I work in downtown Sacramento. My usual drive is from Rocklin to Roseville road station and then light rail to downtown. This saves parking in downtown.
Other option will be driving all the way to downtown and pay monthly parking.
I live in Downtown Lincoln and work by the Roseville Automall. Zoom through traffic by using the carpool lane with a person in your passenger seat!
I can get to work earlier or later than 8, and leave earlier or later than 5