Roseville City Council generously donates to battle hunger

By: Brody Fernandez, Reporter
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Roseville politicians provide a win for fighting hunger. Special request 8.1 on Wednesday’s Roseville's City Council Agenda was a big one. The special request came from Gopal Kapur, founder of Family Green Survival, a nonprofit organization trying to end local hunger.

Gopal requested $800 in sponsorship for an upcoming “Imaginary” Dinner Gala to be held on November 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There would be no fiscal impact to the city’s General Fund as it would come from the city’s discretionary fund.

The dinner will be at the Randy Peters Catering Center on Vernon Street, where the dinner and catered hor d'oeuvres will be “imaginary.” All gala proceeds will go to benefit hungry residents.

“Randy Peters will profusely describe the five-course meal to everyone in attendance and guests will ‘imagine’ eating delectable dishes,” Kapur told council. “There will be an imaginary bar with imaginary drinks and we will even have imaginary Uber’s to give people a safe, imaginary ride home.

Kapur described why this fundraiser will be food-free.

“We will go hungry that night, for the people in this community who have to go hungry every day,” Kapur said.

City Council unanimously approved the funding for Kapur but didn't stop there.

“I think we can give more than $800. I think we could give $1,500. How does that sound”? ,” Councilman John Allard asked Kapur.

Councilman Scott Alvord took it a step further.

“You know, Gopal, I just think it’s great what you guys are doing,” Alvord said, “and I will let you know now that I would also like to donate to you guys personally.”

To say that Kapur had support from the city would be an understatement as two former Roseville mayors attended the meeting to speak on the behalf of the special request.

Former Mayor Jim Gray stressed the importance of the proceeds.

“The objective here is that all the money that would have been spent on meals at the gala is donated to a nonprofit like Bags of Life with the help of Kapur and what his organization does.”

Former Mayor Pauline Roccucci also spoke in favor for Kapur.

“This provides a unique opportunity to give people the chance to experience what it's like not to have a meal,” Roccucci said.

In other news

A potential loss for local history took place Wednesday night as the only Depression-era building * (The Old Roseville Post Office on Vernon) will now be up for sale as council unanimously approved bids for the building’s sale. Roseville Historical Society President Christina Richter implored the council before they made their decision: “If you do decide to take away this invaluable part of Roseville’s history, then give back to Roseville’s history in an equal measure.”  

“Ensure that the building that replaces our historic post office is a worthy successor. The Downtown Specific Plan illustrates a beautiful building on the 300 block that was clearly a nod to our history,” Richter said. “Unfortunately, the new building at 316 Vernon St. looks nothing like what the Downtown Specific Plan illustrates.”

* The council unanimously approved item 9.1, which was a Community Solar-Roseville Municipal code amendment where now this pilot program will produce electricity for more than 200 homes.

According to Roseville’s Joanna Cucchi, this pilot program’s benefits will be to allow the city and residents to claim the renewable energy from these solar panels with clean locally-generated renewable energy.