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Successful Meet and Greet for Indian Association of Sacramento

Posted: 5/22/2015

Selvi Jana, Venkat Mechineni, Dr. Ami Bera, and Dr.Bhavin Parikh and His Wife
Pictured here (left to right) are Selvi Jana, Venkat Mechineni, Dr. Ami Bera, and Dr.Bhavin Parikh and his wife.
Photo by Darshan Divecha

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The Meet and Greet Program by the Indian Association of Sacramento (IAS) was recently held in Mission Oaks Community Center.

The program started with a welcoming speech by the president of IAS, Mr.Venkat Mechineni. The program was a big success, and many honorable guests attended: Congressman Ami Bera; Assemblyman Ken Cooley; Nilda Guanzon Valmores, executive director of My Sister’s House; Darren Suen, Elk Grove City Council member; K. Venkata Ramana, Consul at Indian Consulate, SFO (Community Affairs); Bobbie Singh Allen, Elk Grove Unified School District board member; Dr.Venu Kondle, nephrologist; Siva Yerramilli, Intel vice president; and Citrus Heights Mayor Sue Frost.

A speech by Dr. Ami Bera was the main highlight of the event, and the panel discussion conducted by Anupriya was very helpful to all the guests in attendance. Mr.Vijaya Bhaskar gave an address about IAS and its activities.

IAS would like to thank Selvi Jana for the beautiful job as MC, Rao Duriseti for working the audio system, and Vinod for the arrangment of food. The food, provided by Ruchi Indian Cuisine, was enjoyed by the guests, and the entertainment by Tithi Goshal during the Social Hour was very well received.

The program concluded with the Vote of Thanks by Bhavin Parikh.

Source: Venkat Mechineni

Memorial Day Travel Highest in Decade

Summer Travel Kicks Off With More than 4.4 Million Californians Expected to Travel

Posted: 5/22/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - This year, Memorial Day travel is expected to mark the highest number of California travelers for this holiday since 2005, according to the latest holiday travel forecast.

The travel survey projects nearly 4.4 million Californians plan on traveling 50 miles or more this Memorial Day holiday weekend. This represents an increase of 4.6% from last year’s record highs.

“A stronger economy and overall lower gas prices have boosted consumers’ disposable income,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokesperson. “This summer travel season is starting off with great potential as many Californians are eager to take that long overdue weekend getaway.”

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Mail Man Honored for Heroics in Carmichael Siege

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 5/15/2015

Scott Gallegos With Mailbag and Delivery Vehicles
Mail carrier Scott Gallegos delivered aid to a woman shot last month on Madison Avenue. He will be honored by the Carmichael community this month.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Wanting a career with orderly routine, Gulf War veteran Scott Gallegos joined the U.S. Postal service. In his third week as a mail carrier in Carmichael, he found himself covered in blood and being shot at. “It was quite a start to a new job,” says the 43-year-old father of four. “Compared to that, anything in future should be plain sailing.”

On May 26th, Gallegos will be honored by the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce for heroism during the April 27th shooting siege on Madison Avenue. Without his actions, a seriously injured woman might have died. “We normally ask the public to stay out of these situations,” said a Sacramento Sheriff’s sergeant. “But there’s no doubt (Gallegos) acted at the right time and with the right heart. Time was a big issue for the woman. Without his assistance, the outcome might have been very different.”

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Local Jobs Demand Stalling

Posted: 5/15/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The second quarter jobs market may have reached a plateau among some sectors of the Sacramento economy.

Like a failing tire, a portion of Sacramento’s top employers surveyed say the business climate is “flat.” In anecdotal comments, several firms representing all sectors expected business to “slow” and some polled also noted “work moving to China” from our market. However, while hiring may be slow at some firms and employers are showing caution, Pacific Staffing discovered that 67% of regional companies polled say they are motivated to hire in April, May, and June.

Another secondary note of caution comes in the type of hiring Sacramento’s top companies will be doing in the second quarter. While growth hiring outstripped replacements in recent quarterly polls, HR contacts pushed hiring for replacements within current workforces ahead of growth hiring for the first time in 2015. In contacts with regional companies between February 17th and March 17th, 48% are motivated to hire for attrition or replacements within current workforces. Hiring for expansion of workforces dropped behind to 46% of demand in the next three months.

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Citizen With Sign "Increase Water Supply"
An attendee of the rally said his concern about the lack of water in California is what made him support the bill.

Hundreds Rally for AB 311, Bill Fails in Assembly

Story and photos by Christie Spurlock
Posted: 5/8/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On April 27th, multitudes of people gathered at the north steps of the Capitol to rally for the passage of Assembly Bill 311. Among the speakers were Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Nicolaus), who is the author of AB 311.

Assemblyman Gallagher spoke of how important this bill is to many Californians. He also referenced the legislation that helped to expedite the building of the Kings arena. “There’s a lot of talk about water being the lifeblood of California,” said Gallagher. “Let’s prove it by getting this vital funding allocated to Sites Reservoir and Temperance Flat and by passing AB 311 today and showing all Californians that we value water just as much as we do professional sports.”

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen (Modesto) said, “If we want to prevent future dire situations related to drought that will inevitably hit California again, then we have to work together today to build the storage capacity that we so desperately need in order to increase water supply and provide it to all our communities.”

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SMUD Invites Public Input on Proposed Rate Action

Posted: 5/8/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Board of Directors is holding public workshops and a public hearing to discuss proposed rate changes to begin in January 2016.

The Chief Executive Officer and General Manager’s Report & Recommendation on Rates and Services (Report)—released by SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard—outlines a proposed rate increase of 2.5% in both 2016 and 2017 for all customers. The drivers for this revenue requirement are increased costs to meet renewable contracts as well as increases for materials and for operations and maintenance including commodities.

If the action is approved, SMUD customers would continue to enjoy some of the lowest electricity rates in California. In fact, while most utilities in the state have implemented rate increases every year, SMUD’s increases have been the lowest in terms of percentage and actual cost.

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Saturday, May 2nd Is Free Comic Book Day!

By Allison Buchholtz
Posted: 5/1/2015

$10,000 Fine for Water Infractions, says Brown

Posted: 5/1/2015

EcoHousing Project Unanimously Approved

Posted: 4/24/2015

I Didn’t Pay My Taxes… Now What?

Posted: 4/24/2015

Tim Russ to Direct Local Film

Our Goal Ultimately Is to Actually Show That There Is a Capacity Within the Filmmaking Community of Northern California to Create Film Projects

By Ben Barber
Posted: 4/17/2015

California Requests Permits to Construct Salinity Barriers, Invites Public Comment

Posted: 4/17/2015


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