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Ask this question of your local candidates, part I
Elections have real implications, and in 2020, this is especially true even for Elk Grove contests and there is an important question to ask certain candidates.
September 26, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts - It’s like everything’s on hold
By John Hull | It seems like it has become a daily habit…checking the daily numbers of Sacramento County people testing positive for COVID 19 virus. If we continue to see this data get smaller and smaller, then maybe, maybe life as we knew it prior to March 16, our first “Shelter-in-Place” declaration, will return. Perhaps in the sports world, local students can go back to the classroom, our sports programs will get fired back up and maybe, just maybe, we can leave masks at home. Fans can attend games again and the cardboard cutouts in the seats can be returned to their rightful owner. (by the way, I have to admit it is funny to watch a batted ball him one of them in the photographed head)
September 24, 2020
RBG and the death of the great American experiment?
Yesterday was a sad day for our future of liberties and the great American experiment. Godspeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
September 19, 2020
5G opponents in Elk Grove gain an insider ally
Over the last several years, there has been a small but growing number of residents who have expressed concerns to the City of Elk Grove over the placement of so-called 5G cell antennas in the city. 5G which is the newest cell phone technology is being rolled out nationally, and several people in Elk Grove have expressed concern with what they say is it's negative health effects.
September 18, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts - Will college football games be played this fall?
By John Hull | Today, I’ll continue the interview with my cousin,  Dan Hull, who this weekend begins his 40th season of calling the play-by-play of high school football in Central Texas. As we heard from Dan in part one of this interview, the smaller high schools in Texas already have three and four games in the books, including their six-man football teams.
September 18, 2020
Ya Gotta be Schmittin' Me Podcasts - What Would Abe Lincoln Do?
By Dan Schmitt |  President Abraham Lincoln is best known for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation which began the process of freedom for America’s slaves and for preserving the United States as one nation. Because of those two nation-altering accomplishments, Lincoln is considered one of our greatest presidents. But, Abe Lincoln was so much more than those two events, especially on issues like scientific discovery.
September 14, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts: Welcome to the 2020 football season – socially distanced.
If you watched Thursday Night Football you saw fans, plenty of them, in Arrowhead Stadium, all socially-distanced in the NFL season opener. There were plenty of natural crowd sounds to make the football on TV experience worth watching.
September 12, 2020
A self-imposed strength test
Often political movements fall victim to declining interest. An example of this was the Tea Party movement which died because it was manufactured by big money.
September 12, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts - Three Elk Grove-area football players cut by their NFL Clubs.
By John Hull |  All NFL clubs cut their pre-season rosters from 80 to 53 players Saturday in preparation for the coming season. And, at this moment, only one Elk Grove-area athlete will be in a pro football uniform this weekend when the NFL kicks off its 2020 season.
September 6, 2020
What does Trump think of you?
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump has disrespected another group. This time it is not the disabled, Black Americans, Latinos, Asians, or women.
September 5, 2020
Do or will the Ly allegations matter to Elk Grove voters?
As they have every two years since 2012, in the next several weeks' Elk Grove voters will select the city’s directly elected mayor. By the look of things, this year’s mayoral election will be more controversial, contentious, and dare we say nastier than earlier contests.
September 2, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts - Elk Grove's Cosumnes Oaks HS update
Cosumnes Oaks High School is very fortunate to have a man of integrity like athletic director George Smith. He is beginning his 32nd year of teaching, his fifth at Cosumnes Oaks. He has a stable of quality athletes and good students who will, later this year, field some very excellent teams. Follow John Hull on Twitter @JohnHullEG
September 2, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Sports Minute Podcasts
We are pleased to announce to our readers and listeners noted Elk Grove sportswriter John Hull and his new podcast, Elk Grove Sports Minute. Those who follow Elk Grove sports will recall that Hull was the longtime sports editor of the Elk Grove Citizen and all-around good guy. Please welcome John and we look forward to his updates on Elk Grove sports and professional athletes with local roots. For more updates, follow John on Twitter at @JohnHullEG.
August 31, 2020
Vice Mayor Steve Detrick validates narrative of Elk Grove City Council racism
At the Wednesday night meeting of the Elk Grove City Council did Vice Mayor Steve Detrick validate claims made earlier that evening by community members that the city council is racist.
August 29, 2020
Public comments during city council meeting still heated in Ly, Singh-Allen controversy
Even though there were only a handful of comments compared to the August 12 session, during the Wednesday, August 26 Elk Grove City Council meeting speakers still presented arguments on the ongoing controversy between Mayor Steve Ly and Elk Grove Unified School District Trustee Bobbie-Singh-Allen who is challenging the two-term mayor. Speaking during the public comments section of the meeting, the speakers called in mostly to claim the city is not addressing what they say are attacks being waged against the Hmong community by Singh-Allen. The controversy erupted after Singh-Allen posted social media comments that members of the Hmong-community say demeaned the culture calling them sheep and their patriarchal system was hostile towards women.
August 28, 2020
John Hull's Elk Grove Pro Athletes Update Part I
With the restart of professional sports following the COVID19 shutdown, we’ve taken the opportunity to check in with sportswriter John Hull. As the former sports editor of the Elk Grove citizen, Hull has a deep knowledge of local sports and he will bring us up to date many of the professional athletes from Elk Grove. In the first installment of a two-part podcast, Hull will update listeners about Elk Grove players now appearing in Major League Baseball.
August 27, 2020
Proxy war winner could determine who'll be mayor of Elk Grove
Among the interesting aspects of the race between Steve Ly and Bobbie Singh-Allen for Elk Grove mayor are their respective strengths. One factor in determining who will be next mayor is how those strengths are utilized and communicated with voters.
August 22, 2020
Do voters care about Elk Grove political skirmishes?
This week Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly won the first of many skirmishes that will come in the next 75 or so days and the city council was able to pass along a political hot potato.
August 16, 2020
Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly's controversy - Much ado about nothing, or not?
On the evening of Friday, August 7, Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly issued an apology statement following weeks of claims of harassment and threats. The apology comes days before the Elk Grove City Council may censure the mayor.
August 10, 2020
Indignation & money in the looming Singh-Allen, Ly battle for Elk Grove Mayor
The looming Elk Grove mayoral showdown between Elk Grove Unified School District Trustee Bobbie Singh-Allen and Mayor Steve Ly could be defined by advantages each candidate brings to the battle
August 1, 2020
Elk Grove Harper Valley Hypocrites
Those of a certain age will recall the 1960s song Harper Valley PTA by Jeannie C. Riley which highlights small-town hypocrisy - something that is alive and well in Elk Grove. 
July 25, 2020
Elk Grove officeholder swings big, misses
To say elected officeholders, especially low-level ones, are looking ahead for their next office is no surprise. Among many Elk Grove elected officials, there is no shortage of that trait.
July 18, 2020
#MeToo lands in Elk Grove; will it have any effect?
Recent events between Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly and his former campaign consultant Linda Vwj (Vu) have landed one of the more politically consequential movements in recent years - #MeToo - in Elk Grove.
July 11, 2020
Elk Grove at 20
Twenty years ago today, on Saturday, July 1, 2000, Elk Grove became the first new city in California during the 21st century. In the time leading up to incorporation, Elk Grove voters were motivated to become a general law city with promises of enhanced public safety, and most notably, local control of land planning.
July 1, 2020
45, COVID-19 & Black Lives Matter
Every four years, we hear how this presidential election is the most significant election of the era. The November 2020 elections may well be the year this prediction is true and three issues could influence every election from the top to the bottom of the ballot for American voters.
June 27, 2020
District 3 candidate Lynn Wheat comments, June 24 city council meeting
During the June 24, 2020, Elk Grove City Council meeting, District 3 city council candidate Lynn Wheat thanks the city for adopting her budget review suggestion. 
June 25, 2020
Reflections on Black Lives Matter - Where is Your Brother?
The following podcast was submitted by DG Garcia. A long time and well-known activist, and advocate,  Ms. Garcia shares her vision of why B.L.A.C.K. Lives Matter. Listen and take time to reflect.
June 25, 2020
Judas Iscariot in Elk Grove?
Like many sports fans, some politicians can be fair weather when it comes to their loyalties, especially to other elected officials. In Elk Grove, there has been one politician on the scene for several years who personifies this.
June 20, 2020
MAGA-like behavior of the Elk Grove City Council
Since the start of Elk Grove City Council’s COVID 19 teleconference meetings, a disturbing practice has emerged that has certain MAGA-like characteristics.
June 13, 2020
EGPD Chief promises 'trust through transparency' following death of George Floyd, national discourse on police reform
In the aftermath of the death of Mr. George Floyd at the hands of police and the national conversation on police reform, Elk Grove Police Chief Timothy Albright addressed that topic and community relations during the Wednesday, June 10 Elk Grove City Council meeting.
June 11, 2020
POTUS and Elk Grove candidates
In California’s non-partisan local races, voters frequently ask candidates their party affiliation. In 2020 there is a far more urgent question for candidates running for office in Elk Grove and nationally.
June 5, 2020
Ya Gotta Be Schmittin’ Me Podcasts - 'In response to protests'
By Dan Schmitt | The Nazi government of Adolf Hitler used the military to quash protests in Germany during the 1940s because thug dictators rule by fear. The world cried out to America, the voice of democracy, to condemn Hitler, and President Roosevelt responded.
June 5, 2020
Elk Grove’s redneck heritage – not much has changed
As a follow up to our recent podcast titled Did the City Council reaffirm Elk Grove’s redneck heritage, we will read comments from two Latina-Americans - one an immigrant and the other born and raised in Elk Grove who commented on the matter.
May 31, 2020
Candidates Speak Podcasts - District 3 Elk Grove City Council Candidate Lynn Wheat
The following is from Lynn Wheat, Elk Grove District 3 city council candidate. Ms. Wheat asked us for the opportunity to discuss an issue. If other candidates would like to opportunity to speak on an issue, please contact us for guidelines.
May 27, 2020
Did the City Council Reaffirm Elk Grove's 'Redneck' Heritage?
Over the last several years, the City of Elk Grove has touted the racial, ethnic and religious diversity of it 175 thousand plus residents. This diversity has been used not only to promote civic pride, but it has also been used as a marketing tool to promote its fledgling tourism and economic development efforts. In the year 2020 Elk Grove is a far different city than it was 40 years ago. Or is it?
May 26, 2020
COVID19 and the right side of history
During the COVID 19 shelter in place order, we have seen the very best and, unfortunately, in recent days, the worst of humanity and I am not talking about Trump
May 23, 2020
Opposition to STA's Measure A Coalesces as Disparate Groups Align
In November Sacramento County voters will be asked to approve a sales tax that will raise $8.4 billion for a variety of transportation projects. Measure A is proposed by the Multi-jurisdictional Sacramento Transportation Authority, the STA. In opposition is a coalition calling itself the Sac County Residents against Measure A that is led by the Bruce Lee of the Sacramento County Taxpayers Association. In our discussion Lee offers an overview of the proposed sales tax increase and discusses disparate groups that have aligned with them in opposition to the proposed tax increase.
May 22, 2020
Empathy Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic
By Dan Schmitt | The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on people and will continue to do so for who knows how long. Understandable, many people are anxious and angry, especially the more than 35 million Americans who have lost jobs and have had to shutter businesses.
May 21, 2020
Is Kronick Moskovitz' Elk Grove City Hall Rainmaker gratis
In the legal business, a rainmaker is a person, usually a retired politician who is an attorney hired by a law firm, primarily to use their contacts and influence to generate new clients and the all-important billings. The Sacramento white-shoe law firm of Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann and Girard seems to have planted a gratis rainmaker in Elk Gove City Hall.
May 19, 2020
Has Darren Suen's weak STA leadership doomed Sacramento Transportation Authority's Measure A
This November Sacramento County voters will be asked to approve Sacramento Transportation’s Authority’s Measure A – an $8 billion tax increase during the COVID19 economic depression. The success of the measure falls in large part on the STA chair, Elk Grove city council member Darren Suen.
May 16, 2020
Supervisor Sue Frost argues against Measure A,advocates for low-income familes
On Thursday, May 14 the Sacramento Transportation Authority moved one step closer to placing Measure A on the November 2020 ballot. If approved Measure A would impose $8 billion dollars in an additional sales taxes in Sacramento County. Although the measure will advance to the November ballot, during the proceedings, Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost voiced strenuously opposition to the plan. Among the concerns voiced by Frost was the negative affect a regressive tax has on low-income families.
May 16, 2020
411 for Mothers Day
One of the interesting stories I’ve heard about mothers day comes from a sibling who spent many years of her Pacific Bell career working as a 411 operator. Remember calling 411 and Ma Bell?
May 9, 2020
COVID-19 Stimulus Money: Assisting Those in Need
I’ve been thinking about the $1,200 stimulus money that people are now receiving from the federal government. Over 30 million Americans have lost their jobs, and millions of small businesses have shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tens of millions of folks desperately need that financial assistance.
May 6, 2020
COVID19 malcontents at Elk Grove City Hall
Front-line medical public servants are to be commended during the COVID19 crisis. Some administrative public employees, however, according to Elk Grove’s official spokesperson are upset with extra duties during the crisis.
May 2, 2020
COVID19 Elk Grove Town Hall Meeting
On Tuesday, April 28, a joint information session was hosted by the City Elk Grove to offer information to residents on local governments' responses to the COVID19 pandemic. Joining several representatives from Elk Grove were staff members from Sacramento county and the Cosumnes Community Services District. In this edition, we are posting the entire session which lasted about one hour and fifteen minutes. After brief introductory remarks by Elk Grove Mayor Steve Lee and Cosumnes Community Services District board president Orlando Fuentes, the meeting was conducted by Elk Grove City Clerk Jason Lindgren who directed real-time questions from participants. Also during the session there were questions answered on the Zoom platform where the meeting was conducted.
April 29, 2020
The Detrick gang's scheme to subvert Elk Grove voters
In 2010 Elk Grove voters approved Measures K and L which established our current directly mayor for a two-year term by a strong majority. The measure to establish a directly elected mayor won with an overwhelming 78 percent majority.
April 26, 2020
Ly outwits Suen, Detrick; exposes Brown Act violations?
In politics, sometimes battles are waged in subtle ways that aren’t immediately visible. Such was the case in a battle waged by Elk Grove City Councilman Darren Suen and Vice Mayor Steve Detrick against Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly. In this episode, we trace the battle which ended up with Ly outsmarting his city council colleagues Suen and Detrick.
April 19, 2020
Kyle Larson, Saweetie, and Elk Grove City Councilman Pat Hume
This week NASCAR Driver and Elk Grove's favorite son Kyle Larson committed an act of career self-immolation. In 2014 Larson was Elk Grove’s first key to the city recipient at the tender age of 21.
April 19, 2020
Reminiscing Hall of Famer Al Kaline, 1968 Detroit Tigers World Series Championship
In this expanded version of Elk Grove News Minute, our guest host and Major Leauge Baseball maven Steve Lee leads an interesting discussion on Al Kaline, the Detroit Tiger Hall of Fame member who died earlier this week. In addition, Lee and his guest discuss Kaline and the Detroit Tigers 1968 World Series championship. If you're missing your sports or baseball fix, you might find this discussion on Kaline and the 1968 World Series right up your alley. Our thanks to Steve Lee who directed this and was the creative force for this episode. This interview was conducted in the parameters of social distancing.
April 11, 2020
Darren's Deception
The COVID 19 pandemic has exposed several failures in the American medical delivery system. It has also exposed failures in leadership in all levels of government. Some are very obvious like Donald Trump’s grotesque failures. Other failures are less obvious, more subtle and not directly related to how the government has reacted to the crisis from the public health aspect. Rather the COVID 19 crisis exposed how some elected officials conduct their business over a span of time.
April 6, 2020
1 Woman's degree of integrity > 4 men's
By law, California elected and high-ranking public officials must annually disclose their economic interests. These disclosures show things like rental properties and gifts they have received.
April 4, 2020
EGPD Chief Albright, SB 1421 builds trust between cops & community
Lost in the declaration of the COVID19 pandemic, on March 12 the Elk Grove Police Department released a video of a June 2019 use of force incident. The video evidence and an internal investigation led to the termination of one officer and the resignation of a supervising officer.
April 1, 2020
Save Us From Ourselves, Please!
Many of my more seriously conservative family members and acquaintances are forever complaining about government overreach. They really get apoplectic when they talk about government intrusion in their lives. I even have one relative whose self-proclaimed motto is, “The damn government should stay the hell out of my life!” Usually, I just let him rant. I could argue with him, but it wouldn’t do any good. Recently, this government intrusion issue crossed paths with the coronavirus pandemic we’re currently facing, and the two gave me food for thought.
March 30, 2020
Trump lessons for Elk Grove City Councilmembers Hume, Detrick
During Elk Grove’s ham-handed adoption of an eviction moratorium to help at-risk residential renters and small business owners, Republican council members Steve Detrick and Pat Hume showed how much they are like their hero - Donald Trump.
March 28, 2020
Report from the Philippines on the COVID19 Pandemic
In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast we talk with a colleague of ours in the Philippines, Paul Millano. We discuss some of the restrictions and living conditions they are living under 7,000 miles from California.  Millano, a technology employee providing services for many American companies discusses work demands BPO employees are encountering. This interview was conducted on the late afternoon of March 24, California time, and in the morning time on March 25 in the Philippines via Skype.
March 25, 2020
Third time is the charm - Maybe compassion will ultimately triumph in Elk Grove
As four members of the Elk Grove City Council face a backlash over their votes to protect landlords at the expense of renters and small business owners, our guest expresses hope that compassion will prevail.
March 25, 2020
Guest Edition - Elk Grove City Council Needs a Change of Leadership
With the recent events on the Elk Grove City Council regarding their denial of protection of families who are renters and small business owners, one community member says there needs to be an overhaul of the city's leadership.
March 21, 2020
Slumlords on the Elk Grove City Council
On Wednesday, March 18, the Elk Grove city council had an opportunity to address what is going to be a problem in the coming months – evictions. But slumlords may rule.
March 21, 2020
Sexual harassment lawsuit against Explore Elk Grove update
Last year a contractor working for the City of Elk Grove’s tourism agency Explore Elk Grove filed a workplace sexual harassment lawsuit against the agency. In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcasts Kristen Berkery discusses the current status of the lawsuit and offers some encouragement -  for contract workers in particular – who find themselves in a similar situation.
March 16, 2020
Gov. Newsom issues directive for closure of California bars & drinking establishments, half-occupancy for restaurants
On Sunday, March 15 California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a directive  where, among other things drinking establishments like bar, brewpubs and wineries were asked to close.
March 15, 2020
Weird scenes in America
The week ending March 14, 2020, has been like few in American history, or at least in the last 75 years.  We've seen panic buying by Americans and unprecedented actions by the World Health Organization. But there was still one thing that really stood out.
March 14, 2020
Elk Grove Food Bank organizing special Coronavirus services
In response to the national emergency declared today and the Coronavirus pandemic, the Elk Grove Food Bank in coordination with the Laguna Sunrise Rotary Club in Elk Grove, Calif. is coordinating special services. Joining us is Marie Jacinto, executive director of the Elk Grove Food Bank services who will outline how the community can help. Contribute via GoFundMe Elk Grove Food Bank 
March 13, 2020
Rep. Ami Bera Coronavirus telephone town hall meeting March 11 2020
On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Congressman Dr. Ami Bera held a telephone town hall meeting. This meeting happened just hours after the World Health Organization announced the coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic. The sole topic of discussion of the town hall meeting was the coronavirus. Joining Representative Bera was Sacramento County Health Director Dr. Peter Beilenson.
March 12, 2020
Morning News and Coffee Musings
By Dan Schmitt | Now that the morning Sacramento Bee is delivered electronically, one part of the morning routine for many is still a cup of coffee. But like the morning news, delivery of that has changed as well.
March 9, 2020
Hansen-Valenzuela Sacramento race could be an indicator for one Elk Grove City Council contest
Political outsider Katie Valenzuela is maintaining a lead over establishment's incumbent Steve Hansen in the Sacramento City Council's District 4 race, and it could have implications in Elk Grove.
March 7, 2020
SMART's Steve Cohn discusses STA's Measure A revenue split
In November 2020, Sacramento County Voters will be asked to consider raising sales taxes by one-half percent. The sales tax increase,  Measure A, is proposed by the Sacramento Transportation Authority – the STA – to fund a variety of countywide transit needs. If approved, Measure A would generate eight billion dollars over its 40-year life. In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcasts, we are joined by former Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Cohn who is a member of SMART – Sacramento Metro Advocates for Rail and Transit who discusses how STA is proposing to spend the revenues. 
March 1, 2020
When hearing Elk Grove new job claims, remember this
In Elk Grove, new job claims have as much credibility as a Trump Tweet. In 2015 Former Mayor Gary Davis declared the Southeast Policy area  - SEPA -  the city’s employment center would generate 25,000 new jobs.
February 29, 2020
Ode to Elk Grove's Hollow Person
For this edition of Elk Grove News Minute, longtime EGN commenter, satirist, and contributor DJ Blutarsky assists in an ode about one community member who has become a shell of their former self, or at least of the former self they presented to the public.
February 23, 2020
Dignity Health information session on Elk Grove's first expected hospital
A small audience at a project workshop, Elk Grove City Councilmember Stephnie Nguyen commented, is an indication that proponents have done their work, and the community is satisfied with the product. If those comments about inverse relations are correct, then Dignity Health's future hospital in Elk Grove has broad community support. Nguyen made those comments before a handful of people at the end of a workshop she sponsored in cooperation with Dignity Health on their future hospital on Wymark Drive in Elk Grove's District56 civic center area. The workshop was held at Dignity's outpatient surgical facility on Wymark Drive.
February 21, 2020
First Word - Amandeep Singh, Elk Grove City Council District 3 candidate
In 2020, Elk Grove voters will have a rare opportunity - elect a new member to take a seat on the Elk Grove City Council. For only the third time since the city's 2000 incorporation, voters will have the chance to vote for a city councilmember without an incumbent on the ballot. That happened most recently for the District 4 seat in 2014, and in 2000 when the original city council was elected. Given the interest in District 3, we have invited the four declared candidates to date to participate in a feature we are calling First Word. The four candidates are Maureen Craft, Amandeep Singh, Kevin Spease.
February 17, 2020
First Word - Lynn Wheat, Elk Grove City Council District 3 candidate
In 2020, Elk Grove voters will have a rare opportunity - elect a new member to take a seat on the Elk Grove City Council. For only the third time since the city's 2000 incorporation, voters will have the chance to vote for a city councilmember without an incumbent on the ballot. That happened most recently for the District 4 seat in 2014, and in 2000 when the original city council was elected. Given the interest in District 3, we have invited the four declared candidates to date to participate in a feature we are calling First Word. The four candidates are Maureen Craft, Amandeep Singh, Kevin Spease.
February 17, 2020
First Word - Kevin Spease, Elk Grove City Council District 3 candidate
In 2020, Elk Grove voters will have a rare opportunity - elect a new member to take a seat on the Elk Grove City Council. For only the third time since the city's 2000 incorporation, voters will have the chance to vote for a city councilmember without an incumbent on the ballot. That happened most recently for the District 4 seat in 2014, and in 2000 when the original city council was elected. Given the interest in District 3, we have invited the four declared candidates to date to participate in a feature we are calling First Word. The four candidates are Maureen Craft, Amandeep Singh, Kevin Spease.
February 17, 2020
First Word - Maureen Craft, Elk Grove City Council District 3 candidate
In 2020, Elk Grove voters will have a rare opportunity - elect a new member to take a seat on the Elk Grove City Council. For only the third time since the city's 2000 incorporation, voters will have the chance to vote for a city councilmember without an incumbent on the ballot. That happened most recently for the District 4 seat in 2014, and in 2000 when the original city council was elected. Given the interest in District 3, we have invited the four declared candidates to date to participate in a feature we are calling First Word. The four candidates are Maureen Craft, Amandeep Singh, Kevin Spease.
February 17, 2020
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest mayor of all?
Syndicated columnists Mark Shields once noted every morning there are 100 American Senators who look in the mirror and see the next President of the United States. In today's political world, that pool of aspirants has expanded.
February 15, 2020
California Northstate University Pizzeria Town Hall Meeting I
The first of four Pizzeria town hall meetings organized for the benefit of California Northstate University (CNU) was held last night in Elk Grove City Council District 2. The meetings, which were organized by Sacramento-based business advocacy group Region Business, are meant to convey information about CNUs controversial proposed $900 million hospital in the Stonelake neighborhood. This meeting held at Fat Mike's pizzeria on Grant Line Road drew about two dozen participants. Attending the meeting on behalf of CNU was its president and chief executive officer Alvin Cheung, spokesperson Brian Holloway, former Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis, and about a half dozen other representatives. After introductory remarks by Elk Grove District 2 City Councilmember Pat Hume, the meeting was conducted by hospital project manager Paolo Diaz of San Francisco-based Fong and Chan.
February 12, 2020
New name for Elk Grove City Attorney J. Hobbs
Documents released by the California Fair Political practices commission revealed surly behavior by the City of Elk Grove. Specifically, the city attorney’s office sanctioned surveillance and approved a taxpayer-funded smear-campaign against critics of the city.
February 8, 2020
Sacramento Transportation Authority's special meeting - Feb. 5, 2020
The following is an audio recording of the Sacramento Transportation Authority Board of Directors special meeting on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. The special STA meeting was scheduled to hear presentations from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and the Sacramento Air Quality Management District. The reports covered what affects proposed transit projects from a possible Sales Tax increase through the so-called measure A  would have on air quality attainment. The meeting was chaired by Elk Grove City Council member and STA chair Darren Suen
February 6, 2020
Baseball - The Great Game of Life
Spring begins in March, the rebirth season. The sweet smell of blooming flowers and blossoming trees permeate the air. The sun rises later and stays awake longer foreshadowing warmer days ahead. And then there’s baseball. For more than 150 years, spring and baseball have been synonymous. Just like clockwork, when spring arises, players put on their cleats, grab their gloves, bats and balls, and the game of baseball begins anew.
February 3, 2020
Old Town Elk Grove is like a distant cousin
For many people in @CityofElkGrove, particularly on the city's westside, Old Town Elk Grove is like a distant cousin. Sure, you are related, but beyond that, do you really have any familiarity with them and do you even want to?
February 2, 2020
Ali Moua announces Elk Grove City Council District 1 candidacy
Surrounded by family and supporters, on Saturday, January 25 Mr. Ali Moua announced he will challenge incumbent and fellow Democrat Darren Suen for the District 1 seat on the Elk Grove City Council. Moua made the announcement in front of this Lakeside neighborhood residence with over 100 people in attendance. Leading up to his statement, Moua was introduced by his wife Tou Vang and Maureen Craft, who is running for Elk Grove's District 3 seat on the city council. Also appearing in support of Mou was the president of the Elk Grove-South County, Karif Lawrence.
January 26, 2020
The great equalizer in Elk Grove's District 3 race
This year Elk Grove City Council District 3 voters will have the opportunity to elect their representative on a by-district basis, and it will be the first city council contest since 2014 without an incumbent on the ballot.
January 26, 2020
Can Sacramento Republic FC prove Phil Jackson wrong?
Halfway through the NBA season the Sacramento Kings by any realistic standard are eliminated from the playoffs. This should come as no surprise given their zero and six start.
January 18, 2020
Construction professional discusses Elk Grove's District 56 aquatics center lawsuit
The District56 aquatics center has become something of a sore point for the city of Elk Grove. Since its earliest planning stages, the project has been problematic. The facility was over budget and open one year late. We have a discussion with David Anderson who is speaking out on behalf of one of the defendants. In our conversation, Anderson asserts among other things that the city council is not being told the whole story.
January 13, 2020
'Just trust us'
By Dan Schmitt | I was born the very day Harry Truman was elected president of the United States.  Since my birth, the United States government has sent our military into conflicts 14 times.
January 12, 2020
The Hume Barometer
The January 8, 2020, Elk Grove City council meeting was one for the ages. Highlighting this meeting were false statements from the city council’s dean, District 2 representative, Pat Hume.
January 11, 2020
Funding battle looming between Southeast Connector JPA, Sacramento Transportation Authority?
One of the more interesting measures that may show up on the November 2020 ballot for Sacramento County voters is a proposed sales tax increase from the Sacramento Transportation Authority to fund a yet undecided number of countywide transportation projects. Getting voter approval might be as tough as building a consensus between urban and suburban stakeholders just to get the measure on the ballot.
January 7, 2020
Pulling the thread that unravels?
Elk Grove’s District 56 is off to a rough start. Last year the aquatics center opened one year late and over budget. Then on Christmas eve – the city’s new holiday tree went dark.
January 4, 2020
Discussion on State Auditor's report on Sacramento City Unified School District finances
In December the California State Auditor released a report on the Sacramento City Unified School District finances. The audit painted a bleak picture. In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcasts, we have a discussion with Kevin Dayton about the findings of that audits and some of his recommendations beyond just belt-tightening on what could resolve and advert some of the problems the district is dealing with Based in Monterey, California, Dayton is a policy and political consultant with 23 years of experience dealing with issues related to construction and development. Dayton can be followed on Twitter at @DaytonPubPolicy.
January 3, 2020
Good deeds are best done in silence
As the 2019 Holiday season winds down, it is always worth noting this is the time of year when charitable giving reaches its peak. Giving to charity is admirable, but many people might have less altruist motivations.
December 28, 2019
Celebrate Winter Solstice!
Today, roughly, is Winter Solstice, the shortest daylight of the year. This is the day when mother earth tilts furthest away from the sun in the northern hemisphere. For all us remaining Druids, Celts and assorted pagans, this a day of celebration.
December 21, 2019
Can rezoning help balance, distribute Elk Grove's affordable housing?
Like many communities in California, Elk Grove is facing a tight housing market, and like many urban centers, homelessness is on the rise. And like many Californians, Elk Grove residents express concern about helping the homelessness, but just not in their neighborhood. On Sunday, December 8, 2019, this and other topics were discussed in a meeting hosted by Elk Grove Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen on a proposed development along Bruceville Road in District 4. In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcasts, we will look at one idea for a more even distribution of affordable and permanent supportive housing in Elk Grove, and attempt to answer the question, is it even possible?
December 20, 2019
STA urged to follow West Sac Via model
At the most recent Sacramento Transporation Authority meeting on Thursday, December 12, the one person allowed to speak during public comment, Ms. Rita Simmersbach, noted transit services officer by the City of West Sacramento. As you can hear from Ms. Simmersbach, she urged the STA to include this type of service should that multi-jurisdictional entity seek and gain the approval of a 40-year $8 billion sales tax measure for transit needs.
December 17, 2019
Sacramento region's unmet transit needs and their consequences
In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcasts, we speak with Glenn Jackson Jr. and his mother Angela Jackson about their personal experiences related to transportation deficiencies in the Sacramento region and their real-life consequences. Mother and son have been advocating for better transit services to agencies like Sacramento Transporation Authority who is considering placing a sales tax increase on next year's ballot to fund countywide projects.
December 16, 2019
Trump's American Gomorrah
Listeners may recall Robert Bork as the jurist nominated but not approved as a Supreme Court judge by President Ronald Reagan. Rejected for his extremist views, Bork tried to exact revenge against his perceived liberal enemies by writing Slouching toward Gomorrah.
December 14, 2019
Elk Grove District 4 affordable, permanent supportive housing meeting
On Sunday, December 8, 2019, Elk Grove City Council member Stephanie Nguyen hosted a meeting addressing concerns in District 4 about affordable housing, and more specifically supportive housing. The meeting was conducted by the city’s housing manager Sarah Bontrager who explained to constituents the various state requirement for Elk Grove. Bontrager also explained supportive housing, which could be an option for District 4 In this edition of Elk Grove News podcasts, the entire presentation has been recorded.
December 9, 2019
Better luck for California Northstate University on their next talking point
Anyone who has heard a real estate pitch is familiar with the phrase location, location, location. This week California Northstate University made that pitch on it proposed hospital on Elk Grove’s far westside.2
December 7, 2019
Ya' Gotta be Schmittin' Me - Memories of Christmas, Part I
By Dan Schmitt |  Although I have lived in California for over 50 years, during the Holiday season I can't help but reflect on Christmas time with family and friends in my hometown of Schofield, Wisconsin.
December 3, 2019
Late nights with California Assemblymember Jim Cooper
As daylight shortens, sleeping patterns are affected, and consequently, you might find yourself awake in the dead of the night. If you look at your phone at these times you might find political advertisements for  California Assemblymember Jim Cooper.
November 30, 2019
SMART advocates inclusive transit funding for possible STA ballot measure
In 2016 The Sacramento Transportation Authority – the STA - placed a one half percent sales tax measure on the Sacramento county ballot to fund a variety of transportation projects. That measure was narrowly rejected by voters. For 2020 the STA is again looking at placing a sales tax increase on the ballot. Our guest is is Glenda Marsh, a co-founder of SMART - Sacramento Metro Advocates for Rail and Transit. Marsh will describe SMARTs advocacy of the STA for a possible sales tax increase and the transportation challenges in Sacramento County.
November 27, 2019
What we are Thankful for in 2019
As Americans prepare for the annual Thanksgiving celebration in the coming days, like others, we offer thanks. Our list is not inclusive of every person or event of significance, but this is a sampling of just a few things we offer thanks, Of course, we offer thanks to all our contributors - written and otherwise, and most importantly our loyal readers and subscribers.
November 23, 2019
More Than 3 Minutes - Hidden expenditures in City of Elk Grove's consent calendar
During every Elk Grove city council meeting, there is an item on the agenda called the consent calendar. The calendar contains items of city business that are considered routine, non-controversial. In this editions of Lynn Wheat’s podcast More Than Three Minutes, Wheat discusses this expenditure and other things hidden in the consent calendar.
November 18, 2019
Beware of kiss-ups to the powerful who then punch down
This week the McClatchy organization announced Saturday publication all of it daily's, including the Sacramento Bee, is being suspended which is unfortunate. How we receive news that has changed substantially and the evolution continues, but sometimes not in a good way.
November 16, 2019
Sacramento Transportation Authority's tax hike challenges
In Sacramento County, there is a little-known agency whose profile will resurface like a cicada in the coming months. That agency is the Sacramento Transportation Authority – or the STA. The STA is a multi-jurisdictional agency that disburses funds from a special county-wide sales tax for transportation projects. On Thursday, November 14, the STA held their monthly meeting to discuss the possibility of placing a sales tax increase on the November 2020 Sacramento County-wide ballot. In this edition, we’ll give an overview of that meeting, listen to some of the public comments, and look at the challenges facing the STA with a possible sales tax measure on next year’s ballot
November 15, 2019
Elk Grove city manager Jason Behrmann's poor judgment
This week Elk Grove city councilman Darren Suen held what was billed as a community meeting on California Northstate University’s controversial proposed hospital project. One of the people on hand to help Suen out of the difficult situation was Elk Grove city manager Jason Behrmann.
November 9, 2019
District 1 Councilmember Suen, Elk Grove city manager hear criticism of their handling of CNU project
In a session that lasted just under three hours, Elk Grove District 1 City Councilmember Darren Suen heard many pointed comments and questions from about 60 participants at a community meeting he conducted last night at the Dreaming Dog Brewery in Elk Grove's Stonelake neighborhood. Although Suen heard comments on topics ranging from traffic to homelessness, the primary focus was on California Northstate University's (CNU) proposed $900 million 400-bed hospital. Plans for the hospital, which Suen participated in during the much-publicized formal announcement last December, has generated substantial controversy.
November 7, 2019
Will Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly move to strengthen his position?
With the switch to by-district elections in 2020, Elk Grove is in the midst of a subtle political change. With councilmembers elected by-district voters only, Mayor Steve Lee remains the only councilmember elected citywide.
November 2, 2019
The Elk Grove city council's smartest guy miscalculates
A few years ago, a documentary was released about the Enron scandal called The Smartest Guys in the room. It told the story of the hubris of people like Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. The title was apt because the Enron criminals thought they were smarter than everybody. And for a while they were. Then things collapsed. Although not criminally motivated like the Enron crew, the Elk Grove city council has a member who consistently reminds people – by waving his education credentials around, especially compared to his city council colleagues, that He is the smartest guy on the council, maybe all of the city hall too.
October 31, 2019
Mayor Steve Ly 2, Councilmember Darren Suen 0
With the Elk Grove City council’s recently adopted by-district voting, Mayor Steve Ly scored a big political victory. With victory, there has to be a loser.
October 26, 2019
Mobil Country Club residents seek assistance from Rancho Cordova City Council on rapidly escalating rents
One of California’s many pressing challenges – affordable housing – made an appearance at the Rancho Cordova City Council meeting. During public comment, several residents from the Mobil Country Club community in Rancho Cordova spoke about rapidly escalating rents for their residences at their 479 space senior mobile home park. The speakers, all seniors on fixed incomes, made their appearance and asked the city council for assistance. In this edition, we’ll hear all the comments made by the concerned residents. For reference, the meeting was conducted by Mayor Robert McGarvey whose voice will be heard intermittingly through the audio. The comments were made during the Monday, October 21st Rancho Cordova City Council meeting.
October 26, 2019
Elk Grove Innovations Czar Nightmare - Jordan's Folly
Last year Elk Grove city manager Jason Behrmann announced with great pride a new city hall department, The Office of Strategic Planning and Innovation. The new department was to be headed by a member of the city’s planning department, Christopher Jordan. In this edition, we’ll take a look at one simple attempt to innovate that failed that we call an Innovation Nightmare – Christopher Jordan’s Folly.
October 25, 2019
Pappas Investment's Quid Pro Quo, Elk Grove style
Recently the Latin term Quid pro quo has been thrust into the national lexicon by Trump. Loosely translated it means something for something. This practice has been around Elk Grove since the city’s founding.
October 20, 2019
Defendant in Elk Grove's District56 construction lawsuit reacts to city's statement
On Friday, October 11, the City of Elk Grove issued a statement regarding litigation over construction delays and cost overruns on the recently open District56 aquatics center. Given the reluctance of governmental bodies to comment on pending litigation, issuing the statement was an unusual development. In this edition, we have another conversation with Brian Erickson who as co-owner of Big B Construction is one of the defendants in the lawsuit.
October 17, 2019
Half-truths, lies of omission by City of Elk Grove
The next time you hear the Elk Grove City Council or member of the city's executive team make claims, you would be well-served to view them with a healthy measure of skepticism. One such example of this is a recently released video by the city on the budget process.
October 12, 2019
'Darrenmandering' voting districts in Elk Grove for Suen's benefit
On Wednesday, October 9, proposed by-district voting maps were released during the Elk Grove city council meeting. The news maps were drawn by National Demographics Corporation after the city council was compelled under threat of a lawsuit for their prolonged practice of violating civil and voter rights with their discriminatory at-large elections. Even though the city will change to by-district voting, our guest Kathy Engle has expressed concerns with the process and the methods of National Demographics Corporation in how the proposed maps were drawn. Maps referenced in the podcast interview produced by NDC can be view here.
October 11, 2019
'Stringer' pullers at Elk Grove city hall worse than pushers
Life, it has been said, can imitate art. Following a decade-old recommendation, former Elk Grove Citizen editor, Jeff Forward, has led us to an example that is apt for Elk Grove. Jeff' - we should have taken up your recommendation long ago - better late than never!
October 5, 2019
Darren Suen running scared
Even as he raised briefcases of cash from developers and labor unions this week, it appears Darren Suen is running scared as he seeks another term as the District 1 representative on the Elk Grove City Council.
September 28, 2019
Ya' Gotta be Schmittin' Me - A trail, waterfowl and a smile
By Dan Schmitt |      The Laguna Creek Trail in Elk Grove begins near where Waterman Road intersects Bond Road and ends further up on Bond Road close to the California Family Fitness Center.  The paved trail slinks like a garter snake along Laguna Creek for about 2 1/2 miles, and by all accounts, it’s a gem of a trail, well used by bikers, joggers, and walkers.
September 27, 2019
Contractor sued by Elk Grove speaks out, discusses aquatic center design flaws
During the 2019 Memorial Day weekend, the City of Elk Grove opened its long-awaited aquatic center at the newly named District56 complex. The opening of the facility was delayed by almost a year and was over budget. In July of 2019 Elk Grove filed a lawsuit against many of the companies involved in the construction of the facility. One of these companies was Big B Construction. Guests are Brian Erickson is a co-owner of Big B Construction and his project manager, Carlos DeLeon. Ericson and DeLeon will detail what they assert were faulty designs by the primary contractor. Ericson also discusses the reason he thinks the city is pursuing the litigation and what happened when he addressed the Elk Grove city council at the September 11 meeting.
September 23, 2019
Is that an Apple iPhone or Ford Motor Edsel?
Product launches can be a tricky thing. Have a good product enter the market at the right time with the right message and it can be successful beyond imagination. Conversely, if you have a product with a poorly defined audience and a confusing message, it can be a huge setback. Think of Apple's iPhone launch a little over a decade ago and Ford Motor's launch of the Edsel line about 60 years ago.
September 21, 2019
Elk Grove Charter School and the 25,000 jobs mirage
A frequent guest on Elk Grove News Podcasts has been Lynn Wheat. A smart planning advocate, Wheat is now producing a podcast on land planning and other issues of interest in Elk Grove that she is calling More Than Three Minutes. In this inaugural edition, Wheat will discuss a project in Elk Grove's Southeast Policy Area - SEPA - and its relationship to the 25,000 new jobs city leaders have promised.
September 17, 2019
Vestiges of Jim Crow in Elk Grove
The history of Jim Crow laws in the United States, which included voters suppression, is among many blemishes on America's legacy. Through the hard work of civil rights activist, Jim Crow laws were removed, but vestiges and the attitudes that enabled the segregationist laws have not disappeared. Even though it is touted for its diversity, the same mentality that institutionalized Jim Crow lingers in modern Elk Grove.
September 14, 2019
Is Elk Grove stonewalling document requests for Darren Suen's email?
Have you ever been stonewalled or the subject of ghosting? Elk Grove resident Kathy Engle discusses public document requests she has made with the city of Elk Grove that give the appearance she is being stonewalled. A request made on June 26, 2019 seeking emails from council member Darren Suen for only a two week period has not been fulfilled even though it was requested almost three months ago. We will also discuss Engle’s other unfulfilled document requests as well On this edition of Elk Grove News Podcasts. 
September 13, 2019
Vice Mayor Pat Hume apologizes to civil rights activist
In a somewhat unusual moment at last night's Elk Grove City Council meeting, Vice Mayor pat Hume issued an apology to a well-regarded civil rights activist. The comments from Hume came during the hearing on what is a contentious issue for Hume, the switch to by-district elections. The apology was to Amar Shergill who has been a longtime advocate of civil rights. Hume reference the August 28 city council meeting and said he felt he is being forced against his will to address the civil rights concerns of individuals like Shergill. The context of Hume's comments which compelled the apology was not revealed by Hume or Shergill.
September 12, 2019
Taking pride in straightness?
As I mentioned in my last podcast, I like Facebook. It gives me an opportunity to dialogue with people I don’t know personally, and it allows me to get a sense of folks’ perspectives on important issues of the day. Recently, a few of my more progressive and liberal Facebook friends have been somewhat agitated over the “Straight Pride Movement” and the parades and marches and rallies members of the movement are having across our country. Frankly, I’m a little baffled by the movement myself. Apparently, the Straight Pride Movement was formed as a backlash against the LGBT Pride Movement. I guess the Straight Pride people feel sort of left out and are agitated themselves that they’re not getting the respect and equality they feel they deserve.
September 10, 2019
Barbershop's difficulties dealing with California Northstate University, Elk Grove City Council
In this edition, we continue our discussions with business owners in Elk Grove’s Stonelake Landing shopping center whose enterprises are being negatively affected by their landlord, California Northstate University and their proposed $900-million unfunded hospital project. Steav Jordan is the co-owner of Barbarz Dreme barbershop. Jordan will tell us about his attempts to reach the Elk Grove City Council expressing his concerns  and difficulties in dealing with his landlord, California Northstate University
September 10, 2019
Sharpies for Elk Grove city council, city staff as the develop CNU plans
Our readers have been an invaluable source of tips, stories, and sarcasm. This week a reader made a worthy suggestion for the city of Elk Grove. It was done in the context of Trump’s sharpie incident. If you’re listening to this podcast, you know the topic.
September 7, 2019
Small business owner says California Northstate University 'disingenuous' in tenant, public dealings
Since the December 2018 announcement by California Northstate University of their plans to build a 400-bed hospital on the west side of Elk Grove, the project has been mired in a quagmire of controversy. Today we talk with Matt Weaver who owns a business in the Stonelake Landing shopping center, which is owned by California Northstate University, about plans to demolishing the facility and kill several small businesses, several of which are minority-owned enterprises. Weaver discusses his attempt to deal with California Northstate and how it has motivated him to consider more political involvement. Also discussed is the involvement of former Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis as a community outreach representative for the school. Recorded Wednesday, September 4.
September 5, 2019
On Labor Day remember workers, organizers who fought to improve conditions
Although Labor Day has to come to mean the traditional end of summer for most Americans, Maureen Craft says we should not forget the real meaning of the holiday. Maureen Craft is an Elk Grove resident and 2020 candidate for the Elk Grove City Council District 3.
September 1, 2019
Elk Grove's next domino to fall
Although the domino theory that dominated American foreign relations for decades has been largely discredited, it could be an accurate indicator for changes to Elk Grove's power structure. One and a half out of three have fallen, so who will be the third?
August 31, 2019
Students defeat DART, bigger battle looms with Elk Grove
This week students from Cosumnes Oaks and Elk Grove high schools scored another victory in their quest to ban styrofoam products in Elk Grove. In the coming months, they will encounter a far tougher assignment.
August 26, 2019
Hidden land deals, shell games & civil rights violations in Elk Grove
For their Wednesday August 28 meeting, the Elk Grove city council has a packed agenda. Some of the items include the purchase of several hundred  acres of land outside current city limits in their closed session Millions of dollars of purchases hidden in the consent calender And dealing with the threat of a lawsuit for their violation of civil rights. Joining us today is Lynn Wheat, a watchdog of the Elk Grove city council who will paint a more complete picture of what’s going on at city hall.
August 26, 2019
Swapping votes, swapping money; What's the difference?
Over the last few years, one issue four members of the Elk Grove city council have been confronted with is the question of representation. Specifically, four council members Steve Detrick, Pat Hume, Stephanie Nguyen and Darren Suen have rejected calls that the city switch to by-district elections and representation. Instead they have dug in their heels and support their less democratic at large system.
August 19, 2019
CNU hospital vote dodging and the Elk Grove City Council
On Wednesday, August 21, the Elk Grove City Council will hold a special meeting on behalf of California Northstate University and their proposed hospital. It is a crucial vote that will affect Elk Grove's future.  
August 17, 2019
Dayton, El Paso added to list of tears
Dayton and El Paso are the most recent cities affected by mass killings. A week earlier, it was Gilroy. Over 30 people were murdered and dozens more wounded in those cities. Aside from the tragic loss of life, will these killings affect our daily lives?
August 10, 2019
The political pragmatism of Moscow Mitch McConnell, Stonelake Steve Ly
Many Americans know Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. Many residents in Elk Grove know Mayor Steve Ly. McConnell is a man with great power in Washington DC as the Republican leader of the U.S. Senate and by default, an international power broker. Outside of the Elk Grove area and a few pockets of supporters in Fresno and Minneapolis, Ly is not that well known and as an individual politician, has limited influence. Throughout his long career, Republican McConnell, with recent exceptions to accommodate President Trump’s support of Putin and Russia’s interference in American elections is a rock rib conservative. You know, a law and order, voter suppression, state right’s sort of guy. And even thought he has not displayed many of the supposed characteristics in his comparatively short political career, Ly is reputed to be a liberal member of the Democratic party. On the surface these two elected officials appear to be polar opposites. But they do share a few important characteristics.
August 9, 2019
Ya Gotta be Schmittin' Me - The Measure of a Man
By Dan Schmitt |   I like Facebook. It allows me to discuss and debate all sorts of issues with all sorts of people, most of whom I don’t even know. Of course, our current president, Donald Trump, continues to be a topic of much discussion. Trump supporters on Facebook offer up a host of reasons as to why they like the guy. The one I find most baffling is when they say he acts like a man. Let that sink in for a moment, “Donald Trump acts like a man!”  
August 6, 2019
Happy Birthday to The GOAT!
 In just about every type of endeavor, especially sports there is a so-called GOAT - The Greatest of All Time. In the modern era, there are several GOATS. Boxing has Ali. Well, today is the birthday of one of those GOATS who is still going strong. 
August 3, 2019
To impeach or not; discussion with U.S. Congressional candidate Jeff Burdick
One of the pressing political questions facing Democratic members of the U.S. Congress, as well as Democratic voters and the American public is whether or not President Donald Trump should be impeached. In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast, we have that discussion with Jeff Burdick. A Democratic primary challenger to Rep. Ami Bera in California's  7th district, Burdick offers an assessment on that political question that stands in contrast to Bera's stated position. 
August 2, 2019
Elk Grove News Minute - Doan unwittingly exposes city hall waste, fat
 In what could be characterized as either a moment of honesty or more likely not understanding the implications of their words, Elk Grove's economic development director Darrell Doan unwittingly stepped into it this week. 
July 27, 2019
Socialism: An evil word or what?
 In this edition of Ya Gotta be Schmittin' Me, contributor Dan Schmitt discusses what will likely be one of the main topics in 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns, healthcare. As Schmitt points out, the "S" word has been pillared by generations of Republican politicians. But is America free of any socialist-type institutions or services? 
July 26, 2019
2020, the year of living dangerously for Elk Grove Republicans
 As a partisan candidate, having your party hold the presidency is usually viewed as an advantage, especially during a presidential election. But as we have seen since Donald Trump entered politics and the presidency, conventional wisdom has been tossed out like a stinky fish. 
July 20, 2019
Davis' latest Elk Grove scheme?
If nothing else can be said about former Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis, it is he has taken the advice of former Chicago mayor, congressman, and Chief of Staff to President Obama, Rahn Emmanuel to heart. That advise, which Emanuel famously said in a Wall Street Journal interview was "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste." Although it is not quite a crisis, this week Davis seems to have exploited the for-profit California Northstate University's public relations quandary over their proposed $750 million hospital in Elk Grove's Stonelake neighborhood. 
July 13, 2019
Passing the buck by the Elk Grove City Council?
 Politicians trying to pass the buck is a universal occurrence. For the Elk Grove City Council, an example of this time-honored way of shirking leadership will be on display in the coming days under the guise of something that might not be immediately obvious.  
July 6, 2019
Elk Grove at 19 years old - Was it worthwhile?
In the heady days leading up to Elk Grove's incorporation in 2000, there were three main rationales for cityhood. If you were around Elk Grove in those days, do you remember the three talking points being sold? 
June 29, 2019
Another senseless tragedy, another fallen police officer
By Dan Schmitt |   Yesterday morning, I stood on the corner of School Street and Elk Grove Boulevard, across from the Herberger Family Funeral Chapel in Elk Grove where the motorcade procession began to transport police Officer Tara O’Sullivan’s body to her memorial service at Bayside Adventure Church in Roseville.
June 28, 2019
Is the CCSD Elk Grove’s political barometer?
In politics, the actions of elected officials measure the political environment. Over the last six months, the Cosumnes Community Services District Board of Directors has become a vital forecasting gauge of Elk Grove's political landscape.  Will this forecast be accurate? 
June 22, 2019
Q1 2019 credit card debt decreases; How does Elk Grove consumer debt compare?
In this edition, Jill Gonzales of @Wallethub discusses the decrease in aggregate credit card debt during the first quarter of 2019.  Although the first quarter debt decreased, Gonzales discusses what's ahead for the rest of the year. Additionally, Gonzales discusses the implications of the ongoing tariff wars and offers an analysis of how Elk Grove household credit card debt compares to other communities.  
June 17, 2019
Is that Scary Lucy or Fearless Girl at Elk Grove's Swimmin' Hole?
Beautiful or atrocious? Art or annoyance? If the social media comments to date are any indication, the winner, as of now, is an annoying atrocity.  Time will be the ultimate judge.  
June 15, 2019
CCSD Director Jaclyn Moreno on district's proposed climate action plan funding
In this edition, Cosumnes Community Services District Director Jaclyn Moreno discusses a proposal for the district to fund an extensive climate action plan study. Moreno outlines the environmental and economic benefits of funding a study that could lead to the adoption of a plan for the district.  The CCSD hearing on the matter will be heard at their Wednesday, June 19, 2019, regular meeting
June 14, 2019
Author Bob Irelan discusses his first published novel 'Angel's Truth'
Set in Texas, Angel's Truth is the story of a young man accused and acquitted of a grisly double murder. After being acquitted, our protagonist, along with his public defender pursue the truth of who killed two teenage victims, one of which was Angel's former sweetheart.  Bob Irelan provides an overview of his first published novel. He also discusses future prospects for the story which included a possible screenplay.  
June 11, 2019
Questions abound on Elk Grove's 2020 budget
As required by law, the city of Elk Grove must produce a balanced budget ready for implementation by July 1, 2019. After examining the budget report, Elk Grove resident Lynn Wheat discusses some information she found. Wheat has made additional inquiries seeking explanation of her findings to the city of Elk Grove. Depending on when she receives a response, an additional segment on the city’s 2020 budget may be produced. On a side note, like every other city in the state, Elk Grove is required by law to produce a balanced budget. Keep that in mind when you hear a city council member brag that they have produced a balanced budget. 
June 10, 2019
Congressman Ami Bera's 2020 election conundrum
For the last several election cycles California's 7th Congressional district has been a battlefield between Democratic and Republican candidates. While Rep. Ami Bera enjoyed a relatively easy reelection campaign in 2018 in part because of the so-called Blue Wave, 2020 could be a different landscape.  
June 8, 2019
American Boys in Paris, Part II
 By Dan Schmitt |   During my teaching career, I must have told my humanities and geography students a thousand times, “Travel is the best education in the world. By experiencing first-hand other cultures, you’ll come to better understand your own. And, during your travels, you will be exposed to cultural experiences that will simultaneously perplex and enlighten you.” In 1995, the opportunity arose for me to help young minds experience what I had been preaching about travel for many years. In this podcast, I wrap up the rest of our Italian journey. Listen to Part I of American Boys in Italy here.
June 4, 2019
Explore Elk Grove's crummy tourism season kick-off
 In May there were events - some self-inflicted and some out of their control - that turned the month for the quasi-government agency tasked with transforming the community into a tourist destination,  Explore Elk Grove, into one they would rather forget. 1
June 1, 2019
Planning Commissioner discusses SMUD's, Elk Grove's Tacos and Test Drive EV event
 In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast, we meet with Elk Grove Planning Commissioner George Murphey. The discussion centers on an event scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at Elk Grove City Hall that he and fellow planning commissioner Mackenzie Weiser helped organize. The event, called Tacos and Test Drives will allow participants to examine, test drive and learn about the vast array of non-fossil fuel vehicles.
May 28, 2019
Hit the Wilton Rancheria casino buffet, play the slots & get gas
 A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling could have serious implications for the business plan of the proposed Wilton Rancheria casino in Elk Grove, city coffers, and motorist.  
May 25, 2019
Documents shed more light on proposed California Northstate University hospital
 In this edition, we are joined by Elk Grove resident Kathy Engle who discusses documents she obtained that shed further light on the 400-bed hospital proposed by California North state University in Elk Grove’s Stonelake Neighborhood. 
May 24, 2019
H. Ross Perot and Elk Grove's Swimmin' Hole
Elk Grove's Swimmin' Hole, known formally as the Elk Grove Aquatics Center will hold a grand opening ceremony on Memorial Day Weekend. While city leaders will be strutting around like Baywatch lifeguards next Saturday at the over-budget facility, what happens in a few years?  
May 17, 2019
Plaintiff discusses sexual harassment lawsuit against Visit-Explore Elk Grove
 In this episode, we have a discussion with marketing professional Kristen Berkery who has filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court against the Visit Elk Grove tourism agency and their executive director, John  "JT" Thompson. Berkery alleges Thompson of using his position as executive director to sexually harass her.  
May 14, 2019
Council Member Pat Hume, Mayor Steve Ly's common ground
 Every now and then political opponents can find common ground or at least common ground on governance practices. Such is the case for Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly, and City Council Member Pat Hume when he served his one term as mayor 10 years ago.  See companion video and story to this podcast here. 
May 11, 2019
The Ruse of Elk Grove Taxpayers
 This week the Sacramento LAFCO approved Elk Grove’s sphere of influence application for about 600-acres along Grant Line Road. The approval paves the way for Elk Grove to annex this parcel. Alone this is not remarkable. What is noteworthy, however, is the ruse the Elk Grove City Council seemingly pulled on taxpayers.  
May 4, 2019
Chief Bryan Noblett reflects on career, future of Elk Grove Police Department
 After a 34-year law enforcement career, Elk Grove Police Chief Bryan Noblett recently announced his retirement. A 10-year veteran of the Elk Grove Police Department, Noblett was the EGPD's third chief serving three years in that role. In this edition, Noblett reflects on aspects of his career and what the future holds for Elk Grove Police.  Photo credit: Officer Jason Jimenez, EGPD
May 3, 2019
2019 Detroit Lions NFL Draft with Logan Lamorandier
 In this edition, we are breaking our typical format on politics and current events and will discuss the 2019 NFL draft, specifically the Detroit Lions draft.  We will be discussing this with Logan Lamorandier, editor of Lamorandier gives grades on the Lions' draft, their 2019 prospects and more.  Lamorandier and also be followed on Twitter @LLamorandier and Facebook at  
April 30, 2019
‘Opportunity Fund’ and Elk Grove’s long sought sales tax hike
 This week, the Elk Grove City Council decided to create a new place to squirrel money away, and called it the "Opportunity Fund." What might be one implication of this new fund? 
April 27, 2019
American Boys in Italy
By Dan Schmitt  |   During my teaching career, I must have told my humanities and geography students a thousand times, “Travel is the best education in the world.  By experiencing first-hand other cultures, you’ll come to better understand your own. And, during your travels, you will be exposed to cultural experiences that will simultaneously perplex and enlighten you.”    In 1995, the opportunity arose for me to help young minds experience what I had been preaching about travel for many years.  
April 23, 2019
Elk Grove News Podcast - Katy Yee offers guidance, hope as Alzheimer's volunteer
As part of National Volunteer Month, the Alzheimer Association of Northern California has recognized the contributions of Kathy Yee. In this edition, Kathy discusses the challenges for families and caregivers of people with Alzheimer's.  As a volunteer since 2015, Kathy discusses insights she and her children gained after caring for her late husband Ben who succumbed to the disease four years ago.  
April 20, 2019
Don't mess with Elk Grove taxpayers money, drop vanity expenditures
Darrell Doan, Elk Grove's economic development director, as well as other personnel at Elk Grove City Hall need to stop wasting taxpayers dollars on frivolous and expensive advertising. Instead, money should be used to fix things like Elk Grove's crumbling roads.  
April 20, 2019
Buttiegieg offers advise Elk Grove City Council Members, Executive staff that they should heed
Ever since it was unveiled last December, the California Northstate University's proposed for-profit hospital has been a source of controversy. Both CNU and Elk Grove city executive employees and council members would be well advised to heed to the words from South Bend Indiana mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttiegieg. 
April 18, 2019
Eschinger Road conundrum for Elk Grove - How taxpayers could be stung
 In this edition, smart planning advocate Lynn Wheat discusses the recent traffic jam study and the conundrum for Elk Grove’s long sought expansion of city limits.  Wheat discusses how Elk Grove taxpayer could be on the hook for cost that in normal cities are paid by developers.  We start the conversation with Wheat providing an overview of the April 10 presentation by the Elk Grove Public Works Department on traffic congestion. 
April 17, 2019
Elk Grove taxpayer ads for California Northstate University and Darrell Doan's conflicting statements
 In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast, Kathy Engle of Neighbors Ensuring Stonelake Transparency, NEST, discusses the use of taxpayer money to purchase advertisements for the benefit of California Nothstate University, a for-profit educational institution headquartered in Elk Grove, Calif. Also discussed are seemingly conflicting statements from the City of Elk Grove's economic development director Darrell Doan.  NEST is a group organized in opposition to a 400-bed, $750 million hospital proposed in Elk Grove's Stonelake neighborhood. 
April 15, 2019
Finally, straight talk on Elk Grove's traffic congestion
The Wednesday, April 10 Elk Grove City Council meeting was one to remember.   At the end of the meeting with hardly no one in attendance, the city council heard an honest assessment of the city’s growing traffic congestion.
April 13, 2019
Cow and the Bee; There could be more to Devin Nunes' lawsuits than meets the eye
In the last several weeks California Republican Congressman Devin Nunes has made quite a splash in social media - twitter specifically - and more recently in mainstream media for a couple of lawsuits he has filed. Perhaps its a riff on the song Dog and Butterfly by Heart,  except for Nunes its more like Cow and Bee. In the case of the cow, the Fresno-area congressman filed a $250 million lawsuit against a Twitter parody Account called Devin Nunes Cow.  Apparently poor little Devin thinks it is unfair that he is on the receiving end of so much satirical commentary.  Nunes was understandably ridiculed for that lawsuit. 
April 10, 2019
Elk Grove News Minute - The wait for the buffet line in Elk Grove just got way longer
This week casino watchdog group Stand Up For California filed another lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Indians Affairs over the proposed Wilton Rancheria casino in Elk Grove, California. The issues raised for the plaintiff comes from documents the B I A was forced to release. 
April 6, 2019
Elk Grove News Podcast - Two Tails for Dreaming Dog Brewery
  The last several months for the proprietors of Elk Grove's Dreaming Dog Brewery have been two tails.  The first tale was of the successful launch and establishment by David and Elizabeth Brown of their popular brewery and tasting room located at the Stonelake Landing shopping center on the west side of Elk Grove. Their efforts to build a friendly, community-based gathering spot was recognized by the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce and awarded the Brown's with the 2018 Rookie Business of the Year.   The other tale came with the announcement by their landlord, California Northstate University, that as part of their proposed $750 million hospital, the shopping center where the brewery is located would be demolished. That news created a swirl of activity not only for residents in the nearby Stonelake and Lakeside neighborhoods but caught the Brown's by surprise as well. In our conversation, along with brewery talk, David Brown discusses what the future may hold for the community gathering place that has quickly become a favorite for many Elk Grove residents.  
April 2, 2019
Elk Grove News Podcast - NEST examines relationship between California Northstate University, City of Elk Grove
  In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast, we have a discussion with Kathy Engle of Neighbors Ensuring Stonelake Transparency - NEST. Led by Engle's public information requests, the citizens' group has started examining documents they have received from the city of Elk Grove. Engles discusses some of their initial findings showing the depth of the relationship between the city and the for-profit medical school who is proposing the $750 million hospital in Elk Grove's Stonelake neighborhood.
April 2, 2019
Arkansas-based trailer park operator to open in Elk Grove
 While some view California's rapidly escalating housing costs as an impediment, one company from America's Natural State is taking a contrarian view and sees a golden opportunity in the Golden State.  Mountain Home, Arkansas-based Affordable Family Development (AFD) has announced its intent to pursue a manufactured housing site on a vacant parcel in Elk Grove. The parcel AFD purchased for their development is the long-vacant 18-acre site located on the northeast corner of Sheldon and Power Inn roads.
April 1, 2019
Elk Grove News Minute - City of Elk Grove's missed opportunity to address affordable housing
 As widely reported, Elk Grove recently updated its general plan. The plan nibbles around the edges of one of California’s most pressing socio-economic problems – affordable housing. Elk Grove’s solution is predictable – cluster some rental units in a few areas and forget about it.
March 30, 2019
Elk Grove News Minute - Memo to Elk Grove CIty Council; You are being watched
   Social media is part of our life, and for all its ills, at times it can be educational. Such was the case in a recent series of tweets.   The tweets were about city council’s brushing off constituents. — Kevin Dayton (@DaytonPubPolicy) March 22, 2019 I hear Los Angeles City Council is like this. In fact, I remembered an old newspaper article about it and found it, in @latimes from 2005! Also, a 2014 YouTube video:
March 23, 2019
Governor Newsom and the Death Penalty
 By Dan Schmitt |  I cannot begin to imagine how devastating it must be to discover that a loved one has been ruthlessly murdered. I cannot imagine the pain, the depression and the suffering family members and friends of murder victims go through as they wait for the execution of the person on death row who was found guilty of the heinous crimes. 
March 19, 2019
Elk Grove News Podcast - CNU, CEQA & PLAs: The ABCs of Elk Grove's proposed hospital
  Based in Monterey, California, Dayton is a policy and political consultant with 22 years of experience dealing with Issues related to construction and development. The discussion centers on the intersection of the California Environmental Quality Act, and project labor agreements as it relates to the $750 million hospital proposed in Elk Grove, Calif. by California Northstate University. Dayton can be followed on Twitter at @DaytonPubPolicy. 
March 18, 2019
Ménage à trois; California Northstate University, union bosses, and the Elk Grove City Council
   After weeks of bombardment from Elk Grove residents over the proposed 750 million dollar California Northstate university hospital, the Elk Grove city council had a respite this week.    Coming to their rescue was a host of big shot building trade union bosses, all of whom have contributed cash to the city council members. 
March 16, 2019
Let's be careful out there
Be careful when doing online sales. 
March 14, 2019
The staggering credit card debt of Elk Grove, Calif. residents
 Although the economy is doing relatively well, residents of Elk Grove, California are taking on more high-cost credit card debt. Those were the findings of a recently released study by In this edition, we discuss the implications of this development with's personal finance expert Jill Gonzales. Other findings from WalletHub's study can be viewed here. 
March 13, 2019
Manafort, F. Scott Fitzgerald and American Justice
   This week Trump crony Paul Manafort received one of his two sentences from his corruption and tax evasion convictions. As it stands today, Manafort will be out in about three years having received nine months credit for time served. Even if he receives a few more years at his next sentencing, Manafort got what amounts to slap on the wrist when you compared it to the maximum sentence he could have received.
March 9, 2019
Elk Grove News Minute - PG&E’s interest in Elk Grove politics exposed
  For years Pacific Gas and Electric – PG&E - have made thousands of dollars of campaign contributions to Elk Grove city council members. Their interest in Elk Grove politics has always been something of a puzzlement.
March 2, 2019
Elk Grove News Podcast - General Plan update adopted by Elk Grove; What now?
  After a multi-year process, yesterday the Elk Grove City Council adopted the city's general plan update. As the name implies, a general plan is the road map of how the city of Elk Grove expects to develop for several years to come. In this edition, we discuss the update, public comment on the adoption, and whether or not the city council took into consideration of any of the comments from residents during the entire process with smart planning advocate Lynn Wheat.
March 1, 2019
Zoning Ordinance Update and a Major Project in Elk Grove
 In this edition we continue our discussion with Elk Grove, California resident and smart planning advocate Lynn Wheat. The discussion looks at the differences between the updates for the general plan and zoning code.  Wheat discusses how the zoning code might be more important the general plan, and how a significant change to the zoning code has implications for major project now under consideration by the City of Elk Grove.
February 25, 2019
Elk Grove News Minute - Lessons for EGUSD, Elk Grove City Council from the CCSD
 Will elected officials on the Elk Grove City Council and Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees continue their blatant violation of civil and voters rights, be more interested in their own parochial interests, or do the right thing?  
February 23, 2019
CCSD Director Jaclyn Moreno discusses by-district elections
Cosumnes Community Services District Director Jaclyn Moreno discusses the reasons why the district should have by-district elections during the Wednesday, February 20, 2019 CCSD meeting.  
February 21, 2019
Elk Grove News Podcast - Is Elk Grove in a conflict of interest for hiring 5G industry consultant to be unbiased expert?
  This is the first installment in a three-part series with Mark Graham, who is a community watchdog on the placement of 5G cellular antennas. In this segment, we discuss a possible conflict of interest between the City of Elk Grove and a cellular industry consultant hired by the city for their November 28 workshop on the placement of the antennas within the city.
February 19, 2019
Ya Gotta Be Schmittin’ Me - The Motorcycle Road Trip Awakening
 Podcast by Dan Schmitt My best friend of forty-two years, Cal Robinson, died three years ago of complications caused by diabetes. No one, especially me, would have predicted that two such different young men would develop an endearing friendship that would last nearly a half-century, but it did. I first met Cal in 1973 at the Reubens Restaurant in La Mesa, California. I was a bartender, and Cal had recently been hired as a bar boy, a position that involved washing glasses, refilling ice bins, keeping the bar clean, and when time allowed, learning the craft of bartending. 
February 18, 2019
Stonelakes NEST, Meet E-G Capp - Opposition to California Northstate University project grows
 The Elk Grove city council has offered full-throated support for the California Northstate University's proposed $750 million teaching-hospital, but they have underestimated opposition to the project.  
February 16, 2019
A CItizen's View on Elk Grove, California's General Plan Update
  For roughly three-and-half years, Elk Grove has been updating the city's general plan. The general plan is roughly the blueprint on how the city will grow in the future. In this edition of Elk Grove New Podcast, we have a discussion with one Elk Grove resident who has monitored the process from start to finish. The general plan was scheduled for approval by the Elk Grove City Council on Wednesday, February 13, but was removed for unknown reasons at the last minute. 
February 11, 2019
Another appointment coming to the Elk Grove City Council?
A high-placed source in Elk Grove’s political underground related a plot to appoint another Elk Grove city council member. In this episode, we lay out how this scheme could happen. 
February 9, 2019
Elk Grove News Minute Podcast - Bobby Layne Superbowl Cocktail and The Detroit Lions
  For hardcore NFL fans, tomorrow’s Super Bowl between the Pats and Rams is like Christmas morning. Football fanatics probably know there are only four teams who have never appeared in the Super Bowl. The cocktail recipe is here.  
February 3, 2019
Elk Grove News Podcast - Elk Grove City Council 'congeniality' report
In this edition of Elk Grove News Podcast, we discuss one of the most misunderstood - especially as practiced by members of the Elk Grove City Council - regular items on their meeting agendas. An item that was supposed to inform the public has evolved into a perversion of the original intent.  Elk Grove resident and longtime city council observer, Lynn Wheat joins the conversation. Wheat explains the history of this item, and never one to be without worthy ideas, suggests a solution.
January 20, 2019
The Practical Justification for Universal, Single-Payer Health Care
 By Dan Schmitt | The United States is one of the few developed nations on earth that does not provide some form of universal, single-payer health care.  For clarification purposes, when referring to health care, the term universal means that all people within a country have coverage. The term Single-payer usually means that the federal government pays for everyone’s health care, with funding via a payroll tax similar to Social Security and Medicare.
January 20, 2019
MEGGA, fresh eyes, innovations czar and a robust list of leads
 In the last several days, city hall tax collectors and mall mavens in Elk Grove received crushing news – the Outlet Collection at Elk Grove will never open. Not to worry though - help is on the way! 
January 20, 2019
Elk Grove's Ghost Mall, Hospital Wrecking Ball Quandary
   In less than one month, plans for the demolition of two shopping centers in Elk Grove have been announced. The first is the Stonelake Landings for the proposed $750 million for profit hospital on the city’s west side The second is the demolition of the unfinished Outlet Collection, also known as the Ghost Mall. With the Ghost Malls demise, questions from residents of the Stonelake neighborhood, who oppose the demolition of the Stonelake Landings, will abound.
January 19, 2019
Elk Grove News Minute - Beware of Elk Grove's Jobs Creation Claims
   At the January  2019 Elk Grove City Council meeting, the city’s economic development director Darrell Doan made claims that make  Dr. Evil’s assertion that his father invented the question mark plausible.
January 12, 2019
Part I – The Moral Justification for Universal, Single-Payer Health Care
By Dan Schmitt    Numerous polls, just before the 2018 midterm election, showed that the number 1 issue on voters’ minds was access to affordable, quality health care. Actually, for more than a half-century, access to good health care has been elusive for many Americans. One might say it’s been a case of the “Haves and the Have-Nots.”  The “Health Care Haves” are the wealthy who have the financial resources to purchase their own health care insurance, people who can afford health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, employees who are fortunate enough to get decent health care insurance through their employers, and folks on Medicaid and Medicare. Still, many Americans fall into the category of the “Have-Nots.” The most recent estimates show that 44 million Americans have no health insurance and 38 million Americans have inadequate health insurance.  
January 8, 2019
Fat payroll, salaries at City Hall?
Is the Elk Grove City hall payroll getting fat? A casual examination of recent events and job listings would say yes. 
January 4, 2019
2019 Elk Grove California Stories to Follow
 As we enter 2019, there will be scads of stories that will develop during the year. However, there are a few stories that have developed this year and before, that will continue into 2019. The outcome of these ongoing stories will have the most influence in shaping the future of Elk Grove, California.  
December 30, 2018
Christmas Wishes For Everyone!
 The Christmas holiday season is the favorite time of year for many people. After all, if we have learned only one thing from Christmas movies on Hallmark or Lifetime, it's that wishes do come true at this time of year.   From Elk Grove News. 
December 21, 2018
Christmas, a Rifle, and a Life Lesson
By Dan Schmitt No season is quite like Christmas for welling up memories. And no Christmas season is more indelibly locked into my memory than the one that occurred back in 1958. I grew up the third of seven kids in the small central Wisconsin town of Schofield. My parents were products of the Great Depression and World War II and disciplined differently. Six of the seven Schmitt kids were boys, and we were all boys, if you know what I mean!
December 18, 2018
Elk Grove Aquatics Center and That Giant Flushing Sound
On Wednesday, December 12, at the request of public works director Bob Murdock, the Elk Grove City Council approved additional funding of $1.4 million to cover cost overruns on the civic center aquatics facility.
December 15, 2018
CCSD - Catalyst for progressive politics in Elk Grove, California?
Latest episode of Elk Grove News
December 8, 2018
The Unexpected Consequence of a Basketball Game
By Dan Schmitt I suppose my journey began one afternoon during Christmas break in 1964 when I was 16. One of the few activities my friends and I did indoors during the cold, snowy north-central Wisconsin winters was play basketball. We were at the YMCA in my hometown when “THEY” arrived and put a dent in my sheltered existence.
December 4, 2018
Our Brush With Bush 41
Like many people, I had the good opportunity to shake the hand of an American President. In my case, it was the recently departed George H. W. Bush. To be clear when I met the 41st American President he was not yet in office. In fact, it was at the point when he was coming to widespread attention national attention.
December 1, 2018
5G Technology - Can Elk Grove balance conflicting interests? 00:00
On Wednesday November 28, the Elk Grove City council held a workshop meeting to discuss the advent of the latest advancement in cell phone technology, so-called 5 G. During the four-hour session, testimony was heard on the implications of the new technology from legal, public works, public health, technological, and economic development perspectives.
November 30, 2018
To Serve Constituents
Over the next few weeks elected officials will be taking their oaths for office. Now is a good as time as to remind these officials their first priority is to represent, and, as needed, aid constituents. Along these lines two people recently told us why they voted for Congressman Ami Bera and State senator Richard Pan.
November 25, 2018
The Secret to Happiness - A Tale
By Dan Schmitt Some years ago in the town of Elk Grove there lived a very unhappy young man named Joseph. Joseph had been afforded all the blessings and opportunities bestowed upon him and most other young people residing in Elk Grove. But still, he was so very unhappy and pined to anyone who would lend an ear that there had to be more to life than what he had so far experienced.
November 20, 2018
What we're thankful for in Elk Grove, California 2018
Thanksgiving is that time of year where people meet, argue politics with that crazy brother-in-law or Uncle, watch the Detroit Lions get their heads handed to them - again, and if there is any time left, give thanks for what matters the most.
November 17, 2018
Elk Grove's biggest loser in 2018 elections
In elections, there are metaphorical winners and losers, and the recent one in Elk Grove was no exception. So who was the biggest loser in this Elk Grove election?
November 10, 2018
Elk Grove traffic, campaign promises and worldwide peace
What do all of the Elk Grove City Council and mayoral candidates have in common with Richard Nixon during his second run in 1968 for the President of the United States?
November 3, 2018
Rod Brewer discusses Cosumnes CSD candidacy
In this edition, we have a discussion with Rod Brewer, who is seeking re-election to the Cosumnes Community Service District. The discussion with Brewer was recorded at one of Elk Grove’s fine dining establishments so please excuse any background noise.
October 29, 2018
Boo, ya! The War on Halloween
In a few days, one of our favorite celebrations will be upon us, Halloween. What isn’t there to like about carving a jack-o-lantern, and having kids come to your door shouting Trick or Treat? Over the last few years, however, there has been a full-frontal assault on this beloved holiday.
October 27, 2018
Stephanie Nguyen discusses Elk Grove City Council candidacy
In this edition we have a discussion with Elk Grove City Council member Stephanie Nguyen who is seeking the District 4 seat in this Novembers election. A discussion with challenger Orlando Fuentes was posted in a previous podcast.
October 26, 2018
Orlando Fuentes discusses Elk Grove City Council candidacy
This two-part series features talks with 2018 Elk Grove District 4 city council candidates Orlando Fuentes and Stephanie Nguyen. The interviews are being posted based on a drawing conducted by Nguyen. Today the session with Fuentes is posted, and tomorrow the discussion with Nguyen will be available.
October 25, 2018
Discussion with Elk Grove City Council candidate Pat Hume
This two-part series features talks with 2018 Elk Grove District 2 city council candidates Andres Ramos and Pat Hume. The interviews are being posted based on a drawing conducted by Ramos. Today the session with Hume is posted and the discussion with Ramos was previously posted. The same topics with Ramos and Hume were covered, with one question altered slightly for each candidate based on Hume's current status as an elected office holder.
October 23, 2018
Andres Ramos discusses Elk Grove City Council District 2 candidacy
This two-part series features talks with 2018 Elk Grove District 2 city council candidates Andres Ramos and Pat Hume. The interviews are being posted based on a drawing conducted by Ramos. Today the session with Ramos is posted, and tomorrow the discussion with Stafford will be available. The same topics with Ramos and Hume were covered, with one question altered slightly for each candidate based on Hume's current status as an elected office holder.
October 22, 2018
Elk Grove News Minute - Campaign Trick or Treats in full swing
Who says the Halloween season is just for kids? With the campaign season collides with the Halloween season as it does every two year, you know the adults will be doing more tricks than just soaping windows.
October 20, 2018
The importance of travel
by Dan Schmitt Anti-French sentiment in the United States has been around for as long as I can remember. Back in the 1950s, my father and other World War II veterans talked about how the French were not sufficiently thankful for liberating their country from German occupation.
October 17, 2018
Tracie Stafford discusses Elk Grove mayoral candidacy
This two-part series concludes with a discussion featuring 2018 Elk Grove mayoral candidate Tracie Stafford. The same topics were discussed with Stafford and one of her rivals, Darren Suen with one question altered slightly based on Suen's current status as an elected office holder. The third candidate in the mayoral race, Steve Ly, declined an invitation to participate.
October 16, 2018
Darren Suen discusses Elk Grove mayoral candidacy
This two-part series features talks with 2018 Elk Grove mayoral candidates Darren Suen and Tracie Stafford. The interviews are being posted based on a drawing conducted by Suen. Today the session with Suen is posted, and tomorrow the discussion with Stafford will be available. The same topics with Stafford and Suen were discussed, with one question altered slightly for each candidate based on Suen's current status as an elected office holder. 2018. The third candidate in the mayoral race, Steve Ly, declined an invitation to participate.
October 15, 2018
Elk Grove City Attorney Hobbs Flubs Council City Meeting
At the Wednesday, October 10, 2018 meeting of the Elk Grove City Council, according to one speaker, Mayor Steve flubbed-up bigly. Ly's flub was to give one male speaker an unusually long public comment. As pointed out in the meeting, this was not the first time the mayor showed deference to male speakers while being dismissive of women. Along with Ly's flub, City Attorney Jonathan Hobbs got in on the evening's flob-athon as well.
October 13, 2018
Mayor Steve Ly denies 'men are given more time to speak' during Elk Grove City Council meetings
During the Wednesday, October 10, 2018 meeting of the Elk Grove City Council, Mayor Steve Ly denied that he allows men more time to speak than women during public comment. That criticism was leveled during the public comment section of the meeting. Speaking to the council, Elk Grove resident Danessa Atiles noted that during public comment, one male speaker was engaged by both the council and police staff for over 30 minutes. The extended comment period and dialogue, which started delving into policy discussions that were not on the agenda, was allowed to proceed unabated by Ly and Elk Grove City Attorney Jonathan Hobbs. By comparison, Atiles said that female speakers are regularly given short shrift
October 11, 2018
The Open Window – A Slightly Scary Halloween Story
By Dan Schmitt The night wasn’t much different than all the other Halloween nights in the small Vermont town of Plainfield. A few straggling trick-or-treaters could be seen far in the distance, enjoying one last opportunity to add candy to their bags. The rush and swirl of leaves down a nearly vacant street broke the dark silence. Overhead, clouds darted across the black sky, pushed along by the cold, gushing autumn wind. The two street lights directly in front of the boys were out, had been for quite some time
October 9, 2018
Elk Grove News Minute - Ly's retro Polaroid, Davis references in most recent mailer
Voters of a certain age will remember a time when Polaroid Land camera's were cutting edge technology. In recent years Polaroid shots have enjoyed a revival thanks in part to hipsters. Steve Ly has seemingly jumped on the hipster bandwagon as it applies to his mayoral reelection campaign as evidenced by his most recent mailer (see below). Additionally, he has gone retro or at least has tried, regarding endorsements from elected officials.
October 5, 2018
A Cup or Two of Java
In this edition of 'Ya Gotta Be Schmittin' Me' Dan Schmitt discusses the morning coffee ritual. Coffee, like a little early morning exercise, just makes the rest of the day a whole lot better. There’s nothing easier than making coffee. But what about other coffee lovers - how do they get their daily fix?
October 2, 2018
Kavanaugh conundrum - why the fear for one more week?
The events of this last week revolving around the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination have been nothing short of extraordinary. But in all the hoopla, let's not forget the law and order logic of his Republican defenders.
September 29, 2018
Musing of a Baby Boomer, the most privileged generation
I’m a baby Boomer. If our parents, who lived through the Great Depression and fought in WWII, were members of the “Greatest Generation,” then people my age can be considered members of the “Privileged Generation.” At no time in history, have so many people of one generation in one society lived such good lives as we Baby Boomers.
September 25, 2018
Andres Ramos shines in forgettable Elk Grove candidate forum
On Tuesday, September 18, the Sacramento chapter of the League of Women Voters held a candidate forum for the Elk Grove City Council Districts 2 and 4 races. The few voters who attended didn’t learn any new information or insight into the candidates, with one exception.
September 21, 2018
Candidate Forum - Elk Grove City Council
On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the Sacramento chapter of the League of Women Voters held a forum for the candidates for District 2 and 4 of the Elk Grove City Council.
September 20, 2018
'Ya Gotta be Schmitting' Me' - Bless me Father, for I have sinned, Part II
Catholic school education ended for the Schmitt kids with 8th-grade promotion. There were only two choices for high school in my small Wisconsin town, Catholic or public. My parents, being blessed or saddled, depending upon the day or event, with seven kids but little money opted for the public school. Attending public high school did not end our Catholic obligations, however. Mom and Dad would march the family to church every Sunday, and we were still expected to confess our sins, but now only one Saturday a month.
September 18, 2018
'In God We Trust' 86ed by Elk Grove City Council - for now
At the Wednesday, September 12 Elk Grove City council meeting Council member Pat Hume announced the city at this time would not explore placing a, quote, ‘IN God we trust’ plaque in the council chambers.
September 14, 2018
Forgive Me Father, For I Have Sinned; 1950s Catholic School
Part I I attended catholic grade school in the 1950s. To be a young Catholic in those days was to live in a perpetual state of fear. At least, that was the intent. The nuns and the priests constantly reminded us that we had to live a righteous life, or we would end up in hell. And I’m not talking about the modern-day metaphorical hell people so flippantly talk about, the one you create for yourself while still on earth if you stray too far from the good life. I’m talking the real McCoy: the abode of Satan, where one could spend an eternity down there baking in flames.
September 11, 2018
Elk Grove mayoral candidate forum, Sept 8 2018
The three candidates for Elk Grove Mayor, Steve Ly, Tracie Stafford, and Darren Suen, met for a forum on Saturday, September 8, 2018. This recording captures all questions given to the candidates and their answers. The forum was hosted by Paula Lee of the Sacramento, California chapter Leauge of Women Voters.
September 8, 2018
Elk Grove Mayoral race - cash and other factors
In this year’s Elk Grove mayoral election, Steve Ly and Darren Suen have more cash than the third candidate, Tracie Stafford. Nonetheless, Stafford has some money so she should not be written off. This race, we suspect, will turn on who best emotionally connects with voters on some level.
September 8, 2018
The Truth Captured and the Truth Deferred
As I watched Senator John McCain’s National Cathedral memorial service, I couldn’t help think about his lifelong, selfless contributions to our nation.
September 4, 2018
California Senate Bill 1416 could help address nuisances
California legislators wrapped up their session with their usual flurry of activity. Among the bills approved this week and sent to Governor Brown is Senate Bill 1416. Authored by California State Senator Mike McGuire (D - Healdsburg), the bill establishes a procedure to use nuisance abatement liens or a special assessment to collect abatement costs and administrative costs related problem dwellings.
August 31, 2018
The death penalty: Ooops, our bad!
by Dan Schmitt For most of my adult life, I’ve been a strong supporter of the death penalty. I believed that there were certain actions so heinous, like the murdering of another person, that those who commit such actions did not deserve to be a member of the human race, PERIOD. Then, a couple years ago, I opened my beliefs about capital punishment up to examination.
August 28, 2018
Elk Grove News Minute - Let's be careful out there
Elk Grove Police remind the public when selling merchandise online, when meeting the buyer take extra precautions.
August 25, 2018
A Mother's Tough Love & a lesson for Trump
Well, our president is at it again. His latest insult was directed at Omarosa Manigault Newman, the ex White House aide whose recent book, “Unhinged” ruffled Trump’s feathers. Using Twitter, Trump called Omarosa a “lowlife” and a “dog.” I guess he can’t help himself with the demeaning public comments about women, especially women who have the audacity to challenge or disagree with him.
August 21, 2018
Detrick supporter portrays EGN as the enemy of people
What happens when a reader does not like a news story on an Elk Grove City Council member, who they voraciously protect?
August 18, 2018
Jaclyn Moreno featured on KQED's 'The Long Run' show
Elk Grove, California candidate for the local recreation board was mentioned during the Thursday, August 16 edition of public radio affiliate KQED's Forum program. Moreno is one of 50 female candidates being featured on KQED's The Long Run show which is reporting on their respective candidacies.
August 17, 2018
Happy Hour bartending in SOCAL in the early 70s
In the latest edition of "Ya gotta be Schmittin' me' Dan Schmitt recall one of several funny episodes of tending bar at Rueben's Restaurant in La Mesa, California.
August 15, 2018
Yes, No on Proposition 6 and Pat Hume's political dilemma
On occasion, politicians face will face a dilemma. This year, at least one member of the Elk Grove City Council will face one as they seek another term in office. This year Pat Hume, the second-longest-tenured member of the city council faces a quandary.
August 12, 2018
Two flags, twice as patriotic?
In Elk Grove News' newest feature, Dan Schmitt discusses flying two flags from a picku[ truck in "Ya gotta be Schmittin' me!"
August 7, 2018
Elk Grove, California's growing homeless population
In the last year, Elk Grove has experienced a growth in its homeless population. It seems the population of in need people has quite grown before our eyes.
August 4, 2018
NFL players kneeling, and their right to free expression
In this week's edition, Elk Grove News contributor Dan Schmitt discusses the NFL players controversy on kneeling during the national anthem and their rights to free expression.
July 28, 2018