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Tuesday morning's visit with Jeffrey Callison on KXJZ's "Insight" was full of some pretty good news, from the airport's new Terminal B being nearly ready to open, cars back on K Street and news of a proposed Firestone Public House to replace California Pizza Kitchen at 15th and L streets.
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted down an ordinance to close all the cannabis dispensaries in the county. Now a group of cannabis dispensary owners and stakeholders are proposing working with the county to create an ordinance similar to the city's, which allows dispensaries but regulates them. There are estimated to be as many as 65 dispensaries operating in the county, in addition to the 40 or so operating within the city limits. One advocate said that regulating the county dispensaries could raise as much as $4 million a year for the county. City dispensaries pay the city $40,000 for a license and then $12,000 a year.
There's some good news at the airport, with the construction of the new Terminal B, which wasn't set to open until next spring, opening this fall. That's months ahead of schedule and about $200 million less than originally projected. When construction began in 2008, the terminal project was expected to cost $1.27 billion and was scheduled to open in spring of 2012, but now it's expected to come in just over $1 billion and open in the fall. The reason is that a parking garage and hotel that were originally to be built have been postponed because of the recession.
After what seems like years – because it has been – cars may be back on K Street as early as November, with construction starting next month to convert four blocks of what has been a pedestrian mall back into a multi-use street. The City Council will vote on one of the final steps tonight, which involves taking away the street's designation as pedestrian-only. That means they'll be able to move forward on the project next month.
A lot of people objected when California Pizza Kitchen opened in the remodeled Firestone building at 15th and L in 2009, because they didn't want a chain in downtown. Turns out they were right, and California Pizza Kitchen will be replaced by a "public house" run by two local families with big successes in the area: The Wongs of The Park and the de Vere-Whites of de Vere's Irish Pub. They should be reopening the place early next year.
The Garlic Shack at 19th and J opened a couple of weeks ago, taking the place of Plum Blossom, which closed about six months ago. The garlic fries and rice bowls, made with gluten-free brown rice, are apparently popular. We have some pictures of the new place on the site.
If you were on K Street on Saturday night, you might have been a bit taken aback by all the undead walking around. They had arisen from their graves specially for the launch of the 10th year of the Trash Film Orgy, which opened its six-week run at the Crest Theatre with all sorts of gory and raunchy shenanigans and the first film in the series, "Return of the Living Dead." We have a review and lots of pictures.
And after 52 years in business, Capitol Aquarium at 29th and T has had to close its doors due to slowing business. The Koi pond is now gone. SMUD the electric eel and other fish known as Moby Dick and Sherbet are also gone – as are seven jobs.
And in GOOD business news, longtime vintage clothing store Cheap Thrills, which closed in May after more than 40 years in business, is reopening in a new location just a couple of blocks away, at 17th and L streets. And it's being reopened by its original owner, Linda McNally, with help from her family.
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