February 5, 2014 |
Imagine you've lost your job, which doesn't take a lot of imagination in a state with 1.3 million people out of work. Now imagine your unemployment checks have stopped and you can't decipher the explanation from the state Employment Development Department. So you call the phone number on the form and it rings … and rings … and rings…. That's the reality for countless Californians who have turned to the state's unemployment office for help, only to find that the phones go unanswered.
January 24, 2014 |
It's good to be reminded that Sacramento isn't just a consumer of our tax dollars and a dispenser of red tape. It's also a real place with real seasons - daunting heat in summer, golden leaves in fall, chill winds in winter, rampant green renewal in spring. My family and I spent a weekend in November, when fall foliage was still draping Capitol Park (between L and N and 10th and 15th streets) with gravitas. I found J Street livelier than I remembered from a few years before. My wife and daughter liked the wooden sidewalks and Old West flourishes of Old Sacramento.
January 24, 2014 |
Chris Paul a “cheater?” So says DeMarcus Cousins, the mercurial Sacramento Kings center, who still is known more for his boorish behavior than high character. Cousins spoke in an interview about his dislike for Paul, the Clippers' point guard. “It's just some players I don't respect,” Cousins told ESPN's Grantland website about Paul. “Just their playing style of basketball. I don't respect it. I feel like it's basically cheating and I don't respect a cheater. If that's your tactic to winning, I don't respect you.” Paul and Cousins have had their run-ins.
January 17, 2014 |
The Sacramento Kings will be the first NBA team to accept bitcoin, the controversial digital currency that is increasingly gaining acceptance in the commercial world. The basketball franchise said customers can already buy merchandise at its team store. By March 1, the Kings will also start accepting bitcoins for tickets and for products bought online. The NBA team is one of a string of companies and organizations that have recently begun accepting bitcoin for payment, ushering the currency into the mainstream.
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January 15, 2014 |
The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday ordered those who live and work in the city to reduce their water use amid historically low water levels on the American River and a discouraging forecast. Described as a "Stage 2 water shortage plan," the new rules require those who live and work in the city to reduce the water use by 20% to 30%, the Sacramento Bee reported . The move came one day after Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters in Fresno on Monday that his administration would soon declare that California is officially in the midst of a drought.
January 15, 2014 |
Joey Rollings, the boys' basketball coach at Sacramento Sheldon, has been suspended for four weeks by the Elk Grove Unified School District after an investigation into an allegation of undue influence, according to the Sacramento Bee . He is banned from attending practices and games. Three players who transferred to Sheldon at the start of the school year have not played. "In the fall, an allegation of undue influence was brought to the district's attention," spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich said in a statement.
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December 18, 2013 |
A replica of Fred Flintstone's car was stolen from a Sacramento comic shop, and the owners are offering a sweet reward for its safe return. The car, a replica of the vehicle from the vintage "Flintstones" cartoon series, was taken from World's Best Comics and Toys between Dec. 14 and 15, Fox40 in Sacramento reported. Staff members believe the thieves may have picked it up and put it in a getaway vehicle, because there were no drag marks. A six-pack of Flintstone's favorite drink, Cactus Cooler, is being offered as a reward for the safe return of the car. Security footage from a nearby bowling alley was being reviewed, and may reveal some clues.
December 14, 2013 |
Question for wannabe NBA general managers: If you had a chance to add an inefficient scorer who plays passable defense while possessing one of the league's worst contracts, you'd pass, right? Pete D'Alessandro wouldn't. The new Sacramento Kings general manager couldn't resist the allure of Rudy Gay, who scores points galore but needs a lot of shots to do so. His player efficiency rating was 116th in the NBA at the time of the seven-player trade between the Kings and Toronto Raptors, which cost the Kings a lot more than starting point guard Greivis Vasquez and a passel of nobodies.
December 13, 2013 |
Top Assembly Democrats have revealed what they'd like to do with billions of dollars in extra tax revenue that the state is projected to receive, and their top priorities were reassuring: expanding the reserve fund and paying down the debts that Sacramento accumulated over the last decade. Their budget blueprint also calls for a lot of new spending on education and anti-poverty programs, however. If state government really has entered a sustained period of large surpluses, lawmakers can afford to make more long-term investments in California's infrastructure and its people.
December 8, 2013 |
A person familiar with the deal said the Toronto Raptors reached an agreement to send Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in a multiplayer trade. The Raptors will receive Greivis Vasquez , Patrick Patterson , John Salmons and Chuck Hayes . The Kings also will acquire Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy . The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday night because the trade was still pending NBA approval, said the deal is expected to become official Monday.