Sightings & Happenings Around Town

Disaster Contractor Gives Big Money to California Dems

A Florida-based company accused of botching the clean-up after last year’s devastating fires in Santa Rosa has jumped into California politics, writing big checks to Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign and the California Democratic Party.

Oct 12, 2018 By Laurel Rosenhall

How to Have Hard Conversations in Family Business

Here are six tips to help family businesses have hard conversations in the workplace without taking things personally (although they can be applied to all types of businesses).

Oct 12, 2018 Kevin McCarthy

Leadership Gene

It’s not just budding entrepreneurs benefitting from early exposure to the world of business.

Oct 9, 2018 Torey Van Oot

How Stroopwafels Helped Sacramento Legalize Food Bikes

Dutchman’s Stroopwafels may be the first business to cook on a bicycle in Sacramento, but local entrepreneurs have been finding creative ways to combine the area’s twin passions for cuisine and cycles for decades.

Oct 8, 2018 Jennifer Fergesen

Dilemma of the Month: Negative Feedback From Direct Reports

Recently, my boss held a meeting with my direct reports where they filled out a survey about my performance as their manager. When my boss shared the results with me, he disclosed that “someone” mentioned I wasn’t allowing my team to learn, but rather I was micromanaging them. In discussing my frustration with a peer, she expressed that he is not allowed to do this. Can you shed some light?

Oct 4, 2018 Suzanne Lucas

Also on the November Ballot? Lots and Lots of School Bonds

Californians in November will weigh billions of dollars’ worth of ballot measures for low-income housing, children’s hospitals and more. But one of the biggest asks will be mostly invisible to most voters—100 or more local proposals to sell bonds for school construction projects that, if passed, could total more than $12 billion in local borrowing in coming years.

Oct 4, 2018 By Ricardo Cano

3 Steps for Using Discernment in Your Business

Discernment is a criminally underused tool of business owners. We often forget that the one person who knows the most about a company’s vision, mission, budget, team capacity, goals, strengths, weaknesses, projects and growth potential is not the random person who wandered into the store — but the owner of the business.

Sep 27, 2018 Kelly Azevedo

Why We Need to Build the Epic Trail

Young or old, rich or poor, city-dweller or rural resident — the response was the same: Civic amenities are vital to a good life.

Sep 27, 2018 Bill Mueller