November 4, 1999 |
Robert Fountain still remembers the smell of tomato soup drifting from the downtown canneries into the lazy streets of this capital city. It was 1976, and the young economist had moved here from West Los Angeles to draw a paycheck from government, like practically every other worker in town. The city was, in every sense, "a plain vanilla government town," Fountain recalls. "It was two years before I saw a Rolls-Royce." Nowadays, Fountain is similarly incredulous.
October 11, 1998 |
For decades, it seemed a powerful magnet was dragging this downtown westward toward the murky waters of the Sacramento River, leaving the Capitol dome on the fringe, its historic park a forgotten backyard. Then the bureaucrats of state government dreamed up what seemed to them a perfect solution: Build a giant office complex on the east side of the park, not only pulling government back toward its nucleus, but gathering together three major state departments now scattered like confetti.
December 20, 1993 |
Maguire Thomas Partners Gets $165-Million Contract: The Los Angeles-based developer was chosen by the state to build a 1-million-square-foot headquarters complex for the California Environmental Protection Agency in downtown Sacramento. The building will take up one full block. Los Angeles-based architects A.C. Martin is handling the building's design and Turner Construction, also of Los Angeles, is the general contractor. Construction is to begin next summer and be completed in July, 1996.
March 15, 1990 |
The most recent major sports franchise to be lured to a new indoor arena in California was the National Basketball Assn.'s Kansas City Kings who moved to Sacramento in 1985. This is all it took for owner Gregg Lukenbill and his partners to pull it off: --They began lobbying city officials in the 1970s for a facility. --They obtained interest in 6,000 acres of agriculturally zoned land on the outskirts of downtown. --They paid $10.
September 12, 1989 |
If the Los Angeles Raiders decide to move to this city, they will play in a stadium to be built on a flood plain that has been described as a "bathtub" by Army Corps of Engineers officials. When a series of severe winter storms lashed the Sacramento area in the winter of 1986, "we came within an eyelash of catastrophe," Walter Yep, planning chief in the corps' Sacramento office, said in an interview last week.
February 25, 1990 |
Although it looks a bit shaky now, if the Raiders finally choose to relocate in these parts, they will be moving into one of the nation's five most historic cities. That's the view, at least, of a prominent local businessman who lists Boston and Washington first, then New York and Philadelphia, with Sacramento next. "The U.S. began in Boston, the West began in Sacramento," Gregg Lukenbill, 35, who built and financed the city's new NBA arena, said at his office the other day.