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NBNA Has A New Website!

June 14, 2012

Dear Neighbors,

I’m happy to share with all of you some good news.  After much effort and more than a few struggles, the Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association earlier this year opened its new official website:

At the new website, you can find out about the latest upcoming events and special events; find the date and time of the next NBNA Board meeting; find restaurants, schools, grocery stores, and much more in the Poverty Ridge/Newton Booth/Alhambra Triangle neighborhoods; read short pieces (a few of them even written by this blogger!) about interesting places and things right here in your neighborhood; find helpful links and community resources; check out a map of the neighborhood; comment on neighborhood issues at the Forums page; browse our neighborhood photo library; and more.

This beautiful and multi-faceted new website would have been impossible without the technological wizardry of our new Board member, Linda Sabella, for which she deserves our undying thanks!  Former NBNA President Bill Robertson also contributed a considerable amount of time and energy to help create the look and design of the website; and other members of the NBNA board have also made important contributions, ideas and suggestions toward the success of the website.  It has become a collaborative effort…and a highly important one, in this day and age of computers connecting people.

With that, I also have some bittersweet news:  Since many of functions of this NBNA Blog are being transferred over to the new NBNA website, we will be effectively winding down the NBNA Blog for the time being.  While I may occasionally still put up items from time to time, from now on the new NBNA website will be the place-to-go for news, upcoming events, forums and comments, and connecting to neighborhood and community resources.

I started the NBNA Blog in the summer of 2009 with high hopes for a “fun” way to contribute stories and connect with neighbors.  Unfortunately, the pressure to continually update the blog myself, and to keep up with the many interesting events and issues in the neighborhood, became too much for one person to do.  I’m hopeful that, when I was at least able to actively keep it updated, this blog was able to help you see a little bit of your neighborhood in a new light, and was able to create just a tiny few of those fragile bonds of community, that sometimes seem so lacking these days – particularly due to the economic difficulties and political bickering of these times.

Having said that, we at the NBNA Board cordially invite you, the neighbors, to our new online home.  And please, as always, stay involved in the issues you care about, right here in our neighborhood – and stay connected to the people who share this little corner of Sacramento, that we call home.


It’s a New Year for the Neighborhood!

January 3, 2012


Happy New Year!  I hope you’ve all been enjoying the holiday season, and this strangely dry December.  I’ve really enjoyed looking at all the lights and decorations at people’s houses, on my walks through the neighborhood.

It’s a new year and a time for new beginnings.  And I don’t usually like to make pitches for things, but there is a group here that’s trying to make this neighborhood a better community, and to be a voice for all residents.  It’s the Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association.

Membership is just $12 a year.  Becoming part of the Association is a great way to be involved in issues that matter to all of us–the residents of the Poverty Ridge, Newton Booth, and Alhambra Triangle neighborhoods.  The Association organizes also fun events like last November’s “Newton’s Night Out”; and with more active members, we’ll be able to have more events to bring neighbors together.

Below is the membership application–just print it out, write a check for the low, low membership price of $12, and mail it in!

Also, if you’re a member of NBNA (or have decided to join), and if you’re interested in getting involved in the neighborhood and making things happen, consider applying for membership on the NBNA Board.  The Board is looking for new members who love the neighborhood and have a desire to work toward taking care of and improving the community. 

Below is the Board Membership Application; please print it, fill it out and send it in, if you’re interested.  Thank you!

And on behalf of the Neighborhood Association, I’d like to wish all of you a happy and prosperous 2012.

Welcome Back to the Neighborhood Blog

September 28, 2010


To briefly update my previous post:  As of September 24, the Blogger’s day job came to an end.  Frankly, I’m relieved the drama at work is over.  I don’t usually post a lot of personal information on this blog; but I wanted you all to know why the past couple of months or so have had so few postings.  It’s been an emotionally and physically draining few months; but that’s all over with now.

Again, my apologies for the long delay.  Now that I have more time, I hope to be able to post information about our neighborhoods on a more regular basis.

Now that that’s out of the way…I want to go back and re-introduce all of us to the neighborhoods that are covered by the Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association:  Poverty Ridge, Newton Booth, and Alhambra Triangle, which are all located in the central part of Sacramento, California.

Here is the entire area of the three neighborhoods (outlined in purple):

The area covered by the Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association.

The area is bounded by: 19th Street to the west; R Street to the north; W Street and Highway 50 to the south; and 34th Street to the east.  (Actually, technically the area extends to 37th Street; but beyond 34th Street there are mostly industrial facilities, and beyond Stockton Boulevard not much besides on- and off-ramps to the freeway.)

Here’s a closer look at Poverty Ridge:

Along 19th and 20th Streets there are a variety of buildings including light commercial, some light industrial, a restaurant, a government building, and a church; the area is bisected by the light rail and Union Pacific railroad tracks.  Beyond 20th Street there are more residential homes, with a few other businesses; and from 21st to 24th Streets, the area is mostly residential, with some quite elegant Victorian and other fine houses.  Poverty Ridge also contains the Ella K. McClatchy Library, on 22nd Street between U and V Streets.

From 24th to 29th Streets, between R and W Streets, is the Newton Booth neighborhood:

The Newton Booth neighborhood has some light industrial and light commercial uses along R Street near the light rail tracks; but south of that, the neighborhood is mainly residential.  On the block between 26th and 27th Streets, between V and W Streets, is a building (built in the 1920s) that formerly housed the Newton Booth School, which gives the neighborhood its name.  The area around 29th and S Streets is starting to see new life, as Temple coffeehouse and Revolution Wines have recently moved into the neighborhood; and other small businesses dot the area along 29th Street south of S Street.

Finally, beyond 29th Street and the freeway is the Alhambra Triangle neighborhood:

(By the way, I must point out one slight inaccuracy I did not have time to correct here:  Highway 50 actually curves northward at a somewhat sharper angle than shown here; thus Alhambra Boulevard meets W Street slightly south of the overpass over the freeway.  My apologies.)

The Alhambra Triangle has a variety of residential, government, and commercial uses in its boundaries.  One of the businesses in the area is the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, a member-owned cooperative grocery store located at Alhambra and S Street, which offers classes and other special events (some of which I hope to be announcing here, as they may be of interest to residents of the neighborhood).

That’s enough for now.  I’ll be posting more soon, including news about a very exciting neighborhood event coming up in October–so please check back again soon!  Thanks.

Alhambra Triangle – Land of Intrigue

September 5, 2009

Okay, so it’s hardly a “land of intrigue” (just making a little joke there), but the geography of the Alhambra Triangle Neighborhood is indeed a little puzzling.  A few weeks ago I posted my first attempt here to describe the neighborhoods covered by the Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association.  Here’s a closer look at the map I made of the Alhambra Triangle:

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Alhambra Triangle is everything that’s east of Business Route 80 (that’s the wide band on the left), south of the light rail tracks, and north of Highway 50.

My description of the Alhambra Triangle, however, came as a surprise to one reader.  Patrick Wilson wrote:

“I’m confused how 37th street is the Alhambra Triangle…. a little help? I thought 37th was by the Starbucks on Stockton.”

What he meant is that he was confused by 37th Street being the eastern boundary of Alhambra Triangle.  That’s the way it’s written in the NBNA bylaws; but in actual fact, there’s almost nothing east of Stockton Boulevard, south of the light rail tracks and north of Highway 50, except for the Highway 50 on- and off-ramps:

highway 50 on and off ramps

What may also compound the confusion, is that Stockton Boulevard goes down diagonally from P Street and Alhambra in a southeasterly direction.  Where Stockton meets T Street, a small segment of 37th meets T Street close by; and there is indeed a Starbucks there.  However, it’s south of Highway 50, so it’s not part of Alhambra Triangle.

I joked earlier about Alhambra Triangle being a “land of intrigue”; but I walked around it the other day and found it had quite an interesting variety of things to see.  In addition to a number of nice homes, the neighborhood also includes a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) equipment yard; a major new housing development along S Street east of Alhambra; Morgan’s, a bar and grill at 34th and S; and of course, the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (the place with the cooking classes…).

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Ella K. McClatchy Library

August 7, 2009

mcclatchy library 01

Along 22nd Street between U and V, among the fine homes of Poverty Ridge and beneath the beautiful canopy of trees, a small neighborhood treasure lies almost hidden in plain sight.  The Ella K. McClatchy Library, at 2112 22nd Street, occupies the former home of a local newspaper publisher, C.K. McClatchy, and his wife Ella, and was built around 1910.  After Ella McClatchy’s death in the late 1930s, her daughters Eleanor and Charlotte donated the house to the city of Sacramento for a library for young people; and since it opened in 1940, the Ella K. McClatchy Library has served Sacramentans of all ages with the help of its special home-like charm.

Joann Severson, the McClatchy Library Supervisor, tells me that when the Library opened in 1940, it was dedicated strictly for teenagers – or as they were called at the time, “young moderns.”  McClatchy High School students were allowed to use the Library upstairs rooms for club meetings; they could also use the downstairs kitchen (yes, this Library has a kitchen, though it now doubles as a staff room).  The Library’s adolescent patrons were able to choose many of the books selected for its collection, rather than just the ones adults thought they should read.  In many ways it was a unique library for its time.

A patron browses the stacks at the McClatchy Library.

A patron browses the stacks at the McClatchy Library.

Later, the McClatchy Library became a library for small children as well; and finally, after about 15 years of being a young people’s library, it became a library for patrons of all ages.  The Library’s historic focus on young people can be seen, however, in its large children’s and teenager’s book sections, and in its special programs, many of which are for children and teens.  The programs include story times for pre-schoolers on Wednesdays; monthly programs for school-age children and their families (weekly in late June and July); and even a recent “Rock Band Competition and Party” on July 18, which was strictly for teenagers only!

By the way, the Library also holds special programs for adults, such as last year’s series of programs on “Art in the Neighborhood,” and an upcoming series called “Going Green in the Neighborhood,” with topics such as using solar cookers, sustainable landscaping, and weatherizing old windows.  Dates and times for the programs are still being worked out, so please stop by or contact the Library for updated information.


Stained-glass window next to the staircase to the second floor.

Stained-glass window next to the staircase to the second floor.

In a house that’s nearly 100 years old, naturally time has taken its toll, and the McClatchy Library is currently engaged in what Severson describes as a long period of renovation and restoration.  In 1969, the entire upstairs was closed by the Fire Marshall; and only in the past few years has the Library been able to restore one of the upstairs bedrooms (it is now a small meeting room), and install a lift for disabled patrons.  The next phase, she says, will be to paint, plaster, and clean up the other three rooms upstairs. 

Eventually the goal is to make the Library a working two-story structure; though this will require adding a new fire escape, among other improvements.  (Readers interested in assisting the work of restoring this beautiful building should contact the Ella K. McClatchy Affiliate of the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library; contact information can be obtained at the Library.)

The Ella K. McClatchy Library is open:

Tuesday                10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday          12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday              10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday                    1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday               9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed Sunday and Monday.

For more information about the McClatchy Library or its special programs, please call them at (916) 264-2700.  Or just stop by!  You’ll find it really is a small neighborhood treasure, hidden in plain sight.

So, where exactly is the Newton Booth Neighborhood, anyway?

August 2, 2009

First of all, dear readers, I must apologize for my delay in putting up a new post here.  I’ve been working on new ideas for interesting and informative posts in the future on this blog…so please be patient with me.  Thank you!

Now, then:  You’ve no doubt been enjoying the blog so far, but we’ve neglected to answer the most important basic question of all:  Where exactly is the Newton Booth Neighborhood, anyway?  And Poverty Ridge?  And Alhambra Triangle?  And even more importantly, you might be asking yourself, do I live there?

In hopes of helping us all visualize where we are, I’m going to upload a map of the neighborhoods that the Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association covers.  Below, I’ll describe the boundaries briefly.

The part of Sacramento that includes the Poverty Ridge, Newton Booth and Alhambra Triangle neighborhoods.

The part of Sacramento that includes the Poverty Ridge, Newton Booth and Alhambra Triangle neighborhoods.

The boundaries of the three neighborhoods are:

Poverty Ridge:  19th Street (west), R Street (north), 24th Street (east), W Street (south).

Newton Booth:  24th Street (west), R Street (north), 29th Street (east), W Street (south).

Alhambra Triangle:  I-80 (west), R Street/Light rail tracks (north), 37th Street (east), I-50 (south).  Basically it’s the triangle south of R Street/the  light rail tracks, between I-80 and I-50.

Look carefully at the map.  Do you live in one of these three areas?  If so, congratulations…you’re in our neighborhood!

I’ll have more next time.  Please keep checking in at this blog…and thanks for stopping by!