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You’ll protect yourself from the rising tide and you’ll like it!

As residents in the Natomas area no doubt know by now, flood insurance is now required as the re-mapping is complete and – surprise – it’s a floodplane. Still.  If you want to learn more about the mandatory program and efforts to improve Natomas levees, you can attend a series of meetings over the next few weeks to learn more.

  • Thursday, October 30 (tonight!) from 6:00-8:30pm at Two Rivers Elementary (3201 W. River Drive)
  • Wednesday, November 5 from 6:00-8:30pm at Regency Park Elementary (5901 Bridgecross Drive)
  • Wednesday, November 12 from 6:00-8:30pm at S. Natomas Community Center (2921 Truxel Road)
  • Thursday, November 20 from 6:00-8:30pm at Inderkum High School (2500 New Market Drive)

We also suggest putting a sandbox in the backyard. Fun for the kids now, handy for the rainy season later.

Brewers Festival!

It’s like Miller Time, but so much more: California Brewer’s Festival at Discovery Park this Saturday!  Weather should be good. Beer should be better. Add in live music, food, and shady trees and you’ve got a great second chance for anyone who misssed Second Saturday last weekend.  See you there!

Don’t meth around

If you’re at home tonight at 6:30 PM and you want to watch the local news…you’ll get a healthy dose of Crystal Darkness instead. All local channels will be broadcasting with focus on our area and the “Meth Epidemic.” While I am cynical as to whether it is “just now” an epidemic, or if it has been an ongoing problem, I guess it is just a question of semantics.

Meth is here in Sacramento and the outlying cities, and if you don’t know what it looks like or how to spot the symptoms of someone using it, you might be caught unawares. Meth is involved in a lot of horror stories–and that lady with no teeth outside the Alhambra Safeway? I think she’s taking meth, or was–if she isn’t already dead.

If you live in Lavender Heights (part of Midtown), you should also watch the program…I learned something new today. Evidently meth is a popular choice in the Gay community. I wasn’t aware of that, but if you live in certain areas, your neighbor might be using. Or if you rent, you might want to check out who might have been living in the Victorian walkup before you–they may have left a gift that keeps on giving behind.

Seriously, if you can’t catch the program tonight, TiVo it. Or check out the website. Education, education, education. Education, prevention/treatment, law enforcement.

A poll on the KCRA website shows most people think law enforcement is the best way to handle the meth problem. Look around, people…we’re facing budget cuts and guess who gets hit first? Law enforcement, firefighters, schools.

Besides, if you don’t know what to look for, what it does, how to get help if needed–then when does law enforcement come in? It comes in when things are already out of hand. Law enforcement gets involved when there’s already a serious problem. Law enforcement gets involved when the user is on his/her way to prison or the morgue.

Where have all the Hummers gone?

If you find yourself wondering where all the Hummers have gone…I know. I’ve seen a convoy of them. They’re all zooming along Truxel Road, gliding into the wasteland foreclosure city Natomas. Not only was Hummer the vehicle of choice, but the next most frequently observed model was the illustrious Ford Bronco, not to be outdone by the Ford F-150.

No wonder that part of the city is destined to be flooded. Isn’t hedonism and outrageous behaviour why Noah had to build his ark? Thank goodness Noah got a heads up that the flood was coming. Natomas got a heads up too…and yet the convoys of gas-hogging excessiveness continues.

Newsflash: Hummers don’t float. Probably not a good choice when the levees fail.

Looking for lub or just a friendly greasy spoon?

Check out the website for the 49er truck stop here in Sacramento, where the I-80 crosses the I-5. I was “blessed” with an opportunity to meet a friend there recently (longer, more convoluted story). And no, I was not purchasing drugs or a companion for the evening, but I suppose you could do that anywhere, even at Mikuni’s or Rick’s Dessert Diner–if you look hard enough for purveyors of such things.

As with all things truck stop like, I was concerned about the appointed meeting place so I looked it up on the web and was reassured. Seemed like a nice place–online. But it wasn’t AS nice and pretty as it is on the website. Overall, though, it wasn’t as bad as a truck stop might be. (I worked at one once when I was in my teens, back in the Dark Ages. Scary.) The staff was friendly and it reminded me of the Midwest–yes, right here within a few miles of the center of the city.
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I guess I’m not feeling it?

I have had the (mis)fortune to be at Inderkum Highschool several times in the last few weeks, thanks to American River College offering evening college classes at the school.

The main galley (aka “atrium”) of the building looks like it came right off of an episode of “Inside California Prisons.” Three floors with railing look over a central dining or gathering area with tables. Apparently the tables were not in the award-winning architectural design plans.

I haven’t been there when the HS students are there–but I can’t imagine that it is very quiet. I’ve only been there at night as well–so I can’t say I’ve enjoyed the atrium’s “natural lighting.”

I wonder how they’ll stop a suicidal kid from going over the railing. I couldn’t find that on any of the design excellence websites.

Maybe I am just an architectural Neanderthal because I was disturbed by my first impression of Inderkum. Maybe I just have a bad attitude, because I just am not feeling the love.

Consider this Resolution: Walk more in 2007

Not only will you feel better, look better, and be more relaxed, but you will (should you decide to walk to work or to the local grocery) be contributing to the improvement of our local air quality. Can’t walk 10 miles to work? Can you bike it, or part of it and RT the other part? It’s inconvenient if you’re overscheduled, but in the long run, it’ll keep you sane. (Sanity being ‘relative’ this time of year…!)

We have a lot of nice parks here in Sacramento, as well as canals and bike trails in my part of town. If you’re in Natomas or Elk Grove where you’re burbed behind a wall from everything, ask yourself why that nice developer didn’t create a more walkable neighborhood. Like maybe putting a grocery store in the middle of it all or zoning for a few shops here and there? Then again, there’s downtown, midtown, and parts in the East and South which are very walker friendly. We’re even listed on the Walkable Neighborhoods website as an up and coming city–“second tier” but moving right on up into premier.

John at Uneasy Rhetoric wrote a really nice treatise on expanding your walking and here’s a link to it. I couldn’t think of any more reasons or tips than he has in the list. Check it out. Tell us if you have any of your own. See you out there–walk walk walk!

Resolve to make a difference in ’07

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If you’ve ever contemplated community service but aren’t involved with an organization that does volunteer work, I recently discovered an excellent community-based organization that will link you up with projects happening right here in our community. Hands On Sacramento has year-round volunteer opportunities posted on their site, with a big push for a Day of Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. day. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer around the holidays, but the need is just as great throughout the year.

THE MONKEY BARS SCARED ME TOO

As a kid, I always dreaded going to the local playground and having to face the demon that is known as the MONKEY BARS. Not being an athletic kid, I always made excuses to hang by the slides or swngs and avoid the pitiful display of my lack of upper body strength…

I am a firm believer that every kid should face this same humiliation, and am afraid that several hundred Natomas area children will not get to do so without your help!

During the evening of June 26, 2006, arsonists burned down the Fort Natomas playground. Undeterred, the Sacramento Community is coming together to raise money and recruit volunteers to rebuild the beloved playground.

The Design Day is Saturday JULY 22nd and community input (especially from kids) is needed!

Schedule of events:

9:00 a.m.: Meet with Playground Designer from Leather’s and Associates
11:00 a.m.: Community Barbeque with Sacramento Fire Department
7:00 p.m.: Your NEW Playground REVEALED!
Location: Natomas High School, 3301 Fong Ranch Road, Sacramento, CA 95833 (off of San Juan and Truxel)

To read more about the project, please visit Fort Natomas.

Please help out so all kids can experience the joy of static cling from a slide, the feeling of nausea from the swings, and the agony of falling off the monkey bars again and again!!!

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