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Don’t Let Storm Repairs Turn Into An Uglier Mess

CSLB Tips Help Prevent Storm Repairs From Becoming Costly Headaches

Posted: 12/12/2014

Suburban Home Hip Deep in Water
The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof. Consumers can use CSLB’s online resources, available at or, to review the license status of contractors they plan to hire and to get tips about the best approach for making home repairs.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) reminds California home owners to use only licensed contractors when it comes to storm damage repairs. The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof.

“Anyone who needs to make repairs from storm damage should be looking for a legitimate, qualified tradesperson, especially in an urgent situation,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “Licensed contractors are skilled in their specific trade, insured and bonded, and not likely to leave you in the lurch when it comes to properly completing the job at a fair price.”

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Women’s Empowerment Receives $25,000 From Save Mart C.A.R.E.S.

Grant Will Help Sacramento Women Break the Cycle of Homelessness

Posted: 12/12/2014

Nicole Pesco and Lisa Culp
Nicole Pesco of Save Mart gives Lisa Culp of Women’s Empowerment a check for $25,000 to empower women who are homeless to find homes and jobs.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. has donated $25,000 to help homeless women in Sacramento find homes and jobs to support their families through Women’s Empowerment’s comprehensive job-readiness program. The mission of Women’s Empowerment aligns closely with the mission of Save Mart C.A.R.E.S., which supports programs that have a record of results and contribute to the advancement of community, arts, recreation, education, and/or sports.

“Women who experience homelessness have greater barriers in their job search, so our program addresses all of their basic needs including nutrition, so they can get healthy and focus on job readiness skills,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are grateful to Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. for its steadfast support that ensures more women leave our program healthy, employed, and living in their own homes.”

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Jan Scully’s Retirement Celebration and Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center Fundraiser

Posted: 12/4/2014

DA Jan Scully Will Retire December 31
Jan Scully

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Jan Scully began her career as a deputy district attorney in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office in 1979, and she was first elected district attorney in 1994. Her fifth and final term as Sacramento County’s district attorney will come to an end on December 31st, 2014.

To mark this momentous occasion, a retirement celebration will be held to honor Scully’s 20-year tenure as the elected DA, and near 36-year career dedicated to serving justice and public safety.

The event will also serve as the first inaugural fundraiser for the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center (SRFJC), a collaborative agency partnership benefiting local victims of domestic, family, and interpersonal violence. This inaugural event will set the foundation for what will become an annual fundraiser to continue garnering support for the SRFJC, raising awareness, and sharing the vision of “A Family Free of Violence is a Community Free of Violence.” For more information about the SRFJC and to view the “I’m In” video, visit

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Yosemite Sustainability Conference Announced

Event Designed To Help Businesses, Government, and Non-Profits

Posted: 12/4/2014

Long View Up Yosemite Valley
The conference will provide information about some of the most impactful environmental issues such as climate change, greenhouse gas reduction, water management, energy management, waste stream reduction and transportation fuels.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA (MPG) - Yosemite Gateway Partners is hosting the first Yosemite Sustainability Conference in Yosemite National Park December 8- 10, 2014. The conference is a three-day learning and networking forum dedicated to helping local and state businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations transition to economic, environmental, and social sustainability through best practices.

The conference will provide information about some of the most impactful environmental issues such as climate change, greenhouse gas reduction, water management, energy management, waste stream reduction and transportation fuels. Attendees will learn about implementable solutions, tools, resources, and best practices from experts in the fields of water, energy, waste management and air resources.

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Merlot Marketing Wins Big at Awards Gala

Northern California Agency Brings Home Six Awards

Posted: 11/28/2014

Merlot Marketing Team With Six Sacramento Influence Awards
CEO Debi Hammond, vice president Brenda Forman, and Merlot Marketing team members with their six PRSA Influence awards.
Photo courtesy of Merlot Marketing

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Merlot Marketing, emerged as the leading influencer at this year’s 2014 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Sacramento Influence Awards gala. The full-service, national marketing agency took home six awards, the most won by any single agency in the region.

The inaugural awards gala took place at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, and recognized the achievements of local and national agencies. Merlot Marketing received accolades for campaigns in social media, external/community relations, electronic and digital communications, collateral materials and publications, media relations and annual reporting.

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Foster Youth Celebrated at United Way’s Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon

Fundraiser Benefits United Way’s Foster Youth Programs

Posted: 11/21/2014

Paige Was Presented at the Event
Paige walks the runway at United Way’s Women in Philanthropy Luncheon after speaking about her experience in foster care.
Photo courtesy of Kristin Thébaud Communications

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - As 20 foster youth walked the runway at United Way’s 13th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon fashion show, 270 guests cheered and clapped at the teens’ grinning faces. The annual event recently was held at the Arden Fair Mall Center Court and also included a gourmet lunch, drawing prizes, and presentations by local current and former foster youth, some of whom have participated in United Way’s financial stability initiative. United Way’s Women in Philanthropy members also discussed their work with the financial stability initiative’s $en$e-Ability project, supporting financial literacy courses and a matched savings program for foster youth.

United Way’s financial stability initiative is working to make sure local households and foster youth can meet their basic needs and plan for their future. Right now, 30% of households cannot, and the numbers are worse for foster youth. Part of the initiative includes United Way’s $en$e-Ability project that is helping adults and foster youth learn better financial skills. Ninety percent of foster youth in the program also are participating in United Way’s matched savings program. In addition, United Way leads the Assets & Opportunity Network, a group of nonprofits, companies, and volunteers looking at financial stability data in the community and working to increase the number of individuals who are financially thriving, including foster youth.

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The Cast of 'Incongruity' in Costume
Red Bench Entertainment is producing Incongruity, a film that will premier at Curtis Hall, Sierra 2 Center for the Arts, Sacramento, on December 27th. The entire cast poses in character.
Photo courtesy of Richard McHenry

Local Filmmakers to Premier

By Margaret Snider
Posted: 11/14/2014

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Red Bench Entertainment writer and director Angela Zaniboni calls the film Incongruity, which she wrote and directed, a supernatural drama. The film will premiere at a gala event with the theme The Great Gatsby. The show will be 5-10 p.m. on December 27th at Curtis Hall, Sierra 2 Center for the Arts, Sacramento. The family-friendly event will showcase Red Bench’s work.

“There will be slide shows, videos, movies, projects that we’ve done,” said Cheryl Rubio Barrios, CEO of Red Bench and producer and executive director of the film. “The finale will be (the showing of) Incongruity.”

Appetizers and drinks, socializing and mixing will tie in with the 1920s theme.

“There will be dancing, singing, and even some live acting,” Zaniboni said.

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Freedom Is Not Free

By Paul V. Scholl, Publisher
Posted: 10/31/2014

Arms and Legs are Not a Luxury

By Linda Harper
Posted: 10/22/2014

Sacramento Region Continues Impressive Water Use Reductions in August

14 Agencies Cut Water Use by 20 Percent or More

Posted: 10/8/2014

Capitol Growth Cools Off in Q4

Posted: 10/8/2014

Tradition of Hiring Continues at 23rd Fall HIREvent

Posted: 10/3/2014


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