Masonic Temple 2

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Sacramento, United States

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OK, maybe this will shed some light (no pun intended) upon the bloody mystery of the Masonic Temple in Sacramento. Unfortunately, if it is, I don’t see it. There are two signs on the building that aren’t usually there. One is for Otto construction, a construction firm that has been in business in Sacramento longer than I’ve been alive and nothing they’ve done even vaguely resembles this. The other sign is slightly more suspicious since it’s political, and we ALL know that’s suspicious no matter what. :-O Here’s the scoop.

Mayor Heather Fargo is in a bitter mayoral battle with Kevin Johnson, a famous former basketball star. The Fargo campaign accused Johnson of being a absentee landlord for some Sacramento property that was late on taxes and/or repossessed. He wasn’t and Fargo got a black eye on the first day of the campaign when she made the announcement and when Johnson’s records were pulled to verify it. Johnson has all opened Saint Hope Academy for underprivileged children. In two of those schools, Johnson was accused of sexually molesting two young girls, both of whom recanted but the investigations were continued because of the seriousness of the accusations. In both cases, Johnson was completely exonerated but in the first case, a private settlement was apparently paid by Johnson so make the civil suit just go away. In the settlement agreement, neither party was to talk about what was agreed upon. After a pile of private investigators got into the act, a possible amount of money was discovered but there was nothing illegal found to have happened, including if the money had come from a private settlement between Johnson and his accuser. Fargo jumped on this and tried to have both cases reopened based upon this “new evidence”. The prosecutors of the out-of-state case basically told Fargo to buzz off and the case was both closed and none of her business. But by request of the Sacramento Police Department, they voluntarily gave all the case information to Sacramento for a complete review. Again, nothing amiss was found in that investigation that didn’t even go to trial once the accusation was recanted. Black eye #2 for Heather Fargo.

She persisted in having the police here reopen the Sacramento investigation and basically told the police to do it; she’s the boss of the Chief of Police, who along with the department, had endorsed Fargo for mayor. Needless to say, nothing was found amiss again but the police department wasn’t amused and publicly blasted the Mayor Fargo – his boss – claiming abuse of power and political unfair practices. Then they publicly changed their endorsement to Kevin Johnson for mayor. Black eye’s #3 and #4 for Fargo.

So, possible reasons why the building is red: Otto Construction isn’t amused that their sign is placed next to Fargo’s and dimmed the lighting of their construction, or; Heather Fargo’s favourite colour is blood red and the Masons are showing their support quietly, or (my favourite); the Fargo Campaign is hemorrhaging credibility so badly that a ghost of the building got embarrassed and turned it red all on its own.

And your guess is…?

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