sacramento connect sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:25:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GOTG Friday Faves 1/6/17 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:00:06 +0000 read more]]> 0 UCD Moves Forward with Notice of Preparation, Ignores City Requests Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:31:21 +0000 In December the City Council sent a letter to Acting Chancellor Ralph Hexter on the Long Range Development Plan requesting, “that UC Davis incorporate into the LRDP substantial additional on-campus housing units and housing density, and provide clear definition of non-residential space increase needs and how those increases will be accommodated on-campus.” Specifically, the council ...

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Napolitano May Have Dealt a Blow to Davis’ WFC Chances Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:13:02 +0000 Earlier this week, it appeared there was good news with newly-elected Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry stating that she would support the UC Davis consideration for building the World Food Center “on its land and there are other parcels like the (on-hold) Mace Ranch Innovation Center proposal.” She told the Vanguard, “I want to see Yolo County ...

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Council to Tackle Core Area Policy as First Step in General Plan Update Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:58:13 +0000 The city council has discussed what a General Plan Update process would look like and, after discussing the issue preliminarily in July, staff has returned with a plan that would initiate the Core Area policy and code amendments first, which has some overlap with a General Plan Update before starting the General Plan Update. It ...

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Judge to Decide Whether to Keep Motion Sealed in “Lil’ Shop” Dispensary Case Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:34:14 +0000 Judge David Reed continued a hearing to decide whether a Pitchess Motion should be kept under seal in the matter of Paul Fullerton and his wife Maricel who are charged will multiple felony couts of possession of marijuana for sale stemming from a raid conducted on February 29, 2016. Defense attorneys filed a Pitchess Motion ...

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admob Systems – The Facts Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:02:36 +0000 0 Altamirano, McDonald reach quarters in 25K L.A. Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:32:00 +0000 0 34.053501 -118.245003 Pot defendants seek new sentences under Prop. 64 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:55:00 +0000 0 Public meetings set on power line Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:45:00 +0000 0 Ex-Butte sheriff’s employee arrested Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:41:00 +0000 0 New bridge at Simmerly Slough Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:37:00 +0000 0 Sikh community leader dies Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:33:00 +0000 0 New home for Yuba County Sheriff’s Department almost ready Fri, 06 Jan 2017 03:22:00 +0000 0 Sheriff’s office: Nevada County has 1,404 concealed weapons permits Fri, 06 Jan 2017 01:47:36 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Adwool Is Steps Of Affiliate Programs Through Which You Will Get Cash Directing Traffic At CpaProfiles.Com Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 0 Buy Real Instagram Likes The Simplest And Affordable Method Of Creating A Good Style Of Traffic By Buzzoid Service Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000 0 Beavis and Butt-Head: The Complete Collection Arrives on DVD on February 14th! Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:00:00 +0000
Attention fartknockers! Creator Mike Judge’s beloved slackers are back in BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD: The Complete Collection, coming to DVD February 14, 2017. When Beavis and Butt-Head first appeared on MTV more than a decade ago, critics dismissed them as brainless couch potatoes who did nothing but watch TV and make lewd jokes about bodily functions. Today we know they were ahead of their time. Beavis and Butt-Head's unique idiocy profoundly changed television, movies, pop culture and the world.

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Jay Leno Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:05:00 +0000 0 Downtown Commons Nearly Tops-Out Photos Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:59:00 +0000 0 So Zack’s a little husky, so what? Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:15:22 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Wrong way driver causes E Street Bridge collision Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:14:00 +0000 0 A Note About Commenting Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:57:19 +0000 System is still a little glitchy, so I want to reiterate a few things. First, there is no commenting under a pseudonym without permission.  Any posts under a pseudonym will be removed or not approved. Second, if you have trouble logging on – contact me and we will fix it. Apologies for the technical glitches, ...

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Coming soon: Series on teen phenoms Bellis, Volynets Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:09:00 +0000 0 Nevada City on cover of Sunset: praised for its arts scene Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:17:02 +0000 0 39.260059 -121.022743 Commentary: State of the City Address Had Strengths and Weaknesses Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:37:14 +0000 The Davis Chamber had a new format for their event, with Mayor Robb Davis giving the main speech, but with City Manager Dirk Brazil and Assistant City Managers Kelly Stachowicz and Mike Webb also giving talks. In the end, I liked the format more than I thought I would.  I was skeptical about the format ...

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Aguiar-Curry Discusses Minimum Wage and Farm Worker Overtime in Second Part of Interview Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:37:44 +0000 Newly elected Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry sat down with Leanna Sweha of the Davis Vanguard for an interview on a variety of topics.  The former Mayor of Winters discussed a variety of issues of interest to Vanguard readers ranging from the $15 minimum wage to farm worker OT, to environmental laws, education and pensions. As a ...

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California Legislature Prepares to Fight Back, Hires Former AG Holder Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:31:11 +0000 In a sign of an epic showdown between California and a pending Trump Administration, Senate Leader Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced on Wednesday that they are hiring former US Attorney General Eric Holder to represent them in any legal fights against the new Trump White House. In a joint statement, they ...

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California Democrats Invited To Help Select Delegates To State Convention Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:52:11 +0000 (From Press Release) All California Democrats who were engaged in the 2016  Election are invited to help to select delegates on Sunday January 8th in the 4th and 7th Assembly Districts that represent Yolo County to the California Democratic Party! For the 4th Assembly District, there will be two sites where the election will take ...

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Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Muffins Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:00:57 +0000 Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Muffins – this EASY breakfast recipe is great for on the go! It’s a healthier muffin that’s dairy free and has no oil or flour but tastes like an amazing chocolate chip dessert! Did you notice the new facelift Crazy for Crust got for the new year? If you click on […]

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Altamirano ousts top seed; his Cavaliers ranked No. 1 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:07:00 +0000 0 The Second Annual New Year’s Bucket Wish List 2017 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 02:35:00 +0000 0 PHOTO: Splashing into the new year Thu, 05 Jan 2017 01:46:00 +0000 0 Sunset magazine ranks Nevada City #1 in its 2017 “Best Value Towns” list Thu, 05 Jan 2017 01:39:22 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Around Yuba-Sutter: Briefs for Jan. 5 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 01:00:00 +0000 0 BYOB Wine Seller in Nevada City: “We are retiring” Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:26:29 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Nissan’s 2017 Armada has size, hidden charms Wed, 04 Jan 2017 23:32:00 +0000 A menu of Mark Glover’s AutoGlo car reviews can be seen on the Business page of The Sacramento Bee’s website

Sacramento, California– The Nissan Armada has been reworked for the 2017 model year, but yes, it’s still a big, somewhat intimidating sport-utility vehicle.

Armada?   Yes, it might take an armada to tow it somewhere.   It's that big. Walking up to my 2017 Nissan Armada Platinum 4WD tester made me feel small.

I felt better after hoisting myself up into the driver’s seat.   The Armada’s civilized, thoughtfully laid-out interior put me at ease.   Yes, captain, I can take command of this vehicle.   No problem.

Not surprisingly, virtually everything on the Armada involves a big number.

Power comes from a 5.6-liter V-8 engine with 390 horsepower and a max 394 foot-pounds of torque.

That’s enough juice to make the Armada move with authority when needed.   The seven-speed automatic transmission had no hiccups, and front/rear ventilated disc brakes brought the Armada to a halt quickly on demand.
On freeways, the Armada cruises with a surprisingly light feel and very little noise.  You don't want to make any sudden moves in city traffic, however, lest you scare your fellow motorists.

Riding high on the roadways – the 20-inch, premium machine-finished alloy wheels helped in that department – I felt like the king of the road.   My range of vision from the cockpit seat was exceptional.

And in case my attention lapsed, an impressive suite of standard safety features stood ready to keep me safe.   The list included a protective forward collision-warning system, a lane-departure warning system, blind spot intervention/warning technology and back-up collision intervention.

Like I said, the Armada has a lot to make the nervous SUV driver feel secure.

There’s a price for all this, of course.   On my ride, the bottom line on the sticker read $61,435.

You won’t find big numbers in the fuel mileage ratings, which are a wallet-crunching 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

I’m sure Armada buyers aren’t worried about such things.   They want a big, powerful freeway cruiser capable of carrying half of their home belongings (and maybe even a Volkswagen Beetle thrown in) when they take to the open road.

I can only imagine what this Armada can do off-road.   Damage, would be my guess.   Best to stay out of its way.   But if you’re heading up to the Sierra Nevada snow in this Armada, my guess is you'll be thanking your lucky stars for the four-wheel drive capability and the Armada’s solid, four-cornered stance.

In the world of big and pricey, this Armada rules the roadways over most.   Having taken the long-running, previous-generation Armadas on vacation jaunts, I can tell you that this SUV is a decidedly enjoyable transporter.   And this 2017 version is the best of the Armadas that I’ve had the opportunity to drive.
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Weekend Top 10: January 7th – 8th Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:41:57 +0000 0 Underworld 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:19:00 +0000 Reviewed by Jami Ferguson
In the Underworld, Vampires are a secret clan of modern aristocratic sophisticates whose mortal enemies are the Lycans (werewolves), a shrewd gang of street thugs who prowl the city’s underbelly. No one knows the origin of their bitter blood feud, but the balance of power between them turns even bloodier when a beautiful young Vampire warrior and a newly-turned Lycan with a mysterious past fall in love. Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman star in this modern-day, action-packed tale of ruthless intrigue and forbidden passion ¬ all set against the dazzling backdrop of a timeless, Gothic metropolis. Directed by Len Wiseman from a screenplay by Danny McBride and based on a story by Kevin Grevioux and Len Wiseman & Danny McBride,  Underworld has received a High Dynamic Range (HDR) upgrade, and includes all bonus materials from previous Blu-ray releases. The film arrives on 4K, just in time to get fans excited for the next installment in the franchise, Underworld: Blood Lines.
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The Music of David Bowie, A Rock Symphony Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:37:55 +0000 0 Dog Eat Dog Blu-ray Review Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:55:00 +0000 Reviewed by Jami Ferguson
Directed by filmmaker Paul Schrader (American Gigolo, Affliction, Taxi Driver) and written by Matthew Wilder (Your Name Here), Dog Eat Dog stars Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage ( Leaving Las Vegas, Snowden), Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe ( Platoon, Justice League), and Christopher Matthew Cook ( 2 Guns). In this “sordid and engaging crime drama” (The Hollywood Reporter), ex-cons Troy (Cage), Mad Dog (Dafoe) and Diesel (Christopher Matthew Cook) are hired by an eccentric mob boss to kidnap a baby for a large ransom. When the abduction goes awry, the trio find themselves on the run from the mob and the cops. Vowing to stay out of prison at all costs, getting away with the crime is literally a matter of life and death.
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