Plus: Turning vacant spaces into affordable housing.
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It’s a beautiful city to be involved with. | Photo by @aerialsacramento
Want to get more involved in the city’s happenings but don’t know where to begin? Joining a board or a commission can help fill that void in your life — along with filling an empty seat at their table.

In Sacramento, there are more than 30 boards and commissions focused on parks, the arts, housing, and more. Today we’re sharing some that currently have vacancies or terms ending soon. To be considered, you must first fill out an application.

Animal Care Services Citizens Advisory Committee

  • One vacancy | Four-year term
  • Provide recommendations on matters related to animal care responsibilities.

Board of Plumbing Examiners

  • Five vacancies | Five-year term
  • Develop qualification exam and maintain list of qualified individuals.

Community Police Review Commission

  • Two vacancies | Four-year term
  • Review + recommend police department policies, practices, and procedures

Construction Code Board of Appeals

  • Five vacancies | Three-year term
  • Hear appeals on decisions regarding building standards and related issues.

Downtown/Riverfront Streetcar Policy Study Steering Committee

  • Five vacancies | Two-year term
  • Provide policy planning, approve goals, and communicate the objective for the streetcar program.

Ethel MacLeod Hart Trust Fund Advisory Committee

  • One vacancy | Four-year term
  • Evaluate projects and programs proposed for funding.

Relocation Appeals Board

  • Two vacancies | Lifetime term
  • Determine rules related to relocation assistance and if redevelopment agencies have followed federal regulations.
Monday, Nov. 20
  • Miracle on Broadway | Monday, Nov. 20-Saturday, Dec. 16 | 4-11:55 p.m. | The Butterscotch Den, 3406 Broadway, Sacramento | Free | Enjoy festive cocktails served in collectible mugs, special holiday performances + more.
  • Brakence | Monday, Nov. 20 | 7 p.m. | Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St., Sacramento | $88 | The Columbus based singer brings their show — “The Hypochondriac (is Still On) Tour” — to the City of Trees.
  • Improv Taste Test | Monday, Nov. 20 | 7 p.m. | Sacramento Comedy Spot, 1050 20th St., Ste. 130, Sacramento | $10 | New to improv + not sure it’s for you? Have a little taste test and find out at this drop-in class.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Wednesday, Nov. 22
  • Friendsgiving at the Barn | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 5-9 p.m. | Drake’s: The Barn, 985 Riverfront St., West Sacramento | $20-$30 | Sip on a few beers + relax as local DJs spin some tunes while you chow down on Indian-inspired street food.
  • Trivia Night | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 7-9 p.m. | High Water Brewing Sacramento, 1210 66th St., Sacramento | Test your knowledge in multiple rounds as you compete for a $25 beer voucher.
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    News Notes
    • The California Public Utilities Commission has approved letting PG&E raise its rates for electricity and gas customers beginning next year. The goal is to put that money toward projects that aim to lower the risk of wildfires caused by the utility company’s equipment. (FOX40)
    • Sac State is getting a new sports + entertainment center. The Union WELL Inc.'s board of directors voted last week to provide $5.2 million for the facility’s construction, which could open as early as next fall. (KCRA 3)
    • Granite Bay’s DNA Wine Lounge is now open. Located at 9719 Village Center Dr., Ste. 100, the wine lounge serves family-owned wines along with a variety of small food dishes.
    • Sacramento City Council has approved $1.35 million in loans to help repair + renovate the Iceland Ice Skating Rink. The rink has been without a roof since a fire in 2010, but will now operate year-round once the restoration is complete. (Sac Bee)
    • Taking a Capitol Corridor train to visit family for the holidays? Your furry friends can now join you for the ride. However, there are restrictions — only cats + dogs under 20 lbs are allowed, and must remain in their own carrier during the trip. (FOX40)
    • Folsom High School alum and current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jake Browning saw primetime NFL action last week, stepping in for an injured Joe Burrow during the team’s face-off against the Baltimore Ravens. Browning went 8-14 for 68 yards and a touchdown pass in the 34-20 loss. (ABC 10)
    • UC Davis beat Sac State in the Causeway Classic over the weekend, 31-21. Aggie running back Lan Larison ran for 121 yards and 3 touchdowns in the victory. (ESPN)
    Transforming our neghborhoods
    Drone shot of the Sacramento skyline at sunset
    Now that September has arrived, hopefully cooler weather isn’t far behind | Photo by @teddymorrow
    Have you noticed some of the empty office space around town? Office vacancies are at 11.7% as of September 2023, up by 2.2% from June. Compare those numbers to the national office vacancy rate, which was 17.8% as of September 2023. One possible use for vacant offices? Affordable housing.

    Recently, the White House released a new plan to convert commercial buildings into residential housing — affordable housing in particular. Resources will be made available from 20+ programs across multiple agencies, including the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    We’re talking below-market loans, grants, and tax credits... all available to help take advantage of preexisting buildings to make more affordable housing.

    Which vacant spaces would you like to see converted?

    Have you passed an empty office building that would be a sweet apartment? How about some empty warehouses near public transportation that would make for a quick commute?
    The Buy
    A Black Friday deal on the ultimate gift: A Bwine F7 GPS Camera Drone. They’ll have fun flying it and capturing incredible footage. Get it for $529.99 $370.99.
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