Janey Way Memories: Remembering Catholic Youth Organization Basketball

Last Friday night, I watched my grandson Angelo play in a youth basketball game. It was a blast. Angelo at 4 feet, 10 inches tall was one of the big kids on the court.
The boys played on the main basketball court at San Juan High School—a regulation court with 10-foot baskets. They looked pretty small on the big court, but their enthusiasm and endurance amazed me. When Angelo took a rebound, he drove the ball quickly up court, before passing the ball to an open shooter. Later in the second half, he took a long shot which rolled around the rim and dropped in. That shot gave his team a 2-point lead, which they never relinquished. The final score was 33 to 31.
Watching the boys play brought back memories of my own youth basketball experience in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball league. I joined the Saint Mary’s CYO right after graduating from Saint Mary’s School in 1960. Father John Puliz, the pastor of the church, started the club that same year. He felt the teenagers, who attended the church, needed a wholesome outlet for their youthful energy. The activities sponsored by the CYO included dances, trips, and team basketball. I signed up right away for basketball.
We had our first fall practice at Kit Carson Junior High School in East Sacramento. Bob Hocking served as the coach of our team. Coach Hocking had played basketball at Sacramento State College. He had lot of knowledge to share with our inexperienced, young team, which included my friends Dan Petrocchi and Dick Mckechnie. We learned how to play a three, two-zone defense and how to run a 1-3-1 offense. We had already knew the basics of basketball (dribbling, passing and shooting), but did not know how to play as a five-man team. Coach Hocking had his work cut out for him, but over time he molded us into a pretty good team.
In October we started our 10-game season. It was so exciting. Coach Hocking assigned me to the point guard position. My responsibilities included dribbling the ball up court and initiating plays. I had a pretty good set shot, and the coach encouraged me to take it when I had the opening. I remember scoring in double figures during a few of our games. That made me feel like my hero Bob Cousey of the Boston Celtics. Other times I passed the ball to big Dick Mckechnie in the key or to Dan Petrocchi on the wing. Dan had a good jump shot and often scored on those opportunities.
Our team played against teams from Sacred Heart, St. Francis, Immaculate Conception, All Hollows, and Saint Patrick’s churches. All the teams were very competitive, and the games were close—no blow-outs here. In the end, we took second place. Immaculate Conception, with their 6-foot, 8-inch center, won the league.
I have never forgotten my CYO youth basketball experience. In fact, I often see coach Hocking at meetings of the Dante Club of Sacramento. He always says, “How are you doing kiddo? Keep writing those columns.” I am glad the old coach enjoys reading my stories. I certainly have never forgotten all he taught me, another inspirational Janey Way Memory.


Meet the candidates: Political forum at John F. Kennedy High School set for Monday, April 28

Candidates for Sacramento City Council District 7 and California Assembly District 9 have confirmed their presence at the political forum at John F. Kennedy High School, which is set for Monday, April 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the large, 465-seat, state-of-the-art theater. Moderated by Sacramento City College communications instructor Jared Anderson, and hosted by the Pocket News, Nextdoor Greenhaven, JFK High School, and Access Sacramento, the event is an informational, community building political forum. It is not a debate.

Students at Kennedy and City College have been invited to attend and ask questions – some instructors are offering students extra credit for attending, and volunteers from the League of Women Voters will have a table for voter registration. Candidates will be given two minutes to provide a biography before questions are asked. City council candidates will go first at 6:30 p.m. and assembly candidates will go second. We will also do a plug for Measure B.

If you have any questions you’d like me to save for the forum, email them to me at editor@valcomnews.com. What follows is some information on Measure B and biographies along with top issues our candidates will be addressing at the forum.

Vote YES on Measure B – For the Libraries

The following measure is approved for the June 3, 2014 ballot. Measure B—Pertaining to a Parcel Tax for Core Library Services:
“Should library services for all City residents including children, teens, adults and seniors, be preserved, including after-school reading programs, homework assistance, library operating hours, 24/7 online access, programs for seniors, and other services, by enacting a new $12 per year single-family residential parcel tax for 12 years, and specified amounts for other uses, adjusted for inflation, that the State cannot take, with independent financial audits to ensure funds are spent only on City of Sacramento libraries?” No argument against was submitted.

The following is taken from “www.bethereforlibraries.org: Measure B augments the existing city parcel tax by just one dollar per month and requires independent yearly audits to protect tax payers. Measure B requires that all funds be spent exclusively for local library services within the City of Sacramento.

Measure B is needed to:
Keep three new libraries operating, provide for the increased demand for online services, ensure that all libraries stay open evenings and weekends so people can actually use our libraries, maintain the library’s after-school homework and reading programs for our school children and story time for preschoolers, provide quality books, library materials, and free children’s programs, protect library operating hours and 24/7 online access to library resources, preserve library services for seniors and families who are trying to improve their lives, allow people who don’t have computers at home access to the internet, continue to make quality library materials, programs, and services available at all libraries.

City Council District 7 candidates

Julius Cherry
Julius Cherry retired from the Sacramento Fire Department at the rank of Fire Chief in 2007 after more than 30 years of service. Prior to becoming Chief, he held the ranks of firefighter, captain, battalion chief, assistant chief, and Deputy Chief of Support Services. Julius has also been a practicing attorney for 22 years, handling a variety of civil matters. He is the CEO of The Cherry Consulting Group, which provides advisory services to fire protection organizations.

Julius chairs the Community Advisory Board for Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West). He is past chair and current board member of Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley and Northern California. In 2011, he chaired the Sacramento Redistricting Citizens Advisory Committee, charged with advising the city government on reshaping the eight council districts after the 2010 census. From 1994 to 2001, Julius served and chaired the Sacramento County Project Planning Commission, assisting the commission in making entitlement decisions. He is a past board member of the Sacramento County Fair Board as a governor appointee.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Julius attended night school to earn a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a bachelor of science in public administration from California State University, Sacramento. Julius is married with three daughters, one son, and four grandchildren.

Rick Jennings
Why I’m running for City Council? I love this district and this city, where I’ve lived and raised my family since 1986. I believe I have the skills, experience and drive to make this district and city the best they can be.

Running for this office is a natural progression of what I’ve done over the last 28 years in this community. In 1996, I was recruited by then-Mayor Joe Serna to run for the Sacramento Unified School Board and to restore the community’s trust in the school district. I was proud to serve our kids for 12 years, focusing on rebuilding our neighborhood schools and improving student achievement.

I have also been the Executive Director of the Center for Fathers and Families, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and building communities in Sacramento, for nearly 20 years. The Center currently serves over 1,700 young people daily in before and after school programs and 400 adults with parenting classes and other comprehensive services.

Through the years I have volunteered as a coach for youth sports, served on various boards and commissions and been involved with many neighborhood groups. From the relationships I’ve developed, I am proud to be endorsed by neighborhood leaders like Supervisor Jimmie Yee, May O. Lee, Kathi Windheim, Shane Singh, Lee Dumas, Willie Caston, Didion Elementary School Principal Norm Policar, and the Sacramento Police Officers Association.

It is my commitment to this community and its continued prosperity that has always been my impetus to be involved and I can think of no better manifestation of my experience than to serve on the City Council.

My Priorities in Office: A Strong Economy & Strong Neighborhoods

The City needs to improve its service delivery. From 2007 to 2012, the City cut staff, reduced services, and laid off Police Officers to deal with continued budget deficits. This has hurt our neighborhoods.

As our economy recovers and more resources are available, we must restore city services to their pre-2007 levels and ensure that revenues generated from Downtown revitalization are returned for neighborhood services.

Specifically I will:
Promote public safety by fully staffing police, increasing neighborhood patrols, and supporting and re-establishing initiatives like Cops and Clergy and the Gang Task Force;
Expand neighborhood watch programs and make sure every neighborhood has the support it needs to keep our streets safe;
Encourage small business expansion and job creation by creating local business incubators and ensuring that Delta Shores is built responsibly with jobs for our community and opportunities for small businesses;
Partner with schools and libraries to expand community programs through grants, partnerships and private sector fundraising to provide new opportunities for youth and seniors.

Abe Snobar
I have been a longtime resident of Sacramento and spent all of my formative years being raised in, and by, District 7. As a youth I attended Sam Brannan Middle School in the Pocket Area and later graduated from Valley High School in the Valley Hi area. From Valley High, I went on to earn my bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from California State University, Sacramento. In short, I truly am a “Sacramentan.”

I spent my early professional career as a Special Education teacher and a high school and college football coach. As an employee of the Elk Grove Unified School District for 14 years, I was involved with the district’s success in raising the API scores from the mid-500s to 744, where they sit currently. My passion for teaching is paralleled with my passion for leading. Today, I am part of the Delta Ducks Minor League football team as an assistant coach, a voice in the Entertainment Sports Complex, and I am a member of the Sacramento Metro Chamber as a small business entrepreneur.

My passion for leading, listening, and learning comes second only to raising my two lovely daughters, Sophie and Ella. Vote for Abe.

CA Assembly District 9 candidates

Jim Cooper
Jim Cooper has served his community for more than 29 years – as a highly decorated law enforcement officer, a mayor, a city councilmember, and volunteer working with at-risk youth.

Cooper is currently a captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, where he commands the Court Security Division. As a former commander of the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force, focusing on apprehension of child predators and identity thieves, he oversaw dramatic increases in prosecution and arrests of child predators.

His law enforcement career includes nine years working undercover to fight gang violence and drug trafficking. He has earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star Bravery for heroic actions during the 1991 “Good Guys” hostage crisis. He also served two years as the Sheriff’s Department’s spokesperson.

Cooper is a lifetime member of the California Narcotics Officers Association and is well-regarded for his youth drug prevention teaching curriculum, to teach students about the dangers of narcotics and educate parents about the warning signs of drug use. He has also taught Criminal Justice at local community colleges and universities.

Cooper has spent the past 13 years serving the people of Elk Grove, as the city’s first mayor, with a total of two terms as mayor and four terms on the city council.

As the city’s first mayor, Cooper helped establish the governing values of fiscal responsibility, transparency, accessibility and regional partnership that the city still tries to live by. The fiscal foundation laid by his administration as mayor was critical to achieving 10 consecutive balanced budgets, building a healthy reserve, and avoiding the police layoffs that have plagued neighboring communities.

Cooper also worked to make Elk Grove one of the region’s greenest cities, and has prioritized balancing growth and preserving the community’s quality of life by tackling issues like traffic, housing, and job creation.

At the same time, he was critical in setting up the city’s first gang/narcotics unit and a local 9-11 Communications Center, and put more police officers on the street.

Cooper has had a lifelong passion for community service and young people, and has served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, WIND Youth Services, and the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home.

Cooper grew up in Sacramento, is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy and FBI National Academy and earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Mary’s College.

Darrell Fong
Darrell Fong was born and raised in Sacramento, California and has lived in the Pocket Greenhaven area for nearly 30 years. Darrell attended C.K. McClatchy High School, Sacramento City College, and Sacramento State University.

Darrell was elected to the Sacramento City Council, representing the 7th District, in 2010. Darrell has been a vocal advocate on finding a comprehensive statewide water policy and opposing the delta tunnels, creating jobs through economic development, and keeping neighborhoods safe in the City of Sacramento. Darrell started a community discussion to begin connecting the Sacramento River Parkway to the 119-mile American River Parkway. A strong supporter of working families, Darrell has provided representation to previously underserved communities in the district, providing after-school sports programs for kids.

Darrell, retired in 2009 from the Sacramento Police Department. Where he worked his way up the ranks, retiring as a captain. Darrell held various positions in the police department including, gang detective, patrol sergeant, narcotics and vice sergeant, Internal Affairs sergeant, lieutenant, Watch Commander, Metro Executive Lieutenant, Special Ops lieutenant (K-9, SWAT, EOD). As captain, Darrell served as Captain of the Special Investigations Detail, which includes the gang and narcotics units.

Darrell’s focus on alternative policing methods with kids began while he was supervising the School Resources Officers that provide security for the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and Natomas School District. He noticed that if kids were given alternatives options and positive direction, they performed better in school and stayed out of trouble. Darrell was the first officer from the Sacramento Police Department to attend and graduate from the Los Angeles Police Department West Point Leadership Program. Darrell has been recognized with resolutions from the California State Senate and Assembly for his work on investigating and suppressing Asian gangs in Sacramento.

A firm believer in community engagement leading to positive outcomes, Darrell has worked to organize monthly community food truck events, which have engaged thousands of constituents. An advocate for Sacramento’s food culture, he worked with members of the Sacramento food community to proclaim Sacramento America’s Farm to Fork Capital.

In addition to his distinguished service to the community as a Council Member and police captain, Darrell has spent innumerable personal house supporting organizations including the Council of Asian Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy and Leadership (CAPITAL), My Sister’s House Domestic Violence Shelter, Sacramento District Attorney Citizen Academy, and the Organization of Chinese Americans.

Darrell is married to his wife Joy, who works for the State of California, and has three children that have attended local schools. Darrell’s twin brother, Derrick, is a prominent local restaurateur.
As a candidate for Assembly, I committed myself to expand college opportunity by stopping tuition increases. I committed myself to protecting the Delta and the water supplies farmers in our region need. I remain clear on my commitment to closing tax loopholes that result in misery for those who rely on public services and harsh cuts to the public servants who provide those services.

Tim Gorsulowsky
Tim Gorsulowsky was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana where he learned, and continues to live with, the highest level of moral character. While in Louisiana, Tim graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business from East Texas Baptist University with continuing education in the MBA program.

In 1987, after graduating from college, Tim moved to California to assist his brother with organizing a new dermatology surgical practice. While in California, the opportunity arose to open a security services company in San Jose. This company started in 1994 ultimately expanded into a 165-employee operation with more than $4 million in annual revenue.

Tim’s philosophy offered in the business sector was to always treat the employees with high regard, while continually giving the client personal attention to detail. It was unusual to maintain an employee and contract base for an extended five to 10 years, but Tim’s philosophy and business technique proved this longevity could actually be accomplished.

Tim moved to the City of Saratoga, California in 1997 until transitioning to the beautiful City of Elk Grove in 2012.

If entrusted with your vote, Tim will provide a sincere effort to address all issues and concerns, regardless of political party, within the district.

He said, “political party agendas are not my concerns, but the issues and needs of the people I represent are my number one priority. It is my duty to handle these matters with a fair and honest approach, and work diligently for the betterment of all citizens within California.”

Tim’s primary goal is to exceed your expectations during the term by increasing the current socio-economic status in California. This will be accomplished by offering a five- and 10-year tax incentive plans to major companies that will successfully promote new business in California. The reduced business tax revenue will be offset by the revenue received from employment taxes.

Education is a major concern in District 9 that must be addressed by the Legislature. Promoting the longevity of our educators will be accomplished with improving the level of compensation. The plan will require a third party auditing of California school district budgets that will focus on reducing unnecessary expenses, then apportion the funds as a designated increase to our educators.

Many Californians have noticed the increase in DMV fee structure over the last few years. The programs offered by DMV should continue to be automated. This process will be promoted under Tim’s plan for the purpose of reducing the fees charged to residents.

Manuel Martin
My name is Manuel Martin and I am running for the 9th State Assembly district because I want Californians to prosper. For too long we have been voting for the same politicians to go to Sacramento. Year after year the people of California feel as though nothing changes. The truth is the difference between California’s 8 percent unemployment rate and North Dakota’s 2.6 percent unemployment rate is not Washington DC, it’s Sacramento.

I decided to run for office because I’m tired of the same old politicians who get elected just to make friends and cozy up to the lobbyists. While the politicians are in Sacramento networking and dining with special interest lobbyists, it’s the people who suffer. The people of the 9th district deserve a hard working representative.

That’s why I pledge to my constituents, when elected I will have monthly town hall meetings to meet as many people as possible. It’s time we elect representatives who actually want to meet the people and find out what the people need. Your representative should be meeting you, not the lobbyists.

Each Assembly representative receives an annual allowance worth about $30,000 on top of their annual salary. Since I live locally, I don’t need the allowance. I am going to use it to help students achieve a quality education by using my allowance for college scholarships. Education is very sacred to me, and I want to help as many kids prosper as possible. Education is the cornerstone of the American way of life; I will fight to preserve equal opportunity to a quality education for all students. That’s why I am offended by SCA-5, a bill presented by the Democrats in the State Senate which would have allowed California universities to deny students admittance based of the color of their skin. My friends, we should never judge someone according to the color of their skin, yet Democrat Senators wanted to legalize discrimination. It’s horrendous to think we have elected representatives who are living in the Jim Crow era and legislating racial discrimination.

I decided to run for office to preserve the American dream that my family immigrated to the United States for. I am a first generation American whose family came here from the Azores Islands. Like many first generation Americans, English was not my first language I was raised speaking Portuguese. I grew up on my grandfather’s dairy farm and started working at the age of 12. I started a jelly company when I was 19 and was in about 15 stores with my product. I shut down the company to go back to school. I earned an A.S. degree in Business Management from Delta College. I was going to further my education with a degree in economics when I got hired by Hewlett Packard.

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer,” as John F. Kennedy once said. I’m here to be your representative not your politician. Feel free to call me 572-9241, or email manuelmartin2014@gmail.com. www.manuelforassembly.com

Diana Rodriguez-Suruki
Diana Rodriguez-Suruki has a long record of proven leadership at all levels of government. She has served as a manager for both county and state government. In 2008 she was overwhelmingly elected to serve as a Trustee for the Sacramento City Unified School District with over 66% of the vote.

Diana has been a leading advocate against harmful school closures. She has fought for transparency, accountability and proper spending of the school district’s $480 million budget. While serving as president of the school board, she uncovered wasteful spending and worked to redirect those funds into the classroom. She has advocated for the best teachers in our classrooms and closing the achievement gap.

Diana also has a long record of community service including serving in the following capacities:

• Distinguished member of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s Transition Advisory Team
• Past Board Member and Secretary for the nationwide Parent/Teacher Home Visit Program
• Chair, Sacramento 2010 US Census Latino Complete Count Committee
• Delegate Assembly Member, California School Boards Association (CSBA)

Diana has also participated in the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, President Obama’s White House Hispanic Policy Summit, and as a guest commentator on National Public Radio. She is a long-time public servant with a combined 15 years of work experience in the public sector. She has worked in all branches of local government – school, city, county and state.

In her experience, Diana has adopted spending priorities and managed county budgets. She has provided oversight and direction for various projects including multi-million dollar health care service contracts and computerized system upgrades. She has analyzed and built state department budgets and has experience identifying potential budget misappropriations. She has also analyzed and researched collective bargaining agreements that ensure public workers are fairly compensated and taxpayers’ money is spent responsibly.

Diana completed the National Economic Policy Institute from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and has a degree in finance from DeVry University. She lives in Sacramento and has three daughters – Ezra, Taja, and Alana. She enjoys cheering for her two youngest daughters at their weekend swim meets where they compete for the Parkway Dolphins swim team.

Three main issues she’ll be focusing on:
1) Strengthening Public Education
2) Improving government efficiency and accountability
3) Cracking down on the influence of big money and special interest groups in politics

Faces & Places: Easter!

Photos by Linda Pohl and Monica Stark
The Easter bunny also made an appearance at the Greenhaven Lutheran Church Easter egg hunt and carnival to a large crowd of children on Saturday, April 12. The event also featured a petting zoo.

Photos by Monica Stark
Children filled their Easter baskets with candy-filled eggs on Saturday, April 12 at the District 7 spring egg hunt held at Garcia Bend Park. The Easter bunny made an appearance and volunteers offered face painting for the children.

Helen Keller visited Sacramento a century ago

Courtesy of the Helen Keller archives in New Zealand  Black and white photograph of Helen Keller with the inscription: To the Helen Keller House Girls, with my grateful love Helen Keller, November 1947. Inscription written in pencil by Helen Keller on the photograph. Typed letter written by Helen Keller and signed by her in pencil, to Kathleen Devonshire. Dated November 4th, 1947 and sent from Arcan Ridge, Westport, Connecticut.  (Archives reference: AAAA 8279 W5318 1/) For more information visit Archway: www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewEntity.do?code=8279

Courtesy of the Helen Keller archives in New Zealand Black and white photograph of Helen Keller with the inscription: To the Helen Keller House Girls, with my grateful love Helen Keller, November 1947. Inscription written in pencil by Helen Keller on the photograph. Typed letter written by Helen Keller and signed by her in pencil, to Kathleen Devonshire. Dated November 4th, 1947 and sent from Arcan Ridge, Westport, Connecticut. (Archives reference: AAAA 8279 W5318 1/) For more information visit Archway: www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewEntity.do?code=8279

For many years, the life of Helen Keller (1880-1968), the famous deaf-blind woman who overcame great disabilities, has been one of intrigue to many people. Those people included the Tuesday Club members and guests, who attended an event featuring Helen and her notable, skillful teacher, Johanna “Anne” Mansfield Sullivan Macy (1866-1936), who was best known as Anne Sullivan.
The event was of such interest to the community that several hundred people arrived at the Tuesday Club at 2724 L St., across the street from Sutter’s Fort and just west of East Sacramento, to greet Helen and her teacher on Monday, March 16, 1914 at 8 p.m. The crowd was believed to have been the largest audience to have ever assembled at the Tuesday Club in its then 18-year history.
A report on the event in the following day’s edition of The Sacramento Bee was quick to note that Anne was of “almost equal interest” to the attendees of the gathering due to her dedication and success in working with Helen.
Prior to Anne’s involvement with Helen, she had been raised in poverty by Irish immigrants. Her father was an alcoholic and her mother died from tuberculosis when she was 9 years old.
When she was about 7 years old, Anne, who was a native of Feeding Hills, Mass., developed trachoma, which severely affected her vision.
Anne, who began attending the Perkins Institution for the Blind (now Perkins School for the Blind) in Watertown, Mass. in 1880, underwent successful eye operations in 1881 and 1882.
On March 3, 1887, about a year after she graduated as the valedictorian from the aforementioned school for the blind, Anne began her work tutoring Helen.
Helen, who was born in Tuscumbia, Ala., was the daughter of Civil War veteran and newspaper editor Arthur Keller and Kate Adams.
Although Helen was born with the ability to see and hear, when she was 1 and a half years old, she had lost those abilities due to what was then described by Helen’s doctors as an “acute congestion of the stomach and brain” or “brain fever.”
The professional medical belief today is that the mysterious illness that nearly took Helen’s life was possibly meningitis, scarlet fever, or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
With her condition, Helen often threw temper tantrums, broke items and physically attacked members of her family.
While seeking assistance for Helen, Arthur and Kate were referred to Alexander Graham Bell.
Bell, who was best known for inventing the telephone, also worked on projects to assist the deaf.
After spending time with the Kellers, Bell referred them to the aforementioned Perkins Institution for the Blind.
That school eventually recommended that Anne become Helen’s teacher and instruct her under the methods of Perkins’ first director, Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe (1801-1876).
Anne’s first project was to teach Helen discipline and self-control.
And once Helen became a calmer person, Anne began to teach her words by outlining letters with her fingers in Helen’s hands and associating those words with particular things.
Helen, who once said, “I have always felt I was using the five senses within me,” would eventually learn to read, write and speak. She also became competent in a few foreign languages and mathematics, and learned to ride a horse and dance in time to a fox trot or waltz.
Helen’s studies included formal schooling at the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York City and the Cambridge (Massachusetts) School for Young Ladies.
In the fall of 1900, Helen became the first deaf-blind person to attend college, when she enrolled at Radcliffe College (now Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study) in Cambridge. She accomplished the remarkable feat of graduating cum laude from that institution four years later.
Helen also became a published writer of both magazine articles and books. Her first book, “The Story of My Life,” was published in 1902.
With the assistance of Anne as an interpreter, Helen became involved with many lecturing events, including the featured lecture of this article: the Sacramento lecture of March 16, 1914.
In a preview for that hour-long event, The Bee, in its March 14, 1914 edition, referred to Helen’s ability to rise above her adversities with the help of Anne and others as “one of the greatest educational achievements of the age.”
And in commenting about Anne’s remarkable work with Helen, The Bee noted: “Mrs. Macy has been the teacher, guide and friend of Miss Keller for twenty-seven years. She made an accomplished woman out of a sightless, voiceless, deaf little animal that at 6 years of age (when Mrs. Macy first took charge of her) had not seemingly the semblance of intelligence.”
In further publicizing the event, the article included the following words: “About two years ago, Charles White, a singing teacher of New England added his efforts to Mrs. Macy’s in an attempt to teach her to talk, the success of which will be demonstrated next Monday evening by Miss Keller herself. The young woman speaks three (languages) and reads five languages besides playing the piano and violin. She has written two successful books and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe – a well-known women’s college.”
Despite this historic account’s reference to Helen’s piano and violin playing ability, it should be recognized that she actually did not play an instrument.
In a June 25, 1950 New York Times article, which was written in celebration of Helen’s 70th birthday, it was mentioned that “legend has guilded (sic) the lily of her achievement and by exaggeration almost belittled it. Helen Keller does not paint or play the piano. Even as a child she was too impatient to model in clay; she wanted to use her hands in reading and she read so much the tips of her fingers ached.”
Prior to the night’s lecture at the Tuesday Club, which was entitled “The Heart and the Hand,” the audience experienced some suspense as only Anne initially appeared on stage.
During that time, Anne, who married a Harvard University instructor named John Albert Macy on May 3, 1905, explained that the audience should not expect too much when listening to Helen’s speech.
Anne later demonstrated the method in which Helen learned to speak.
That method was explained in the March 16, 1914 edition of The Bee, as follows: “Even more Herculean (than reading by Braille) was the task of learning to speak through pure mechanical development of the muscles of the throat, the position of the tongue and the vibrations received by placing her hands on the throat and lips and nose of her teacher.”
In describing the moment in which Helen spoke at the Tuesday Club, The Bee noted: “Listening intently, the greater portion of what she said could be heard, and little or none of it was missed by those seated near enough to see the movement of the lips and mouth. It was really an overwhelming moment for most of her listeners.”
During a question and answer session at the event, which was free to Tuesday Club members and had a nominal cost for other attendees, Helen was asked how she was enjoying California.
With a smile, Helen replied, “Oh, I like it. It’s so full of sweet smells.”
And after being asked to name her favorite faculty, Helen spoke about “hearing” the vibrations of music through her feet.
Helen also expressed her disappointment with not being able to speak to Sacramento schoolchildren during her visit to the capital city due to her scheduled trip to San Francisco on the following day.
Anne and Helen later took on another joint activity, as they performed in vaudeville acts from 1922 to 1924.
Anne passed away at the age of 70 on Oct. 20, 1936. She was completely blind in both eyes at the time of her death.
As Anne was beginning to lose her sight completely in about 1933, Helen began teaching her to use a new form of Braille.
In commenting about that act of kindness and appreciation, The New York Times noted: “The ‘blind leading the blind’ will henceforth have a new meaning wherever the story of Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller is known.”
After the death of Anne, Polly Thomson became Helen’s aide. Thomson died in 1960, and Winifred Corbally took on the role of Helen’s assistant until Helen’s death.
Although Helen, who became an advocate for the disabled, a political activist and visited in the White House with every U.S. president from Grover Cleveland to John F. Kennedy, died 26 days shy of her 88th birthday on June 1, 1968, her legacy as one who overcame tremendous obstacles in life remains one of America’s most inspirational stories.


Know your neighbor: The Candy man from East Sacramento

Chock-full of countless chocolate Easter bunnies and eggs, Andy’s Candy Apothecary, located at 1012 9th St., is a pastel-colored paradise decorated with kid-tested baskets, as well as slightly more “grown up” baskets. Just two months ago, it was all about chocolate hearts wrapped in red. “We sold out of all of the chocolate!” East Sacramentan Andy Paul, the store’s owner, said about the holiday made for sweeties. “I was floored by how much business we had. It was crazy, but it was a good problem to have.”

The easy-go-lucky, but highly organized sweet tooth, has a high bar for quality candies. Winning last year’s Sacramento Downtown Partnership foundation’s “Calling All Dreamers” business competition Andy said owning a candy store has been a dream, a “pipe dream really” for about three years, though he’s been passionate about candy all of his life.

In an interview with the East Sacramento News, Andy discussed his passion for candy and how it’s evolved over the years.

“I always loved candy,” Andy said. “I bought it with all of my allowance, stockpiled it, and could sit down and eat a pile of it just for fun. And then as I matured, it changed, but never went away. Here’s my philosophy about candy now: There is a lot of candy out there, and a lot of it is just OK. Lots of candy gets by just because it’s sweet, or chocolatey, or whatever, but really great candy is something special. It capitalizes on the sweetness and brings something else: unique flavors, well-crafted textures that make the eating of it a more divine experience.”

“For quite a while I have been a seeker and collector of great and unique candy (such as) oldiegoodies, new funky items, international candy. I even had a small candy cabinet in my house that looks like a small candy store. And, then over the last four or five years, candy stores and, sometimes, bakeries have become a part of how I tour another city. It’s one of the first things I do a Yelp search for. And I especially fell in love with a few really wonderful candy stores in San Francisco. They were carrying great things (and not just things they make, but things from all over, that I’d mostly never seen before). So finding great candy just became a hobby of mine.”

So the idea for his store came from his travels and the exploration of these places, but also from a thought he kept having about Sacramento. Included his description of this topic, he said:

“We moved here in 2001 and we were told by snotty Bay Area friends how ‘Sacramento is boring. Don’t move there,’ but we fell in love with it anyway, and it kept getting more cosmopolitan and foodie and I kept thinking: Sacramento is totally ready for some kind of specialty candy store. There are plenty of gourmet foodies, (even including), food trucks.”

Under the direction of what he calls “curated collection” concept, Andy decided that while he is an amateur candy maker, he refrains from making anything for the store, since it would complicate business operations. Plus, he said his “stuff really doesn’t compete (yet) with all of the amazing things” he can find. While he first searches the local candy scene for the best products, he doesn’t limit himself geographically.

“I have a high bar for quality—I wasn’t going to use local candymakers if the product wasn’t quality,” he said.

Luckily, the growing Sacramento scene supports some great local candymakers, and he chose some of their products to carry in the store, including Rock Toffee from Margie G Sweets, dark chocolate rocky road from Oscura, and bars from Midtown-based Ginger Elizabeth. “Her chocolate is fantastic and certainly deserves to be held up against the other amazing selection of bars in the store,” Andy said.

Outside of Sacramento, he gets regular deliveries of finely-crafted truffles and caramels from Oakland-based Michael Mischer and Barlovento, as well as, chocolates from Casa de Chocolates in Berkeley. “These chocolatiers are some of the best I know at what they do. They make a quality product that tastes great, looks great, and is unlike anything else you can find in Sacramento,” he said.

For other unique products Andy’s Candy carries, Andy had to look further away. Candies from Colorado-based Helliemae’s Handcrafted Caramels are made with dark sugar that, Andy describes as a little less sweet than a typical caramel. It’s “super soft, and crafted with great flavors,” he said, adding that “Raley’s cut-rock candy (from Florida) is hilarious—each piece of hard candy has a different design on it, such as emoticons, or a coffee cup, or the word ‘thanks’—-and it tastes great.”

Upon discussing his dislike for mainstream chocolates, like Hershey’s, Andy said, “they’re not made with much real cocoa anymore—they’re substituting other things and flavors because it’s cheaper and because, by and large, no one in the mainstream market seems to care.”

A father of two daughters, ages 6 and 10, Andy said the girls’ opinions of their dad owning a candy store has changed since opening day, Dec. 13, 2013. Though the novelty has weared off, they still get excited when he brings home samples.


New Brookfield School site is a place of much history

Pimentel’s Ingleside Café – now known as The Trap – is shown in this c. 1912 photograph. Part of the original Pimentel family home is shown on the left hand side of the photograph. The people standing in front of the bar and grocery business building are, left to right: Anna Savoie, Ernest Garcia (child), Joe Prady, Mamie Koch (child) and Ernest “Alvin” Savoie. Photo courtesy of PHCS

Pimentel’s Ingleside Café – now known as The Trap – is shown in this c. 1912 photograph. Part of the original Pimentel family home is shown on the left hand side of the photograph. The people standing in front of the bar and grocery business building are, left to right: Anna Savoie, Ernest Garcia (child), Joe Prady, Mamie Koch (child) and Ernest “Alvin” Savoie. Photo courtesy of PHCS

As the dust continues to take flight on the 5-acre, future Brookfield School site behind The Trap bar at Riverside Boulevard and 43rd Avenue, the topic of history is also in the air.
For instance, until Friday, March 21, the 90-year-old concrete stairs and foundation of a building could be seen a few hundred feet north of the bar.
Many Riverside-Pocket area residents recall when a house was once located on that foundation.
Although many people might imagine that the house was demolished, it was actually moved in two sections in 2004 by the Fisher Bros. House Moving Co. of Manteca, Calif.
According to the Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society, the structure was transported to a lot somewhere on T Street in Sacramento.
A request by this publication for additional details regarding that move from the Manteca company were not yet fulfilled upon the deadline for this article.
The house was built in 1924 for Tony Pimentel, then-owner of the bar, which would later become known as The Trap.
Tony resided in that home with his wife, Margaret “Maggie” (Valine) Pimentel, who he married on Jan. 21, 1916, and their children, Lloyd, Kathryn and Geraldine.
All three of the Pimentel children attended Sutter School on Riverside Boulevard, about a half-mile south of Sutterville Road. The old schoolhouse still stands at 4605 Karbet Way and is presently home to Cabrillo Civic Club No. 5.
Although many people today would identify the 5-acre site that includes The Trap as being located in the Pocket, the site is actually part of the historic Riverside area.
The northern boundary of the Pocket is located at the sharp “S” turn of Riverside Boulevard at 43rd Avenue.
The Pocket lies on the south side of the boulevard, while the Riverside area (which includes the 5-acre site where The Trap sits) is located on the north side of the boulevard.
Incidentally, historic school districts in those areas used the same boundaries.
Schoolchildren residing in the Pocket area attended schools of the Lisbon School District. Those schools were the Upper Lisbon School and the Lower Lisbon School.
The aforementioned Sutter School was attended by children of the Riverside area, thus coinciding with the previous trivia that the Pimentel children attended that school.
The left hand side of a c. 1912 photograph accompanying this article shows a portion of the Pimentels’ original house on the property, which has become the future site of Brookfield School.
Although the house had a rural, county address during its early years, it would later acquire the address of 6115 Riverside Blvd.
Tony and Maggie resided in their Riverside Boulevard home until about 1960, when they moved into a 1935 Tudor-style house at 2622 14th St. in Land Park.
After Tony died at the age of 74 on Aug. 26, 1968, Maggie continued to live in the 14th Street house, which still stands about two blocks south of Broadway.
Maggie continued to reside in Sacramento until her death at the age of 97 on Sept. 3, 1991.
As for the Pimentels’ former Riverside Boulevard home, Tony and Maggie sold the house to Don E. Garwood (1907-1980) and his wife, Edith E. (Noland) Garwood (1914-1996), in 1968. The Garwoods were the original proprietors of The Pocket Club at 5043 Freeport Blvd.
The more dominant structure shown on the right hand side of the aforementioned c. 1912 photograph is the building that would become The Trap, and was then known as Ingleside Inn.
Despite its misleading name, the business was not a place designated for offering overnight accommodations for guests.
Eventually, the name of the business was changed to Pimentel’s Ingleside Café and was unofficially known by many locals as Pimentel’s Saloon.
Tony and Maggie Pimentel are shown in their wedding photograph on Jan. 21, 1916. Photo courtesy of PHCS

Tony and Maggie Pimentel are shown in their wedding photograph on Jan. 21, 1916. Photo courtesy of PHCS

In addition to the building’s use as a bar, which was located on the larger, north side of the structure during its early years, groceries were displayed in the building’s smaller, southern section.
There were two entrances to the building, so that women and children did not have to walk through the bar.
Originally, the bar and grocery store in the building was owned by a single, Italian man.
Estimated by some people to have been built in the 1860s but at least before 1885, the building, like most other early historic sites of the area, was associated with the Portuguese.
The bar and grocery business became a Portuguese-owned place in 1912.
It was then that Tony’s mother, Anna Leonora Garcia Pimentel, who was then a widow for the second time, bought the bar and liquor license, so Tony could have a business of his own.
Since Tony was 19 years old at that time, and thus too young to legally work in a bar, he established a partnership with his non-Portuguese brother-in-law, Ernest “Alvin” Savoie, who was married to Tony’s half-sister, Ana “Annie” Garcia.
Tony supervised the grocery area in the building, while Alvin worked as the bartender.
Two years later, when he was of legal age to work in the bar, Tony became the business’ bartender.
During that era, the bar had an area with tables and chairs for relaxing or playing cards.
Because of the high concentration of Portuguese who were residing in the area at that time, the bar was mainly a place of socialization for Portuguese men of the area.
When the old bar and grocery store building was relocated to its present location, it was placed in an easterly to westerly position, as opposed to its former northerly to southerly position.
It was also at that point in the structure’s history that the smaller grocery area became the bar, and groceries were no longer sold in the building.
As for the greater sized area of the structure, it began to be used as an even larger sitting area, and occasionally on Saturday nights, it was used for dancing the Portuguese chamarrita with two musicians playing their string instruments.
Sometime after the bar building was moved, it was altered when a bedding space and kitchenette was added to the structure.
Eventually, Alvin became ill, at which time Tony purchased his interest in the bar. Alvin died at the age of 67 on Aug. 15, 1954.
Tony and Maggie later purchased an additional 15 acres adjacent to the bar and their home, and Tony began farming on that site.
As Tony’s interest in farming increased, he hired two of the Barsanti brothers, who lived in the Riverside area, to run the bar. And in 1930, Tony sold the bar.
In speaking about the operation of the bar during the years of Prohibition, Pocket historian Dolores (Silva) Greenslate said that This house, shown in its original location on Riverside Boulevard in March 1998, was constructed for the Pimentel family in 1924. Photo courtesy of PHCSProhibition had little affect on the bar.
“(The bar) was way out here in the Riverside-Pocket area with all the farmers and no inspectors came around here,” Greenslate said. “They had bigger fish to catch, plus this was just a beer and wine bar. (Inspectors) were more concerned about people bootlegging whiskey and things like that.”
Since Tony’s ownership of the bar, which was eventually known as the Ingleside Club, the business has changed proprietors several times.
One of those owners was Eileen Strange, who renamed the bar, The Trap.
As the story goes, in 1964, Strange decided to rename the bar after she had invited her friends to visit “the trap” that she acquired.
Strange, who was a former West Sacramento resident, lived at 4221 South Land Park Dr. during her proprietorship of The Trap.
The last owners of the bar, while it was operating under the name Ingleside Club, were Manuel and Ernie Simas, who were relatives from an old Pocket Portuguese family.
Manuel Simas, who resided at 7594 Pocket Road, and Ernie Simas, who lived at 7572 Pocket Road, purchased the bar in about 1959 from the bar’s previous owner, Jerry Andrews, who made his home in the upper level of the bar building.
In about 1967, Martin L. and Iona Kroeker, who were residents of the nearby town of Freeport, became the new proprietors of The Trap.
Other later owners of the bar were Glen Kelly (1968-69), Don M. Redmond and Donald Hart (1970-72), Jack L. Pugh (1973-77), West Yeargin (1978-79) and Mousa Tayyeb (1980-83).
Many longtime patrons of The Trap fondly remember Kathi Acquah, who owned the bar from about 1984 until her death in about 2005.
A later owner of The Trap, Rich Crudo (1947-2010), was the father of the establishment’s present owners, Jen (Crudo) Kelly, Veronica Crudo, Matt Crudo and Melissa (Crudo) Jimenez.
As presented in the last edition of this publication, Veronica Crudo expressed her concern regarding the future existence of The Trap in relation to its proximity to the soon-to-be-constructed school.
Although people directly associated with the bar and the school have stated that they intend for both places to coexist, of course, only time will tell if The Trap, which is one of the few pioneer structures in the area, will become a longtime neighbor of the school.
And whether future generations will have the opportunity to view the possibly 150-plus-year-old bar, one thing remains indisputable: it is obvious that the new Brookfield School site is a place of much history.


KCRA Channel 3 first aired nearly six decades ago

KCRA’s radio and television studios were once located at the address of 310 10th St. in the buildings shown above. The structure to left was used for television purposes, while the other building was used for radio operations. Photo courtesy of Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Room

KCRA’s radio and television studios were once located at the address of 310 10th St. in the buildings shown above. The structure to left was used for television purposes, while the other building was used for radio operations. Photo courtesy of Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Room

Editor’s Note: This is part seven in a series about local people connected to the early days of television.

The Sacramento area received its third television station – behind the original Channel 40 and Channel 10 – with the debut of KCRA-TV Channel 3 on Saturday, Sept. 3, 1955. The station officially began with a 2 p.m. telecast from the State Fair, which was then located at Stockton Boulevard and Broadway.
In being that television was still in its pioneering days, attendees of that year’s fair were educated by KCRA-TV as to how television worked.
Among those who visited the 1955 fair was Gov. Goodwin J. Knight, who, like other visitors, was shown his own image on television sets in KCRA’s fair booth.
KCRA had been scheduled to begin its telecasting during the evening of Sept. 2, 1955, but technical difficulties prevented that goal from being met.
The Sacramento Bee, in its Sept. 3, 1955 edition, described the broadcast delay as being caused by the failure of a hoist motor that was intended to be lifted onto a 14,500-pound antenna atop the station’s 573-foot transmitter tower at 310 10th St.
Preliminary broadcast test and tone patterns were conducted during the evening of Sept. 2, 1955, and were continued the next afternoon, with periodic pickups from the State Fair.
The station, which has been an NBC affiliate since its inception, began its second day of televising regular NBC shows on Sept. 4, 1955 at noon.
Also appearing in the Sept. 3, 1955 edition of The Bee was architect Grant D. Caywood’s sketch of KCRA’s radio and television studios, which were being completed at the 10th and C streets site.
A caption below the sketch noted that the completed television studio had formerly been a garage and was undergoing remodeling for its intended television purposes. The structure, which was more precisely an old, Crystal Cream and Butter Co. dairy truck barn, had 16,000 square feet of floor space.
Adjoining that unit would be a new two-story radio studio, which would include 7,600 square feet of floor space.
KCRA-TV was originally under the proprietorship of Ewing Cole “Gene” Kelly, who co-founded radio station KCRA-AM in 1945, and brothers, C. Vernon, Gerald and Kenneth Hansen, owners of the Crystal Cream and Butter Co., which had its plant at 1013 D St.
KCRA-TV’s desire to present news in a timely manner was apparent in the station’s early years.
This point is evident alone in the fact that Channel 3 has used the slogan, “Where the News Comes First,” since 1957.
During the previous year, ‘Five-Minute News’ briefs began to be presented four days per week at 11 p.m. Those news spots were called “Channel 3 Reports,” a name that would be used for many years to come.
In explaining why KCRA-TV’s news spots lasted for only five minutes at that time, Carmichael area resident Bob Miller, who spent a decade working as the station’s art director, said, “The wisdom at that time amongst management – and not just at Channel 3, but throughout the industry – was news did not sell. So, you had five minutes of news and that was about it. I think Channel 3 was the first to go to 15 minutes. They finally went to a half an hour and everybody said, ‘You’re nuts.’ But it turned out to be very popular and, of course, they were the first to go with an hour. And when they said, ‘the news comes first,’ they really meant it, and they still do (mean it).”
A 1957 KCRA-TV advertisement notes: “KCRA-TV is the number one station in the big Sacramento market. Its daytime and nighttime popularity is demonstrated by its steady rise in (American Research Bureau ratings) to nearly 50 percent share of audience in less than two years. A growing list of national spot programs and more features from more major producers have contributed mightily to KCRA-TV’s overwhelming dominance in Sacramento.
“At night, KCRA-TV reaches 13 more counties than the second Sacramento station (Channel 10), which reaches only 10 counties.
“In the daytime, KCRA-TV reaches 10 more counties than the second Sacramento station, which reaches only two counties.”
Additionally, the advertisement notes that KCRA-TV was then “the highest rated NBC station in the West.”
As presented in the Stan Atkinson feature in this edition of the Arden-Carmichael News, Atkinson, as a KCRA reporter, traveled abroad to cover news in various countries. The first of these assignments occurred in Vietnam during the early 1960s.
On Sunday morning, Oct. 30, 1960, The Sacramento Union reported the unfortunate news that Ewing, a native of Missouri, had died from a heart attack in his home at 1051 46th St. during the previous day.
With his Texas-born wife, Nina N. Kelly, who he had married in Oklahoma City in about 1926, Ewing moved to Oakland in 1929. And while living in Oakland, he became the national advertising director for the Oakland Tribune.
In 1936, the Kellys moved to Sacramento, where Ewing established an advertising agency at 1007 7th St. And as previously mentioned, he co-founded radio station KCRA-AM nine years later.
Following Ewing’s death, his son, Robert E. “Bob” Kelly became KCRA’s president, and his other son, Jon S. Kelly, took on the role of the station’s general manager.
Additionally, at that time, KCRA was also served by C. Vernon Hansen, vice president; Nina N. Kelly, secretary; and Gerald Hansen, treasurer.
Construction on a 1,549-foot transmission tower near Walnut Creek began in 1959, and KCRA-TV began its transmission from that tower in January 1962.
KCRA-TV entered a new era in April 1962, when the station began operating under the control of the Kelly Broadcasting Co.
In reporting on that moment in the station’s history, The Union, on April 19, 1962, noted that during the previous day, Robert E. and Jon S. Kelly and their mother, Nina N. Kelly, had purchased Gerald and C. Vernon Hansen’s 50 percent interest in the company for $2.8 million.
KCRA-TV made history in 1965, as it became Northern California’s first television station to use color film for its newscasts.
Many longtime Sacramento area residents recall Bob Wilkins (1932-2009), who began working for KCRA-TV in 1963, and hosted horror films on the Seven Arts Theater program from 1966 to 1970.
After leaving KCRA, Wilkins hosted the popular television program, “Creature Features,” which was televised on San Francisco’s KTVU Channel 2 from 1971 to 1984.
He also played the role of Captain Cosmic on a KTVU kiddie show and worked for KTXL Channel 40.
KCRA-TV’s commitment to presenting news became more apparent in 1971 with its introduction of its first hour-long news program.
And with its desire to better serve the community, KCRA-TV launched another program, Call 3 for Action (now Call 3), in 1974. The often successful program is dedicated to assisting local consumers who are struggling with problems related to businesses or products.
The station’s use of remote cameras for live news reports began in 1975.
In 1979, KCRA-TV caught the attention of its viewers, as it introduced the use of its news helicopter, LiveCopter 3.
Seven years later, the station began using satellite technology in an effort to expand its news coverage.
On March 16, 1989, Nina N. Kelly died in Sacramento at the age of 87.
In addition to her dedication to KCRA-TV, Nina was also the founding director of River City Bank, which she assisted in establishing in 1973.
Among the station’s many advancements occurred in 1992, when it commenced its use of Doppler radar technology for its weather coverage.
KCRA-TV began a marketing agreement with KSCH (now KQCA) Channel 58 in 1994. Six years later, KQCA was completely acquired by the owners of KCRA-TV.
As the 20th century was nearing its end, so was the era of KCRA-TV’s operations under the proprietorship of the Kelly family.
On Jan. 5, 1999, Kelly Broadcasting Co. sold KCRA-TV to Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., which later became known as Hearst Television, Inc.
In addition to such aforementioned people as Stan Atkinson and Bob Miller, among the many people who contributed their talents as employees of KCRA-TV during various years were: Harry Martin (news anchor/entertainment reporter), Tom DuHain (weather forecaster, co-host of “The 7:30 Show” television newsmagazine program, etc.), Bob Whitten (news anchor), Carol Bland (anchor/reporter), Creighton Sanders (sports director), Gary Gerould (sports anchor), Walt Gray (news anchor/reporter), Harry Sweet (photographer), Gary Tomsic (photographer), Ed Sweetman (photographer) and Joan Lunden (news anchor/television special host).
Today, KCRA and KQCA share a studio and office facility at the address of 3 Television Circle, off D Street in Alkali Flat, just west of the former Crystal dairy plant site.


One Big Family: The CK MClatchy High School Law Academy

Here, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye speaks with the Law Academy students last year when they attended oral arguments at the California Supreme Court in San Francisco. Photo courtesy

Here, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye speaks with the Law Academy students last year when they attended oral arguments at the California Supreme Court in San Francisco. Photo courtesy

Coming into high school, Emmanuel Alcala didn’t know what he wanted to do when he was all grown up, as the saying goes. But ask him now, as a junior, and he will tell you: A probation or parole officer. Enrolled in McClatchy High School’s Law Academy since his sophomore year, Emmanuel’s professional inspiration is a welcome byproduct.
Established in the 2011-12 school year, the Law Academy is an exciting partnership between the education and legal professions in Sacramento. The Academy seeks to blend the academic with the practical. Class curriculum tilts toward things-legal, whether reading To Kill a Mockingbird, studying the civil rights movement, or discussing and debating conflicting federal and state marijuana laws.
Beyond traditional classroom instruction, the Academy plays host to a good number of guest speakers throughout the year. It also sponsors field trips touching virtually all aspects of the legal system, from touring the Legislature with Senator Darrell Steinberg to observing the California Supreme Court in session in San Francisco, with Chief Justice (and McClatchy alum) Tani Cantil-Sakauye personally welcoming the students.
It was during one of those field trips that Emmanuel got inspired. While most teenagers assiduously avoid juvenile hall, Academy students chose to walks it grounds. (Meaning no disrespect to their future alma mater, the students almost without exception noted how much nicer juvenile hall was than their high school…) While there, Emmanuel was profoundly struck by a probation officer’s description of his job. The officer said that he tried to serve as a role model to the incarcerated teens, and noted that many lack for supportive parents. Mindful of how fortunate he is when it comes to his own mother and father, the officer’s message resonated with Emmanuel.
And just how do Emmanuel’s parents feel about his intended profession? His father, a construction worker by profession , has always emphasized the importance of going to school and finding something meaningful to do in life. And Emmanuel’s mom? While similarly encouraging, she also wants her son to be… safe.
Another facet of the Law Academy is the offering of mentors from the legal profession. Recruited by the county bar association, over 50 lawyers from all backgrounds have signed on to serve as mentors. Throughout the school year, students and mentors meet at the school library to talk about school –and about life. Emmanuel is a big fan of his mentor, local attorney Don Fitzgerald. The McClatchy junior appreciates that his mentor is “down-to-earth,” having worked alongside his father delivering bread while growing up.
Another mentor getting a big shout-out from one of her students is recently-retired Assistant Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Maxwell. Ms. Maxwell spent a career in the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office, rising though it ranks to Bureau Chief, while raising three sons. A stalwart of the Law Academy’s Advisory Committee, the career prosecutor opened her office’s doors to numerous student interns. One such student, who also had the good fortunate of having Karen Maxwell as her mentor, is Law
Lawrence G. Brown/Judge/Sacramento Superior Court Photo courtesy

Lawrence G. Brown/Judge/Sacramento Superior Court Photo courtesy

Academy Senior Alejandra Magana, who will be among the Academy’s first graduating class this June. The first member of her family to earn a high school degree, Alejandra wants to follow in her mentor’s footsteps. She talks of her intern-work listening to jailhouse recordings between domestic violence offenders and their victims, and translating Spanish text messages in gang cases. Couple such assignments with her experience playing prosecutor during an Academy mock trial program at the federal courthouse, and an aspiring DA was born.
Playing the role of DA in mock trial also cinched it for Academy Junior Jarvis James. Jarvis loved “putting the pieces together” and “proving the other side wrong.” While his step-grandmother is a state lawyer and his grandparents are retired law enforcement, the McClatchy student credits the Academy for crystalizing his future plans.
As does Ariana Clark. One of the original 40 students in the program, the Academy senior wants to be environmental lawyer one day. Before enrolling in the Law Academy, Ariana intended to follow her mother’s advice by pursuing a career in the medical field. Mom can blame her daughter’s mentor, Michael Levy, for the change of heart. Mr. Levy serves as Chief Counsel of the California Energy Commission and, during his tenure as president of the Sacramento County Bar Association, was a moving force in the legal community in establishing the Academy.
And who do the students praise most for the quality of their experience in the Academy? Their teachers, of course. In the first year, veteran McClatchy teacher and retired attorney Linda Proaps, developed the program from scratch. As one senior enthused, “we love her.” And her successor over the past two years, Bennae Dillingham? “Amazing.” “She’s the best.” “She keeps it real.” “She slowly matured us.”
And perhaps the most important question – would the students recommend the Academy to future McClatchy students and their parents ? With nary a hesitation. While their larger class may reach 600, that they spend their time at McClatchy with the same 40 to 60 Academy students promotes a close-knit community. This resulting environment encourages even the more shy, such as Alejendra Serrano who plans to become a paralegal after being inspired by a guest speaker, to feel comfortable speaking up and being heard.
In the words of one student, “we are just one big family.”
Congratulations to McClatchy High School and the Sacramento County Bar Association establishing a program of great promise. My colleagues and I on the Sacramento Superior Court look forward to Academy alum gracing our halls one day, whether as practitioner, paralegal, or probation officer- or in the case of Law Academy Junior Ximena Moreno, whose public speaking and debate skills have been honed in the Academy, seeing her perform on Broadway.
Judge Brown is judge on the Sacramento Superior Court and a proud member of the C. K. McClatchy Law Academy Advisory Committee.

‘A Sacramento Burlesque’: Sacramento County Historical Society honored achievements related to local history with awards and dance performance

A new generation nostalgic for the revival of the burlesque emerged with a live performance in front of former dignitaries and regional historians at the Sacramento County Historical Society’s 2014 awards dinner and fundraiser held at the Dante Club on Tuesday, March 25.

From the preservation of historic buildings, to the documentation of history in the written word, to live reenactments, the annual event recognizes Sacramentans who have worked tirelessly to keep history alive. In attendance were history makers, including former mayors Anne Rudin and R. Burnett Miller, as well as former burlesque dancer Patty Russell.

Awarded this year, in the category of education, was the Sacramento History Museum Gold Rush program; for preservation, local business owner Chris Pendarvis for restoring the former Primo’s Swiss Club to its historical glory with its reincarnation as Arthur Henry’s Supper Club and Ruby Room; for publications, Valley Community Newspapers’ writer Lance Armstrong for his ongoing history series; and the special achievement award went to Thom Lewis, president of the West Sacramento Historical Society for demonstrating his passion of history of West Sacramento by co-authoring two books, published by Arcadia Press, titled West Sacramento and the Port of Sacramento, as well as curating the Museum and Visitor Center, the first museum in West Sacramento, which was established on Feb. 20, 2005.

The Bodacious Bombshells Burlesque Revue ended the annual dinner, titled “A Sacramento Burlesque”, with dance styles seen in Sacramento in the 1920s, 1940s and 1960s. Bombshells performer Bella Blue Eyes provided the first performance, set to 1920s jazz rhythms. Performer Chapelle interpreted the 1940s and 1950s, featuring big-band jazz music of the sort heard in West End jazz clubs, and Sugar Cheeks provided the third performance to the music of the 1960s.

Through out the night, members of the Bodacious Bombshells visited with Russell (stage name Patty O’Farrell), former professional burlesque dancer, who complimented Chappelle’s performance of staying true to the art form with her focus on “the tease.”

“She told me that I did wonderfully, that she loved my glove work and that I had captured the essence of classic burlesque. Coming from a legend it made my night. She shared with me a little about her history and current goals. We didn’t get to talk as much as I would have liked. We are going to have lunch once I’m back in town and free,” Chapelle said.

Batty Brulée, the marketing director for the Bombacious Bombshells, said she has loved burlesque since she was a young child, and is excited about her upcoming debut at ‘We’re All Bad Here—An Alice in Wonderland Burlesque Adventure’ on Saturday, April 12 at 8:30 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre. “I have loved burlesque since I was 5 years old. The (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) cartoons – the ones with the wolf and the dog and the girl. I wanted to be that girl and now I am,” she said.

Miller said when he was younger, he frequented a local parlor at 4th and K streets. In a short interview with this publication, he recalled his time spent there: “It ran for a long time. I went in the army, and when I came out, it was, to my amazement, still going. I had a good friend whose father owned it. I always wished I could own a burlesque parlor.” Miller said he was never terribly active with the historical society. “I had a lot of friends who were very active. They dragged me. I just come to the events.”

A member of the Sacramento County Historical Society since “forever,” Rudin was the first woman to be directly elected as mayor by Sacramento voters, a position she held from 1983 to 1992. “I figured (the Sacramento County Historical Society) was something I should be a part of, since I was a big part of history. I didn’t think I had that colorful of a life, but now that I’ve been through so much, I’ve been writing down my experiences for myself and my family (in the form of essays.) I never kept a diary. That’s something I regretted–that I didn’t write down things that happened to me from day to day, especially after I was in office. Now that I am distanced from it, I have begun thinking about it and I am now writing essays to myself, for myself, about things that have happened to me, people I’ve met – the things that made me enjoy my work on the city council and as mayor.”

Upon introducing the honorees, Sacramento County Historical Society president Greg Voelm, said: “Because history is our story, we’ve been telling it for 60 years here in Sacramento, and now, two to three generations of people have carried on the tradition. That’s how our kids know. People will defend what they love but they can’t love something they don’t know. So tonight we’re going to thank some of the people that have carried on the tradition to tell people the exciting story of the city that brought you the Gold Rush.”

The first award of the night for the category, education, went to the Sacramento History Museum Gold Rush program, which engages fourth grade students from the greater Sacramento area. Accepting on behalf of the program were volunteers Becci Hanna, Debbie Sockolov, and Kathy Brunetti.

Sockolov said she believes one’s love of history is an innate trait. “I think it’s something you’re born with.” From Sacramento, with a degree in history from Sacramento State University, Sockolov said it was a no-brainer to volunteer with the program. “I just like giving back to the kids. I want the kids to experience going back in history and to look at the Sacramento River and imagine what it was like, whether there were goats coming down or walk around the buildings. Most of us make it very fun, so even if they don’t like history, it’s a very interactive. They get to pan for gold. But you can tell your little history nerds immediately in a group of kids. Within 30 seconds, you can tell which are enthralled and that was me. I was the history nerd.”

On the flip-side, Hanna said she didn’t know she cared about history until she actually went to the opening of the Sacramento History Museum. “Having lived here all my life, I thought, well, this is wonderful. So I got involved. I went to the opening and then I got involved many years later doing Gold Rush Days because a fellow I knew needed people to come. So I started with volunteerism and I got to liking it a lot. And then I realized I really like history. I like it now because you don’t just have to remember dates. You get to interpret. You get to talk about the people, make them real.”

Like Hanna, Brunetti’s love for local history is a relatively new endeavor. A former Agriculture Program Supervisor for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, Brunetti said she tells the children today why she volunteers. “I had a student ask me, how much do you get paid to do this? You do it as a volunteer because you couldn’t get paid to have so much fun. I am a little bit of a ham and I like acting out in front of the kids.”

William Burg, past president of the Sacramento County Historical Society and current president of the Old City Association, said last year there was pretty amazing progress in the city of Sacramento. There was the third floor of the Governor’s Mansion, the renovation of the library at the courts building, but the selection for the excellence in preservation award was for a little more of a “mundane” project. “It’s a relatively typical business building on a relatively typical business street that has been crying for attention for a long time,” Burg said.

Once a dilapidated, abandoned building in Oak Park on Broadway, Pendarvis took the former Primo’s Swiss Club and restored it to its historical glory. Arthur Henry’s Supper Club and Ruby Room, 3406 Broadway, with a full bar, a lounge with nightly music, and upscale restaurant. “(Pendarvis) restored the upstairs apartments, which represents a change in the weather in that neighborhood. Instead of an abandoned, decaying building with a vacant lot next to it, it’s a thriving local business with residents with opportunities nearby for investment in the community. And we’re seeing new buildings going up across the street, which is called the Broadway Triangle project. This is just the sort of idea the Sacramento Old City Association wants to represent is the grand buildings of Sacramento coming back together and being open to the public. It’s fantastic and it’s a wonderful accomplishment…Also they serve a pretty good steak.”

Lana Palhaumas, a West Sacramento resident and member of the Sacramento County Historical Society, said she nominated Lewis for the special achievement award because she “felt it was time to show some appreciation” for his exhibits in the history gallery, located in the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Ave. “(Lewis) has a real skill and appreciation for California history and local history and he works with the Yolo County Historical Society at the Gibson House in Woodland. He featured our journey series with the first families of East Yolo. The exhibits focused on early Portuguese and Hispanic communities of West Sacramento,” Palhaumas said.

As it has been discussed at length, The Sacramento County Historical Society members share a love of history in a variety of ways – bringing it to life and making it happen. They welcome your participation. To get involved, visit http://www.sachistoricalsociety.org/

Happy 100th birthdays, Albert and Mary!!

This month will mark the joint 100th birthdays of Albert and Mary Sarti, a Land Park couple whom have been married for more than 75 years. The couple has made their home in Sacramento since 1937 and has lived in the same Land Park residence since 1978.
Albert, known as Al to family and friends, moved down to Sacramento from his home town of McCloud, Calif. to work as a welder for the former Sacramento Pipe Works where he worked manufacturing steel products for the World War II effort.
Later, he and two of his co-workers founded the Perkins Welding Works corporation to supply the growing demand for above and below ground fuel storage tanks and associated oil products throughout the Northern California area. The company was one of the first to be located on Folsom Boulevard just south of Power Inn Road where it stood for more than 40 years. The site is now home to the Sutter Center for Psychiatry.
Mary, who grew up in the West Sacramento area formerly known as Broderick, has been a lifelong resident of the Sacramento area. Both first generation Americans from the same region in Northern Italy, the couple were introduced to each other by relatives. The couple’s four adult children, Terry Lovell, Jim Sarti, Tom Sarti and Bob Sarti will be celebrating with their 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren this month at the Club Pheasant.