Sightings & Happenings Around Town

Education Foes Fight to a Draw in Sacramento

The sun was already sinking below the horizon on the final night of the lawmaking year as nearly two dozen lobbyists stalked the Capitol’s brightly lit hallways, making sure lawmakers didn’t approve a new math and science school for disadvantaged students.  

Sep 22, 2017 Jessica Calefati

Former UC Davis Star Uses Performance Psychology to Train Basketball Hopefuls

As a teenager dominating on the basketball court almost a decade ago, Ryan Sypkens seemed in control.

A prep standout at Elk Grove’s Franklin High School, Sypkens earned accolades as one of the top players in the Sacramento area. Then it was on to UC Davis, where he became a starter at point guard as a freshman.

Sep 20, 2017 Steve Martarano

Not Driving to Work is the Hot New High-End Job Perk

Among the many, many things that the Census Bureau asks in the annual American Community Survey, the 2016 results of which were released last week, is this: How did this person usually get to work last week? 

Sep 19, 2017 Justin Fox

Getting To Launch

GO-Biz Director Panorea Avdis on tax incentives, public/private partnerships and ZEVs

California Gov. Jerry Brown created the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, or GO-Biz, in 2012 to serve as a single point of contact for assisting entrepreneurs and others looking to start, grow or move a business that creates jobs in the Golden State. We recently sat down with Director Panorea Avdis to learn more about what the agency is doing to help California businesses.

Sep 14, 2017 Rich Ehisen

Should California Look to Massachusetts to Fix its Housing Crisis?

It’s hard to fix a housing crisis.

Just ask the California Legislature. After months of tough negotiations to put together a package of bills aimed at plugging the 100,000 unit affordable housing gap, lawmakers finalized a deal just 24 hours before adjourning for the rest of the year.

Sep 15, 2017 Matt Levin

Soil Born Builds a Pipeline

In 2004, four years after launching their first farm, the founders of Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture and Education Project incorporated their group as a nonprofit to help others see the value of growing food within cities, spreading the philosophy of “healthy food for all.”

Sep 12, 2017 Sena Christian

Donating for Impact? Don’t Restrict Your Dollars

Funders may tell you that restricted funding increases nonprofit transparency, but what exactly are funders so afraid nonprofit leaders will do if given the flexibility and implied trust that comes with unrestricted funding?

Sep 11, 2017 Bree Cahill

Buzzwords: Scalable

An ability to invest time and energy in systems that allow small businesses to grow while still handling increased demands.

Sep 8, 2017 Robin Epley