10th Annual YMCA Senior Health Fair On September 14 In Midtown Sacramento

YMCA in Philadelphia

The Sacramento Central YMCA (2021 W Street, Sacramento) is hosting the 10th Annual YMCA Senior Health Fair on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 (9:30-11:30AM PST).

Over 55 community organizations will participate in this free event, providing resources about health, nutrition, housing, legal service, and emergency and transportation services for seniors, as well as offering blood pressure checks, lung function tests, flexibility exercises, and basic hearing tests.

Contact or visit the Sacramento Central YMCA for more information.

[photo via Philadelphia Signs]

Think Big Sacramento To Unveil “Nexus Report” On September 8

Proposed Sacramento Downtown Arena Complex

Think Big Sacramento will unveil its “Nexus Report” for the proposed Entertainment and Sports Complex (ESC), aka Downtown Arena, to the public at The Grand Plaza Halls (1025 Ninth Street, Sacramento) on 8 September 2011 (at NOON PST).

Notable guests, including Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, State Senator Ted Gaines and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, will be on hand to discuss the new strategy to build a new sports arena in Downtown Sacramento, keep the Sacramento Kings sports franchise, and help stimulate the regional economy.

For further reading on the project, please read the Economic Engine Report (PDF) and the Capital Corridor Impact Report (PDF).

[image via Think Big Sacramento]

38th Street East Sacramento Blood Drive On July 21, 2011


If you get a chance, please stop by for the Third Annual 38th Street East Sacramento Blood Drive that will be held at 1141 38th Street in Sacramento on 20 21 July 2011 from 3PM to 7PM.

Blood donations will take place in a Bloodsource bloodmobile. This Mobile Blood Donation Vehicle is roomier than it appears from the outside, and nurses are very friendly.

Please donate. Takes less than an hour.

Location: 1141 38th Street, Sacramento

UPDATE: Just realized the date was wrong. Fixed. Hopefully someone noticed and decided to double-check?

[image via Bloodsource]

How Much Impact Can Walmart Have On A Downtown-Less City?


Elk Grove is a former bedroom community just outside of Sacramento. With 153,015 residents (as of 2010 Census), Elk Grove should no longer be considered as such, since it is a fully vested city that saw growth explode in the past two decades.

With such rapid growth, city leaders reacted instead of envisioned what kind of city that Elk Grove should be. Not surprisingly, the city lacks a true downtown or city center where business and civic activity can truly converge and concentrate.

Ironic, isn’t it, that city leaders would be reluctant to approve a zoning change to classify a Walmart as a “grocery store” so that the big box retailer could be unconstrained by such regulations as hours of operation limits or amount of floor space dedicated to the sale of non-taxable goods. (I am undecided as to whether the latter is more efficient than simply limiting the total amount of floor space in constraining Big Box.)

The Staff Report (PDF) lays out the definitions from the municipal code that regulates the types of businesses that can operate where and how they can operate.

But here’s some food for thought: If Walmart is known for “destroying” downtowns across America, then how much impact can it have on the economy of a city that doesn’t have a true downtown and few traditional local businesses? If the city has nothing from franchises and big box stores, then what would you be fighting for?

[image via Carlson]