Open Houses Provide First-Hand Look at Opportunities for Low Volt Technicians

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Western Electrical Contractors Association, Inc., (WECA), a California-based trade association supporting the electrical and low voltage industries, is holding a Low Voltage Apprenticeship Training Open House on March 20, 2018, at their WECA headquarters in Rancho Cordova, and on March 21, 2018, at their San Diego Training Facility, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at each location. 
California needs skilled workers. Trades industry learning and networking events have never been more crucial than now, when jobs are going unfilled. With every five workers leaving the trades, only one replacement is supplied by Apprenticeship programs. The demand for low voltage technicians, in particular, is at an all-time high.
WECA is addressing this set of circumstances by offering a unique opportunity for prospective apprentices to learn about the industry first-hand, through two Open House events this month. Prospective apprentices can meet instructors, tour the learning labs, participate in hands-on demonstrations simulating scenarios found in the field, and ask questions in an open forum. The day will culminate with an application session when interested candidates may apply to the Apprenticeship program immediately. Qualified applicants may quickly find themselves placed with a sponsoring low voltage contractor, well on their way to a lucrative career as they enjoy paid on-the-job training.
WECA’s well-regarded, federal and state-approved Apprenticeship programs offer industry contractors vetted and educated apprentices who are adept in not only navigating the Code, but also experienced with real-industry scenarios, via WECA’s extensive hands-on labs.
Upon graduation, apprentices already have substantial experience in low voltage specialty fields like Voice Data Video and Fire Life Safety, and many stay on with the same companies who trained and developed them on the job, during their apprenticeship.
REGISTRATION. Pre-registration for this event is encouraged.
Northern California Open House
Southern California Open House


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Dear Friends,

As promised, here is an update.  The State of California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports it has taken action to transfer convicted Colorado rapist Christopher Lawyer back to Colorado.  As we all learned recently, he had been allowed to move to California and take up residence in Carmichael under an interstate compact agreement but he was discovered to have violated his parole which has kept him presently in County Jail.

This is positive news for the community’s safety and thanks is due to the hard work and investigative efforts by the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department and CDCR that led to the determination that the parolee’s actions have violated the interstate compact that allowed him to be transferred to California in the first place.  As a result, CDCR notified Colorado on March 5 about sending him back.  Colorado must now either agree to take him back or request a Probable Cause Hearing.  CDCR says if Colorado agrees to retake the offender CDCR will work immediately to extradite him.  If Colorado requests a hearing that will require scheduling one before Sacramento Superior Court and the District Attorney’s Office will represent us.  Colorado has 10 days to respond from the issuance of the notice so we all are now awaiting Colorado’s response.

We should all be grateful to District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Sheriff Scott Jones for the direction they gave to their staffs to leave no stone unturned with respect to investigating the conduct of the parolee which has resulted in keeping him behind bars thereby ensuring the community remains safe.  I also want to express my appreciation to State Senator Jim Nielsen who pressed the community’s concerns before the administration and to CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan for keeping me informed about the parolee’s status which has enabled me to keep you informed, too. 

As soon as I have more information, I will let you know.


Supervisor, Third District

District 3 - Susan Peters  

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Jazzing for Juniors

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-03-07

Presiding over the jazz festival named in his honor, Carmichael musician Wayne Reimers joins an ovation for Arden Middle School band members. Reimers taught at the school for 28 years. The sax player met fellow musician wife Barbara in an Idaho orchestra reed section.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Wayne Reimers’ vision has become a winter tradition for jazz protegees.  Presented at Rio Americano High School, his namesake jazz festival recently showcased 230 San Juan Unified School District musicians.

Retired teacher Reimers (84) this year took special delight in new performance facilities at Rio. “In past years, we’ve had to use a cafeteria and a little theater,” he recalled. “The distance between the buildings was a problem when it rained. This year, we had three good venues in one performing arts center.  After a cafeteria, hearing a band in a building with acoustical design was music to my ears.”

The 2018 festival featured 12 ensembles from seven schools. “As I listened, I got goosebumps,” said the mentor. “It does the soul good to hear kids playing at such a high level. Their teachers are doing a great job; many of their students play better than some adults I know.”

Kicking off in 1982, the annual festival has been a 36-year opus. Reimers was teaching at Arden Middle School and realized how many local school bands had no showcase for their efforts. A non-competing festival, he decided, would allow students to hear their peers and to blossom via professional critiques. Co-organizer Craig Faniani was then teaching band at Rio Americano; he persuaded his school to host the festival. The rest is musical history.

“All over the world, there are professional musicians who took part in our festival,” marveled Reimers. “They’re gigging in New Orleans, LA, New York. I feel we supported their love for music and gave them early experience of audiences.”

Reimers also started young. Picking up alto-sax at 10, he played all through high school and college; then in the Second Division Army Band during Korean War years. Post-war, he started a teaching degree and a romance.  An Idaho State College band orchestrated Wayne and Barbara Reimers’ love song. “He was the first-alto chair and I was way down the section, struggling,” remembered his bride of 60 years. “We finagled ways to sit together.”

The musicians married after graduation and have been sax partners ever since. They also bolster a big band sponsored by Carmichael Kiwanis Club.  The non-profit has co-sponsored Reimers’ festival almost from the first note. “Dr Les Chase was Assistant Superintendent for San Juan District,” explained Reimers. “He told me his Kiwanis club wanted to sponsor something artistic. I grabbed at the offer -- it was a match made in heaven.”

Through donations from Kiwanians and supporters, the event annually rewards chosen performers with scholarships.  “It’s also the only festival I know that offers free instrument repairs,” boasted the founder.  “I once took a school band to Luxembourg and a sax player dropped his horn on a stone floor. He was in tears. An unplayable instrument can be a disaster.” During 36 years of festivals, Carmichael-based Tim’s Music Store has offered off-stage repairs. “There’s usually a few emergencies,” said Reimers. “The kids are always overjoyed when they don’t have to sit out.”

Octogenarian Reimers—a 50-year member of Carmichael Presbyterian Church – vows to run his festival for as long as the Lord gives him breath. “For 30 years, it was the San Juan/Carmichael Kiwanis Jazz Festival,” he said. “Six years ago, our committee decided to re-name it after me.”

The musician accepted the honor gracefully.  “It was a real compliment,” he considered.  “I’m especially grateful they didn’t have to re-name the festival posthumously.”

The Wayne Reimers Jazz Festival is scheduled for January 2019. For information, visit

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Junior Tennis Fund Seeks a Match

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-03-07

JTFS members Joyce Williams (third from right) and Jolene Stinemetz (third from left) present the board members of Mission Oaks Recreation and Parks District with a donation.

“Bringing Tennis to Underserved Kids”

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Established at the end of 2014, the Junior Tennis Fund Sacramento has donated over $16,000 to the greater Sacramento Region over the years. Mainly donating to parks and recs, the goal of the organization is to bring tennis to kids who may not have ever had a chance to set foot on the court otherwise.

The JTFS is a collective giving organization that supports public youth tennis in the greater Sacramento area. They harness the power of collective giving to support community philanthropy and help create new tennis opportunities for all kids, especially the underserved, at public facilities, parks and schools.

Among the years of contributions, they have donated to the Carmichael Recreation and Park, South Gate Recreation and Park District, Rio Linda Recreation and Park District and the Mission Oaks Recreation and Parks District. Most recently they donated $1,800 to Woodland Park.

“We are a youth development program that helps with social skills and gets kids out of the house,” said Carol Rose, Founder and Director of JTFS. “Kids like tennis and enjoy getting out there and chasing the ball.” Rose explained the beauty of tennis entering these children’s lives. “Tennis is a sport that instills core values, teaches life skills and helps to develop productive citizens. It’s a sport that can be played for a lifetime.”

Expanding on that point, some kids pick up the sport and truly run with it, which led to the newest idea of JTFS. Beginning last year, the program, with the help of various coaches around the community, identify the kids that are working hard, taking the sport seriously and have the ability to take their skills to the next level. They award these kids scholarships for private lessons and then they automatically get signed up for an upcoming tournament through the Sacramento Area Tennis Association. SATA runs a series of tournaments throughout the year for all different age groups.

Upcoming for JTFS is one of the biggest fundraising days of the year, as they will once again be participating in the Big Day of Giving, the Sacramento Region’s annual 24-hour fundraising event and year-long capacity building program. The event takes place on Thursday, May 3 and this year JTFS will join powers with the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and The Wish List Project at The Patriot Restaurant located in the Milagro Centre in Carmichael.

These organizations are inviting friends and donors to stop by, say hello and enjoy some great food and drinks – all in the spirit of giving. Donors for any of the non-profits will be given a discount for dinner that evening at The Patriot. Last year the region raised nearly $7.2 million from tens of thousands of donors, according to the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

For more information on becoming a JTFS member or sponsor, visit, e-mail or call 916-359-3667.

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Jeff Sessions Addresses Illegal Immigration; Protests Take Place

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-03-07

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed immigration and California sanctuary laws downtown Sacramento on Wednesday morning, speaking at the annual meeting of the California Peace Officers Association held at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel. 

Sessions informed those in attendance that the Justice Department sued the state of California because state laws are preventing federal immigration agents from doing their jobs and putting their lives at risk, but the state’s leaders believe otherwise and continue to deny any wrongdoing.

Last month, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff warned residents of a federal immigration agent raid, allowing more than 800 criminals to avoid arrest. This drew harsh criticism from both Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the White House.

“So here’s my message for Mayor Schaaf: How dare you. How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda,” Sessions said on Wednesday. He also questioned Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom for “bragging about the obstruction of law enforcement,” calling it an “embarrassment for the great state of California.”

Governor Jerry Brown thumbed out a tweet stating, “Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don’t work here. SAD!!!”

Dozens of protestors blocked traffic outside of the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel and the Golden 1 Center, holding signs and chanting in opposition of Sessions and the White House.

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Capitol Pops Concert Band Enters 21st Year with New Energy and New Director

By Elise Spleiss  |  2018-03-07

Capitol Pops Concert Band founding members Georgia and Ray Latimer with new band director, Judith Steinle.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Capitol Pops Concert Band (CPCB) will return to the 2018 Sacramento area music scene with a new director, Judith Steinle.  The band kicks off its 21st season on March 23. Steinle, 61, is CPCB’s first female music director.  For over four decades she has worked in many musical venues working with students as an accompanist and music director in the San Jose area.  

The band’s 50 all-volunteer musicians include high school students, senior citizens and all ages in between. Concerts are fun and fast moving with popular (thus the ‘pops’) music, including Broadway shows, movies, popular marches, patriotic pieces and new offerings.

The CPCB was formed in February of 1997, just one month after Citrus Heights was incorporated as a city. A committee of musicians led by Citrus Heights residents Ray and Georgia Latimer along with Alice Jacobs and Jerry Lopes decided the new city needed a band and invited 50 musicians to create one that featured pops music.  Jerry Lopes was director until 2014. Kurt Pearsall served until 2017.

Since 1997 the band has performed hundreds of concerts for thousands of people throughout the Sacramento area. Besides concerts sponsored by local park and recreation districts and at other community events, CPCB performs privately sponsored shows at venues including senior living facilities and schools. School students are especially encouraged to join.

Home base for the band is the Fellowship Hall at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5811 Walnut Avenue in Orangevale.  Practice is on Thursdays from 7:00p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  

For information contact Band Manager Linda Glover at 916-725-5214.

For more information on concerts, visit their Facebook page and their website at

Concerts to date: All concerts are free and open to the public.

Friday Mar 23: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front Street, Sacramento. Doors to the car museum open at 6 p.m. for free tours.

Saturday April 21: Capitol Pops Concert Band celebrates its 21st anniversary,

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rusch Park gym, 7801 Auburn Blvd.

Saturday May 12: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Outdoor venue. The Band will perform a free, open to the public joint concert with the Antelope High School Band. Bring your chairs and blankets.

Sunday, July 1: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Outdoor concert in honor of America’s birthday. The Celebrate America Concert will be held at Fair Oaks Village, 4238 Main Street (known as the chicken park). Bring your chairs and blankets.

Wednesday, July 4: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. following the Roseville 4th of July parade.  This concert is part of the annual July 4th Festival in Royer Park, Douglas Blvd. Bring your chairs and blankets.

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By Jacqueline Fox  |  2018-03-07

The Stand Down is expected to serve some 200 veterans and accompanying family members.

Veterans' Stand Down Calls for Donations

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - If you’ve vowed to serve local area veterans in some way but have not figured out how, the Citrus Heights Homeless Assistance Recourse Team (HART), in partnership with HART of Carmichael are going to make that vow very easy for you to hold to.

The nonprofit organizations are calling for donations, volunteers and event sponsorships for the annual Veterans Stand Down, set for Tuesday, April 3 at Holy Family Church.  

The Stand Down, says HART board member Darlene Lyons, founder and owner of EZ Events in Auburn, is focused 100% on delivering food, clothing and other necessities to veterans in need, as well as their families, and, even their pets.

The original Stand Down concept is inextricably linked to veterans.  Its origins, says Lyons, are tied to the services and support offered to enlisted soldiers returning to their infantry camps after combat during the Vietnam War.  Secure “base camps” were set up where troops were offered access to personal hygiene products, medical and dental services, mail pick up, and a quiet, safe respite from combat where they could spend a day or so recovering from the trauma of font-line battle and reenergize their spirits, as well as their health.

The Citrus Heights model is held annually for veterans to check in with local service providers and obtain critical VA services, obtain food, clothing and donated hygiene products and enjoy meals prepared by volunteer organizations—all under one roof.

“That’s the key to this event,” said Lyons.  “We make it possible for our veterans to come in to a one-stop location for a wide range of support services, enjoy a great breakfast provided by the Knights of Columbus, have lunch and snacks, obtain referrals for critical services and replenish toiletry supplies, get clothing and socks and much more.”

The Way Ministries of Citrus Heights will be cooking lunch for all attendees, while the Retired Marines will oversee traffic and security for the Stand Down, Lyons said.

HART was formed to support the local homeless population with a centralized support network of services.  But, says Lyons, it was revealed that among that contingency was a growing number of veterans who were struggling with figuring out the often complicated process to accessing VA services and benefit programs, not to mention they needed food, clothing and other essentials. 

“We started out of course by forming the HART team to deal with homeless needs, but when we got more deeply involved in the community, we found out that there was a growing number of veterans among that group and we felt we had to do more,” Lyons said.

The Stand Down, which is expected to serve some 200 veterans and accompanying family members, goes well beyond delivering the basics.  Through the help of donations and support from community and corporate sponsors, the Stand Down will also offer veterans access to employment counseling, CalVet Benefit referrals, medical, vision and dental services, flu shots, eyeglasses, pet care, including microchipping, nail clipping and more, and even haircuts and supplies to keep healthy.

Many homeless and housed veterans alike are struggling with substance abuse.  For them, representatives from treatment facilities will be on hand to connect them with appropriate recover services if they want them.  If someone needs to renew their driver’s license or obtain a bus pass, there will be help on hand for that, too.  There will even be representative providing legal aid support to veterans who have legal issues to sort out but need help getting started.

“Essentially this is a day for veterans to join under one roof to get the help they need to live lives of dignity,” said Lyons.  “We have amazing volunteers, but we always need more of them.  And, we have wonderful community and corporate sponsors who support this event, as well.

Current corporate sponsors include Target, Quick Quack Car Wash, Dignity Health, Chase Bank and Stones Gambling Hall.  The Stand Down is also supported by a vast number of local organizations including Sunrise Marketplace, Inc., the Auburn Boulevard Business Association, Sylvan Ranch Community Garden, Sunrise Food Ministry and Francis House, and through key partnerships with the Citrus Heights Police Department and Sacramento elected officials, among others.

Socks, boots, T-shirts, warm jackets, shampoo, toothpaste, backpacks and pet food are at the top of the list of items needed for the veterans, said Lyons.  Volunteers are needed, as well, to help sort through donations and serve food.

“It takes an army,” said Lyons.  “We need supporters and volunteers to help us make this day of service for our veterans a successful one.”

Lyons said shuttle service to and from the Stand Down will also be available for those who do not have transportation.

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