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October 6, 2010
Only small changes in store for Second Saturday, for now

The city is planning minor tweaks -- not wholesale changes -- for Second Saturday this weekend, the first since a Sacramento City College student was killed in an apparent gang crossfire several hours after the event.

The city told residents this evening that music will end at 9:30 p.m. rather than 10 p.m. so there's more time to disperse the crowds. The police department will have officers on foot, bicycle and horseback.

Also, a four-way stop will be added at 20th and K Street to make pedestrians safer. As in the past, ABC and curfew laws will be enforced.

Any bigger changes will wait. "During the winter months when Second Saturday crowds lessen, City Staff will be coming together to further look at all ideas brought forth on how we can continue to successfully manage Second Saturday events," the city's update said.

The future of Second Saturday, which started as an arts walk but has evolved into a street party, has come under question after the shooting death of Victor Hugo Perez Zavala early on Sept. 12.

The Midtown Business Association and other supporters have tried to draw the distinction between the event and the late night crowds that congregate in the hours afterwards.

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