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City Beat: Sacramento must take the tomato back

Oct 5, 2014
City Beat: Sacramento must take the tomato back

How has Sacramento let a city one-thirteenth its size get away with staking claim to our most beloved – wait, is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Doesn’t matter. Sacramento should own this. Tomatoes are the official food of this farm-to-fork town. We even talked a few years ago about painting that water...

City Beat: Activist Karen Jacques preserves pieces of Sacramento history

Sep 29, 2014
City Beat: Activist Karen Jacques preserves pieces of Sacramento history

All around the central city, there are reasons to thank people like Karen Jacques. Jacques and her kind are a pain in the you-know-what. But they’re also the kind who would stand in front of a bulldozer to save something they thought was worth saving.


Ryan Lillis

Downtown Sacramento hits 104 degrees, ties record

Sep 13, 2014

Sacramento is in the midst of a mini heat wave.

City Beat: Sacramento pursuing plan to allow urban farms

Sep 7, 2014
City Beat: Sacramento pursuing plan to allow urban farms

From Valley View Acres, it all seems so peaceful, even the sprawl. This neighborhood is a thumb-shaped plot of ranches and small farms at the northern reaches of the city. It’s also the only place in this city of nearly a half-million people where you can keep livestock and run a farm.

Video: Thousands of feral cats in Sacramento have human friends to help them

Jun 29, 2014
Video: Thousands of feral cats in Sacramento have human friends to help them

Some people play golf on the weekends or go wine tasting. I have a buddy who fixes up old Studebakers. Carrie Holler? Her hobby is taking care of a gang of feral cats that lives in some bushes near the Sacramento River. Ryan Lillis

Old Sacramento faces new challenges from construction

Apr 7, 2014
Old Sacramento faces new challenges from construction

Old Sacramento, where the city has fought back floods and fires for 160 years, is facing new challenges from all sides.


The pedestrian tunnel that runs under I-5 to connect Old Sacramento and Downtown Plaza will get new lighting, which business officials say will help the historic district compete with...

Effort under way to rehab historic amphitheater in Land Park

Nov 5, 2013
Effort under way to rehab historic amphitheater in Land Park

The historic amphitheater in Land Park, where Shakespeare is performed on summer nights near a picturesque pond, is the focus of a rehabilitation effort aimed at making the facility a regional attraction. The Sacramento Shakespeare Festival will a...

History buff’s bequest a boon to local institutions

Sep 22, 2013
History buff’s bequest a boon to local institutions

Frances Pendleton, a public schoolteacher, was fascinated by Sacramento history and culture, and she bequeathed her modest savings to help preserve it. Weston Kramer, 4, of midtown Sacramento explores the Old City Cemetery in Sacramento on Friday...

Couple plan to spend $15 million on combined Sacramento car and natural history museum

Aug 2, 2013
Couple plan to spend $15 million on combined Sacramento car and natural history museum

A wealthy couple who have hunted exotic creatures around the globe are making one of the largest private donations to a cultural institution in Sacramento history. A room in the Elk Grove mansion of Paul and Renee Snider displays fowl and sheep th...

Carmichael Dave to launch sports-talk webcasts

Jun 15, 2012
Carmichael Dave to launch sports-talk webcasts

Former KHTK host Carmichael Dave, shown thanking fans for their support after a Kings home game in April 2011, will host two Web-based talk shows.A key figure in the fan-based effort to keep the Sacramento Kings in town is about to re-emerge. ...

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