Prior to reading this, I want to say unequivocally that LPCA has done some welcome-sign-2good things for our neighborhood. Also, I love Land Park (living here for almost 30 years is a testament to that).  Having said this, there are problems that need resolution.  In my opinion, those problems won’t be resolved until LPCA gets a fresh start.

After years of requesting Land Park Community Association to do a survey to discover if they are truly representing their neighbors, they finally did…and wow…was it telling!  Here are just a few excerpts from the results:

It was asked if you are a member of LPCA, why?

  • 59% want to receive newsletters and e-mails
  • 50% believe that community participation is important
  • 48% believe that LPCA are advocates for issues that members care about
  • 44% believe that LPCA works to enhance commercial projects
  • 27% enjoys the social events

There were some interesting representative comments…and in order to provide a non partisan blog, I will list all of them…so please be patient.

  • Support idea of community organization
  • Slowing down/regulating traffic in Land Park is very important to me
  • I reported the dangers of selling alcohol at the gas station next to Vic’s. To date we have an alcohol-free zone because of the LPCA’s vigilance.
  • Disagree strongly with LPCA advocates for better designed commercial buildings.
  • Clearly we must get involved since the LPCA does not function well and cares only for the members self interest.
  • I want to help the LPCA learn to function as an open/public board.
  • Support the efforts to restore the William Land Park Monument in Land Park! Support the efforts to get better developments in the community!
  • The main reason I joined the association was so that I could have a voice in the issues that affect Land Park. Becoming a member gave me at least voting right. I don’t always agree with LPCA’s approach on certain issues.
  • I want to be active but given the ridiculous behavior and agenda robbery, it is a complete waste of time. The people that have controlled the group for 20 years need to learn to be open to other ideas and other points of view.
  • As for advocacy, I think the Association has become a little TOO resistant to any kind of change. Some view LPCA as NIMBY whiners.
  • The city seems to have given up on neighborhoods, design review, historic preservation, and all other aspect that make a city more diverse and livable. Instead, its focus is primarily on development. We need community organizations that will speak up for the things the city has forgotten.

Conversely, it was asked if you are not a member of LPCA, why?

  • 29% LPCA opposes commercial projects
  • 17% felt there was no clear board direction
  • 14% just don’t have time to participate
  • 12% are not aware of LPCA
  • 9% are just not interested in being a member
  • 6% felt that LPCA will do the work for them without being a member
  • 6% felt that it wasn’t worth the dues.

Representative comments to the “not a member” question above:

  • The LPCA does not represent my concerns. The association seems to involve itself in areas that do not always appear to concern the association.
  • I am joining now.
  • Board needs to actively advocate and get passed a design review designation for this area.
  • You act anti-City College
  • Just moved in!
  • I feel that the members represent a small park of Land Park, not the area I live in “poor Land Park”
  • We’re lucky that Target hasn’t given up and walked away, leaving another blighted corner. Need more balance.
  • On two separate occasions I joined LPCA and paid dues for one year. On both occasions, I never recieved a LPCA newsletter. I assume it was because I do not live in Land Park “proper” but, rather, just south of Sutterville Road. When I called, I was assured I’d get the newsletter, but never did.
  • I don’t like being bullied over and not listened to.
  • Opposition to HOV lanes on Highway 50;opposition to bridge from West Sacramento into Land Park area;opposition to students parking in Land Park; general not-in-my-backyard attitudes enforced and enforceable through wealth and connections of vocal contingent of Land Park residents.
  • Because of the two people who run it.
  • I just learned of the organization and plan to join.
  • LPCA does not represent Land Park. It represents the views of XXXXXXX, XXXXXXX and XXXXXXX(I am editing names here). XXXXX and XXXXXX are hurting our community. They are anti-improvement and development of Land Park.  They want to keep it in it’s current dumpy state.
  • I have attended meetings and found the in-fighting, favoritism, snide comments and dirty looks the board members exhibited to be embarrassing. I would not want to waste my time participating with the group.
  • Other than being busy with life these days, I really have no good reason and hope to get involved soon.

There are many more questions specific to Land Park and I believe you can go to www.landpark.org to read the entire survey.

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NO TARGET? ARGH!

November 17, 2008

I wrote a post several months ago about the new Target that was going to replace the old target-storeTarget at the corner of Riverside Blvd and Broadway.  It is where the old Edmunds Field use to be.  Gemco replaced Edmunds Field and Target moved in where Gemco once was.  The building is old and does not fit the Target mold.

Even so, Target has decided to suspend their plans to replace this old building.  In addition, they were going to expand into the downtown mall.  This plan has been put on hold as well.  All very unfortunate, but probably a sign of the times. I guess an old Targe that is healthy is better than a new Target that can’t sustain the cost of the building. 

So sad!

 

Some have said that the subject has been under review for a long time.  The first I heard about it was today.  There is a suggestion that the City Council is considering to move the Sacramento Zoo to the site of the old city dump.

Now, on the face of it, my instant reaction was “Oh No!”.  However, objectively considering a move such as this, I can understand the premise.  We have a wonderful small regional zoo.  It use to have elephants, hippos and lots of bears.  But that was decades ago.  The new thought for zoos is more humane treatment of the animals.  Put them in their appropriate surroundings.  Let a few share an area. This wasn’t done when the Sacramento Zoo was established.  We no longer have elephants or hippos.  The giraffes are in a smaller area than I imagine they would like.  I could go on about the small enclosures, but you get the idea.

By moving the Zoo, accomodations could be so much nicer.  Animals could act like they would in the wild.  This just isn’t possible in the limited space our present zoo has.  But maybe there could be some middle ground.  Maybe the larger animals could be in the new zoo.  Smaller animals could remain in the present spot and their enclosures made more spacious.  I would miss the zoo in the park, so this might be a good compromise. It will be interesting to see what happens.

 

No…I am not talking about your significant other!
Here is a chance to purchase a beautiful quilt and
support Sacramento’s Sutter Cancer Center….and
you only get this chance every three years!

All of the funds go to support breast cancer patient
treatment programs at the Center.  There are 450
quilts and textile art pieces currently on display at
the Sutter Cancer Center at 2800 L Street in
Sacramento.  You can bid on the items now through
November 1st.  The Center is open 7AM to 7PM.

There will also be a live auction on Saturday,
November 1st at 10AM. The silent auction will
begin closing at 1PM.

To view some of these quilts, go to
www.suttermedicalcenter.org/quiltauction.

Now is your chance to laze around this winter in style!

 

Before Target….before Gemco…there was Edmonds Field! And yet, even before it was named Edmonds Field after a Sacramento Union sports editor Dick Edmonds, it was known by many other names.

It was built in 1910 by Edward Kripp, majority owner of the Sacramento Senators and named after the Buffalo Brewing Company – Buffalo Park.

In 1920, Lew Moreing bought the club. He built a new field in 1922 and named the field Moreing Field. This field boasted a concrete and wooden grandstand and could seat 10,000 baseball fans in addition to those in the bleachers.

In 1935, Branch Rickey of the St. Louis Cardinals bought the franchise. It was renamed again, now known as Cardial Field and the team was renamed the Sacramento Solons. A 1938 storm damaged several portions of the structure. It was rebuilt for the 1939 season.

 

In 1944, a newspaper contest resulted in another renaming of the field. This time it was named after Abner Doubleday, being called Doubleday Field. This lasted only a year and in 1945 the field received its final name – Edmonds Field.

On July 11th, 1948 a fire almost totally destroyed the park. The Solons played the balance of the season on the road. Not to go quietly, the part was reconstructed one more time, almost entirely of concrete and opened for the 1949 baseball season.

The demise of Edmonds field occured when the Solons were sold to Hawaii in 1961. It was demolished in 1964.

The Solons were part of the Pacific Coast League. The team lost in the 1st round of playoffs in 1937 and were the Pacific Coast League Champs in 1938 and 1939 (although another report says they only won in 1942). In 1941 they lost in the league finals and again lost in the first round of the playoffs in 1943, 1945 & 1949.

Other team names in the years prior to being in Sacramento were the Tacoma Tigers, the Fresno Raisen Eaters (and I am not kidding!), San Francisco Missions and the Salt Lake Bees.

 

Now, I know this sounds like the latest extreme sport, but in reality, the Sacramento Baths was a destination for Sacramentans back in 1909. The community purchased stocks which ultimately paid for the construction of this amazing structure.  It lasted almost 50 years and was renamed the Land Park Plunge or Riverside Plunge.  When it was constructed, it was the only swimming bath within 50 miles of Sacramento.  The owners stated that it ws located on Sacramento’s only artesian well, going over 2500 feet deep.

 In an article in the Sacramento Union, the water was “highly mineralized carrying 600% less bacterioa than approved drinking water”. The natural temperatures of the water was 82 degrees. The pool was advertised as being emptied and cleaned each night.

The Riverside Baths were originally enclosed by a two story wooden structure, but due to a high level of deterioration, the structure was razed and in 1936, was part of a $20,000 improvement project.  The project was completed in 1937 and was touted as the most modern swimming resort in California.  It was no longer enclosed, but surrounded by an 8′ high concrete wall and 2 stucco buildings.  It also included a refreshment stand, a sunbathing deck and outdoor buffet from which waiters brought refreshments to umbrella shaded tables.

The baths were located at the end of the streetcar line on Riverside Boulevard between 11th and 12th Avenues.  B’nai Temple now stands where these wonderful baths once stood.

The photos are from the Sacramento Union , dated 9/25/08, excerpts taken from an article written by Lance Armstrong, a Sacramento Union writer

 

Many of us who habitually drive by California Middle School have been watching the saga of the dig, then the post and now the plywood leaning against the post. Well, I have the scoop for those who, as myself, were not in the know.

California Middle School’s PTA, much to their credit, have managed to raise a whopping $4500 towards a marquee type sign to go in front of the school. The goal is to share with the community the ongoing events and accomplishments of the school. However, due to limited funds, it was to be a fairly basic sign – a rectangular sign on top of a pipe.

Thanks to the efforts of LPCA, the Land Park Tour and Abraham Construction, the sign is going to be wonderfully in keeping with the history of the school, the flag post next to it and the neighborhood. It is going to be framed in brick. The base and cap are going to be the style of the base of the flag pole. This is a wonderful testament as to what can be done when a community pools their knowledge and funds.

Congrats to California Middle School! In 60 days, they will have a wonderful marquee sign!