A prosperous but frustrating time to be a homebuilder


Renewal is on our minds as we go through spring and the stories of the week. New houses are sprouting. (Never mind that their construction is driving both builders and shoppers crazy.) A new cafe is growing its list of regulars after popping up in the space of a now-closed old cafe. A professor firmly anchored in academia for decades is now sowing the seeds of her own school.

No trip is without growing pains, but – to use a hopeful colloquialism – “April showers bring May flowers”. Wishing you all the growth and flowering this season, even if your plan is slow or just a seedling.

Here is the latest overview of the Capital Region:

A former Salesforce Park coffee kiosk owner opens a cafe in Boulevard Park specializing in Brazilian baked goods; major supply chain issues continue to trouble the construction industry and new owners; a UC Davis Asian American studies professor leaves the ivory tower to open her own school and farm; the Pachamama Cooperative Café opens a new roastery in El Dorado Hills; and California is on track to remove any reason for students at public universities to take out student loans.

Recommendations from our editors:

In this section, we editors share what we read, listen to, watch or even eat. Here’s what we’re consuming this week:

vanessa: Usually, Vogue’s fashion content feels a little out of reach, if ambitious, but once in a while it serves up a gem that I can apply on a daily basis. Such was the case with his recent 12-minute YouTube video, “Every outfit Sienna Miller wears in a week.” An early fashion “it” girl, it was nice to see a snapshot of Miller’s current style, which is more accessible these days but still has that perfectly undone bohemian je ne sais quoi.

I did not lose sight that many of Miller’s items were well-worn, which both looks cool and is part of the industry’s ongoing trend towards sustainability. (Bloomberg recently reported that the buying public’s interest in sustainability has
never been higher
.) And since the whole concept of sustainable fashion has recently been considered a myth per Harvard Business Review, Miller’s focus on beloved items made me think that instead of buying more “sustainable” clothes, we could refocus on curating the things we already have a little longer. This is by no means a new idea, but one that I was happy to see reintroduced in such a stylish and fun format. I’m writing a fashion article for an upcoming issue, so that was a great dose of inspiration!

Judy: The California Farm Bureau based here in Sacramento produces a weekly television show called “Abundant Californiaspotlighting California’s ranchers, farmers, restaurants, and bountiful food scene across the state. Sacramento State graduate Tracy Sellers has hosted the show for more than 15 years, taking viewers to almond orchards, wineries, fruit stands and even a camel farm. You can catch the 30-minute show locally on KOVR Channel 13 on Saturdays at 6 p.m.

Jennifer: While visiting my parents in the East this weekend, I saw “Come From Away” on Broadway. The musical tells the true story of the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, which received more than 7,000 stranded passengers after the attacks on the World Trade Center grounded dozens of planes at its airport. My father was among the crowds of workers fleeing Manhattan that day, so stories of 9/11 usually make me emotional, and this was no exception – but this time the main emotion was a renewed belief in the inherent goodness of people. The touring production will be
coming to sacramento in september
and I highly recommend it!


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