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Elk Grove City Council to Consider Three Wayfinding Sign Options

Written By EGN on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | 10:30

September 23, 2014 |

When the Elk Grove City Council meets tomorrow night, they will be asked to consider three different funding options for the long-planned wayfinding sign project.

Wayfinding signs, as their name implies, are billboards placed throughout a specific area to help direct out-of-town visitors to points of interest. The program was conceived in 2011 and are part of the Elk Grove's on-going effort to transform the city into a tourist destination.

The program was budgeted at $387,000 but the city's project consultant estimated the cost would be $759,000, or about $11,000 per sign. Because of the costs overrun, city staff asked the consultant to redesign the signs to lower per unit cost which resulted in a cost of $3,500 per sign.

City staff will present three alternatives to the city - an upgraded project, a reduced project, or a mix. The respective cost of each are reported to be $650,000, $250,000 and $457,000.  

Tomorrow night's meeting starts at 6 p.m.

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Elk Grove Hosting Animal Shelter Workshop Tonight

Written By EGN on Monday, September 22, 2014 | 13:00

September 22, 2014 |

Tonight the City of Elk Grove will hold a workshop to gather public input on a proposed city-run animal shelter.

At the workshop participants can provide feedback on how animal shelter services should operate in the city, and receive information on Elk Grove’s operational and facility options, industry best practices, as well as the outcome of preliminary project data collection.

The meeting is being held in conjunction with the city’s consultants, Indigo I Hammond + Playle Architects, LLP, who are conducting a needs assessment study and the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Elk Grove City Hall in the Council Chambers located at 8400 Laguna Palms Way in Elk Grove.

The city currently contracts with Sacramento County for animal sheltering services, pet adoptions and licensing at 3839 Bradshaw Road in Sacramento.

For more information about the meeting, contact Kara Reddig, Deputy City Manager, at kreddig@elkgrovecity.org or 478-2249. For more information about Elk Grove’s animal control department, visit www.elkgrovecity.org/animals.

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Masked Gunman Robs Elk Grove Gas Station

September 22, 2014 |

An Elk Grove gas station was robbed at gunpoint early Friday morning.

According to Elk Grove Police, a masked gunman entered the Chevron station on West Taron Drive on the city's west side and confronted an employee. The suspect grabbed cash from an open cash drawer and fled on foot.

The suspect was described as a black male adult, 5'8", 150 lbs., wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans with a black mask covering his face. Responding officers were unable to locate the suspect. 

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PART 1 - Big Oil money defeated bill to ban drilling in marine protected area

Written By EGN on Sunday, September 21, 2014 | 15:20

By Dan Bacher | September 21, 2014 | 

Only in a Big Oil state like California would an oil industry lobbyist chair a task force to create so-called “marine protected areas” – and then strongly oppose a bill to ban oil drilling in a "marine protected area." 

Only in a Big Oil state like California would a Legislator have to author a bill to ban offshore oil drilling in a "marine protected area." 

And only in a Big Oil state like California would the Legislature vote against a bill to stop oil drilling in a "marine protected area." 

That's right - State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s bill to ban offshore oil drilling from an area of state waters in the Santa Barbara Channel known as Tranquillon Ridge stalled on the Assembly Floor on the evening of August 26, effectively killing the bill for the year, due to massive opposition by the oil industry. 

The bill, SB 1096, would have protected the Vandenburg State Marine Reserve, created under the privately funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative, and the rest of the Tranquillon Ridge from offshore oil drilling plans. 

The vote was 29-36, according to Senator Jackson’s office. 

“If ever there were proof positive of big oil's stranglehold on the State of California, this is it,” said Joey Racano, Director of the Ocean Outfall Group. “Even our best attempt at providing some protections for our future fisheries and ecology swatted aside by big oil money and corrupt politicians. Another thing this proves is the reality of the military/industrial complex. Big oil is the US military, and the US military is big oil.” 

Ayes included Ammiano, Bloom, Bonta, Buchanan, Campos, Chau, Chesbro, Dababneh, Dickinson, Fong, Garcia, Gatto, Gomez, Gordon, Levine, Lowenthal, Mullin, Muratsuchi, Nazarian, Pan, John A. Pérez, V. Manuel Pérez, Rendon, Skinner, Stone, Ting, Wieckowski, Williams, Yamada and Atkins. 

Noes included Achadjian, Allen, Bigelow, Bocanegra, Bonilla, Chávez, Conway, Cooley, Dahle, Donnelly, Fox, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gonzalez, Gorell, Gray, Grove, Hagman, Harkey, Jones, Linder, Logue, Maienschein, Mansoor, Medina, Melendez, Nestande, Olsen, Patterson, Perea, Quirk-Silva, Ridley-Thomas, Salas, Wagner, Waldron and Wilk. 

No Votes were recorded by Alejo, Bradford, Brown, Ian Calderon, Daly, Eggman, Hall, Roger Hernández, Holden, Jones-Sawyer, Quirk, Rodriguez and Weber. 

“I’m disappointed in what happened tonight, but remain committed to protecting this area of our Santa Barbara coastline from the impacts of new offshore oil drilling for the long haul,” said Jackson (D-Santa Barbara). “I will continue to pursue avenues to protect Tranquillon Ridge, which inspires us with its beauty and biological diversity, and helps drive our local economy with tourism and hospitality jobs and thousands of visitors to our area.” 

“I’m proud to be a co-author of SB 1096, because I believe that protecting our sensitive coastal habitat is of the utmost importance to our economy and our environment,” said Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria). “I will continue to work with Senator Jackson to fight for those protections.” 

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Video - Elk Grove City Council Candidate Steve Ly Fundraiser Speech

September 21, 2014 |

On Saturday night, Elk Grove City Council District 4 candidate Steve Ly held a Luau-themed fundraiser at Elk Grove's Asian Sports Center.

Ly, a current member of the Elk Grove Unified School District Board (EGUSD) of Trustees, is one of four candidates seeking to fill the seat that is currently held by Bob Trigg.

The announced audience of approximately 600 supporters, including California Assembly Member and State Senatorial Candidate Roger Dickinson and EGUSD candidate James Letoa, heard Ly's comments in the video posted below.  

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Public Art in Elk Grove

September 21, 2014 |

Even though Elk Grove has a reputation for being a sport crazy town - a narrative driven by some of the council members - there are other under-appreciated aspects to the city. One such aspect for our community, is our body of public art.

Given the Elk Grove City Council's laser focus on developing multi-million dollar sports facilities, we wonder if their children were musicians or some other sort of performing artist, would their focus be different?

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Video: M&H Realty Accuses Elk Grove, Howard Hughes of Conspiracy in Outlet Collection at Elk Grove

Written By EGN on Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 08:30

September 20, 2014 |

At the Thursday, September 18, meeting of the Elk Grove Planning Commission, the City of Elk Grove and the Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) were accused of conspiracy. The claim came from attorneys representing M&H Realty Partners.

At their meeting, the planning commission voted to release HHC from the development agreement thereby allowing them to proceed with development of the proposed outlet shopping center. According to M&H's attorneys, they are still bound to that agreement and were not included in the negotiations the led to the relief for HHC.

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MLS Meets With Elk Grove Officials, Tour Grantline Road Site

Written By EGN on Friday, September 19, 2014 | 15:28

September 19, 2014 |

As part of their tour of the Sacramento region, officials from Major League Soccer (MLS) visited Elk Grove this morning.

According to the city's public affairs office, the MLS delegation met with unspecified  Elk Grove officials from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The presentation included an overview of the City of Elk Grove and a tour of available land, including the 100 acre parcel recently purchased by the city on Grantline Road.   

No further details of the meeting were released.

An Elk Grove resident sent the photos posted to this story that were taken at approximately 10:15 a.m. The resident said there were six helium type balloons placed along the Grantline Road parcel. 

On the driveway to the parcel the resident reported what appeared to be a large unoccupied passenger van parked at the site.   

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Elk Grove PC Approves Redesigned 'Outlet' Mall, Possible Litigants Calls Agreement a 'Sham'

September 19, 2014 |

Although city leaders may hope last night's approval by the Elk Grove Planning Commission to reconfigure to Elk Grove Promenade could jump start construction of the beleaguered shopping center, there were indications that litigation may once again stall the project.

By a unanimous vote, the commission approved plans submitted by the shopping centers owner, Howard Hughes Corporation, to convert the unfinished structure from a so-called fashion mall to an outlet-themed center. To approve the conversion, the planning commission had to find that the shopping center's original developer, Chicago-based General Growth Properties, was in breach of contract of the original terms of the special planning area (SPA) development agreement.
Possible litigation by M&H Realty Partners could 
stall renewed construction of the Outlet Collection at
Elk Grove. 

It was this change that drew the ire of another property owner in the SPA, San Francisco-based M&H Realty Partners. M&H owns two parcels totaling 138-acres directly across Promenade Parkway that are part of the SPA development agreement restrictions.

During public comment, attorney Elisa Paster said that her client M&H does not object to the conversion to an outlet-themed center, but finding GGP and now HHC in breach of contract that essentially allows them to compete directly with M&H's plans for their retail development.

"We strenuously oppose the proposed action here tonight," Paster said during public comment. "What we do oppose, and what is frankly illegal, is to, this sort of conspiracy and a sham to find the applicant is in breach of the development agreement so 'we're just going to let them out of the development agreement,' and 'oh by the way, we are going to adopt a new development arrangement and a new plan that is totally different from the existing plan' and that is going to impact our clients vested rights."

Paster added, "there is no law that supports this sort of conspiracy that is going on between the applicant and the city."

Paster went on to opine that if HHC wants to change the existing agreement, it must be done within the confines of the original agreement, which she said all parties need to be in agreement.  

"The sham is very obvious if you just look at the application," she said. "The application is just not for an outlet mall. It is funny; I didn't hear anything tonight about two very key elements."

The elements Paster noted were the elimination of size limitations for stand-alone commercial uses and eliminationof the maximum square footage for any use. Paster said the elimination of these elements would put HHC in direct competition with M&H.

After the meeting Paster and Daniel Jordan, her fellow partner from the Los Angeles-based law firm of Glaser Weil, stressed their client is not opposed to the outlet mall. Their opposition comes from the elimination of the conditions that would allow non-outlet type retailers such as T.J Maxx or Home Goods locate on the periphery of the outlet mall parcel. 

"Those perimeter buildings had no discussion," Jordan said. "They [planning commission] approved,  but did not discuss."

They also said when the north portion of the HHC parcel opens, the so-called Phase 2, it could host large stores such as a Lowes, Home Depot or Costco.  

Jordan said that development agreement restricted M&H from developing their projects until the completion of the original Promenade project. If this change is approved by the Elk Grove City Council, HHC could build a competing project while they are still required to wait until certain trigger goals are met.  

"We didn't build, because we couldn't," Jordan added.       

When asked if M&H would litigate the matter, Jordan said "we are considering all our options."

Separately, when asked is there were any leases signed for the outlet, HHC's Vice President of Development Mark Putney said he could not comment, but noted they generally announce lease commitments in large groups.  


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What Does Elk Grove Currently Have in Common With 69 Other Cities? Call it Elk Grove's 88 Percent

September 18, 2014 |

A report on the state of elected women in California politics was recently issued and it contains an interesting perspective of the role gender plays in the make-up of office holders.  

The study, issued by Leadership California Institute, sliced and diced  information on the number of women holding elected office in California. For anyone with even a passing interest in the state of California politics, the report is worth examining.  
The face of the Elk Grove City Council will change 
substantially several weeks from now.

There was a finding that showed Elk Grove shares a commonality with a minority of other California cities. Elk Grove is one of 69 out of California 468 cities, or about 15-percent, that have all male city councils.

In Elk Grove's history there has only been one out of of nine, or about 11-percent of current and past council members who was a female. Furthermore, 77-percent of this same group has been white males.  

One of the report's findings notes "California’s local governments lack ethnic diversity among their elected officials. Efforts to elect women to public office should consider simultaneous efforts increase the ethnic diversity of our elected officials."

Given Elk Grove's well noted diverse population, it is worth contemplating how long it will take for the Elk Grove City Council to reflect the face of its residents. Depending on the outcome of the District 4 race, the percentage of the women council members who have served the city could increase to 20-percent.

Furthermore, if Vice Mayor Jim Cooper wins his Assembly race, there will be another vacancy on the council. If the city council tries to fill the vacancy by appointment, will there be pressure to fill it with a person who more accurately mirrors Elk Grove's ethnic diversity?  

Regardless of the outcome of the District 4 race, the 77-percent will drop for certain. Change, of sorts, is underway.    

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Chew's Reviews - 'This Is Where I Leave You' and 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby'

Written By EGN on Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 18:11

By Gary Chew |  September 15, 2014 |

Both open tomorrow
Two movies dealing with an on-again-off again marriage and other familial foibles compete for ticket sales this week; one gorged with humor, the other replete with emotion and heartache as well as fine, memorable acting.

The more humorous movie offers life's exigencies such as a death as it opens and all the kids coming home to mourn the passing of the beloved. It features a character who's trying to get pregnant, but with no success, and a really funny scene where some of the “mourners” get really ripped on weed.

No, it's not “The Big Chill #2.” Remember, the original had a funeral up front with two of the bereaved smoking pot on the way to the service, and a female wanting to have a baby. Actors doing these parts were William Hurt and Mary Kay Place. The film being reviewed here is Shawn Levy's “This Is Where I Leave You.”

Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Rose Byrne and other actors much younger than Hurt and Place are up front in this movie. It's funny and “overboard” Jewish. And would you believe a million laughs -- with intermittent tenderness?

The second film has a more intriguing title, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them.” It's darker and rather avant garde in terms of how it was constructed by writer/director Ned Benson. Two other versions of the film were released in 2013, except each of them -- with the same title – are tagged with either “Him” or “Her.” Obviously, the first of those is from the male perspective; the following version, gives the woman's point of view.

Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy give outstanding performances as Eleanor and Connor, a couple who've experienced an awful loss in their young marriage. It's about the working through of that loss and how it affects the peripheral characters who play family members. William Hurt and Isabelle Huppert play Eleanor's parents and Ciarán Hinds is Connor's father. Other talented back up actors include Viola Davis as a university professor and Bill Hader in the role of Connor's chef at the small bar and restaurant Connor operates in New York City.

“Eleanor Rigby” plays cat and mouse with you as it unfolds what's gone before in the story prior to the film's beginning. The exposition dribbles in uneventfully and lazily across the narrative. Primarily, Benson's movie is a heartrending character study of the couple and others surrounding the pair. For me, it moved not at any rapid pace, yet kept tight rein on my attention span.

One extraordinary scene (There are many.) is one with Chastain and Hurt as daughter and father. He's recounting to his child how for a few horrifying seconds, he loses her in the briny waves of the tricky Atlantic, as he's decided to take the water with her in his arms when she is only two. Dad quickly becomes aware that she is near his feet underwater, and safely retrieves her. Hurt's character says something to the effect that “it was the most horrifying and most wonderful few seconds of my life.” The scene is quite powerful. Nobody is better at that kind of stuff than William Hurt. Chastain gives a riveting facial response as the father tells the daughter he's never mentioned that fleeting moment in the ocean to anyone until now.

Another scene that won't leave your head is when Eleanor and Connor both, simultaneously, break down and forcefully weep in each others' arms. More moving moments superbly acted.

This Is Where I Leave You” is mostly for laughs. “Eleanor Rigby,” minus Paul McCartney, is one for those who want to get serious. But there is a Cyndi Lauper song in the humorous picture.

Copyright © 2014 by Gary Chew. All rights reserved.

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Elk Grove Chamber PAC Endorses Chaires For District 4 Race

September 18, 2014 |

Elk Grove City Council District 4 candidate Nancy Chaires announced today she has been endorsed by the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce's political action committee. (EGCPAC)

Chaires, who has served for seven years on the Elk Grove Planning Commission and is the current chair, is in a four-way race for the seat being vacated by Bob Trigg. The other candidates vying for the seat are Daniel Jimenez, Steve Ly and Nayyar Sarfaraz

According to disclosures posted on the State of California's Secretary of State campaign finance webpage, during the 2012 election cycle EGCPAC contributed $1,000 each to Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis and California Assembly candidate Tony Amador. EGCPAC's endorsement statement for Chaires and other candidates did not say if contributions would be made to their campaigns.

“We look forward to continuing to build the partnership with all of our elected representatives to help develop policies that make Elk Grove an even better place to do business,” EGCPAC Chairperson Bob Lent said.

The nonpartisan PAC is a completely separate organization from the Chamber and the endorsements do not reflect the opinions of Chamber’s officers, staff, or its members.

"I'm honored to have the endorsement of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce, a vital partner in creating jobs and supporting existing businesses," Chaires said. "Our strong working relationship will assist us in promoting a healthy environment for business." 

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Elk Grove Planning Commission to Hear Details of 'Outlet Collection at Elk Grove'

September 18, 2014 |

Tonight the Elk Grove Planning Commissioner will hear and consider approving a significantly reduced plan for the unfinished shopping center formerly known as the Elk Grove Promenade.

Proposed signage at the Outlet Collection
at Elk Grove.
The shopping center, which had sat fallow since July, 2008, when the original owner abruptly stopped construction, has been re-branded as the Outlet Collection at Elk Grove. Because the project is in a special planning area, the current owner Howard Hughes Co. is seeking changes to the design and size of the proposed outlet shopping center.    

Among the changes being sought are the demolition of four structures, modification to nine existing structures, the addition of three buildings and the elimination of all department stores and retail superstores. With the demolition and addition of structures, the total square feet at the shopping center will be reduced to 750,000 from 1.1 million. 

The plans also call for the elimination of vehicle circulation within the core of the center and a reconfiguration of the parking lots. The plan is also seeking placement of 80' billboards to be erected next to Highway 99.

Tonight's meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.   

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Elk Grove Woman Arrested For Alleged Drunk Driving, Leaving Scene of Accident

September 18, 2014 |

Elk Grove Police arrested a woman early last night after she allegedly left the scene of an accident while drunk driving.

According to police reports, 44-year old Susan Evette McDonald of Elk Grove was stopped over near Elk Grove Boulevard and Laguna Lake Way after receiving reports of a possible drunk driver. Upon contact, the suspect displayed objective signs of impairment.

During the course of their investigation, a nearby resident reported that the suspect collided with a vehicle near the scene and did not stop. McDonald was arrested and booked into the county jail and has been released on bail.   

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Lozano Receives Firefighter Endorsement in Re-election Bid for CCSD

September 18, 2014 |

UPDATED 9 a.m.

Cosumnes Community Services District Director Rich Lozano has announced his re-election bid has received several individual and group endorsements, including one from the Sacramento Area Fire Fighters Local 22.

“In looking at whom to endorse for the CCSD Board the choice was easy, Rich Lozano,” Chris McNay, Cosumnes District Director for Sacramento Area Fire Fighters Local 522 said. “He has shown a commitment to understanding the issues our firefighters face and is always available to discuss our concerns.”

Lozano, who was first elected to the CCSD in 2010 and it the board current president, is seeking one of two seats open in this election cycle. There are two other candidates in this race including incumbent Rod Brewer Gil Albiani and challenger Orlando Fuentes.  

“I am honored to have the support of individuals and organizations from across the District,” Lozano said. “I have worked side by side with these business, community and elected leaders to provide our communities with the best services possible."

In the original posting, Gil Albiani was mistakenly identified as the incumbent when it should have been Rod Brewer. 

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Elk Grove's MLS Bid Trumped? Letter of Intent Signed For Railyard Soccer Stadium

Written By EGN on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 18:47

September 17, 2014 |

The Sacramento Business Journal broke a story this afternoon that the Sacramento Republic FC has signed a letter of intent to build a 20 to 22,000 seat soccer stadium on prime real estate - Sacramento's railyard development.

As part of the letter, the ownership group now includes owner of the railyard, Larry Kelley, whose share of the team is contingent on Major League Soccer (MLS) granting an expansion club to Sacramento.

The move by the Republic FC trumps the one strength the City of Elk Grove, who is also competing for the MLS expansion franchise - a clearly identified building site. The MLS has long said they desire locating stadiums near urban centers.

The announcement comes on the eve of the MLS's visit much-heralded visit to Sacramento and Elk Grove to scout possible site. The Sacramento region is in competition with Las Vegas, Minneapolis and San Antonio for an expansion franchise. 

This was not the first time that Sacramento concerns have trumped Elk Grove in the race to land a MLS franchise. On the same in December, 2012 where Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis announced MLS's interest in the city, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced the establishment of the team that became Sacramento Republic FC.  

The instant success of Republic FC helped draw attention away from Elk Grove's bid.

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Elk Grove Trail Committee Reports on Whitelock-99 Interchange Stakeholders Meeting

September 17, 2014 |

At their monthly meeting held on Monday night at city hall, two members of the Elk Grove Trails Committee reported on a recent stakeholders meeting held regarding the proposed Whitelock Parkway-Highway 99 interchange.

Providing the report on the September 3 meeting were committee Vice Chair Mark Doty and member Ken Mendenhall. Among the reported stakeholders in attendance at the two-hour meeting were members of the city's historical preservation group, disability committee,  trail committee, Cosumnes Community Services District and a design consultant formerly employed by CalTrans.

Reporting on comments on the proposed interchange, Mendenhall said there was uniform support for improving freeway access among the stakeholders, but not at the expense of impeding on the Elk Grove Regional Park. 

"Everybody wanted to preserve the park, get on the freeway, open up the west side (of Whitelock Parkway) and want to get the bike route through," he said. "It was nothing unexpected."

One of the alternatives discussed was an interchange that would only be accessible by motorized vehicles from the west side of Highway 99 that would allow exiting and entrance from that side. The overpass across Highway 99 would only be accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists.  

This proposed design was said to have minimal effect on the park as the access ramps would be smaller than vehicle exit-entrance ramps .  

"At this point, I want to stress, this is very, very preliminary," Doty added. 

Elk Grove Public Works civil engineer Jeff Werner said the proposed interchange is not likely to be completed until at least 2022. 

"Eight years from now is an aggressive schedule" Werner said. "It is more like 10 or 15."

Werner added that the completion of the interchange is dependent on how quickly the area develops, including the nearby Southeast Policy Area. 

Doty said there would be a public meeting regarding the proposed interchange sometime in October. City of Elk Grove spokesperson Christine Brainerd confirmed there would be a public meeting in late October or early November, but no specific date has been scheduled. 

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UPDATED - Elk Grove Has No Announced Tours, Shows of Fan Support For MLS Roadshow

September 17, 2014 |

As Woody Allen once said, 80-percent of success is just showing up.

In the rivalry between Elk Grove and Sacramento to lure a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise, Sacramento is following Allen's advice and is working to get lots of fans to show up at a slew of public events.

As widely reported in media outlets like the Sacramento Bee and the Sacramento Business Journal, the City of Sacramento along with Mayor Kevin Johnson and his Think Big group, have organized a number of events open to the public to show the MLS delegation local fan support and how much they want an expansion club. 

Included in the events are an airport greeting scheduled for 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at Terminal A of the Sacramento International Airport. On Thursday evening, MLS officials will visit a Sacramento Republic FC playoff block party being held at 20th and K streets in Sacramento. 

The public events will continue on Friday when MLS officials will hold a press conference at the Sacramento railyard area, a possible site for an MLS stadium.  

In between Friday's news conference and a visit to Republic FC's facilities at Bonney Field, the Sacramento Business Journal reports that the MLS delegation will meet with Elk Grove's representatives at an unspecified location.     

The City of Elk Grove has not announced any information regarding their meeting with the MLS delegation or if a tour of the city's recently purchased land for a proposed stadium will be included on the tour.

UPDATED 11:45 a.m. - According to an interview on KXJZ's Insight program, Vice Mayor Jim Cooper said the city will meet with the MLS delegation from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Friday morning. A tour of the property and a PowerPoint show will be part of the city's presentation to the MLS delegation.      

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Should Citizen Participation Be Part of The Interview Process For Elk Grove's Economic Development Director?

September 17, 2014 |

At last week's Elk Grove City Council Meeting, an interesting concept was floated in the wake of the mutually agreed separation between the city and former Economic Development Director, Randy Starbuck.

The idea came from Elk Grove resident Nikki Carpenter, who said during public comment that the city has failed in its economic development efforts. This is not the first time the city's rainmaking efforts have been negatively critiqued by Carpenter and other Elk Grove residents.

As part of the solution, Carpenter suggested that an Elk Grove citizen be included in the interview process for the next economic development director. Carpenter said during her public comments and in emails to council members that she would like to be part of the process.

In an unscientific poll the concluded on Monday, an overwhelming majority of respondents said they support citizen participation in the interview process. So if it is Carpenter or some other citizen, do you think it is a good idea to have a citizen included in the interview process for the city's next economic development director?

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Suspect Arrested After Shooting Elk Grove Store Employee With Airsoft Pellet Gun

Written By EGN on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 11:00

September 16, 2016 |

A Sacramento man was arrested yesterday morning after he allegedly fired and hit a retail store employee with an airsoft pellet gun.

According to Elk Grove Police, 22-year old DeMarcus Knowles entered the Bel Air store on Elk Grove-Florin Road and concealed merchandise on his person. When confronted by a store employee who recovered the merchandise, Knowles allegedly pulled out the non-lethal gun and shot the employee under the chin.

As Knowles exited the store, he reportedly pointed the gun again at the employee and fled north on Elk Grove-Florin. After Elk Grove Police located Knowles, he reportedly fired the weapon at the patrol car.

Officers were able to apprehend the suspect who was arrested and is being held at the county jail on $20,000 bail. The store employee was uninjured.

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Fong Receives Endorsement From Matsui in Assembly Race

September 16, 2014 |

Sacramento City Council Member and California Assembly Ninth District candidate Darrell Fong announced this morning he has received the endorsement of Congresswoman Doris Matsui.

"Improving Sacramento’s level of flood protection and protecting the Delta are top priorities of mine in Congress and the basis of my strong endorsement of Darrell Fong for State Assembly," Matsui said in her endorsement.

In his campaign leading up to the June primary, Fong has made his opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed twin peripheral tunnels and preservation of the Delta a centerpiece of his platform.   

"Congresswoman Matsui has effectively fought for more federal funding to protect our water supply and Delta levees," Fong said. "I am humbled by her support and look forward to continuing to work with her on protecting our region's water resources and the Delta." 

Fong is facing fellow Democrat, Elk Grove Vice Mayor Jim Cooper in the November general election. The Ninth Assembly district stretches from South Sacramento to Lodi. 

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