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Newsletter – February 20, 2018

Pledge by Jonathan Kocycz

Invocation by Joe Green

Past President Steve Turner started off the meeting while Prez Mike is away, and turned it over to President-elect Tom to handle the rest of the duties.

Saturday is Charter Night at Del Paso Country Club—you must RSVP ASAP! Mem- bers are free, guests are $50. Pay ahead of time or at the door. 6PM cocktails, 7:30 Dinner. It will be a fun night celebrating our 63rd year!

Happy Bucks: Al Cady gave Happy Bucks to celebrate 23 years with Edward Jones. Steve Turner gave Happy Bucks to celebrate his daughter’s 8th birthday this Sunday. They’re having a Spy Thriller of a birthday party in Old Sacramento! John Gabriel gave Happy Bucks to celebrate his granddaughter, Lexi, making the Honor Society at Sono- ma State. Earl Heverly gave Happy Bucks because he bought a used car from Hertz that immediately need a new transmission and Hertz paid for it! Ben Fox gave Happy Bucks because he is finally finished with the trial that kept him from participating with his Speech Contest duties. He thanked Les and Paul for picking up slack for him and was very grateful it went so well.

Scott Colvin became a Bell Ringer because he found a great new employee and will not have to continue working 16 hour days! Roy Vogel became a Bell Ringer because he and Linda finally moved into their new home.

Everyone not wearing a Rotary Pin gave a $1 to the pot!

Community Grants are due. We have 5 applications in so far but are looking for more.

Joe Green said the Community Grant for Whitney Little League is moving along. They worked on the shade structure and found a shop in West Sacramento who will make them at cost and their employees will install them on a Saturday. Joe also reported that on Saturday they held a baseball clinic with the Lee brothers—one plays for the Mariners—and the necessity of the following project became very apparent. Jonah Matthews told us about his Eagle Scout project to expand the dugouts and replace the dry rotted wood in the box as well as rebuilding it and adding a door to make it secure. Al Cady is supplying the wood, but he still needs $600 to complete the project. We passed the hat and gave him $346.00 to help.

Joel announced we are 3 sponsorships away from selling out all the sponsorships for the poker tournament. The big job now is filling the seats and getting Silent Auction items. People can register online and just check in by name at registration.

Rob Ford announced the Golf Tournament date as June 18th at Del Paso CC.

Randy reminded you there is still the $100 donation to our Foundation for donating blood as well as a $20 gift card to Starbucks.

Joe Green and Paula invite you to attend the Crab Feed at El Camino High School on March 2nd. There is a table for 12 purchased by the Foundation so your $75 ticket goes back to the Foundation.

Joel introduced our speaker today as a local Icon, Gregg Lukenbill. Gregg is best known for bringing the Kings to town in 1985. His topic today involved the evolution of the Sacramento Area. He talked about how the Oroville Dam along with Shasta and Folsom dams allowed for the expansion of the Sacramento Region. The dams allowed us to reclaim the land that had previously flooded. He had interesting maps showing the evolution of Sacramento from John Sutter’s time. He talked about the flood of 1862 which allowed 11 feet of water engulf the city of Sacramento until a levee was broken through and then homes and animals and all sorts of things flooded through the opening.

The railroad was significant to the foundation of Sacramento. Theodore Judah built what was called the Freeport Railroad that went from the river to what is now the intersection of Folsom Blvd. and Hwy 160. He threatened to expand it to what would become Folsom, Roseville, Lin- coln and Yuba City. The Sacramento Valley and Central Railway fought him and scared the Pa- cific Railroad enough to get them to expand the railroad to the Sierras. Roseville used to be called Junction because it was the junction between the two railways. In the 1860’s, Sacramen- to was a powerful city but by the 1920’s it had lost a lot of that luster.

Sacramento actually became the export link between New York and China and was an im- portant trade location. The city expanded in 1911 and remained much the same way until 1967. What happened in 1967 to allow for Sacramento to expand? The Oroville Dam was com- pleted! As the city expanded so did the County and by the time Gregg and partners were trying to bring the Kings to town, the County ruled the city. Also at that time there were 4 big manu- facturing companies, like Campbell Soup as well as the huge Military population on 3 bases. The railroad did big business. Having these attributes to the city made it a lot easier than it is now to bring the Kings to town. Heather Fargo was not a good mayor for business and she al- most didn’t make it happen. To try to get the Major League Soccer deal now is next to impossi- ble because there is not the business community to support it. We have the fan base, but not the business infrastructure. Especially since we are going up against Cincinnati with major com- panies like Proctor & Gamble and Detroit with many Franchises already in place. The competi- tion for a larger TV market is one of the downfalls of Sacramento. Green Bay gets as much rev- enue as New York City for their TV. It is one reason Greg tried to get the Raiders to move to Sacramento to increase our TV Market share.

When the Dot Com Boon of the happened, Bay Area housing was so expensive Sacramento be- came the bedroom of the Bay Area. At that time we didn’t have the fluidity to have enough housing and businesses ready to accept all who wanted to come. Now we have plenty of hous- ing and commercial properties, but the business climate is so poor they don’t want to come.

To continue to grow and expand the city there is a real need for the big businesses to move to our area, but the California environment is so unfriendly to business that is not going to happen. We live in the best state, but cannot attract big businesses and be competitive.

Gregg says Sacramento is the 4th most historic city in the US, but cannot attract the business- es needed for the profile to be high enough for major league sports. Gregg came up the idea of naming rights for the arena like Arco Arena. He was trying to connect the dot between the interest of the community and local businesses. He says he didn’t really know how lucky they were in 1985 to land the Kings. The deal needed a lot of economic cooperation and as he says, “desperation is the mother of invention.”

In the 1980’s, Sacramento was rated the 20th or 21st economic market, now it languishes in the 30s somewhere and falling. Thank you, Gregg, for an interesting perspective!

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