Sightings & Happenings Around Town

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

The Band Plays On

The Americana rock ‘n’ roll band, The Nickel Slots went to Belgium for two weeks this summer for its third European tour, playing 11 straight shows.

Jul 21, 2017 Sena Christian

Dilemma of the Month: Retracting a Job Offer

I recently made an offer to a new director of communications for my company. However, I then found out this individual had posted to Facebook asking friends for feedback on two job offers — one for my company and another for a local competitor. I was horrified and I want to remove my offer. Any advice on how to tactfully prevent this from happening in the future?

Sep 7, 2017 Suzanne Lucas

They Come Hat in Hand for California’s ‘Green’ Money

It should come as no surprise that when the California Legislature recently began the process of divvying up proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions, a cavalcade of local officials, community activists and lobbyists rushed to Sacramento, with hands out.

Sep 6, 2017 Julie Cart

The Capital Region’s Small Wineries Offer Something Napa Cannot

 

“Farm to Fork” is not just an advertising slogan: It reflects a big part of the region’s identity, and that reputation is growing. Wine has become one of California’s most recognizable crops and production has grown tremendously over the last two decades. California is home to 4,700 wineries and produces more wine than any other U.S. state.​

Sep 6, 2017 Winnie Comstock-Carlson

Chef’s Choice

Having left behind his metal music roots, Localis’ Chris Barnum-Dann still marches to the beat of his own drum

Chris Barnum-Dann is meticulous, driven and creative. A little OCD with a rocker persona, those close to him say, but in a way that’s an asset for the man focused on shaking the Sacramento culinary scene. He’s unapologetic about his restaurant’s changing menu or pricey offerings. Barnum-Dann is making his mark, not pleasing the masses.

Sep 5, 2017 Karen Wilkinson

Mono-Tize Your Life

Stop what you’re doing — which is probably a lot, all at once. As it turns out, experts say multitasking drains your brain power and dilutes the quality of your work.  Luckily there’s a solution: Start mono-focusing. 

Sep 5, 2017 Allison Joy