SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - As students return to school, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges parents and guardians to ensure immunizations are on their back-to-school checklist. Many vaccine-preventable diseases, such as whooping cough and measles, can easily spread in child care and school settings.

“Immunization can help keep our children healthy, in school and ready to learn,” said Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “If you haven’t done so already, check with your child’s doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs. Vaccinations are the best way to ensure that students are protected against serious and preventable diseases.”

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for getting sick and spreading diseases to students in their classrooms, and children and adults within their communities. Babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions are especially susceptible.

California law requires students to receive certain immunizations in order to attend public and private elementary and secondary schools as well as licensed childcare centers. Schools and licensed childcare centers are required to enforce immunization requirements, maintain immunization records of all children enrolled, and report students’ immunization statuses to CDPH.

Families that are having difficulty obtaining required immunizations prior to the start of school can contact their local health department for assistance in finding other local immunization providers.

Visit www.ShotsforSchool.org for more information on immunization laws and required vaccinations for students in California.

www.cdph.ca.gov

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Brooksby US Open Bound

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-08-24

Tennis player Jenson Brooksby demonstrates the sledge-hammer backhand that helped secure the National Junior Men’s Championship this month. His success is supported by parents Glen and Tania Brooksby. Havanese puppy Zsa Zsa is also a fan.

Jenson Brooksby to Compete in US Tennis Open

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - National Junior Men’s Tennis Champion Jenson (J.T.) Brooksby barely recalls the first time he played tennis. “I was four years old,” he says. “I knew I liked grabbing a racquet and hitting a ball.”

“Around nine, I started playing in tournaments. I enjoyed other sport but most of all, I loved the solo aspect of tennis. The results are solely up to you. By the time I was six, my parents and I were travelling for tournaments. I loved seeing new places and I started to think about tennis as a career.”

One match at a time, that dream is coming true. The 17-year-old Carmichael athlete recently beat 256 others to the top of his national division. Beyond trophies, the victor’s big prize is to cross racquets with some of the world’s best players when he debuts as a “wild card” entry in the US Open Tennis Championships this month. On the hallowed courts of Flushing Meadows, the teenager will experience international competition at its toughest. “It’s an amazing feeling,” he says. “I’ve never played at this level before. This is what I’ve been training hard for – for a very long time.”

Jenson has come far from pre-school tuition at Arcade’s Rio del Oro Racquet Club. Early regarded as a prodigy, he’s had five lessons a week since the age of seven. These days, he plays four hours of tennis daily and works out in a gym for another hour. To accommodate the regime, he’s been home-schooled since sixth grade. “Learning at home teaches you to manage your time,” says the student whose homework gets done in airports and hotel rooms. “You miss out on the social aspect of school, but I still interact with other tennis players – male and female.” Dating, he considers, can wait till college.

Following offers from many top US schools, he recently accepted a full athletic scholarship from Texas Christian University. For now, graduating high school is a priority. Jenson is a straight-A student who learns online for four hours a day; his other classroom is a hard court at Arden Hills Resort, Carmichael. Here Joseph Gilbert – regarded as one of the top junior coaches in the US – runs the JMG Academy for 40 teenagers who aspire to play college and pro tennis.

“Jenson is one of the most competitive kids I’ve ever taught, says Gilbert. “His ability to focus for long periods sets him apart. There’s an innocent side to him: he’s good-hearted and always wants to do the right thing. Off-court, he’s laid back; once he’s on-court, his intensity takes over. In Flushing, I just want him to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the moment and have this level of competition as a consistent goal.”

Coach Gilbert will accompany Jenson to New York. Anesthesiologist dad Glen Brooksby and equestrian mom Tania will also join the pilgrimage. “My parents are a huge part of my dream,” says their only child. “For so many years of tournaments, mom and dad have traveled with me. They’re at least as important to my success as my coach. Every match I’ve won, they’ve won it with me.”

Along with his opportunity to face international professionals next week, Jenson will also compete in the US Open junior championships. As a “wild card” entry to the main event, he does not yet know whom he will meet on court. “Whoever it is, I’m ready to test myself,” he predicts. “I’m not focused on the results. I’m focused on improving my game.”

The US Open Tennis Championships run from August 27 to September 9.

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Multicultural Business Expo Relocates to Carmichael

Story by Trina L. Drotar, Photos courtesy Russian American Media  |  2018-08-23

The Multicultural Business Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 5 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Milagro Centre in Carmichael.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Now in its ninth year, the Multicultural Business Expo has relocated to the Patriot Event Center at Milagro Centre on Fair Oaks Boulevard at Marconi Avenue. Olga Ivannikov, CFO of Russian American Media and the event’s organizer, is excited about the new location. “The expo is going to be both outdoors with canopies and indoors with a hall filled with exhibitors,” she said, adding that local restaurants, breweries, and wineries would be on hand with samples for hungry attendees and exhibitors.

More than 100 businesses and non-profit agencies are expected to exhibit at this year’s event, which, based on the event’s continued growth, should draw more than 2,000 attendees from the greater Sacramento region. “This year we wish to make an emphasis on personal connections,” she said. The face to face meeting is why the event draws so many people.

The expo provides a forum for small business owners to connect with other small business owners or with banks, credit unions, or with many businesses that offer subcontracting opportunities. For students and recent graduates, there will be opportunities to connect with businesses that may have job opportunities like the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department or California Highway Patrol. Mid-career business people will also find opportunities to connect and pass out resumes. The general public can connect with possible service providers, pick up samples, and wander the booths.

Some exhibitors will be familiar names throughout the region. SMUD’s Supplier Emerging Enterprise Development (SEED) team will help small business owners learn about state certification and bid on SMUD contracts. “They’ll provide an overview of our business contracting procedures and explain the SEED program in detail,” said Chris Capra, SMUD’s Public Information Specialist. Exhibiting at this business expo helps SMUD grow its pool of qualified potential contractors and helps business owners learn how to maneuver the state’s certification program, a win-win for both. “SMUD also realizes reciprocal benefits by promoting the economic development of its customers who own the company,” added Capra.

Other exhibitors, like Language World Services, Inc., may be less familiar. This translation and interpretation organization, located in Carmichael, provides services in more than 80 languages for healthcare, law enforcement, conferences, insurance, disaster preparedness, and many other areas. Job opportunities are available throughout the Sacramento region and San Francisco Bay Area.

Exhibitors will be on hand in three different areas. The business expo will feature government and corporate entities offering resources and contracting opportunities to small business owners. Joining SMUD will be Siemens, DGS, and others. Owners interested in business financing, presenting their products or services, investigating export opportunities, and reaching new customers should stop by with business cards.

Students and recent high school graduates may wish to peruse the educational opportunities area. Asher College, Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA), Pacific Charter Institute, and CSUS will be on hand with information about undergraduate programs, the transfer process for community college students, opportunities for working adults, and the all-important financial aid. Asher College, founded in 1998, is a trade school specializing in medical, business, and IT with campuses in Sacramento, Dallas, and Las Vegas. SETA, now in its fourth decade, features Sacramento Works with offices in Sacramento, Mather, Galt, Rancho Cordova, and Citrus Heights.

Job seekers should be prepared with resumes and proper business attire to meet with the many businesses that will be on hand. Connect with Wells Fargo Bank, SAFE Credit Union, American River Bank, and others to learn about available positions, the hiring process, or to submit your resume in person.

Other exhibitors with business or learning opportunities include GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization based in Oakland. GRID works in the highly popular field of renewable energy and offers volunteers the opportunity to assist with installation projects, a sort of try before you buy idea. GRID also has training, certification programs, and jobs. ANG Health Care, Inc., located in Folsom, will be on hand to discuss its offerings in skilled nursing, speech therapy, and in-home care services. Insurance companies, accounting firms, medical offices, and health clubs are expected to be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

The expo has grown each year and draws people from Sacramento County and surrounding areas. “We started out as a local community fair and grew into a major business exposition which is organized by a number of non-profits and all major chambers in the Sacramento valley,” said Ivannikov. “We reach out to Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Elk Grove, West Sacramento, Sacramento. We contact all of the multicultural chambers, the Asian Pacific, Hispanic, African American, and the metro chamber.” For more information: visit www.russianamericanmedia.com/our-events/business-career-expo/ or call 916-677-9397. If you visit: The Multicultural Business Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 5 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael, CA  95608.

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Outmatched by Merced

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - A home loss at Del Campo is something Mike Dimino and his team were not used to last season, but it was something they had to get used to during Friday night’s 51-15 loss to Merced. The Cougars were undefeated at home last season, which included a 41-14 victory over Merced to start the year.

But from the opening kickoff Merced’s offense posed a problem for Del Campo’s defense as they got out to a hot start in the first quarter, scoring back to back touchdowns to jump out to an early 14-0 lead. By the second quarter Merced’s offense was in hot pursuit while Del Campo’s inability to take care of the football was on full display.

Following Dhameer Warren’s 20 yard touchdown pass to Noah Leaf to make it 31-7 Merced, Del Campo proceeded to muff the kickoff, which Merced recovered. One play later Warren struck again, connecting with Xavier Stewart from 26 yards out to make it 37-7 going into half.

The second half wasn’t much different for the Cougars.

Following the game longtime Del Campo Head Coach Mike Dimino was not amused at his team’s inability to protect the pigskin.

“They literally got two touchdowns in 23 seconds, one touchdown in five seconds,” said Dimino.

“I can honestly say that’s never happened to one of my football teams before.”

There were times when the running game for Del Campo looked solid and gave them the ability to potentially put the ball in the end zone. Yet the offense misfired numerous times in the passing game inside and around the twenty yard line, which included a handful of picks that stalled drives and gave Merced the ball back.

Postgame, Dimino, alongside numerous senior players and assistant coaches, gave heartfelt speeches to the team that preached the importance of not quitting and playing hard until the final whistle blows. Body language came into play after the 37-7 halftime deficit.

“We have to be better and will be better,” said Dimino postgame.

Del Campo looks to rebound in two weeks after a Week 2 bye when they take on McQueen High School on the road.

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Local Artist Sparks the Creative Process in Fairgoers

By Elise Spleiss  |  2018-08-23

Chris Thompson, clay artist extraordinaire, behind his “ArtValanche” at the Valley Sculpture Artist’s booth at the California State Fair. Thousands of tiny clay sculptures were created by over 18,000 fairgoers and added to the booth he manned for 19 days. Photo by Sue Anne Foster

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - While visiting the Fine Art Exhibition at the California State Fair this year people were gathering around a man tossing clay into the crowd, telling them to, “Make something.” He let participants know that it was a judgement free zone. Chris Thompson volunteered every day of the fair, inviting young and old to join in the act of creating something from a lump of clay.  Thompson was the featured representative of a local sculpture group, Valley Sculpture Artists (VSA), which promotes three-dimensional art. 

He shared how his own love of making things with clay began at the age of nine when his mother tossed him a hunk of porcelain clay. He was hooked.

“People return year after year to see Chris in action,” said Sue Foster, President of VSA, the sponsor of the booth showcasing a variety of sculptures created by members.  “Chris has the gift of engaging people in the creative process.  He tosses a small piece of clay to onlookers with an invitation to make something; and they do.”

Surprising numbers of children and adults lingered while working their clay - some for up to 20 minutes. When they finished, Thompson invited them to keep it or add their sculpture to what has become known as the “ArtValanche.”  It is art until the time a portion crashes to the ground (which it did at least 40 times), then it is an avalanche. He carefully retrieves each piece and places it back on the mountain of creations, some intricately crafted with striking detail. 

Thompson estimated approximately 18,000 fairgoers had accepted his ‘clay experience’ during his 19 days at the fair, turning over 1,000 pounds of clay (donated by Alpha Ceramics) into their own works of art. He noted the incredible amount of energy put into each piece.           

He also noticed that many of those who seemed the least excited to accept his challenge, claiming that they weren’t artists, produced some of the best tiny sculptures.   

Thompson is not new to sharing his love for art with his community.  He received the Artist of the Year Award from the Sacramento Arts and Business Council after facilitating a five county project creating “A Thousand Bowls to Feed the Hungry” in 2013. He tossed and shaped the bowls and local art organizations volunteered to glaze and sell them.  This project helped to raise awareness for the arts while yielding over $42,000, which was donated to local non-profits.  In addition, Thompson recently received the prestigious 2018 Don Herberholz Award for Sculpture.

When not creating and exhibiting his own ceramic art, Thompson teaches classes to children and adults at A.C.A.I., an up and coming gallery in Fair Oaks. He is a celebrated ceramic artist and member of Valley Sculpture Artists.  

Visitors are welcome to visit Allied Ceramics Art Institute and Gallery (ACAI) located at 7425 Winding Way in Fair Oaks. A new show of exciting pieces begins each third Saturday of the month with an artist reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hours are Wednesday-Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

For more details visit websites: www.sacramento365.com and www.acaistudios.com or email: information@acaistudios.com.

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Six DAs Unite to Consolidate Golden State Killer Case in Sacramento County

Sacramento District Attorney Special Release  |  2018-08-23

Golden State Killer suspect Joseph James DeAngelo

13 Additional Charges Filed
 

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced today that the case against Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, Citrus Heights, will be prosecuted jointly in Sacramento County, where the defendant is being housed after his arrest on April 24, 2018. This joint prosecution will involve Contra Costa, Orange, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura Counties. An amended complaint charging all crimes together in one case, as well as 13 counts of kidnapping to commit robbery, was filed today in Sacramento Superior Court.
 

DeAngelo now faces 13 felony counts of murder with special circumstances allegations of multiple murders, murder during the commission of rape, robbery, and burglary. DeAngelo was charged today in an amended complaint with 13 felony counts of kidnapping to commit robbery with sentencing enhancements for personal use of a firearm and personal use of a knife during the commission of the offenses. He faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. DeAngelo is expected to appear in Sacramento County for arraignment on Thursday, August 23rd at 1:30 p.m. in Department 61.
 

In announcing this decision, District Attorney Schubert stated, “The joining of this case in one county is in the best interest of victims, the efficiency of the case and the fair administration of justice.  I look forward to all counties working together collaboratively in seeking justice in this case.”

Circumstances of the Case

Contra Costa County – District Attorney Diana Becton

Four felony counts of kidnapping to commit robbery with sentencing enhancements for personal use of a firearm and personal use of a knife.

  • Between Oct. 7, 1978, and June 11, 1979, DeAngelo is accused of kidnapping and carrying away four women to commit robbery.

Tulare County – District Attorney Tim Ward

One felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for personal use of a firearm

  • On Sept. 11, 1975, DeAngelo is accused of murdering Claude Snelling during an attempted kidnapping of the victim’s daughter from their home.

Sacramento County – District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert

Two felony counts of murder with a sentencing enhancement for multiple murders and personal use of a firearm

  • On Feb. 2, 1978, DeAngelo is accused of murdering Kate Maggoire, 20, and Brian Maggoire, 21 as they walked their dog in their Rancho Cordova neighborhood.

Nine felony counts of kidnapping to commit robbery with sentencing enhancements for personal use of a firearm and personal use of a knife.

  • Between Sept. 4, 1976, and Oct. 21, 1977, DeAngelo is accused of kidnapping and carrying away nine women to commit robbery.

Santa Barbara County – District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley

Four felony counts of murder with a sentencing enhancement for multiple murders, personal use of a firearm, and special circumstances sentencing enhancements for murder during rape, and murder during burglary

  • On Dec. 30, 1979, DeAngelo is accused of raping and murdering Debra Manning, 35, and Robert Offerman, 44, of Goleta.
  • July 27, 1981, DeAngelo is accused of murdering Gregory Sanchez, 27, and Cheri Domingo, 35, of Goleta.

Ventura County – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten

Two felony counts of murder with special circumstances sentencing enhancements for multiple murders, murder during rape, and murder during robbery

  • On March 13 to 16, 1980, DeAngelo is accused of raping and murdering Charlene Smith, 33, and murdering Lyman Smith, 43, of Ventura.

Orange County – District Attorney Tony Rackauckas

Four felony counts of murder with special circumstances sentencing enhancements for multiple murders and murder during the commission of rape, robbery, and burglary.

  • On Aug. 21, 1980, DeAngelo is accused of murdering Keith Harrington, 24, and raping and murdering Patrice Harrington, 27, of Dana Point.
  • On Feb. 6, 1981, DeAngelo is accused of raping and murdering Manuela Witthuhn, 28, of Irvine.
  • On May 5, 1986, DeAngelo is accused of raping and murdering Janelle Cruz, 18, of Irvine.

 
Source: Sacramento District Attorney

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Alexander Pal, 36, of Carmichael, has been appointed chief counsel at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, where he has been acting chief counsel since 2018 and served in several positions from 2013 to 2018, including assistant chief counsel and attorney. Pal was an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Stawicki and Maples from 2009 to 2013. He is a member of the State Bar of California. Pal earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $177,144. Pal is a Democrat.

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