Allen Young formerly worked as an associate editor for Comstock’s magazine, and as a staff writer at the Sacramento Business Journal. He is now a freelance writer, reporting at the California intersection of business and politics. On Twitter @allenmyoung.
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With a 161-year old legacy to protect, McClatchy is doubling down on media's digital future
The rise, fall and future of a media empire: McClatchy and the Sacramento Bee have a 161-year legacy in Sacramento. As the newspaper industry struggles nationally, executives say investments in virtual and augmented reality will see the business thrive once again.
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.
The Golden 1 Center opened just over a year ago and transformed the landscape of downtown Sacramento — was the investment worth it?
In a way, not much has changed.
At the Golden 1 Center, Sacramento Kings fans continue to wave cowbells at games, having long since embraced the once-insulting apparatus. The grub still costs a pretty penny. The team remains perpetually in a building year.
Behind Closed Doors
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon has spent 20 years shaping West Sacramento — few know of the tragic accident that’s driven him forward
It is impossible to know what West Sacramento would look like without its most prominent advocate, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. And it’s impossible to understand the mayor without understanding the tragic accident that drove him towards success.
The Little Music Festival That Was
What happened to TBD Fest — and what happens next?
After losing an undisclosed sum both years, TBD Fest (otherwise known as The Bridge District Festival) has incurred blame from investors and rival music promoters for being underfunded. General consensus is that if a festival can’t pay for its talent before selling a single ticket, it’s under-capitalized.
Up My Alley
Local eateries aim to spruce up Sacramento’s dark corridors
If you imagine a humming city as a living body, the conventional alleyway might be the large intestine. It’s a lonely grey loading zone, a collection point for garbage, and a covert space for drug use and violence. But as U.S. cities grow denser, urban passageways that were once ignored and crumbling are enjoying a renaissance. Alleyway activation is a designer buzzword for modernizing utilitarian corridors into well-lit public spaces.
West Sacramento Maps Out Homeless Population
Appledore app first step in better serving people experiencing homelessness
The City of West Sacramento has started using mapping software to locate homeless camps as a way to monitor the local homeless population and direct them to public assistance.
Is entrepreneur fandom hurting business creation?
Actual experts of business creation express concern that media’s flashy portrayal of handsome entrepreneurs, disruptive products and instant investment glosses over the unglamorous learning process vital to any new business.
Nehemiah Corp. Shuts Down Most Operations
Nehemiah Corp., a social enterprise nonprofit that has spent two decades developing programs that help low-income people afford homes, is winding down most of its operations, the company has announced.
The Way Back
Having lost his mother in a train accident, one journalist chronicles the recovery from the worst day of his life
With each interview I conducted and report I filed, I sought to understand how these great rolling machines had destroyed the person I used to be and killed the person I cared about most. But publishing stories about high-speed rail never helped. Like other pain relievers, print journalism became one more way to avoid facing what happened that day.
Linking Education to Industry
Public schools now have millions of dollars to join Sacramento’s Next Economy. Will they?
The California High-Speed Rail Authority replaced an engineer with a political operative to lead the nation’s biggest public works project. Jeff Morales instantly charmed his opponents but made technical decisions that placed high-speed rail at the mercy of the courts. Can Morales save his runaway train?
Don’t Count Me Out
Though some say it's a ghost town, citizens refuse to let Rio Vista die
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.
Clean-Tech’s New Frontier
The green rush is over. Now what?
For much of the past decade, venture capitalists showered dollars upon clean-technology startups with promising-sounding ideas in areas like solar, electric cars and biofuels.
That era appears to have ended.
Obamacare presents a radical shift in Medicare delivery
As Obamacare begins to take effect in hospitals across the country, it’s becoming clear that the new financial model for Medicare is the polar opposite of a government takeover.
Streetcar Named Desire
Funding questions loom over downtown streetcar project
For nearly two decades, local city officials have envisioned a streetcar that would transport residents and visitors across downtown Sacramento.
The campaign behind Sacramento’s foodie identity
It was the last farmer’s market of the season, and the photo-op recalled The Last Supper. Standing in Cesar Chavez Plaza, Mayor Kevin Johnson spread his arms behind two tables piled high with fresh fruits and vegetables. And with scores of white-aproned restaurateurs to his right and left, he unveiled a logo promoting Sacramento as an agronomical Eden.
Hundreds of ‘Kevin For Governor’, unauthorized Kings celebration shirts selling at Downtown Plaza
It isn’t the official start for a gubernatorial run, but Getta Clue apparel store at the Downtown Plaza mall reports to have sold several hundred ‘Kevin For Governor’, ‘Thank You KJ’ and other unauthorized Kings celebration t-shirts for $20 apiece.
The Tattooed Professional
Is your ink impacting your career?
Chris Forsyth has a ritual: every time he finishes working on a campaign, he treats himself to a new tattoo. Having worked in the state Capitol for nearly 20 years, the heavily painted chief of staff to Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) estimates that about 15 percent of state lawmakers have at least one tattoo.
Farm to School
Food movement benefits kids and economies — for a cost
It’s lunchtime at Fred T. Korematsu Elementary in Davis. A cafeteria monitor stands over the first, second and third graders, but she is only a scarecrow.
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.
What’s Eating Tim Collom?
A success in art and realty, Tim Collom still can’t relax
“Something isn’t quite right with Tim Collom. On the outside, Collom is doing far better than most of us. In the past year, he has been featured on KCRA-TV and HGTV speaking about real estate and in the pages of The Sacramento Bee and Sacramento Magazine showcasing his paintings.
Growtel concept thriving in West Sac
At first it sounds like backwards thinking: revitalize a downtown area by adding miniature plots of farmland on city blocks.
Houston, You Have a Problem
Tips for approaching a disturbed manager
The boss must be crazy.
It may be the riskiest and most difficult conversation to bring up at work, but what other option does an employee have when a manager becomes abusive, disturbed, withdrawn or otherwise damages the workplace?
Leave? That may be an option, or it may not be. The same goes for visiting the human relations department. If H.R. can’t — or won’t — fix the problem, here are some tips on how to address your boss’ behavior and keep your job.
Managing mental health in the workplace
A few years ago, Troy Underwood noticed a problem with one of his accountants. The man’s work performance and personal appearance had deteriorated, he talked constantly on the phone with his children and agonized about his domestic life.
The Price of Progress
San Joaquin farmers protest bullet train
City dwellers driving past the expansive cotton fields and scattered farmhouses along Highway 43 to Corcoran might get the feeling they’ve left California. A haze of dust, bugs and little particles of cow dung blanket the road between Fresno and Bakersfield. Even on a nice day, wiping debris from a car windshield begins to feel futile.
Sandra Dee's BBQ and Seafood has a family focus
Stand outside Sandra Dee’s long enough on a Sunday, and you’ll see groups of hungry guests walk up and squawk at the realization that the famed soul food restaurant is closed.
The Little Airport That Could
SMF navigates a nose dive
In September 2008, when Lehman Brothers collapsed and the municipal bond market froze, Sacramento International Airport had just begun constructing the biggest capital improvement project in the county’s history.
$30 Million Gamble
Port expansion project has uncertain future
The ports of West Sacramento and Stockton are betting that a $30 million public investment in new infrastructure will convince local importers and exporters to transfer their method of goods movement to the San Francisco Bay from trucking to barge shipping.
The Truck Stops Here
18-wheelers sacked by clean air cops
There is a squad of clean air cops in Sacramento with a
strong-arm approach that squashes the stereotype that
environmentalists are wimps. These officials make up the
enforcement branch of the California Air Resources Board, and
they face off against truckers still fuming over
emission-control rules they fear will put them out of business.
Your Brain on Traffic
Traffic stress depends on wealth & happiness
Sitting in traffic can be stressful for anyone in a hurry, but the damage to the body and psyche can disproportionately hit low-income people, who are prone to encounter a greater range of destructive agents in their lives, experts say.
No signs of improvement for California highways
There are roads that the director of San Joaquin County’s transportation-planning agency forbids his teenage daughter from driving on.
Is the college-for-all philosophy hurting the economy?
On a sweltering day in mid-June, more than 100 newly minted teachers assembled for graduation at The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
What They Don’t Tell You
The hidden agendas behind Gov. Brown's tax initiative
Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure would raise sales taxes by one-quarter of a percent for four years and increase taxes on incomes of $250,000 or higher by 1 to 3 percentage points for seven years.
Cash of the Titans
Credit unions and banks rumble over small-business lending
On a morning in April, eight representatives of local banks and credit unions walked into the Sacramento Metro Chamber headquarters to discuss the region’s lousy credit situation.
Could Dodd-Frank cause another financial disaster?
The past few years have seen the biggest social upheaval against the banking industry in this nation’s history, and Capitol Hill lawmakers responded with 848 pages of legislation that liberal critics deride as weak and many conservatives call a job killer.
Getting Work Done
In choosing plastic surgery, research is key
Both invasive and minimally invasive procedures carry significant risks of complication, so its important to research physicians and find out whether they are licensed in the surgeries they perform.
What a Waste
What lured Waste Connections to Texas?
There was a raucous debate on the political stage last year over whether California companies were giving up on the Golden State and moving to Texas.
Cosmetic surgery offers confidence — at a cost
Last fall, for the first time in his life, Nicolas Ridout, 58, removed his shirt in front of strangers and went for a swim. This was not the first time a t-shirt had marked a personal milestone.
Let’s Twist Again
Banks struggle with large debt and minimal borrowers
The Federal Reserve calls it Operation Twist, named after the 1961 Chubby Checker hit that sparked gyrating hips in dance halls across America. That was also the first year the Fed embarked on a mission to purchase long-term Treasury notes in an effort to drive down interest rates on long-term loans.
Leveraging social media for a nonprofit cause
Monica Gonzalez recently logged onto the Facebook page of Weave Inc., an organization that treats survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, to post a simple message about how the nonprofit helped her overcome a nightmarish ordeal.
Return to Hops
Craft beers gain momentum in the Capital Region
“I arrived in the City of Saloons,” wrote Mark Twain upon arriving here in 1866. “You can shut your eyes and march into the first door you come to and call for a drink, and the chances are that you will get it.”