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Drive-thru, gun store, restaurant, pool discussed on ‘Insight’

On Tuesday morning’s Capital Public RadioInsight” program, I discussed a new gun store, a controversy about a McDonald’s drive-thru and other issues with host Beth Ruyak.

The first story we discussed was the opening of a pool in Southside Park. The Southside Park Pool only opened because of a grassroots effort led by the Southside Park Neighborhood Association, which saw a partnership with the city and the YMCA of Superior California.

A joint campaign between the city and Save Mart supermarkets raised $1 million to keep other pools open, but Southside Park Pool was not a part of that effort.

On a more controversial topic, a new gun store is slated to take the spot of the old Cornerstone breakfast place in Midtown. A firearms dealer license was issued last week, and while many residents and local business owners support the shop, others say Midtown isn’t the right place for it. Click to see their comments on the gun store.

Even more controversial than the gun store was the decision on whether a new McDonald’s in Oak Park would get a drive-thru approved. The City Council decided not to allow it, and the show was recorded before the meeting on Tuesday.

The chain restaurant appealed a Planning Commission decision that denied a drive-thru, and residents were looking to keep the drive-thru out of the area, citing nuisance concerns and the fact that it’s across the street from a UC Davis Med Center obesity clinic.

New to the grid is the Lil’ Hopper, an offshoot of the Sactown Hopper run by Allen Transportation. While the Sactown Hopper has been taking people between Sacramento State and the central city for a few months, the Lil’ Hopper starts this week, running a 30-minute circuit of popular restaurants, bars and clubs in the downtown and Midtown core. The $10 ticket is good for both bus routes.

Finally, we discussed the arrival of a new downtown restaurant with a concept similar to Dean and Delucca’s. Trio Restaurant, Bakery and Market is a Mediterranean-themed eatery that will move in to Eighth and J streets. It’s owned by Gönül Blum, who also owns Vanilla Bean Bistro, and it opens July 1.

Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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