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NFIB Endorses Ose, Urges Voters to 'Pink Slip' Bera

Written By EGN on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | 18:30

UPDATED 7 p.m., October 1, 2014 |

October 1, 2014 |

In a news conference held at an Elk Grove smog shop this morning, the National Federation for Independent Business (NFIB) formally endorsed Doug Ose.

A former three-term Republican Congressman, Ose is challenging incumbent Democratic Congressman Dr. Ami Bera for California's Seventh Congressional District. The contest is considered one of the most competitive congressional races this cycle.

Elk Grove Planning Commissioner and small business owner
Frank Maita (l) is greeted by Doug Ose. 
Speaking on behalf of NFIB was it's executive director for California, John Kabateck, who said that Ose,  as a small business owner himself, will better represent their concerns in Congress. Kabateck noted that in Ose's previous stint in Congress, he had earned a 100 rating on NFIB's scorecard while Bera had a 20 during his first two years in office.   

"That's why it's so critical that we give Doug Ose the opportunity to return to Washington, and continue his legacy of helping main street in California, and moving forward, " Kabateck said. "And giving Ami Bera a pink slip in November."

During his comments, Ose thanked the NFIB for their support and said that as a small business owner, he will represent their needs in Congress. Ose said Bera supported higher taxes and increased regulation, and he zeroed in on Bera's support of the Affordable Healthcare Act and reduced funding for Medicare.

"Congressman Bera has routinely and regularly voted to strip $716 billion from Medicare, at the precise time that our demographic of our population are putting a bulge of Americans into Medicare eligibility," Ose said. "That is bad policy, and President Obama and Congressman Bera need to be held accountable for their decisions, and votes, none of which today are benefiting Americans."

When asked to comment on Ose's Medicare assertion, Bera spokesperson Allison Teixeira called them them a lie. Tiexeira cited three different sources including stories in the Washington Post  and  Politifact  that both said the $716 billion cuts [Washington Post] "mostly are wrung from health-care providers, not Medicare beneficiaries" and are being done over a 10-year period.

"That's a lie that has been proven false again and again," Teixeira said. "Congressman Ose is obviously trying to distract voters from his shameful record of putting his own bottom line above Sacramento County seniors-- including voting to gamble their Social Security on Wall Street, and supporting ending the Medicare guarantee."

Roll Call reports that Bera's internal polls as of last week show him in a slight lead over Ose, but within the poll's 4.7-percent margin of error. The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call currently rates the race as Leans Democratic.

Below is a video of comments by Kabateck and Ose at today's news conference.



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Elk Grove Pizzeria Robbed at Gunpoint

October 1, 2014 |

An Elk Grove pizzeria was robbed by a gunman late last night.

According to Elk Grove Police, an unknown suspect entered the Little Ceasers pizzeria on Laguna Boulevard shortly after 10 p.m., brandishing a handgun and demanded money. After the suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, he fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Responding officers were unable to locate the suspect who was described as a black male adult, 5`11", 160 lbs., wearing a dark colored bandanna over his face and dark colored clothing and shoes. 

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Chaires Receives 'Bee' Endorsement, Ag Supporting Cooper

October 1, 2014 |

Two Elk Grove-based candidates were the recipients of major endorsements in the last 24-hours.

In an editorial published this morning, The Sacramento Bee's editorial board endorsed the candidacy of Elk Grove Planning Commissioner Nancy Chaires for the Elk Grove City Council District 4 seat. Chaires is facing three others for the seat.

In their endorsement, the Bee noted Chaires' seven years experience on the planning commission make her well-suited to help solve the city's most pressing issue, the job-to-housing imbalance.

The endorsement also offered some insight into why Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis switched his support from Chaires to Elk Grove Unified School District Trustee Steve Ly.
Elk Grove Vice Mayor Jim Cooper (l), Elk Grove Planning
Commissioner Nancy Chaires and California Assembly
Member Dr. Richard Pan. 

The Bee described Davis' withdrawal of support for Chaires in the following excerpt:

"That brings up one concern about Chaires, who has had a falling out with the mayor over what transpired. Davis backed her for the appointment, but is now supporting Ly. The mayor says he switched because Chaires privately raked him over the coals for not voting for a special election, demonstrating to him that she put personal political ambition ahead of the city.

Chaires adamantly denies that version of events, and says she consistently opposed spending money for a special election. She told us that she’s a “grown-up” and is not one to hold grudges."

Separately, Elk Grove Vice Mayor Jim Cooper announced his campaign for the California Assembly Ninth District seat was endorsed by the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau. Cooper is facing Sacramento City Council Member and fellow Democrat, Darrell Fong. 

"The San Joaquin County Farm Bureau is honored to support Jim Cooper, a trusted leader in our community," San Joaquin County Farm Bureau President Jack Hamm said. "Jim is committed to fighting the twin tunnels project and protecting our delta. We can count on Jim to support San Joaquin County’s vibrant agriculture industry."

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/10/01/6749827/endorsement-chaires-can-step-in.html#storylink=cpy

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Sacramento County Sheriff, District Attorney Endorse Pan in State Senate Bid

Written By EGN on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 20:00

September 30, 2014 |

In one of the region's two races featuring two Democratic candidates, Assembly Member Dr. Richard Pan today formally announced the endorsement of the two highest ranking Sacramento County law enforcement officials.

Pan, who is in  very tight race against fellow Assembly Member Roger Dickinson for California's Sixth Senatorial district, formally announced the endorsements of Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully .

In making the endorsement in front of at the Sheriff's substation on 65th Street in Sacramento, Jones said he got to know Pan well when they were both running for their current positions in 2010.

"I got to see first hand how Dr. Pan's supports of public safety," Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said. "He would often reach out to me to ask what he could do for me, which is a new experience for me."

Among other things, Jones said Pan was instrumental in help creating databases for metal theft and pawn shop details to track stolen property.

"He has done a number of things in his capacity, that has made me a believer that he is a true advocate and supporter of of public safety," he added.

Scully said that in her 20-years as District Attorney, Pan is the first candidate that she had sought to endorse for public office. Among other things that Scully has supported law enforcement is his opposition to legislation that would weaken sex offender registration requirements. (See all of Pan's and Scully's comments in the two videos posted below.)

Pan also announced the endorsement of Crime Victims United and California Police Chiefs Association.

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Four for Four - EGC, EGN to Host Forum for Elk Grove City Council District 4 Race

September 30, 2014 |

The Elk Grove Citizen and Elk Grove News will host a candidate forum for the four candidates running for the Elk Grove City Council District 4 seat.

The forum will be held on Thursday, October 9  in the City Council Chambers at the Elk Grove City Hall. Citizen Reporter Bryan Gold and EGN's Dan Gougherty will question the four candidates on a host of issues facing Elk Grove and District 4.

The forum is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Hosting the forum will be Elk Grove City Council Member Pat Hume

All four candidates have agreed to participate in the forum. 

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Poll Says People OK With Elk Grove as Bedroom Community; Lessons From Rio Rancho

September 30, 2014 | 

In a popular poll that concluded this afternoon, a majority of respondents supported the qualified proposition that it is OK if Elk Grove is a bedroom community. 

The poll which started last week, shows the following results:

Statement: Elk Grove is a bedroom community; which of the following statements best describes your thoughts: 

Being a bedroom community is fine, but lets try to get some better paying jobs here too -  4 (6 %)

Being a bedroom community if fine as long as schools are good and we control crime     - 10 (15 %)

Being a bedroom community is fine, but lets get those youth sports fields underway         - 2 (3 %)

Being a bedroom community is fine and I agree with the first three statements listed here  - 41 (65 %)

We should spend taxpayers dollars to become a tourist destination - it will be a big          -  2 (3 %)
payoff for the city's finances

Not only should we continue pursuing becoming a tourist destination, we should               - 4 (6 %)
continue pursuit of the pro soccer stadium at all costs

No opinion                                                                                                                     -  0

The poll, though unscientific, shows that a vast majority of the respondents agree that being a bedroom community is fine, but some enhancements would make it even better. 

Conversely, the poll showed less than 10-percent of respondents agree with the city's strategy to become a tourist destination. 

This poll was conducted in the wake of the city's recent $4.4 million purchase of 99-acres that it hopes will help land a Major League Soccer club.     

In the last week, an EGN reader linked a story from the New York Times about the disastrous results when one city, a New Mexico bedroom community that has a Fortune 500 employment center, build a sports venue.

That city is Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  

Below is an excerpt from that story:

"And although larger cities often have more wherewithal to absorb these kinds of long-term obligations, bedroom communities like Rio Rancho (population 87,000) have less leeway because they have smaller budgets.
So the towns are not just stuck with buyer’s remorse, but also growing financial headaches."

The entire story can be read here

We certainly hope our city leaders read the story, take a step back and really consider all the possible unintended consequences from not only the soccer stadium proposal, but the over-designed proposed aquatics center.

Next time the city council discusses these proposals, let's hope they include Rio Rancho, New Mexico right along with Frisco, Texas.   

The Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, NM 
previously hosted a minor league soccer team.

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Elk Grove Police Arrest Two Suspects Who Leave Store With Full Grocery Cart

September 30, 2014 |

Two Sacramento women were arrested early last night after they allegedly shoplifted from an Elk Grove grocery store.

According to Elk Grove Police, 29-year old Erica Kucinskas and 26-year old Felicia Lopez entered the Bel Air store on Laguna Boulevard, filled a grocery cart with merchandise and left the store without paying. A store employee observed them throwing food into the back of a truck.

Responding officer arrested Kucinskas and Lopez and were booked into the county jail where they are being held on $20,000 and $10,000 bails respectively.  

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Elk Grove Police to Host Community Meeting

Written By EGN on Monday, September 29, 2014 | 18:20

September 29, 2014 |

The Elk Grove Police Department will host a community meeting on Thursday, October 9 inside the Cosumnes Community Services District Administration Building (CSD) located at 8820 Elk Grove Blvd.   

This is the second community meeting of the year and will focus on residents who live in Beats 3 and 5 (east side of Elk Grove, east of Highway 99). Personnel from various units within the Elk Grove Police Department will be on hand to answer questions that residents may have regarding crime issues. 

Community beat meetings are designed to strengthen the partnership between the police department and the community it serves.  For more information, please contact the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (916) 478-8110.  

The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

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Elk Grove City Council to Hear 'Outlet Collection' at Next Meeting

September 29, 2014 |

Hoping to jump-start construction of the Outlet Collection at Elk Grove (OCEG), the Elk Grove City Council will hear the proposal to void that shopping center's planning agreement at its October 8 meeting.

The OCEG, formerly known as the Elk Grove Promenade, is the unfinished shopping center that sits on the city's south side along Highway 99 and Grant Line-Kammerer Road. The current owner of the shopping center, Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC), is seeking to change the terms of the 2001 special planning area (SPA) agreement.

At their September 19 meeting, the Elk Grove Planning Commission found that HHC was in violation of the SPA and voided the agreement. By finding them in breach of the SPA and voiding its conditions, it was the commission's and city staff's view this would help HHC fulfill its plan to convert the unfinished shopping center from a so-called fashion mall to an outlet-themed shopping center.

Raising objection to portions of HHC's plan was another property owner who is bound by the SPA, San Francisco-based M&H Realty Partners. M&H owns two parcels across Promenade Parkway from the OCEG and according to comments made by their attorney Elisa Paster, they would still be bound by the SPA. (See video below).

At the planning commission attorney's for M&H said that allowing HHC out of the SPA was unfair and threatened to litigate the matter if the city council approves it.

Paster did not respond to an email inquiry as to any action M&H may take should the city council approve the matter.


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Chew's Reviews - 'The Skeleton Twins'

Written By EGN on Sunday, September 28, 2014 | 09:00

By Gary Chew | September 28, 2014 |

Now showing

The humorously serious foibles of a dysfunctional family well describes director Craig Johnson's “The Skeleton Twins.” Meet Milo (Bill Hader), twin brother of Maggie (Kristen Wiig). They were quite close as kids but after their dad's suicide, they split. They've not seen nor spoken to each other in a decade. Happiness for both has been evasive. He waits tables at a tourist stop in Hollywood. She lives with her near-perfect, good-old-boy spouse in the twins' hometown back in New York State. His name is Lance (Luke Wilson).

Milo has been rushed to a hospital after an unsuccessful suicide attempt as Maggie, across the country, is just about to pop some pills to accomplish the same thing. Her phone rings. “Milo is going to live,” the medic says. All this happens as the film begins.

But I need to quickly tell you other things now: Milo is gay, Maggie isn't … and this movie is funnier than hell. It's also quite effective at stirring one's emotions over things that are nothing to laugh at.

Maggie persuades Milo to come back and stay with her and Lance while wrists heal and feet can be more securely affixed to the ground. Soon after his arrival, their mother (Joanna Gleason) pops in. Milo has covertly arranged for her to make it by since mom's on her way to an “insight retreat” at nearby and legendary Woodstock, New York. Mom has a great, new life out in picturesque Sedona. Mom didn't show up back when Maggie and Luke got married.

After a brief confrontation a la trois, mom goes on to Woodstock, never to return to the script. Her lack of any genuine ability for mothering further underscores why Milo and Maggie trod such a bumpy path.

Maggie is currently taking scuba-diving lesson at the Y where she's just starting up a liaison with her cocky instructor. Now fully ambulatory, Milo ambles to a local bookstore run by Rich (Ty Burrell), a former mid-school teacher of Milo's. Earlier times between Milo and Rich are rich with a big spoiler.

One more detail: one evening Milo learns at dinner from Lance that he and Maggie, “... are trying to get pregnant.” Whoops, I another: Maggie is taking birth control meds but only she knows that ... for a while.

Scene for scene “The Skeleton Twins” is really entertaining --- and tugs quite often at familial heartstrings. Hader and Wiig are not far from getting special-like nods for their performances, seems to me.

My favorite sequence has Maggie being furious about something ... and Milo trying to lighten her load. This comes as he begins lip-synching Growing Pains' song, “As Long As We Have Each Other.” Not surprisingly, Milo choreographs himself quite well; and before long he has Maggie mouthing the words too. It does everyone's heart so good, and the hearts of “The Skeleton Twins” just keep getting bigger and bigger. And just in time for Halloween.

Copyright © 2014 by Gary Chew. All rights reserved.

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Video - Nancy Chaires' Opening Statement at Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum

September 28. 2014 |

On Friday, the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce sponsored a forum for the four candidates running for the Elk Grove City Council District 4 seat.

Below is a video of the opening statement from Elk Grove Planning Commissioner Nancy Chaires. Friday's forum was held at Valley Hi Country Club.

Video originally posted on Chaires' campaign YouTube account.

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Chew's Reviews - 'The Congress'

Written By EGN on Friday, September 26, 2014 | 14:35

By Gary Chew |September 26, 2014 |

How would you like to see Robin Wright in a picture that has the talented star playing Robin Wright? As herself, the script places Robin in a split between delusional and real mental states? You'll have to look for it but, as The Truth is for Mulder and Scully, “The Congress” is also out there.

That's the bland title of this film by Israeli writer, film score composer and director, Ari Folman. It was released this spring. An earlier film by Folman is the award-winner “Waltz With Bashir.”

A science-fiction novel by the Polish author Stanislaw Lem titled “The Futurological Congress” gave rise to Folman's “Congress”screenplay. The book is an allegory of communist dictatorship that sets up well for Folman's creation to parrot what might be called authoritarianism in the entertainment business; more specifically the American motion picture industry.

Wright is an aging, famous film star who's approached by a fictitious movie studio producer called Jeff Green and played by the marvelously oleaginous Danny Houston. “Miramount” wants Robin to sell film rights to her digital image using a multitude of body scans of Wright that the studio would shoot then use in perpetuity to make new films with her at a never- ending “good” age for moviegoers. She would receive a gigantic sum of money, but could never act again on film or stage.

Robin's fictitious manager Al is played by the astounding “don't-f#*k-with-me guy” Harvey Keitel. Paul Giamatti plays Dr. Barker, her fictitious physician. Her children are not played by her real offspring. and the script doesn't use their actual names.

Robin's real mental state is shot live-action. Her delusional state is in a fantastical animation with every principle character in the live-action caricatured in the animated sequences.

In the later animation sequences, and twenty years later in the script, “Miramount” has acquired newer technology that makes it possible for anybody to be transformed into an animated avatar and become anything he or she wants to be. Jeff Green's big studio wants the freedom to sell Robin image to anyone who has the money and desire to become a “Robin Wright.” Such a desire in anyone surely speaks volumes about a society, I would think.

While watching “The Congress” I was reminded of Friedrich Nietzsche, Franz Kafka, Stanley Kubrick, Terry Gilliam, Philp K. Dick, Antoine de Exupery, William Burroughs and the Beatles on their “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” trip. You might think of others.

It's a wild ride that begins on an inauspicious note, with Houston and Keitel holding forth in much of the live action and the artists who've created the animation blowing the mind of anyone who favors visual fantasy. Live-action and animation are approximately half and half. Caution, though, for young people who may see “The Congress”: there is one animated scene that gently depicts Wright having sex with an animated male character --- minus specificity. Otherwise, the visual coast for the young folks is clear.
 Copyright © 2014 by Gary Chew. All rights reserved.

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Former Rival Endorses Chaires For Elk Grove City Council

September 26, 2014 |
A local businessman who competed with Elk Grove City Council District 4 candidate Nancy Chaires for appointment to the city council has announced his endorsement of her candidacy.
"As a longtime resident of Elk Grove, I have always tried to find the best for our city and that is why I'm supporting Nancy for City Council," Oscar O'Con said. "Nancy's many years on the Planning Commission, and her respectful and deliberative style show that she is a problem-solver, committed to addressing the challenges our city faces. Nancy is the best choice for Elk Grove." 
A local business man, member of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce PAC and past president of the Elk Grove Rotary Club, O'Con was one of  five candidates who sought appointment to the Elk Grove City Council, District 4 seat upon Gary Davis' election as mayor. 
Chaires is a current member of the Elk Grove Planning Commission and is one of four candidates for the District 4 seat. 

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Another Elk Grove Yogurt Shop Robbed at Gunpoint

September 26, 2014 |

For the second time in two days, an Elk Grove yogurt shop was robbed at gunpoint.

According to Elk Grove Police, an armed robber held-up the Tops Yogurt shop on Sheldon Road late last night. On Wednesday night, the Tops Yogurt Shop on Bruceville Road was robbed by a gunman.

During last night's Sheldon Road incident, an unknown suspect entered the store brandishing a handgun and demanding money. When the store employee opened the cash register, the suspect grabbed cash and fled the store on foot.

Responding officers were unable to locate the suspect who was described as a black male adult, 5`3" to 5'7", skinny build, wearing a black and silver sweatshirt, black face mask and gray shorts. Police detectives are investigating the possibility that the two robberies are related. 

The employee was not injured during the robbery.

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Ose Endorsed by Elk Grove Police Officers Association

September 26, 2014 |

Congressional candidate Doug Ose announced today he has been endorsed by the Elk Grove Police Officers Association.

Doug Ose endorsed by Elk Grove's
rank and file police. 
“We are proud to offer Doug Ose our endorsement because he has a proven track record of doing whatever it takes to ensure that our streets are protected and our people are safe," Joaquin Farinha, President of the Elk Grove Police Officers Association said. "He wholeheartedly supports our mission and we trust him to improve public safety throughout the city of Elk Grove.”

Ose, a former three term Republican member of Congress is facing incumbent Democrat Dr. Ami Bera for California's Seventh Congressional District. The race, which is considered a toss-up, has seen a large influx of spending by independent expenditure committees including former President George W. Bush's political adviser Karl Rove's, Crossroads GPS committee. 

I am honored that the Elk Grove Police Officers Association has chosen to support my candidacy for Congress," Ose said. "Among the many things I fought for while in office was to ensure that our communities were protected and kept safe."

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Elk Grove Scales Back Wayfinding Sign Component of Tourism Push

Written By EGN on Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 15:35

September 25, 2014 |

At Wednesday night's meeting, the Elk Grove City Council scaled back one of the components of its ongoing campaign to transform the city into a tourist destination.

By a 4-1 vote with Bob Trigg voting no, the city council decided to scale back its proposed wayfinding sign project. As their name implies, wayfinding signs are placards placed throughout the city directing visitors to points of interest.
In the coming months signs like this will direct visitors to
points of interest in Elk Grove. 

The project that was approved will allocate a total of $347,000 for about 31 signs to be installed throughout the city. The original proposal called for more signs to be placed, but the cost of each sign was underestimated according to Elk Grove Public Works Director Richard Shepard.

The city council selected the higher-grade prominent design,  that will cost $11,000 each, which includes installation. The council decided against the lower-cost valued engineered design that would have cost about $3,500 each.

Each sign is 14-feet high and will feature yet-to-be-determined points of interest in the city. The city had originally sought to place about 47 signs throughout the city.  

No sign installation dates were announced at the meeting.  

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Elk Grove Police Arrest Wanted Suspect, Was Found in Carjacked Vehicle

September 25, 2014 |

Elk Grove Police arrested a man last night who was in a vehicle that had been reportedly carjacked.

According to police reports, officers contacted 19-year old Joshua Harrison of Nipomo, Calif., after receiving calls regarding of a suspicious person on the 4700 block of Laguna Boulevard. A records search revealed Harrison had two outstanding arrest warrants from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department and the vehicle he was occupying had been reported as being carjacked by the Clovis, Calif. Police Department. 

It is not known if Harrison is wanted for the actual carjacking of the vehicle. The suspect was arrested and remains in custody at the Sacramento County Jail and is ineligible for bail.


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Elk Grove Yogurt Shop Robbed at Gunpoint

September 25, 2014 |

UPDATED September 26, 2014 11:45

An Elk Grove yogurt shop was robbed at gunpoint early last night.

According to Elk Grove Police, an unknown suspect entered the Tops Yogurt shop on Bruceville Road West Stockton Boulevard brandishing a handgun. The robber demanded money from the employee and when the cash register was opened, he reached over and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash.

The gunman fled on foot and responding officers were unable to locate him. The suspect was described as a black male adult, 5`8", skinny build, wearing a baseball hat, black half-face mask, gray sweatshirt, and light colored pants. 

The employee was not injured during the robbery.

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Elk Grove’s Recently Purchased Parcel Bought, Sold Twice in Last Three Years

Written By EGN on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 14:30

September 24, 2014 |

A property and tax records search of the City of Elk Grove’s recently purchased parcel on Grant Line Road reveal the property has changed hands twice in a little over three years.

The parcel, which according to the city is just over 99-acres, is located at 10251 Grant Line Road and lies just out of Elk Grove’s current city limits. The parcel,  APN 134-0190-009-0000, was purchased by the city from Frank Loretz and Mundell Land and Livestock in August for $4.4 million.

According to public information posted with Sacramento County, the parcel has changed ownership twice since December 21, 2011.

According to a Trustee’s Deed Upon Sale filed and recorded on December 23, 2011 with the Sacramento County Recorder, APN134-0190-0000 sold at a foreclosure auction, trustee sale 11-00191-2. The reported sale amount on the document was $698,230.53.

The document lists Bay Sierra-Grant Line Properties, LLC, as the purchaser.

The next recorded transaction came on May 31, 2013 when a Grant Deed was filed and recorded at the Sacramento County Recorder’s office. The Grant Deed of the above noted parcel transferred from Bay Sierra-Grant Line to Frank Loretz, 10884 Franklin Blvd., Elk Grove CA 95757.

According to public information from the Sacramento County Tax Property, parcel number APN134-0190-009-0000 has a tax assessment value recorded as May 31, 2013 of $1,958,853.

After Bay Sierra-Grant Line's purchase, the city entered negotiations regarding the parcel during a closed session meeting on February, 13 2013. 

Subsequent to the Loretz’s purchase of the parcel, negotiations between the city and Loretz resumed at the September 25, 2013 special meeting agenda of the Elk Grove City Council. That meeting also listed real property negotiations with Leonard and Betsy Kendrick regarding APN 134-0190-010-000, 10313 Grant Line Road, which is directly adjacent to the city's recently purchased parcel.  

Negotiations between the city and Loretz were also listed on the city council’s special meeting agenda for August 13, 2014. A special meeting was called as the city council has historically been in summer recess for the first meeting of August.

According to Elk Grove spokesperson Christine Brainerd, the closing date on the sale is scheduled for November 1. She also said the city is “procuring an appraisal during this due diligence period.”   

Click on images to enlarge. 

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Man Injured During Elk Grove Mugging

September 24, 2014 |

A man was injured during a mugging early last night in Elk Grove.

According to Elk Grove Police, the 35-year old victim was on the 9100 block of West Stockton Boulevard when he was approached by an unknown Hispanic male. The suspect punched the victim in the face resulting in a visible injury.

The suspect took the victim's cell phone and fled on foot. Responding officers were unable to locate the assailant.

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Commentary: Where Does Elk Grove Go From Here?

Written By EGN on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | 14:45

By Steve Lee | September 23, 2014 |

In reading Marcos Breton’s thoughts in Sunday’s Bee about what has changed in Sacramento to make it a vibrant major league sports town, I couldn’t help but think about Elk Grove, my city, and question what exactly is going on here and why?

First, a brief history: Elk Grove, while it was founded as a stage coach stop in 1850, didn’t become an incorporated city until July, 2000. Until then we were just a community in south Sacramento County.  We’re a very new city, perhaps still testing our boundaries and our limits. In 2005, we were labeled as the “fastest growing city in the United States.” The great recession put a stop to that.

Now that we’ve seen where we’ve been, back to the present. Elk Grove has been labeled by many as a “bedroom community,” meaning that people come here to reside, while their employment lies elsewhere in one of our neighboring communities. While being a “bedroom community” doesn’t draw tourists, vacationers and sightseers here, it does offer a variety of housing options and great schools, the reasons many of us live here.
Questions for the Elk Grove City Council. 
It’s OUR community. Each of us decided to make this community our home, the place to raise our families and be safe from the crimes and other negative issues bigger cities toil with daily. As such, it should be our goal and the goal of our elected and appointed leaders to strive to make Elk Grove the best bedroom community possible. After all, there’s nothing inherently wrong with being a “bedroom community.”

Our city council’s recent decision to build a world-class aquatics center, one that could draw Olympic trials and national diving tournaments is admirable, but misguided. No one in the public has asked for Olympic specifications on the proposed center. Our swim and dive coaches and dozens of our kids are begging for a simple competition swimming pool and small dive platforms. These kids compete in 25-meter pools, not Olympic size 50-meter pools. They don’t need an Olympic 10–meter (30’+) dive platform. The cost for construction and maintenance is astronomical for Olympic grade (14 to 16 feet deep) facilities. If we build this, we would tax our citizens, most who would never use the facility, with revenue bonds for the next 30 years and even then as currently penciled out, at a yearly cost deficit. This just does not make sense. We simply need to build what we need, not what will draw national attention.

The council just purchased 100 acres of land OUTSIDE our city limits with $4.4 million in funds borrowed from our city Drainage and Maintenance Fund. This was done with no public notice or public discussion. The land was purchased with intent to build an MLS soccer stadium on the site. Does anyone really believe that MLS would prefer a franchise in Elk Grove rather than downtown Sacramento? The recent articles in the Bee and elsewhere related to the MLS contingent visiting the region makes the answer pretty obvious. 

What our community needs are sports fields for our kids. We need multi-use lighted pitches than can be used for soccer as well as rugby and the ever-growing lacrosse memberships. We need tournament fields that can accommodate players from under-10 age groups to adult players. We need lighted baseball and softball fields for our youth as well as our adult populations. A well thought out facility with locker rooms, lavatories, concessions, gazebos, shade trees, in-ground barbeque pits, and even splash parks for those hot summer days to cool off between games would be wonderful additions to our community. These would also boost tax revenue greatly with potential for year-round tournaments. These assets would be great additions to our “bedroom community.”

Let’s quash the idea of making Elk Grove a “destination city,” and make Elk Grove a wonderful community for its residents and a wonderful place to raise kids and offer top-grade athletic fields (and pools) that will draw them to sports rather than ignoring their needs and allowing idle minds time to find drugs and boredom leading them to commit crime as we see in so many larger cities.

Our city council can be the “new generation of doers” as Mr. Breton referred to the new leaders of mid-town. If the leaders can bring vitality and innovation back to Sacramento, there is hope for bringing it here as well.

Are our leaders up to the task?
Are they listening?
Are they invested in the betterment of our city?
Are they invested in our kids?
Will they step up and take action and not just order a feasibility study?

Time will tell.

Steve Lee is an Elk Grove resident. Read his December, 2013 contribution to EGN, Memories of the Stick

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