I have a Golden Retriever named Louie. Every day, morning and evening, my wife or I take Louie for a walk in the park. Goldens are generally gentle dogs who love nothing more than a little attention. Louie is no exception, and in the 10 years I have had him, I have never heard him growl or seen him defensive. When I take Louie on a walk, he is always on a leash. Not because I think he will run but because it is the law and because other people who may have a fear of dogs don’t know he’s a sweetheart.
Last week as I was taking a walk, a woman with two small dogs, both on leashes, asked another of our neighbors to leash their dog. She asked three times before the couple yelled back at her, with some incredibly rude words, and bluntly ignored her request. It’s not the first time I’ve witnessed this type of scene. I’ve also seen numerous posts on Next Door and Facebook with complaints about dogs running loose in the park and the neighborhood.
I understand folks want to allow their dogs to run, but that is why we have dog parks. Having your dog off leash at one of our parks is possible for the few because most of us adhere to the law. So a simple request: Obey the law, be considerate of others and keep your dogs on a leash.
This month also brings the opening of the Golden 1 Center. While controversial to some at the time of its approval, I believe most Sacramentans are excited about the opening. The positive impacts of a large entertainment venue downtown are already evident. It is estimated that property values in the surrounding area have increased by $180 million. The new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel is under construction, the Vanir office tower is already being leased, and new restaurants are being planned.
The Golden 1 Center will host more than 200 events a year, creating a vibrant center for arts and entrainment. While it’s premature to call the Golden 1 Center a success, early indicators suggest that the Golden 1 Center will be soon be the thriving hub of culture and entertainment for our region.
In addition to his council duties, Jay works as an independent consultant and policy advisor on education reform and youth policy and strategies.