Sacramento Food Bank & Families Services Brings Fresh Produce to Urban Neighborhoods

Source: 3Fold Communications  |  2017-03-10

New Produce for All Truck Provides Farmers’ Market Experience

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), provider of food and support to 135,000 of the 242,000 members of the Sacramento community who are food insecure, just got more mobile.

Its new, Produce for All truck can motor to a destination, and because of its nifty design, roll up its side doors and distribute food akin to a famers’ market. Anyone (no questions asked) can select fresh produce of their choosing from the open-air bins. The quality groceries come from regional farms and a variety of other sources.

The traveling produce truck, on the road due to the generosity of a Sutter Health Community Benefit investment, is an important addition to SFBFS’ 224 partner agencies that help to expand food distribution throughout the county.

“When one in four children in Sacramento County lives in poverty, and nearly half of our seniors don’t have enough income to meet the most basic of expenses, our services are more important than ever before,” says Blake Young, President/CEO. “Our new Produce for All truck will increase our capacity to serve more residents where they live.”

Transportation to one, centralized food bank in the county is often an overwhelming obstacle for food insecure families. Those who must rely on public transportation, seniors, families, the working poor, the unemployed and the disabled, can find navigating the system challenging. When fresh produce can come to them, a healthier lifestyle is more likely. SFBFS’ Produce for All truck, transporting food from local growers and donors to as many as 300 families at any given stop, is also a neighborhood-by-neighborhood link to additional services such as CalFresh, employment, housing and healthcare.

“No one - regardless of income level, age, gender, race/ethnicity, marital status or community of residence - is invulnerable to the possibility of experiencing food insecurity sometime in their lives,” says Young. And when that happens, by providing healthy food, we may be able to offer other assistance related to the root cause of poverty.”

SFBFS’ Produce for All truck offers a robust calendar of regularly scheduled stops.  To view a calendar listing of current Produce for All food distributions, visit:

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) offers compassionate support and a compass for families navigating difficult times. With 15 diverse programs and services, a staff of 83 employees, several thousand volunteers and the financial support of the community, SFBFS guides families on their journey through support and education. Since 2014, SFBFS has served as the main food bank of Sacramento County.

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Mourners Honor CHP Officer Killed in Line of Duty

Story and Photos by Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-03-09

A horse and carriage caisson leads a funeral procession from Adventure Christian Church following the memorial service for CHP Officer Lucas Chellew.

More than a thousand mourners, dominated by members of law enforcement from police and fire divisions as far away as Utah and New Mexico, many wearing black bands across their badges in a show of solidarity, filled the sanctuary of Adventure Christian Church in Roseville March 4th to pay their respects to fallen California Highway Patrolman Lucas Chellew.

Among the mourners were the officer’s sister, Hanna Chellew, who followed in her big brother’s footsteps to become a member of the CHP’s motorcycle division. Choking back tears, she recalled her brother’s wide, dimpled grin and propensity for pulling pranks, but mostly reflected upon his unwavering dedication to service and family.

“From a little sister’s perspective, Lucas was the best big brother any one could ask for,” she told mourners, among them, several state legislators, including Gov. Gerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Calling him her “role model,” she said “Every year that passes, Lucas will be a year older. And I will have another year to be better. To be more like him.”

Chellew, 31, graduated fourth in his class from the CHP Academy in 2009 where he was pinned by his father, retired CHP Captain Charles Chellew.  He served on the elite Mounted Patrol Unit for the Capital Protection Section before transferring to South Sacramento’s West Valley motorcycle division. Some members of his squad were assigned the somber duty of carrying their fellow officer’s casket into the sanctuary to the sound of bag pipes, while others offered emotional anecdotes about their friendships with Chellew and his tenacious sense of duty.

“This is a message to you and my squad, the South Side Squad,” said Chellew’s commander, CHP Captain Evan Robinson. “He was a fighter pilot and bad guys beware.” Speaking more directly to Chellew’s family seated front row near his flag-draped casket, Robinson added “That’s your son. That’s your husband. That’s your brother. He was all in.”

According to CHP reports, Chellew was pursuing another motorcycle rider, Alberto Quiroz, 26, on Feb. 22nd when he was cut off by a car, crashed and later died from his injuries. Quiroz, of Sacramento, was later arrested and remains on bail. He faces three felony counts in connection with the accident, including a felony charge of evading an officer. Quiroz was scheduled for arraignment February 27. No further hearings had been set for the case of press time.

In addition to his parents and sister, Chellew is survived by his wife, Christina, and their two children, Hadley, 15 months, and Cameron, 6.  Christina Chellew did not speak during her husband’s memorial, however, when fellow academy classmate CHP Officer Troy Christensen was overcome with grief while delivering a part of the service, she went on stage to comfort him.  Composed, Christensen said “You’ll be sadly missed and I look forward to seeing you one day my brother Lucas.”

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American Pickers to Film in California

Source: American Pickers  |  2017-03-09

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Danielle Colby (center). These pickers travel the back roads of America looking to buy rusty gold. They’re looking for amazing things buried in people’s garages and barns. What most people see as junk, they see as dollar signs. They’ll buy “anything” they think they can make a buck on. Each item they pick has a history all its own. And the people they meet? Well, they’re a breed all their own. American Pickers make a living telling the history of America... one piece at a time. 
--Photo courtesy American Pickers

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to CALIFORNIA! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in Spring 2017!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.

The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-OLD-RUST.

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Be A Leak Detective!

Source: Sacramento Suburban Water District Media  |  2017-03-09

Get ready to be a leak detective and do your part during Fix A Leak Week, March 20 through 26. The average home leaks more than 10,000 gallons of water per year – the amount of water it takes to wash 270 loads of laundry. That’s almost a year’s worth of laundry!

Take the WaterSense Fix a Leak Week Challenge

In just a few minutes, you can search your home for leaks and stop water waste. Many household leaks, like worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaky showerheads, are quick and easy to find and fix, and can make a big difference in your water usage.

How to Check for Leaks:

  • Review your Water Bill. For a family of four, if your spring/winter water use is more than 12,000 gallons per month it’s likely you have a leak. Also look for a spike in water usage from one month to the next.
  • Visually examine all of your faucets and showerheads. Even a slow dripping faucet can waste more than 1,000 gallons a year.
  • If after flushing your toilet doesn’t shut off, you may have a leak. Check your toilet with a simple dye test. Place dye tablets or a couple of drops of food coloring into the tank. If the colored water appears in the bowl within 15 minutes, there is a leak in the flapper valve. A simple and inexpensive fix!
  • Look under your sinks for pooling water around pipes or rust around joints and edges.
  • Check your dishwasher, clothes washer and water heater for pooling water, rust or loose connections.
  • Walk your yard and look for soggy areas. A soft spot can indicate you have a leak in your service line or sprinkler system.

If you have attempted all of the items noted above, but are still uncertain if you have a leak, Sacramento Suburban Water District customers can request assistance from one of our Water Conservation Technicians, and for a more complete assessment, they can also request a Water Wise House Call by calling 916.972.7171.

If any of your fixtures need replacing, make sure to look for the WaterSense label when purchasing new ones. They are independently certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient than standard models.

So join in the search and find the drips and leaks in your home. And remember to check for and fix leaks inside and outside your home all year long.

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Senator Gaines Introduces Fire Tax Repeal

From the Office of Ted Gaines  |  2017-03-09

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado)

In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) announced on March 2nd  Senate Bill 9, a measure to repeal the tax.

‘This fire tax is illegal and unfair – plain and simple,” said Senator Gaines. “Many rural property owners already pay local fire agencies for protection so it is clearly double-taxation and it is being dumped on the backs of rural Californians when parts of my district still have a more than 10-percent unemployment rate and families are struggling to make ends meet.”

Senate Bill 9 would reverse the annual $152.33 “fee” for fire prevention services charged to rural property owners located in “State Responsibility Areas” (SRA) designated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), even though their property taxes already contribute to the service contracts that counties have with CAL FIRE.

The fire tax is imposed on more than 800,000 properties in the state that are within the boundaries of SRA. According to census and CAL FIRE data, Senator Gaines’ largely rural district includes roughly 20-percent or approximately 160,000 of the properties whose owners are subject to the fee.

Senator Gaines contends that the fire tax attempts to sidestep Proposition 26, the initiative passed in 2010 that prevents the Legislature from disguising taxes as “fees” and circumventing constitutional requirements for passing higher taxes. He has been a leading critic of the tax and has introduced numerous pieces of legislation in previous years that attempted to provide relief for rural Californians. Senator Gaines also strongly supports the lawsuit filed against the state by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association challenging the fee on constitutional grounds.

“I have fought this illegal tax at every turn and I encourage everyone who is stuck paying this phony fee to get in the arena and fight it too,” said Senator Gaines. “The answer to fire protection in California is not illegal taxes, but budgets that invest in core government services that protect every citizen in the state – rural, urban and suburban.”

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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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR1 Engine Sets U.S. Record

Aerojet Special Release  |  2017-03-09

Staged-combustion testing at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for the AR1 program is being developed by Aerojet Rocketdyne. 
--Photo courtesy Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), recently demonstrated the highest chamber pressure of any United States produced liquid oxygen and kerosene main combustion system. This milestone occurred during a series of successful test firings of the AR1’s staged combustion system at NASA’s Stennis Space Center.

Preparations for the staged-combustion testing began at Stennis last summer, pushing the limits of the nation’s premier large engine development test facility. During this testing, Aerojet Rocketdyne combined the engine’s preburner with the main injector in order to validate injector design parameters and performance.

“Staged-combustion testing is a critical step in proving our design for AR1 and reestablishing U.S. preeminence in hydrocarbon space launch propulsion,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “We have been working diligently on the AR1 program since 2014 and remain on target to deliver a flight-qualified AR1 engine in 2019 as promised. The latest testing validates our flight design and provides high confidence as we move further into AR1 engine manufacturing.”

The AR1 engine is being developed as a replacement for Russian-made engines currently used on domestic rockets. AR1 is a 500,000 lbf thrust-class liquid oxygen/kerosene booster engine that incorporates the latest advances in rocket engine technology, materials science and modern manufacturing techniques to deliver an affordable, reliable booster engine quickly.

“AR1 is the lowest risk, lowest cost and fastest path to end U.S. reliance on Russian engines for the launch of America’s national security and civil space missions,” added Drake.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at and

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Girl Scout Cookies are Here!

Source: Girl Scouts Heart of Central California  |  2017-03-09

The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began in 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in the United States, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project. 
--Photo courtesy Girl Scouts of the USA

Cookie lovers, get ready! Girl Scouts Heart of Central California welcomed two dozen semi-trucks recently filled with about 1.5 million packages of cookies to Raley Field for the Girl Scouts’ annual “Mega Drop.”

Cookie cases were opened and Girl Scouts began making deliveries to customers eagerly awaiting arrival of their purchase. Those who haven’t put in orders still have time to satisfy their cookie craving through booth sales, which run through March 19.

For 100 years, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has taught girls important life skills, including money management, decision making, people skills, goal setting and business ethics. Through the Girl Scout Cookie program, girls learn important financial literacy skills but also earn funds to support their activities all year long. From travel to community service, local troops depend on this great money-earning opportunity to set the foundation for an exciting Girl Scout year.

Need Cookies? There’s an app for that! To find the date/time of the nearest Girl Scout Cookie booth sale, download the CookieFinder app or visit our website at and click the “cookies” link. Simply enter your zip code and you’re on your way to Girl Scout cookies.

100% of the proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program benefit local girls through troop and council-wide activities, including community service initiatives, leadership opportunities, skill building activities and camp experiences.

By taking part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls gain 5 essential life skills, which help them become effective leaders: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is celebrating 105 years as the premier leadership development organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The local council, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, is headquartered in Sacramento and serves nearly 18,000 girls in 18 counties* in Central California.  For more information, visit

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