🌱 Sacramento DA Q&A + Jazz great Jessica Williams dies

Hello, neighbors! Jeri Karges here with your brand new issue of the Sacramento Daily.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Cooler with showers. High: 57 Low: 42.

Here are the top five stories from today in Sacramento:

  1. Sacramento City Unified School District teachers and much of its staff will go on strike March 23 if there is no progress in negotiations between the district administration and two of its unions. Hundreds of people showed up for a rally in support of school employees ahead of the regular school board meeting on Thursday afternoon. Unions have complained about staff shortages that have left hundreds of students without a full-time or substitute teacher each day. They say 600 students are on a waiting list for independent studies and are not receiving any instruction. The teachers’ union and the school district have been negotiating a contract since early 2019. They have also been negotiating on COVID-related issues for about two years, reaching an impasse in December. (EdSource.org)
  2. Prolific pianist and local legend Jessica Williams has died aged 73, leaving behind a lasting impact on Sacramento and its jazz heritage. A natural talent and affinity for jazz music earned Williams a spot in drummer Philly Joe Jones’ band in New Jersey in the late 1970s before finally bringing him to the West Coast in 1976. Williams’ career on the West Coast included two Grammy nominations. Veterans of the Sacramento jazz scene remember Williams with affection and respect. She died on Saturday March 12, five days before her 74th birthday. A legend gone but not forgotten. (Capital Public Radio News)
  3. Sacramento’s first female police chief was sworn in Thursday morning. Kathy Lester will be the 46th Chief Sacramento Police Department. She had already been sworn in technically, in a small ceremony, before the city council when she took office on January 1. Thursday marked the department’s official promotion ceremony for the 27-year-old veteran. (ABC10)
  4. For the first time in two decades, the Folsom High School Music Boosters held their annual Wine and Jazz fundraiser under the stars in historic Folsom on Friday night. The 21st annual fundraiser featured a variety of sets from Folsom High School, Folsom Middle School and Sutter Middle School while attendees enjoyed wine and food tasting from area establishments and participated in a sale at silent auction and more. The event raised nearly $11,000 for music boosters as attendees showed their support for local youth and arts. (Folsom Telegraph)
  5. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Forum held last week featured Alana Mathews and Thein Ho in the open seat for Sacramento County DA. You can read the Q&A here. (Davis’ Popular Vanguard)

Today in Sacramento:

  • Chrysalis: make sound BagBallet acclaimed debut album by choreographer Val Caniparoli Tutto Eccetto Il Lavandino (“Everything but the kitchen faucet”). Fusing classical ballet with unique contemporary movement, the work is a haunting ballad of speed, precision and humor. (2:00 p.m.)
  • Love Horror Events present Teaser through time by Heelesque. The members of Heelesque are pleased to present a tantalizing variety show about time travel for just one night. Don’t miss this exquisite evening of rock, roll and risque at the Colonial Theater. (20:00)
  • Don’t miss The final of the Blackramento comedy competition! Hosted by Dru Burks with a special performance by The Gatlin at The guild in Sacramento. (20:00)

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— Jeri Karges

About me: Jeri Karges has lived and loved the Sacramento area for over 30 years. Her passion is finding new and unique ways to enjoy the city and surrounding areas. On the weekends, you can find her nagging her friends for a snack at the restaurant that doesn’t have silverware, or trying her hand at ax throwing. Jeri also enjoys writing about retirement planning at https://rockinretirement.subst…

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