Through public-private partnership, a community gem thrives
by Cecily Hastings
Just over two years ago, my friend Lisa Schmidt and I embarked on a journey to save East Sacramento’s historic Clunie Community Center from closing and to ensure that McKinley Rose Garden would become a world-class public garden. It has taken far more time and energy than we ever expected, but the results are far more than we anticipated. As they say, no pain, no gain.
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Sacred Heart Plans a Very Jolly Holiday Home Tour
by Lisa Schmidt
Sacred Heart Parish School will hold its annual Holiday Home Tour on Friday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8.
For the tour, five houses in East Sacramento’s Fabulous Forties neighborhood will be decorated for the holidays by local interior designers and florists.
Proposed Arena Bond Would Add to City's Rising Debt
by Craig Powell
In January, city treasurer Russ Fehr issued a stunning report on the city’s expanding debt obligations: The city was approaching $2 billion in debt, half in outstanding borrowings, the other half in rapidly rising liabilities for employee pensions and retiree health care costs.
The city’s ratio of total debt to general fund revenue ($372 million) ranks among the highest in the country, which puts the city at greater risk of insolvency, particularly during economic downturns (like the one we’re slowing exiting).
Helping Seniors Save Their Stories
by Jessica Laskey
If you’ve noticed a film crew at the Sierra 2 Senior Center on 24th Street recently, you’ve probably seen Carl Barnes. Barnes coordinates the My Story project, an ambitious program that aims to capture the stories of the center’s seniors on DVD to save them for future generations.
Barnes was teaching a pole walking class for seniors at the center when the idea first came up.
by Duffy Kelly
Perhaps you have seen one of Syd Curtis’ custom-cut sparkling two-carat pink diamond rings on a finger or two in town. Or maybe you were the lucky one whose betrothed gave you a truly amazing sapphire necklace—a solid collar of rare, perfectly cut deep-blue stones. Or maybe you’re creatively working with this jeweler to design the ring of your dreams.
by Jessica Laskey
Change is in the air—leaves are turning, the temperature’s dropping, socks and boots have come out of storage—in more than just the atmosphere. Mark Snyder and Amy Guthrie, co-owners of C & C Merchants, Inc. and the children of Bill Snyder, co-founder of the beloved bygone store William Glen, announced this May that their company will now be called William Glen Inc. in commemoration of what would have been William Glen’s 50th anniversary.