Tuesday, November 22, 2011

SactoMoFo 3 - Saturday, Dec 3rd from 11am - 6pm


SactoMoFo (the Sacramento Mobile Food organization) has rounded up 8 Bay Area and over a dozen local food trucks, carts and other vendors (including San Francisco's JapaCurry, Hapa SF, Chairman Bao, An The Go, El Porteno, Seoul on Wheels and Bacon Bacon trucks, and many of your local favorites and lots of new local vendors - including Leila's Lumpia, It's Corn Cake, tacos, burgers, sandwiches, banh mi and more) for SactoMoFo 3, to be held Saturday, December 3, 11 am - 6 pm rain or shine at the Downtown weekend Farmer’s Market location (8th & W Streets, under the freeway) directly accross the street from Soutside Park.

Stop by for lunch and stay for dinner! No tickets, no fees, just lots of great food and drink!

Please note the SactoMoFo HoHoHoliday Brewfest at Power Balance Pavilion has been postponed until later in 2012. Maloof Sports & Entertainment, CBS Radio and SactoMoFo plan to hold a huge outdoor event, including beer tasting from terrific microbreweries all over California and other extras. Those who bought tickets can get a refund at the purchase location.

You won’t need a ticket for the December 3 event; admission is 100% free: just dress warm, bring small bills and a big appetite and get your snack on!

The December 3 event is a winter food drive for the Sacramento Food Bank and the U.S. Marines Reserve's Toys for Tots, so please bring canned or packaged dry goods and new unwrapped toys to donate.

Santa will also be available for photos with both little and big kids for a small donation to a local children's Christmas charity. Other entertainment include Willie's Woodshop , face painting, and ballon twisters, and DJ music.

Stitches and Dishes will also being raffling off a Wii bundle pack and game for stopping by their table. See you under the freeway!

Check out the event on the event Facebook Page

Friday, November 18, 2011

Railyards Owner Removes Consultant

It was only a matter of time before Inland American Real Estate Trust Inc. canceled their consultant contract with Thomas Enterprises. Last month after working nearly ten years on the project the owners ended the contract which should rise questions as to what the future holds for the railyard project.
After Inland American Real Estate Trust Inc. foreclosed on the property last year and took control from former owner Thomas Enterprises Inc. Inland agreed to keep the Thomas team on as consultants for at least six months. Currently there is $130 million in federal and state money building infrastructure within the 200 acre site, and there is word that Inland will reexamine the density of the project in light of changes to the real estate market, but there are no immediate plans to build. That could mean the project could see changes to the designs that have been refined over the past decade.

Currently, the rail track relocation is on budget and on schedule to have the new tracks in operation next May. This undertaking will open the property to auto traffic. Also in progress are three pedestrian tunnels and a new water main.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Capitol Mall Design Winner

Last night at the Wells Fargo Center on Capitol Mall, a winner was announced for the Capitol Mall Design competition receiving a $20,000 prize. The winners were Kimberly Garza and Andrew ten Brink with a design called Sacramento's Capitol Canopy. 

This ideas great but the urban forest on Capitol will violate The Capitol View protection ordinance established in 1992, which is both a state law and zoning ordinance. Like I mentioned before, growing trees down the middle of Capitol Mall will obstruct the view of the Capitol from the Tower bridge, which is what the state law and ordinance was designed to protect. The winner has the most affordable proposal with very few structures, but it goes against the Capitol View protection ordinance.

To read more about the winner go here.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Bridging I-5 Project

The city has completed the environmental documents and Project Report for the Interstate 5 Riverfront Reconnection Project (T15998100) and identified first phase elements for final design. The next phase of work required to move towards project construction and completing final design.

The City’s October 5th Preservation Commission meeting unanimously approved a motion to support the project, with recommendations to: Continue refining the design of the new 2nd Street/Capitol Mall intersection connecting structure and related fixtures per the concept design presented; continue to build upon the proposed preliminary design concepts that use design and materials vocabulary from the significant features, characteristics and spatial relationships found in the Old Sacramento Historic District, though consider simplifying designs of various elements and to reference, versus copy, historic elements.

Design the project to ensure the continuation and development of high quality historical interpretive and tourism events and programming in Old Sacramento. Coordinate final designs with CDD Preservation Staff, Staff from the Convention, Culture & Leisure Department including the City’s History Manager, and with staff from the Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Reduce the number of streetlights proposed on the new 2nd Street/Capitol Mall intersection connecting structure. Consider allowing the new N Street bridge’s structural elements be its design, versus through other fixtures or too many other fixtures on the bridge.
The “Bridging I-5” Project has a total budget of $5,330,512, consisting of local transportation funds, tax increment funding, federal funds and state funds. Federal demonstration funds for this project will expire October 2012. Staff is seeking an extension of these funds for final design.

Front Street/Neasham Circle
Front Street would be realigned, beginning at the existing intersection at O Street to the new Capitol Mall intersection, with a new viaduct constructed above the existing portion of Neasham Circle between N Street and Capitol Mall. This new viaduct is proposed to be approximately 40 feet wide and 380 feet long and would include one lane of traffic in each direction and a pedestrian sidewalk along the west side (see cross section on Figure 4). The existing portion of Neasham Circle beneath this new viaduct and would remain for bicycle and pedestrian use. The new Front Street viaduct and the new 2nd Street connector extension to Capitol Mall would then become the main north/south through street connecting Old Sacramento to areas to the south. Existing Front Street from O Street to the Embassy Suites hotel would remain open for parking and would end in a new cul-de-sac on the south side of the Embassy Suites hotel.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Cars Return to K Street

After nearly 42 years, vehicle traffic will be returning to K Street pedestrian mall between 8th & 12th Streets. Next week the $1.8 million project will be celebrated by the city with a car parade and other festivities. The Nov. 12th Cars on K Street event is free. Parking also is free that day and night at the city’s Capitol Garage at 10th and L streets.
Click here for more information on the event from Downtown Sacramento Partnership.