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State Fair Highlights at Cal Expo

The 2022 California State Fair at Cal Expo concludes on Sunday, July 31st. This 39-minute video provides a wide variety of scenes that capture the spirit of the fair. It shows scenes of rides, food, exhibits, animals and agriculture. Learn more about the State Fair from Cal Expo's website.

Friday night's Toyota Concert Series on the Golden 1 Stage features rapper/singer Blanco Brown, whose hit "The Git Up" topped the country charts in 2019. On Saturday night Smash Mouth will take the stage at 8pm. The San Jose band is known for the 90s hits "Walkin' On The Sun" and "All Star." The shows are free with a CA State Fair & Food Admission Ticket while reserved seats cost $15.

Other acts who have already appeared at this year's fair include Neon Trees, Night Ranger, 24k Magic (Bruno Mars tribute), Clay Walker, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Guess Who, A Tribute to ABBA and Los Lonely Boys. On Sunday a paid concert not included with Fair admission will feature Quebradita Time.

County Begins Building 100 Tiny Homes for Homeless Residents

Sacramento County is funding the construction of 100 tiny homes for homeless residents, as reported by ABC10. The South Sacramento project at 8144 Florin Road is just getting started in late July 2022 with a completion target expected this fall. While 64 square foot versions of tiny homes cost about $7,000, the 100 square foot versions cost about $9,000. Residents will have their own beds, storage space, air conditioners and heaters, plus access to community restrooms, showers, food and community services.

Discovering Landmarks Tied to Local History

This YouTube video made by California Locations Tour entitled "Modern Vibe with Historic Roots" explores interesting Sacramento area landmarks associated with historic events. The Ryde Hotel, for example, was built in 1927 in the midst of the prohibition era, yet featured an underground speakeasy that served liquor. The hotel attracted film stars and even politicians. It's where Herbert Hoover announced his candidacy for president in 1928. He won later in the year by a landslide but a year later was chief executive during the stock market crash of 1929 that led into the Great Depression. Despite being a successful business leader in the mining industry, he was a one-term president, losing his re-election bid to Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Marijuana Megastore Opens Near Arden Fair

The Sacramento area's first "marijuana megastore" held its grand opening Friday morning, July 15th. The store is called Kolas, located in the Arden Fair area covering 7,700 square feet. Part of the store is set up like a marijuana museum to educate people about the cannabis plant. It's a sign of a "new norm" in Sacramento that cannabis has gone mainstream, as reported by KCRA TV. This news clip reveals that 2021 Sacramento cannabis sales reached $800 million.

Kevin Huerter Moves from Hawks to Kings

Kevin Huerter from the NBA's Atlanta Hawks has been traded to the Sacramento Kings for Justin Holiday and Maurice Harkless, as reported by 11Alive. Additionally, the Hawks will get a future first round draft pick from the deal. Huerter had been the number 19 draft pick for Atlanta in 2018. He went on to average 11.4 points per game.

New California Laws on Guns, Schools and Waste Take Effect

New laws took effect in California beginning Friday, 07/01/22, as reported by KCRA News. The laws involve gun sales, when schools can begin sessions and disposal organic food waste. Cities and counties must now provide organic waste collection services, as residents will need to separate food waste from other trash. Food must be disposed of in green city waste bins along with yard waste to help reduce the type of toxins that end up in landfills. A new handgun law requires microstamping, which imprints tiny markings on cartridges. The new law for schools requires middle schools to start no earlier than 8 am and high school must not start before 8:30 am.

Governor Supports California as Haven for Reproductive Rights

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade, California Governor Gavin Newsom pledges to make California a safe haven for women's rights including abortion. This ABC10 clip includes remarks from Gavin and Jennifer Siebel Newsom and others about the ruling. Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins speaks about a new state bill AB 1666 that will provide protection to women from other states who seek abortions.

Crowd Protests Supreme Court's Overturning of Roe v Wade

KCRA News aerial footage shows hundreds of protestors near the State Capitol on Friday, June 24 following the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision to overturn Roe v Wade. The ruling means states will decide on abortion laws and the 1973 Supreme Court decision to outlaw abortion federally will no longer be the law. This footage is 52 minutes.

Press Conference with New Kings Coach Mike Brown

Mike Brown is the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings and discusses his new job in this half-hour news conference presented by the Kings. Team management said the decision to hire Brown came down to three factors: successful coaching experience, ability to build relationships across the organization and leadership. Brown previously coached the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers. He was also an associate coach for the Golden State Warriors.

Cooper Takes Wide Lead in Sheriff's Race

Jim Cooper has held a substantial lead over Jim Barnes in the Sacramento Sheriff's race, in which people voted on Tuesday, June 7, as reported by ABC10. It's the first county sheriff's election in ten years, as Scott Jones leaves the post so he can focus on running for Congress. On election night Cooper held a 55-45 percent lead. Results of Sacramento County elections can be found on KCRA's website.

Sacramento Economist's View of the Economic Outlook

KVIE TV recently interviewed local economist Sanjay Varshney of Golden Stone Wealth Management about the state and outlook of the Sacramento economy. This show was recorded a few days before it aired June 3, 2022 on Channel 6. Varshney says that the government threw $10 trillion at the COVID-19 problem. He says excessive money supply has led to inflation, along with greater demand and lower supply of goods.

City Approves $5M Water Sale

As the Sacramento region is in the middle of another drought year, the Sacramento City Council voted to approve a $5 million water sale from the Sacramento and American River, as reported by ABC10. Officials say 3.2 billion gallons of water may soon be sold to state contractors and the Santa Clara Valley Water District. The deal must be authorized by the California Department of Water Resources.

Sacramento Leaders Vote to End Ban on Cruising

The ban on cruising in Sacramento that has been in place for decades is ending, based on a vote by city officials on 05/31/22. At one time Downtown cruising on J Street brought out thousands of festive residents. The cruise covered Broadway to Miller Park to Old Sac. The movement to end the ban has been spearheaded by the Sacramento Lowrider Commission. Mayor Darrell Steinberg supports this effort, citing the ordinance created an unfair stereotype that associates low riders with gangs.

Why Was Sac Fire Chief Gary Loesch Fired?

The sudden firing of Sacramento Fire Chief Gary Loesch after he refused to resign has raised questions in the community. Loesch was officially terminated on 05/26/22 after serving nearly 37 years with the fire department. Loesch says he was offered the option to be fired or resign, according to KCRA News. The firing followed a complaint filed by a former fire department employee about harassment and workplace retaliation. Loesch has responded with a $10 million wrongful termination lawsuit against the city. This KCRA clip includes a brief interview with Loesch.

Downtown Shooting Fugitive Arrested in Nevada

A third suspect has been arrested for the Downtown shooting that made national news on 04/03/22, leaving 6 victims dead and a dozen people injured. NBC Bay Area reports that 27-year old Mtula Payton was arrested by Las Vegas police on Saturday evening, 05/28/22. In May the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began offering a $10,000 reward for tips leading to the suspect's arrest. Sacramento and Las Vegas police collaborated for several weeks to track down the suspect. Payton was held in a Nevada jail, awaiting transfer to Sacramento County Jail.

Sheriff's Race Set: Barnes vs Cooper

As 12-year Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones moves on to run for Congress, the June 7 primary is set between Jim Barnes and Jim Cooper. ABC10 provides quick quotes from the two candidates. Barnes, who has worked with the Sheriff's Department for over two decades, is the current Undersheriff, making him second in command behind Jones. His challenger Jim Cooper has been an Elk Grove Assemblymember, as well as serving as the city's founding mayor and serving on the Elk Grove City Council. He also spent 30 years working for the Sacramento County Sheriff's office.

Police Chief and DA Discuss Downtown Shooting

Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester and County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert discussed details of the April Downtown Sacramento K Street shooting, as reported by KCRA News. Lester says that at least 40 police officers responded to the call, along with the California Highway Patrol and other agencies. Over 40 detectives have been assigned to the case. Additionally, Lester thanked the FBI, ATF, Sacramento County Crime Lab and County Sheriff for their help in providing resources for the investigation. "What we now know," says Lester, "is that this was clearly gang-related. There was a gunfight between multiple gang rivals. Ultimately, this incident left 6 dead and 12 people injured." Three gang members now face murder charges, according to Schubert.

Carolina Panther Shaq Thompson Visits Hometown Sacramento

NFL star Shaq Thompson, who attended Grant Union High School, returned to his hometown Sacramento and was interviewed by ABC10's Sean Cunningham on 04/10/22. Thompson has played 7 seasons with the Carolina Panthers as linebacker. Thompson spoke against the recent gang violence in Downtown Sacramento that made national news, saying "we're supposed to be building each other up."

Thompson mentioned his brother is coaching football at Grant, a school that has produced other NFL athletes, including Devontae Booker and Donte Stallworth. Grant was also where Jay King of the successful recording act Club Nouveau went to high school.

Thompson reflects on how Del Paso Heights has been a tight-knit community and supports Grant's high school football team, The Pacers. He says that's where he learned about leadership. While attending Grant before graduating in 2012, he was involved with football, baseball and track. He continued sports at University of Washington then was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2015.

Local Lawmakers Introduce Bill on American River Safety

A local bill to make the American River Parkway safer has been introduced to address environmental and safety issues to protect parklands. The bill would authorize the removal of illegal camps along the river, as reported by KCRA News. Rancho Cordova Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D) explained how people are fearful to visit the parkway due to the presence of homeless camps. Sacramento County Board of Supervisors member Rich Desmond (Nonpartisan) says the issue puts "powerful pressure" on the county "to do more to clean up the parkway and keep it safe for the unhoused who are camping here and for the users on the parkway."

Police Increase Downtown Presence After Violence

Sacramento Police increased their presence in Downtown over the weekend following the Sunday 04/02/22 shooting on K Street. The department said it was doubling its staffing for the weekend following the shootout. Additionally, some Downtown businesses are increasing their own security to ensure nightlife is safe for patrons. Officials have stated the shooting was gang-related and involved at least five suspects. Six people were killed and 12 others suffered injuries, as the story made national news. As of this 04/08/22 ABC10 video, only 2 of the suspects had been arrested.

Teachers Strike Ends as Kids Return to School

The teachers strike that started 03/23/22 came to an end 04/03/22 as teachers and students returned to school. Negotiations between the Sacramento Unified School District and two labor unions culminated with an agreement. The Sacramento City Teachers Union (SCTA) announced it "now has a contract that will help us attract and retain staff and provide our members with modest raises." The strike affected over 75 schools, nearly 4600 staff members and over 43,000 students, according to ABC10.

Teachers Strikes Enters Second Weekend

The strike among union members of the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) who work for the Sacramento Unified School District (SCUSD) remained in effect Friday, 04/01/22, concluding week 2 of the walkout. Teachers particularly want higher pay and better health benefits. Negotiations are going on between SCUSD and two unions: SCTA and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021, which represents maintenance and other classified workers. Meanwhile, the Sacramento's County Superintendent is calling for the strike to end, as reported by KCRA News. Starting pay for SCUSD teachers is just under $50,000, which is lower than starting teacher pay in Stockton or Modesto.

Mayor Steinberg Reacts to Teachers Strike

Mayor Darrell Steinberg: "I represent the entire city and of course I support teachers. That's why I came out to say hello to the individual teachers. In terms of the dispute itself, both sides need to get to the table and they need to compromise. I know enough of this history to know that this has gotten very personal and where relationships are seemingly irretrievably broken, you can't really get to the substance." Steinberg says he wants the strike to end for the teachers, parents and mostly for the kids.

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