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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Struggling marina offers cautionary tale on Kings arena financing plan

Jun 11, 2014

When you bank on future growth, you may get an unpleasant surprise.  The city of Sacramento tells us it’s confident that steadily increasing parking revenue in the years ahead will help pay off the massive debt the city is taking … Continue reading

California Chrome co-owner pulls up lame

Jun 9, 2014

Thanks, California Chrome, for coming so close to winning the Triple Crown. You gave us big dreams for the past five weeks and ran your heart out. Only 11 horses in racing history have won that elusive prize, and a … Continue reading

California Chrome chases ghost of Secretariat

Jun 5, 2014

For the first time in four decades, I want to see a racehorse win the Triple Crown. Go California Chrome!  I wasn’t thrilled to see Seattle Slew take the Triple Crown in 1977, even though I was living in the … Continue reading

Does everything happen for a reason?

Jun 3, 2014
Does everything happen for a reason?

Jeff Hoffman, a star pitcher for East Carolina University, hoped he would be the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft this Thursday. Early this season, the 6-foot-4 junior had a fastball that touched 98 mph, a 2.94 earned … Continue reading

‘Third-wave’ coffee? Give me dark-roasted Yuban

May 28, 2014
‘Third-wave’ coffee? Give me dark-roasted Yuban

It’s 5 a.m., and I’m sitting at my computer with a mug of Yuban dark-roasted coffee a foot away. The cobwebs of sleep disappear with each sip from the 16-ounce mug. I’ve been drinking Yuban for years. It delivers caffeine … Continue reading

Struggling schools and students need a helping hand

May 26, 2014

The pleasant young woman at the Home Depot checkout register in Sacramento measured the six pieces of oak floor molding I had brought to the checkout register and started to calculate the total length. “How much is 9 plus 9?” … Continue reading

Thinking of home improvements? Keep your guard up

May 21, 2014
Thinking of home improvements? Keep your guard up

Was it an oversight or was the window-replacement specialist trying to get away with something? As I mentioned recently, my wife and I decided to replace about 13 single-pane casement windows that had seen better days. After getting three estimates, … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee sees ‘peril’ in arena project way too late

May 19, 2014

As serious observers of the downtown Kings arena project know, the city of Sacramento is embarking on a perilous financial path against the will of prudent residents because ambitious politicians and wealthy developers have manipulated our political system for their … Continue reading

Where’s the NBA’s outrage on owner opposed to gay rights?

May 15, 2014

Aside from trampling on free-speech rights, the NBA’s rush to punish Donald Sterling for racist comments he made in a private talk with his young consort seems more like an exercise in hypocrisy than a virtuous stand for equality. Remember, … Continue reading

Op-ed: Salmon show more sense than almond growers

May 12, 2014

I’m rooting for beleaguered salmon and steelhead to get through the third year of California’s drought without taking a serious hit to their ever-diminishing numbers. These marvelous creatures flourished in the Sacramento River system until the combined effect of dams, … Continue reading

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