Draft day, a short sale frenzy in Sacramento and wonky delights – Morning roundup

DeMarcus Cousins for the slam.

Welcome to another edition of the "Wake-Up Call," a rundown of five items that we’re working on, found interesting, or otherwise thought you might want to know about today. As is always the case here at Sac Press, suggestions are welcome.

BEST DAY TO BE A KINGS FAN: It’s that time of year again, when basketball fans are filled with a special mix of hope and dread, and the sports blogshere and radio waves are dominated with enough rampant speculation and what-if scenarios to make your head spin: NBA Draft day. The Bee says the team will go for a small forward, allowing Tyreke Evans to go back to playing point guard. The paper hints that the choice will be between North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes and Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, which seems to reflect a general consensus across the web. The A Royal Pain blog’s latest mock draft has the team selecting Barnes, and Cowbell Kingdom is holding a live chat today at 11 a.m. to discuss all of the above.

The best read, though, comes from Grantland, where Chad Ford and Bill Simmons have the Kings selecting Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson (though most writers seem to think that Robinson will be scooped up earlier). The pair absolutely eviscerate Sacramento Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie in their chat, with Simmons saying that he “wouldn’t let Geoff Petrie organize a Grantland office lunch order at this point” and Ford adding that “Kings fans are watching, horrified, as he weaves back and forth across the road. The question isn’t whether he collides into the telephone pole … it’s when.” Ouch.

Good luck Kings!

ON YOUR BLOCK: The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is talking about its plans for a bright, shiny new store coming to the corner of 28th and R streets. Although the project is still a year away from breaking ground, neighbors had a chance to peek at preliminary design plans and get more details on the ins and outs of the project before it really gets rolling. Sac Press will keep an eye on the project too and bring more details as they are unveiled.

A SHORT TIME TO ACT: Despite falling foreclosure rates in California, short sales are picking up as the deadline for tax relief under the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 comes to an end this year. Local realtors say buying a short sale has gotten easier – likely because they have been forced to become experts on the process – but home sellers still sweat the four to six months it takes to convince the bank to give them a break. In Sacramento, that means a housing market that is 30.1 percent short sale, 27.8 percent foreclosure and 42.2 percent conventional sale, according to the Sacramento Association of Realtors stats for May 2012.

STATE BUDGET BLUES: Gov. Jerry Brown took his blue pencil to the state budget last night and – voila! – the state’s $91.3 billion spending plan is $128 million lighter. Cuts in the budget touch on everything from health care for kids to limiting Cal Grants for college, and hinge on the passage of a tax measure in November. Look alive wonks: All the nitty gritty budget details will be released from the Governor’s office sometime this morning.

KAPOW! SOCK! COMICS 101: Go beyond superheroes and zombies (as fun as they are) to learn more about the comic book world at a workshop designed to give you a birds-eye view of the process of making comic books and how the words and art come together. The $10 workshop fee includes a field trip to a local comic shop and a $5 gift card to spend while you’re there. It goes from 6 – 7 p.m. Friday at The Urban Hive, 1931 H St.

This post was co-producd by staff reporter Melissa Corker, who doesn’t have much of singing voice, but can play the flute like nobody’s buisness.

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June 28, 2012 | 10:29 AM

Last year, The Purple Arena Eaters traded DOWN and coughed up Kemba Walker for Jimmer, in a year where there’s no denying that improving the on-court product was critical to bolstering public support from a new arena…how much you want to bet they do the same thing again?

June 28, 2012 | 10:33 AM

Maybe in the grand scheme of things it shouldn’t matter, but you can’t deny that there is an indelible connection between the success of a sports facility deal and the success of the team it will house. Examples: Pac Bell/AT&T Park broke ground in December of 1997, a playoff year for the Giants, and the Santa Clara stadium deal for the 49ers, part of a decade-plus push for a new facility, was approved this year, during their first winning season since 2002. Coincidence? I’m thinking no. If we had pushed a new arena deal through for the Kings in the CWebb/Peja/Vlade heyday of 2000, we’d be talking about upgrades to a building that would be 10 years old right now.

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