On the Curbs

Like children just about everywhere in Sacramento and beyond, these kiddos got their pictures taken on the first day of school, which for most schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District was on Sept. 2. Photo courtesy of Sacramento City Unified School District

Like children just about everywhere in Sacramento and beyond, these kiddos got their pictures taken on the first day of school, which for most schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District was on Sept. 2. Photo courtesy of Sacramento City Unified School District

On your marks, get set, wait for it…. Sept. 2nd – AND, GO TO SCHOOL!

Mother nature was in full cooperation mode on the first day of school. She gifted us a soft cool breeze rustling through the trees and a dappled sunrise that created the absolutely perfect lighting for our Facebook posts. Yes indeed the posts on the news feeds were spewing Kodak moments for everyone to enjoy. Ha! Who here remembers the days when the first day of school meant Kodak, not Facebook? Time flies.

As the 8 a.m. first bell rang, the streets resembled a parade with parents, siblings, relatives, strollers, bikes, dogs, squirrels, stuffed animals, new back packs, new shoes, new pretty much everything, and smiles and skipping and you name it.

On our family’s short little jaunt, Alana and Anjali were excited to see Tyler, Kate, Brady, Ryan, and Natalie and a slough of others as we neared campus. The entire squadron’s hair was the cleanest and most well-kept I am sure I will see all year, except for maybe the official “picture day.”

Of course, the first days of school aren’t every child’s favorite, but we get through them together one way or the other. Thank God for teachers with their hearts in just the right spot – compassion, and coffee! And thank you to all our schools, and PTAs, who provided those three essentials to all.

Speaking of the benefits of coffee, have you cruised down to the Chocolate Fish lately? Located on 48th & Folsom (and 3rd & Q) The Fish is serving up a Nitro Infused Iced Coffee, get this… ON TAP. It’s being dubbed “The Morning Beer.” Pretty good stuff. They also bring the tap out to the East Sacramento Farmers’ Market.

Kudos, Kudos, and more Kudos to East Sacramento realtor Ann Vuletich Clark for organizing what is fast becoming another one of our community’s best features. The market opened in May, is growing in attendance, and is held every Saturday next to the Shepard Garden and Arts Center. Ann envisions the market to be a combination farmers’ market, community event, and a great gathering spot to begin a Saturday with your neighbors.

When you are at the market, you might want to take the time to chat it up with the vendors. They offer good cheer and interesting information about our Mother Earth and what really makes her happy – all ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE!

Mother Earth is certainly getting a bit of a grooming, and a once over from a legal point of view, over there at the McKinley Village site. The lawsuit filed against the city of Sacramento is still pending. The plaintiff, a group called East Sacramento Partnerships for a Livable City, alleges the city did not do an adequate job in assessing Mother Earth’s air quality, traffic congestion, and other issues at the site. The word on the street is that the trial is set to be heard in January by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley who also presides over the arena lawsuit.

As for the grading and construction work already being done at McKinley Village, rumor has it Judge Frawley told the developer that any work done before the trail is done at the developer’s own financial risk. If Frawley rules in favor of the plaintiff, a new environmental impact report would have to be done, and the city would have to vote again on the project. Stay tuned.

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