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.

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City Council

The Sacramento City Council consists of a mayor, elected by all city voters, and eight councilmembers, elected to represent separate districts.

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Planning and Design Commission

Planning and Design Commission members spend their four-year terms planning goals and policies for directing and managing future growth and development. Meetings are typically held the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

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As summer approaches, City prepared to open weather-respite centers

As summer approaches and the temperatures rise, the City is prepared to open weather-respite centers during extreme heat. Following its use as a respite location during winter storms, the Citys Outreach and Engagement Center (3615 Auburn Blvd.) will serve as a place where people can cool down during heat waves. City community centers also can [...] The post As summer …

City Council approves plan to transition existing buildings to electricity by 2045

The Sacramento City Council last Tuesday adopted a strategy to guide the transition of existing buildings to carbon-free electricity by 2045. The approved Existing Building Electrification Strategy does not impose requirements but instead sets policy direction for future ordinance development. City staff plan to develop ordinances to implement the strategy over the next two years, [...] The post City Council …

Oak Park families and seniors receive home-repair support from ‘Rock the Block’ program

Several Oak Park homeowners recently received home repairs through the "Rock the Block" initiative, a community investment program funded in part by the City and led by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento. The City of Sacramento helped fund the program to support low-income families and seniors in communities near the UC Davis Aggie Square [...] The post Oak Park …

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On May 9, a Solving Sacramento panel discussion were upbeat on the potential for Sacramento to grow an inclusive economy.

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Residents and supporters of self-governing homeless "Camp Resolution" marched to Sacramento city hall on May 15 in opposition of city plans to close the camp.

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In its May 14 meeting, the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved a plan to encourage residents and businesses to replace gas appliances with electric.

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The Elk Grove City Council voted to approve the move of the Sacramento Zoo to a 100 acre lot at Kammerer Road and Lotz Parkway.

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Sacramento is seeking public comment on its "Urban Forrest Plan" to increase the trees in the city with priority given to areas in North and South Sacramento.
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