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The Local Real Estate Market and Coronavirus

Sacramento Realtors share their thoughts about the real estate market during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Payback Time

Publishing a monthly magazine isn’t optimal when information about the coronavirus changes hourly. So most of what you see this month in Inside Sacramento will ideally serve as a welcome and necessary contrast to media approaches that prize speed over accuracy and are intended to generate extreme emotions.

Here we love our neighborhoods because their scale is small. Our relationships tend to be more intimate than what a big city or rural community might offer.

Use An App, Save A Restaurant

Internet technology can’t prevent the spread of coronavirus, but it can make the battle a little easier.

While numerous restaurants in Sacramento have closed, many hope to operate on a limited basis by offering food for delivery or pickup. That’s where tech comes in.

UPDATE FROM OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURE

UPDATE FROM OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURE

To address the COVID-19 public health crisis, Sacramento’s Office of Arts and Culture is providing support to the local arts community in several important ways, including working with partners to develop online content and a list of resources for individual artists and arts nonprofits.

Speaking Of Eagles

Speaking Of Eagles

The ongoing—and increasing—presence of bald eagles on the American River is the subject of a Carmichael Library talk on Thursday, April 30. Photographer/author Susan Maxwell Skinner will present photos and stories of the newcomers’ migration to areas considered closest ever to Sacramento.

Sacramento County Jail Releases

Sacramento County Jail Releases

The court order runs three pages. The words would be astonishing in normal times. Headlined “Order authorizing Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department to grant release,” it explains why jail gates must swing open and allow almost 400 inmates to walk free.

Leaving no corner of society untouched, the coronavirus crisis has forced jailers across California to evaluate thousands of inmates for early release. The law-abiding public may suffer the consequences in the coming weeks, but the goal is sensible, realistic and inevitable.

Virtual teaching keeps Sac State students on track

Virtual teaching keeps Sac State students on track

Now that Sac State faculty are required to teach courses virtually for the remainder of the spring semester, creativity and innovation are at the forefront. Maintaining professor-student contact helps pupils handle anxiety and frustration from the loss of in-person lessons during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Some teachers use software such as Zoom to teach live classes. Others record their lectures and post them online for students to access.

Dining

Staying on Track

Staying on Track

In the early 2000s, local breweries began popping up where no food or drink establishments dared to open before. Light industrial areas, warehouse districts and other commercial spots where rent was cheap and square footage plentiful became destinations for a new generation of brewer.

One of Sacramento’s first such breweries was Track 7 Brewing Company, which opened in 2011. The award-winning beer-maker set up shop in a “roll-up door” strip of industrial shops near the train tracks adjacent to Sacramento City College.

The Waterboy Carryout Review

The Waterboy Carryout Review

Our family has been picking up East Sac’s One Speed pizzas and salads to go for dinners. I often thought of The Waterboy, chef Rick Mahan’s shuttered elegant Midtown restaurant.

Much to my delight in my in-box this week was news and details of their new Pop-Up Weekend Gourmet Dinners to go.

Glad to be Back

Glad to be Back

I’ve lived in Sacramento for almost 40 years, so I’ve been to Celestin’s Restaurant. It seems like a fact of life for any long-term diner in this town—if you’ve been around for more than two decades, you’ve eaten at Celestin’s.

You might have dined at the J Street location, where Patrick Celestin and his wife Phoebe held court starting in 1983. That same space became the first home of Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine, by the way. If my spatial geography is on point, I believe that same space is now the tiki bar extraordinaire, The Jungle Bird.

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