Sunday, August 31, 2008

Ice Cream & American River Parkway Plan Announcement

1) Giving away ice cream on the Parkway is a wonderful thing to do and so nice for those lucky few who were there to receive it from the old fashioned ice cream delivery bike. A very good thing.

An excerpt from the Bee report.

“Every once in a while, Stewart Katz, the attorney well known for taking on prison-abuse and police-brutality cases, likes to ride his antique ice cream delivery bicycle and – this is the controversial part – give away ice cream.

“In the courtroom or behind closed doors during depositions, Katz is a pugilist, practically seething at injustice and willing to slug it out with anyone on the witness stand. His hourly rate is, by today's standards, a modest $250.

“Then there's the softhearted guy who rolled onto the American River bike trail Saturday, intent on giving away 132 ice cream treats. His son, Alex, 7, sat on the bicycle's freezer box and held a homemade sign, "Free ice cream."…

“Katz bought his post-World War II vintage ice cream bike for $500 on eBay nearly three years ago and set about restoring it. He stripped the paint and the rust, rebuilt the collapsed freezer box and repaired the wheels.”

2) American River Parkway Plan
Published 12:00 am PDT Saturday, August 30, 2008

Local officials are in the process of updating the plan governing the use of the American River Parkway. The plan controls what gets planted, dictates recreational activities and controls building rules along the 23-mile parkway from Discovery Park to Lake Natoma.

New uses:

• Mountain biking on some dirt roads.
• Updated building aesthetic controls.
• Updated rules on plantings and river flows.
• Seven acres near River Bend Park (formerly known as Goethe Park) zoned for an interpretive center and native plant nursery.
• Bike and pedestrian bridge allowed near Highway 160 and Discovery Park.

Ideas rejected:

• Off-leash dog area.
• Rancho Cordova expansion of Live Steamers miniature railroad

Key votes:

• Wednesday: Approved by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.
• Sept. 15: Before Rancho Cordova City Council at 5:30 p.m.
• Sept. 18: Before Sacramento City Planning Commission at 5:30 p.m.
• Oct. 7: Before Sacramento City Council at 6 p.m.
• January 2009: Approval required of state Legislature.