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.

Jun 1, 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.

May 1, 2013 Kibkabe Araya

The State of Our State

It's not as bad as naysayers claim

I’m no Pollyanna when it comes to assessing our state’s problems, but I must admit I am weary of hearing endless complaints about California’s terrible business environment, its slow economic growth and its many disadvantages compared to states like Texas.

Apr 1, 2013 Winnie Comstock-Carlson

Mom Moves In

A host of housing options is popping up for seniors

As her father’s dementia deepened, so did Tonya Roemer’s anxiety. Daily visits, a stint with a live-in companion and an experiment with expensive, 24-hour care didn’t curb Ray’s aggressive behavior as the 81-year-old lost the ability to walk and feed himself.

Apr 1, 2013 Janet Fullwood
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. 

Apr 1, 2013 Douglas Curley
Bruce Monighan, principal, Monighandesign

Rebuilding Blocks

New strategies for post-recession architects

Bruce Monighan knows a few things about building something out of nothing. Facing the option of unemployment or bootstrapping, the local architect started his Sacramento-based firm Monighandesign from scratch in 1982. By the early 2000s, Monighandesign was completing between 50 and 60 public and private projects annually in markets across the country and looked to expand in 2007.

Mar 1, 2013 John Blomster

Bad Reasons to Buy

Home-ownership isn't for everyone

For all the tales of woe during the real estate downturn, many new homeowners see their purchase as a good move. Debbie Grose, a financial advisor at Lighthouse Financial Planning in Folsom, helped 32-year-old talent acquisition manager Pranav Damle and his wife walk through their decision to buy a 3-bedroom, 2-bath house in Folsom last year.

Mar 1, 2013 Steven Yoder

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
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Finishing Touches

Sutter Health construction completion in sight

After more than a decade of work and a price tag that has grown by 50 percent, representatives for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento report that the $750 million midtown hospital upgrade is in the final phases and is expected to be finished by mid-2014.

Feb 13, 2013 Allen Young
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