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United Way Young Leaders Society Gives Back on MLK Day of Service

Posted: 1/30/2015

Caitlin Wong and Andreea Luca Fold and Sort Clothing
Caitlin Wong (left) and Andreea Luca of the United Way Young Leaders Society fold and sort clothing at Next Move Sacramento’s community donation center on Martin Luther King Day to honor Dr. King’s legacy of volunteerism.
Photo courtesy of Kristin Thébaud Communications

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Caitlin Wong and Andreea Luca of the United Way Young Leaders Society fold and sort clothing at Next Move Sacramento’s community donation center on Martin Luther King Day to honor Dr. King’s legacy of volunteerism. Ten members of the group cleaned and reorganized the donation center, which provides free items for community members who were once homeless who need clothes and household goods.

The United Way Young Leaders Society is a diverse group of young professionals ages 21-40 that is focused on philanthropy and service in the greater Sacramento region. Members are committed to investing in health and education opportunities for students by volunteering their time, mobilizing social networks, and raising money for a specific community impact project.

For more than 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought together nonprofits, businesses, donors, volunteers, community leaders, and more to meet the community’s greatest needs, give immediate aid, and find lasting solutions for future generations. United Way mobilizes members of the community to be first responders in repairing the education level, financial stability, and health of everyone in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties through donation and volunteer opportunities. To donate or volunteer, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications


City Council Votes Against Gated Community

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 1/30/2015

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - A local developer, Mandarich Developments of Rocklin, recently submitted a proposal to develop a small-lot, single-family residential development in the multi-family residential (R-3) zone at 3151 Southport Parkway. The General Plan designation for this property is high-density residential. This designation provides for single-family and multi-family residential units. The project site is approximately 18.3 acres and is currently undeveloped. Southport Business Land Park Fund X, LLC of Newport Beach is the current owner.

City staff was not aware of any controversial issues regarding the property, although the proposed density for the project was at the bare minimum. For approval of the project, the Planning Commission looked at the size of the lots and the building setbacks. Since the proposed project is an R-3 zone, it has a 40% open space requirement. The zoning ordinance requires a minimum of two parking spaces for each single-family home. Each home would have a two-car garage that would be accessed from private alleys.

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Top New Laws for California Businesses

California Chamber Releases Its 2015 List

Posted: 1/16/2015

Young Office Workers Gather Around a Laptop
Several new laws will increase employers’ wage-and-hour obligations in 2015. AB 1897 holds employers liable for wage-and-hour violations when they use staffing agencies or other labor contractors. If a contractor fails to pay its workers properly or provide workers’ compensation coverage, the “client employer” can now be held legally responsible.

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - The California Chamber of Commerce has released a list of new laws that will affect California businesses in 2015. Some of these, such as mandatory paid sick leave, make significant changes to the state’s legal landscape. Others will have more limited impact. Here are some highlights.

Mandatory paid sick leave: AB 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, requires employers to provide paid sick leave to any employee who worked in California for 30 days. Employers can limit paid sick leave to 24 hours or three days in each year of employment and can put a maximum cap on total accrual of 48 hours or six days. The effective date for the paid sick leave benefit is July 1st, 2015.

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Region Employment Trends Show Growing Optimism

Job Demand and Hiring Trends for Local Companies

Posted: 1/16/2015

A Businessman Looks Forward While His Team Works Out the Details
Despite the optimistic outlook, regional acquisition and mergers combined with seasonal layoffs is reducing workforces at 6% of Sacramento regional employers polled in the first three months of 2015.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Optimism is strong for ongoing growth of the Sacramento regional economy in the New Year.

In direct contacts with top Sacramento regional employers, Pacific Staffing has discovered that 84% of company contacts expressed optimism for 2015 about ongoing economic and job growth in our region. Just 8% of those contacted in 2014 between November 12th and December 16th indicated a pessimistic outlook. Another 8% didn’t or couldn’t answer when asked, “Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the economy in 2015?” In what is traditionally the slowest period for hiring, the Sacramento Employment Trends Survey has learned the majority of top regional employers will continue at a robust pace in hiring for the first quarter of 2015.

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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: 12/18/2014

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 www.cslb.ca.gov or CheckTheLicenseFirst.com, 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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Fred Joseck, Cliff Caldwell, Mark Johannessen, Catherine Dunwoody, Phil Serna, Senator Richard Pan, Kent Ramos, and Bill Elrick
Present at the dedication were (from left to right) Fred Joseck, Department Of Energy; Cliff Caldwell, VP Bulk, Applications Engineering, Electronics, Premium Products and Engineered Customer Systems, Linde North America, Inc.; Mark Johannessen, Mayor Pro Tem, City of West Sacramento; Catherine Dunwoody, California Air Resources Board; Phil Serna, California Air Resources Board; Senator Richard Pan; Kent Ramos, Ramos Oil; and Bill Elrick, California Fuel Cell Partnership.
Photos courtesy of California Energy Commission

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Station Open for Business

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 12/18/2014

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On Wednesday, December 10th, about 70 people braved the cool weather for the outdoor ceremony at the dedication of the first hydrogen refueling station located in our region. This station is the 10th retail hydrogen station in California. It is located on the Ramos Oil facility at 1515 River Road in West Sacramento, and it will provide hydrogen to drivers of fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in our area.

Attendees at the dedication ceremony included many important stakeholders from both national and international organizations. They are responsible for the development and improvement of alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels and the expansion of the fueling infrastructure, fueling stations, and equipment. Members of the California Energy Commission (CEC), California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), local elected city and county officials, staff members from Governor Brown’s office, and representatives from the Linde Group were all present.

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California Community College Districts Show Overwhelming Interest in Developing Four-Year Degree Programs

Posted: 12/18/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On November 19th, the California Community Colleges announced that 36 districts, half of all districts in the system, submitted letters of intent to the state Chancellor’s Office indicating their desire to host a baccalaureate degree program, signaling strong support for legislation signed by the governor this fall authorizing the system to award bachelor’s degrees as part of a limited pilot program.

The districts represent regions throughout the state, including Allan Hancock Joint Community College District in the Central Coast, Los Angeles Community College District, San Diego Community College District, State Center Community College District in the San Joaquin Valley, Foothill-De Anza Community College District in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District in far Northern California.

“The districts’ strong interest in building baccalaureate degree programs is heartening,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. “They are pioneering a new mission for the California Community Colleges and opening up pathways for Californians who may not have had the chance to earn a four-year degree. I look forward to working with the districts to create world-class programs that graduate highly trained and marketable students.”

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West Sacramento to be Home to Area’s First Hydrogen Fuel Station

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 12/4/2014

Hydrogen Fuel Tank at Ramos Oil Facility
The California Energy Commission recently announced that it will invest $46.6 million to accelerate the development of hydrogen fueling stations in the Golden State. California already has more hydrogen stations than any other region in the world. The location will be at the Ramos Oil facility located at 1515 South River Road in West Sacramento.
Photos by Doug Hawkins

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The region’s first retail hydrogen-cell fueling station will open in West Sacramento on December 10th. The location will be at the Ramos Oil facility located at 1515 South River Road in West Sacramento. Kent Ramos, president of Ramos Oil Company, stated, “We have been serving the Sacramento market with a variety of fuels for over 60 years, and we are anxious to support the infrastructure necessary to prove that hydrogen has a place in the transportation fuel mix.”

Hydrogen stations, for the most part, are dispensers added to existing gasoline stations. Customers are used to the convenience, safety, and services of retail gas stations, and it makes sense to add hydrogen to what already exists. In some cases, though, hydrogen stations are purposefully built to dispense only hydrogen.

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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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Levee Work Requires Lengthy Process for Relocation of Cellular Tower

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 11/19/2014


Flood Control on Levees is High Priority

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 11/19/2014


Local Face of Homelessness

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 11/5/2014


Sacramento Moustache Run

Posted: 11/5/2014


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