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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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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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Big Affordable Housing Project Coming To Downtown Sac

Construction is about to begin on a 150-unit apartment building for low-income seniors in the downtown Sacramento Railyards.

(June 27, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
Del Paso Heights Councilman Was Sworn in at Granite Bay House

Sean Loloee stood in what appears to be his wife’s $1.4 million Granite Bay estate to raise his right hand to be sworn in to represent Del Paso Heights on the Sacramento City Council — not a friend’s house in East Sacramento, as he has said.

(June 21, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
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