Feed Building almost full; benefit barbecue will fill you up

Scene to be seen column
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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Feeding frenzy ... What most Lincolnites refer to as the “Feed Building” is almost full. The Feed Building is located at the southwest corner of Fifth and G Streets in downtown Lincoln and takes in the numbers 436 to 490. It is home to Awful Annies (645-9766), Old Town Pizza (645-7677), Buonarroti Ristorante (645-7951), Guiding Fitness (626-7739),, Nielsen Fine Floors (765-0553), Avant-Garde Salon (645-7392) and ANEW Financial Services (434-0762). Recently, Lincoln Gun Exchange (671-4867) moved from the south end to a new space at 472 G Street, Anna’s Sweet Repeats (756-0553) opened a women’s consignment clothing boutique, Old Town Pizza opened a street level take-out service called OTP2Go and Lincoln Music (645-8000) opened to offer guitar and other music lessons. They now welcome another new tenant, Tobacco and Gift Shop (209-3640) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to7 p.m. The business is owned and operated by Manjeet Klair. Manjeet currently commutes from his home in Auburn but looks forward to moving to Lincoln soon. Welcome Manjeet to Lincoln and to downtown! Wheels turning ... Downtown Lincoln also welcomes USA Tires, Inc. (645-2400), which will open soon at the southeast corner of Fifth and G Street in the former home of Big O and Frontier Tires. With more than 22 years in the business, Woodland-based USA Tires will offer a large selection of rims, wheels, tires and accessories for both cars and trucks. For more information, visit Clear sailing ... Lincoln Hills Italian Club has a new publicity chairperson, Christine Cirone. Together with her husband, Dennis, Christine moved to Lincoln from Vacaville about six months ago. In addition to her club duties, Christine is also a personal travel planner who specializes in European cruises and tours (434-7100). She fell in love with Europe after living in Holland and has spent the past 10 years helping others take overseas adventures. Dennis also continues to work full time for a Sacramento engineering firm. To obtain more information about joining Lincoln Hills Italian Club, contact membership chairperson Rose Cesarz at 434-5301 or visit Benvenuti, Christine and Dennis! Showing support ... Tickets are still available for this Saturday’s barbecue to benefit the late Don Mason. They may be purchased at Kim’s Country Kitchen (645-2727), 537 G St. in downtown Lincoln. Cost is $20 per person. The event gets underway at 6 p.m. at the ranch of Kim and Dennis Strong, 3160 Mt. Pleasant Road, across from Mt. Pleasant Hall. In addition to the barbecue, look for live music from Dudley and the Doo Rights, The Fabulous DeVilles and Lincoln Highway. Gary too ... There’s also a way to show support for Gary Crabtree who is recovering from a horrific car accident on March 22 that put him in a coma. Foto’s Market at 561 Fifth St. is collecting donations to help Gary’s family with hospital travel expenses while he recovers. Full House ... Joey Chisesi (408-1705) is happy to report that all 600 seats sold out to his June 10th “Broadway Tribute” production at Lincoln Hills Community Church. The event raised more than $2,500 to benefit Teen Challenge, which is a nationwide program that helps rehabilitate teens who have been involved with drugs and alcohol. Teacher’s pet ... Dr. Lyndell Grey reports that Old Fruitvale School raised more than $5,000 during its recent BBQ and Celebrity Dessert Auction on June 5. Despite gray skies, there was a big turnout to watch students act in “The Good Citizen,” directed by Juliana Walls and Robert Finch. Gene Thorpe and Scott Ruskauff provided the music. Following a barbecue tri-tip dinner, Don Derobertis started the live auction with pies donated by Gale Hall (Kiwanis Club of Lincoln) followed by desserts donated by Mark Adams (Rancho Roble Vineyards), Shirley Russell (Lincoln Area Archives Museum), David Baker (Robbjack Corporation), David Lightfoot (teacher and cartoonist) and Jeeves (Lincoln News Messenger). But the big bids were $600 for a pie donated by Kim Strong (Kim’s Country Kitchen) and $520 for a pie donated by Stephanie Dumm (Lincoln News Messenger). Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves watched last Tuesday night’s (June 14) City Council meeting on cable televison with great interest. He knew that our City Councilmen would have to make difficult decisions with respect to next year’s budget. Our new fiscal year starts on July 1 - eight days from today. Jeeves remembers when the city manager advised council that they could expect draconian budget cuts without new sources of revenue. After the majority of voters rejected the utility users’ tax last Nov. 2, Jeeves knew that there would be no new revenues. Like the rest of us, the city was going to have to learn to live within its means. As a result, Jeeves thought he also knew what to expect when he tuned in last Tuesday night. He could expect severe budget cuts. Against this backdrop, Jeeves was prepared to see the worst. Any regular reader of this column knows that Jeeves is not always a fan of city management or City Council. Jeeves calls ‘em the way he sees ‘em. During the last City Council meeting, Jeeves observed actions that allowed him to form some different opinions. After a brief time-out, the city manager offered to develop yet another budget scenario to respond to public-safety concerns made that night. Jeeves understands how much time and effort is required to develop new budgets especially this close to the July 1 deadline. He appreciates both the city manager’s receptiveness and responsiveness plus his offer to crunch the numbers, one more time, to find the best possible solution for Lincoln. But a City Councilman impressed Jeeves more. This one council member distinguished himself from the other four elected officials. For a man with the surname “Short,” Jeeves believes that Councilman Spencer Short was: - long on expressing common sense - long on explaining options - long on identifying pros and cons for each - long on demonstrating leadership - long on showing maturity - long on exhibiting patience, and - long on living within our means. Although Councilman Short deferred to the other council members who wanted to see another annual budget projection, he was prepared to cast his vote last Tuesday. Jeeves applauds his efforts and his decisiveness. He also appreciated the measured reason that Short injected into the budget discussions, particularly about the potential for bankruptcy. If only the other councilmen were so reasoned. Meeting after meeting, Jeeves hears Councilman Gabriel Hydrick allude to ideas but brings none forward. Jeeves believes that it’s time for the Hydrick honeymoon to end. After six months in office, this City Councilman needs to become a full and equal partner in this polygamous marriage that we call a City Council. Good and solid marriages depend on more than sweet nothings twice a month. So far, that’s all Jeeves has heard Councilman Hydrick deliver. Stan “the plan” Nader has been marginally better by promoting fiscal sustainability. He should be better than Hydrick. He has had prior City Council experience. But he must know that his idea to create a plan for future fiscal sustainability does nothing to solve our budget crisis now. During last week’s meeting, Jeeves was flabbergasted to hear both Hydrick and Nader talk about how they hope to restore trust to City Council. Such conceit. Trust, like all other virtues, is earned. Since elected, neither has done enough to put themselves on the plus side of the balance sheet with respect to trust nor have they brought forth new ideas that would solve the city’s current financial crisis. Jeeves is not sure what to make of the other two City Councilmen, Tom Cosgrove and Paul Joiner. Their eagerness to wait for another budget scenario suggests unwillingness to accept what they know is inevitable, unwillingness to deal with the city’s very serious financial issues and unwillingness to make difficult decisions. As a result, they may find that voters show equal unwillingness to return them to office in 2012. Ironically, the long and the short of last week’s City Council meeting is they, like Hydrick and Nader, fell woefully short. Short, on the other hand, went the distance for Lincoln. For this week, Jeeves finds himself long on Short. He stood taller than the rest. Jeeves calls ‘em the way he sees ‘em. If you have an upcoming event or story that you would like to share, please call 645-0660 or e-mail Kathy Dorsey is owner of Wardrobe, 517 G St.