Land Park, East Sacramento
and Curtis Park Specialist

I wrote an earlier post about the election last night of 14 new board members on to the Land Park Communnity Association board. I thought you might like to learn who will be representing your Land Park neighborhood interests. Two Year Seats went to: Terry GrimesCraig PowellJohn JensonJ.R. RiddellApril MeszarosDave O’TooleJohn Schade One Year Seats went to: Matt TraversoMichael MockJim QuessenberryMark AbrahamsDennis KelloggChristine AultPaula Swayne *This has yet to be confirmed, but should be in the next couple of days. I hope you will find our representation of your concerns positive. I am sure if you have concerns, any one of us would be happy to hear from you....

LAND PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION…A NEW DAY!

Last night was the BIG night…the voting in of 14 new board members! This is huge considering there is a total of 15 board members…only the current President was not on the slate of candidates.We gathered at Tower Theater. The lobby was filled with Land Park Community Association existing members, candidates and new members. It was a full service event with the sign-up table for those wanting to become a part of this association, another table distributing ballots and another accepting proxy votes. We could even buy popcorn and sodas to support the theater and replace what would have been a healthy dinner!At 7:00, we took our seats in the theater. It appeared that theater lights could only be so bright…because we certainly had ambiant lighting which set an interesting atmosphere! County Supervisor Jimmy Yee spoke along with Councilman Rob Fong. The last speaker was Captain Shilly (I apologize if I am spelling this wrong) of the Sacramento Police Department. We learned about the challenges facing our county, city and police budgets and how each is approaching these challenges. We spoke of the infamous Bridge to Broadway (and it’s current non-status), the proposal to move the Zoo (at best 20 years away, if done at all), efforts to improve the Broadway corridor, the continuing hope that Trader Joes is going to replace the Prime Market on Sutterville and South Land Park Drive and what we can expect of our police (who I believe are doing their best in a difficult situation).Finally, we discussed the casting of ballots and 2 new by-law changes. We adjourned to place our votes and...

WHOOHOO…FINALLY SOMEONE ELSE IS SAYING IT!!

In recent months I have been saying that Sacramento is stabilizing…we are done with about 80% of our foreclosures, our sales have doubled since last year at this time and it appears that the decline in market values is creeping rather than racing down the speedway.On April 28th, an article came out on the Wall Street Journal with the headline “First Housing Markets to Heal? Analyst Bets on Sacramento, Washington”. Whoohoo! The analyst is John Burns. According to Mr. Burns, the fact that Sacramento’s new home supply has shrunk more than other markets he tracks, along with very affordable housing and the ability to get loans improving is evidence that Sacramento has early recovery potential. He cites that employment could be a deterrent in this recovery. Personally, I am going to continue to believe that we are on our way!Washington DC is also poised for an early recovery. While jobs are not the issue that Sacramento has, he felt that the housing market might fall an additional 5%-10%.There are a few cities he cited as taking the longest to recover, but I want this post to be positive, so I am going to leave it here…life is getting better by the...
REBUILDING TOGETHER…A GREAT DAY!

REBUILDING TOGETHER…A GREAT DAY!

It was a beautiful morning (albeit early for a weekend) at 8AM. There were more trucks parked on the street than for a rodeo. The activity around the “chosen” house would put a beehive to shame. The Sacramento Association of Realtors, along with other wonderful volunteers had committed themselves to giving back to their community by helping a homeowner in need. Rebuilding Together had given us this opportunity to give back…and there were a lot that were happy to be there.It was hard to believe that we would actually use all of the tools that were spread out like a picnic on the front yard grass. The talented and knowledgeable brought their manly power tools. Volunteers such as ourselves were relegated to the more harmless paint brushes and rollers…after all, it would take a lot to hurt ourselves or others with these!In our morning shift, I saw a water heater being carried out of the house, a new shower surround being carried in, windows being completely replaced, fences being mended, dry rot being removed and good wood being installed…and of course there were 7 gallons of exterior paint with 3 gallons of trim that we were charged with. The house was completely painted inside and outside, including the driveway and 3 covered porches.The best part? Maybe it was the homeowner, who sat in her front yard in total awe of the amount of tasks being accomplished in one day. Maybe it was the number of really talented artisans who put their specialties to good stead for this nice lady. For me, it was the camaraderie of fellow Realtors and...
LAND PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CANDIDATE NIGHT

LAND PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CANDIDATE NIGHT

It was an interesting night. It was also an impressive night. At the front of the room at Eskaton in Land Park sat 19 candidates hoping to be elected into the Land Park Community Association board. They represented every demographic in the neighborhood. One gentleman was raised in Land Park. Another was raising his young family in the area. We had proffesionals knowledgeable about land use, events coordination, politics, construction, architecture and urban planning, business management and so much more. It is a wonderful slate of candidates and we should be proud to vote in any 14 of them.There was a common theme…to promote and support the very best that Land Park has to offer. There are plenty of challenges…the ongoing discussion regarding a bridge over the Sacramento River connecting West Sacramento to Sacramento at Broadway, traffic and all of the issues that it brings, commercial revitalization, and cuts to William Land Parks budget, to name just a few.The rest of the room was filled with those who care and are concerned about the future of Land Park. They sat attentively as each candidate had 3 minutes to share with the attendees their agendas and qualifications.One complaint was that there wasn’t enough specific information on how each candidate stood on important issues…and it was a valid point. Hopefully next year that opportunity will be given.Finally, it was a night we should all be proud of…it is a new...