CID Signs Security, Maintenance Pact

By Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-08-15

Hilary Gould (left), owner of Gould Electric and PBID Maintenance services signs the agreement with Gary Hursch. Photo by Linda Melody

Carmichael, CA (MPG) - Service contracts for managing two of the most critical pieces of the Carmichael Improvement District (CID) have been secured, clearing the way for implementation of security and streetscape maintenance for the 410-acre Fair Oaks Boulevard Business Improvement corridor.

CID board members on July 28 unanimously approved and awarded contracts to Matt Carroll, owner of Sacramento-based Paladin Private Security and Hilary Gould, owner of Fair Oaks-based Gould Electric and PBID Maintenance to provide armed security patrol and street maintenance services respectively to the roughly 437 commercial businesses located within the CID’s 2.5 mile boundary lines, which encompasses nearly 12 miles of frontage area. Services were set to begin Aug. 1, kicking off the “Clean and Safe” initiative.

CID President, Gary Hursh, whose law practice sits within the improvement district, said the two companies offered extensive experience providing their services to other area Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) within the county and city of Sacramento proper. They came highly recommended by other BID board members and, in the case of Paladin, came highly recommended by the Sacramento County Sherriff and district attorney’s office.

“We relied very heavy on the feedback and comments from other area BIDs in making our selections,” Hursh said adding that, on Aug. 1, he and Gould toured the entire district together, identifying the hot spots where blight, graffiti and illegal dumping activity, among other issues, have been plaguing either the entryways and or parking lots and streetscapes along the CID corridor for years. “Our work has already begun,” he said.

Paladin is being paid $12,416 a month to provide armed patrol services to the area, while street maintenance services from Gould will cost the CID $4,000 a month, Hursh said, for an annual combined budget of $196,992, well over the initially projected half of the CID’s budget of $301,838 allocated for safe and clean streets. The funds are collected via assessments on commercial property owners with assets in the service area.

Matt Carroll of Paladin, founded 15 years ago by two retired police officers, maintains service contracts for 11 other area improvement districts, including the Watt Avenue PBID, the Fulton Avenue Association, and PBIDs for Stockton Boulevard and Oak Park.  The company has roughly 170 employees with between 60 and 65 patrol cars on the streets each day, Carroll said, adding that he expects three to four officers will be serving the Carmichael district.  

Paladin’s first order of business is to obtain signed “notice of agency” forms from CID members, which give Paladin the authority to issue trespassing citations on the owners’ behalf and the teeth to oversee other legal enforcement issues.  Without those signatures, only the business owner can issue the citations, unless prior approval has been given over to local law enforcement, in this case, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s department.  

Carroll estimated that it will take roughly six to eight weeks for the word to spread that the CID corridor is supported by an active security patrol service with the teeth to shut down offenders with chronic histories of trespassing, setting up homeless encampments, engaging in drug and alcohol use and other illegal activities on commercial property and in some cases private residences.

 “We have to get as many CID members as we can to sign the notices so that we can immediately begin to build up our engagement and make an impact,” Carroll said.  He added that he is aware and has plenty of experience with dealing with improvement district members who do not want his company’s services and, in some cases, didn’t approve their area improvement district formations and don’t like having to pay extra to be included in it.

“There will be a lot of PR work for us ahead,” said Carroll. “We have to do a lot of engagement with the Carmichael (CID) members to let them know who we are, what we can do for them and how they play a role in helping us make the area safer.”

Carroll said what sets his company apart is its experience grass roots projects like Improvement Districts, bolstered by advanced technology and proactive engagement in the community, as well as direct partnerships with law enforcement and street maintenance services.

“We are not an armed guard company with high turn-over rates, posting guard outside the doors of the grocery store,” said Carroll. “We made a decision more than five years ago to focus on these long-term contracts for grass-roots community projects, offering an effective, mobile and dynamic team of highly trained officers.”

For Gould, a team of area street contracted maintenance employees with his company will begin targeting the most concerning trouble spots and plotting out daily clean sweep strategies to address blight, collect and return abandoned shopping carts, provide graffiti removal services and weed abatement, among other things.  Gould also sighted his company’s single focus on PBIDs as testament to his company’s ability to deliver.

 “We have seven other PBIDS, including the Fulton Avenue PBID and the Stockton Boulevard Partnership,” said Gould, who started his company 10 years ago.  “This is all we do, working with community partnerships. And we are so fortunate to be able to work with the Carmichael District. We have half the streetscape beautification project completed, which is fantastic. Now our job will be to go in and start working to make the streets cleaner because cleaner means safer, and safe streets are good for business and good for the entire community.”

Gould and Carroll said they are already working in tandem in other area improvement districts and will continue to do so in Carmichael.

“We have each other’s cell phone numbers and we are ready to work should-to-shoulder,” said Gould. “That may mean that we might get a call from Paladin about a need for blight abatement at a homeless encampment they’ve cleared out, or we might call them and say we need them to come in first to address a situation with individuals before we can take care of the cleanup. Either way, our job is to make every business owner in the area happy they are a member of their improvement district.”

The PBID for Fair Oaks Boulevard, or the CID, was approved by just under 70 percent of local property owners in the fall of 2016.  The renewable, five-year agreement with the county may be expanded to include a wider tax base and coverage area over the next five years.  

Giving Young Women Hope

By Kristin Thébaud  |  2017-08-15

The new center opened for care in support of women in need. Photo courtesy Thebaud Communications

Sacramento Life Center’s New Medical Clinic Opens

Sacramento, CA (MPG) -  More than 200 people toured Sacramento Life Center’s new medical clinic in the Arden area for low-income women and teens at an Open House that included free Leatherby’s ice cream, music, appetizers, wine and a ribbon cutting by Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. 

“This much larger facility will allow the Sacramento Life Center to serve even more low-income, pregnant women and teens that need our services,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “We are thrilled to be able to expand the vital services we provide to this community.”

The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy testing, STI testing, ultrasounds, advocacy for men and women, education and resource referrals.

The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women seeking support after having an abortion. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit www.svpclinic.com.

For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit www.saclife.org

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications

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August 21 event will cause solar production to dip but with no SMUD grid impact

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The morning forecast for August 21 calls for darker skies in Northern California and across the country. That’s when a near-total solar eclipse will occur—from about 9 a.m.to about 11:30 a.m. for our region—during which time the sun will be obscured by up to 76 percent.

Given the growing penetration of solar energy in California, the electric utility industry and  other energy stakeholders have considered the potential impacts of  such a significant solar event.

SMUD has secured additional reserve power to ensure it’s able to meet the increased demand when the availability of solar reduces because of the eclipse. SMUD does not anticipate any problems meeting the Sacramento-area community’s demand for electricity.

SMUD, for its part, has almost 300 megawatts (MW) of solar power in its service territory. Approximately 140 MW is utility-connected solar generation and about 150 MW is “behind the meter”, customer-owned solar generation.

The timing of the eclipse is fortuitous for SMUD and for California in general as demand on the grid during those hours can be considerably lower than in the late afternoon hours.

Typically, solar production can be impacted by everyday weather events like cloud cover, which is why SMUD’s energy portfolio, including its renewable generation resources, is very diverse. By going the extra step and securing additional reserves, SMUD has the flexibility to manage the increased demand on the grid during the eclipse and the drop off in demand during the transition out of the eclipse.

For more information about SMUD and its award-winning renewable and energy efficiency programs, visit SMUD.org.

Source: SMUD Media

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One Family’s Journey Out of Homelessness

Sacramento County Media  |  2017-08-15

Jessica Hodges smiles in front of her place of employment. Photo courtesy Sacramento County Media

​​Sacramento County, CA (MPG) - The path to self-s​ufficiency was not an easy or quick road. B​​ut today, Jessica Hodges, her husband, and their three children (ages six, eight and 10) are living the life they dreamed of, thanks to the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance, the Mustard Seed School and Mary House​.

Three years ago, their youngest child developed a cough that required two surgeries and resulted in scarred lungs.  Upon discovering that the cause was mold inside the walls, the family moved out of their apartment in a hurry.  This sudden move impacted their credit, which ultimately prevented them from finding permanent housing.  And, because the mold had contaminated all of their belongings—including clothes, photos and furniture—everything had to be abandoned.    

Around the same time, Jessica graduated from Kaplan College but was laid off from her job as a medical assistant for a local doctor.  

Jessica expressed her dismay at her living conditions and at the circular challenges—securing a job without a permanent address was an uphill battle, while finding a home without a job and with damaged credit was nearly impossible.

County Director of the Department of Human Assistance (DHA) Ann Edwards, confirmed the currently rental housing landscape is bleak for struggling families. Low vacancy rates and escalating rents - far above what many residents can afford, make finding housing difficult.

In November, County DHA Social Worker Samantha Sween partnered with Mustard Seed School Director Casey Knittel to stabilize the Hodges and to develop a plan. 

As the children attended the Mustard Seed School, County DHA staff and Mary House staff were assisting the family with services and supplies. 

The group effort paid off a few days before Christmas.  After three long years of sleeping on couches, in hotels and in their van, the Hodges—with only sleeping bags and pillows—finally moved into an apartment where they could start over. 

Much to their surprise, staff from the Mustard Seed School brought gifts for the children, ranging from clothes to iPads.  

“We didn’t have any furniture,” Jessica expressed with a smile, “But it was the most touching Christmas ever because I did not have anything to give them [until these gifts arrived]. They even brought a Christmas tree.” 

In March, bolstered by her degree, Jessica was hired by SMPP Rehab as a Medical Office Specialist. Her husband is attending school to develop new skills while caring for their children.  

Their three children miss their teachers and friends at Mustard Seed School, but are grateful they no longer need the assistance and for the first time in years, the family is doing great.​

Find out more about assistance programs available through the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance.

To apply for medical, food and cash assistance programs online please visit CalWIN.

Source: Sacramento County Media

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Student Exchange Seeks Host Families for School Year

By Sheryl Longsworth  |  2017-08-08

You can host an Exchange Student! Photo courtesy NorthWest Student Exchange

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Responsible parents looking for ways to supplement the educational and personal growth opportunities for their children should consider hosting a teenage exchange student for an academic semester or year.  Children and adults alike, by interacting on a daily basis with a new, international family member, broaden their perspective on the world and discover new facts and ideas.  

NorthWest Student Exchange places international high school students with families all over the country, including here in our community.  Exchange students add a dimension to the family dynamic that cannot be achieved in any other way.  The benefits to the exchange student are perhaps obvious:  honing their English language skills; learning about the educational system in this country; understanding U.S. social, political, and cultural values; establishing international friendships.  Benefits to the hosts are similar:  Not only can host families learn about another culture and its values; they can view the U.S. through another’s eyes, and thereby gain a broader understanding of our own country.

And families do not need to have children at home to host!  Many childless couples, empty nesters, and single-parent families have enjoyed exchange students. NWSE places students from dozens of countries who have varied interests. I will do my best to match a student to your family’s lifestyle and interests.

Those who cannot host can earn financial incentives for referring to us families who do host. While host families are not compensated for hosting, tax deductions may be available. Check with your tax preparer.

NWSE exchange students are closely screened for appropriate motivation, academic and language skills; our students have solid emotional and practical support from NWSE professional partners abroad, and from the students’ natural parents in their own countries.  Our students come with their own spending money and health and accident insurance.  NWSE local Academic Coordinators recruit, screen and orient local host families and provide close support throughout the program.

My family has personally hosted students from France and China and we keep in touch with every student even years later! While they stayed with us, they shared games they play with us and cooked their favorite meals for my family. We also have been invited to stay at their family’s homes when we go to their country. One of our French students even calls me his “American Mom.”

It’s easy to get more information about hosting. Potential hosts can call me, Sheryl Longsworth, Area Coordinator at 916-833-1218 or sheryl6663@yahoo.com; or by contacting NWSE at 877-850-3312 or info@nwse.com.  Or, you can visit the NWSE web page at https://www.nwse.com and click on Host an Exchange Student.  Student placements for the fall must be made before 8/31/17. Spring semester-only placements will be available towards the end of this year.

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Robinson’s Announces National Champions

By Rick Reed  |  2017-08-08

Sacramento’s Black Belt Gold Medalist Phillip El Chemali on the mat in Detroit at the USAT Nationals.  Photo courtesy Robinson’s Taekwondo.

Five National Champions Bring Gold, Silver and Bronze to Sacramento TKD Glory

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - They are outstanding young students in school and their local Taekwondo training ‘dojang’ or gym. In mat competitions with Black Belts from across the USA Sacramento’s Phillip El Chemali was triumphant in winning the Gold Medal at the USAT Nationals in Detroit, MI this July. The win places him on the United States Association of Taekwondo National Team for a second consecutive year!

Elk Grove’s Cassie Berger also won Gold in the USAT Women’s Division, as this CA State Champion won another top honor in the Korean-based martial art. Women’s Bronze came home with Black Belt student Maria Lopez from the world’s largest TKD tournament held in Detroit, MI.  Less than one week later, at the Amateur Athletic Association TKD National competition in Broward Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Maria Lopez fought again, again winning the AAU Bronze Medal this July.  

At this same Florida tournament event Robinson’s Taekwondo Black Belt student Lorenzo Ortega battled thru top national TKD fighters to win the AAU Gold Medal. The Women’s Silver Medal came back to Northern California as North Highland’s Natalie Velasquez stepped up to the podium as winner.

Rarely in history has one American city claimed so many top TKD medals and five US National Champions in its ranks.

Founded in 1975 in Sacramento, Robinson’s Taekwondo has locations throughout the region training athletes of all ages in the world’s most taught martial art – Taekwondo! To find out more visit www.robinsonstkd.com

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Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The California State Fair created memories for the entire community this year. It reached record numbers as the one northern California event where everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the best of what California has to offer.

"The California State Fair is proud to be recognized as the largest showcase of the rich bounty and diversity of our Golden State," said Rick Pickering, CEO and General Manager of the California State Fair. We celebrated agriculture, livestock, horse racing, unique foods, events, rides, and exhibits...some of which people have never seen before.

Food sales grossed an estimated $8.5 million, and there was an estimated $4.2 million in carnival ride sales grossing over $12.7 million in sales revenue; not including hotel stays and other revenue sources for the Sacramento region.

With it being the Fair's 50th year at Cal Expo, there was a lot to celebrate. New this year was the dedication of "Best of CA: Celebrating Farm Workers' Rich Contributions to Food and Agriculture." There was the return of soccer, with the Sacramento Republic FC playing two games. Sponsored by the Tractor Supply Company, the Junior Livestock Sale of Champions raised $270,344 for youth, which was the highest amount in the past 10 years.

Despite being one of the hottest July's in 10 years, with 8 days of triple-digit weather during the weekends, 636,628 attendees enjoyed the Fair.

Out of the 17 concerts,7 completely sold out for the Gold Circle Reserved Seats. The top three attended concerts were Melissa Etheridge, Brian McKnight, and Trace Adkins.

More than 32,500 racing fans came to the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand for horse racing and special events including the Best of CA Brewfest, Wienerschnitzel Wiener Dog Races, Steampunk at the Races featuring Ave Rose, and the California Cornhole Championships.

Other notable numbers were; 1,488 beers entered into the Commercial Beer Competition; 2,663 wines entered into the Commercial Wine Competition; 19,662 wine slushies were served in the Save Mart Wine Garden

Overall 19,931 competitive entries were at the State Fair and 6,412 total exhibits. 5,992 free rides from Butler Amusement in support of the CA State Fair’s Read to Ride program for local children who turned in 2,996 book reports;

There were 37 corn dogs were eaten by the winner of the Milo’s Corn Dog Eating Contest - Molly Schuyler from Plumas Lake, CA. She defeated competitors that came from as far as Philadelphia to compete.75,000 total corn dogs were consumed at the fair.

9,556 livestock animals were on display; 18,100 Turkey legs were sold; 35,100 Funnel cakes were sold; 11,325 pieces of the fruit were given out through the Save Mart Supermarkets Passport Program at the Kaiser Permanente CA State Fair Farm; 1,963 #50thFairHunt SMUD bags were given out; and 2,060 Dish fireworks were shot into the night sky

Central Valley Towing helped Fair guests with 7 jump starts, 10 unlock cars, 2 tire changes and assisted in shuttling 5,832 people to and from the parking lots to entrances.

Source CA State Fair Media

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Fab 40’s 5K Walk Celebrates Their 10th Year

By Paul Scholl  |  2017-08-07

And they are off! Photo by Paul Scholl

Benefitting Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California 

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - On Saturday, July 29, East Lawn hosted its 10th Annual Fab 40’s 5k Run/Walk benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California. A total of $250,000 in proceeds has been raised over 10 Years.

The Fab 40’s 5K Run/Walk will officially started at 8:30 a.m. inside the 112-year-old historic East Lawn Cemetery. This is the official annual City of Sacramento 5k Championship certified course, The course runs through the Fabulous Forties neighborhood with neighbors lining the streets cheering on the runners and walkers before they reach the finish line back at East Lawn.

Over 1,400 excited participants signed up to enter the race. All ages and athletic abilities entered to help end Alzheimer’s disease, which is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th in California. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of this event, all participants received a commemorative finisher’s medal.

The day included family oriented activities like kids bounce house, balloon animals, face painting, photo booth, music, food, awards ceremony, raffle drawings and much more.

The event was hosted by Alan Fisher, President of East Lawn and Michelle Johnson, Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association

A special “Thank You” goes out to Sal Arrigo, who started the event and was the catalyst in building the program that has raised all the funds for research. Sal served as the official race starter.

East Lawn Memorial Park is located at 4300 Folsom Boulevard in Sacramento. For more information about the Fab 40’s 5k Run/Walk visit: http://fab40s5k.org/.

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Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) will be holding several free ride days during the month of August to encourage students, seniors and persons with disabilities to try transit.

SacRT is offering free rides on the first day of school to thousands of students who will be heading back into the classroom this month.

“We want to encourage our students to take public transportation to school whenever possible,” said SacRT General Manager/CEO Henry Li. “We hope the free ride days will motivate students to try transit and become new riders.”

For seniors and persons with disabilities, in honor of National Senior Citizens Day, on Monday, August 21, SacRT will be offering free rides for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“Mobility is important for everyone in our community, especially seniors and persons with disabilities who may have limited transportation options,” said Andy Morin, SacRT Board Chair and Mayor, City of Folsom. “Free ride days provide a great opportunity to show new riders that SacRT buses and light rail trains are a safe, clean and convenient way to travel.”

Students should use the following schedule to determine their free ride day: Twin Rivers – Tuesday, August 8; Natomas – Wednesday, August 9; Elk Grove – Thursday, August 10; Folsom Cordova – Thursday, August 10; San Juan – Thursday, August 10; Sacramento City – Thursday, August 31.

In order to ride free, students, seniors, and persons with disabilities must present an acceptable ID, as specified in SacRT's adopted Fare Structure, when boarding buses, and have ready to show transit agents when riding trains. For students age 13 or younger, an adult may affirm age in lieu of an ID.

SacRT operates approximately 69 bus routes and 43 miles of light rail throughout Sacramento County, including the cities of Citrus Heights, Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove. Sacramento buses and light rail trains operate 365 days a year. SacRT's entire bus and light rail system is accessible to the disabled community. ADA services are provided under contract with Paratransit, Inc.

 

Source: SacRT Media

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Taking to the Skies

Source: CCA Media  |  2017-08-05

The Airshow will take to the skies this September Exclusive discounts are available for this patriotic event. Photo courtesy CCA.

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) – It is time to get your tickets for the big show! The California Capital Airshow (CCA) will take to the skies on September 9 and 10 at Mather Airport, and tickets are now available.

“The California Capital Airshow is a full-sensory experience,” said Darcy Brewer, executive director of the California Capital Airshow. “We’re excited to bring the Sacramento region two full days of non-stop entertainment and unparalleled access to the world of aeronautics and aviation.”

The California Capital Airshow illuminates a century of American aviation and ingenuity with miles of aircraft, from the spine-tingling civilian and military jet performances including the Patriots Jet team, U.S. Navy F-18 tactical demonstration, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight starring the A-10 Thunderbolt II, world-class aerobatics, barnstorming, warbirds, and more.

In preparation for this massive family-friendly festival, the Airshow has launched a new website, CaliforniaCapitalAirshow.com,  to provide attendees a preview of what to expect both in the air and on the ground.

 “Exploring exciting displays and interactive exhibits as well as pilot meet-and-greets are a great way to start the day,” Brewer explained. “Attendees will want to be on site and ready for the action before noon, when in-air demonstrations and fly-bys begin or all things shiny, fast and loud take to the skies.”

New for 2017 is the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) competition, updated premium venue chalets, a Kid's Stage, and so much more than just what's roaring across the skies.

The Airshow is presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova. The Airshow runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Airshow Insiders will have first dibs on deeply discounted tickets, up to 50 percent off. Anyone can sign up to become an Airshow Insider. Just enter your name and email address on the homepage of CaliforniaCaptitalAirshow.com and receive a link to purchase tickets before the public!

Tickets will be available for all fans on August 1 at noon online or Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce. Prices will increase incrementally until the event on Sept. 9 and 10. Military discounts are also available at the ITT offices at Travis and Beale Air Force Bases.

Established in 2004, the annual California Capital Airshow uses the power and magic of flight to entertain and amaze tens of thousands of attendees every September at historic Mather Airport for one of the largest and most prestigious demonstrations of a century of military and civilian aircraft on display and in the sky. Year round, the California Capital Airshow 501c3 is dedicated to inspiring a life-long passion for STEM learning and innovation, with a variety of youth events, presentations and scholarships that help drive the future of aeronautics and encourage young people to reach for the stars. For more information please visit CaliforniaCapitalAirshow.com

Source: CCA Media

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