Study says Sacramento residents among best at paying credit cards, loans on time

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 15, 2018

Sacramento residents have something to be proud of when it comes to paying bills on time, according to a recent study by online loan marketplace Lending Tree, ranking third out of 100 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.

Of 9 million MyLendingTree users studied, cities were ranked based on the number of residents with at least one overdue account on their TransUnion credit report following the first quarter of 2018, according to Lending Tree.

Late bill payments can remain on credit reports for up to seven years and can negatively impact a person’s ability to borrow money in the future, Lending Tree said.

Sacramento’s No. 3 ranking is attributed to 6.16 percent of users that had at least one overdue account. Ninety-six percent of Sacramento residents in the data were current on their credit card or loan bills. On average, during the period studied, Sacramento residents made 5 late payments and an average of 2.2 payments were 90 days late.

Sacramento ranks below San Francisco at No. 2 and Provo, Utah at No. 1, but it’s a pretty close race. San Francisco had 6.07 percent of residents with at least one overdue account and Provo had 5.97 percent.

Other California cities in the top 10 included San Jose (No. 7) and Los Angeles (No. 9). Though San Jose’s percentage of users with overdue accounts (6.42) placed it seventh, the city’s average number of users who were current on their bills was the highest in the study at 96.8 percent and its borrowers had the fewest average late payments with just 4.6.

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Fluctuations in percentages from the top of the list to the bottom weren’t dramatic. Winston-Salem, North Carolina, took the bottom spot with 9.53 percent of people having at least one overdue account, a difference of 3.37 percent versus Sacramento. At 94.3 percent for people who were current on their bills, Winston-Salem trailed behind Sacramento by just 1.7 percent.

There were no California cities ranked in the bottom 10 spots.

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Overall, approximately 95 percent of borrowers represented in the study pay their bills on time. The study also showed that within the period shown on the credit reports pulled, the MyLendingTree users had an average of six late payments.

People west of the Rocky Mountains, including in the four California cities, were the most likely to pay bills on time with nine of the spots in the top 10, according to the study.

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Golden 1 Center’s concessionaire is hiring. Here’s how and when to apply

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 15, 2018

If you’re looking for a job and want to work at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, the arena’s concessionaire may have the perfect opportunity.

From 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Legends Hospitality is hosting a career fair to hire for 17 seasonal positions, including roles like concession workers, bartenders, servers, cooks, customer service representatives and dishwashers.

Though these jobs can be applied for online, interested job seekers need to attend the career fair to be considered, according to a description of the event. Candidates must be at least 18 years old.

A flier for the career fair posted by the Greater Sacramento Urban League on Facebook says that candidates should enter the arena through the security entrance near the corner of 5th and L Street on the day of the hiring event.

Note that these jobs are for the 2018 season and may not be long-term. The company did not specify how many of each position it is looking to fill.

 

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The Stockton Kings need a mascot. Here’s what you need for the job

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 15, 2018

The Stockton Kings have a head coach, and now the team is seeking to fill a role that some may say is equally important: Mascot.

The Sacramento Kings’ G League affiliate announced via its social media channels that it’s looking to cast someone to act as a performer and ambassador for the team at all home games as well as during special appearances.

To translate that, the team needs someone to wear a giant suit, dance around on the basketball court and perform stunts and physical comedy to entertain basketball fans.

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According to the job listing, worthy candidates need some experience as a mascot and should possess “energy, creativity, and spontaneity.” Additional skills like being able to tumble, ride a unicycle or walk on stilts will help candidates stand out, the listing said.

Of course, the person donning the mascot suit should be enthusiastic when it comes to hyping up a crowd. Candidates should also be “of good moral character.” A background in theater, dance or other athletic training is preferred, according to the job’s qualifications.

Other responsibilities for the part-time position include being able to improvise during performances and creating pre-recorded segments for crowd entertainment purposes.

To apply for the job, head over to the official job posting.

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Fly out of Sacramento with Southwest Airlines on the cheap for a limited time

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 9, 2018

If you’re planning to travel in the next several months, Southwest Airlines has some special prices you may want to check out.

Flights booked by Aug. 16 are pretty cheap as of Thursday evening, as long as tickets are purchased at least 14 days prior to the departure. Flights can be booked for most dates between Aug. 21 and Feb. 13, 2019.

In addition, for this “nothing is better” sale, fees for changing a flight or to check bags are waived.

Flying from Sacramento to Burbank or Los Angeles will cost $66 one-way and from Sacramento to Seattle or Tacoma, Wash., will set you back $69. These prices are lower than usual, though not as low as they have been during previous sales.

Other notable one-way flights out of Sacramento include $91 to Salt Lake City and $92 to Phoenix.

There are 18 destinations in total out of Sacramento available at special prices during the sale with the highest price at $194 to Baltimore.

Some blackout dates are listed in the terms of the sale. The prices listed include all taxes and fees, according to Southwest. Bookings using points will incur other fees, taxes and charges. See the booking website for further details.

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Monthly prize raffle event aims to support local, small businesses in West Sacramento

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 9, 2018

If you like supporting small and local businesses, West Sacramento’s new monthly event might be of interest.

The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce announced a new event this week that it hopes will promote local and small businesses as well as community engagement. The Third Saturday Swarm, as the name suggests, is set to take place the third Saturday of every month, beginning Aug. 18.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and tasks participants with visiting several stores in a selected shopping center, which will rotate each month, and collect stamps on a card. Cards can then be turned in for a chance to win prizes.

For the first month, shoppers are asked to stop by Big Kahuna, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop located in the Southport Town Center shopping complex at 2155 Town Center Plaza. Participants will be given their stamp card and can then proceed to visit several stores in the shopping center to collect stamps.

“The best way to attract even more shops and restaurants is to help make sure the ones that are already here keep thriving,” Christopher Cabaldon, West Sacramento’s mayor, said in a Facebook post about the event.

Of course, the chamber encourages participants to make purchases while visiting these businesses, but purchases are not required to qualify to receive stamps or to enter the raffle. Raffle prizes include a one-month pass for the city’s Via ride share program or a year’s supply of frozen yogurt from Big Kahuna.

More information on the event is available on the official website of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.

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Fall already? Starbucks Pumpkin Spice products returning to retail, cafes soon

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 9, 2018

There may officially still be a little over a month left of the summer season, but businesses are starting to push the products, colors and flavors of fall out to consumers.

Stores like Target have already begun marketing Halloween items, so it’s no surprise that Starbucks announced its lineup of retail Pumpkin Spice products on Thursday. Among the products, which hit stores some time next week, are new Pumpkin Spice Cookie Straws and Pumpkin Spice Ground Coffee K-Cup pods for Keurig coffee makers.

There are also five returning Pumpkin Spice products, including 14-ounce bottled lattes, 11-ounce bags of ground coffee, Pumpkin Spice Latte K-Cup pods, 40-ounce bottled iced espresso latte and 5-count Via Instant latte.

As for when the flavor will return to cafes, the date has not been officially announced, but many Starbucks fans are speculating online that it will be later this month.

According to Business Insider, official documents viewed by the news outlet confirm that the popular fall variety will return on Aug. 28.

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How to ride a FlixBus from Sacramento to any of 28 California cities for 99 cents

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 8, 2018

If you’re looking to travel on the cheap from Sacramento to another city in California, you’re in luck.

German bus company FlixBus is offering rides to several cities in California for just 99 cents. But there’s a slight catch. Departure dates can be booked for any date through Sept. 6, but tickets need to be purchased on Wednesday, Aug. 8 or Thursday, Aug. 9 to qualify for the special price.

FlixBus currently offers rides from Sacramento to 28 cities in California, including popular destinations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Anaheim, Modesto, Fresno, Oakland, Stockton and San Jose. FlixBus has two stops in Sacramento at V Street and Front Street and at University/65th Street Light Rail Station.

Tickets from Sacramento’s stations normally range from $4.99 to $24.99. A $2 processing fee will be added to every purchase, including the tickets purchased at the special 99 cent price.

According to FlixBus, the buses feature Wi-Fi and power plugs for electronic devices.

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The first 7 stars you can see in Sacramento at Wizard World Comic-Con this fall

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 8, 2018

What do a Marvel superhero, three Hollywood actors and a trio of pro wrestling legends have in common? You can see them all in Sacramento in October.

Wizard World Comic-Con, the conference that celebrates fans of comics, movies, visual novels, horror, anime and more, will return to Cal Expo Oct. 5, 6 and 7.

According to a Facebook post from the show’s organizers, attendees can expect to see Henry Winkler of “Happy Days” fame, Marvel’s Netflix series “Luke Cage” actor Mike Colter, Judd Hirsch of “NUMB3RS” and “Independence Day”, Thomas Ian Nicholas, who was made famous in the movies “Rookie of the Year” and “American Pie,” and pro wrestling legends Kevin Nash, Billy Gunn and Road Warrior Animal.

More celebrity guests will be announced soon, according to the post.

Other highlights announced for the show, which was originally not slated to return to Sacramento this year, include a 1966 Batmobile replica, toys and collectibles available to view and buy and appearances by illustrators, comic writers, authors and film producers.

Passes for all three days run at $39.99 with single-day passes starting at $19.99. For more information on the conference, including on which days you can see the announced celebrities, check out Wizard World Sacramento’s official website.

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Carrie Underwood coming to Sacramento next year. Here’s when you can buy tickets

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 8, 2018

The “All-American Girl” Carrie Underwood will take the stage in Sacramento next year.

The “American Idol” Season 4 winner is bringing her “Cry Pretty Tour 360” to Golden 1 Center on May 14, 2019, at 7 p.m. The all-female lineup will include Maddie & Tae and Runaway June.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m., with pre-sales on Aug. 13 and 16. Ticket purchases include a copy of Underwood’s new “Cry Pretty” album, for which the tour is named. The album will be released Sept. 14.

Similar to the singer’s previous “The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round” shows, the performance will feature a 360-degree stage in the center of the audience “to allow fans on all sides of the arena an intimate view of the concert,” according to the show’s description.

Underwood announced her tour Wednesday on Twitter with a video to her fans that also revealed she and her husband, Mike Fisher, are expecting their second child.

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Other California stops on the 2019 tour include Fresno, Oakland and Bakersfield in May as well as San Diego and Los Angeles in September.

A version of this story was also published in the print edition of The Sacramento Bee in the Ticket section on page 13T Aug. 10, 2018

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A third ‘Japanese dollar store’ to open in Sacramento. How shoppers can win freebies

Originally published by SacBee.com on Aug. 3, 2018

Sacramento bargain hunters will soon have a new value store to shop for all kinds of products at low prices.

Daiso Japan is opening its third Sacramento-area store in the Delta Shores shopping center at 8176 Delta Shores Circle South. The company is celebrating with a grand opening Aug. 17 and 18.

The event begins at 10 a.m. each day and will feature goodie bags for the first 100 customers per day. A receipt is required to claim a goodie bag.

Additionally, raffle tickets will be given to customers all day Aug. 17 and until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 18, with a drawing at 5 p.m.

Raffles prizes include a Dyson Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, an iPad Mini, a K-Cup Brewer, two $100 Visa gift cards and a $50 gas card, according to a press release. Winners will be announced at the time of the drawing as well as on the company’s website and social media sites.

Based in Hiroshima, Japan, Daiso — sometimes referred to as “the Japanese dollar store” — has more than 2,800 stores in Japan and more than 600 locations in other countries. The discount retailer’s prices begin at $1.50 and include items like housewares, stationery, beauty supplies, seasonal and everyday products, specialty food, novelties and kitchenware.

Daiso’s other Sacramento locations are in Natomas at 3541 North Freeway Blvd. and inside the Roseville Galleria.

Those interested in going to the new location’s grand opening can RSVP on the company’s Facebook page.

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