April 2013 | Issue 1
I’m pleased to share with you the first District 4 newsletter. If you have information you’d like to have included in the newsletter send it to Jameson Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions or concerns please contact my office at 916-808-7004.
Steve Hansen, District 4
Consuelo Hernandez, District Director
Jameson Parker, Constituent Services Liaison
Scott Maldonado, Executive Assistant
Over the last two weeks we’ve celebrated multiple egg hunts throughout the district. From Natomas down to William Land Park we had approximately 30,000 eggs stuffed with candy for children. I appreciate all the work city staff and neighborhood associations put into making all of the egg hunts happen!
Fight the Bite! Report neglected swimming pools and other mosquito problems
It’s mosquito season! Standing bodies of water, including neglected swimming pools, grow algae and bacteria and are fertile breeding grounds for mosquitos. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District will send a technician out to neglected pools to treat them and stop mosquitos from developing. To report a neglected pool call 1-800-429-1022.
General Safety Tips from SacPD
Three factors must be present for a crime to occur: desire, ability and opportunity. You can have a significant impact on the last one, opportunity, and can significantly reduce crime by taking simple crime prevention steps.
Learn how to stay safe at: http://www.sacpd.org/besafe/safetyguides/
Old Sacramento Underground Tours
Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. You can enjoy a walking tour provided by the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation of several historic underground buildings. Be prepared to walk in areas with uneven surfaces and low ceilings and get ready to learn and have fun all along the way.
Open now through May 26 tours will be running on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am-3:30pm, leaving every half hour. Starting in June tours will run everyday through summer.
For information and tickets go to www.historicoldsac.org/programs/programs-underground.asp
Sacramento Has Talent – Thursday, April 4
Talent scouts have searched the region looking for local talent and have discovered the best performers, singers, dancers, filmmakers, and musical groups who will compete for your entertainment and cash prizes! This event will be at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 or $35 and can be purchased at www.accesssacramento.org . Sponsorships are still available! Event proceeds will benefit Access Sacramento’s Neighborhood News Youth Correspondent program.
Sacramento Startup Weekend April 5-7
Join local businesses Capsity Offices, Hacker Lab, UpStart Sacramento, and Urban Hive at Hacker Lab the first weekend in April for Sacramento Startup Weekend.
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival – Saturday, April 6
The Sacramento Artists Council, Inc. in partnership with The Grid Agency and Dad’s Kitchen (Freeport Location) is hosting the 2nd Annual Beer and Chili Fundraiser on Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at Fremont Park from 1:00pm-4:00pm.
Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival is a fundraiser for The Sacramento Artists Council and will raise money for art programs that assist at-risk children, children of homeless families and fund adopt a school art programs for Sacramento Regional Schools. Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival will feature a chili cook off competition (industry and individual) and unlimited beer tastings provide by local breweries.
Live music, bike valet (proceeds benefitting Sacramento Artists Council) and a Kids Zone with crafts and face painting will be all be part of this event. Leashed dogs are allowed at Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival.
100th Anniversary of Southside Park- Friday, April 12
On April 12 Southside Park turns 100!
For a Century Southside Park has served as a cultural center and recreation center for the downtown community. From egg hunts to cultural events the park hosts numerous activities throughout the year that truly benefit our city. Families can enjoy the park’s swimming pool, wading pool, jogging path, lake, accessible playground and picnic areas.
Congratulations Southside Park!
Creek Week- April 5-13
Enjoy, explore and learn about your local creeks and aquatic wildlife during Creek Week. Beginning on April 5th with a Splash-off and culminating on April 13th with a clean-up and celebration, Creek Week is a great way to learn about the importance of creeks and help protect the environment.
For more information about the week’s activities or to sign up call 916-454-4544 or visit www.creekweek.net
Coffee with Councilmember Hansen – Saturday, April 20
On April 20 I will be at La Bou, 4400 Del Rio Rd., from 1:00pm-2:30pm. If you have questions you’d like to ask me or ideas to share please stop by and chat with me for a few minutes!
SactoMoFo 6: Mobile Food Festival – Saturday, April 27
Sacramentans will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of culinary delights served up by over two dozen mobile food vendors at the sixth edition of the Sacramento Mobile Food Festival (SactoMoFo) undeneath the W-X Freeway at 700 X Street from 11:00am-4:00pm. The festival will feature all the best local food trucks as well as all-star food trucks from all over Northern California. The event will feature a beer garden and live music. For more information go to www.sactomofo.com
Get Involved in Your Local Neighborhood Association
Want to become more active in your neighborhood? Have ideas for improving your community? Neighborhood associations are a great way to get involved and make a difference. For more information on neighborhood association meeting times and dates go to the neighborhood page of the city website.
Entertainment and Sports Complex Update
On Tuesday, March 26 City Council had the opportunity to vote on the ESC term sheet. Prior to making my decision I had several questions about the proposed terms. I wanted to ensure that the taxpayers’ risk had been mitigated, our existing arts infrastructure and organizations were protected, the Natomas site would not become blighted, and the City and investors could meet the obligations of the term sheet. City staff was responsive to my concerns and, with my colleagues’ support for modifications, I decided to support the motion to approve the item so the City could move forward to capture this unprecedented economic opportunity. You can view my comments at Tuesday’s Council meeting here.
The ESC can be used to further many of our common goals, including an improved quality of life, economic revitalization of City’s downtown core, and increased connectivity. It has the potential to solidify downtown as a destination that will draw people from throughout the region. Below I’ve outlined the reasons I believe this moment is right for our city.
We have to be realistic about the costs of inaction. The Natomas area stands to lose much of the economic development surrounding it if we fail to create a plan to retain the economic engine provided by the many events that basketball, concerts, and other activities bring. By creating a viable plan for Sacramento to develop an ESC in the Downtown Plaza, that revenue will remain in Sacramento and a significant amount of economic activity will shift to the urban core while protecting Natomas. I look forward to exploring innovative, creative projects that will help grow and diversify our economy surrounding this project.
Sacramento has a vibrant art scene, a thriving foodie culture, and is home to numerous cultural amenities like the Sacramento Community Theater, B Street Theater, the Crocker Art Museum, and more. If done properly the ESC will complement and build upon those already established institutions.
The proposed site of the ESC, a green building, is in the heart of Downtown Sacramento. The site is transit friendly and in close proximity to multiple light rail stops, bus routes, a proposed streetcar project, and is just over a mile away from the largest opportunity for infill development west of the Mississippi, where Sacramento’s intermodal hub will be located. The City can promote the idea of connectivity and sustainability with the development of an ESC downtown.
Council approval of the ESC preliminary term sheet is an early step in a multi-year process. I’ll continue to seek independent insight and public engagement, and to ask the tough questions. Please continue to share your thoughts as we move through this process.
Midtown Farmers’ Market – Saturday, April 27
Starting April 27 the Midtown Business Association will be hosting a free, family-friendly market to showcase local agriculture, prepared foods, artisans, and crafters. Anchored in the heart of Midtown, the market will serve as a lively and fun gathering place where Sacramentans can come together to shop and enjoy the community with neighbors and visitors alike
The market will continue every Saturday after April 27 from 9:00am-1:00pm at J & 20th Streets.