Halloween Yard of the Month!

Yard of the Month is back!

Who has the most spooktacular, frightful yard in the Pocket?

Nominate your neighbor! Nominate yourself!

Email pictures and the address to info@pocketgreenhaven.org.

Featured Business: A Taste Above

The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association’s featured business is A Taste Above, join us as we get to know its co-owner and manager Rich Wong:

Devin: Hi Rich, thanks for sitting down with me at your restaurant at Promenade Shopping Center, across from Bel Air. You’ve got a diverse menu, tell me about your inspirations …

Derek: Basically, I asked a lot of neighbors, what do you think is needed? They told me, something homemade, something unique, that we don’t have to travel miles and miles to get. In the beginning, we tried to please everyone, it was rough. But we were able to focus in on an Asian-fusion menu, with an island flair that really worked for the neighborhood. We’ve streamlined our service and have been getting the food out faster. Thankfully people gave us a second chance and people have been really enjoying it. We picked up a couple of big catering accounts with ACC and Bank of America. It’s humbling. People have choices, we understand that, so it’s humbling when people choose us.

Devin: The Garcia Bend Mi is my personal favorite, what other dishes are popular? How about something unique you know everyone would love if they gave it a try?

Read more at Pocket News

Continue reading “Featured Business: A Taste Above”

Featured Business: Beijing Garden

The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association’s featured business is Beijing Garden, join us as we get to know its owner and manager Derek Hui:

Devin: Hey Derek, thanks for taking the time! I’d love to welcome you to the neighborhood, but you’re a local …

Derek: I am! I love Greenhaven. I grew up here and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. I managed multiple restaurant in the past 20 years. I’m living downtown, but own a home in the neighborhood where family lives. My hobbies are eating and wine tasting.

Devin: It’s a wonderful neighborhood! One of the few complaints I hear are not enough restaurants, so we’re glad you set up here. What are the inspirations for your restaurant?

Read more at Pocket News

Featured Business: Mattress Express

The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association’s featured business is Mattress Express Sacramento, join us as we get to know its owner and manager Brianna Fischer:

Devin: Hi Brianna, thanks for sitting down with me at your store near Bel Air! We’re surrounded by dozens of comfy looking mattresses, but tell me about your business …

Brianna: We have brand name mattresses at a fraction of the price of big box stores, but we also have couches and bedrooms sets as well.   I have been here about a year and a half. Everything is about 50-80 percent of retail. I used to work for Sleep Train which was an amazing experience and great company but they are no longer here.  I have all the same great product but without the overhead it allows me to reduce my prices by 50-80%.

Devin: What got you into Mattresses? How is the business going?

Brianna: Read more at Pocket News Continue reading “Featured Business: Mattress Express”

Pride of the Pocket 2019

Thanks to everyone who help us show the Pride of the Pocket in 2019! Together we celebrated some of the fantastic people and groups that make this such a wonderful place to live, work and play!

Check out all the pictures from GariRae Gray here and from Stephen Michael Crowley on behalf of Pocket News here.

Featured Business: Riverside Sports Bar

The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association’s Featured Business is Riverside Sports Bar, join us as we get to know its owner Jay Jugoz:

Devin: Hey Jay, glad we were finally able to sit down and chat. My wife and I have enjoyed many a burger and football game here over the last couple years. The bourbon glazed burger is my personal favorite and the fries that come with it are a uniquely tasty treat. And, of course, it all tastes better served alongside a local craft beer, speaking of which, that New Helvetia Citra or Bust is calling my name. What is your favorite thing on the menu?

Jay: The bourbon burger is my favorite too. It’s been our flagship since the day we opened. I had a personal hand with the recipe.

Devin: I guess that explains why you like it so much. And great job! What makes this place special in your mind?

Jay: Read more at Pocket News …

And click here to learn more about the upcoming St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser! Devin and Will would love to have you join them on Team Pocket Pride!

And if your business is interested in being featured in the future, please click here: featured.pocketgreenhaven.org

PGCA calls for improvements in RT service proposal

The Pocket-Greenhaven Community Association has called on the RT Board of Directors to ensure staff revises the proposed changes to coverage in the Pocket-Greenhaven community, ensuring wider coverage throughout the neighborhood.

We understand the need to streamline lightly used routes and appreciate the effort to increase connection through a common hub for ongoing routes.

We are concerned, however, that the proposed location of that hub (at the intersection of Florin and Greenhaven, near Lake Crest Village) unnecessarily limits coverage throughout the community and creates a safety hazard at an already over burdened intersection. The existing partial-hub at Promenade Shopping Center ensures wider coverage, providing service at a much safer, more pedestrian friendly location.

We appreciate RT staff’s outreach, providing an information and feedback session at our January membership meeting and are optimistic staff will use the community feedback provided to produce a revised plan that more efficiently provides improved service for our community and the entire region.

We are grateful for the dozens of community members who provided feedback and for Supervisor Kennedy and Councilmember Jennings’ ongoing leadership on these important issues.

Featured Business: Ya Taekwondo

The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association’s Featured Business is iYa Taekwando, join us as we get to know its owner Xai Lor:

Devin: Thank you for taking the time to tell us about iYa Taekwando. Can you tell us a little about the school?

Xai: iYa Taekwondo is the Greenhaven Pocket’s Taekwondo School. There is a great sense of family with the students and parents because everyone knows everyone. The saying, “it takes a village to raise a child,” well, we are doing that. I like to believe that iYa Taekwondo is one of the pillars of the foundation of discipline for some of our children in this area. My team and I are serious about our duties to our students and parents. We teach our students to be courteous, respectful, work harding, have self-discipline, be courageous in the face of oppression or obstacle and stay focus on one’s goals. It’s the iYa way of life. We live by it and we teach it.

Read more at Pocket News …

And stay tuned for more information on Xai’s upcoming birthday fundraiser!

And if your business is interested in being featured in the future, please click here: featured.pocketgreenhaven.org

November 2018 Meeting Minutes

Pocket Greenhaven Community Association

Minutes for November 7, 2018 General Membership Meeting

Introductions (Approximately 18 people in attendance)

Special Community Meeting Re: Local Package Theft and Cluster Mailbox Break-Ins.

  1. Will provided background information on the issues and efforts made thus far to address the thefts.
  2. Everyone went around the room to introduce themselves and explain their interest in the theft and cluster mailbox issues.
  3. A representative from Congresswoman Matsui’s office attended and committed to looking into the issue, including coordinating with the USPS etc.

Upcoming Events. (Will Cannady)

  1. Pocket Awards – Planning on doing the event again next Spring. Devin will begin soliciting donations soon. May not charge an entry fee this year.
  2. Business Roundtable – Have set up a series of business roundtables. Devin is doing profiles in the Pocket News for local brick and mortar businesses.
  3. Follow Up Special Meeting re: packet and cluster mailbox theft – Judy Foote brought up working with other neighborhoods like Natomas and Laguna/Elk Grove and maybe contacting the other neighborhood associations. She also had the idea of using on-line form letters, petitions etc.

Membership Drive.

  1. Working to increase the number of members – getting out the word at the grocery stores, canvassing neighborhoods, talking to your neighbors.
  2. We are planning to put something in the Pocket News in early 2019.
  3. Pocket Little League and Greenhaven Soccer Club opening day ceremonies would be a good opportunity to reach out to local families.
  4. The Board needs to determine how to remind people that they need to renew their memberships.

 New Business

Greenhaven Soccer Club is putting together their fundraiser in December. Devin gave an overview of the event and ask those in attendance to contribute to a donation to assist with the event.

Next General Membership Meeting – January 2019