Small businesses: they drive our communities

Sacramento Voices correspondent Eugene Willis decided to take a deeper look at something that hides in plain sight — the small businesses that keep our communities vibrant and economically strong, especially in Oak Park. While major retailers and Fortune 500 companies get the attention, Sacramento is truly a city of small businesses. We couldn’t live […]

Lessons from strong mayor’s failure

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My conclusion after covering the fight over Measure L, Sacramento’s strong mayor initiative, is the “No on L” side ran a great campaign but had a horrible election night party. A few blocks away, “Yes on L” ran a bad campaign but had a great party. It was the voters who had the final say […]

South Sacramento tells its story

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Tales from the front: those dogs and their jazz

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“I’ve got my own jazz, and I improvised my way down the street, all these dogs barking staccato barks to the syncopation of my steps, chain-linked dogs behind chain-link fences, and they have a story to tell or a song to sing and no one listens anyway.”

Getting dumped on

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“I know increasing police presence isn’t always what the community wants, but in the case of illegal dumping, it’s the most effective deterrent,” Police Sgt. Don Crye says. “We have employed many efforts to stop illegal dumping in this community, but we just have to catch people in the act.”

Wood trail gets walkers into shape

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In South Sacramento, the pathway to better health can be as simple putting one foot in front of the other. It’s called walking, and it’s one of the best, easiest and oldest exercises known to humankind. And for many residents around Lemon Hill, walking has never been more convenient and sociable, thanks to the new […]