Sacramento is the capital of California and the seat and largest city of Sacramento County. It is located at the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers in Northern California's Sacramento Valley. Its estimated population as of 2019 makes it the sixth largest city in California. It is the seat of the state’s Legislature and governor, making it the state’s political center and a hub for lobbying and think tanks. The city is also the cultural and economic core of the Sacramento metropolitan area.
Spanish explorer Gabriel Moraga named the river in the current city “Rio de los Sacramentos” when he encountered it on his expedition in 1808. A Spanish writer on the expedition wrote, “The air was like champagne, and (the Spaniards) drank deep of it, drank in the beauty around them. ‘¡Es como el sagrado sacramento!’ (It's like the Blessed Sacrament),” referring to the Catholic sacrament of the Eucharist. The name of the river was later shortened to Sacramento and used for the city.
The Sacramento City Council consists of a mayor, elected by all city voters, and eight councilmembers, elected to represent separate districts.
The number of people experiencing homelessness in Sacramento County has soared in recent years. What are the city and county governments doing about that?
A housing development is being proposed in place of a long-planned shopping center shelved as a result of the pandemic. New plans have been filed for a project at 2631 Del Paso Road, between Town Center and Via Ingoglia.(Nov. 17, 2022) → Read the full The Natomas Buzz report
The Sacramento City Council turns down an appeal by Natomas citizen against a 160,000-square-foot Costco, citing huge demand for the Costco by the community.(Nov. 16, 2022) → Read the full Silicon Valley Business Journal report