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Councilmember Hansen’s District 4 Newsletter

March 2014

La Valentina Award

Sacramento’s La Valentina Receives National Honors for Smart Growth Achievement

Sacramento’s La Valentina was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as winner of the 2013 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. It was selected from 77 project in 31 states. I was honored to accept the award on behalf of the City of Sacramento. The Smart Growth Achievement award recognizes exceptional approaches to development that protect the environment, provide transportation oriented housing choices, encourage vitality and enhance quality of life.

The area surrounding the Alkali Flat/La Valentina light-rail station previously was known for crime, blight, and contamination. For more then two decades, the brownfield lot at 429 12th Street sat as a vacant eyesore. In 2007, a public-private partnership between the City of Sacramento and Domus Development brought together community groups to address neighborhood concerns and create a new vision for the area. From that vision came a mixed-use building complex—La Valentina and La Valentina North—that has cutting-edge energy-efficient features, is transit oriented and 100% affordable. This building is now a shining gem in our city and proof that affordable housing done right is a benefit to any neighborhood.

This is the first national award for La Valentina. Past honors include “Gold Nugget Award: Best Sustainable Residential Development, 2013″ by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference; “Best Infill Project, 2012″ by Sacramento Business Journal; “Transit Oriented Development of the Year, 2012″ by Sacramento Regional Transit; “SACOG Salutes! Blueprint Excellence Award, 2012″ by Sacramento Area Council of Governments; and “Home of the Future Pilot Project” by SMUD. Congratulations La Valentina!

City Hall Garage

How should the city activate the retail space located in the City Hall parking garage at 10th and I streets?

The City Hall parking garage at the corner of 10th and I streets has gone through an extreme makeover, complete with new paint, new signage, and LED lighting to make it shine at night. At the same time, the City relocated staff that once occupied a majority of first floor office and retail space. As we begin to market the location, which includes more than 13,000 square feet of vacant retail space, we want to know what you think would work well at this location. The Sacramento Business Journal said it is a great opportunity for an open floor public market. What do you think?

Visit Envision Sacramento to share your thoughts and suggestions for this space!

Spring is quickly approaching, which means it’s time for volunteer groups to head outdoors and get back to work.  Around our city and District 4 we have several groups which meet regularly to beautify our neighborhoods and community parks. Getting involved with these groups and other local groups is a great way to get outdoors, meet your neighbors, and be involved in the community. Below are two volunteer opportunities. If these don’t work for you, reach out to your local neighborhood association to ask if they can use some help.

Land Park Volunteer Corps: March 8, 9:00 am

The Land Park Volunteer Corps will pick up their season this March. The group meets monthly at the large picnic area directly behind Fairytale Town in William Land Park on the first Saturday of the month from March through November, except for when that Saturday falls on a three-day weekend. The group meets at at 9:00 am in March, April, May, October, and November, and 8:00 am in June, July, August, and September. For more information contact our office at (916) 808-7004.

Midtown Spring Clean Up: March 15, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

The Midtown Business Association is partnering with local neighborhood associations to host a spring cleanup. Coffee and snacks will be provided in the morning when you arrive at Marshall Park, 27th & J Streets, and lunch will be provided for volunteers after the cleanup at 11 am. Find more information here.

Cal Spring Thing

Food, Wine, and Music at Cal Middle School’s Spring Thing:
March 1, 6:30 – 9:30 PM

California Middle School is hosting its 5th annual Spring Thing fundraiser, featuring samplings of small plates from the neighborhood’s finest restaurants, music by local artists, and a variety of wines and beer. The event happens on March 1st from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at B’nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Blvd. Proceeds from this event enable Cal Middle School to provide field trips and programs to low-income students. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery Tour – Mausoleums & Tombs:
March 1

The Old City Cemetery Committee invites you to a tour of their mausoleums and tombs. Find out how many are in our in the Old City Cemetery and who’s buried in them. Join the tour and find out. All Saturday tours are free and begin at 10:00 am at the main gate, 1000 Broadway.

What’s Blooming: March 15

What’s blooming in the beautiful Old City Cemetery? Come out on March 15 at 10:00 am to find out. This tour is free and dependent on good weather. For more information, call (916) 448-0811.

North Natomas Little League Logo

10th Anniversary Gala:
March 7, 6:00 PM – Midnight

North Natomas Little League serves nearly 1,000 baseball and softball players ages 4 to 14 in Sacramento. This month they’re holding a fundraiser at the California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front Street, to help fund programs and provide the best possible experience for their players. The evening will include an auction, raffle, dinner, and dancing, all with a classic baseball theme. For more information or to buy tickets click here.

Sacramento Ballet

2nd Saturdays at the Ballet – Open Rehearsals: March  8

The Sacramento Ballet’s Second Saturdays open rehearsal series continues. On March 8th, dancers will rehearse select scenes from The Great Gatsby. There will be two free sittings at 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm at the Ballet Studios located at 17th & K Streets. Look for more information here.

Ron Cunningham’s Carmina Burana: March 27 – 30

Ron Cunningham’s Carmina Burana is an epic, larger-than-life spectacle set to the soaring music of Carl Orff. This piece can really be considered the signature masterpiece of the Sacramento Ballet. See the show at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Crocker Art Museum

Classical Concert – Athens Guitar Duo: March 9, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

The Grammy-nominated Athens Guitar Duo plays guitars built by a master luthier, including an extremely rare 11-string guitar. The duo will perform on March 9th at the Crocker Art Museum. Featured composers will include Astor Piazzolla and Manuel de Falla, along with works by composers from Turkey, France, and the United States.

The concert is in the Crocker Museum Setzer Auditorium at 216 O Street. Find more information about this event here.

City of Sacramento

Capitol Beer Fest:
March 9, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

On March 9, enjoy 100+ craft breweries serving over 300 different varieties of quality craft beer on Capitol Mall. You’ll have a great view of Sacramento’s Tower Bridge in one direction and the State Capitol in the other. For tickets and more information click here.

SPD Logo

Meet Your Police Officers: March 12, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Connected communities are safer communities. The Sacramento Police Department needs your help in being the “eyes and ears” in your community. The department is having a Meet Your Police Officers event this month at the Southside Park Community Center, 2115 6th Street. Email questions in advance to Fine more information here.

Sutter's Fort

Hands on History – Hard Working Women of the Frontier: March 15

This March, in honor of Women’s History month, Sutter’s Fort will present a special visit from historian and respected author Cheryl Stapp. Learn about the multifaceted and important role women played on the frontier. Cheryl will give three presentations at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:30 pm on March 15th.

Throughout the day there will be interactive fort activities demonstrating how pioneer women were vital to the frontier economy, many of them setting up their own businesses selling provisions and other goods to neighbors, travelers, and gold miners. Find more details here.


District 4 Contact Information

Office phone: 916-808-7004

Councilmember Steve Hansen

District Director
Consuelo Hernandez

District Representative
Jameson Parker

District Representative
Peter Fenolio

Executive Assistant
Amy Mansfield Weinberg

Sacramento Zoo

CJ’s Birthday Celebration at the Sacramento Zoo: March 1

CJ the Sumatran Tiger will celebrate his first birthday at the Sacramento Zoo on March 1st. The day will include crafts, “ed-zoo-cation” stations, and a birthday surprise for CJ. Join the fun as our baby tiger turns 1 and don’t forget to sign his birthday card. Find more information here.

Pups & Pints

Pups & Pints:
March 1, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The Pour House is hosting a Front Street Shelter adoption event and fundraiser to benefit the shelter.  Wonderful pups from Front Street will be on site looking for happy homes. Ninsaki Brewing will donate $1.00 for every pint of beer sold to the shelter.  Pour House is located at 1910 Q Street. For more information call Front Street Animal Shelter at (916) 808-7387.

Fairytale Town

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration: March 2, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Join Fairytale Town for a celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday with popular Seuss-themed crafts and activities. Stop by the Mother Goose Stage for a unique nonstop reading of your favorite colorful, tongue-twisting, rhyming Seuss books! I’ll be there reading Fox in Socks at noon and I hope to see you there. This event is free with paid park admission. Find more information here.

The Fairytale Town Troupers Present Cinder-Allan:
March 15 – 16 & 22 – 23

The Fairytale Town Troupers open their 2014 season with a creative adaptation of the classic tale Cinderella. In this version, orphan Allan loves comics and superheroes. He wants nothing more than to attend the big comic book convention, enter the costume contest and meet his favorite super princess, but his wicked step-siblings have him working day and night on their costumes. Will Allan get a chance to finish his own costume in time?

Shows are at Fairytale Town in the Children’s Theater and begin at 12:00 and 1:30 pm each day. The 12:00 pm show on March 15 will be sign language interpreted. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers, in addition to paid park admission, and $1 for members. Look here for more information.

California Automobile Museum

Second Saturday Tour Series – Women’s History Month:
March 8, 2:00 – 3:15 PM

The California Auto Museum offers special tours every second Saturday of the month. A new topic is unveiled every month! This month’s topic is Women’s History Month and will highlight the usually hidden history of women in the automotive industry. This event is free with museum admission. Find more information about the tour series here.

ARTomotive Photography Workshop:
March 22, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Whether it’s a photo shoot for a magazine cover, a for-sale listing, or just to celebrate your favorite road companion, photography plays an important role to automotive culture. In this workshop you’ll learn techniques for enhancing your automotive photographs. This class is oriented toward digital photography and assumes students have knowledge of photography and can bring their own camera equipment, including a tripod and their camera’s user manual.

The museum is located at 2200 Front Street. Find more information and sign up for ARTomotive Photography here.

Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls Luncheon and Dinner: March 10 & 11

Fight hunger in Sacramento at the River City Food Bank’s (RCFB) largest fundraising event, Empty Bowls. On Monday, March 10 at 5:30 pm, at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, join the RCFB for a night of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, soups, and desserts by Classique Catering, or attend the luncheons on Tuesday, March 11th at 11:30 am or 12:30 pm, for a traditional soup lunch and desserts by local restaurants. I have the honor of being a server during the 11:30 am luncheon on March 11th.

All attendees will select one of over 1,500 beautiful handmade bowls donated by professional potters, glass artists, wood turners, and area students to take home with them as a powerful symbol of the empty bowls in our community. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


Summer Camp Registration: March 25: 9:00 AM

Are you a Zoo Member with little ones? Give them the chance to explore the Zoo like never before by attending at the Zoo’s Summer Camp. Kids from Pre-K through 6th grade will enjoy learning about the animals at the Zoo and around the world by seeing, hearing, smelling and even touching and feeding some of them. Dive into the world of animals and education through songs, games, crafts and other fun activities. General camp registration begins April 2. Space is limited and will fill quickly. Find more information here.

Sacramento Theatre Company

Visiting Mr. Green:
March 26 – May 4

The Sacramento Theatre Company presents Visiting Mr. Green; a tale of two men who change each other’s lives. It’s an award winning comedy-drama about family, friendship, and forgiveness. You don’t want to miss this performance happening at 1419 H Street from March 26 through May 4. For tickets and show times click here.

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