Sacramento SPCA cares for the PETS AND OWNERS in our community
By Cecily Hastings
Supporting nonprofit organizations that serve our local community is just as important as shopping local.
In recent years, Inside Publications has provided advertising to a local organization that does an amazing amount of good in the community: the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This year, we are helping the SSPCA spread its word even more effectively among our growing readership.
Tours, open house and reception are on the calendar
By Lisa Schmidt
A series of events to celebrate the opening of the Alex G. Spanos Heart & Vascular Center at Mercy General Hospital is planned for this month.
In 2001, Stockton businessman Alex Spanos, owner of the San Diego Chargers, donated $10 million to the hospital to help build a state-of-the art cardiac care center on the hospital’s J Street campus. Spanos had been a patient at the hospital and was impressed by the quality of care provided to the community.
A reception with Spanos and his family is planned for the week of April 7.
Joining Together To Help Others
By Lisa Schmidt
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, volunteerism is on the decline across the nation, falling last year to its lowest rate since 2002. A group of East Sacramento women is working hard to change that statistic.
Shannon Downs, an East Sac resident and mother of two elementary school students, had been active in a women’s volunteer organization when she lived out of state. “I met some of the most wonderful women and got involved in many incredible projects,” she recalls. “After we returned to California, I would often bring up to friends here how much I enjoyed my experiences with the women’s club.”
Buckets of Trouble
What are the region’s long-term solutions to the drought?
By Craig Powel
If you are a longtime Sacramento resident, you may be experiencing some issues in adapting to the changing regulations that now govern our household use of water. Join me on a journey through the strange new world of water conservation. It is a world that we’re likely to be in for some time, given the dire nature of the current drought and expectations that we could be in for multiyear shortfalls in precipitation.
Why is it challenging for longtime Sacramentans to get used to the idea of water conservation? Because we grew up thinking of water as an endlessly available commodity that we were free to use in any way we wished, as much as we wished, whenever we wished. The only limitation back in the day was to not be a “gutter flooder.” Leaving a hose running on your driveway while you soaped up your car was as natural as going to your mailbox each day. Washing down your driveway with a hose was simply being a good neighbor.
Meet the Candidates
District 3 candidates on budget fixes, public safety and MORE
By Lisa Schmidt
Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Cohn will not run for re-election to the District 3 council seat. The district includes East Sacramento, River Park and South Natomas.
The election will be June 3. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes, there will be a runoff in November between the top two vote getters from the June election.
Six people are running for the position. Inside East Sacramento has invited each of the candidates to share with us their views on important topics.
Local agency brings foster kids together with forever families
By Terry Kaufman
Linzi Crans knew from the time she was in high school that she wanted to adopt. One of her friends had been adopted, and Crans felt so strongly about the subject that she told future husband Erick that they would be adoptive parents. “He was on board from the start,” she says. “I was so grateful.”
Six years after they married, the Cranses began to look at local adoption agencies.
By Jessica Laskey
For Ted Grebitus, his business is all in the family. He owns and operates Grebitus & Sons Jewelers, a fine-jewelry, watch and gift shop that his grandfather started in 1926. Today, Grebitus oversees three retail locations: on L Street downtown, in Lyon Village off Fair Oaks Boulevard, and, new last year, at the Palladio shopping center in Folsom. But it all started nearly 88 years ago with a small shop and his grandparents’ dream.
If you called Andrew Hillman “cheesy,” it wouldn’t be an insult. In fact, the owner of The Cultured and The Cured, a cheese-and-charcuterie outpost in the heart of East Sacramento, has made it his job to be the cheesiest chef in the region, offering more than 90 cheeses in the storefront he opened with his wife and business partner, Kelly Heath, in November of last year.
“We pride ourselves on providing people with new cheese that they want to eat and love,” Hillman says by phone as he sets up his shop for the day. “We’ll have people buy cheese they didn’t even come in for. We love to educate people. If you don’t know what a cheese is, you can try it. You don’t have to stare at packaged cheese in the grocery store, wondering what it tastes like. We’ll cut it right off the wheel.”
East Sacramento Hardware’s got you (and your walls) covered
By Jessica Laskey
Sheree Johnston knows paint. She also knows collectibles. And cookware. And tools. As the owner of East Sacramento Hardware, the quaint family-run hardware store that’s one of the last of its kind in the region, Johnston knows the nuts and bolts of catering to her community, whether that means helping a customer fix a leaky toilet, find the right nail or—Johnston’s specialty—select the perfect paint.
“We made a large capital investment to bring Benjamin Moore paint to East Sac Hardware, and we are very pleased with the results,” Johnston says. “We now carry six of their paint lines, up from the initial three lines we started with in March of 2012, and we’ve added free in-home color consultations by designer Don Sherwood, whose grandfather was a vice president at Benjamin Moore. Adding this service will allow our customers to take the drama out of developing a color palette and choosing the best colors for their home.”