Sacramento & Other Calif. Cities Start Water-Waste Patrols

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SACRAMENTO – Steve Upton thinks of himself more as an “Officer Friendly” than a water cop. On a recent sunny day, the water waste inspector rolled through a quiet Sacramento neighborhood in his white pickup truck after a tipster tattled on people watering their lawns on prohibited days. He approached two culprits. Rather than slapping […]

Kings Release First Round of Renderings For New Downtown Arena

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SACRAMENTO – Today, the Sacramento Kings, the city of Sacramento and AECOM released the first round of renderings for the downtown Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC). The announcement was first made via an email to season ticket holders. The first set of renderings comes after six months of workshops, open houses, town halls, and focus […]

#STOPthelies Campaign Launches Signature Withdrawal Effort

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SACRAMENTO – Signature campaigns are nothing new; but signature withdrawal campaigns are. Amidst mounting examples of misleading tactics being used by signature gathers on a petition to force a public vote on the proposed downtown arena, scores of Sacramento City voters have been asking how they can get their names off the petition. “It’s an […]

Sacramento City Council Approves Arena Term Sheet

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SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 to approve a financial term sheet to build a new $447.7 million sports and entertainment arena in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday night. The City Council’s decision paves the way for the usage of the city’s parking operations. In reference to the term sheet, $258 million would be […]

Public Forums Set to Discuss Arena Financing Plans

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SACRAMENTO – Three public forums are scheduled to discuss the downtown arena financing plans. The first is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21 at City Hall. The arena is the second part of the equation to convince the NBA Board of Governers to keep the Sacramento Kings in the place they have […]

Mayor Johnson Names Names for Kings During State of the City Address

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SACRAMENTO – Ending weeks of widespread speculation and rumors, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson told The OBSERVER that billionaire Ron Burkle and Mark Mastrov, the founder of 24-Hour Fitness, are the majority equity partners who will make a bid for the Sacramento Kings. “Yes, they are,” Johnson told The OBSERVER when asked if Burkle and Mastrov […]

MEL ASSAGAI: Allen Warren’s Unwavering Commitment

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On a quiet Sunday afternoon two days before the November Election, Allen Warren was sitting in his campaign headquarters moving his fork through exquisite, fragrant cuisine from the several cultures of his supporters. Spicy southern chicken dishes, Mexican delicacies and the unique dishes of Hmong volunteers made up yet another campaign meal in his headquarters […]

Kings Are For Sale. But Relocation Far From Certain

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SACRAMENTO – With rumors flying around that an investor has inquired about purchasing the Sacramento Kings and moving the team out of the city, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said mid-week, that he is putting together a group to also make a bid for the team that’s been in Sacramento for the last 27 years. Swirling […]

Clean Energy Sacramento Reaches Key Milestones

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SACRAMENTO – The City of Sacramento and Ygrene Energy Fund, a leading provider of clean energy finance programs for local governments, today announced reaching several key milestones as part of the launch of Clean Energy Sacramento. Most notably, the initiative’s Energy Savings Opportunity Program assessed 15 commercial and multi-family properties which led to $22M in […]

Newly Elected Dist. 2 Councilman, Allen Warren to be Sworn In

SACRAMENTO – Local business leader Allen Wayne Warren will be one of two new Sacramento City Council members sworn in this evening during a special ceremony at the new City Hall. Warren, the winner of the District 2 City Council race, will be joined by Steve Hansen, the winner of the District 4 City Council […]