Clinging to the past


28 years ago “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” premiered on NBC. Starring, a 21 year old Willard Carroll Smith Jr (as Will)

Last week, I came across a video of Janet Hubert on Facebook. While most people know Will Smith, few people know Ms Hubert by her given name. However, she is known the world over as the original Aun’t Viv, she was 34 years old, when the show premiered.

M’s Hubert, was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid at the beginning of the fourth season.  Rumors suggested  Ms Hubert was difficult on the set of the sitcom, bumping heads with cast members and it’s star.

For the last 25 years years, Mr Hubert has been in a one person feud with Will Smith. She has blamed him for her inability to get work, her financial situation and  her son’s attempted suicide.

In her July 16th (2018) you tube post, she directs the video directly at Mr Smith. In addition to Smith, she attacked Perez Hilton, the black community and called Bet and Vibe the nigger networks.

It’s clear she has been trolling the Smith family, wife Jada and their children. She wants a face to face meeting with Smith .While she does acknowledge, Mr Smith’s kind words about her, she want’s to talk to him about events that took place more than 25 years ago.

When I look at her other you tube posts, she quickly lashes out at anyone who questions her or disagrees with her.  It appears she is angry with former cast mates reserving  most of her ire at Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro who has been critical of her. From what I’ve seen, when ever she is on TV, Will Smith is front and center.  She insists the cast members dislike each other.  However, the cast seem to be in contact with each other and speak well of other cast mates. With one exception in 1993, where he told a Atlanta radio station she was fired, he has had nothing but positive words about his experience with Ms Hubert.

While Smith and family have gone on to live their lives, its seems Ms Hubert life is stalled in the past and its very clear that she is comfortable looking rearward. Every now and them the Smith’s are asked to respond to something Ms Hubert has said to the press and from what I can see both Jada and Will are gracious.

There are many Ms Hubert’s who despite their words find comfort in the past. Blaming an event, an individual or individuals, a parent or someone or something  that prevents them from moving forward. With a well rehearsed story, so fresh it seemed it happened yesterday.

Many of these people need this narrative that was so damaging that they are unable to move forward.

For many of us, it is an excuse. Everyday people with challenging lives are fired, everyday someones heart is broken, we lose someone, and we are disappointed.

Hearts take time and isn’t a preset healing time. While some heart’s heal sooner that others, there are a few people who are so broken, they reject the healing process, they pick and reopen the wound to perhaps, keep the story fresh.

For some, the benefit of reliving the event is the sympathy it generates. Rarely does the narrator include a timestamp, when the event took place. In doing so, it reduces the impact of the story.

One wonders if these people are able to move on. Janet Hubert has spent 28 years angry. A lifetime.

CityFella

Rent Control Sacramento: The City offers a Bandaid to slow the bleeding


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Sacramento is the fastest growing big city in the State of California.  The capital city has seen a 9.4 increase in rent, three times higher than the national average and double the states average.

With rents averaging $1700, the Capital city has become an attractive and lower cost alternative to renters in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County.  The city has become popular with Millennials.  Sacramento, is the third most popular destination after Seattle and Nashville.

The new arrivals aren’t challenged by the rent prices

In Sacramento, fewer landlord are offering yearly leases ,opting for month to month agreements where they can increase rents with a 30 notice.     Many long term renters have experienced several rent increases this year.    After 16 years in a South Land Park Apartment, one tenant received 3 rent increases in less then seven months. Her dishwasher and disposal hasn’t worked in more than two year.  Today her rent is 62% of her income and she is not alone.    Sacramento’s eviction rate is more than twice the state average.

Fast Facts 

Don’t believe the Hype, not everyone is leaving California for Texas, Nevada, Oregon and Arizona, the state’s population continues to grow.  Nearly 40 million people call the Golden State Home.    There is a housing shortage in most population centers in state with Sacramento being one of the worst in the nation. According to Yardi matrix , Sacramento ranked 90 of the 96 markets. While Sacramento needs 2700 units annually to meet demand, only 593 apartments were completed in 2017.

While there has always been a need for affordable housing, the city eased requirements shortly after the Real Estate bubble burst and reduced funding for the program.

The Basic Myth 

Rent control will stop construction on new housing units……..

In most cities in California, (including Sacramento) apartment construction are at record levels.   Even in cities with existing rent control laws.  Developers set the rent on new developments,  once occupied, the cities rent controls would apply.   

Passage of Proposition 10 in November would allow California cities to place rent controls on new development. 

 (If the developer cant make a viable profit they may choose not to build.)

Tenants will not leave their rent control apartments, resulting in an shortages.  

The objective data, doesn’t support this.

 

Sacramento’s 

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It very clear, Sacramento’s Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s and some members of the city council do not support any form of rent control.   His support of temporary measures disappointed many attending the rent control workshop last night.

Steinberg: “I do not favor permanent rent control in our city,” “I believe building more affordable housing is the best way to stabilize rents. 

  Funding for affordable housing may take 7 to 10 years. The reality for his constituents is they needed rent relief yesterday. They needed relief the first hour he took office.

(Government:   I want you to know we understand what your going through, needing shelter from the rain.  Currently there isn’t funding for umbrellas.   I have instructed my  has been instructed to locate funding.   Finding a source may take some time, but I assure you we will make this a top Priority. After a few necessary meetings with governmental agencies,  we should get funding for that umbrella you clearly need in two years, nine years tops! )  

Mayor Steinberg, supports a cap of 5% on annual rent increases that would expire after three years. The cap, would apply to apartments older than 20 years.

This is a slap in the face for renters in the city.  He has excluding more than a few thousand apartments units, built during Sacramento’s last building boom between the late nineties to 2007. What happens to rents after the cap expires? 

Council members Steve Hansen, Eric Guerra and Rick Jennings suggested mediation be available to tenants if a landlord attempted to raise the rent by more than 6 percent.  Their plan would also make it mandatory for landlords with more than five units to offer 18-month leases, which Jennings said isn’t as extreme as rent control and would help stabilize rental rates.“  According to their proposal, if a tenant who receives a rent increase of more than 6 percent within a 12-month period requests mediation, they must still pay rent, plus the 6 percent increase, until the dispute is resolved.

Mediation?  Rent control let talk about it?  This proposal is completely absurd! 

This was clearly written by individuals who a have close ties with developers or own property in the city.  Rent control isn’t a new language, there isn’t a code to crack.  Not only is there several resources available members of their staff could make calls to cities along I-80 as  Richmond, Berkeley and San Francisco have rent control legislation in place. There is nothing ambiguous in those cities agreements.  In San Francisco, rent increases are limited to 6% a year*  no meetings, the landowner would need to get permission from the city to increase rents beyond the cap.   (* The landlord can exceed the cap if capital improvements are required) 

 

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Sacramento currently needs 2700 units of new housing annually.  In time, the demand  will only increase.  The city’s homeless population is growing by the hour. Sacramento has joined, San Jose, San Francisco and many other cities with employed individuals living in their cars, camping in our parks, because they cant afford housing.   According to the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, in 2016, 78 homeless people died within the county. But in 2017, 124 people died: an increase of more than 150%. One homeless person dies every three days.

This issue of housing and homelessness isn’t just a Sacramento problem its a national problem.  Its a national disgrace.  Ignored until it overwhelms.

The primary issue isn’t rent in the the new developments in Sacramento.  It is the exorbitant rent increases renters are experiencing all over the city.    Long term tenants are facing rent increases because the landlord can.   Resulting in fear, insecurity, and helplessness.

Proposition 10, may not be the answer to the state’s housing shortage. It is an reaction, to the inaction of local government .  The noise generated by the  renters of Sacramento have forced Mayor Steinberg and company to look at rent control.  Their proposed fixes won’t slow the bleeding Sacramento.

A genuine approach would be an ordinance that would immediately cap all rent increases to 6% city wide.   An ordinance that would prevent evictions without cause. (which would prevent landowner from evicting tenants to circumventing the law)

Tax incentives to those developers that include market rate housing in their projects.  Incentives to developers who add housing to their projects throughout these adding additional intensives for developer to build near light rail stations.  These projects could be managed thorough  Sacramento’s Housing Authority.   Returning to reality, none of these are likely to happen.

Renters of Sacramento,will have to make rent control a part of law.   There is no need to   have to re-invent the wheel as several templates   There are rent control advocates in the State that will participate in penning the law.

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta S10 Reunion Pt 2 A-G-O-N-Y! Waiting for Kim


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Lawd have mercy, Lawd have mercy, LAWD HAVE MUR-CEE!!   This effing rapegate may FINALLY BE OVAH!  Between Kandi and Porsha.  I think after one apologies this one my have stuck.

Speaking of stuck, Bravo has stuck us with this lame reunion.  They are holding some of us captive, until next week when we finally see Nene and Wig go at it…  And fuck! (yeah I said it) it better be Epic!

This reunion much like this season has been much to do about Nothing.  Speaking of nothing why is Marlo still here?   Marlo doesn’t appreciate, Kenya calling her a HO. (not a garden tool)   When Andy, (who I might add is keeping this reunion afloat with his own shade) ask Marlo how does she make her money?   She tells Andy, she dated a billionaire. Who is not Ted Turner.   The billionaire, bought her home and her mothers home and her Aston Martin.     And she has a LLC ” Simply Marlo”.    Kenya!  “We see each other”

 

Andy asked Nene about her epic breakdown in Oakland. (Telling a heckler-she hoped she would get raped by a  Uber driver)   Nene seemed sincerely sorry.  Sheree was offended. Next.

Eva, came out  having contractions. (Dr Jackie is on call)  She and Cynthia had a few moments regarding Will.  Was he seeing someone the same time as he was seeing Cynthia?  Of course this is one more example of this stupid season.  Cynthia and Will weren’t anything to each other, so WHO CARES IF HE WAS DATING ANOTHER WOMEN!!!!!

Cynthia has moved on and is seeing someone else. Shady Andy suggested that Cynthia explore her clear attraction to women.

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Bravo played us!

It was all a tease. The sit down with Wig (Kim to her friends) was saved for the last few minutes of last night’s episode.

Nene’s back was erect. She came out looking good in a red dress and her red solo cup (Houston is there a problem?)

Andy, an equal opportunity shade master asked her “What the end game on the lip”  (This destroyed twitter)

They began with the Elephant Room . Where Kim told Cynthia to be quiet and look pretty.  Kim says she never suggested that Cynthia is lucky she’s beautiful because she’s not capable of much else.   The Receipts says your a lier.  The footage shows  Kim saying that Cynthia is lucky she’s beautiful because she’s not capable of much else.

Another dig from Andy:  He  compares Kim’s pivoting tendencies to Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Then Kim asks, “Who the hell is that?”

A moment with Dr CityFella:  I’ve always suspected Nene rage towards Kim is love. Outside of Sheree, Nene has known Kim more than 10 years.   It was Nene who suggested  Kim come on to the show. and Unlike Sheree, these two had a genuine friendship.  Nene said, she saw Kim at the mall and she believes Kim saw her and didn’t acknowledge her.  The Elephant room was another attempt to patch the hole in there friendship. 

Kim, insist she never say Nene at the mall. or took a photo of her car in the handicapped  Then we see the footage of her doing what she said she didn’t do.   Bleep, Bleep, Bleep,

Meanwhile

Southern Charm “New Orleans” Premiered after the Housewives has promise.   The Real Housewives of the Potomac, looks good this season.   Beverly Hills has one more episode before the Reunion and its about to go down at the Hampton’s in New York (read my review)   Bravo is going to have overhaul Atlanta, we deserve better.!

CityFella

 

“Hurry up” Mississippi State Representative Punched Wife for not moving quick enough for sex


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Saturday Night, Mississippi State Representative Douglas McLeod punched his wife in the face blooding her nose because she didn’t undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex.

When the George County Sheriff’s Department arrived they found the 58 year old  Republican lawmaker intoxicated and holding a glass of alcohol in his hand when deputies responded to the McLeod Mississippi home shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Deputies found blood on the couple’s bed and on the floor in the same room.

When a deputies arrived, the report said, McLeod opened the door and they told him that they were there because a domestic assault had been reported. “Are you kidding me?” the lawmaker asked.

When deputies went inside, they saw two women standing at the top of a stairwell, both of whom the deputies described as frightened. McLeod’s wife eventually came outside after deputies assured her they would keep her away from her husband.

The deputy said McLeod’s wife was shaking and upset.

McLeod’s wife said her husband was drunk and “just snapped,” as he often does when under the influence of alcohol, the report said.

Another woman who was there said McLeod’s wife came running up to her room, her face bloodied. The woman shut the door and locked it with McLeod’s wife inside.

The other woman said McLeod started banging on the door and telling the women to open it. He told the other woman if she didn’t open the door, he’d “kill her (expletive) dog.”

McLeod’s wife did not want go to the hospital by ambulance, but assured authorities she’d have her daughter take her to get checked so authorities would have a report of the injuries.

McLeod was taken into custody on a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence and booked in the George County jail by early Sunday morning. He is out of jail on a $1,000 signature bond.

McLeod is married and has three children. At least one of his children, a daughter, was present at the time of the apparent incident.
McLeod has been a state representative for the state of Mississippi since 2012. A Republican, he serves the 107th District, and was set to run unopposed for re-election this August.
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Foreigners rank Italy ‘worst place in Europe’ for internet and paying without cash


Foreigners rank Italy 'worst place in Europe' for internet and paying without cash
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International residents in Italy are less satisfied with digital services than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new expat survey.

 

Italy ranked 57th out of 68 countries around the world when foreign residents were asked to rate the ease of accessing high-speed internet, paying without cash, getting a mobile phone number and other basic digital services, says InterNations, an information and networking site for people living overseas.

Its Digital Life Abroad report places Italy not just behind everywhere in Europe but several countries with a far lower GDP, including Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan and Vietnam.

While three-quarters of expats worldwide were happy with their internet access at home, in Italy the number dropped to 61 percent. The same percentage said it was easy to pay in Italy without cash, compared to 78 percent globally.

Some 82 percent of foreigners in Italy said they’d found getting a mobile phone number simple, slightly below the global average of 86 percent.

International residents were marginally more satisfied with the availability of administrative or government services online, and positively happy with their access to social media: 81 percent of expats reported being satisfied on that count, just above the global average of 80 percent.

Italy has long lagged behind other EU countries when it comes to internet access (in fact it’s such a running joke that The Local once pulled an April Fools’ about it). According to the latest figures available from national statistics office Istat, just 69 percent of Italian households had an internet connection in 2016, plummeting to 21 percent among the over-65s.

Poorer, southern regions have proved the slowest to get online: in Calabria and Sicily, less than 60 percent of households were connected to the net.

Those of us who move abroad often find ourselves even more reliant on technology than most, whether it’s to keep in touch with people back home, work remotely, or manage bank accounts and other admin overseas.

Worldwide, newcomers were most impressed with digital services in Estonia, Finland and Norway, while Egypt, China and Myanmar performed worst.

InterNations questioned a total of 18,135 residents in 187 countries for its survey, but counted only countries where at least 75 people had taken part.

 

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Monsters cry 2


He stands six feet six. He weighs three hundred sixty pounds. In his mid twenties he graduates from college later this spring with a master’s in business. He is the first person in his family to go to college.

He took a job as a night auditor at a hotel because he lives with his large family where studying is impossible.

A gentle giant. He is very aware of his size and the power that comes with being a big man.

We met via phone after a particularly bad shift. His boss was at the hotel when he arrived. He received a warning because of the complaints from male guests of the hotel. I used to work with his colleague many years ago and she suggested he call me.

I’m 6.4 and weight 370.

Men our size are very intimidating. Especially to men. If you a person of color, it adds another level of intimidation.

You can often tell how intimidated they are by the second word. “Hey Boss” “Hey Chief” Boss man, coach.

The complaints are rarely direct

Often ,Were considered rude because they were afraid to ask, or question

Women may be initially intimidated but it rapidly fades. Usually after a smile from the monster. Then we remind them of a friend or family member.

We spoke on the phone for two hours. I have older children and decades of experience. We shared are feelings and how were perceived. Despite are size were just normal guys. We don’t want people to fear us.

I Suggested he keep a diary. But it’s challenging at times, one never know.

His aunt says he needs to soften his face so white people won’t be so scared of him.

He sent a picture and when he smiles he looks like he’s twelve years old

This morning the monster cried. He texted me from his car saying he’d had enough. He walked off the job.

“Its too much,I’m nice to everybody. Sometimes People look at you and think your hard, I’ve never been that. “I just wanted to thank you for talking to me cause you know” “I may call you, I don’t know bye.”

Do not Tear down Sleep Train Arena


I was within a few feet of Sacramento’s former City Manager John Shirley when he announced, Sleep Train could not compete with the new arena.   Something about a non-competing clause.  Sealing the fate of the 30 year old complex.

Arco, (now Sleep Train) opened in 1988, cost a mere 40 million (below average in 1988) dollars to build.  Sixteen years after it opened, the Maloof family, then owners of the Sacramento Kings deemed Arco inadequate and wanted the taxpayers of Sacramento to construct a new 600 million dollar Arena for the team. The voters told the billionaires owners of the Las Vegas Palm hotel, no..

The original home of the Sacramento Kings ,the Sacramento Sports Arena (opened in 1985)  The arena had just over 10,000 seats.  Small by NBA standards.  The name was later changed to Arco Arena.  Today, the building at 1625 North Market still operational as an office building

While Arco Architect Rann Haight said the arena could be modified and expanded. The City of Sacramento fearing the Kings would leave,joined the Maloof’s chorus insisting there were no fixes that could improve Arco Arena.

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The land the Arena sits on is massive, only the airport has more parking spaces. The City once considered building a new stadium for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders next to Arco.   Other visionaries,  envisioned a complex with fields for soccer, volleyball, rugby, Little League baseball, softball and other non-professional sports. It could include a small, 10,000-seat stadium. For many Sacramentians its location near Interstates 5 and 80 was ideal.

 To remain competitive in an ever changing marketplace  Older arenas are routinely updated.  Again this isn’t true of Arco, as the arena aged the owners (Maloofs) assuming they would eventually move to a  new Arena ,made no significant improvements to Arco .

Magicians In Oakland and Seattle 

When Oracle (Oakland Coliseum) Arena opened in 1966, its capacity was 15,000.  After a major renovation in the late nineties, 4000 seats and luxury boxes were added to the facility without removing any exterior walls.

The Key Arena opened in 1962 in Seattle . The has been renovated three times, when it open its capacity was 13,200 when the current renovation is completed in 2021, it will increase to 18,600.

 Arco/Sleep Train was one of the busiest Arenas on the West coast.  Hosting more than 200 events a year.  The Arena had hosted international acts: Tina Turner, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and Garth Brooks.  Until it wasn’t. Peeling paint, a leaking ceiling and an indifferent landlord.

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How old is old? 

West Coast Arenas currently in operation.

The 17,000 seat,Arco Arena opened in 1988.

The 16,000 seat, Cow Place opened in 1941

12,000 seat, Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Portland ) opened in 1961

17,000 Key Arena (Seattle) opened in 1962

19,000 seat Oracle (Oakland Coliseum) opened in 1966

17,000 seat Perchanga (San Diego Sports Arena) opened in 1966

17,000 seat Forum (Inglewood) opened in 1967

17,000 seat SAP (San Jose  Arena (San Jose) opened in 1993

21,000 seat  Staples Center opened in 1999

The City of Sacramento wants Sleep Train Torn Down 

The City of Sacramento has a large ($255 million) debt in the Golden One Center, which may not paid for several decades.  This debt, doesn’t include the future upgrades the Kings will demand from the city to remain competitive with other NBA arenas.

Sacramento doesn’t want any competition to Golden One.  College and High Schools Commencement events were redirected (at a higher cost) from Sleep Train to Golden One.

 The city doesn’t see the long term benefits of keeping Sleep Train.  Unlike the Convention Center, Sleep Train can accommodate events that the Convention Center and Golden One cannot.  Rent for the newly renovated Convention Center, and Golden One will be significantly higher than Sleep Train resulting in some shows, religious organizations to bypass Sacramento.  Events that would generate revenue to businesses in Natomas and generating additional tax dollars for city.

NBA organizations like the Sacramento Kings are not in the business of being landlords.  However, Kings owners  Vivek Ranadive and Partners are businessmen.   The Arena is worth much more in its present condition than rubble.   Perhaps they signed a blood oath with the City preventing them from placing  the building on the market.   Even in its present condition the building is worth considerably more than 40 million it cost to construct in 1988.

Shortsighted 

Over two million people live in the Sacramento Metro Area. Sacramento is currently the fastest growing large city in the starte.  This region can support two Arena.   Fresno, (metro population  1,1 million) has two operating arenas.  The 12,000 seat Selland Arena opened in 1966 and the 16,000 seat Save Mart Center opened in 2003. The Selland Arena is located in the Fresno Convention Center complex downtown.  Updates have kept the 53 year old venue competitive. Sleep Train hasn’t received any major updates since its opening in 1988

Golden One Center is a success. Pollstar a trade publication for the concert industry.  Ranked Golden One Center #9 in the United States and #18 in the world, selling over 150,000 tickets to arena events from November 22, 2018, to February 20, 2019. Golden 1 Center was also the only Northern California arena to make the top 20 in Pollstar’s first-quarter ticket sales rankings.

Bulldozing Sleep Train is shortsighted. Acts are choosing and will continue to choose Golden One based on its reputation.  The City of Sacramento is spending more than 200 million dollars to expand the Convention Center, which includes improvements to the Memorial Auditorium and renovating Community Center Theater.    Sleep Train can be marketed as secondary events complex, hosting events like RV’s shows. Conferences too large for the Convention Center and  shows can not afford the fees at Golden One.

There are nearly 1400, rooms within five miles of Sleep Train .  Upgrading Sleep Train is considerably less than building or expanding any venue downtown.  With its acreage, it has the flexibility to host larger sporting events than  UC Davis and Sacramento State Combined.    

Jehovah’s Witness and Aftershock

The Jehovah’s Witness Convention is far and away the Convention Centers largest client.     Last year, the Witnesses  moved their meetings from the Cow Palace outside of San Francisco to Sacramento. Last year their meetings were held at Sleep Train. Last year the city said the Witness’s brought $28 million to city . In that same year, the manager of the Malabar restaurant on Del Paso Road welcomed the business.   “ With Sleep Train just sitting there being empty we’re losing a lot of money and a lot of business, so 16 weekends out of the year sounds great to me.”

This year they will meet in Sleep Train, while the Convention Center is renovated. Between May and September there will be 16  events at Sleep Train.  Averaging nearly 11,000 attendees per weekend, more Jehovah’s Witness Conventions are held in Sacramento than anywhere on the west coast.  Last year,despite the aesthetics (weeds)  some of the attendees said they preferred the Sleep Train location over the Convention Center due to the availability of near by moderately priced hotels.

Many businesses in Natomas felt the absence of Sleep Train.  Many of them saw in increases in business last year when the venue held the Jehovah’s Witness Convention.  Like many religious organizations there is no charge to attend the convention.  As a result this organization hold their events in secondary locations.   For years, their events were held at the Cow Palace.    The Cow Palace may be in its final days, a victim of age and location. Golden One, The Oracle in Oakland, the SAP in San Jose  and the new Chase arena in San Francisco are too expensive for organizations like the Jehovah’s Witnesses Its very possible they may outgrown the Convention Center and without the option of Sleep Train, leave Sacramento for Fresno, Stockton, Long Beach or Reno .

Sacramento’s largest two day event is Aftershock, it is held the 2nd week on October.  Attendance has grown steadily through the years, from 35,000 attendees to 60, 000 last year, making it one of the largest music events on the West Coast.

The Aftershock Festival began seven years ago at Gibson Park in Elverta.  A few years ago, the venue moved to a smaller location at Discovery Park.  Attendees currently have an option of parking their cars at Sleep Train and being shuttled to Discovery Park.   Last year the Festival was responsible of filling nearly every hotel room between Woodland and Downtown. Last year the event generated nearly 14 million dollars to Sacramento .  While to goal was to grow the three day event to forty thousand people per day, Sacramento has limited the capacity to 25,000 per day.

Enter Sleep Train, the festival is currently using the parking area and providing transportation from, Sleep Train to Discovery.  Temporary Amphitheaters could be constructed on the properties existing 100 acres. Insuring the Festival will remain in Sacramento for years to come.

A 28 Million Dollar Lesson   

In 1929, William Fox built the San Francisco Fox Theater considered by many the most opulent theaters in the Fox Chain.   The theater had 4600 seats.  But it was troubled from its opening, the location was too far up Market. and the other theaters. Rapidly decaying, leaders viewed it as a loser for the city.  However, there were others who believed the building had other uses.   The City left the decision with the Citizens and in 1961 the citizens voted to demolish the theater and sell the land.   Which is currently theFox Plaza.

Less than twenty years later, the San Francisco Symphony needed a home, it was sharing  the War Memorial Opera house with the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Opera Company.  As a result the Symphony was unable to expand to a full year schedule.

In 1980, The Louise M Davies Symphony Hall opened two blocks away from the site of the Fox Theater Site.

There are many cities who have hastily torn down theaters, stadiums and Arenas.  Some of the cities were unwilling  or lacked the vision, of what could be.   There are other that had the vision to re-purpose these building.    With the Sleep Train in place, Sacramento has four venues, and the city would in directly benefit from events  held at Sleep Train.   Golden One and the Convention Center along with the Community Theater are the premier venues in Sacramento.

Sleep Train at,  30 years old, is still a relatively young venue.  It currently has something the other venues dont , the potential for growth.  It will have most likely to appeal to a different client similar to The Staple Center and the Inglewood Forum.   T’he city will benefit from both venues.   The owners of the Sacramento Kings should place Sleep Train on the market.  The city should  revisit area around Sleep Train as an alternative to downtown.  Possibly changing the zoning to high density (vertical ) commercial and  residential that would make better use of the land and compliment  near by Centene and its projected 5000 employees, who might enjoy a indoor profession tennis match a few blocks from work.

Sacramento continues to struggle with its identity .  It wants to be world class, however its decisions are shortsighted. Its continues to zone like it was 1963. A subdivision and a Raley’s.

It’s plain, its basic and like it or not, Sleep Train/Acro Arena is an iconic building for Sacramento.  Outside of the Capital, it was the most photographed televised building in Sacramento.  Many local are proud of its history.

Bulldozing Sleep Train will not guarantee the success of Golden One.  Like, Sleep Train, it will age and there will be newer Arenas, with larger screens.    Perhaps, our leaders need to Google World Class Cities.  Many have theaters Arenas and Stadiums that are much older than Sleep Train.  Our civic leaders need to be reminded.  The Iconic Sleep Train is still a viable. In 2016, in its worst condition Garth Brooks performed 8 eight shows,sold nearly 90,000 tickets generating over 2 million dollars for singer.  The building was very successful but the landlord let it down, let it leak. But they are no longer in Sacramento.

To bull doze Sleep Train Arena and replace it with another Beazer subdivision doesn’t make Sacramento World Class .  A city that could attract high tech companies like Amazon or Google and their employees  Short term decisions like this continues to make our river city look like a random bedroom community with a capital building.

Do not Tear Down Sleep Train Arena

Contact your Councilperson and Vivek Ranadive, owner of the Sacramento Kings

(Check the City of Sacramento’s Website for Email addresses and Telephone Numbers)

 

District 1 – Angelique Ashby
District 2 – Allen Warren
District 3 – Jeff Harris
District 4 – Steve Hansen
District 5 – Jay Schenirer
Vice Mayor Eric Guerra (District 6)
District 7 – Rick Jennings, II
District 8 – Larry Carr

CityFella

 

 

Nasty, just Nasty!


I’m hungry,”El Paso 306 miles”, a comfy bed is six hours awaits me in this border town.  This is the desert.   Oh look, another tumbleweed.  I don’t want to stop, I just wanna go to bed.   My food options off the Interstate, was  fried, fried and fried.  I chose a familiar chain, the girl on the speaker was a bit huffy.    Ahead of me is a light blue Ford F-150, the occupants are having a very animated conversation.

Money was exchanged, drinks and bags were passed.  The brake lights went off and then abruptly came on,  more animation.  A problem with the fries, the man was handing them back and was waived off by a large girl with a black Mohawk.  The F-150 pulled away.  I rolled my window down, the winds of Montezuma rushed through the window of the drive through into my car, caused my head to recoil.  The stinky air from the restaurant is now contaminating my car.  I turn off the AC and roll down all the windows.

The girl with the Mohawk, said 7.41.  I handed her 10.    The girl was dirty.!  She wasn’t in uniform, she was wearing  blue striped overalls, and a shirt that someone from a auto repair shop might wear.    There were a collection of stain on the overalls. When she reached for the money. I could see her mails, they were filthy .  What the fuck?  Who would buy anything here?  Oh I would!  I just gave her money, when I should have just kept driving from the moment she opened that filthy ass window.

In my mind, I said to myself, the big girl wont be handling the food.   Then another girl appeared,  they were sharing a laugh.  The other girl sneezed and wiped her nose on her sleeve and then wiped her nose again on the front of her hand.   OMG Fucking Gross!

My drink, ,followed by the food through the window.  Oh my gawd, the air coming through the window smells soooo bad!!! .    The two girls are disgusting AND I’m starving!   I’m slowly driving through the parking lot, saying to myself, well the heat will kill the germs. (My mother used to say that)      But I cant do it.  For a brief moment, I considered taking it back, but what I am I going to say.  Y’all nasty!  I want my money back!     I didn’t  want to risk reaching into my bag and pulling out a fry, so I dumped every thing in a nearby bin.

Back on the Interstate, windows down.  Still  Starving, another drive through.  Nope, not gonna do it.   I park my car.  I step into the restaurant. and wait for the smell.  So far so good.  A few people are ahead of me..   I peer into the kitchen, every one is clean,  floor is clean, counters clean.  A young kid takes my order,  nails clean, uniform stain free.

Can I have bacon on my burger?

CityFella

With Sacramento Gas prices inching up to $4.00 a gallon. Electric Cars are looking sexy


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There is no joy at the pumps these days . If your driving a mid size car in Sacramento a tank of gas could cost you fifty eight bucks,.  If your driving a huge pick up or SUV nearly a hundred.   The more we spend for gas the less we have for other things.   If you like me, your looking at the Toyota Prius’s again and other hybrids at the pump.   One car you wont see at the pumps  is a Tesla or Chevy Bolt.

A couple a days ago my friend Avery , saw me walking down “I” street and asked me if I needed a ride.   He drives a Chevy Bolt. and I asked him how he liked it ? 45, minutes later…………..

Avery  lives in midtown Sacramento and works in Auburn.   Nearly two years ago he bought a Chevy Bolt.   Avery rents an apartment and his landlord will not allow him install a charging station.  So for a petrol driving man like me, the natural question is why would he buy an all electric car?

He says he has a system, he and his electric car friends (Apparently, electric car owners know other electric car owners- he knows nine people who own electric cars ). share information,  Best charging locations (for non Tesla owners) restaurants and bars that have free complimentary charging for their customers.  They tend to shop at locations that have charging stations.

His commute to Auburn is 42 miles. While his car uses extra energy going up hill, he said he can recapture most of that energy going downhill.

He said, his energy costs (the cost to charge his car) for March was fourteen dollars.

He said, his Chevy Bolt has been trouble free.  He has 31,000 miles on his Bolt and with an exception of a small rattle in passenger door its been trouble free.   The car currently needs a new set of tires.and there is a sizable dent on the drivers door. A victim of a steel pole  in a midtown alley. 

He really likes the Bolt, its peppy and fun to drive.  He wishes he would have bought a model with more options.  He said the fit and finish could be better, but its wayy better than an a hundred thousand dollar Tesla his friend owns.  

He likes:  Very low operating cost.  Its very peppy and fun to drive.   Roomy and flexible.   The he can drive in the car pool lanes.   What he paid for the Bolt, after Credits and discounts it cost him $26,000.

He dislikes:  The unavailability of fast chargers for the Bolt.  In and around Sacramento it its  On a trip to Oregon it was maddening, its like drip, drip, drip. Taking more than 90 minutes for a half charge.    Its the only reason, I would choose a Tesla over the Chevy.  The verbal attacks he has received since owning the Bolt.  Earlier this year, a lone driver in a car pool lane forced him out of the lane.   People have tried to unplug my car as it was charging.  Its like I’m driving an evil car.  Its ridiculous until its not.  While I’m one person, I feel I’m helping our planet.   My next car will be electric. When are you coming to the dark side?  

CityFella