Local Craft Brewery Wins Back-to-Back California State Fair Gold

Source: Modular Marketing Agency  |  2016-07-22
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Owner Dave Mathis and Head Brewer Andy Armstrong Celebrate.

“Coloma Brown Ale” Victorious for Third Time in Four Years

Since launching in 2012, Rancho Cordova craft brewery American River Brewing Company (ARBC) has won numerous awards for its beers, but none more so than its flagship brew, Coloma Brown American Ale.

For the second year in a row, Coloma Brown won first place in the Commercial Craft Brewing competition for the American Ale category at the California State Fair. Hosted by the Northern California Brewer’s Guild, the competition annually draws in excess of one thousand entries from more than three hundred craft breweries across the state.

The win for Coloma Brown comes on the heels of the California Small Business of the Year award for ARBC this past May.

California is a hotbed of the craft brewing industry. Since 2010 the number of craft breweries in the state has more than doubled to nearly 700. With such an immense amount of competition, ARBC founder David Mathis is justifiably pleased with the back-to-back win.

“With so many worthy competitors also brewing at such a high level, this win really validates all the hard work we’ve put into making truly great beer,” Mathis stated. “Plus, since this is our flagship beer, it means even more.”

ARBC partner and Head Brewer, Andy Armstrong, agrees that the effort was worth the result. “We spent a great deal of time perfecting the recipe for Coloma Brown,” he said, “and that was no easy process. Getting recognition like this from a panel of expert judges two years running demonstrates that we’ve gotten it as close to perfection as it can be.”

Following a recent trend among craft breweries, ARBC has begun canning some of its brews and Coloma Brown may be added to the canning lineup. “So far we have our Lawn Jockey Session IPA, Fire Break Red Ale and Capitol Copper Amber Ale ready to begin canning,” Mathis noted, “It would be fantastic if we were to include Coloma Brown as well.”

American River Brewing Company is located at 11151 Trade Center Drive in Rancho Cordova. For more information and a complete list of awards, please visit their website at www.americanriverbrewco.com.


Help Reduce the Use

Source: Sacramento Suburban Water District  |  2016-07-21

Rebates are available for water-efficient sprinkler heads, drip irrigation systems, pool covers and WaterSense-labeled weather-based irrigation controllers.

Sacramento Suburban Water District Asks Customers to Help Reduce Water Use by 10 Percent

Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD) is asking its customers to keep up the great work this summer and voluntarily reduce their water use by 10 percent and to follow District’s recommended watering day schedule.

“Our customers did a fantastic job conserving water during the drought emergency, and reduced water use by nearly 30 percent from June 2015 to February 2016,”” said Greg Bundesen, SSWD Water Conservation Supervisor.  “We’re now asking them to continue their outstanding efforts by limiting landscape watering during the summer when water use is at its highest.”

The District is asking customers who have addresses that end in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) to water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and those with addresses that end in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9) to run their sprinklers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Watering is only allowed before noon or after 8 p.m. through the end of September.

SSWD also has many rebates available for its customers to make conserving water even easier.  Rebates are available for water-efficient sprinkler heads, drip irrigation systems, pool covers and WaterSense-labeled weather-based irrigation controllers.  Weather-based irrigation controllers act like a thermostat for a sprinkler system, and use local weather and landscape conditions to run the sprinklers instead of running according to a preprogrammed schedule. 

Customers who install drip irrigation systems and register their WaterSense-labeled weather-based irrigation controllers with SSWD will not be subject to future watering restrictions.  Complete details and rebate applications are available on www.sswd.org.


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Raley’s Will Remove Artificially Flavored Private Label Brand Sodas

Source: Raley’s  |  2016-07-21

Where we have control over our product lines, we want to offer products that reflect our ongoing vision to infuse life with health and happiness.

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has announced its decision to eliminate certain Raley’s private label brand soda to advance their vision of health and wellness. This includes all flavors containing high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors, including diet soda varieties.

“This is a bold first step towards improving our private label options for our customers,” said Kevin Curry, Raley’s Senior Vice President, Merchandising & Supply Chain. “Where we have control over our product lines, we want to offer products that reflect our ongoing vision to infuse life with health and happiness. Essentially, we want to make it easier for our customers to make healthier choices.”

A number of studies conducted over the past few decades suggest that consumption of high-fructose corn syrup is connected with health concerns, including a significant risk of weight gain and obesity, an increased risk of developing Type-2 Diabetes, hypertension and elevated “bad” cholesterol levels and liver damage.  Raley’s vision is to infuse life with health and wellness. The company strives to educate customers and provide wholesome Raley’s brand options.

Raley’s has discontinued production of private label soda with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors and will phase-out remaining inventory over the next two-weeks. All Raley’s private label soda with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors will be out of stock by August 1st.

In another first step in providing healthier options to customers, Raley’s eliminated tobacco in 2015. For more information, visit www.raleys.com.


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FBI Seeking “Bandaged Bandit”

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation  |  2016-07-21

Suspect Wanted for Series of Four Bank Robberies in Nevada and Northern California

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking information to aid in the identification and apprehension of an individual suspected of robbing four banks. The young Caucasian male is suspected of the following robberies:

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016
    U.S. Bank located at 229 Kingsbury Grade Rd., Stateline, NV 89449
  • Friday, July 1, 2016
    Chase Bank located at 2215 Francisco Dr., El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
  • Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Wells Fargo located at 3935 Park Dr., El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
  • Friday, July 15, 2016
    U.S. Bank located at 1850 Prairie City Rd., Folsom, CA 95630.

The suspect—believed to be in his 20s or 30s—has blonde hair and stands 5’8”-5’10” tall with a large build. He has made an effort to conceal his face by affixing bandages to his nose, chin, and other areas of his face and arms. During the commission of the robberies, the man approached the tellers and either presented a demand note or made a verbal demand for cash while threatening that he had a weapon. After receiving undisclosed amounts of money, the subject fled the locations on foot. Photos of the suspect are available on the FBI’s Wanted Bank Robber website: https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov/robbers-container/2016-07-15.6450756429.

The robberies are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and Folsom Police Department.

Individuals with information about this man may call their local FBI office or 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-885-5984). Tips may also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov. If the subject is spotted in the community, the public is urged to call 911 and not approach the individual. For more information about individuals wanted for bank robberies in your area, please visit https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov


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Women’s Empowerment Graduates 27 Formerly Homeless Women

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2016-07-15

Derkisha Wofford performs at her graduation from Women’s Empowerment’s job readiness program for homeless women as executive director and founder Lisa Culp holds her microphone. 
--Photo courtesy Kristin Thébaud Communications

Nearly 100 community members from across Sacramento witnessed Women’s Empowerment graduate 27 formerly homeless women from the comprehensive eight-week job-readiness program at the end of June. The graduates each shared their stories of their rise from homelessness, some through poetry, some through song and some through prose – all wearing tiaras to match their chosen theme “Queens Uplift Queens.”

“I want to talk to the queens,” sang Derkisha Wofford, a graduate. “Whatever you set your heart to, just believe. Don’t give up on yourself. I love you all.”

From graduates’ mentors, families and children, to organization supporters, graduation attendees heard each graduate’s story and future plans. Each woman accepted a certificate of achievement, received a new handbag filled with a day planner and other items designed to help her succeed, and enjoyed a reception, all sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Carmichael.

“Each of our 27 graduates has made incredible strides in just eight weeks,” said Lisa Culp, executive director of Women’s Empowerment. “Though each woman’s story of homelessness is as unique as her fingerprint, they all joined together to create a sisterhood that helped them rise from poverty to self-reliance. Their value is priceless and their potential is limitless.”

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Women’s Empowerment was recently featured on NBC’s TODAY Show and CNN’s Impact Your World for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,349 homeless women and their 3,500 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded solely through private donations from the community. To donate online: www.womens-empowerment.org.


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Gov. Brown Approves $5M for California Nutrition Incentives Act

Source: Ecology Center  |  2016-07-13

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

After three years of tireless advocacy, the healthy food incentive program Market Match got a boost yesterday as Governor Jerry Brown approved a state budget that includes $5 million for the California Nutrition Incentives Act. The Act is modeled after Market Match, which is increasing access to fresh produce among Californians who are struggling to feed their families, while giving an economic boost to the state’s embattled farm communities.

The $5 million in state funds will attract federal matching dollars through the USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program (FINI) and double the impact of the state’s investment.

A broad coalition of over 200 non-profit organizations and individuals including Roots of Change, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, American Heart Association, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Hunger Action Los Angeles and the Ecology Center, which administers Market Match statewide, worked over a three-year period to secure the funding. In 2014, the coalition’s first attempt didn’t make it out of the appropriations committee. Last year, the legislature passed the California Nutrition Incentives Act, which Gov. Brown signed, but he then axed the $2.5 million in funding that the legislature proposed for the program.

“With this funding, the state of California has put its money where its mouth is in terms of supporting healthy eating for low-income families,” says Ecology Center Executive Director Martin Bourque. “The demand for Market Match has consistently outstripped the supply of funds. The additional $5 million will allow us to expand the program towards our goal of offering Market Match at every farmers’ market in the state,” he said.

Established in 2009, by Roots of Change, Market Match works by providing CalFresh customers with matching funds when they spend their CalFresh benefits (i.e. food stamps) on fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets. So a shopper who spends $10 of CalFresh benefits at the farmers’ market gets an extra $10 to spend on fresh produce. Participants in the program, both small farmers and low-income shoppers, strongly support the program.

Among low-income customers, 70% report that they are buying more fruits and vegetable, and nearly 80% report that their family's health has improved. 81% of farmers report increased sales and 74% report increased income, thanks to Market Match.

Founded in 1969, the Ecology Center is a nonprofit organization located in Berkeley, California that is actively working to create and promote an alternative food system based on the values of environmental protection, justice, and access to healthy, sustainably produced food for all.


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USTA Names Sacramento's Alan Criswell a Local Hero

Source: Steve Pratt  |  2016-07-13

The Sacramento Community Tennis Association, founded in 1999 by Alan Criswell, offers affordable junior tennis programs to more than 300 young-sters in the Sacramento area. 
--Photo courtesy of Sacramento CTA

The United States Tennis Association recently named Sacramento resident Alan Criswell as the USTA Northern California Local Hero.

The Sacramento Community Tennis Association, founded in 1999 by Criswell, offers affordable junior tennis programs to more than 300 youngsters in the Sacramento area, with a focus on underserved kids. Criswell’s work continues to boost the sport in Northern California, and in 2015, the Sacramento Community Tennis Association was named the section’s Outstanding Community Tennis Association.

Criswell focuses on all players. In 2010, he was awarded the Wheelchair Tennis Outstanding Volunteer, which goes to an individual that has gone above and beyond in providing outstanding service to the wheelchair tennis community.


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It’s No Scam! State of CA Has Changed Its Electronic Payment Process!

Source: BOE Office of Public Affairs  |  2016-07-12

As of July 1, 2016, the bank that processes electronic fund transfer (EFT) payments for several state agencies has changed from Citibank to Union Bank.  This change impacts all California businesses that make electronic payments to the various agencies, including to tax or fee accounts with the State Board of Equalization (BOE).

In addition to the Board of Equalization, the impacted agencies include the Employment Development Department, Franchise Tax Board, Department of Insurance, State Controller’s Office, Department of Health Care Services, State Teachers Retirement System, State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Pesticide Regulation, Department of Industrial Relations, and the Public Utilities Commission.

If you use the BOE’s online payment system to make your payment, no change is required on your part.

However, if you make Automated Clearing House (ACH) Debit payments through the EFT payment processor, visit our new bank and payment processor webpage for instructions. If you pay by ACH Credit, you must notify your financial institution of the new bank information to ensure the correct bank is credited.

ACH Credit transactions with a settlement date on or after July 1, 2016, using incorrect banking information will be returned and may be subject to penalty and interest charges. In addition, any payments that were made to Union Bank prior to July 1, 2016, will also be returned and may be subject to penalty and interest charges.

For more information on EFT payments, visit the BOE’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage. If you have questions about Sales and Use Tax accounts, call our EFT helpline: 1-916-327-4229. For questions about Special Taxes and Fees accounts, call 1-800-400-7115. Additional information is available at www.boe.ca.gov.


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Roberta MacGlashan Retiring from Public Service

By Elise Spleiss  |  2016-07-12

Roberta MacGlashan, with her husband Craig. They both look forward to spending even more time together after her retirement. 
--Photo courtesy of Roberta McGlashan

Citrus Heights resident and member of the Sacramento Board of Supervisors for 12 years, Roberta MacGlashan, will be passing on the baton for District Four at the end of 2016.  MacGlashan was elected to the original Citrus Heights City Council in 1996. She served two terms, including two one-year terms as Mayor in 1999 and 2002. Prior to that, she was the last President of the Citrus Heights Incorporation Project (“CHIP”), following Bill Van Duker and Doug Ose in that position.

In 2004, MacGlashan was elected to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, representing the Fourth District. She was re-elected in 2008 and 2012. Following redistricting in 2011, the Fourth District now includes the cities of Citrus Heights and Folsom, and the unincorporated communities of Antelope, Gold River, Orangevale, Rancho Murieta, Rio Linda and Elverta. MacGlashan has decided to retire from public service at the end of her current term on January 2, 2017.

Highlights of MacGlashan’s public service include the selection of the current Citrus Heights City Manager, Henry Tingle; the current City Attorney, Ruthann Ziegler; and working with the other four original City Councilmembers to establish the foundation for the success of the City of Citrus Heights. While on the Board of Supervisors, MacGlashan has been an advocate for public safety, working to maintain and enhance the services provided by the Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Probation Department. She also led the effort to ban marijuana cultivation in the unincorporated area. Other highlights include the opening of “new” Terminal B at the Airport. She estimates that in the last 12 years she has hosted over 500 community meetings throughout the district.

MacGlashan was born and raised in Southern California, and moved to Citrus Heights in 1990 to pursue her career as a planning consultant in the Sacramento area. She and her husband Craig, a retired attorney, have been married for 43 years. She is looking forward to traveling without a set schedule, overseeing some home improvements, and having more time for figure skating, reading for pleasure and volunteering for the California Capital Airshow. She will miss working with all of the wonderful people she has come to know while serving as the Fourth District Supervisor.


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Reduced Wait at Sac Airport

Source: Sacramento County Media  |  2016-07-12

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that two automated Global Entry kiosks are now available for use in the International Arrivals facility in Terminal B. Global Entry members arriving from international destinations use this technology-driven trusted traveler program that enhances security and expedites passengers through the CBP inspection process, reducing wait times for all arriving passengers.

Program participants proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and make a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.

Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, lawful permanent residents, and citizens of certain other countries, including Mexican nationals. As an added benefit, Global Entry members are also eligible to participate in TSA Pre✔™, the Transportation Security Administration’s program providing expedited security screening when flying with approved airlines, including Aeroméxico.

 “Our International Arrivals facility serves over 500 international arriving passengers a day on Aeroméxico from Mexico City and Guadalajara and Volaris from Guadalajara,” said Mark Haneke, Air Service Development Manager for Sacramento International Airport. “As SMF’s international passenger activity continues to grow, Global Entry is one solution to expediting travelers through the arrivals process and enhancing their experience as they end their journey in Sacramento.”

Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program and participation is voluntary.  Applicants pay a $100 non-refundable application fee and undergo a rigorous background check and interview before enrollment. Upon approval, membership is valid for five years.


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