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Downtown Sacramento businesses boarded up. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)

Downtown Sacramento: Streets Empty, Businesses Still Boarded Up

Silence from the local media

By Katy Grimes, July 16, 2020 8:54 am

While Sacramento residents have been locked down, many are not aware that downtown businesses are still boarded up from the Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots in June.

Boarded up restaurant, downtown Sacramento. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)

Following violence, anarchy, mass property damage, theft, robbery and vandalism during the ongoing Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots, many Sacramento businesses were destroyed. Owners boarded up windows following the rampage.

Sacramento’s downtown still looks dystopian six weeks later: businesses are still boarded up, office buildings are mostly empty with workers sent home to work, streets are deserted.

The State Capitol is largely empty as the Assembly sent lawmakers home again when one Assemblywoman tested positive for coronavirus. The Senate was also told to stay out of the building.

Oddly, many banks are also closed. It’s not “business as usual” in downtown Sacramento.

Bud’s Buffet. Downtown Sacramento businesses boarded up. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)

“If we’re locked in our homes, we won’t see all the boarded restaurants and stores in all our major cities,” a business owner told California Globe.

There have been no news stories or camera footage by local television news about the shuttered businesses. The Sacramento Bee hasn’t written about these ongoing business closures either.

Meanwhile, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg plans to spend up to $5 million to purchase hundreds of tiny homes for homeless vagrants. He’s also proposing police “reforms.”

Steinberg is also focused on landing “$100 million share of existing state funding to support climate friendly development that will revitalize our communities.”

Steinberg recently announced he will call for a repeal of the City “requirement” to stand and salute during the National Anthem, and supported the toppling of statues. “This antiquated statute from 1928 is particularly offensive given the recent proud actions of athletes and others taking a knee when the anthem is played,” Steinberg said. “Principled protest is the epitome of patriotism.”

The City has a “Small Business Recovery program” funded by $10 million in federal CARES Act funds. But Mayor Steinberg said it is “reserved for businesses or non-profits in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.”

“We have carefully crafted the program using an equity lens so that the bulk of the resources will go to businesses in neighborhoods that need help the most,” said Mayor Steinberg.

Nothing from Steinberg – “the Mayor for All of Sacramento” – about the businesses unable to reopen in his city.

Downtown Sacramento businesses boarded up. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)
Downtown Sacramento businesses boarded up. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)










Downtown Sacramento businesses boarded up. (Photo: Katy Grimes for California Globe)
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13 thoughts on “Downtown Sacramento: Streets Empty, Businesses Still Boarded Up

  1. What is an “ equity lens?” The more these ignorant PC politicians say, the dumber they sound. The thugs that are destroying these businesses don’t give a rip about your “equity lens”. They will destroy it all – white, black, Asian, Muslim, you name it. It all has to be ruined for America to be “better. “
    Please Mayor, resign! The job is too big for you!

    1. George Carver: Kinda funny, “equity lens” stood out for me like a neon sign too.
      Let’s use an “equity lens” on Mayor Steinberg and strip him of his “inequitable” power and high salary level. It’s only fair… I mean, equitable… right? Maybe he can help out by doing something useful like power washing the streets of downtown Sacramento every day for the rest of his term. Seems like a good idea, but maybe not, because he would probably do that incompetently too.

  2. I’m glad that Katy has shed light on what’s been happening downtown Sacramento. I’ve gone to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on several occasions since the riots and the surrounding area is quite depressing and dystopian with all of the Antifa/BLM graffiti and posters plastered on the plywood boards. So much for downtown revitalization. It’s too bad that the MSM has ignored this but I’m not surprised.

  3. I recently ventured into midtown to retrieve some items from my office and was amazed at how quickly the transformation of a thriving city into a ghost town has occurred. Long-time favorite restaurants are empty and/or boarded up. The only thing that remained was the growing homeless encampments under the X-Y freeway.

  4. Growing up I never imagined that my hometown would have deteriorated to the extent it has under decades of Democrat rule. It’s so sad. I also never imagined that I would ever want to leave my hometown but I do now.

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