Proposal to make it easier for big-box megastores to open in Sacramento takes a step forward

A plan to make it easier for big-box stores like WalMart to open in Sacramento will be considered by a city comission Thursday. The proposal to repeal the city’s "Superstore Ordinance," ending the requirement that city study the economic impact of any big-box megastores planning to locate in Sacramento, will go before the Design and Planning Commission during their 5 p.m. meeting. Several business groups have written letters of support (Metro Chamber, The Natomas Chamber, Asian-Pacific Chamber, Regional Builders), but the idea has also drawn opposition from activists concerned that it could make it easier for a Walmart to open in the city. "We feel that the city council was visionary to enact the ordinance in order to protect the opportunity for small business to flourish," said Julie Murphy, co-chair of The Marshall Park Neighborhood Association, in an interview Tuesday. "Inviting stores like Walmart to come in is only going to threaten the livelihood of these small businesses. (See the letter of opposition submitted by Murphy here).  The California Retailers Association took a different view.  "It’s no secret that your city’s superstore ordinance has discouraged retailers from locating within Sacrament’s city limits," reads a letter of support from the the association’s CEO, Bill Dombrowski. "The ordinance is arbitrary, subjective and easily manipulated by special interests. It takes an irresponsible view of retails’ impact and does […]

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Cops take kids on holiday shopping spree

Officers with the Sacramento Police Department took underprivileged kids shopping this weekend at a local Target store in what’s dubbed the "Target and Blue" program. "It was amazing to see the children smiling, with ear-to-ear grins," SPD Spokeswoman Michelle Gigante said. "They were humble, sweet and grateful kids." On Sunday, Dec. 16, officers accompanied 10 pre-selected children on a shopping spree at the Target on 65th Street and 4th Avenue. Each child received $220 to buy gifts for themselves and/or others. The children and their families were selected by local elementary school representatives and officers. "This is another great example of the partnership between Target, the Sacramento Police Department, and the children and their families within our community," a news release stated.  

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My recycling container has disappeared again

My recycling container has disappeared again.  It’s only the second time in nine years and, frankly, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened more often.  But it’s still annoying.  This isn’t helped by the fact that the last time I needed to get a new container, the City couldn’t seem to figure out that I lived on a street corner and needed the new container where my driveway is (and where the other containers are) and not halfway up the front path on the way to the front door.  It took three attempts to get a broken container replaced for the same reason. I haven’t even requested a new one this time.  I live about a block and a half from a commercial recycling center and this neighborhood is ground zero for scavenging.  There’s essentially no point attempting to separate items as scavengers go through the containers and transfer content from one to the other while looking for cans and bottles.  They come into the driveway to do it and, if you were disciplined enough to keep the driveway gate closed and locked, they would simply do the same thing on the street on pickup day.  Almost every time I open a container to add anything, the contents have obviously been torn apart or otherwise disturbed. All of the scavengers need something to carry their cans and […]

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Going Gluten-Free In Sacramento

You may have seen the phrase “gluten-free” on products in your local supermarket, but do you know what it means? If not, prepare for a quick refresher course on nutrition and biology. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and malts. It’s that special something that gives the ingredients in foods like bread, crackers and cake their ability to stick together. It is commonly referred to as a “binder,” and it can be found in a wide variety of food items. For most people, consuming gluten is no problem. However, for the estimated 10 percent of people in the United States who have a sensitivity to gluten, avoidance becomes a full-time task. This is especially true for people with celiac disease, a condition where a person is unable to break down and absorb the proteins in gluten. Depending on the severity of their condition, painful and inconvenient allergic reactions can occur when a person with celiac digests even a small amount of wheat. Luckily for the sufferers of gluten-sensitivity, Sacramento has many options in both retail and dining settings. Gluten-Free Specialty on J Street is just as one would imagine with its name: Every item on their shelves has been verified gluten-free. They carry sandwich breads, candies, pastas, cupcakes and much more. Locally owned and operated by Melaine Weir, who has celiac herself, […]

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Black Friday Shopping and Mayhem

Thanksgiving evening at 11pm, Ed Fogle and I joined forces to capture the Black Friday shopping frenzies. Our adventure began at Arden Fair Mall. Here is a timeline: 11:49pm – Thanksgiving evening Traffic at Arden Fair Mall was ongoing. Busses continuously dropped shoppers off. 12:01 AM At the front of the mall, the line’s tail-end of shoppers were sprinting to get through the doors. 12:04 AM Elevators were packed. Shoppers were packing into stores! Apple was busy! Shoppers with bags streamed out of Macy’s. 1:47 AM Fry’s Electronics at Northgate Blvd had a long line of shoppers trying to stay warm in 34 degrees. The woman in the blue cap arrived at 10am Thanksgiving.   4:16 AM Target on Broadway apparently had no problem selling flatscreen tvs. Empty! Check out lines were long. Hard keeping carts handy at the store’s front door at 4:29am. 5:06 AM Wal Mart at Florin Rd in south Sacramento was the scene of an unruly crowd evacuated from the store. The Sacramento Sheriffs Department was sent in to gain control of the situation. Assistant manager “L.C.” made several announcements over a bullhorn encouraging the crowd to move down to the single entrance where customers would be eventually let back in under better control (above and below).    5:44 AM Shoppers were allowed back into the store in a single-file line. […]

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New East Sac store on Target

Quick updateTarget’s new East Sacramento store at the corners of 65th and 4th Streets has all the looks of opening soon. The parking lot is ready, the exterior walls and signage are up. One of Target’s newest, this 135,000-square-foot store along 65th Street just south of Hwy 50, is scheduled to open this October. Visit: www.sacramentopress.com/headline/25184/New_Sacramento_Area_Target_to_Open_This_Fall SacPress Photo | Kati Garner

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Target gets a facelift

The Target store at Riverside and Broaway will begin a remodel Monday that will serve as a “facelift” to the store, said John Lukas, store manager. In addition to fixture upgrades and a new floor, the store will be getting a much-expanded grocery section with a supermarket feel. “The biggest thing is definitely the groceries – that’s what it’s all about,” Lukas said Thursday. “We have a very limited grocery right now. The new one will be immense.” The work is scheduled to be completed in mid-October, said Tammy Robertson, a spokeswoman for Target. She did not have exact figures for the cost of this remodel, but said they typically cost between $2 million and $4 million per store. The store will remain open during the remodel, Lukas added. Customers will not notice any major changes to the store until next month, when interior work begins. Lukas said the process will be similar to other store renovations in the Sacramento area, including the Roseville store on Douglas Boulevard. Some of the new food being offered includes bananas, strawberries, bagged lettuce, ground beef, chicken and pork, and baked goods, Robertson said. There will also be dairy products, snacks and beverages. Target will also offer Target-exclusive items including Archer Farms premium food products and Target’s brand, Market Pantry. At approximately the same time the remodel is taking […]

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Target Calls it a Remodel. Is it?

I feel compelled to confess this simple truth: I love Target.  My Wife and I shop there all the time, not to say we shop excessively. We both think of ourselves as modest and frugal, and we rely on their affordable prices to get the products we need regularly: food, clothes, and household goods.   We loath Wal-Mart, and at the same time, I realize it is completely hypocritical to give Target a free pass,  since they too are a large faceless multinational corporation, easily vivified.  I also realize that this is not a perfect world, and we’ve all got to make our own way in it.  That being said since I heard that a new Target Store was going  to be built in walking distance from my front door, my mind has been in a state of curious expectation.  Much of this comes from the long and bumpy road that had to be traveled from the day Target purchased the former Golden One site, and where we are today.  In 2005, the Sacramento Business Journal reported that Target had purchased the old headquarters of the Golden One, on 65th and Broadway, as Golden One planned to move near Watt Ave and Highway 50.  Kevin McCarty, the local councilman, was quoted as saying he had no opinion of the as-yet-not-proposed Target Store, but was concerned […]

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