452-8226 B L $ Wine/Beer Southwestern fare in a casual diner setting

Il Fornaio 400 Capitol Mall 446-4100 L D Full Bar $$$ Fine Northern Italian cuisine in a chic, upscale atmosphere •

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2225 Hurley Way 568-7171

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Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar 1530 J St. 447-2112 L D Full Bar $$-$$$ Japanese cuisine served in an upscale setting •

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La Rosa Blanca Taqueria Iron Grill 13th Street and Broadway 737-5115

L D Wine/Beer $$ American bistro favorites with a modern twist in a casual, Old Sac setting •

LAND PARK Casa Garden Restaurant 2760 Sutterville Road 452-2809 L D $$ • D with minimum diners call to inquire $$ Wine/Beer. Elegantly presented American cuisine. Operated by volunteers to benefit Sacramento Children's Home. Small and large groups.

L D Full Bar $$-$$ Fresh Mexican food served in a colorful family-friendly setting

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2333 Arden Way 920-8382

427 Broadway 442-4044 L D $ Full Bar Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Dine in or take out since 1986

Riverside Clubhouse 2633 Riverside Drive 448-9988 L D $$ Full Bar Upscale American cuisine served in a contemporary setting •

Taylor's Kitchen 2924 Freeport Boulevard 443-5154

2966 Freeport Blvd. 442-4256

D $$$ Wine/Beer Dinner served Wed. through Saturday. Reservations suggested but walk-ins welcome.

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Lemon Grass Restaurant 601 Munroe St. 486-4891 L D $$ Full Bar Patio Vietnamese and Thai cuisine in a casual yet elegant setting

Matteo's Pizza 5132 Fair Oaks. Blvd. 779-0727 L D Beer/Wine $$ Neighborhood gathering place for pizza, pasta and grill dishes

The Mandarin Restaurant 4321 Arden Way 488-47794 D $$-$$$ Full Bar Gourmet Chineses food for 32 years • Dine in and take out

Roxy 2381 Fair Oaks Blvd. 489-2000 B L D $$-$$$ Full Bar American cuisine with a Western touch in a creative upscale atmosphere •

Ristorante Piatti 571 Pavilions Lane 649-8885 L D $$ Full Bar Contemporary Italian cuisine in a casually elegant setting •

Sam's Hof Brau 2500 Watt 482-2175 L D $$ Wine/Beer Fresh quality meats roasted daily •

Café Vinoteca

L D $$ Wine/Beer Featuring the great taste of Thai traditional specialties •

3535 Fair Oaks Blvd. 487-1331 L D $$ Full Bar Italian bistro in a casual setting •

Esther's Cupcakes 2600 Fair Oaks Blvd. 481-4800 Traditional and unusual flavor combinations •

Ettore’s B L D $-$$ Wine/Beer Patio European-style gourmet café with salads, soup, spit-roasted chicken, and desserts in a bistro setting •

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Downtown 1020 12th Street, Suite 110 • (916) 444-1040

Leatherby’s Family Creamery

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3032 Auburn Blvd. 484-0139 2813 Fulton Ave. 484-6104

L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Upscale neighborhood steakhouse •

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MIDTOWN – TAPESTRI SQUARE! New Semi-Custom hms. 1250 to 2800SqFt. $405,000 to $795,000. Models Open Th-Su 11a-4p at 20th & T MICHAEL ONSTEAD 601-5699 CaBRE#: 01222608 LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Cozy 2bd/1ba offers a frml Living rm & an updtd Kitch w/an eat-in area. Detached garage w/loft, kitchen, full bath, rewired, replumbed & newer HVAC. $379,00 RICH CAZNEAUX 454-0323 CaBRE#: 01447558 MCKINLEY PARK CHARMER! 3bdrm/3 bath. Original charm meets sophisticated upgrades. Chef’s kitch, spa-like master suite & lovely backyard with pool. $914,000 THE WOOLFORD GROUP 834-6900 CaBRE#: 00680069, 01778361, 00679593

PERFECT OPPORTUNITY! Great curb appeal and original floor plan on a lot of almost 6000 square feet provides an excellent opportunity to gain sweat equity adjacent to the proposed new home project at Sutter Memorial. THE POLLY SANDERS TEAM 341-7865 CaBRE#: 01158787

EAST SAC LIFESTYLE! Located in a desirable community, 2bd/1ba w/classic frplc, hrd flrs, blt-in hutch in din rm & kitch. Lndscpd yards & great curb appeal. $349,900 WENDY KAY 717-1013 CaBRE#: 01335180

ADORABLE LAND PARK! 2bdrms/2bath home with master suite, mature backyard with patio & bonus office space! $410,000 THE POLLY SANDERS TEAM 341-7865 CaBRE#: 01158787

FAB FORTIES! Elegant & updtd Fabulous Forties 4-bd hm w/lovely bckyrd entertaining space & detached 2-car gar is new on this Summer's R.E. market. THE POLLY SANDERS TEAM 341-7865 CaBRE#: 01158787

VICTORIAN BEAUTY! 2 bdrms + an office/den upstrs. Full bath up & full bath down. Claw foot tubs, gas/cast iron stove ornate exterior trim. Newer HVAC, hickory wd flrs, mstr w/lrg dressing area. Enjoy the front porch, back patio & yard for great BBQs. $429,000 ROXANNE REALMUTO 224-1541 CaBRE#: 00899873 EAST SAC BRICK TUDOR! 3bd/2ba offers rm to roam! This 1750sqft hm presents a frml Liv rm w/frplc, a frml Din rm, & an updtd Kitch adjacent to a cozy Brkfst Nook. Mstr Ste w/a Sitting rm, updtd bathrm, & dual closets. $619,950 RICH CAZNEAUX 454-0323 CaBRE#: 01447558

EAST SAC CHARM! 3bd,1ba 1260sqft hm bordering Mid-town. An open flr pln, generous rm size & close to nearby restaurants makes this hm a GREAT find! $389,000 PAT VOGELI 207-5415 CaBRE#: 01229115

EAST SACRAMENTO OPPORTUNITY! 1990's, original condition! 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Bring your tool box and make this home beautiful again. $299,000 SUE OLSON 601-8834 CaBRE#: 00784986


STORYBOOK TUDOR! Grand 3bd/2.5ba hm, stunning foyer, frml LR & DR, and a gourmet Kitch, hrdwd flrs, full bsemnt, pool & spa and a 2-car garage. RICH CAZNEAUX 454-0323 CaBRE#: 01447558

CHEERFUL COTTAGE ON GREAT LOT! Pride of ownership abounds in this light & bright 2bd/1ba home with family rm. Generously sized lot provides endless possibilities. $299,950 THE WOOLFORD GROUP 834-6900 CaBRE#: 00680069, 01778361, 00679593

STUNNING EAST SAC CRAFTSMAN! 4 bds+office, 3.5 baths, Frml LR, DR, Family rm, Gourmet Kitch w/Bosch applnces & marble cntertops, sparkling pool w/guesthouse. $1,175,000 RICH CAZNEAUX 454-0323 CaBRE#: 01447558

STUNNING REMODEL! Located in Woodlake with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, remodel with a gourmet kitchen, dual pane windows and spa like baths. $410,000 WENDI REINL 206-8709 CaBRE#: 01314052 AFFORDABLE CUTIE! Live in this stress-free 2-3bd/2ba starter hm w/a new roof, new A-C unit, Bonus rm easily converted into 3rd bdrm. Dead-end street. $359,000 WHITNEY FONG 616-8557 CaBRE#: 01918373 QUEEN ANNE VICTORIAN! 3bd, 3ba, double lot features an elegant Parlor & DR, an updtd Kitch both upstrs & dwnstrs, & a Mstr Ste. 2-car gar w/guest qrtrs. $799,000 RICH CAZNEAUX 454-0323 CaBRE#: 01447558

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POOL SIDE FUN IN EAST SAC! Roomy, over 1700sqft has space for the best year-round parties! Splash in the pool, hang out in the fam rm, cuddle by the frplce. $449,950 STEPH BAKER 775-3447 CaBRE#: 01402254

THE L STREET LOFTS! City living w/great views, concierge, quality finishes! 4 unique flr plans from $345,000. Models Open W-M, 10a-5p. MICHAEL ONSTEAD 601-5699 CaBRE#: 01222608

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