One Fine Day: Sacramento
California’s state capital is located smack in the middle of the fertile Central Valley—producer of more than half the fruits, nuts, and vegetables grown in the country—so it’s no surprise that the city styles itself as America’s “Farm-to-Fork Capital.” Start your day of local and sustainable grazing at Magpie Cafe, just west of downtown in the booming Midtown neighborhood, with a board of avocado toast on Acme bread, topped with sunchokes, micro herbs, and smoked Pacific salmon. Then give yourself an extra treat: a tasty lemon-lavender ice cream sandwich.
Grab a cab back past the Neoclassical State Capitol and stop just short of the mighty Sacramento River at the Crocker Art Museum. The building serves as a sort of metaphor for old-money-meets-new-money California: An opulent 19th-century Italianate mansion that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places is attached to a sleek 125,000-square-foot pavilion that was completed in 2010. Likewise, the collection runs the gamut from 17th-century European art to depictions of the Gold Rush to an awesome assemblage of works by modern California artists, including Wayne Thiebaud, Peter Voulkos, and Dorothea Lange.
Crocker Art Museum
Almost a quarter of Sacramento’s population is of Mexican descent, so head back to Midtown to pay respect to your Latino neighbors at Cantina Alley. Based on the sort of cantina you might find yourself drinking at in Guadalajara, the outdoor space, which opened last summer, is adorned with bright murals that range from kaleidoscopic to kitschy (don’t miss the wall-size lucha libre wrestler in the back corner). Order ceviche tostadas, pozole, and elote (Mexican corn on the cob), and wash it all down with a paloma. ¡Salud!
You’ve already had a lot to eat and the midday sun is scorching, so head back downtown for a quick nap in your suite at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, which opened in October. When you’re all freshened up, head to Revival, the hotel’s rooftop pool bar, already one of Sacramento’s most poppin’ spots, for happy hour. You might even bump into a visiting NBA player or coach (Rhapsody may or may not have crossed paths with San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Pau Gasol coming off the elevator).
The lobby at the Kimpton Sawyer
The reason for the athlete sightings at the Sawyer? The hotel is next door to the Golden 1 Center (all part of a redevelopment of downtown by Rios Clementi Hale Studios), which is in its second season as the home of the Sacramento Kings. The on-court product hasn’t been much to boast about since the Chris Webber days, but Sacramento fans are still just as rabid and renowned for being among the NBA’s loudest (they ring cowbells in the stands). In 2016, team management built them a much-deserved modern arena—an 84-foot 4K Ultra HD screen hangs above the court, and the building is LEED Platinum–certified.
The Golden 1 Center
You worked up an appetite watching all those athletic dudes run around on the court, so zip over to Mulvaney’s Building & Loan, one of Sactown’s locavore pioneers. Take a seat at the chef’s counter in the high-ceilinged 1893 firehouse and dig into house-smoked salmon with Irish brown bread and amazingly creamy butter; sesame-crusted seared tuna with a fennel, blood orange, and avocado salad; and a 21-day dry-aged ribeye. A cabernet sauvignon from nearby Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain Vineyard pairs nicely with that steak.
Walk off dinner with a 15-minute stroll to the Shady Lady Saloon, which Esquire put on its 2014 Best Bars in America list. Given the bar’s name, the red-light-district-speakeasy vibe—red upholstery, vintage chandeliers and sconces, blush-inducing artwork—comes as no surprise, but the seasonal cocktails glitter with inventiveness. Since it’s springtime, try the White Blossom, a mix of gin, housemade cherry blossom–honey syrup, lemon juice, and soda, a drink created to honor Sacramento’s Japanese community. You’ll surely agree that this entire rising city is worth a toast.
Shady Lady Saloon
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By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.
United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.
Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.
A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.
United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.
A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group
Fellow United team members –
Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.
Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.
Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.
Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."
Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.
To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.
Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.
UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)
At the airport
1Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
2Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
3Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
4Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
5Rolling out touchless check-in for customers with bags
At the gate:
6Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
7Providing hand sanitizer and
8Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
9Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing
10Rolling out Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Sprayers to disinfect in the airport
On our aircraft
1Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
2Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
3Providing onboard items like pillows and blankets upon request
4Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
5Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
6Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
7Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft
8Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove 99.97% of airborne particles
- The cabin recirculated air is exchanged every 2-3 minutes
We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.
Together, we are facing an unprecedented challenge. United Together, we rise to meet that challenge.
Calling all AvGeeks and travelers! Here's a fun way to take your next video call….from a United Polaris® seat, the cockpit or cruising altitude. We're introducing United-themed backgrounds for use on Zoom and Microsoft Teams, video conferencing tools that many people are using to stay connected.
So for your next meeting or catch up with friends and family, download the app to either your computer or mobile device to get started. If you've already downloaded Zoom you can skip ahead to updating your background image (see instructions below).
To use on Zoom:
- Start here by downloading your favorite United image to your computer or mobile device. Just click "download" in the bottom left corner of the image.
- Next go to your Zoom app (you'll need to download the app to access backgrounds) and click on the arrow to the right of your video camera icon in the bottom of the screen.
- From here select, "choose virtual background" to upload your uniquely United photo.
- Start by downloading your favorite United image to your computer. Just click "download" in the bottom left corner of the image.
- If you're using a PC, copy the image you want to use into this folder:
- C:\[insert your device user name here]\AppData\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads
- If you're using a Mac copy the images to this folder on your computer:
- /users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Teams/Backgrounds/Uploads
- If you're using a PC, copy the image you want to use into this folder:
- Once you start a Teams meeting, click the "…" in the menu bar and select "Show background effects" and your image should be there
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It all began when Jason reached out to United's social media team, hoping for assistance with his upcoming plan to propose. Some phone calls and one borrowed guitar later, the stage was set for Jason. Put all that together, mix in some helpful United employees and, voila, you have a truly memorable marriage proposal. Congratulations to this fun-loving and happy couple, and here's to many more years of making beautiful music together.
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