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Tuesday on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight” program, I talked to host Beth Ruyak about the arena deal, a local business’ history, a new bicycle event and the upcoming SactoMoFo 4.
With Friday’s dissolution of the arena deal as it was planned, all parties involved are trying to figure out what to do next. While the Maloofs discussed the possibility of renovating Power Balance Pavilion, city leaders and Think Big Sacramento said Monday that they are still looking into placing an arena in the downtown railyards.
A local grassroots group, Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork (STOP), is trying to gather the approximately 21,000 signatures required to place an initiative on the ballot that would require any major expenditure of public funds to go to a public vote.
Even as the arena grabs headlines, the intermodal transit facility work goes forward, and city officials held a workshop on Thursday to discuss options for the railyards space that work with or without an arena.
One of the first local businesses to be granted a liquor license after Prohibition ended, the Torch Club celebrated 12 years in its current space on 15th Street across from Memorial Auditorium on Friday. Owner Marina Texeira recounted the club’s history, including a time before it was a venue for nightly live music shows.
A few blocks away from Torch Club is Broadacre Coffee, which is the host of monthly coffee bar bicycle rides. Held every second Saturday, the bicycle tours begin at 10 a.m. and include stops at four local coffee bars to showcase the local java scene.
In dining news this week, the fourth SactoMoFo mobile food festival will be held at Sixth and W streets on Saturday, where a gathering of food trucks will set up to showcase their offerings and continue to raise awareness about a city ordinance that limits food truck operations to a 30-minute time window within city limits.
After the festival, city officials and mobile food vendors will return to talking about when, how and if the city’s ordinance – enacted in 2008 – can be modified or eliminated.
Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow him on Twitter @Brandon_Darnell.