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This Business Executive Is Missing a Limb, But Does Not Let That Limit Her
In a study performed by the California Insurance Commissioner’s office, it was determined that the overall cost to consumers to include comprehensive prosthetic coverage to Covered California’s Essential Benefits list would be 16 cents per month, or less than $2.00 per year. In perspective, paying to ensure an amputee can walk or have the use of their arms and hands would cost California insurance consumers less than purchasing 40 pieces of bubble gum within a year’s time.
Photo courtesy of the Amputee Coalition

Arms and Legs are Not a Luxury

By Linda Harper
Posted: 10/22/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - Did I get your attention? If you’re reading this article in your community newspaper, you’re probably turning the pages to view vital stories, features, and advertisements published to keep you informed of the happenings in your neighborhood. Now, imagine the frustration you would feel if you have no arms or hands to aid you in grasping the pages, the simplest of everyday tasks. You have an artificial limb to provide you physical freedom, give you self-reliance and ability, but it’s propped up on the sofa a few feet away, unable to be utilized. It doesn’t fit properly, and your medical insurance won’t pay to have it repaired or adjusted because you’ve used up your allotted yearly or lifetime benefit. For the over two million people in the United States who have suffered the loss of one or more of their limbs, this situation is not unusual and is a harsh reminder that things are just not what they seem within President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act. In California, it’s been given the catchy name Covered California.

The main goal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), signed into law in 2010, was to make health insurance not only affordable but comprehensive for everyone. Federal law contains a set of 10 “essential health benefits” providers must guarantee consumers of individual, small business insurance policies, and government sponsored programs (Medi-Cal). The White House has said repeatedly that these Obamacare guarantees “eliminate substandard policies that don’t provide minimum services.” States were allowed to craft their own set of essential health benefits, and California even came up with several additional benefits that range from organ transplants for HIV sufferers to Phenylketonuria treatment. Although a minimal allowance for prosthesis is available under the Rehabilitative and Habilitative portion of California’s declared essential benefits, there doesn’t appear to be an equitable provision for the replacement, repair, and maintenance of artificial limbs.

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Stone Lock Facility Faces Demolition

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 10/22/2014

Vandalized Buildings on Stone Lock Site
The City Council met this month to determine the options for the five vacant buildings located at the Stone Lock Facility. The City Council voted at their last meeting to demolish five of the buildings at a cost of $226,000 to $260,000.
Photos courtesy Jeff Lyon

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The City Council met this month to determine the options for the five vacant buildings located at the Stone Lock Facility. The William G. Stone Lock (Lock) facility is located on the Barge Canal just east of Jefferson Blvd. The Lock was decommissioned and placed in caretaker status in 1987. When the West Sacramento Redevelopment Agency (WSRDA) took over ownership in 2004, it assumed the responsibility for the management of the site.

The initial plan was to develop the Stone Lock so it could become a waterfront hot spot. The City of West Sacramento felt it was an important project. Redevelopment Director Val Toppenberg, who left the City in 2009, said, “It is a fabulous piece of riverfront property with four miles of continuous, direct waterfront. There is not another site like this in the Sacramento region.” The Project Manager at that time, Traci Michel, said that the city had worked over the past few years to acquire the property. Parts of the site were purchased for $2 million from the Port of Sacramento, which is currently operated by the City of West Sacramento.

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Universal Preschool Future Vision Presented

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 10/8/2014

Kids Having Fun With Bubbles
Early Learning Services presented a “Future Vision” at the last City County meeting. “With the support of public agency partners, corporations, foundations, and individual, our goal is to advance early learning opportunities for children ages 0-5 and to promote career development and workforce opportunities in the field of education.”

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - In June of this year, the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) awarded the 2014 City Livability Award for cities of less than 100,000. It was presented to the Universal Preschool for West Sacramento (UP4WS). West Sacramento received the award for a small city with an innovative program for children. The official celebration was held at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria on Monday, September 29th. The Master of Ceremonies was West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Calbaldon. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who currently serves as the USCM President, presented the Award.

UP4WS is now entering its ninth year of serving children ages 0-5 in West Sacramento. UP4WS is a collaborative partnership between the City of West Sacramento, the local school district, the County Office of Education and First 5, both at the County and the State levels. Councilperson Beverly Sandeen is the UP4WS Chair, and Justine Jimenez serves as the Early Learning Director.

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Sacramento Region Continues Impressive Water Use Reductions in August

14 Agencies Cut Water Use by 20 Percent or More

Posted: 10/8/2014

A Happy Family Washing Their Car ith Hose and Bucket
“Residents have been spectacular in their water use reductions,” said RWA Water Efficiency Program Manager Amy Talbot.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Customers at 14 Sacramento-area agencies (listed below) reduced water use by 20 percent or more in August compared to the same period last year, according to an analysis by the Regional Water Authority (RWA), which represents water providers in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, and Yolo counties. The findings come from a review of August water use data submitted to RWA and the State Water Resources Control Board.

“Residents have been spectacular in their water use reductions,” said RWA Water Efficiency Program Manager Amy Talbot. “August is typically one of the hottest months of the year, which makes the temptation to ramp up sprinklers hard to resist. But the data shows that residents have made a serious commitment to preserving our limited resources during the severe dry conditions.”

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Capitol Growth Cools Off in Q4

Posted: 10/8/2014

Serious Young Businesspeople are Looking for Work

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Customer service, sales, manufacturing, and drivers are in high demand among Sacramento’s top employers in October, November, and December. Making, storing, distributing, and selling products is driving hiring in the next Quarter. Truck drivers able to pass background, DMV, and drug tests can find work with bottling plants, regional distribution centers, materials suppliers, local delivery, and manufacturers.

Pacific Staffing has discovered that a robust hiring market in the last Quarter has maintained its pace into the last three months of 2014 among the region’s top companies. One difference noted is the change in motivation for hiring as learned from direct phone contacts with regional companies between August 21 and September 12, 2014.

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Two Young Ladies Smile and Show Peace Signs
Too often, kids are involved. Social experts who study human behavior argue that today’s youth are under more stress than ever before.

International Day of Peace

By Linda Harper
Posted: 9/17/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - Turn on the television on any given day and the lead news story reports violence in our nation’s communities. Too often, kids are involved. Social experts who study human behavior argue that today’s youth are under more stress than ever before. Gang warfare, street stabbings and shootings, proliferation of drugs, binge drinking, and teenage pregnancy are just some of the stresses young people are subjected to in their schools, homes, and communities. Tragically, many of these “at risk” kids are caught up in a dangerous lifestyle. It doesn’t matter their ethnicity, gender, age or family background; no child is immune to the negative influences around them. According to Wayne Hironaka, Chairman of I AM PEACE, Inc., over 25% of Grant High School teens are identified as “at- risk.” More are likely in the other North Sacramento high schools.

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Port Business Plan is Updated

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 9/17/2014

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento-Yolo Port Commission met this month to take a look at the Port Business Plan which had been adopted in March of 2013. Most of the recommendations that were previously made have been successfully implemented. The Port has fully transitioned into a pure landlord operating model.

As a landlord, the city staff’s primary focus is to manage and expand the Port’s tenant portfolio. The goal is to maximize real estate based revenues, while controlling costs. This will help the Port to maintain a sustainable economic enterprise. The land use policies of the City of West Sacramento, as well as the economic policies that are currently in place, work to enhance the Port’s role as a regional transportation and recreational asset.

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Firearm Sales Zoning Decided

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 9/3/2014


Raley’s Supermarket Settles Civil Environmental Case

Special Report
District Attorney’s Office
Posted: 9/3/2014


You Won’t Believe Your Skies!

The California Capital Airshow

Posted: 8/20/2014


Legends Come to Life at the Circus

Posted: 8/20/2014


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