The Sacramento City Council has approved plans to create a Walk of Stars. Modeled after the terrazzo and brass stars embedded along Hollywood Boulevard, it would span downtown and midtown Sacramento from the new Kings arena to 21st Street along the J, K and L Street Corridors.
The stars honor honor people from the greater Sacramento region with notable achievements in entertainment, sports, journalism, science, technology, business.
The Walk of Stars will be run by a nonprofit that handles the permitting, installation, maintenance and liability. They expect to install the first stars in 2016 starting on L Street near 18.
Critics said it could add to traffic and misrepresent what makes Sacramento great. Armando Flores told the council the Walk of Stars nonprofit should be selective about who gets a star.
"I think they should have as one of their prerequisites -- they do something amazing for our city, not just that they had a business that brought a lot of money to them and that's it," says Flores.
Lucy Crocker, a proponent of the project, talked about the criteria for honorees during Tuesday night's city council meeting. Those selected would have:
- Lived or been raised in the greater Sacramento region
- National or international significance
- Made a positive impact on the Sacramento region
Crocker says there are a number of people already being considered. The list includes Summer Sanders, Lisa Ling, Eleanor McClatchy, Molly Ringwald and Dr. Ernie Bodai.
-Capital Public Radio Staff