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Alamo Square Park, neighbor of Painted Ladies, reopening  
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The chain-link fences around Alamo Square Park, which rises above the Painted Ladies row of colorful Victorian homes, are coming down after more than a year of construction. An Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible bathroom was added, the park€™s paths repaved and the irrigation system rebuilt, all paid for by a Public Utilities Commission grant, a donation from the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association, and park bonds approved in 2008 and 2012. The park€™s watering schedule is controlled by a small device installed atop a nearby flagpole that monitors temperature and precipitation levels. Rows of California thrush, Mexican salvia, artemisia and phlomis were lined in neat rows on the tennis court, a make-shift nursery. On Tuesday, workers in neon yellow vests scuttled about the newly mulched flower beds, dropping off clusters of plants in plastic pots. The sidewalk near the Painted Ladies €” normally mobbed €” was empty, aside from a woman in a bathrobe stepping out her front door to hand her bike-riding husband a mug of coffee. €œIt€™s such a beautiful site to wake up to and come home to,€ said Gus Hernandez, who has lived nearby for 12 years and is president of the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association. A lot of our association€™s activities center around the park, from our annual flea market to volunteer days and playground events for babies and their parents. €œIt is the first step in a long journey of matching Alamo Square€™s infrastructure and amenities with the changing needs of the residents the park supports daily and the millions of annual visitors who come to take pictures,€ said neighbor Jason Jervis.
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  • SD06 (Sacramento): added investment advisor Austin Bennett (R) 
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Good morning! I hope you stayed cool yesterday. I was a masochist, just to see if I could do it, and made it through the day without air condititioning. Hehe..by the evening, it was 88 degrees in my place. And, making risotto at that temperature is a little silly. I survived.

Fortunately, the awesome Nom Nom Paleo sent out a recipe for Instant Pot chili this morning. A healthy one pot quick solution on a hot Sacramento day. Much better than the oven-cooked ribs I originally planned for the day.

Let's start today by wishing a quick and full recovery for Department of Finance director Michael Cohen, who was unexpectedly hospitalized and has taken an extended leave, reports John Myers in the Times. For those of you who follow the budget, Cohen--both when he was at the Legislative Analyst's Office and in recent years as director of Finance is probably the smartest guy in the room on anything budget-related.

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