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SacPress on Insight: Arena financing, gelato and chickens!

David Watts Barton discusses local news with Jeffrey Callison on Insight.

On Tuesday’s regular visit with Jeffrey Callison on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight,” we discussed this week’s unveiling of the arena financing deal, the long-awaited passage of the backyard chicken ordinance and the opening of a new gelato shop in Midtown.

The highly anticipated report by Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Think Big Sacramento committee should give Sacramentans a better idea of possibilities for financing the entertainment and sports complex the mayor has been pursuing for more than a year. It will be unveiled at a luncheon at the Sacramento Press Club on Thursday, and we will be there. Meanwhile, here’s our most recent story on the subject. 

On a much less grand scale, after two years of discussion, the City Council finally got around to passing the so-called “chicken ordinance,” which will take effect Nov. 1 and will allow people within the city limits to raise as many as three hens (but not roosters) in their backyards.

We also discussed Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, which was scheduled to be the last in the long, drawn-out redistricting process, with passions still running high concerning the move by Councilmembers Steve Cohn and Kevin McCarty to remove the UC Davis Medical Center from its traditional place in District 5 into McCarty’s District 6, a proposal that has drawn an ongoing public outcry. 

Still being largely ignored is the move to incorporate the downtown railyards into Cohn’s East Sacramento District 3, removing it from its connection to next-door downtown, which is moving from District 1 to District 4. The Old Sacramento City Association is against this land grab, and the Alkali Flat neighborhood nearest the railyards will be heavily impacted, but the area’s representative, Rob Fong of District 4, will not be representing the railyards.

Fans of gelato got a boost last week when a new gelateria opened in Midtown in the spot on 19th Street near Capitol Avenue that was previously occupied by Le Petit Paris. 

We also discussed a recent photo essay on GRAS (Green Restaurant Alliance of Sacramento), a consortium of local restaurants including Mulvaney’s, OneSpeed, Grange, Ella and others, who recycle their kitchen scraps into compost. 

To listen to the audio, click here. 

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