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May 22, 2013
Murals popping up in downtown Sacramento

Downtown has become a neighborhood of murals.

In the last few days, the central city's public art collection has expanded with a few new installations.

That includes the first couple of murals to be placed at the corner of 8th and K streets. The art is part of the Downtown Mural Project, sponsored by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.

May 22, 2013
Seven new Kings owners, former players Webber, Richmond to attend rally

The lineup is set for Thursday's fan rally to celebrate the Kings' future in Sacramento.

Seven members of the new ownership group - including managing partner Vivek Ranadive - are scheduled to attend the free event, which runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at downtown's Cesar Chavez Plaza. Ranadive will be joined by partners Paul Jacobs, Raj Bhathal, Mark Mastrov, Mark Friedman, Andrew Miller and Chris Kelly at the rally.

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Kings legends Mitch Richmond and Chris Webber will attend, along with current Kings Tyreke Evans and Isaiah Thomas. Former players Scot Pollard and Bobby Jackson are also slated to make appearances.

May 20, 2013
Ranadive to attend Kings fan rally; event moved to Thursday

Vivek Ranadive is scheduled to make his first public appearance as the newly-approved owner of the Sacramento Kings at a fan rally Thursday at downtown's Cesar Chavez Plaza.

The event - dubbed the Long Live the Kings Rally - was originally planned for Wednesday. It is scheduled to run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Mayor Kevin Johnson is also slated to attend the rally, along with Kings mascot Slamson and the Kings dancers. Johnson had announced that homegrown rock band Cake would attend the Wednesday rally, but that announcement appeared to be premature.

May 15, 2013
Kings to stay in Sacramento

By Dale Kasler, Ryan Lillis and Tony Bizjak

DALLAS - The NBA Board of Governors voted 22-8 to keep the Kings in Sacramento, League Commissioner David Stern has announced.

While the proposed move by the team to Seattle was turned down, the issue of who will own the team has not been settled.

"We will talk to the Maloofs and seek in the next 24 to 48 hours whether we can help facilities a deal between the Ranadive group and the Maloofs for the sale of the franchise in Sacramento," Stern said of the Kings owners.

READ THE FULL STORY: NBA Board of Governors denies relocation bid to move Kings to Seattle

May 8, 2013
Sacramento moves forward with tighter gun store regulations

City Hall took a step this week toward placing tighter regulations on gun sales in Sacramento.

The City Council's Law and Legislation Committee voted on Tuesday to recommend that new businesses seeking to sell firearms be required to obtain special use permits. The proposed ordinance will now be passed on to the full City Council for a vote.

Gun and ammo stores are currently classified as retail stores under current city code and can open in industrial or commercial zones. A special permit restriction would require the shops to get approval from the city's planning and design commission, which would analyze proposed sites and could place conditions on the establishments.

May 7, 2013
Solar panel farm planned for Sutter's Landing Park in midtown

The City Council is expected tonight to approve the construction of a solar panel farm on about four acres of land at Sutter's Landing Park in midtown.

City officials had originally proposed placing a much larger solar farm atop the former landfill in the park. But that plan was opposed by environmental groups, who said the old dump is a pivotal feeding ground for the threatened Swainson's hawk.

The scaled-back solar facility will now be placed on 3.7 acres of asphalt next to the dog park at Sutter's Landing. Solar panels will also be placed in the dog park for shade and on a carport structure in a nearby parking lot.

May 7, 2013
Mayor to Seattle's Hansen: 'Take the high road' and back off

Mayor Kevin Johnson is so confident that the Kings are staying put, he's got some advice for the guys trying to buy the team and move it to Seattle: back off.

While saying he understands why they are fighting, the mayor said today that hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer should "take the high road and be gracious." Hansen and Ballmer have said they are still exploring their options after the NBA's relocation committee recommended by a 7-0 vote against their plan to move the Kings to the Emerald City.

"Once the relocation committee spoke as loud and as clear as it did, I would probably take a step back and understand that I'm probably not going to get this team, so how can I put Seattle in the best possible position to get a team moving forward?" the mayor said.

About City Beat

Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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