Sales Tax

In a recent attempt to increase sales tax in Sacramento, Measure U (which renews a half-cent sales tax and adds another half-cent tax, while rendering the total amount, concretizing the total) was passed.  Over half of voters (55.6%) in the city said yes to the hike in tax to 8.75 percent.

Of this, Mayor Darrell Steinberg said:

“We’ll do it right. We’ll do it in a thorough way and we’ll do it in a way that will make people say ‘Wow, they really meant what they said.’…Measure U is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest real resources in building a modern economy in Sacramento that includes everyone.”

The change in law will come into affect on April 1 and the extra money will be used to basic necessary services such as fire, police, funding for affordable housing and neighborhood projects.

Sacramento: Investing in its Environmental Future

Sacramento has become an integral part of positive environmental endeavors within California.  According to a recent Forbes article:

“While businesses have a crucial role to play, leadership in the halls of our state government remains essential. When Sacramento sets firm targets for emissions, clean energy, and efficiency standards, it gives businesses the market certainty they need to invest confidently in climate solutions.”

An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report has determined that there is only one way to eliminate the worst impacts of climate change.  That is to substantially decrease greenhouse gas emissions so that global warming is held at 1.5° C.

As such, climate leadership in California is more crucial than ever which was why a bill was recently passed there (nowhere else has this been done throughout the nation) that commits the region to “emissions-free electricity by 2045.”  Other states will be observing the progress of this.

Asian Brothers Brew Beers for Sacramentans

Restaurateur Michael Khoa Le has had a dream of producing beer with his friends.  Now that dream is coming true in Sacramento at his Vietnamese Anh Hong restaurant. With their brewing company, they specialize in Asian craft beers, making them the “the first Asian Craft Beer Company in Sacramento [brewing] the first Hmong Beer in the history of Hmong people.”

Approximately 2,800 gallons of the stuff was just delivered to the restaurant, really fulfilling Le’s dream.  Over the years he has created recipes for five beers and now has a contract with Paso Robles’ Santa Maria Brewing company to handle the brewing and bottling.

According to a recent news article:

“People of Asian descent account for about 14 percent of California’s population. Le and his investment group — which includes people of Hmong, Lao, Mien, Cambodian and Vietnamese descent — see an opportunity to become the house beer for California’s Asian community. The craft beer world is riddled with stories of friends who drink a few beers late one night and decide to start a brewery. What we have not seen is California’s sizable Asian community stand up and make a beer marketed at themselves.”

Sacramento’s Job Additions

Sacramento has had a good track record this last month for the creation of new jobs.  Here, we take a look at some of the industries that were ahead of the game.

In September, Sacramento hired the most physics professors out of the entire country.  Other top recruitment opportunities included research assistant professors and corporate sales reps.

Sacramento fared better than Cincinnati which was the only city “with the second-most new positions for physics professors last month.”  Still, the article found Sacramento to be:

“most competitive in hiring for corporate sales reps, placing fifth among U.S. cities in per-capita openings for that skill set. The city ranked seventh in new jobs for research assistant professors, and 12th for physics professors, again relative to the local population.”

In addition, eClerx – a firm that offers outsourcing services to financial institutions – is “expanding its delivery service in North Carolina and has plans to add 150 new full-time jobs.”


Commercial 5G Network

On 1stOctober, in an unprecedented move, Verizon ignited “the world’s first commercial 5G network.”  And it happened in Sacramento.  According to Verizon’s Pacific Market president, Jonathan LeCompte:

“We were able to make Sacramento one of our first 5G cities because Mayor Darrell Steinberg and city leaders embraced innovation and developed a strategic vision for how 5G could be a platform for the larger Sacramento technology ecosystem. We believe this vision will pay off big for the city, attracting new investment, businesses and next generation services for residents.”

Other areas benefitting from this advancement are sections of: Houston, Indianapolis and LA.

Phantom Auto Comes to Sacramento

A car was filmed driving across Sacramento’s Tower Bridge, but it appears driverless.  In actual fact it was being driven by a human being but that human was not sitting in the driver’s seat or indeed anywhere in the car. They were driving it from the company’s headquarters at Phantom Auto’s Mountain View – more than 100 miles away!

This system is called teleoperation; which is the step before safe driving can be conducted autonomously on highways and city streets within all driving conditions.  So until that time – which experts purport is decades away – remote monitors and operators will be used by human beings and the wheel can be grabbed if the computer attached to the car gets stumped.  According to Elliot Katz, co-founder of Phantom Auto and Chief Strategy Officer:

“We believe you will always need a human in the loop. There are so many oddball scenarios multiple times a day.”

Until then, Phantom Auto will be showcasing what it has in Sacramento and locals will seecompany reps “geo-mapping” the roads from downtown to Sacramento State.

Global Local Festival

Keeping it local; going global. That seems to summarize the theme of Sacramento’s Global Local Festival.  Established by Estella Sanchez a few years ago, the event is organized by the non-profit entity she co-founded – Sol Collective.  This was set up to promote “the arts, culture, activism and healthy living.”

The idea of the event – which this year is happening on September 22 – is to bring the community together before the summer is truly over to “enjoy the last bits of sunshine.” There, people will enjoy local musicians who produce “unique sounds [and] socially conscious content.”

This year, live performances include: DJ Nadi, Gingee, and The Philharmonik.

Helping Families in Need

First 5 California and Supply Bank are making sure families are covered no matter what the need. The First 5 Diaper Kit Pilot Program which provides 100 diapers and 200 baby wipes to families to help relieve some of the financial stress they may be dealing with.

Working together and having a sense of collaboration $50-70 in the store could be pennies on the dollar. Instead of 25 cents for a diaper, it’s a dime. The kits are being provided to families for free or reduced prices to homes based on needs.

Recent Local Business Expansions

Expansions are underway by Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center via the Downtown Commons (DOCO).  It is hoped that these endeavors will be beneficial to local businesses with the opening of a variety of pop up shops.  This is a relatively new idea for the area and could result in something more permanent, should success ensue.

Meanwhile, the City Council is looking to expand the Sacramento Convention Center and renovate the Community Center Theater.  It is likely that locals will be hired to better ensure project on time completion.  In addition, with the agreement in place it is less likely that strikes will occur resulting in delays.  And of course you have the added benefit of enhanced construction careers for locals while establishing “lucrative business opportunities for local companies.”

Woodland based Amos Metz Rentals has just been sold to Sacramento based investors.  According to one of the former owners, Joe Metz:

 “Amos Metz has been in business since 1945 and is a staple in its marketplace. We are very pleased to have sold our business to Sacramento-based investors who know our business very well. We had several options after our long-time manager, Willie Truitt, retired and selling to this group was a natural fit for both parties. Willie, who owned a portion of the business, had a wonderful career in rental for over 40 years and we appreciate all of his hard work and efforts.”