The San Francisco Giants came from behind on Saturday to win a fun game 7-6 and won the series on Sunday 5-2. A good team effort in both games. Here is a lighter moment and good effort by the Giants Ball Dude.
(Clip from MLB and SF Giants-Nice Grab Ball Dude)
(Saturday Game-Blanco gives Giants the lead)
Joe Panik injured a finger sliding into second base on Sunday. Let’s hope it is not broken and Joe is feeling great soon. He is playing well and we need him in the lineup.
8/10/2014-Sacramento Projects Update-These downtown Sacramento, CA projects are coming right along. I have enjoyed walking past them regularly and taking some photographs. You can see the whole of all albums by clicking on the “Pictures” link on the navigation bar. All these projects look like they could be completed by the end of the year or in the spring of 2015.
Some teachers and other school personnel in the Sacramento region are receiving wage increases and retroactive bonuses. Good for them! A Sunday news story in the Sacramento Bee points out the sacrifices they made during the years when California struggled with a budget crisis.
Why couldn’t state union representatives achieve the same for state workers who were hit with 15% pay cuts when they were furloughed three days a week? The state negotiating team fought long and hard to get a 2% increase with no retroactive pay. State employees would have to Google the word bonus just to get a definition of the word. If a bonus was ever brought up during bargaining it was short lived. State employees will not see real raises until unemployment is so low the state has problems with recruitment.
Those furloughs were painful for many. Homes were lost, cars repossessed and credit cards were maxed out. And it was all unnecessary and accomplished nothing. This was especially true for self-funded agencies. Self-funded agencies could have said no to furloughs. They had a solid and strong case and could have chose to stand up to the governor. Sadly, they lacked the courage, will and core values to do anything other than not make waves and go along. Those executives who stood by quietly while furloughs were enacted were equally as quiet when their bonuses arrived on schedule and later increased as the state budget improved. When it came to looking after their so called “valued employees” all they could really look after was their own behinds. Playing it safe was more important than looking out for the thousands of employees working for them. As I recall, only one CEO did have the courage to say no to furloughs and she was forced to resign and employees were forced to participate in furloughs. After that all state executives put their spines in the closet.
I would like to end this post on a positive note since the Sacramento Bee story is about how valued employees should be treated. I hope school employees continue to receive raises. I know teachers who bust their behinds everyday to develop lesson plans and teach so our kids will be able to compete in the workforce of tomorrow. Hard workers deserve to be rewarded. More power to those who overachieve and a round of applause to employers who recognize their hard work not only with kind words, but with acts of courage and determination.
It has been a long time in coming, but signs of arena construction in downtown Sacramento have appeared. The construction will begin with destruction. The mall or a good portion of it must come down. Signs this is about to happen were spotted while I worked out at my favorite place, 24 hour fitness located on 7th street at the mall entrance. Let the destruction begin!
Update 7/27/2014. Sacramento projects are moving right along. The links below take you to Flickr and my latest pictures. The Power House Inn is a housing project on 16th and P Street. The Market on R Street is located on 15th and R near Bernardo’s and across the street from Burgers and Brew and Magpie. The Warehouse Artists Lofts is up R Street across from Fox and Goose pub and restaurant near 9th and R. All three projects are getting closer and closer to completion.
Market on R Street
Warehouse Artists Lofts (WAL)
The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers series has been lopsided in the Dodgers favor. This is a mild understatement. The Giants have not scored in the first two games. LA has dominated with pitching and the Dodgers have scored thirteen runs in those two games.
I understand Brian Sabean’s desire not to panic before the July 31st trade deadline. Baseball is a total team sport and overall the whole team is not producing at the plate against tough teams. The Dodgers are one more tough team and the struggles continue.
I was in St Louis for a four game series in late May. This is a totally different Giants team. They won three out of four in that series and could have won the other game, but let some players rest and heal. As other teams have heated up moving into summer the Giants have cooled more than the fog cools the city during summer months. Should Brian look for some offense before the trade deadline? I say yes, but one or two players don’t win series after series during a long baseball season. Making the playoffs requires production from the top to the bottom of the lineup.
When the Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012 it was not because they had a couple superstars. Total team effort and results brought championships to San Francisco. Another playoff run will require the same. Trades or no trades it’s the twenty-five active roster that will determine if there is baseball in October for the San Francisco Giants.
I have a daughter who is a millennial. I can tell you firsthand many in this generation are not buying into what is sold as the American dream. A significant number have college degrees and quite a few advanced degrees. Debt has come with the years of study and some choices have become limited partly due to paying back student loans. The shift in thinking is not limited to millennials with higher education credentials. It would be foolish to think elimination of debt will make this generation rethink what they want or consider important. Millennials are not buying into:
- The need to buy a car. Many are choosing to live in cities where cars are not a necessity.
- Purchasing a home. With debt buying a house has become difficult. Even without debt many are deciding it’s not their dream.
- Investing-it’s a mistake to think millennials don’t save. Many are venturing into 401k plans and stocks. Those same savers are not buying into decades old thinking that a house is an investment.
- Consumption-more millennials are choosing to live simply with less conspicuous consumption.
Millennials are not buying into the American dream created in the 1950′s. They have their own dreams and inspirations. Business should take notice.