SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Even with a $22 billion surplus, California Democrats passed Assembly Bill 91 which will raise $1.9 billion in new taxes on small businesses.

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement:

“On one hand, Democrats say they are providing a $220 million savings for small businesses, yet on the other, they are increasing taxes on small businesses by $1.9 billion dollars. The last thing Californians need is another tax increase especially when we have a $22 billion surplus. Small businesses need our help to keep their doors open and this will only hurt them,” said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.

Senator Shannon Grove represents California's 16th Senate District.

Source Office of the Senate Republican Caucus

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Say Cheers… 2nd Annual “Sunset Sip” Coming to the Old Sacramento Waterfront

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack, T-Rock Communications  |  2019-08-01

“Sunset Sip” guests will enjoy an elegant evening of unlimited wine tastings made from some of El Dorado’s best grapes, tasty light appetizers from local restaurants, and entertaining live music. Photo courtesy of T-Rock Communications

OLD SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Wine lovers are invited to sip, sample and celebrate summertime along the iconic Old Sacramento Waterfront during the 2nd Annual “Sunset Sip” happening on Thursday evening, August 8, 2019. Timed to coincide with the region’s first-ever River City Wine Week and presented in partnership with the El Dorado Wine Association, “Sunset Sip” guests will enjoy an elegant evening of unlimited wine tastings made from some of El Dorado’s best grapes, tasty light appetizers from local restaurants, and entertaining live music performed by Simple Creation amid a scenic sunset experience over the river.

Available for guests ages 21 and over, the “Sunset Sip” wine tasting event begins at 6:30 p.m. at 1100 Front Street with a special VIP early entry time at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $50 for general admission which includes admission at 6:30 p.m., unlimited wine tastings and light appetizers or $75 for VIP early entry with unlimited wine tastings, a VIP lounge area, special Reserve wine tastings, and an opportunity to chat one-on-one with the wine maker.

Advance tickets for the Old Sacramento Waterfront’s “Sunset Sip” are available via Eventbrite. For more information about River City Wine Week, please visit For more about upcoming events and activities and/or information about the Old Sacramento Waterfront in general, please visit

With more than 125 shopping, dining, entertainment, historical attractions and world-class museums, the unique and dynamic Old Sacramento Waterfront is located along the picturesque Sacramento River. The 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park is alive year-round with innovative new events, experiences and activations along with heritage events that showcase the California Gold Rush and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.


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A Race Full of Meaning

MPG Staff  |  2019-08-01

There were over 1050 runners this year.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) – The annual Fab 40’s 5K Run keeps growing year after year. The event, sponsored by East Lawn Memorial Park, saw well over 1,000 runners appear on Saturday morning, July 27th in the perfect weather for a race around the 40’s.

Proceeds from the huge fundraising event go to support the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California. Families from all over the area come together to support the cause and to honor their loved ones who have passed from the dreaded disease.

This annual event would not be possible without the volunteer support of the entire staff from East Lawn and the dozens of sponsors who help make the day a big success.

The race is managed each year by Rich Hannah and the great team from Big Jim Hall from KHITS 101.5 announces each year, getting 99.9% of the names correct as he announces them as they cross the finish line. It is a total team effort from everyone involved, with the feeling of cooperation, love and support permeating the experience for the participants.

For more information or to find support see

To join in next year see

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert is alerting Sacramento County residents about a Social Security number phone scam.

Many residents are receiving phone messages advising them that their social security number has been frozen, and if they want to learn more they need to press a number on their phone. This is not true.

If you receive this type of call you are urged to hang up immediately. Do not press the number or button requested to learn more information. Do not engage a caller as your voice may be recorded.

District Attorney Schubert recommends contacting the Social Security Administration webpage on security to learn what the administration will and won’t do, and to learn how to report these impersonations at the link provided:

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Looking for a rewarding way to serve the community? The California Museum invites you to explore our volunteer program at the Open House on Sun., Aug. 4, 2019!

This free, informational event from 1:00 to 3:00 pm offers prospective docents an overview of the program and requirements, as well as the opportunity to meet staff, enjoy complimentary refreshments and tour current exhibits.

Whether you’re looking for a few hours to fill or a regular position, a range of opportunities are available to choose from including:

Gallery Guides & Assistants to facilitate field trip & group visits; Events Staff to work at the Museum’s special events; Classroom Presenters to provide K-12 education programs to field trip groups; History, Arts & Culture Interpreters to educate general admission & tour visitors; Ambassadors to represent the Museum at community events.

No experience necessary — all volunteer positions feature in-depth training and offer parking, public transit and ridesharing reimbursement. Best of all, benefits include Museum memberships with reciprocal admission at other institutions, store discounts, invitations to volunteer events and more!

Learn more by joining us on Sun., Aug. 4 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. To attend free, please register by 5:00 pm on Fri., Aug. 2, 2019.

For more information on our volunteer program, please visit our Volunteer page. For questions or assistance, contact Megan Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator, at (916) 653-8099 or

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Debate Resolution: Increased Gun Ownership by Law-abiding Citizens Would Decrease Violent Crimes and Mass Shootings.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Better Angels is a volunteer organization working to take the anger and hateful rhetoric out of political debate. Their Red-Blue Community Workshops have won national acclaim and left the thousands of participants with a renewed hope that we can Depolarize America.

Recently, Better Angels took their tested principles to a new level by organizing debates where the goal isn’t to zap “the other side” with a witty zinger or pummel them into submission, but instead to allow citizens to share their beliefs without fear of rebuke or retribution — and in the process help breakdown stereotypes, encourage learning, and bring civility back to our public discourse.

The purpose of the debate is not to promote a position, but to demonstrate that even tough issues can be discussed rationally and with grace. In May, Better Angels hosted a debate on the issue of Sanctuary Cities - but unlike many official meetings and debates, the discussion didn’t devolve into a tweet-storm or an angry face-off between warring tribes. Instead, 75 adults held a rational discussion, and showed respect for those with whom they disagreed. That’s Depolarization.

On July 30th at 6:30-8:30 pm, we’ll continue the experiment with a debate about another tough issue: guns. The event is open to the public - but space is limited and all participants must agree to the Better Rules. Learn more at or

The location is Arden-Arcade Library at 2443 Marconi Avenue. For more information contact Steve Sphar 916.739.8075


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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County Public Health reminds you to take steps to keep cool as the temperatures climb this summer. With these seasonably high temperatures expected, take precautionary steps to keep you, your family, your neighbors and your pets cool, and remember to check on seniors and those with mobility issues at least twice a day.

Keep as cool and hydrated as possible; drink plenty of water, get some relief from the heat for a couple of hours a day, and limit outside activities if possible. Cooling down a few hours a day will allow the body to recover and tolerate the heat better for the rest of the day.

Tips for Beating the Heat:

  • Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of cool water. Avoid alcohol. Avoid hot, heavy meals.
  • Limit sun exposure – When possible, stay in air conditioning on hot days. If you don’t have air conditioning, take cool showers or make arrangements to head to libraries, malls and other public spaces to keep cool.
  • Check on loved ones – Be sure to check on less-mobile or older friends, family and neighbors who live alone and don’t have air conditioning.
  • Clothing - Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing 
  • Keep your pets cool – Give your pets plenty of fresh, clean water. Don’t exercise your pets in high temperatures or when the pavement is hot. Make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun or bring them indoors.
  • Beware of hot cars – Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car, even for a short time. On a mild 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day – If you have to be outside, try to stick to the cooler morning and evening hours. Wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, shaded or air-conditioned breaks.
  • Sunscreen – Protect your skin against cancer, burns and skin damage by using SPF 30 or higher.
  • Stay informed – Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan outdoor activities safely and pay attention to any extreme heat alerts.

Dr. Kasirye, Public Health Officer for Sacramento County, reminds everyone that it’s especially important for elderly and other at-risk individuals to take precautions to avoid heat stress. Due to age or chronic medical conditions, some do not adjust well to sudden changes in temperature or don’t recognize the danger during heat spells.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

Warning signs for heat stroke are severe and include:           

  • High body temperature
  • Absence of sweating and hot red or flushed dry skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Strange behavior/hallucinations/confusion/agitation
  • Seizure
  • Coma
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing any severe symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.



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