Community Partnerships Supported Red Cross Efforts During Recent Flooding

Source: Cal Expo Media  |  2017-03-09

Cal Expo and State Fair joined in the disaster response effort through a partnership with the American Red Cross during Northern California’s most recent flooding and Oroville Dam incident.

The Red Cross and Cal Expo have long been neighbors on Exposition Boulevard but the opportunity to enhance that relationship came in February with the Oroville Dam Spillway evacuation. With only hours to rally a large-scale response the Red Cross reached out to Cal Expo for help. Over 180,000 people were told to evacuate from their homes as the authorities detected a potential weakness in the 700-foot-tall Oroville Dam. It was estimated that if the spillway broke there would be a 30-foot wall of water surging south into communities downstream.

When the call went out to Cal Expo to serve as a shelter the resounding response was “Yes, we can help.”

“For more than 160 years the California State Fair has been the one constant setting for celebrating and showcasing the best of our State, and in times of emergency a safe haven for those in need,” says Rick Pickering, C.E.O. “During this emergency, the Red Cross and their dedicated volunteers exemplified what has long made California great, its people.”

The shelter at Cal Expo opened on February 13 and remained open until February 23. During that time the shelter tallied 261 overnight stays, 5,000 meals and snacks served, 700 volunteer hours and 800 health and mental health contacts. In addition, evacuees brought 11 RV’s into the Cal Expo RV Park. These families and individuals also came into the shelter for meals, information and to use the resources in the shelter.

Gary Strong, CEO for the Red Cross of Gold Country Region was a frequent visitor to the shelter and was very impressed with the Cal Expo staff and their willingness to do whatever it took to make sure that the evacuees had a safe place to stay while they were out of their homes. “This is one of those partnerships that we hope we won’t have to activate again but we also hope will last a long time,” Strong said.

The residents of the shelter were also extremely happy with the facility and the support from the Cal Expo staff. “The staff was so warm and inviting. They kept everything so clean and organized. No one judged us and everyone was so respectful,” shared Jennifer Moss, an evacuee from the town of Linda. “We came here afraid and worried, and the folks here helped ease our fears. I’d like to thank everyone at Cal Expo and the American Red Cross for all you’ve done for us.”

The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit Cal Expo is home to the California State Fair and plays host to hundreds of other signature events each year.

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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency, Requests Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Due to Recent Storms

From the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown  |  2017-03-09

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

On March 7th Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster state and local recovery efforts following late January storms that caused major flooding, mudslides, power outages and damage to critical infrastructure across California.

Governor Brown also issued two emergency proclamations due to storms in late January and February – for the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba, Contra Costa, Orange, Riverside, San Francisco and Solano – which direct Caltrans to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program. The proclamations also direct the Office of Emergency Services to provide assistance to specified counties as a result of the late January storms. Damage assessments for the February storms and for the damaged spillway at Oroville Dam are ongoing.

Today’s request follows two other separate Presidential Major Disaster Declaration requests – granted last month – to support the response and recovery efforts for the situation at Oroville Dam and the impacts of the early January storm system. In addition to today’s action, Governor Brown has issued emergency declarations connected to storms in December and early January and Oroville Dam. Last month, Governor Brown announced a four-point plan to bolster dam safety and flood protection statewide.

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Sutter’s Fort to Present Hard Working Women on the Frontier

Source: T-Rock Communications  |  2017-03-03

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fort visitors will be delighted to see the recently completed restoration of the historic walls, gates and blacksmith shop plus have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1840s to experience what life was like for pioneer women in California’s early history. Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear from special guest Cheryl Stapp, historian and author of The Stagecoach in Northern California. During presentations at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Cheryl will preview her new book about Mary Sinclair, one of the first and most mysterious women in the Sacramento Valley and Sutter’s closest neighbor. Cheryl will also be available to sign copies of her books, available for purchase in the Fort Trade Store.

Fort visitors will realize that emigrant women did not live lives of leisure and were vital economic partners in families. In fact, many pioneer women set up their own businesses selling eggs, milk, or baked goods to neighbors and travelers. Fort guests will enjoy Dutch oven cooking demonstrations that include the sampling of bread from a recipe that dates back to the 1840s, smoked jerky, and more. Guests will also be able to see projects underway in the blacksmith and carpenter shops and, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Admission to Sutter’s Fort SHP costs $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and is free for children 5 and under. For more information, call 916-445-4422 or visit

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C.A.H.P. Credit Union Establishes Memorial Fund for Fallen CHP Officer Lucas Chellew

Source: California Highway Patrol  |  2017-03-02

The C.A.H.P Credit Union has established a memorial fund in honor of fallen CHP Officer Lucas Chellew. One hundred percent of all donations received will go directly to Officer Chellews’s family. The C.A.H.P Credit Union is covering all processing fees and administrative responsibilities.

On February 22, 2017, CHP Officer Lucas Chellew was involved in a collision during a pursuit in South Sacramento. Officer Chellew lost control of his motorcycle, after being cut off by another vehicle, and crashed into a pole.

Officer Chellew was transported to UC Davis Medical Center. Despite best efforts from the medical staff, Officer Chellew passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital. He leaves behind a wife, son and daughter. His father is retired CHP Captain Charles Chellew, and his sister is CHP Officer Hanna Chellew.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Officer Chellew,” said Brad Houle, C.A.H.P. Credit Union President. “He was an exemplary officer and dedicated public servant. Our hearts mourn for his family left behind and he will be greatly missed by his fellow officers and the community he loved to serve.”

Donations can be made on the C.A.H.P Credit Union website ( or directly mailed to:

Lucas Chellew Memorial Fund

CAHP Credit Union
2843 Manlove Road
P.O. Box 276507
Sacramento, CA 95827-6507

California Association of Highway Patrolmen Credit Union (CAHPCU) has a membership of over 16,000 and is dedicated to matching the integrity, judgement and courtesy displayed by our peace officer members every day, in providing financial services whenever and wherever they need access to CAHPCU. For more information about CAHPCU, please visit our website or call 800-542-2247.

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Annual River Cats Preseason Party is this Sunday

Source: Sacramento River Cats  |  2017-03-02

New Season of River Cats Baseball Kicks Off Sunday, March 5 at Raley Field

Opening Day may not be until April 6, but Sacramento River Cats fans will get a sneak peek of what’s to come on Sunday, March 5 at the annual River Cats Preseason Party at Raley Field. The event is noon to 3:00 pm and highlights new additions to the ballpark as well as treats fans to free food.

Raley Field will open its gates once again with some new changes for the 2017 season and fans at the Preseason Party will be the first to see what’s in store. All-new concession storefronts line the concourse and the Down on the Farm kids’ area has undergone a near-complete transformation.

The River Cats will host a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:45 pm to officially open the fully-renovated Down on the Farm kids’ area. Down on the Farm has new Sacramento-themed play equipment and amenities for children to enjoy during family trips to the ballpark. In addition to these renovations, fans will be able to enjoy free hot dogs and sodas and go behind the scenes with the Raley Field clubhouse tour.

Another exciting feature of this year’s Preseason Party is batting practice on the field (weather permitting). Fans of all ages will have an opportunity to take batting practice down on the field just like pros. All donations made for batting practice will benefit the River Cats foundation. There will also be free activities for kids including arts and crafts, face painters, and more. St. Baldrick’s and Bell Brothers also return to the annual Preseason Party as they raise money in the fight against childhood cancer.

Not only will fans have the opportunity to get their first look at Raley Field, they’ll also be among the first to purchase individual game tickets. This includes tickets for premium games like Opening Night, Independence Day Eve, Fan Appreciation Day, all giveaway dates, and more. The Round Table Pizza Ticket Office will open at 12:00 pm and fans are encouraged to get their tickets now to avoid box office lines and sellouts during the season.

River Cats faithful can also gear up for the 2017 season by visiting the On Deck Shop at Raley Field. The On Deck Shop will have exclusive Preseason Party sales going on all day.

Season ticket plans are still available and fans are encouraged to schedule a tour to check out available seats by calling (916) 371-HITS (4487) or emailing

The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants. For more information about the River Cats, visit

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Brown Releases 2016 Judicial Appointment Data

From the Office of Jerry Brown  |  2017-03-02

Governor Edmund G. Brown

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today released annual applicant and appointee data for the administration's judicial appointments.

From 2011 through 2016, Governor Brown appointed 356 judges – including 45 in 2016 – from a pool of more than 2,000 applicants. Over those six years, nearly 40 percent of Governor Brown's appointees identified themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African-American; Hispanic; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; or Other/Unknown. Last year, Hispanic appointees accounted for more than one in five judicial appointments.

From 2011 through 2016, Governor Brown's judicial appointees included a number of notable firsts:

  • Yvette Durant, the first woman judge ever appointed to the Sierra County Superior Court.
  • Richard T. Fields, the first African-American man appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
  • Marco D. Nunez, the first openly gay judge ever appointed to the Imperial County Superior Court.
  • Sonia Cortés, the first Latino judge ever appointed to the Yolo County Superior Court.
  • Marsha G. Slough, the first openly gay justice in the history of the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
  • Luis A. Lavin, the first openly gay justice to serve on the Second District Court of Appeal.
  • Therese M. Stewart, the first openly lesbian justice to serve on the California Court of Appeal;
  • Ferdinand P. Inumerable, the first Asian-American judge ever appointed to the Ventura County Superior Court.
  • M. Bruce Smith, the first African-American judge to serve on the Fifth District Court of Appeal.
  • Paul Lo, the first Hmong American judge ever appointed in the country;
  • Sunshine Sykes, the first Native American judge ever appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court;
  • Sunil Kulkarni, the first South Asian American judge ever appointed in Northern California;
  • Rupa Goswami, the first South Asian American woman judge ever appointed in California.
  • Halim Dhanidina, the first American-Muslim judge ever appointed in California;
  • Jim Humes, the first openly gay justice ever appointed to the California Court of Appeal;
  • Miguel Marquez, the first Latino justice ever appointed to the Sixth District Court of Appeal;
  • Rosendo Peña, the first Latino justice ever appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal;
  • Chris Doehle, the first female judge ever appointed to the Del Norte County Superior Court;
  • Kimberly Colwell, the first openly lesbian judge ever appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court;
  • Mark Andrew Talamantes,  the first Latino judge ever appointed to the Marin County Superior Court;
  • Kathleen O'Leary, the first female presiding justice ever appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three; and
  • Raquel Marquez, the first Latina judge ever appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court.

Under SB 56 and SB 182, the Governor is required to disclose aggregate statewide demographic data provided by all judicial applicants by March 1.

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Sanctuary State a Bad Idea for California

By Senator Ted Gaines  |  2017-03-02

In its continued quest to lead the nation in irresponsible governance, the California State Senate is moving forward with Senate Bill (SB) 54. The bill completely dismisses the millions of citizens who follow the law and want safe communities for their families and businesses. It’s also the latest embarrassing example of the legislature’s cult-like devotion to ignoring the fundamental responsibilities of government while obsessing over issues allowing for maximum moral grandstanding.

SB 54 effectively would turn California into a “sanctuary state,” making it harder for state and local officials to turn over violent, illegal alien criminals to federal officials for deportation. California would be the safest haven for these felons and predators and would instantly become a magnet for every illegal alien criminal in the country.

We don’t need more. Even ardent supporters of the bill acknowledge that if SB 54 is passed and signed into law up to 20,000 violent criminals will be shielded in Los Angeles and Orange counties alone.

Recently ICE conducted a standard immigration sweep in Southern California that resulted in more than 160 people being taken into custody. About 120 of those detainees had been previously convicted of serious, violent crimes such as robbery, assault and sex offenses. California shouldn’t allow illegal alien rapists, murderers and gang-bangers to be sent back to your neighborhood, mine or anyone’s neighborhood to commit more crimes, but they are all but guaranteeing a new set of victims by making us a sanctuary state.

SB 54’s author said during a hearing on the bill, “Any individual, irrespective of who they are and where they come from, who commits a heinous crime, we don’t want them in our neighborhoods, don’t want them in our communities, don’t want them in our state, we don’t want them in our nation. Period.” Then, with no sense of irony, he presented a bill to protect them from deportation.

Meanwhile, the 200,000 people fleeing a potential mega-flood in Oroville are probably scratching their heads wondering why the state government is working on harboring illegal alien criminals, mandating background checks for ammunition purchases, pumping out laws and rules about a microscopic universe of transgendered, or wearing out their throats screaming about President Trump, when the state is falling apart?

Oroville threatens unimaginable damage. We haven’t built major state water storage since the late 1970s even though our population has roughly doubled since that time. That’s malfeasance.

Our roads are a crumbling mess. We pay some of the highest gas taxes for potholed streets that feel like they’re paved with cobblestones and cramped highways that stretch commutes and keep us from moving goods around the state.

Our schools continue to be some of the nation’s worst even though K-12 education spending is checking in at more than $70 billion this year, up around $25 billion since just 2011. Is this what taxpayers should expect for that massive investment?

With our dams threatening disaster, roads falling apart and schools failing our children, would your first thought as a politician be: “Quick, let’s ban plastic grocery bags!”?

Californians are getting the worst possible civic deal. They’ve got a government that is diving down the Progressive rabbit hole, reaching into every aspect of their lives and charging them an arm and a leg to do it. At the same time, government is neglecting the very basic infrastructure that every citizen depends on. With public safety, they are fighting to actually make it worse.

The once-golden state is falling apart because government is ignoring the issues of the many for the issues of the few. To help all its citizens, California must repair and expand the state’s physical capital. It’s time to get building.

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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