New Year’s on K Street; More Maloof angst from Sacramento Kings fans – Wake-Up Call

Welcome to another edition of the "Wake-Up Call," a rundown of 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.


NEW AULD LANG SYNE: Sure, it’s more than five months away, but some downtown businesses say it’s never too early to start party planning for New Year’s, especially if the party is going to be at your house. Ryan Lillis writes in the Sacramento Bee that a group of downtown business owners, led by Sharif Jewelers owner Omar Sharif, wants to revive a Times Square-ish New Year’s party this year on K Street – complete with a “diamond drop” in front of Sharif’s store. K Street had such a party once, years ago, but poor planning did away with the fun. If Sharif and friends can do it better, it may be the must-attend party of the year.

SOLD OUT: Not all Kings fans are happy about the team’s performance in the draft, despite the fact that they ended up with Thomas Robinson, a player widely considered to be second best available. The reason? The team’s owners, the beloved Maloof family, sold their second round pick for cash. Kings fans have voiced their disgust on Twitter, but Cowbell Kingdom’s James Ham has another view:

“Whether on Twitter or elsewhere, the conversation has turned ugly. The Maloofs are being called broke, cheap and a few other words I’m not willing to write on our G-rated site. While the Maloofs have made plenty of questionable decisions over the last couple of seasons, I believe that fans are a little off base from a pure basketball standpoint.”

Read more over at Cowbell Kingdom.

DIGITAL INSOMNIA: With all the smartphones and laptops and wireless devices we could dream of (and we’re constantly dreaming up more), we are free from the chains of an office desk – but that’s not always a good thing. Ina Fried writes in All Things D that we are becoming dependent on the connectivity the digital age has opened up. Her evidence? According to a recent survey from Good technology magazine, 69 percent of people polled say they won’t go to sleep without first checking their work email. Another 68 percent check their work email before 8 a.m.


PHOTO GALLERY: Trio Restaurant, Bakery and Market – a garden-to-table Mediterranean establishment – recently opened in downtown Sacramento, and Sac Press reporter Brandon Darnell will have a photo gallery.


FARMERS MARKET: Get face-to-face with your food source at the Downtown Farmers’ Market today. You’ll find a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, flowers, cheeses and more. The market is open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Fremont Park, 1515 Q St.

BASEBALL, FIREWORKS AND MOHAWKS: The River Cats are getting Independence Day celebrations started a little early at tonight’s game against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at Raley Field. Kids get free meals in Dinger’s Kids Club, the first 2,500 fans get a free American Flag, and Supercuts stylists will have shears on hand for free Rally Mohawk haircuts – that’s the spirit! Of course, you can’t have an Independence Day celebration without fireworks, and the River Cats have an extravaganza planned. Game starts at 6:35 pm, tickets are $5-60.

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