Sacramento Plans Full-Service Housing Facility for the Local Homeless

Sacramento is pushing ahead a plan to move its homeless off of the streets and into a full-service temporary housing facility. Over the last two years, local homelessness has increased 30%. Sacramento City Councilman Allen Warren has been working toward a solution for months, and calls the current situation “a crisis.”

Mayor Darrell Steinberg added: “This is not just a sobering report, this is a damning report.”

Warren believes action is required now. “Let’s try and get as much done as we can while we’re here,” he says. “Why be complacent?”

His goal is to establish a full-service facility with restrooms, showers and some social services such as medical care. The cost for the project is estimated at $200,000-$300,000, and may not succeed in its mission.

“Is it a risk worth taking?” asks Warren. “Absolutely.”

He intends to move ahead as soon as the end of the summer.

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$15m Plan to Revive Old Sacramento’s Business Scene

Old Sacramento may be getting a $15 million revamp thanks to riverfront project manager Richard Rich’s plans to boost tourism and local business in the area. In an effort to make a new name for the historic district, Rich proposed a wide range of improvements at a recent City Council meeting, with everything from a new Ferris Wheel or other landmark to upping local artistry and encouraging a new startup scene amongst the upper floors of old buildings.

 

Rich’s vision extends beyond just flashy cosmetic improvements. He stated that he hopes to draw attention to Old Sacramento’s entertainment scene as well as its historical position by restructuring the pedestrian experience, mainly by fixing up the K Street pedestrian tunnel under Interstate 5 and turning it into a dramatic, interactive light show. He also hopes to draw visitors of the California State Railroad Museum into the district by enhancing access to the River, adding barges and building a themed waterpark to entertain both locals and tourists.

 

Downtown Sacramento Partnership executive director Michael Ault believes Rich’s plans “would be a great addition to Old Sacramento and would enhance the entire city.” It will also boost local businesses and attract new companies to the area, doing wonders for the city.

Street Performances

It seems that there has been some controversy on Sacramento’s street performances recently. As such, officials from The City of Sacramento have joined forces with the arts community to try to improve the relationship between the two to eliminate confusion on rights and to enhance mutual respect. One particular complaint given was noise complaints so that is also being addressed now in an overall effort to build a system that is viable for everyone.

The City then decided to give musicians an open opportunity to do what they wanted on a Saturday afternoon. With #BuskingDay2017 partnerships local businesses were subject to way larger crowds than usual, boosting their sales.

In general it’s been found to be good for the local economy too. A local city study found that cultural tourists are spending an average of $30 per person which generates an additional $112 million for the local economy every year. thereafter that is put into the community and Sacramento citizens buy and sell local too.

For the future plans are being considered on how to bolster the economy while making it more diverse and creative, involving the arts, food and technology as well. Local buskers would be most welcome to participate.

 

 

Raising the Bar on Sac’s Music Scene

A new record label has been launched by one of Sacramento’s very own.  Partly as an effort to raise the bar on Sacramento’s local music scene, James Cavern just created Tree Tone Records.  With his tagline Support local music because it’s good, not because it’s local, he is hoping it will become a “curation and networking tool [which will] elevate the artists [he respects].”

Cavern is on this mission not because of local “mediocre” talent but because there is talent and it’s not being recognized.  He said: “We’re leveling up as a city when it comes to food, the beer scene and the arena.  There’s a lot happening right now that is really turning the tides for Sacramento, and in turn, everything else should go up, too. Especially music.”

So far the label is doing well. The  lineup includes: Soosh*e! (rapper emcee), Cameron Calloway (R&B soul artist from Las Vegas).  In September an art block party is being hosted by Tree tone for the Labor Day Weekend.

Super Sacramento Start-Ups

Sacramento really is becoming one of the top places for start-ups, technological firms and more. not only are they starting there, they are also succeeding and thriving.

One example is the SupportPay CEO and founder, Sheri Atwood who was recently ranked #5 in the “50 Women in Tech Dominating Silicon Valley. ” Her beginnings were humble. She began her journey while assembling an expense report for Symantec. During this she began wondering how it could possibly be used to benefit the problem she was encountering with child support. At that point she left her position at the firm (where she was a Vice President), learned how to code and began developing her app. Within less than 12 months she had her first 100 users and was able to identify the features that were most needed along with an ideal price point.

Very soon, Atwood realized that there were a lot of divorcees who would gladly pay if they could get their childhood affairs automated by a program. Unfortunately, other VC’s with her were doubtful about this so set a standard monthly price of $9.99. This pushed back the program, with funds decreasing. Atwood then realized she needed an investor. Luckily it seemed that at just that point she was in the right place at the right time. Two of Silicon’s most established players Marc Benioff and Tim Draper put up the $100k investment. Since that moment, SupportPay has managed to raise $4m and are now in Sacramento!

Sacramento to Become Hub for Alternative Meat Industry

The future of the animal-free animal products industry is booming.  And Sacramento seems to be becoming the address for a lot of its investments.  According to a recent article in Business Insider, “seventy-one investors worth a combined $1.9 trillion are working together to put pressure on the world’s largest food companies to “future proof” their supply chains by bringing more meat alternatives to market.”

Two biochemists recently came to San Francisco and opened up their research lab for their firm Finless Foods on a bench in a basement in SoMa, conveniently just beneath their San Francisco biotech accelerator investor – IndieBio. Finless Foods is attempting to create a simulacrum of bluefin tuna fillet to help relieve the pressure on the prized – but severely overfished – species.

What companies like Finless Foods are trying to do is respond to the decrease in demand for the future of animal produce and to hack yeast cells to produce egg whites; torque plant proteins into muscle-like fibers and grow slaughter-free “duck” or “chicken” in factories. Should this be the future, it will likely be Sacramento that will become one of the global addresses for hub (along with the rest of the Bay area). The entire factory farming industry is undergoing an evolution and investments are being put into animal agriculture.