You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not allegedly take bribes from undercover FBI agents or secretively fund a campaign to block the new Sacramento Kings arena.
Sustaining a seasonal tradition, the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento has posted its list of do-gooders and reprobates from 2013. The catalog of people receiving figurative coal contained few surprises.
Occupants of the naughty list included Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, the subject of an FBI corruption probe that has riveted Sacramento; embattled, substance-abusing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford; over-exposed New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner; and "consultants as lobbyists," a reference to the sometimes-blurry line between what does and does not require lobbyist registration in California politics.
Perhaps the greatest Sacramento villain to make the naughty list, though, was billionaire Chris Hansen. After failing in his effort to lure the Kings to Seattle, Hansen was then exposed as the mystery benefactor of an effort to hold a public vote on the new Sacramento arena, prompting a laconic statement from Kings backer and top Senate Democrat Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento ("Unbelievable.").
The Kings saga did yield kudos for "Shaqramento," an ode to the former Lakers great and Kings nemesis Shaquille O'Neal becoming a part-owner, and for software titan and new owner Vivek Ranadive.
They sat on the nice list alongside the Sacramento Farm to Fork festival, Pope Francis and the San Francisco Batkid. Also on the good list was "functioning government websites," a seeming nod to the fact that Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, has seen much more robust enrollment numbers than the creaky federal website.
PHOTO: The Citizen Hotel's naughty and nice list, with some reflected palm trees to prove this is in California, on December 24, 2013 in Sacramento. Jeremy B. White/The Sacramento Bee.