SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Every year, Sacramento County residents do their level best to keep cool during the seasonably hot valley temperatures mid-year. Failing to keep cool in extreme temperatures can cause adverse health effects for residents—for both people and animals.

Unlike humans, cats and dogs cannot sweat to keep cool; they cool their bodies off through panting and the pads of their feet.

“Heat can be deadly for pets,” said Director Dave Dickinson, Animal Care and Regulation. “Pet owners must be vigilant about keeping their animals cool during hot weather; that includes never leaving animals in parked cars and helping them to avoid extreme heat.”

Here are some tips for keeping your pet safe from the heat: 

  • Never leave your dog in a parked car: Even cracking a window won’t protect your pets. It is against the law in California and could be punishable by a fine or imprisonment. A car can reach 120 degrees in just minutes; even if the windows are slightly open the car can still reach 102 degrees.  A dog's normal temperature is 101.5 degrees; at 120 degrees your pet can suffer from heat exhaustion and die and at 107 degrees brain damage occurs. 
  • Avoid extreme heat: When temperatures get above the 90s, take your pet inside. For outdoor pets, be sure to provide them with plenty of fresh, cold water in a tip-proof water dish and shade for them to cool down.
  • Don’t exercise with your pets when it is too hot: Older and certain long-haired dogs can be particularly susceptible to heat, and hot asphalt can burn their paws. Exercise in the early morning or cool evenings and make sure both of you have plenty of water. 
  • Use sunscreen: Pets get sunburned just like people, and if your pet has light skin, they can be particularly susceptible to a painful burn, and even skin cancer. Use sunscreen on sensitive areas, such as ears or nose to make sure your pets are protected.
  • Don’t take your pets to crowded summer events: The heat, noise, and crowds can be overwhelming to your pet. July 4 fireworks are especially stressful for pets, and it is best to leave them at home in a quiet, cool and secure environment. Take extra precaution to make sure your pet has a registered microchip in addition to wearing I.D. tags in case they become lost.
  • Secure your dog during transport: Make sure your dog is secured safely in your vehicle. Cross-tethering your dog with a rope or containing them via kennel in the bed of your truck will help prevent the dog from falling or jumping from the vehicle. Also, please note that truck beds can get hot when exposed to the sun and that can severely burn dog foot pads. Transporting animals on a public highway or public roadway without properly securing them could be punishable by a fine. 
  • Be your pet’s lifeguard: While swimming can help pets get exercise without overheating, always supervise pets when swimming either in a pool or in area waterways. Dogs can get tired swimming, particularly in rivers where they have to fight against currents. To avoid drowning, make sure they wear life jackets and keep them out of the water when flows are high. 

If pets have been exposed to high temperatures…

Be alert for signs of heat stress including heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.

Immediately move your pet to the shade to lower their temperature. Apply cool (not cold) water to the pet, apply ice packs and cool towels to your pet’s head, neck and chest.

Take your pet to a veterinarian immediately. It could save its life.

Learn more about heat-related animal issues by visiting Hot Weather Pet Tips page. For other animal issues and pet owner resources, visit the Animal Care and Regulation website.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Gem Faire, West Coast’s Premier Jewelry & Bead Show, returns on August 9-11, 2019 at Scottish Rite Center, located at 6151 H St., in Sacramento. Hours are Fri. 12pm-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, and Sun. 10am-5pm. Admission is $7, valid for the entire weekend.

Over 70 exhibitors from all over the world will be on site with the largest selection of fine jewelry, crystals, gemstones, beads, minerals, fossils and much more. Take advantage of buying direct from the importers and wholesalers. From loose gemstones, raw minerals and millions of bead strands, to finished jewelry, fashion accessories, supplies and tools, find them all under one roof. Jewelry repair, cleaning & ring sizing service is available while you shop. Enjoy displays & demonstrations by Sacramento Mineral Society. Free door prize drawings are conducted every hour throughout the weekend.

Mark your calendar! Gem Faire will be in Sacramento for three days only! Buy quality gems, jewelry and beading supplies directly from the source right in your town only at Gem Faire. For more information, visit or contact Gem Faire, Inc. at (503) 252-8300 or email:

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WOODLAND, CA (MPG) - The Yolo County District Attorney’s Multi-Cultural Community Council announces their Justice Leadership Awards Luncheon which will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019, from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at the Yolo County Atrium located at 625 Court Street, Woodland, CA.

The mission of the Yolo County’s Multi-Cultural Community Council is to enrich understanding of Yolo County’s diverse population and to celebrate how cultural knowledge expands our ability to accept and appreciate differences. The Multi-Cultural Community Council is made up of individuals from throughout Yolo County. The MCCC is led by Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, along with MCCC Chairperson Tessa Smith. The MCCC acts as an advisory group to Reisig.

The awards luncheon is focused on recognizing individuals or organizations who promote multi-cultural relationships, acceptance and peace; forge diverse coalitions to assure ongoing community dialogue related to cultural awareness, the criminal justice system, and public safety; and ensure multi-cultural community participation in educational and informational programs related to accessing, understanding and providing input to the criminal justice system.

The MCCC is requesting nominations to recognize individuals or organizations in the following categories: Administration of Justice; Faith Based Communities; Public Schools; Human Services; and Community Engagement Volunteer. Nominations are due August 16, 2019. Please submit nominations to Wendy Wilcox at: You may complete the nomination form electronically by entering a Fillable Nomination Form PDF

For more information contact: Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven at

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after the California Supreme Court recently upheld a ruling by the Third District Court of Appeal which had ordered California to use funds collected during a 2012 Mortgage Settlement lawsuit to help struggling homeowners. The settlement agreement collected $331 million to help financially-distressed homeowners victimized by unfair lending practices and was intended to provide legal aid, foreclosure hotlines, consumer education and efforts to combat financial fraud.

Instead Governor Brown spent the money on other programs. Since then, two separate court rulings have ordered California to return the funds to their intended purposes. Governor Newsom filed an appeal to one of the court rulings and just recently, the California Supreme Court weighed in.

“Legislative Republicans have been fighting this issue to help distressed homeowners since 2015. With the recent decision from the state's highest court, this is a victory for those homeowners and validates what legislative Republicans have been advocating all along. I urge the governor to return the settlement funds to help struggling homeowners and fulfill the original intent,” said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove represents California's 16th Senate District

Source: Senate Republican Caucus Office

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Assemblyman Cooley is Pleased with Yosemite Historic Landmark Names Settlement

By Jillena Hernandez  |  2019-07-25

Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova). Photo courtesy of Office of Assemblyman Ken Cooley

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) released the following statement after news broke that a lawsuit settlement will permit Yosemite National Park to resume using its historic landmark names.

“I am very pleased to hear the news that historic Yosemite names like the Ahwahnee Hotel, Curry Village and the Wawona Hotel have been rightfully restored. In 2016, after learning that the former Yosemite concessionaire had outrageously claimed ownership of treasured Yosemite names, I authored the California Heritage Protection Act (AB 2249) with my colleagues Adam Gray and Frank Bigelow to change the law and make certain a private company could never trademark an historic state park landmark.

“Our parks showcase the beauty and incredible history of California, and should always serve the interests of the people.”

Source: Office of Assemblyman Ken Cooley

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California Capital Airshow Announces The Blue Angels and F-16 Viper Demonstration Team

By Liz Fox Johnson, California Capital Airshow  |  2019-07-25

The Viper Demonstration

U.S. Navy Blue Angels to Headline the October Show

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The California Capital Airshow (CCA), presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, announced the exciting performer lineup and kickoff of ticket sales for the October 5 and 6 airshow. Headlined by the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels, this year’s show is packed with hours of entertainment in the air and on the ground. Family-friendly ticket pricing provides admission for up to six youth ages 6-15 with the purchase of just one Adult General Admission ticket. Kids under 5 receive free general admission. Information on how to access early ticket discounts is available at

Returning to Mather Airport for its 14th year, the airshow offers miles of static display aircraft in all shapes and sizes as well as interactive STEM experiences for the enjoyment of kids and families. In addition to the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the show features an extensive roster of jaw-dropping acts. Performances from the new Team Oracle, which features the only female formation airshow pilot in the country, the Patriot Parachute Team, the F-16 Viper Demonstration Team and so much more will captivate spectators throughout the weekend.

“Of course we are thrilled to welcome back the Blue Angels this year,” said Darcy Brewer, executive director, CCA. “We are also really excited about our lineup of world-class civilian performers, military aircraft and the opportunity to honor our past with a beautiful D-Day tribute. As always, we’ve worked hard to curate an event that is both inspiring and entertaining to people of all ages and interests.” 

For thrill seekers, history buffs and STEM or aviation enthusiasts off all ages, this family-friendly festival offers endless entertainment, attractions, music, food and so much more. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, August 1 at 12:00 a.m. PDT via the Airshow website. 

For more information contact Liz Fox Johnson at or 540-632-1696

Established in 2004, the California Capital Airshow 501(c)3 plans and operates the exciting, family-friendly annual event designed to honor the Sacramento region’s rich aviation heritage and veterans while using the power and magic of flight to inspire young people. CCA gives back to the community through scholarships, charitable group donations and exciting educational youth programming throughout the year. For more information about the airshow, performers, and discount tickets, please visit

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s announcement of new leadership at the Department of Motor Vehicles and release of results from the DMV Strike Team:

After years of mismanagement, illegally registering foreign nationals to vote, and changing the voter registration of tens of thousands of Californians, the governor needs to acknowledge that the DMV is structurally-flawed. The only thing the DMV has been good at recently is wasting taxpayers’ time and money.

“Like the mismanaged High-Speed Rail Authority, Democrats’ solutions for failing government bureaucracies seem to throw more money at them and hope for the best. I wish the new director and staff well, but fear we are just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

“Senate Republicans have been calling for a comprehensive, independent audit and all Californians have gotten are excuses from the DMV. Californians deserve nothing less than a top to bottom audit of the DMV,” said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove represents California's 16th Senate District which encompasses large portions of Kern, Tulare and San Bernardino counties and including the cities of Bakersfield, Barstow, California City, Exeter, Frazier Mountain, Joshua Tree, Mojave, Needles, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Taft, Tehachapi, Twentynine Palms, Tulare, Visalia, Yucca Valley and portions of the Kern River Valley. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: California Senate Republican Caucus


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