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Congressman Ami Bera With a Local Rancher

Bera Tours Farms and Businesses Impacted by Drought

Posted: 3/6/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Congressman Ami Bera recently toured local dairy and cattle farms in Elk Grove and Rancho Murieta, as well as companies in Folsom that rely on the local clean water supply, to survey and bring attention to the local impacts of California’s drought. Bera brought a representative from the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service along for the farm tours so that the federal agency could learn more about the drought’s impact on Sacramento County.

“California’s historic drought is hurting many Sacramento County small businesses and farmers, which impacts not only individuals, but our entire local economy.” said Bera. “I’m doing everything I can to both help those being affected in the short term, and to find long-term solutions for securing water access and storage that add to our water supply rather than taking from it.”

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Sacramento Senior Softball Team Lines Up
Sacramento has a long history of being a strong baseball town. Baseball has always been very popular in Sacramento schools and with the Sacramento Solons. The Sacramento Solons were a minor league baseball team based in Sacramento, California. They played in the Pacific Coast League during several periods (1903, 1905, 1909–1914, 1918–1960, 1974–1976). The current Sacramento River Cats began play in West Sacramento in 2000.

Batter up! Senior Softball Capital of the World

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 2/20/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - Sacramento is the “Senior Softball Capital of the World”. This is what Larry Campbell, the Commissioner of the Golden Seniors Softball League would tell you. And he is convinced this statement is true. The Golden Seniors Softball League includes many areas that are within 60 miles of the city of Sacramento. The region they cover is not just where they play their games, at the baseball park in Carmichael Park, off of Fair Oaks Blvd, and Grant Avenue. The region covers the cities where they travel from to get to their games. The players come from Penn Valley near Grass Valley, Placerville, Marysville, and Magalia, near Paradise, Elk Grove and South Sacramento, Roseville, Lincoln, and Davis, as well as all of the Sacramento metro area.

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Leand A Heart Volunteers and Their Therapy Dogs Display Big Check
Therapy dogs and their owners recently received a $2,900 check from PetsMart representatives at the El Camino Gardens senior residence in Carmichael. Lend-A-Heart volunteers have been visiting the Carmichael senior residence for over 20 years.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Dogged Efforts Earns Dividends

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 2/13/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The pitter-patter of little paws brightens one Thursday every month for El Camino Gardens residents. Licking a senior’s arthritic hand, Willow the Doberman shows her softer side. Poodles strut their stuff and Chihuahuas are shakin’ all over.

The pets are part the Lend-A-Heart organization. Volunteers from this group regularly trot their critters around care facilities, schools and libraries to provide creature comfort, education and sound advice.

The group was recently recognized with a $2900 grant from the PetsMart Corporation, whose PetsMart Gives Back program rewards groups that enrich lives through the power of pets. “Their check represents half of our annual budget,” enthused Lend-A-Heart President Barbara Street. “It will enable us to forget fundraising for a while and concentrate on growing membership and serving more people who want to see our pets.”

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Brian Ivie, Rachel Rios, Miguel Suarez, Kendra Thao, Jim Ellsworth, and May Ying Ly
Brian Ivie, president of Mercy San Juan Medical Center, left, presented community grants checks to local nonprofit organizations working together to improve health access for underserved Hmong, Mien, Vietnamese and Latino populations. Pictured left to right: Brian Ivie; Rachel Rios, executive director, La Familia Counseling Center; Miguel Suarez, development and clinic director for Health and Life Organization, Inc.; Kendra Thao, executive director for the Hmong women’s heritage association; Jim Ellsworth, executive director for Capitol Health Network; and May Ying Ly, executive director for Southeast Asian Assistance Center.

Dignity Health Gives $846,014 in Grants to Help Thousands in Need

28 local nonprofits receive grants to help fund programs in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo and Nevada counties

Posted: 2/11/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Dignity Health, which operates the Mercy, Methodist, Woodland and Sierra Nevada affiliate hospitals in the greater Sacramento region, has awarded $846,014 in grant funding to 28 nonprofit organizations in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo and Nevada counties.

The grants, from $5,000 to $50,000 will build capacity in the community to offer much needed services ranging from primary care to mental illness to managing terminal illness, dental care and various social support programs to underserved and vulnerable populations. This year’s recipient organizations reach out to local ethnic communities and provide services to multiple generations from infants to the elderly.

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A Drop of Water Falls From a Faucet

Final State Water Action Plan Released: Outlines California’s Near- and Long-Term Water Priorities

Posted: 2/11/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - As California experiences one of the driest winters on record, the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture released the final California Water Action Plan, laying out goals and vision for the next five years. The plan will guide state efforts to enhance water supply reliability, restore damaged and destroyed ecosystems, and improve the resilience of our infrastructure.

At the direction of Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., a collaborative effort of state agencies, and nearly 100 substantive public and stakeholder comments formed a plan to set direction for a host of near- and long-term actions on water issues for the state.

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Water Use Project on the River Has Gone Dry
Additional winter storms may provide a limited boost to reservoir storage and water deliveries, it would need to rain and snow heavily every other day from now until May to get us back to average annual rain and snowfall.
Photo courtesy DWR.

Water at Zero

Posted: 2/5/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG8) - To protect Californians’ health and safety from more severe water shortages in the months ahead, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today took actions to conserve the state’s precious resources. As a result, everyone – farmers, fish, and people in our cities and towns – will get less water. DWR’s actions are in direct response to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s drought State of Emergency. In the declaration, the Governor directed DWR and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to act to modify requirements that hinder conservation of currently stored water and allow flexibility within the state’s water system to maintain operations and meet environmental needs.

“The harsh weather leaves us little choice,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “If we are to have any hope of coping with continued dry weather and balancing multiple needs, we must act now to preserve what water remains in our reservoirs.”

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Area Residents Can Receive Free Tax Help At Local Centers

New Website Through United Way Also Helps Local Residents Keep Their Tax Refunds

Posted: 1/23/2014


New Year New Laws

Posted: 1/10/2014


Hiring Pace and Economic Expectations Rising

Pacific Staffing Special Report
Posted: 1/8/2014


Nine-Year-Old Entrepreneur Nicolas Come Presented Special Award: Among 2013’s “Forty Under 40 to Watch”

By Drisha Leggitt
Posted: 1/10/2014


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