On Saturday June 11, Safetyville USA will host the newly revamped Family Day @Safetyville (formerly known as Family Safety & Health Expo). This is a free event designed to give families valuable information and access to community resources in the Sacramento area.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about safety and health from over 60 safety, health, youth education, and recreation information booths. In addition, there will be safety and health giveaways as well as food, refreshments and raffle tickets for great prizes.
Brand new to this annual safety and health event are educational breakout sessions designed for 9-12 year olds on topics such as: bullying, internet safety, bicyclist safety, pedestrian safety, and traffic safety.
Since 1999, Safetyville has offered an annual free safety and health event for families throughout the Sacramento region. Family Day @Safetyville is the new and improved take on this annual family tradition.
This event is an important part of our mission to help reduce injuries and save lives in our community through our unique safety education programs like Safetyville USA. We provide elementary school age children a highly interactive docent guided tour of our little city. They learn the important health and safety lessons such as pedestrian safety, fire safety, stranger-danger, animal safety, how and when to dial 9-1-1, nutrition, dental hygiene and the value of exercise.
For more information about this event, please contact Pam Gates at 916.438.3357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safety Center Incorporated is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1934 to reduce injuries and save lives by empowering our community to make positive life changing decisions. For more information, visit www.safetycenter.org or call 800.825.7262.
Kay Albiani, one of the longest serving and most influential and honored members of the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees, will be stepping down this year after 20 years of service.
Albiani, who has represented the Elk Grove area on the Los Rios Board since her first election in 1996, has served numerous terms as Board president – in 1998, 2004-2006 and 2010. She will finish out her fifth consecutive term as a trustee this December.
And prior to joining the Los Rios Board, she served 18 years on the Elk Grove Unified School District Board. She was president of the California School Boards Association in 1985 and served as a director from 1980-1986. In 2005, the Elk Grove Unified School District named a middle school in her honor.
“Kay has been an outstanding leader at the local, state and national level. Her vision and commitment to our students has been unshakable,” said Los Rios Chancellor Brian King. “She will be greatly missed on the Los Rios Board of Trustees. She has been passionate about her constituents in Elk Grove, and has always seen the bigger picture for the capital region. It is hard to imagine where Los Rios would be today without Kay.”
In addition to her Los Rios service, she was president of the California Community College Trustees in 2005 and was a gubernatorial appointee to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors from 2004-2008, where she also served as president.
“The past 20 years have been very rewarding for me, being able to work with such outstanding trustees, administration, staff and students, who – as a team – have worked to bring the Los Rios Community College District into the 21st century as a progressive and innovative district with excellent facilities,” Albiani said. “We have become the nationally recognized premier community college district and the most outstanding district in the state of California.
“Through taxpayer support, we have been able to provide a new campus (Folsom Lake) and new, modern facilities to existing campuses to provide students with career opportunities for the future, whether for technical training, transitional education to four-year institutions, or the world of work. I am proud to have been a part of this growth.”
For her service to community college, Albiani has been honored with the Pacific Regional Trustee Leadership Award and the prestigious M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award, both from the Association of Community College Trustees.
“After nearly 40 years of service as an elected community college and K-12 school board member, Kay Albani may well be one of the finest public servants in all of California,” said former Los Rios Chancellor and California Community Colleges Chancellor Emeritus Brice Harris. “She has helped literally hundreds of thousands of area students get a better life through education at the Elk Grove and Los Rios districts. Her impact on our region had been immense.”
Albiani, who attended Sacramento State, has represented the Board’s Area 7 residents of Elk Grove, Florin, Sloughhouse, Jackson Road and a part of Rancho Cordova.
Albiani and her husband, Gil, are co-owners of Albiani Land and Livestock. She has a lengthy track record of volunteering time and serves on the boards of many community organizations.
On May 21st, 2016, California Pioneer History Day is coming to Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma. Admission is free, and the event opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m., with parade at 10 a.m. It is sponsored by the Pioneer Heritage Foundation and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The event will focus on the wide range of methods the pioneers used to cope with significant dangers and challenges of traveling and making a home in unfamiliar and, sometimes, inhospitable circumstances. Even with the difficulties, the pioneers found ways to enjoy the journey.
Dennis Holland, who serves in the LDS Church as California LDS living history mission president, said that looking at what pioneer ancestors have done can enhance people’s pride in their past. It can suggest ways to build on and improve our own lives and civilization. “We don’t want our youth growing up without a proper appreciation of the heritage they have been given and want them to appreciate the sacrifice made by others for them and their well-being,” Holland said.
Among the many interactive exhibits, the ship Brooklyn display will re-create the type of berth that the 250 plus Latter-day Saints had to occupy for six months while sailing from New York Harbor to the pueblo of Yerba Buena in San Francisco. “It is one of my favorites,” Holland said, “because we don’t realize what it took to travel by ocean sailing ship in the old days.”
In addition, periodically there will be black powder musket firings, and the firing of a replica of the cannon purchased from Captain John Sutter in 1848. Special occasional firings of the “Candy Cannon” will shoot candy to kids who are gathered for the event.
Visitors can try their skills making bricks, candles, and dolls. There will be quilting and kids can roast a biscuit on a stick to get a feeling for how the pioneers had to improvise. Families can bring lunches to dine in the picnic areas, and a hamburger stand will raise funds for the State Park. The picnic area is also the location of the stage entertainment.
Jeri Clinger, co-founder with her husband Richard of the Galena Street East singing and dancing troop, is one of the organizers of the entertainment for California Pioneer History Day. “Singers will sing songs of that period, ones they might have been singing at some of the mining camps.” Entertainment is continuous from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will be centered at the picnic area. Visitors are encouraged to come in period costume if they wish.
Many cultures made important contributions to California’s history. Hawaiians helped to build Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento and Hawaiian songs and dancing will be included, as well as Mexican song and dance. A booth will trace the role of the Chinese. The part of Latter-day Saints as they fled from persecution and headed west will also be incorporated.
Historical groups will participate including the Pony Express Association, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and the Buffalo Soldiers. Bill Terrell of Sacramento is one of the Buffalo Soldiers, and said that though blacks fought in the Civil War and in state militias, they could not be members of the U.S. military until 1866. The 150th anniversary of the official formation of U.S. black cavalry and infantry divisions is being celebrated this year. The “prowess, bravery, and tenaciousness on the battlefield” inspired the Native Americans to call them Buffalo Soldiers and the name has carried forward to the present day.
“My father was a Buffalo Soldier, he was in the 9th cavalry back in 1942,” Terrell said. “That’s what really got me started and involved in the Buffalo Soldiers, so we ask everybody to stop by and listen to our story.”
The setting at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma is the historic spot of John Sutter’s sawmill, where gold was discovered in 1848.
“It’s a very family oriented day,” Clinger said. “It’s ideal to help people in California feel the pioneer heritage here.” It is hoped that the day will become an annual event.
Parking will be available inside the park for $8. Some parking areas outside the park will be free and shuttles will run every 20 minutes. Come early to beat the crowds. For more information, please see www.californiapioneer.org/cphd.
The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics are just around the corner and our area will welcome four decorated Water Polo Olympians to Rio Americano High School on June 4th. American River Water Polo Club is offering an opportunity for our local athletes to learn from the best of the best. During three, one-hour clinics, the athletes will learn skills, strategies, and competitive mind-set from some of the most elite athletes in the world.
Jessica Steffens, Olympian at the Attacker position earned a Gold Medal in 2012 and a Silver Medal in 2008. Sean Nolan, Olympian at the Goalie position was with the 2000 Olympic team. Sean Nolan, is currently the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program - National Goalie Technical Director. Peter Hudnut was an Olympian Defender on the 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Team. Joining the group will be four-time Olympian, Ryan Bailey; He was part of the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Men’s water polo teams and is considered one of the all-time great centers in the sport of Water Polo.
After the clinic, Peter Hudnut, Ryan Bailey, and ARWPC’s own Heather Moody, will be the guests for meet and greet event at Ten22, a restaurant in Old Sacramento. From 6-8 p.m., they will share their Olympic experiences, chat about the sport of water polo and what the sport means to them. Tickets are available for purchase tickets www.ARWPC.com.
American River Water Polo Club actively supports growing the sport of water polo throughout the Sacramento region. The club offers recreational and competitive water polo programs with their main location of Rio Americano High School along with some programs also located at the Folsom Aquatic Center and MC McClatchy High School. During the summer, the club offers a non-competitive swim team at Rio Americano. It runs for 6 weeks. The club recently added summer swim lessons at El Camino to help promote water safety in our community. ARWP’s Performance Director, Heather Moody, a two-time Olympian as a player and two-time as a coach, heads up a dedicated staff that focuses on fundamental development of core water polo skills and quality swim programs for all ages.
Each year, the club offers three free water polo clinics and the next clinic is June 5th from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Rio Americano High School. This free clinic is open to kids from 5-13 who can swim a minimum of 25 yards. The youngest group, 5- to 8-year-olds, use a pool float noodle to help support them while in the pool. The clinic groups are divided up by age and time so check out www.ARWPC.com for a detailed list of times found at the register button.
Join ARWPC for their free clinic and other aquatic programs. Check out a great sport that combines swimming skills, basketball and a lot of fun!
Sacramento County is proud to host, for the very first time, the overall finish stage of the 11th annual Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in the United States. On May 22, Sacramento will be abuzz with both the men’s and women’s finishing stages of the tour.
The final stage comes after the riders’ cycle throughout California, kicking-off in San Diego May 15, ending at the Capitol building on May 22. The nearly 800 mile tour will end with an 84-mile Final Stage highlighting the beauty of the Sacramento region. The riders will travel along the Sacramento River through the delta and cross the iconic Tower Bridge twice before crossing the finish line around the Capitol building.
“Sacramento County is proud to welcome the 2016 Amgen Tour of California back to our capital region. We're excited to showcase the most beautiful areas of the County and celebrate the tour finale here in California's capital." said Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, Chair, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.
Sacramento County is also home to Stage 6 of the men’s race and Stage 2 of the women’s race. Both events will ride through the City of Folsom on Friday, May 20.
The Sutter Health Community Ride, sponsored by Sacramento County, is fun for the whole family – beginning in Folsom at 10am and tours the scenic American River Parkway before ending at the Sacramento stage finish in downtown Sacramento. The ride is open to the public and will include cyclists of all ages and skill levels.
Live race coverage can been seen on NBC Sports Network and many local restaurants are hosting viewing parties complete with food and drink specials as well as Amgen Tour of California swag.
Participate in “May is Bike Month” by riding your bike to all the Tour of California events. There will be a free bike valet at the west steps of the Capitol sponsored by Sacramento County.
For a full list of day-of event information visit the Sacramento Sports Commission.
The Internal Revenue Service today announced it seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies major taxpayer concerns, as well as making recommendations for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction.
The TAP provides a forum for taxpayers to raise concerns about IRS service and offer suggestions for improvement. The TAP reports annually to the Secretary of the Treasury, the IRS Commissioner and the National Taxpayer Advocate. The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate is an independent organization within the IRS that provides support for and oversight of the TAP.
“In trying to comply with an increasingly complex tax system, taxpayers may find they need different services than the IRS is currently providing,” said Nina E. Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate. “The TAP is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement. This helps the IRS deliver the best possible service to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations.”
The TAP includes members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and one member abroad who represents U.S. taxpayers living overseas. Each member is appointed to represent the interests of taxpayers in his or her geographic location as well as taxpayers as a whole.
To be a member of the TAP, a person must be a U.S. citizen, not be a current employee of any bureau of the Treasury Department or have worked for any bureau of the Treasury Department within three years preceding Dec. 1 of the current year, be current with his/her federal tax filing and payment obligations, be able to commit 200 to 300 volunteer hours during the year, and pass a Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check. Individuals who practice before the IRS must be in good standing with IRS. New TAP members will serve a three-year term starting in December 2016. Applicants chosen as alternate members will be considered to fill any vacancies that open in their areas during the next three years.
The TAP is seeking members or alternates in the following locations: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Federal advisory committees are required to select members who represent a balance of perspectives. As such, individuals from underrepresented groups, Native Americans and non-tax professionals, are encouraged to apply. However, all timely applications from the locations listed above will be given consideration.
Applications for the TAP will be accepted through May 16th, 2016. You must apply online at www.usajobs.gov. For additional information about the TAP or the application process, you may visit www.improveirs.org and select the “Join TAP” tab or call (888) 912-1227 (a toll-free call) and select option number 5. You may also contact the TAP staff at email@example.com for assistance. Callers who are outside of the U.S. and U.S. territories may call (214) 413-6523 (not a toll-free call).
Moving to bolster California’s climate and drought resilience, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently issued an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions to establish longer-term water conservation measures, including permanent monthly water use reporting, new permanent water use standards in California communities and bans on clearly wasteful practices such as hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes.
“Californians stepped up during this drought and saved more water than ever before,” said Governor Brown. “But now we know that drought is becoming a regular occurrence and water conservation must be a part of our everyday life.”
Californians have responded to the call to conserve water during the drought by dialing back sprinklers, replacing lawns, fixing leaky faucets, and installing more efficient toilets and washing machines. Between June 2015 and March 2016, Californians reduced water use by 23.9 percent compared with the same months in 2013 — saving enough water to provide 6.5 million Californians with water for one year.
While the severity of the drought has lessened in some parts of California after winter rains and snow, the current drought is not over. For the fifth consecutive year, dry conditions persist in many areas of the state, with limited drinking water supplies in some communities, diminished water for agricultural production and environmental habitat, and severely depleted groundwater basins. The executive order calls for long-term improvements to local drought preparation across the state, and directs the State Water Resources Control Board to develop proposed emergency water restrictions for 2017 if the drought persists.
California droughts are expected to be more frequent and persistent, as warmer winter temperatures driven by climate change reduce water held in the Sierra Nevada snowpack and result in drier soil conditions. Recognizing these new conditions, the executive order directs permanent changes to use water more wisely and efficiently, and prepare for more frequent, persistent periods of limited supply.
These new actions will help achieve a top priority in the Governor’s Water Action Plan — to “Make Conservation a California Way of Life.” The administration will seek public input in the coming months on new water conservation and efficiency standards called for in this executive order.
The following is a summary of the executive order issued by the Governor today:
Use Water More Wisely
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the State Water Board will require monthly reporting by urban water suppliers on a permanent basis. This includes information regarding water use, conservation and enforcement. Through a public process and working with partners such as urban water suppliers, local governments and environmental groups, DWR and the State Water Board will develop new water use efficiency targets as part of a long-term conservation framework for urban water agencies. These targets go beyond the 20 percent reduction in per capita urban water use by 2020 that was embodied in SB X7-7 of 2009, and will be customized to fit the unique conditions of each water supplier.
The State Water Board will adjust emergency water conservation regulations through the end of January 2017, in recognition of the differing water supply conditions across the state, and develop proposed emergency water restrictions for 2017 if the drought persists.
Eliminate Water Waste
The State Water Board will permanently prohibit wasteful practices, such as hosing off sidewalks, driveways and other hardscapes, washing automobiles with hoses not equipped with a shut-off nozzle, and watering lawns in a manner that causes runoff. These temporary prohibitions have been in place since emergency water conservation efforts began in July 2014.
The State Water Board and DWR will take actions to minimize water system leaks across the state that continue to waste large amounts of water. DWR estimates that leaks in water district distribution systems siphon away more than 700,000 acre-feet of water a year in California – enough to supply 1.4 million homes for a year. Audits of water utilities have found an average loss through leaks of 10 percent of their total supply.
Strengthen Local Drought Resilience
In consultation with urban water suppliers, local governments, environmental groups and other partners, DWR will strengthen standards for local Water Shortage Contingency Plans, which are part of the Urban Water Management Plans that water districts must submit every five years. Under new strengthened standards, districts must plan for droughts lasting at least five years, as well as more frequent and severe periods of drought. These plans must be actionable, so that districts can turn to them to guide their drought response.
For areas not covered by the Water Shortage Contingency Plan, DWR will work with counties to improve drought planning for small water suppliers and rural communities.
Improve Agricultural Water Use Efficiency and Drought Planning
DWR will update existing requirements for Agricultural Water Management Plans so that irrigation districts quantify their customers’ water use efficiency and plan for water supply shortages.
Current law requires agricultural water districts serving 25,000 acres or more to file such plans. The executive order increases the number of irrigation districts who must file water management plans by lowering the threshold to irrigation district serving 10,000 acres or more. DWR will check the plans to ensure they quantify conservation efforts and adequately plan for water shortages.
DWR will work with the California Department of Food and Agriculture in seeking public input on the updated standards, with a public draft made available by the end of this year.
To ensure compliance with these new targets and water management plan requirements, DWR, the State Water Board and the California Public Utilities Commission will work together to develop methods which could include technical and financial assistance, regulatory oversight and enforcement mechanisms.
The full text of the executive order can be found here.
To learn more about the state’s drought response, visit: Drought.CA.Gov. Every Californian should take steps to conserve water. Find out how at SaveOurWater.com.
A large portion of small business owners reported that they were hiring or trying to hire, yet job creation turned slightly negative in April, according to the Jobs Report released today by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
“For the first four months of 2016 job creation has been stagnant,” said NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg. “Month after month we see no strong direction in our jobs report. This month hiring activities increased, but apparently applicants are not qualified for the open positions.”
NFIB/CA State Executive Director Tom Scott added, “This is troubling news for small businesses especially here in California. Facing a shortage of qualified workers, small businesses will see labor costs increase, further adding to the cost of doing business in this state.”
The average employment change during the month of April decreased to an average loss of 0.08 workers per firm. Twelve percent reported increasing employment an average 2.2 workers per firm while 13 percent reported reducing employment an average of 3.5 workers per firm. Up 5 points, 53 percent of owners reported hiring or trying to hire. Of those trying to hire, 87 percent reported few or no qualified applicants for the positions that they were trying to fill. Twelve percent of owners cited the difficulty of finding qualified workers as their Single Most Important Problem, a high reading for this recovery. Twenty-nine percent of all owners reported job openings that they could not fill in the current period, which is up 4 points. A seasonally adjusted net 11 percent plan to create new jobs, up 2 points from March.
“For several months, owners have been reporting that finding qualified workers is the third ‘Single Most Important Business Problem’ behind taxes and government regulations and red tape,” Dunkelberg continued. “Small business owners want to hire and that is clear from our data, but they’re scrambling to find applicants to fill open positions.”
He also predicts that the April jobs number will remain weak, close to the 200,000 mark with little change in the unemployment rate.
NFIB’s April Jobs Report is based on the NFIB monthly Small Business Economic Trends survey. The survey was conducted in April and reflects the response of 1644 small businesses. The full Small Business Economic Trends report will be released on Tuesday, May 10th.
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members nationally, with over 22,000 in California. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America's economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. To learn more visit www.NFIB.com/california.
So, you like the water. You need a new hobby. You need to switch up your workout routine. It’s time to check something off your bucket list. You need a new date idea. Whatever it is for you, this is something that you have to try! Stand Up Paddleboarding! It’s the fastest growing sport and there is a reason why. Come see for yourself.
The 2nd annual Paddle 4 DART is happening at Crawdad’s on the River on June 11th, 2016. Starting at 9am, there will be a competitive 4 mile solo race. The course consists of loops on the Sacramento River in front of Crawdad’s so that the paddlers can get extra motivation from on looking fans as they pass by multiple times. It’s also a reason to have them go through the water gun alley more than once. At 11am is when the real fun begins...the relay race! Teams of four come together, beginners, advanced and competitive to take the win! Teams will be dressed up, they will fall in the water, they will bond, they will win, they will laugh and most importantly they will have a great day supporting a great cause.
Paddle 4 DART was created by Riverbank Marina, Crawdad’s on the River and FLOW Stand Up Paddle to help raise money for the Drowning Accident Rescue Team (D.A.R.T.). They wanted to create a way to support this amazing non-profit organization that supports our community so much. D.A.R.T. is a 100% volunteer run organization that provides water safety and education for the greater Sacramento Area. The dedicated volunteers are on call 24/7 and are prepared to for emergency water rescues and recoveries whenever they are needed. Last year Paddle 4 DART raised $15,000 and has a goal of $20,000 for 2016.
For more information, registration and to make a donation go to www.Paddle4DART.com or www.facebook.com/paddle4DART.
If you’re curious about the birds of Saudi Arabia, the best — perhaps the only — place to see them is at the May 19th meeting of the Sacramento Audubon Society.
Tourist visas are not issued by the Saudis, and few birders live or work there, according to Speaker Lou Regenmorter, who spent most of his spare time birding while working as an engineering consultant on a flood control project in Saudi Arabia.
The kingdom, five times the size of California, is not just a big desert, he points out. It has acacia savannahs, mountain juniper forests, rocky escarpments and plateaus, and expansive coastal areas. Fresh water is scarce, but there are a few reservoirs, farming operations, and wastewater wetlands that provide an additional bit of man-made habitat.
And there are lots of birds. In the three and a half years he was there, Regenmorter tallied 340 species, and that’s still short of what could be found, he notes.
Resident birds include at least 10 species found only on the Arabian Peninsula, he reports. There are migrants and winter visitors from Europe and Asia, summer residents from Africa. Other special birds found in the kingdom include large populations of resident Crab Plovers and wintering Grey Hypocolius, and a number of wintering Sociable Lapwings, a critically endangered bird.
The public is invited to the 7 p.m. meeting at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Ancil Hoffman Park (For directions, see sacnaturecenter.com).
There will be no charge for the program, and no park entry fee.