Street Cars: Trump Delays funding on Sacramento’s next White Elephant


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white elephant (def)  a possession that is useless or troublesome, especially one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose of.

 

 2015, Supporters of  Sacramento’s measure B told us.  Sacramento would  benefit all our neighborhoods by improving mobility between midtown, downtown, and West Sacramento with an affordable transit system that is authentically Sacramento.   Measure B would improve our economy. Streetcars create a vibrant local economy, which means more small businesses and more jobs in downtown and midtown.  The streetcar project will help create 12,000 jobs and $2.5 billion in economic development over 20 years and will allow seniors, students, visitors, workers, and central city residents to go car-free.

Those opposed to Measure B said, the streetcar project would operate at an enormous annual loss. Ticket sales are expected to cover about 20% of cost of operation; the other 80% will require a subsidy.  The shortfall will likely come from the City’s General Fund, reducing local services such as parks, bike lanes, street repairs, the homeless, and police.  It runs on, or near, the same Streets served by existing light rail and buses.

November 2015: Measure B, didn’t receive the required ( two thirds) required to pass the tax increase.

Despite its failure, Mayor Steinberg and other city leaders continued to press on. The voter rejected project received funding from the state and a 100 million dollar  commitment from Congress.  The Riverfront streetcar project grew in size, from 3.3 miles to 4.4 miles ending at West Sacramento’s City Hall.

The arguments against the project in 2015, continues to be true in 2018.  The proposed route continue to be served by buses and light rail.   While there are more housing along the routes, no one has identified need.

What we do know!

If completed, the route will require a subsidy.   Regional Transit, is looking for riders.

In the last 12 months, Regional Transit has seen more than 2 million fewer bus and light-rail trips compared to the year before, a 10 percent loss. That adds up to a more than $800,000 deficit in fare revenue.  The hope was the Golden 1 Center would attract more customers, but a year after opening and a year after rate hikes, RT just isn’t seeing the impact (CBS Sacramento January 2018)

Nearly four years ago, Regional Transit opened the Green Line from Downtown to Richards Boulevard (Township 9)   Today the line carries fewer than estimated 200 passengers a day is a drain on RT.

Sacramento along with Albuquerque, Dallas, El Paso, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Orange County, Reno, Seattle, Gary,Indiana, St. Petersburg ,Florida and Tempe Arizona.  Recently learned, the funds approved by Congress in March is being held up by President Trump’s Federal Transit Administration.

Thank you, Donald?

It isn’t clear why the Trump’s administration halted transportation funding. If his administration re evaluated the methods used for cities to qualify for funding, then this is a positive move for tax payers.   If the project is completely funded, Sacramento’s Riverfront  street car line will be a financial drain on Sacramento and the cities served by RT on day one.

Its only taxpayer money, the project doesn’t have to make fiscal sense.  Fiscal independent studies aren’t important, history or profitability isn’t important (Sacramento Convention Center) If Des Moines have one, well our city should have one too.

CityFella

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Sacramento to LA for $15 bucks? Say Hello to the FlixBus


Bus Wars? 

A few years ago an Bus alternative to Greyhound entered the Sacramento market,  Megabus with fares as low as $1.00 to Reno and San Francisco.   The San Francisco leg is extremely popular.  Giving Sacramentians a lower cost option for communters to the city.        Last January, the company discontinued its Reno-Sparks route.

 

A new player is entering the market. German-based bus carrier FlixBus announced new destinations in California on Thursday, including Sacramento, San Francisco, Bakersfield, Oakland and San Jose.

 

Trips from Sacramento to Los Angeles are as low as $14.99. Some are $19.99. Trips the other way are at $19.99. Trips to San Francisco are just $4.99.   They offer a route from L.A to Vegas for $7.00.   Unlike,Megabus Flexbus will offer snacks on some of it’s routes.

Update: Fares for Thursday and Friday are closer to $40.

FlixBus, which began in Germany, expanded to the United States in May of this year and plans to a major player in Transpotation in United States.  They plan to open in Stockton, Modesto, Merced  Fresno.and Reno.

Buses are coming back, But think Amazon.  No brick and morter stations.  Booking and paying online.  Book in advance and save?  There  prices are much lower on average than Greyhound and considerabley lower than the train.   They offer Free WiFi and charging stations.    Millennials seem to be the primary customer base .

The buses will be a true low cost alterative to the airlines.  Megabus makes one stop between the Bay Area and Los Angeles.  Traveltime between Northern Cailfornia and Southern Cailfornia will be six to seven hours compared to a one hour flight.    However once you factor, arrival time, security, travel time to the central city. (if your renting a car at LAX add an additional hour) the time difference is four hours.

I’ve expericed the MegaBus and loved it

From New Orleans to Austin Texas

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2012/09/29/southern-travels-lovin-da-megabus-new-orleans-to-austin/

Nyc to Provience Rhode Island

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2014/11/30/megabus-in-pictures-new-york-city/

http://www.flixbus.com

https://us.megabus.com/

They say what’s old become new again and Buses are back!

 

CityFella

 

$49 to Denver or Las Vegas “Frontier Airlines Returns to Sacramento International”


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Killer Diller Low Airfares are coming to Sacramentio

After a five year absence Frontier Airlines is returning to Sacramento International August 1.   With four week daily flights to Denver and Las Vegas beginning August 12th.

When Frontier left Sacramento, they were a discount Airline, similar to Southwest.

What is returning is a different airline an “Ultra Discount Carrier”  their fares are almost much lower than Southwest. The trade off is. Everything thing else is extra and they can add up quickly. Bring any backpack or carry on is $30. If you don’t prepay there could be a five to ten dollar surcharge. In fact you may find surcharges on anything isn’t paid for in advance.

Learning Curve

Most people aren’t prepared for Spirit or Frontier. That’s why they along with Allegiant have the most customers complaints of nearly all the  other Airlines. Prepare yourself for non reclining hard seats. With small tray tables. If you over 5 10 Its gonna be tight. If you are a wide body. It could be complete agony as the seats are smaller. Frontier is bare bones. Its gonna be crowded and uncomfortable. However if you pack light and prepare yourself for angry co passengers. The low, low, low fares might be worth it.  I know someone who flys Frontier exclusively.  She understands the culture and takes advantage of the airlines super low prices.      

This was my expericece in 2016 Click the Link Below for the full story.

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2016/05/04/11-day-3300-mile-super-road-trip/

Frontier is based in Denver, from Denver you can fly nearly anywhere in the country.

$49.00 to Denver or Las Vegas?  Sacramento says hello!

CityFella

 

White’s only Clubhouse in Sacramento?


A white only clubhouse in racially diverse Sacramento?

 

White co-workers allegedly used cardboard boxes to build a protective fort around their desks

 

 

Teshawn Solomon said, a manager repeatedly called him Nigger AND built a clubhouse out of cardboard boxes around his and other employees desks with the words “White Only” spray painted on the boxes.

In an article in the Sacramento Bee, Solomon said he reported the harassment to a regional manager, showing him photo of the clubhouse and no action was taken.   He resigned after making the complaint because he felt there was nowhere he could turn for relief from the hostile workplace .

A second man, Jason Flick who is Caucasian, joined Teshawn Solomon lawsuit against.  Flick, alleging racial harassment by workers and managers at Vivint Solar’s Sacramento.    Vivint, is a publicly traded home automation and energy company based in Utah.

Flick said  Solomon was “consistently singled out for racial discrimination and harassment by his predominantly Caucasian co-workers and supervisors.”  He said Solomon was frequently called Nigger.     He said he was told to  scrutinize Solomon’s time cards extra carefully.

The Flick lawsuit also mentions the “White only” fort, which “disgusted and distressed” He took photos of the fort and shared them with Solomon.   Flick resigned in March because he “could no longer tolerate the toxic, hostile, racist work environment.   When he applied for unemployment benefits, Flick included the photos of the fort in his application, which he believes were shared with Vivint’s human resources office, the suit said.

Vivint CEO David Bywater in released a statement on Wednesday(before Flick’s was filed)  saying his executive team first learned of the racial harassment allegations when Solomon filed suit earlier this week. Bywater said the company conducted an internal investigation that resulted in the termination of one employee and disciplinary action for several others.

“The disturbing experience described by our former employee does not reflect the values or culture of Vivint Solar and stands in direct contradiction to our core values as a company,” Bywater said.   He believes the racial harassment allegations are an “isolated incident,” and disputed some of Solomon’s lawsuit.

 

According to a lawsuit filed in Sacramento County Superior Court, a supervisor with Vivint Solar built a "White only" clubhouse out of cardboard boxes inside the company's Natomas warehouse. An African American employee is suing for racial harassment and discrimination.

Broke Down Diva


What is a”Broke Down Diva?”

A woman who wants everything her way and nothing else! (Jennie.G)

A Female that expects everything from someone else (Trophy wife) ( Stephanie F)

A pretender, a Diva wanna be, who gets off on belittling others, wants to live the lives of the Rich and famous but she eats at Denny’s and shops at Ross (Wayne. C)

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The Sacramento Applebee staff knows who she is.  She visits the restaurant on Friday nights with an entourage (6 to 10 people) during the restaurants busiest period  between 7-8.   She doesn’t want to wait and has on occasion slipped onto table as the patrons were leaving insisting, her table cleaned immediately!   She makes the staff wait, as she inspects the water glasses and if one doesn’t meet her standard then she demands all the glasses replaced.   Everyone food, must meet her standards, or they’re returned.   Ignoring her means DRAMA, something she seems to enjoy.  If doesn’t matter if “A” server has her hands full of hot platters, doesn’t have to be her server.  SHE must be attended to immediately.   Loud disagreements are common place, if she isn’t getting her way!   ” Any in fraction should come with a discount, after all it wasn’t perfect, something she expects every time. She has memorized the customer service number and has complained in the past when her all demands weren’t met!     She openly tells her friends the wait staff  should be thankful that they are receiving a tip from her.    She feels  her 4% or 9% tips are more than generous considering the service!

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She arrives at the hotel in her signature gold outfit, with matching purse, polyester on parade.   She wants nothing but the best, her initial tone is pleasing, if she is displeased it becomes shrill.   She arrived at 1am with a story.  Another hotel had her on hold for more than an hour  OMG! OMG! she cried!   She wanted a suite but a suite wasn’t available.  She was appalled! “You don’t have a suite!  (They expected her to say OMG-but she didn’t)   She is expecting a visitor.  She has always stayed in a suite at this hotel.  And her demeanor says she had  never experienced a pedestrian room!    A room without a sofa and amenities!   She reluctantly accepts a “pedestrian room.  A few minutes later, she returns and says she is sick to her stomach.  How could she face her company in such a room?   She calls the reservation line to locate a suite in the greater Sacramento Area, however, she doesn’t want to spend much.  They locate a reasonably priced suite near Cal-Expo that’s 20 dollars more.    She apologizes, and thanks the front desk for not charging her for THAT room.    Oh my gawd!

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Tracee is well known to the merchants of this small foothill community.  For her outrageous behavior, demanding discounts and returns.     Some of the cashiers go on a break when she walks in.  She is always over dressed and over perfumed.  She wears stilettos in the rain, everyone knows where she is at all times by the clacking sounds of her shoes. She often keeps the items until the last day they can be returned.   She will argue past closing time.   One supervisor said, I hate to say it, but I think we all hate her.  She goes out of her way to be mean and just nasty!    There is no reason for her to be like that!    If anyone in this town is a Broke Down Diva, Tracee (not her real name) fits the bill.

 

 

Market 5 one 5 is just what Sacramento Needs Right Now!


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Market 5 one 5 opened Tuesday. The store hits all the right buttons for a single and small family professionals living/working in Downtown/Midtown Sacramento.

ONE” is an acronym that references Organic, Nutrition and Education.

Market 5 one 5 is a new division of Raley’s, however it is managed separately.  The store is one fifth the size of the average supermarket in Sacramento. What you wont find is a drug store, bakery and medical offices found in other area supermarkets.  Will find a large selection of organic and healthy choices.

Hungry?  Market 5 one 5 offers hot cooked food, that the customer can scoop up and take home or enjoy their choices at one of the two eating areas in the store along with a glass or beer and wine.

With a butcher on duty, shoppers have the option of choosing a precut meats or selecting a cut.  Fresh Sushi is available as is freshly prepared sandwiches .

Owner Michael Teel calls the Market 5 one 5 a boutique grocery store. I call it a Lifestyle store. Where the shopper has convenient ready to go options healthy options and isn’t likely to encounter the lines of a typical supermarket.

Armed with my trusty fully charged cell phone I took a few pictures on opening day.

 

Market 5 one 5 is perfect for individual with an active lifestyle its. Its just what the downtown/midtown urban warrior needs

Cityfella

Market 5 one 5 915 R Street (10th and R )

Hours 7am to 10pm/ Friday and Saturday 7am to Midnight

Kim K. your husband Kanye has cracked, he needs medical attention


“Slavery was choice”

Kanye has had a mental break.  He isn’t TV ready.   Last November he was hospitalized and put on a psychiatric hold shortly after a concert in Sacramento where he went on a rant comparing himself to Donald Trump.   There is something desperately wrong.