Ernesto Garcia Morales



Ernesto Garcia Morales




Despite grass fire, fireworks show goes on

Before fireworks shot into the sky Friday night, flames swept through parched brush behind Cal Expo and threatened to cancel the area’s biggest pyrotechnic display. Thousands of swimsuit-clad visitors abandoned giant water slides under an evacuation order at Raging Waters at Cal Expo. Particulate-choked air near Bonney Field was enough for Sacramento Republic FC to turn away the region’s soccer-crazed fans for one night.
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Brush Fire Threatens Cal Expo [PDF]

Before fireworks shot into the sky Friday night, flames swept through parched brush behind Cal Expo and threatened to cancel the area’s biggest pyrotechnic display.
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The graduation selfie? No way, says Elk Grove High School

Ellen DeGeneres popularized it at the Oscars. Oxford Dictionary made it the hottest word of 2013. Now the trendiest pose, the selfie, has conquered graduation ceremonies. But school officials are not so enthusiastic. At Elk Grove High School, administrators temporarily withheld the diplomas of two graduates for taking selfies as they walked across the stage last Tuesday at the school’s graduation ceremony.
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Farm-to-Fork Event A Fast Sellout

For days, Steven Starr, a Sacramento resident and proclaimed foodie, was planning on buying two tickets to the second annual Farm-to-Fork dinner on the iconic Tower Bridge. He'd circle the date and send reminders to his phone.
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Mexico fans celebrate World Cup opener in midtown Sacramento

Buzzing his vuvuzela horn, Gerardo Flores began energizing the masses as the Himno Nacional, the Mexican national anthem, came to an abrupt end. Chants of “Mexico!”. and the sound of a beating drum brought the throngs of fans – El Tri aficionados – wrapped in green and white to their feet, clapping, whistling and raising their fists in the air as the referee signaled the start of the match.
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Family remembers gregarious Sacramento teen killed Tuesday

Blanca Madrigal misses the noise that came frequently and lasted for hours from a bedroom in her family’s Sacramento home – the sound of her sister dancing and singing at the top of her lungs to songs by Jenni Rivera and Selena. Maricela Baza’s voice was silenced early Tuesday when the Honda Civic she was riding in ran into a parked truck near 21st Street and Florin Road, according to the Sacramento Police Department.
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Sacramento kilt maker dresses up Music Circus’ ‘Brigadoon’

When Los Angeles-based costume designer Marcy Froehlich went on a three-month search for a kilt maker to design and produce knee-length garments for the Music Circus’ production of “Brigadoon,” she was looking for a person with a high regard for authenticity and creativity. “I wanted the kilt to be as beautiful as the dancer,” said Froehlich, now in her 10th season with the Music Circus.
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Sloppy Moose running club celebrates the virtues of jogging – and beer

Step into New Helvetia Brewing Co. on Thursday evenings and you’ll be greeted by a jovial and spirited group of sweaty athletes wearing colorful shoes and orange T-shirts sporting the motto “We Run Sactown.”. Meet the members of the Sloppy Moose Running Club, a fitness and drinking community based at the brewery, where the ritual of running and refueling afterward with craft beers is practiced each week.
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Nearly a Decade and Two Ordinances Later, a Blighted Building Remains

After years of neglect, progress could finally be coming to the abandoned Victorian house on 18th and Shotwell streets — nearly a decade after a blaze left the building uninhabitable. According to public records, property owners Ping and Nancy Cheuk gained approval from the San Francisco Planning Department on June 6 to move ahead with plans to fix the 111-year-old structure.
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Development at 15th and S. Van Ness Raises Hackles

A major infill development planned for the vacant lot at 15th and South Van Ness Avenue may run into a roadblock at next Thursday’s meeting of the Planning Commission, if local opposition has its way. a $21 million mixed-use development orchestrated by San Francisco-based JS Sullivan Development — includes 38 market-rate residential units, 7 affordable housing units, 5 commercial retail spaces and 39 underground parking stalls.
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Fresh & Uneasy

On June 21, the Chronicle reported that Fresh & Easy, an American chain owned by the British grocery giant Tesco, had signed a lease on the former Delano’s IGA space at 23rd and South Van Ness. Delano’s, a six-store chain owned by Harvey Delano, former CEO of Cala/Bell Markets, closed in February of this year, after months of rumors that the chain was on its last legs.
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Spiking Cocktail Prices Closes Carlos Club

Carlos Club, the popular working-class hangout next to the 24th Street BART station (whose name never quite matched the sign hanging above its front door), served its last drink on June 30, when its alcohol license was suspended indefinitely by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. According to Danielle Shafer, supervisor investigator with the department, a six-month investigation in 2009-2010 found bar owner Carlos Gutierrez and his employees guilty of profit-sharing, where cocktail waitresses pressure patrons into buying drinks at a higher rate than usual.
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Ernesto Garcia Morales

I'm a Sacramento-based reporter specializing in business and lifestyle, capturing the humanistic side of journalism - the subjects, the environment and everything in-between.

I graduated from San Francisco State University with degrees in journalism and history.

My byline can be seen in the Sacramento Bee, SFGate, KQED Public Radio, the San Francisco Business Times, and others.

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