Scorekeeper: This week's winners and losers

Branded for life

The local Twitterati went nuts on Monday brainstorming slogans for branding Sacramento. Inspired by the Sacramento chamber of commerce’s group Metro Edge’s plan to come up with a new city motto, they tweeted potential slogans during the entire business day, with the hashtag #sacbrandathon. The public will vote on the slogans in March. Scorekeeper has a submission: “Sacramento: Hella annoying sometimes.”

– 99

Buzzer beater

Mad props to Sacramento State University’s men’s basketball, who beat top-ranked Weber State University in overtime with a 75-foot heave (all net!) at the buzzer. The shot, made by Dylan Garrity, made it to No. 1 on ESPN SportsCenter’s top 10 plays this past Saturday.

+ 3

The cupcakes are done

It was a well-known fact that Restaurant Thir13en would close its doors at the end of January. But TreyBcakes, too? The Midtown spot specialized in gourmet confections, so it would be easy to blame its end on the slow death of the cupcake trend. The location has been looking for someone to take over its lease for months. But owner Trey Luzzi posted in a farewell letter on the business’s door that he wants to return to government service. Sorry, buttercream fans.

– 18

Village vs. village

A packed house, plus standing room, converged in the Clunie Community Center in East Sacramento this past Monday to share with Councilman Steve Cohn their displeasure for the proposed McKinley Village project. Residents submitted more than 600 pages of public comment on the contentious project’s draft environmental-impact report. Expect continued incendiary debate next month at the planning commission.

+ 95819

Vacuum judges

Election-law experts told SN&R last week that the judges who will be hearing the arena-petition lawsuit work hard to live “in a vacuum” and avoid prejudices on issues the court might hear. So, it was surprising when Judge Michael Kenny announced on Tuesday that he actually signed one of the petitions to put to arena-subsidy on the June ballot. Irony: Arena supporters had told SN&R that he was a “favorable” judge.

– 22,000

A streetcar named ‘almost'

Thank you, Sacramento Kings, for championing your $500,000 contribution toward the proposed West Sacramento-Sacto streetcar with all kinds of press releases and noise. Now, only $129,500,000 to go to build the damn thing!

– 500,000

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