The Old Sacramento waterfront will be getting an upgrade. Ideas
on how to update the area have been submitted by professionals as well as the
This hybrid process—when both the public and professionals
submit proposals—is a unique one. According to Carlos Eliason, a creative
specialist in the city, the process has generated a lot of positive attention.
“We have a lot of new ideas, and
energy and momentum are starting to build up,” Eliason said. “We want people to
think of Old Sac as a place where emotion and imagination can combine … and
this is kind of where it starts.”
In January, five professional design
team were invited to submit proposals for the riverfront. The public was also
invited to submit designs, and a children’s design competition was launched.
Voting is open to the public. The
children’s competition will offer several prizes of $100, and the winning
proposal can win up to $6,000.
Natomas, a community in northwestern Sacramento, is the last area of Sacramento that isn’t fully developed.
This may be about to change,
since there are plans to build on fields just southeast of Sacramento
The new community could be home to 25,000 people. The plans feature an urban-style community that includes residential and commercial buildings. Early designs include 10,000 dwelling units and retail space that equals the size of five malls.
Concerned citizens are protesting the development, worried that it will affect traffic while threatening wildlife and increasing pollution.
is an expensive state to live in, and this may be causing problems in public
the high cost of living, many teachers can’t afford to live in California. In
15 California counties, mortgage payments on a typical home would cost nearly
half a teacher’s salary.
areas of California, the median home price is over a million dollars. This cost
is unaffordable to most teachers. In some counties, mortgage costs may actually
equal a teacher’s entire annual salary.
is suffering from a teacher shortage, and this may explain why. Other industries
that pay mid-to-low range salaries may also struggle to retain employees in
Many companies have relocated from California to Texas in the past few years. The drawbacks of running a California-based business include hefty taxes, numerous regulations and the high cost-of-living.
In contrast, Texas is a less
expensive, but thriving state, and offers plenty of space for companies.
Key companies that have moved to
Texas in the past few years include Toyota, who opened their North American
headquarters in Plano. McKesson, the largest US pharmaceutical distributor,
moved from San Franciso to Irving, TX. Other companies that have moved from
California to Texas include Jamba Juice, Jacobs Engineering, Kubota Tractor and
The effect on the California economy
depends on many variables, including if other companies take the place of those
A new law, Senate Bill 826, is changing the way businesses are run.
This law requires that publicly traded companies headquartered in California have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019. By the end of 2021, boards with five directors will have to include two women, and boards with six or more directors will have to include three women. Non-compliancy can result in fines as steep as $100,000.
California is the first US state to mandate gender diversity. This law affects businesses of all sizes, as many companies have
all male boards.
Assemblywoman Laurena Gonzalez submitted a bill that would prohibit the state from issuing fur trapping licenses.
Last year, the state of California issue 133 fur trapping
licenses, which generated $15,000 in revenue for the Department of Fish and
However, Gonzalez states that the cost of managing the trapping
program is far higher than this amount and is therefore effectively subsidized
by taxpayer’s dollars.
Although California has a long history of fur trapping—the California Fur Rush actually pre-dated the Gold Rush– the state is now considering a bill that will ban the sale of fur state-wide. Many policy-makers feel that the commercialization of animal fur is a cruel practice that should be banned.
2019 began with good economic news in California: 24,500 jobs were added as the year ended in December 2018.
state added 24,500 net new positions for a total of approximately 17.28 million
jobs, according to the California Employment Development Department.
California’s gains were widespread, with the expansion of nine out of eleven industries. Leisure and hospitality added the most jobs, reflecting the Golden State’s historic allure as a tourist destination, particularly during the cold winter months.
Tourism has been growing and has steadily increased over the past eight years. Los Angeles County alone hosted an estimated fifty million visitors in 2018. This impressive statistic reflects a 3.1% improvement over 2017’s total.
In very sorry news for all of us Lego lovers, the Lego store at the Arden Fair mall has closed. The famous building blocks will be replaced by sexier ware, as Victoria’s Secret’s offshoot Pink is taking over the space. Pink is already in the mall but will be moving to this new location.
Now, the closest Lego location will be at the Galleria in Roseville. Incidentally, if you want to see some amazing Lego designs, Sacramento native David Tracy is showing his designs in an exhibit called “Bricking Bad” in Rancho Cordova. You can see his display at the Mills Station Arts and Culture Center until January 12.
According to Rafael Jimenez Rivera, GM at Hook and Ladder, the way
tips are dispersed among workers is unfair.
“The system is broken. It’s a flawed system that needs to be corrected. We feel that the best way to do that is to include the kitchen staff.”
As such, from next year, all kitchen workers will be pulled into
the tips that are given to bartenders and servers. This follows the budget bill passed by
Congress earlier in 2018, permitting restaurants in some states (California
being one example) to pool tips with kitchen staff.
So from 2019 2.5 percent of the tip will be added to the bill exclusively
for kitchen staff. Regular tip from
customers will be split between all workers which is likely to provide a 10-15%
pay hike for kitchen staff.