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Community feedback wanted to determine what’s uniquely Sacramento

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Today, the City of Sacramento released a community wide survey aimed to uncover what is uniquely Sacramento.

Part of a comprehensive research project, this effort will help develop Sacramento’s position in the marketplace. The survey is now available and residents and businesses are encouraged to give their thoughts and opinions. The survey will be available until August 8.

The online survey will determine the community’s strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities. It will also inform activities related to economic development, tourism and communications and marketing.

For more information, please contact Maurice Chaney at 916-808-7948 or mchaney@cityofsacramento.org.

City’s credit rating upgraded

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CITY TREASURER ANNOUNCES STANDARD AND POOR’S UPGRADES CITY OF SACRAMENTO’S CREDIT RATING TO AA-

Today, City of Sacramento Treasurer Russ Fehr announced that the Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Credit Rating Agency has upgraded its Issuer Credit Rating for the City of Sacramento from A+ to AA-.  In general terms, S&P has upgraded the city’s credit rating from upper medium grade to high grade.  S&P’s analysis cites the city’s strong financial management and budget flexibility as well as regional economic recovery.

At the same time and after reviewing the proposed Entertainment and Sports Center financing, S&P upgraded the city’s lease-revenue bond rating from A to A+.  Since the City will be will be issuing lease-revenue bonds to finance the arena, the higher credit rating will result in a lower interest rate and cost savings to the City.

Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC is an American financial services company that publishes financial research and analysis on stocks and bonds. As a credit-rating agency, the company issues credit ratings for public and private debt.  S&P is one of several national rating agencies recognized by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Salvation Army Holds 10K Ice Cream Scoop Challenge

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What’s better than free ice cream? Free ice cream for a cause, of course! On Tuesday, in an effort to raise 10,000 dollars towards community programs for The Salvation Army of Sacramento, Denali Flavors, Raley’s and Sunnyside Farms partnered to donate ten thousand scoops of ice cream for the Salvation Army’s cause. For every scoop served, Denali Farms donated one dollar to the cause.

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As the challenge took place in Cesar Chavez Plaza, children, teens, and workers alike came out to enjoy the free treat, cool day, and friendly gathering. The Moose tracks flavor served, developed by Denali Flavors, was a hot commodity as attendees grabbed seconds, and even thirds!

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While the event took place, attendees were also encouraged to tweet the hash tag #10KScoops to be entered for a chance to win free Denali’s ice cream for a whole year! It’s safe to say this was a deliciously fun event for our community.

Capitol Box Public Art Project Begins Downtown

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Adorned with colorful art, this week, 28 utility boxes will be dressed up as part of a public art display throughout downtown. A project sponsored by the Capitol Area Development Authority (CADA) and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC), will activate key utility boxes throughout a portion of downtown Sacramento.

“This idea isn’t new. It’s just new to Sacramento.  Hopefully this project helps to inspire more public art in Sacramento and help the city in building its own image and identity,” said Todd Leon R Street Manager for CADA.

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These boxes, located primarily in the Capitol Area Development Authority’s district between 7th and 17th streets and L and S streets in downtown Sacramento will be covered with art from 20 Sacramento artists.

“The project will transform and define the CADA district, while exposing thousands of people every day to the work of artists – most of which are new to the public arena,” said Shelly Willis, SMAC Public Art Program Director. Willis added that it is likely this project will also do something very practical — discourage vandalism.

CADA and SMAC invite the public to attend its Second Saturday artists’ reception August 9, 2014 in honor of the 20 participating artists who were selected for the Capitol Box Art Project.  The reception will begin at 4 p.m. at the Courtyard located at 1322 O Street (corner of 14th and O streets next to Sam’s Market).  In addition to meeting the artists, attendees will be provided walking tour brochures, which detail the location of all 28 art boxes.

For more information about the project, visit: www.CapitolBoxArt.com or www.Facebook.com/cadaApts.

 

311 call center phones impacted by system upgrade Friday evening

The City of Sacramento 311 Call Center will be affected as a result of a city-wide phone system upgrade this Friday.  The upgrade will take place between 6 p.m. and just before midnight on Friday, July 18. Customers could receive longer than expected hold times or a busy signal when calling 311.

All City phone lines beginning with the “808” prefix will be out of service during this time.  As a result, customers should call 311 from within city limits or 264-5011.

Residents and business owners can still submit service requests online by visiting www.sac311.org and submitting a service request directly or by downloading the Sac311 smartphone app for future use.

Gold is the New Green campaign makes national news

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Recently on NBC Nightly News, reporter Mike Taibbi takes us on a journey around the state, and even features our own campaign for water conservation, “Gold is the New Green.” Take a look at the well done piece that focuses on our region’s need to take this drought seriously. Visit NBC News for more.

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Feel like having a tail wagging good time?

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Join the Front Street Shelter for our second annual benefit party of the year, Paws to Party!  No need to dress up, no ties or tight girdles, just a rip roaring soiree with good eats, libations and music that will get you on the dance floor. Make check to check out the PDF flier for more details.

Tickets available on line: http://pawstoparty.weebly.com/

Illegal dumping is a crime and a blight on our neighborhoods.

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The City of Sacramento is cracking down on illegal dumpers. The RID campaign encourages citizens to report illegal dumping and offers generous rewards if the information leads to a citation or a conviction. A media event today kicked off the new “RID” campaign from the City’s Recyling & Solid Waste Division. RID stands for Report Illegal Dumping and calls on all citizens to be aware of dumpers and to report it immediately.

If you see a pile on the street – don’t wait – report it. Call 311 (916) 264-5011, report online at www.sac311.org or use the Sac311 App for Iphone or Android. The faster it is reported, the sooner enforcement and removal can begin. Provide as accurate a location as possible, address, or cross street nearest the pile.

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If you witness illegal dumping in progress, note the license plate, vehicle make and model, and description of violator and immediately call 311 to file a report.

Reward Program

The City’s new reward program can provide between $500 – $1,000 to persons providing information to the City which results in either an administrative penalty for the violator or an arrest and misdemeanor conviction. Details on how the reward program works and who is eligible is available here. Make sure to visit the Illegal Dumping page for more info on how you can get involved.

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Cesar Chavez “Hoop Mob” event

More than 500 children from the Sacramento START program performed a hula hoop routine to music from the 1950s at Cesar Chavez Park on July 15, 2014.

Sacramento START partnered with Kellee McQuinn, founder of KidTribe to create the choreography and training for the event. KidTribe is an acclaiamed  children’s fitness program that has also held events at the White House Easter Egg Roll and Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play.

The City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department offers the Sacramento START free summer and after school programs to elementary school students at 33 schools.

Children at the following schools participated in the Hoop Mob event: Golden Empire Elementary, Pony Express Elementary, Tahoe Elementary, John Cabrillo Elementary, Garden Valley Elementary, Del Paso Elementary, Robla Elementary and Glenwood Elementary.

Cal State Fair revs up again!

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Guess what day is it! Well, yes it’s Friday, but also… the California State Fair Opens today! Do you have your tickets yet?

“For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of California. The best will be celebrated once again at the California State Fair July 11 – 27 at Cal Expo. Tickets to the Fair start as low as $10 for adults, $6 for children, $8 for seniors and $29.99 for a season pass.”

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