New look, new bar and same ol’ Sac

Redesign makes newspaper easier to read, navigate and packages content in a reader-friendly manner
By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Editor
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The Telegraph is going through some upgrades, as you’ll notice by this week’s new and improved edition. Our goal is to make the paper easier to read, more user friendly and really pack it full of content that matters to our readers. From hard news to sports, we’ve got Folsom covered and we’re better able to serve the community. Let us know what you think. My email is BUSINESS BEAT I happened to bump into Abby Baradarannakhjavan, the guy with an extraordinarily long name, who tells me his new bar is open on Blue Ravine Road. He used to own the place a long time back and sold it to the folks who turned it into The Ravine. Unfortunately, despite rave reviews, that business venture failed under those owners and they shuttered a few months ago. The good news is that Abby is back! He’s opened the place up as ABs Bar. It’s located at 25005 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 140. Rather than focus so heavily on the restaurant, he’s placing more emphasis on the bar and entertainment. “I’ve been in this business for 26 years,” he said. “We’re doing affordable food, because of this market.” He said he’s looking forward to seeing some of his old customers again and making new friends in Folsom. “We are leaning more toward the bar and at the same time, we have changed our menu, so it’s more affordable. Maximum price will be $12,” he said. “It’s still natural, fresh food.” He said they will offer live music on Thursdays and dancing after 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with DJ music. Stop on by, say howdy, and tell him you read about his place in the Telegraph. STATE OF THE COUNTY The Folsom Chamber of Commerce gathered for a business luncheon recently at Lake Natoma Inn. Roberta MacGlashan, Sacramento County supervisor for District 4, gave an update on the county. “Sacramento County is being proactive to bring federal stimulus funds back to the county,” she said. “We’ve already received funds for job development, senior nutrition and transportation improvements.” According to MacGlashan, the county coffers received $13.4 million for job development, $10.5 million for road and sidewalk improvements, $5.6 million for a “sustainability” program, $4.7 million to help the homeless, $3.1 million for improved traffic signals and $3 million for roadway improvements to make them more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “We will be launching a Web site later this month to allow the public to track these programs,” she said. When The Telegraph learns the Web site address, we’ll publish it. She also discussed other projects in the county, but none of them really affected Folsom residents. There is a new Rio Vista Delta Visitor Center designed to promote agri-tourism and the county opened a branch office in Fair Oaks, which includes the Clerk-Recorder’s office. “If you’re a Folsom resident, many of these services are provided by your city, like building permits,” she said. She said the $1 billion “big build” at the Sacramento airport is still under way, but some of the project has been scaled down due to the county’s budget problems. “We’ve been forced to delay the second parking structure and the hotel,” she said. “The (project) is providing jobs in this economy.” She said times are tough for the county. “The county is facing a serious financial situation,” she said. “We have a $187 million shortfall, which represents 8 percent of the general fund.” Don Chaddock may be reached at