Paul Clegg

Paul Clegg I have played basketball from the streets of New York City to the playgrounds of Berkeley and the athletic clubs of Sacramento. I was a longtime copy editor and writer at The Sacramento Bee.

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Soccer stadium at railyard site would derail hopes for a livable downtown Sacramento

Jul 15, 2015

As everyone knows, downtown Sacramento is coldly unappealing and largely empty at night because it’s chock full of state and commercial office buildings. The area will never become a thriving nightspot like midtown until we have a lot of people … Continue reading

Shady parking spot causes trouble

Jul 13, 2015

“Hell is other people.” That line came to mind the other day as I was plotting get-back tactics to annoy a neighbor who seems on a mission to irritate me. At least that’s what I think. I could be in … Continue reading

Playing the hero could come at a high cost

Jul 10, 2015

I came across a Washington Post column this morning that raised the question of why 10 or so passengers in a subway car did nothing while a teenager punched, kicked and stabbed another passenger 30 to 40 times during a … Continue reading

Choosing death can be an affirmation of life

Jul 8, 2015

The dithering over death in the California Legislature makes me irritable, given that I believe in personal freedom and don’t want to end my days the way my father did. Descent into senility isn’t a pretty picture.     Senate Bill … Continue reading

Forgiveness is overrated

Jul 6, 2015

I miss believing in hell. It was satisfying to think that unrepentant evildoers would face eternal torment. Sister Francis Claire, my teacher in both the fifth and sixth grades at Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school, gave especially graphic accounts … Continue reading

Mayor Johnson doesn’t look good in erasing arena-related text messages

Jul 1, 2015

The mayor of Sacramento admits destroying evidence in the arena-subsidy case after city officials were explicitly warned to preserve all electronic communications related to the deal. That’s a breathtaking admission Kevin Johnson made yesterday when he testified in a trial … Continue reading

Maxxed out on exercise, I give dieting a try

Jun 29, 2015

It’s been six months since I’ve indulged in a Sunshine Cheez-It eating binge. Cheez-Its have been a loyal friend since my college days, a friend that never lets me down, never fails to satisfy a deeply ingrained crunch need. I, … Continue reading

Sleaze factor surfaces at arena subsidy trial

Jun 25, 2015

When I was growing up in Queens, one of the older guys who hung around Braddock Park got a job selling tires. He was a smart guy who always knew a quick way to make a buck. The store he … Continue reading

Reflections on a complicated father-son relationship

Jun 22, 2015

While reading many touching tributes to fathers yesterday on Facebook, I wondered what it must be like to have a father who elicits such positive emotions. I don’t hold rosy remembrances of my father, although I do remember his large … Continue reading

Good looks are part of the equation

Jun 17, 2015

Back in my dating days, I had many first meetings that started with a coffee date. The idea was to get a sense whether things might go anywhere without slogging through what might be an uncomfortable, expensive dinner date. In … Continue reading

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