Jayson Carpenter

Back Photographer

With nearly 20 years experience working in photography, Jayson’s vision crafts authentic moments with real people. Jayson has won numerous awards, including the Crocker Kensley, and Smithsonian Magazines 6th annual photo contest, which went on to be displayed at the Smithsonian Castle.  Jayson’s images have graced the pages of numerous national and local publications including, Oprah Magazine, Dwell, Hour Detroit, Sacramento Magazine, Runners World and Sunset books. Jayson’s true passion is helping others, with extensive experience working with major NGO and Non profits abroad, including The Make a Wish foundation and Oxfam India, The one foundation Thailand, and Peace Boat in Japan.

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Philanthropy Isn’t What It Used to Be

Acuity with Crocker CEO Lial Jones

Since August 1999, Lial Jones has served as director of the Crocker Art Museum. During her tenure, she has led a capital campaign that successfully raised more than $120 million to finance the Teel Family Pavilion, a 125,000-square-foot addition that opened in October of 2010.

Dec 1, 2013 Douglas Curley
Krissy White and Matt Sin, owners, Foundation Restaurant & Bar

Foundation Building

The new Sacramento restaurant that almost wasn’t

It took a year of arduous twists and turns, but Matt Sin and Krissy White finally got what they wanted. The business partners and co-owners of the just-opened Foundation Restaurant & Bar at Fourth and L streets in downtown Sacramento have an eatery of their own. It’s a sweet relief to be sure, because the story behind it is rather unsavory.

Nov 1, 2013 Douglas Curley
Cole and Sara Ogando, co-owners, Preserve Public House

Winters’ Preservation

Age-old recipes make for new-era growth

Tucked in a quiet corner of western Yolo County, Winters embraces the soul of small-town living. Centered around a historic downtown complete with white gazebo and an oversized main street clock, this tiny farm town (population 6,624) is on the cusp of a burgeoning new food scene.

Sep 30, 2013 Laurie Lauletta-Boshart

Region Builder

Acuity with Joshua Wood

Joshua Wood, 31, is the executive director of Region Builders, a commercial-building trade association and coalition. Region Builders is comprised of 13 industry and professional associations representing architects, engineers, contractors, developers and allied firms from the Sacramento area.

Sep 30, 2013 Douglas Curley

Family Focus

Acuity with Allison Otto

A third-generation member of the family business, Allison Otto joined the Otto Construction team as its marketing director in 2000. Three years ago, she was named vice president for business development. Family patriarch John F. Otto launched the Sacramento-based company in 1947. John’s son Carl took over the company in 1971 and served as president until his passing in 2007.

Aug 31, 2013 Douglas Curley
Danny and Olga Turner, owners, Pushkin’s Bakery

Against the Grain

More local menus offer gluten-free options

Demand for gluten-free foods is increasing as more American’s are gaining awareness about the health impacts of wheat. Health seekers and people sensitive to wheat’s protein composite are often limited by the menu options at standard restaurants. But that is changing as local eateries capitalize on the surge of consumers with dietary restrictions.

Aug 31, 2013 Isabel Ward
Hampton’s on Sutter’s manager Jennifer Kipgen and Chef Pete Treleden

Taste of Sutter

A casual affair in historic Folsom

As a child, Michael Hampton often rode his bike down Folsom’s Sutter Street in search of his grandfather, who spent a great deal of time at the Sutter Club bar and other businesses along the historic drive.

“Today, my uncle owns the Sutter Club,” Hampton says. “And because there’s a lot of family history there, I’ve always wanted to have some type of presence on the street, too.” Last year, that vision became a reality.

Jul 31, 2013 Douglas Curley
William Roby, executive director, El Dorado Community Foundation

Sustainable Giving

A lasting strategy for philanthropy in El Dorado County

A little more than six years ago, the El Dorado Community Foundation tapped William Roby to become its new executive director. Roby had been working for the foundation for only a year as its program director, but the board was seeking a fresh personality to lead the organization. Since then, Roby has concentrated on one goal: getting the foundation to a point of fiscal sustainability so it can pay its own way.

Jul 31, 2013 Douglas Curley

Structural Philosophy

Acuity with James Fitzgerald

James Fitzgerald, 45, became a partner and vice president of Market One Builders Inc. in 1999. The Sacramento-based firm has a well-established reputation as a Northern California leader in the construction of complex, sustainable projects, including mission-critical facilities, landmark urban renovations and commercial office environments. Fitzgerald currently serves as chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California and is a member of the Region Builders board of directors.

Jun 30, 2013 Douglas Curley
Local restaurateur Chris Jarosz found success with his Wicked ‘Wich food truck before turning his eyes to a full-scale restaurant in West Sacramento.

Roll Out!

Food truck owners are driving new opportunities

Food truck success is leading to brick-and-mortar spin-offs for mobile restaurateurs ready to expand in Sacramento and beyond. For some, a fixed kitchen was always the goal, but for others, the choice to settle down was unexpected, the result of cultivating faithful patrons spreading the good-food word to more and more hungry friends.

May 31, 2013 Douglas Curley
Michael Strech at the KB Home Garden Grove Development in FiddymentFarm, Roseveille

Building Optimism

Acuity with Michael Strech

In October 2012, Michael Strech, 49, was named president and CEO of the North State Building Industry Association. The group is a community-based organization representing more than 400 homebuilder and associate members. From 2003 to 2009, Strech served as the vice president of member services for the California BIA.

May 31, 2013 Douglas Curley

Banking on Business

Acuity with Rodney Brown

Since 2007, Rodney Brown, 65, has served as the president and CEO of the California Bankers Association, which represents the majority of banks doing business in California.

Apr 30, 2013 Douglas Curley

Double Taste

How Rick Mahan hedged his bets on two very different business models

In the past 13 years Rick Mahan has not only learned a lot about launching, financing, owning and staffing a business, he has also experienced first hand some of life’s toughest lessons. Today, as the well-respected proprietor of The Waterboy restaurant in midtown and One Speed pizza shop in East Sacramento, he is willing to share those lessons.

Apr 30, 2013 Douglas Curley
Robert Rivinius, executive director, Family Business Association

Family Advocate

A new family-business crusader emerges

California’s seven family business centers (including two in the Capital Region) are committed to addressing the needs and challenges of family-owned companies.

However, all are registered as 501(c)3 organizations, and as such are precluded from lobbying activities.

Apr 30, 2013 Douglas Curley
Squaw Valley USA is about to undergo a massive expansion, including thousands of new guests rooms and a variety of amenities for off-season activity.

Water Under the Bridge

A plan for Squaw Creek is a plan for jobs

Squaw Valley USA was once the premier ski resort of California and the world-renowned site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. But in the decades that followed, the resort’s managers focused on the mountain, and Squaw became eclipsed by other resorts that boasted hotel rooms and other amenities to capture business in the dry months.

Apr 30, 2013 Kibkabe Araya
John Frisch

Elder Space Man

Acuity with John Frisch

John Frisch, 61, is regional managing director for Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank. He is also the immediate past chair of the Sacramento Metro Chamber board of directors. 

Mar 31, 2013 Douglas Curley
Quinoa citrus salad, soft taco, chili relleno, vegetables, cedar roasted tofu and mango chutney. Paired with 2011 ZD Chardonnay, California

Seasons Greetings

Arden Fair Mall gets a farm-fresh eaterie

To this day I lament the closing of the California Café at Arden Fair Mall.

For years I would describe it as “my favorite restaurant that I never go to.” It had a great vibe, comfortable ambience, cool bar, eclectic wine list, intelligent bartender and a seasonal, farm-fresh menu long before that was trendy. I just couldn’t get over the fact that it was located in a shopping center. I take partial blame for its demise nearly a decade ago; I should have frequented it more often.

Mar 31, 2013 Douglas Curley

Architectural Optimist

Acuity with Robert Chase

Robert Chase, 67, is California’s deputy state architect and the current president of the Central Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In addition to his private-sector work in Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Sacramento, Chase has also served as the chief building officer for both the city and county of Sacramento.

Mar 1, 2013 Douglas Curley
Allyson Dalton, owner, Fox & Goose Pub & Restaurant

Breakfast of Champions

I’ve long believed that just about the worst way to begin a workweek is scheduling an in-office staff meeting. Employees start dreading it by mid-day Sunday. The gatherings usually get off to a late start, drag on and are deemed worthless by most participants.

Enter the breakfast meeting.

Mar 1, 2013 Douglas Curley
Biba Restaurant Chef Steve Tosso

Cuisine Under Construction

Biba Restaurant endures some neighborly development

What Biba Caggiano describes as the “bing, bang, bong noises,” began on Jan. 26, 2007. That’s when the building next door to one of the region’s most established destination restaurants was being demolished. What followed was a three-sided, multi-year Sutter Medical Center construction project that continues to this day.

Feb 13, 2013 Douglas Curley
Christopher Cabaldon became the first mayor directly elected by West Sacramento voters in November 2004 and is currently serving his fourth elected term in that position.

Small City, Big Vision

Acuity with Chris Cabaldon

There is nobody more bullish on the City of West Sacramento than Mayor Chris Cabaldon. He says no city in the region can boast of a better location and, perhaps most importantly, a better water supply. With these two key attributes, the mayor believes the west-bank city is well positioned to attract business, jobs and residents for the foreseeable future.

Feb 13, 2013 Douglas Curley

Levee Over Troubled Waters

Paying for repairs just got harder

It’s a calm, clear day on West Sacramento’s South River Road, a meandering two-lane route that runs atop a levee buffering houses and farmland from the placid Sacramento River. It’s hard to envision the chaos that would ensue if the great dirt barrier were to burst, pouring millions of gallons of water into adjacent homes and businesses, but that nightmare scenario just got harder to prevent.

Feb 12, 2013 Rich Ehisen
Chris Dooley, bartender, Ella Dining Room & Bar

Awakening the Spirits

Sacramento bartenders revive cocktail classics

Chris Tucker rolls a lemon across an electric branding iron at Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. in downtown Sacramento. Tucker, the restaurant’s beverage director, began using this signature garnish for a number of craft cocktails after watching a video of a bartender in Japan using a similar technique.

Jan 1, 2013 Kristen Lowrey Larson
Rob Lynch, 57, was named the third president and CEO of VSP Global in 2006.

A Visionary for Vision

Acuity with Rob Lynch

In August of last year, it was reported that local eye-care titan VSP would be excluded from competing for individual members in the state’s health insurance exchange market because the vision plan it provides is a stand-alone program. The move lead to conversations that VSP might relocate its headquarters out of state.

Jan 1, 2013 Douglas Curley

Downtown Advocate

Acuity With Kipp Blewett

Kipp Blewett, 46, is a principal partner and co-founder of Rubicon Partners Inc. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.

Dec 1, 2012 Douglas Curley

Why Don’t You Go Sell Yourself

How to win in the workplace

A week after graduating with a bachelor’s in accounting, I showed up to my new job at a Big Five accounting firm with the best JC Penney suit my signing bonus could buy. It was the middle of the dot-com boom, and although the term business casual was starting to surface, no one could give a straight answer on its definition.

Dec 1, 2012 Stephanie Flores

City Strategy

Acuity With John Shirey

John Shirley, 63 was hired as Sacramento’s city manager in September 2011. Previously, he served as executive director of the California Redevelopment Association. As city manager, he overseas a $1 billion city budget and a staff of nearly 4,000. 

Oct 31, 2012 Douglas Curley

Slim Pickings

A shortage of farm labor impacts food harvests

Coasting through the sweeping fields of California’s Central Valley, it’s not unusual to spot collections of crouching figures diligently tending crops. These primarily Hispanic immigrants prune, thin, harvest and grow much of California’s renowned produce. But over the past decade or so, hundreds of thousands of these indispensable farm workers have vanished.

Oct 31, 2012 Andrea Kennedy

Transit Man

Acuity With Mike Wiley

Mike Wiley, 59, began his career at the Sacramento Regional Transit District as a service planner in 1978. In 2007, he was named general manager and CEO. He also serves on the executive committee of the California Transit Association.

Sep 30, 2012 Douglas Curley

The Tableted Worker

Is it really possible to leave your laptop behind?

Tablet computers are becoming the tool of choice in multiple industries, adding convenience to simple tasks such as note taking, to more complex operations such as tracking sales. Tablets haven’t replaced laptops yet, but sales trends favor the handheld devices.

Sep 30, 2012 Robert Celaschi

Power Brokers

Clean tech thrives in the Capital Region

Beutler Air Conditioning and Plumbing may be a poster-business for the rise and fall — and re-birth — of Sacramento’s economy. Rick Wylie, president of Beutler, says the 65-year-old Sacramento company was probably saved by its diversification, partially into green energy models.

Sep 30, 2012 Anne Gonzalez
Hungarian pork sirloin goulash stewed with onion, garlic, paprika, caraway and red cabbage, served with spatzle and a pint of Warsteiner Pilsner

A Pub with Pizzazz

Forester Pub & Grill is not your typical joint

While Bill Carey is amply appreciative of Highway 50 patrons looking to reconnect with his former establishment, the German-style St. Pauli Inn, he is just as quick to point out that his Forester Pub & Grill is not a Continental restaurant.

Sep 30, 2012 Douglas Curley
Grass-fed New Zealand beef burger with caramelized onions, Manchego cheese, pickled cucumber, tomato and aioli

Doughboy

Juno’s Kitchen & Delicatessen

When I sit down at Juno’s for one of the best burgers of my life, Chef Helms starts by telling me he doesn’t want to be a namedropper. The fact that he mentored under legendary French Chef Jean Luc Chassereau of The Cookery and Reda Bellarbi Saleha of Aioli Bodga Espanola is not the point. 

Aug 31, 2012 Douglas Curley

Would-Be Mayor

Acuity with Jonathan Rewers

Jonathan Rewers, 33, serves as chairman of the Sacramento Parks Commission. In the June elections, Rewers garnered 25 percent of the vote in his quest to unseat Kevin Johnson as mayor of Sacramento. He is now a candidate for the City Charter Commission. 

Aug 31, 2012 Douglas Curley