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Natomas residents deal with construction post-moratorium

Natomas is seeing a lot of construction in the area since the building moratorium from 2008 was lifted earlier this summer.

In certain neighborhoods, a lot of construction is going on right next to homes that have been there for many years. Residents of those communities said they had mixed feelings.

Pricey pumpkins? Blame the heat, not the rain

We are in year four of a historic drought, and the lack of rain has caused all sorts of problems for our crops. That of course includes many of our fall favorites. The owner of Bastiao Farms in Natomas said because of the drought, they are only using about 70 percent of the water they would normally consume. That reduction did result in slightly fewer gourds, about five percent.

Owner and farmer Dennis Bastiao said pumpkins are actually fairly drought tolerant so the lack of rain isn’t what hurt, it was the heat last month. He said they were ready to pick pumpkins at the beginning of September. That's about three weeks earlier than normal.

Farmers said even with our recent summer-like days, you can still find plenty of quality pumpkins.

Police investigating shooting death in Natomas

Police are investigating the shooting death of a man in Natomas.

The name of the victim has not been released. His body was found Friday morning in the 1800 block of Club Center Drive.

Police said the victim knew his shooter. Additional details were not immediately available.

New school coming to Natomas, levees still need work

Officials broke ground for Natomas' first new school in seven years Monday afternoon.  The plot of land sitting on Prosper and Gloster Ways will be the new home of the STAR Academy, a Natomas Charter School.

The existing STAR Academy occupied a warehouse.  It has a years long waitlist and couldn't expand until now that the building moratorium has been lifted. 

"We've had since the opening a lot of interest in our school, but it has curbed growth because it has limited how many students we can actually accept," said Ting Sun, executive director of Natomas Charter School. 

SF hospital patient considered person of interest in Natomas shooting

A man who checked in to a San Francisco area hospital with a gunshot wound is now considered a person of interest in a deadly shooting in a Natomas Home Depot parking lot.

Sacramento officers responded to San Francisco Tuesday and questioned the injured man about a possible connection to the Home Depot shooting.

Currently, he is only being considered a person of interest and was not taken into custody. This investigation is ongoing.

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Sacramento police identify victim in Natomas Home Depot shooting

Walter Michael Gibson was pronounced dead at the scene with apparent gunshot wounds to his upper body. Sacramento police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened in the parking lot of a Natomas Home Depot Monday night said Sacramento police spokesperson Justin Brown.

Brown said police don't know what led to the shooting, but could confirm that multiple shots were fired.


Building of new homes in Natomas picks up

Opportunity is knocking in this Natomas neighborhood. Now that the building moratorium has been lifted, nearly a dozen new homes are going up on Candela Circle.

It's been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the southeast coast and left thousands of people homeless. The country's levees came under intense federal scrutiny after ones in the New Orleans area failed, including the levee system in the Sacramento region.

A building moratorium was put into place in the Natomas area seven years ago because the levee system needed upgrades in order to federal regulations. Since then, they have been updated and in March FEMA lifted the moratorium.

Next door to Megan Frost’s home, construction on new houses is up and running.