Yet another Sacramento street is going to be closed for a block party. But this time it's political - and only for Democrats.
The stretch of 20th street between J and K will be closed on the evening on Saturday April 25 for a party sponsored by the California College Democrats headlined by Grammy-winner Wyclef Jean.
The party coincides with the California Democratic Party's state convention, held in downtown Sacramento. The block party gets started at 7 p.m. with the general show beginning at 10 p.m.
It will be the second block party in as many months, as L street was closed for a outdoor St. Patrick's Day festival. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson plans to attend. "It is sure to be remarkable experience," he said in a prepared statement.
Steve Maviglio, the Democratic mayor's spokesman, said Johnson was not concerned about closing a street for a partisan event.
"The mayor thinks there will be a good economic benefit because we all know that Democrats are big spenders," Maviglio said. "Republicans will be able to hear from the outside because music travels down the street."
Also in attendance will be San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who will be schmoozing his way across Sacramento that weekend to build support for his 2010 run for governor. The college Democrats are honoring Newsom with an award.
Admission is free to the block party, but only for invited guests of California College Democrats. Invited guests and Democratic convention-goers can sign up for tickets here.