Jan 29: Mayor Kevin Johnson's State of the City
By the Editors
Next Thursday, January 29, Mayor Kevin Johnson will deliver his annual address on the current state of affairs for Sacramento.
The State of the City (#SacSOTC) is from 6pm-8pm at the Memorial Auditorium. The event is free, but you must register for tickets. They’re also asking all attendees to help the Coats and Cans Drive by bringing a donation of a new/gently used coat for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area and/or a canned food item for the River City Food Bank and Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.
Anyone who cares about the future of Sacramento should attend because the Mayor recaps achievements from 2014 and lays out his policy agenda for 2015. You’ll meet like-minded-civic-do-gooders, and there’s always a lively discussion on Twitter (#SacSOTC). They’ll also have the voice of the Sacramento Kings, Scott Moak (emcee), Hip Service, the Sacramento Choral Society and David Garibaldi to keep the crowd entertained and the energy high.
Predictions for 2015? The Mayor will cover a plethora of topics, but here’s what we’re hoping to hear…
- #GloryGlorySacramento: Will they, won’t they? The MLS sometimes feels like that ah-mazing guy you’ve been seeing for months, but he just won’t commit. You get along great, laugh at all the same jokes, he’s traveled to Sacramento to meet the entire town, you both enjoy being downtown with millennials, and our Mayor fully endorses the relationship…oh wait, now we’re just talking about MLS. Fingers crossed that 2015 is the year we confirm that MLS is coming to Sacramento. And while just about everyone agrees that the team should be housed at the downtown Railyards, there are many miles left in the process (including City Council support) before it becomes a sure thing. Bonus points for discussing the future of the Sacramento Public Market, which hopes to find a home at the train depot.
- TBDFest, Part Deux: If you missed TBDFest 2014, then you just plain missed out. It proved – once and for all – that Sacramento can host festivals on par with anyone else. We hope the Mayor champions and empowers others to throw similar events, especially with the continued focus on local vendors, art and food.
- SacramentoESC: The team is staying in Sacramento, and the new downtown arena is literally rising before our eyes. And like we had hoped, there’s signs of economic development popping up all over town (see here, here and here). Are the Kings solely responsible? Of course not, but the arena deal sent a clear and strong signal that it’s OK for private investment dollars to start re-flowing back into the community after a nasty recession. Scheduled to open in fall of 2016, 2015 will continue to focus on construction and community engagement (e.g. the Kings have surprised workers with lunch, onlookers with treats from Slamson and regular drone footage offering a behind-the-scenes look at construction). But 2015 is also likely to bring a slew of retail/restaurant announcements for the surrounding plaza, and our fingers (and toes) are crossed it’ll be a healthy mix of LOCAL establishments and millennial stores. Yes to Lululemon, Apple, Anthropologie, CB2 and H&M…No thanks to Coldwater Creek, Radio Shack, TGIFriday’s or Metro PCS.
- Urban Farming: Ok, if West Sacramento can figure this out, surely we can too. We know, we know – that’s like comparing apples and oranges, but the benefits of urban farming are long and varied so let’s just #JFDISac, shall we? Learn more on how Sacramento could bring the farm-to-fork movement to your backyard here and here.