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By Eric Johnson
Published Jun 03, 2024

A typically joyful scene in the pool at the city of Sacramento's Clunie Community Center. A typically joyful scene in the pool at the city of Sacramento's Clunie Community Center. Image credit: Eric Johnson

Celebrating California's Diversity, Homegrown Food, and DTLA

I posted the above photo to the family text thread on Saturday and received a reply that reminded me that I'm glad I live in California. Gretchen, my sister-in-law, who lives in a leafy and perfecly lovely suburb outside Washington DC, texted back: “I love that Sacramento has community pools. Virginia only has membership-only pools. Leftover from its anti-integration history.”

In fact, one of the things my wife and I love about the pool at the Clunie Center is that it draws folks from every corner of this city. We love that we live in the most diverse state in the nation, and in one of California's most diverse cities. 

So: In this week’s edition of The Newsletter, as we often do, we celebrate some of the good stuff we get to enjoy here in the Golden State. Elsewhere, you may be rage-reading about an unapologetic felon and his defenders … here today we’re going to look toward the light.

AAPI Heritage Month Extended

May was Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and last week we celebrated with the publication of a list that might surprise you. Sure, there's Kamala Harris and Tiger Woods. But you may also be delighted to meet Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu, Dalip Singh Saund and many more.

25 AAPI Leaders From California

Dalip Singh Saund,  the first Sikh, Indian American and Asian American to be elected to Congress and Kamala Harris, the first Asian American vice president.
California has been home to many Asian American and Pacific Islanders who have transcended barriers and reshaped society, from education to advocacy, art to sports, politics, and beyond.


Our colleague Chris Neklason and his family ventured to the land down under, that is, southern California.

He has thoughts about Downtown LA, or DTLA, as the civic hipsters call it.

DTLA: A Good Thing Gets Better

A large neon art installation gracing one of the entrances to the Grand Central Market in DTLA.
Downtown LA is turning into a good thing.

Happy Birthday SDG!

Happy sixth anniversary to Debbie and Kathy at Sacramento Digs Gardening, who've been posting an article a day since June 1, 2018. Wow!

Time for cake! SDG hits another milestone

This citrus cake is ideal for any celebration. See the blog post for a link to the recipe.
Daily gardening blog reaches its sixth anniversary -- thanks to our readers!

Recipe of the Week

Our friends at Sacramento Digs Gardening publish a recipe from their gardens every Sunday, which we feature here so you can start your week with some yum.

See more recipes in their Taste Spring! cookbook.

Bayou country, spring vegetables inspire shrimp pot pie

What's below the crust? Shrimp and a delicious collection of fresh vegetables.
New! Shrimp pot pie with fresh peas, carrots and spring onions

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On May 22 the US Senate confirmed Sacramento native Dena M. Coggins as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of California which includes Sacramento.

(06/03/2024) → The Sacramento Observer

• Elhorn Boulevard Extension to Airport Opens

The one-mile span connects Highway 99 in North Natomas to the Sacramento Airport.

(06/02/2024) → The Sacramento Bee

• Business Group Proposed for Citrus Heights

A new "development collective" is being proposed for Auburn Boulevard businesses in Citrus Heights.

(06/01/2024) → Citrus Heights Sentinel

• Rusch Park Restrooms Still Closed

Set to be reopened in April, repairs on the restrooms in Citrus Height's Rusch Community Park are delayed due to setbacks in the bidding process.

(06/01/2024) → Citrus Heights Sentinel

• New Mural Unveiled in Sacramento Japantown

On May 28, an unveiling celebration was held for a new mural at Capitol Mall and 4th Street.

(05/31/2024) → The Sacramento Bee

• EPA Grants Fund Elk Grove Electric School Buses

On May 29, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced grants to fund electric school busses, including $5.5million for the Elk Grove Unified School District.

(05/31/2024) → Elk Grove News Net

• Camp Resolution Land Use Extended

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(05/30/2024) → CapPublicRadio

• New Sacramento Historic District Preserves Eichlers

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(05/29/2024) → The Sacramento Bee

• Sacramento School District Bond Measure Goes to Voters

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(05/29/2024) → The Sacramento Bee

• Reconnecting Downtown to Old Sacramento Riverfront

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(05/29/2024) → The Sacramento Bee

• Elk Grove Capital Improvement Program Includes Traffic Improvements

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• The Philharmonik's Tiny Desk Concert

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• UC Davis Workers Join Strike

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• Elk Grove Considers Permanent Homeless Shelter

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• City of Sacramento Considers Budget Options

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(05/31/2024) → CalMatters

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The state is directly investing money for low-income students and all newborns to attend college. After two years, the program is still not widely known by the students who need the most financial assistance.

(05/30/2024) → CalMatters

• California Sides With Big Utilities, Trimming Incentives for Community Solar Projects

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(05/30/2024) → CalMatters

• California’s Runoff Flows Down the Drain. Can More Be Captured?

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(05/30/2024) → CalMatters

• Democrats Kill California Homeless Camp Ban, Again

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(05/29/2024) → CalMatters

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(05/28/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• As Key Deadlines Loom, Newsom and California Lawmakers Have Dozens of Deals to Make

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(05/28/2024) → CalMatters

• UC Student Workers Expand Strike to Two More Campuses as They Demand Amnesty for Protestors

After University of California students were arrested or suspended for protests, student workers are striking at three campuses. The Office of President says the strike violates the union contract.

(05/28/2024) → CalMatters

• ‘We Have to Do Less With Less’: Cal State Faces Extra $500 Million Budget Gap

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• California Wants to Be Carbon-Neutral by 2045. What Does That Mean for Its Big Economic Drivers?

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Heinen's Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Pecans in Heinen's Tuscan Salad Bowls

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Find a new furry companion during June 1’s Adopt-a-Pet Day at Front Street Animal Shelter

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Stay safe on the water: Sacramento Fire Department distributes free life jackets

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