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No Photos, Please

No Photos, Please

People in Pocket are becoming shy. I don’t know the reason for this, but I know it’s happening because part of my job is to ask people to pose for photographs. About half say no.

It wasn’t always this way. When I started writing for Inside eight years ago, my success rate with asking people to pose was close to 90 percent. I would interview someone for a story and explain that our photographer would call for a quick photo session. People were generally agreeable. The published photos were always flattering.

Thankful Salute

Thankful Salute

Three Chinese American World War II veterans from the Sacramento area will receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress, Oct. 30 at Elks Lodge No. 6. The Chinese American Citizens Alliance Sacramento Lodge will host the event.

The veterans—William Shih Yin Ching, Kan-Chiu Chun and Suey C. Lee—are between 95 to 100 years old. There are almost 200 Chinese American World War II veterans living in the Sacramento region. It’s an honor that these three can accept their medals in person, along with eight widows and other family members.

When the war began in December 1941, approximately 20,000 Chinese Americans volunteered or were drafted. They participated in every theater and branch of armed forces.

Election Intrigue

Election Intrigue

I laughed when I heard several dozen people who live near the Sacramento River levee tried to hijack the Pocket Greenhaven Community Association. Why would anyone hijack a neighborhood group? The answer is unclear. But desperation over public access to the levee may play a role.

The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association is a comical target for hostile takeover. The group’s most impactful discussions involve where to string Christmas lights along Pocket canal fences.

Going Nowhere

Going Nowhere

Abandoned cars don’t hide well. They are filthy from sitting in the wind and sun.

Windows are covered with dust. Tires slump as the air slowly drains away. Cobwebs grow in wheel wells. Anyone walking past can tell, yes, no doubt, there’s an abandoned car.

Pocket and Land Park have never been known for attracting large numbers of abandoned cars, but this historical trend is shifting. In recent months, abandoned cars have been found on Havenside Drive, Greenhaven Drive and 43rd Avenue. A resident named Duwayne Brooks, who enjoys daily neighborhood walks of about 1½ miles near his Pocket home, tells me he has found more than 30 abandoned cars in recent weeks.

Pocket Life October 2021

Pocket Life October 2021

One of the last undeveloped properties in Pocket is for sale. Asking price is $2.8 million. The four-acre parcel at 7150 Pocket Road includes a home built in 1881 and a horse barn. The parcel runs from Pocket Road (once Riverside Road) to the banks of the Sacramento River.

The land’s modern history begins with the Albert Mendes Rodgers family. Like many local pioneers, Rodgers arrived from the Azores. Born in 1849 on the island of Pico, he came to Sacramento around 1865. He married Rose Gear and raised a family on an 18-acre ranch near where Park Riviera Way intersects with Pocket Road.

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