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Sacramento Music Spotlight: Bourgeois Tagg - "Mutual Surrender"

"Mutual Surrender" by Bourgeois Tagg gained national airplay in 1984. The team of Brent Bourgeois and Larry Tagg and other band members signed with Island Brothers and had an even bigger hit with "I Don't Mind At All" in 1987.


American River Tour: William Pond Park and River Bend Park

Here's the second in a series of SacTV.com videos on the American River Parkway in Sacramento. This 8-minute episode was shot at William Pond Park in North Sacramento and River Bend Park in Rancho Cordova on Saturday, November 26, 2022. The two parks are divided by the Harold Richey Bike Bridge, which is also part of the journey across the river.


American River Tour: Watt Avenue Bridge

SacTV.com founder Alex Cosper explores the American River in the first of a series of local adventure videos. This 14.5 minute footage captures nature scenes at and near the Watt Avenue Bridge in Sacramento. It features plenty of trees with green, yellow and red leaves in the middle of autumn, shot Saturday, November 19, 2022 in the early afternoon. The footage captures scenes of bike trails, hiking paths and close riverside views of the water, as well as views from the bridge.


Tesla Co-Founder Marc Tarpenning was Born in Sacramento

A little known fact about popular electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla is that it wasn't really founded by current CEO Elon Musk. One of the actual founders in 2003 was Marc Tarpenning from Sacramento, a year before Musk stepped in as an investor. The other co-founder, Martin Eberhard, was CEO while Tarpenning held the CFO position. The two founders retained control of their company until 2008, when they were forced out by board member Elon Musk. This CNBC interview from 2021 features both original founders discussing the early days of Tesla.


Review of Joan Didion Celebration at Golden 1 Center

SacTV.com founder/host Alex Cosper discusses the Joan Didion Goldenland Celebration on November 10, 2022 at Golden 1 Center. The event was presented by the Sacramento Historical Society, which seeks to raise awareness among residents to explore local history. The celebration featured the unveiling of a statue for internationally-acclaimed writer Joan Didion (1934-2021). Born and raised in Sacramento, she gained national attention after graduating from U.C. Berkeley in 1956 and moved to New York to write for Vogue. She then wrote several novels and essays, particularly on California politics after moving to Los Angeles in 1965. Joan received a National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2013. Learn more about local history at SacHistoricalSociety.org.


Newsom Calls for Unity After Re-election as Governor

Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom easily defeated Republican challenger Brian Dahle in the Tuesday, November 8 election. Over 60 percent of state voters chose the incumbent governor for four more years at the Capitol in Sacramento. Including his recall victory in 2021, Newsom has now won three elections in four years. In this ABC10 clip, Newsom calls on Californians to avoid talking down to or past people with opposing views. In his closing remarks he said, "We're all on this journey for belonging. We all need to love and be loved."


City Plans Homeless Project

Over 800 new homes will be built for the homeless after the Sacramento City Council approved a $35.4 million dollar project on Monday, October 24, 2022. The affordable housing units will be spread over the city on streets such as Arden Way, Florin Road, Stockton Boulevard and R Street.

According to this ABC10 newscast, the city is still working out the details as to where the money will come from. Construction on the project may begin as early as spring 2023 and be completed by June 2024.


KFBK Celebrates 100th Anniversary

SacTV.com's Alex Cosper reports on news/talk radio station KFBK's 100th year on the air. The station was among the city's first two stations, although both operated on the same frequency at 833 AM in 1922. Many cities around the country had the same situation in the early days of radio, as several operators shared the same frequency.

The Sacramento Bee's former owner McClatchy took control of the station in 1929 and held it for five decades until selling it to Westinghouse in 1978. After late nineties consolidation the station became the property of Clear Channel, which today is called iHeartMedia.


KCRA Interviews Sac PD Chief Kathy Lester

Sacramento Police Department Chief Kathy Lester visted KCRA 3 on October 11, 2022 to discuss local crime and safety. "It's really shared responsibility," she told the TV audience. "between our community, between our city, between our business leaders. You know, just last week the mayor announced the establishment of a night time economy manager, Tina Lee-Vogt."

Lester said the department is studying what's driving the violence. She pointed out the confiscation of guns has been increasing the past few years from 1,200 in 2020 to 1,600 in 2021, in which about a quarter were "ghost guns." This year Sac Police have already confiscated 1,000 of these guns, Lester noted.


City Tour By Bicycle

Here's a video from Center for Sacramento History on local movie and drive-in theaters from 1949 through 1981. It includes old scenes of people standing in line at places such as Tower Theatre, The Alhambra, Sacramento 6 Drive-In, Starlight Drive-In, Capitol Theater and The Fox Senator. Clips come from both KCRA-TV and KOVR-TV collections. This compilation includes a 1949 scene with Governor Earl Warren attending opening night at The Crest.


History of Sacramento Movie Theaters

Here's a video from Center for Sacramento History on local movie and drive-in theaters from 1949 through 1981. It includes old scenes of people standing in line at places such as Tower Theatre, The Alhambra, Sacramento 6 Drive-In, Starlight Drive-In, Capitol Theater and The Fox Senator. Clips come from both KCRA-TV and KOVR-TV collections. This compilation includes a 1949 scene with Governor Earl Warren attending opening night at The Crest.




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