Scorekeeper V: This week's losers include American River College administrators, Dickey's BBQ, absinthe drinkers and jerks who try to rob Safeway

Ill communication

American River College communications professor Geoffrey Stockdale was put on paid administrative leave last week after a student suffered a head injury during a classroom wrestling incident. Scorekeeper thinks the college’s response is a bit extreme. What’s worse, though, is that Stockdale’s students were told all their assignments so far this year won’t count toward their final grades. Talk about a blow to the dome! All that wasted work and time …


Dicked up

Locally owned Tank House BBQ and Bar opened recently on J and 20th streets next to the railroad tracks in Midtown. It’s a great spot for a brew, a shot and some brisket. But last week, national chain Dickey’s Barbecue Pit announced it too would be opening in Midtown—on the same street, just on the other side of the railroad tracks, less than half-a-block away. What a dick move by the mega-franchise and the property owner.


Bad Absinthe

Employees at restaurant Absinthe Bistro & Lounge in Old Sacramento showed up at work recently to discover a sign stating that the restaurant was closed—after only seven weeks of being open. Ownership didn’t bother to call or email chefs or servers until three days after closing, according to a Facebook post on Absinthe’s page (they didn’t call back Scorekeeper, either). The post read: “Let this be a warning to anyone out there that has a fantasy of owning a restaurant. It’s not a game. People depended on the ownership team to take responsibility and they were let down.”


Sad Halloween

An unpermitted event on Del Paso Boulevard ended with gunfire on Sunday morning, leaving six individuals shot and one dead. The venue, Studio X, was rented out for a Halloween party, according to police. The city does a good job of enforcing illegal parties in Midtown and downtown; let’s not forget to keep an eye on underserved and neglected entertainment districts, too, such as Del Paso.



Robert Briggs entered the Safeway on Alhambra Boulevard on Saturday just after 5 p.m. and proceeded to fill his backpack full of goods. A security guard confronted him, took the bag, then Briggs, 28, left—only to return and assault the guard, who is in his 60s. Shoppers restrained Briggs, who was later arrested for robbery, elder abuse and violation of probation.


Bet big

Sacramento is poised to make its gambling-card-room-application process a little more transparent—and profitable. On October 15, a city committee inched forward a proposal to add public hearings into the mix, raise the ceiling on the maximum number of tables from 15 to a state-permitted 25, and remove betting limits.


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