Local Businesses Build Buzz for Downtown Stockton

Restaurants, retail stores and salons are among the businesses finding assistance and resources from the Downtown Stockton Alliance, a public-private partnership uniting property owners and downtown businesses with a 2018-2019 strategic plan that focuses on specific steps to increase safety and cleanliness for a more more vibrant downtown.

May 18, 2018 Debra Belt

Taxing California: Highest in the Nation And Unstable too

California’s major revenue sources have shifted over time. Until 1995, the biggest was property taxes. Today, it’s personal income taxes.

And California ranks fairly high in overall taxation: 10th highest both per capita and as a percentage of personal income, based on the latest available data from the U.S. Census.

May 17, 2018 Judy Lin

Latest Round of Layoffs Hits Sacramento Bee

The Sacramento Bee imposed its latest round of layoffs and company buyouts on Tuesday, targeting 15 editorial staffers and eight working on the production and copy desk. 

Apr 24, 2018 Allen Young

Cannabis Sales Forecast Suggests It May Surpass Soda by 2030

Pot may be on its way to beating pop.

The U.S. legal cannabis industry is expected to reach $75 billion in sales by 2030, according to research firm Cowen & Co. That’s almost as large as the North American carbonated soft drink market in 2017.

Apr 9, 2018 Jennifer Kaplan

Google-Led Plan to Upend Wireless Industry Gains Momentum

A Google-led plan to overhaul how valuable airwaves are used for calls and texts is gaining momentum across the wireless industry, giving the company the chance to play a central role in networks of the future.

Apr 4, 2018 Alistair Barr, Mark Bergen, Scott Moritz

Thousands of Qualified College Hopefuls Will be Rejected From A UC or CSU

Both UCs and CSUs are struggling to find space for qualified residents at overcrowded campuses, and tens of thousands of eligible students will be turned away. If they leave the state for college, and don’t come back, it could be trouble for the state’s economy.

Mar 28, 2018 By Vanessa Rancano KQED

Data Driver

GovOps Secretary Marybel Batjer on data security, the silver tsunami and enhancing government efficiency

When Marybel Batjer left her C-suite position with Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas to run California’s newly-created Department of Government Operations in 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown tasked her with a big mandate: Make the Golden State’s government more efficient. Five years later and recently named one of Governing magazine’s 2017 Public Officials of the Year, Batjer sat down with us to discuss what she’s done to make that a reality.

Mar 19, 2018 Rich Ehisen

Connections Across the Causeway Vital to Growth

Connectivity between the capital city and one of the leading research universities in the nation is an obvious essential ingredient if our region’s diverse set of assets are to be leveraged collectively. This is particularly relevant as UC Davis and the City of Sacramento work together to provide the jobs and lifestyle amenities more likely to keep university graduates in the region.

Feb 12, 2018 Allison Joy

Rancho Cordova Puts Budget Dollars in the Community’s Hands

In 2014, Rancho Cordova voters approved Measure H, a half-cent sales tax to fund the Community Enhancement Fund program, which funnels grant money from its general fund to improvement projects submitted by residents, local businesses and other organizations that support the city’s key priority areas: public safety; education; economic development; public works; arts, culture, history, entertain

Feb 6, 2018 Jennifer Berry

Oak Park Wins the Bulk of the 2017 Creative Economy Grant for Food-related Projects

Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood brought in the bulk of the winning food-related projects, including a mural that will direct CalFresh (food stamp) beneficiaries to shop at their local farmers market, a high school sidewalk beautification project, and an urban farming training and demo garden. Here’s the projects getting a boost:

Jan 31, 2018 Amber Stott

The Arena Is a Gold Spike for Downtown

A new page on a new calendar is always a time of optimism. The pages are blank and I wonder what I will have written on them by the time the year has run its course. But right now, I’d like to slow down and appreciate the year we just enjoyed.

Jan 8, 2018 Winnie Comstock-Carlson