Old town, new challenges
Downtown Sacramento Partnership's Janie Desmond Ison
Janie Desmond Ison, 54, is the 2014 board chair of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. She also has more than 20 years of involvement with the Old Sacramento Business Association. A sixth generation Sacramentan, Desmond Ison and her husband Jim Ison are owner/partners of three Sacramento area
Douglas Curley
Brain Drain
How can Sacramento keep its millennials in the mix?
About a decade ago, as a financial analyst for Intel, I lived in the suburbs of Santa Clara and frequently traveled to Folsom. It was a good job, especially for a kid straight out of college — decent pay, strong company and the lure of glittering stock options. So I left. I knew Intel was the
Jeff Wilser
Under one roof
Can rapid rehousing save local homeless families from Sacramento's streets and shelters
There is good news and bad news on the homelessness front. Despite a slight uptick between 2011 and 2013, overall homelessness in Sacramento County is on the decline. Yet, according to the most recent data, one of the most vulnerable demographics — homeless women and children — is rising steadily.
Allison Joy
work meets play
How the city of Auburn turned lifestyle into business leads
Downtown Auburn has a distinct, modern-day Mayberry feel, from the stone-paved sidewalks to the rustic brick bus stop. But five miles away, tucked into a foothills town of less than 14,000 residents, is a business hub that has drawn new media from L.A., tech manufacturing from Silicon Valley, fine
Allison Joy
A ghost town in some parts, citizens refuse to let Rio Vista die
Residents of Rio Vista, beset by political fights and lost industry, stage an economic comeback
The town of Rio Vista has lost gas production, lost weekend crowds of boaters and windsurfers and lost flagship hotels and Delta shoreline restaurants. But more importantly, its people have lost the notion that prosperity returns to those who stick to the status quo and wait it out.  A small
Allen Young
Go Time
Hey Sacramento, let’s stop talking and get something done.
Like Sacramento’s railyards, Philadelphia’s Navy Yard was once a shuttered property with problems and potential. Today, it’s a thriving 1,200-acre business campus with 130 companies occupying more than 6.5 million square feet of office, industrial, manufacturing, and research and development space
Erika Bjork
Head above water
Jobs, water and general plan keep Woodland’s plate full
Paul Navazio stepped into his role as Woodland city manager at a busy time for Yolo County. Since being appointed to the post in April 2012, Navazio has dived into the city budget, overseen the start of Woodland’s general plan update and continued to press ahead on an ambitious water project with
Torey Van Oot
Grab your bike, and enjoy the ride
Lovely scenery along gently rolling foothills has always made Yolo County an ideal place for cyclists, but who knew everyone took it so seriously? There are more than a dozen recognized bike rides in the county, which draw visitors from all over the region. Most start and stop in Davis, and with
Bill Romanelli