The Cal Expo Board met on Oct. 27th. Though the Steiny Homes project was not on their agenda, there were pubic comments against it. The latest word our newsroom elves have heard about the project is that the proposal is dead, at least for now. The Governor's Office seems to have gotten the message that the proposal was less than half-baked and has no support from Sacramento County. Potentially, this means the 125 or so tiny home units can be distributed directly to the County for use at the Watt Avenue Safe Grounds site. There is nothing to confirm that status yet; the County is awaiting something in writing.
At their meeting, the Cal Expo Board heard a proposal from movie producers who want a long-term lease at Cal Expo for the same land that the Steiny Homes project was contemplating. The proposal (see the presentation below) seeks to open a studio and soundstage at Cal Expo by 2026. Supervisor Rich Desmond told the Board the studios project would be a game-changer. The economic benefits would obviously be huge, as would the opportunities to improve our local quality of life. Last month's meeting was the Cal Expo Board's first exposure to the proposal. They will no doubt be digging deeper into it as time goes by.Hollywood North Film Studio Project Presentation to Cal Expo Board of Directors 10.27.23.pdf