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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University President

Acuity with Alex Gonzalez

Alexander Gonzalez, 66, stands in front of the climbing wall at The WELL gym at Sacramento State. Gonzalez has served as campus president since 2003 and has no plans to retire. 

Jul 31, 2012 Douglas Curley

Head of the Class

A tenure of influence has run its course

For more than 40 years, Brice Harris has sat front row in the nation’s community college system. First as a part-time faculty member at a small campus in Kansas City, later as president of Fresno City College and since 1996 as chancellor of Los Rios Community College District. He has spent his career working within multi-college systems. This month, he retires.

Jul 31, 2012 Douglas Curley

Union-Free Activist

Acuity with Kim Parker

Kim Parker, 46, is the executive vice president of the California Employers Association. A nonprofit, the CEA provides human resource solutions for small to medium-sized businesses throughout the state. Parker is also president of the national Employers Association of America. 

Jun 30, 2012 Douglas Curley

Influence & Alienate

Constituencies balk as Elk Grove prepares for the long haul

Immediately south and southeast of Elk Grove are thousands of acres of mostly undeveloped farmland that officials think the city will someday need. The plan is to add nearly 8,000 acres — about 29 percent of Elk Grove’s current size — to its fold. But critics say Elk Grove has plenty of unused land within its borders, and California is losing farmland fast.

Jun 30, 2012 Robert Celaschi

Eye On the Prize

Acuity with Bill Mueller

Bill Mueller, 47, is CEO and managing partner at Valley Vision. One of four partners in the regional Next Economy initiative, Valley Vision serves as the project manager of the Capital Region’s latest economic development effort.

Apr 30, 2012 Douglas Curley

Family Planning

Strategies for a prosperous succession

When Albert and Frances Lundberg fled the Dust Bowl-ravaged cornfields of Nebraska in 1937 to settle in the greener pastures of the northern Sacramento Valley, they did so with hope for the future.

Apr 30, 2012 Anne Gonzalez

Building Boon

New home construction is back

Some developers are building again, prodded by increases in buyer traffic at model homes and an uptick in sales over the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first months of 2012.

Mar 31, 2012 Carol Crenshaw

Eat, Sleep & Remodel

Top 5 Capital Region reinventions

The Great Recession has cast a long shadow over the Capital Region. The economy has been static. Recovery has been slow. But in the hard-hit hospitality business, the pause has spurred opportunity for reinvention.

Mar 1, 2012 Josh Brodesky

A Grower’s Eye

Acuity with Ronald Fong

Ronald Fong, 52, has served as president and CEO of the California Growers Association since 2008. The CGA is a nonprofit, statewide trade association representing more than 500 retail members operating 6,000 food stores and 200 supply companies in California and Nevada. 

Mar 1, 2012 Douglas Curley

Taking the Temp of our Economic Climate

Acuity with Sanjay Varshney

Sanjay Varshney, 44, is dean of College Administration at Sacramento State. Last month, in conjunction with the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Sacramento, he published the seventh issue of the Sacramento Business Review. It offers a look at emerging economic trends and forecasts for 2012 in the Sacramento region, comprised of Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo counties. 

Feb 1, 2012 Douglas Curley

West Cap Renaissance

A fresh downtown on a road less traveled

West Capitol Avenue is looking pretty snazzy these days. Modern buildings with shiny, chrome lettering line clean, wide sidewalks. Newly planted trees lead to bright bus stops stylized with sculptured ‘W’s nearly 10 feet tall.

Feb 1, 2012 Andrea Kennedy

Rooms for Rent

There’s a spark of life in housing construction this year. A tiny, weak spark, but a real one nonetheless. Builders are putting up more apartments in the Sacramento region.

Oct 31, 2011 Robert Celaschi

Reel to Real Estate

Today's home sales call for video, social media

To sell a house in today’s market, real estate agents can’t simply shove a sign into the lawn, schedule an open house and expect offers to roll in. Competition is fierce. Increasingly, the agents who are successfully selling homes in this marketplace have embraced high-tech marketing, including videos.

Oct 31, 2011 Samantha Bronson

Hedge Hogs

Investors look to recoup losses from the Great Recession

Hedge funds are back. Worries about European debt crisis, war in the Middle East and the potential for rating agencies to downgrade America’s treasuries have rattled shareholders. But those fears haven’t held back investors from pouring record amounts of capital into the cowboy country of largely unregulated, nontransparent funds.

Jul 31, 2011 Joel Schectman

Totally Modular

Picking apart the pieces of modular construction

The construction site was nearly immaculate. There were no free-standing ladders, power cords were coiled neatly and only a stray nail, crushed cup and small pile of sawdust littered the floor. The 91,000-square-foot factory was full of skylights with chartreuse buttresses and turquoise shelving, creating a bright, showroom feel.

May 31, 2011 Joanna Corman

The Outer Circle

Is suburban office space a tough sell?

Think Sacramento’s plan for a sports arena and triple land-swap sounds complicated? It’s peanuts compared to what commercial real estate brokers are going through to gain and maintain tenants in suburban office properties these days.

Christine Calvin

Recycle Cycle

East Sacramento's electric bike shop

An unemployed engineer and an e-waste recycler walk into a bar. The engineer takes the recycler’s electric bike for a spin. And, a year later, The Electric Bike Shop opens its doors in East Sacramento.

Feb 1, 2011 Stephanie Flores

A River Runs Through It

Levee projects under way in West Sacramento

In the 35 years Ken Ruzich has managed local levees, no water event has been more memorable than the 1986 flood that nearly toppled levees along the Yolo bypass. If it wasn’t a 100-year flood, he says, it was close enough: “It was our benchmark.”

Feb 1, 2011 Christine Calvin

Ranching’s Bright Idea

Finding cash in solar power

Raising cattle on the Van Vleck farm near Rancho Murieta is a legacy that has passed from father to son for more than 150 years. Now struggling to keep the family ranch, Stan Van Vleck came up with an electrifying idea: Install solar panels to boost income.

Dec 1, 2010 Carol Crenshaw
Karen Skelton, executive producer of "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything," and managing partner with Dewey Square Group

Balancing Act

Is the battle of the sexes over in the workplace?

For decades America has been steadily approaching a major social development — a time when the number of women in the work force would surpass the number of men. That moment has now arrived, brought on by, of all things, a recession.

Jun 30, 2010 Bill Romanelli
The Elk Grove Promenade began construction in 2007, and the fate of the unfinished project is still unknown.

Retail Rebound?

Elk Grove retail properties stabilize after two-year coma

Promenade Parkway is a lonely stretch of road south of Elk Grove. Behind a chain-link fence, a steel skeleton of what was supposed to be the city’s first mall with a Macy’s department store and a 16-screen theater sits in the shadow of developer General Growth Properties Inc.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy negotiations.

Jun 30, 2010 JT Long
Although vacancies at the Sheraton Grand have increased the past few years, the lobby's bar has maintained business.

The Inn Crowd

Hotels ride out the occupancy dip

When Meg Whitman arrives in Sacramento to campaign for the gubernatorial race, she stays at the Citizen Hotel. “It’s her home away from home,” says Mark Mathews, the hotel’s general manager.

May 31, 2010 JT Long
Kevin Carson, Northern California president, The New Home Co.

Buyers Wanted

Land bargains dwindle as builders stock up for recovery

The credit crunch and a wave of foreclosures swept the Capital Region housing market like a wildfire, turning the landscape into a scorched ruin with many familiar features gone, including some well-known names in home building and residential development.

May 2, 2010 Adam Weintraub