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Don’t Let Storm Repairs Turn Into An Uglier Mess

CSLB Tips Help Prevent Storm Repairs From Becoming Costly Headaches

Posted: 12/18/2014

Suburban Home Hip Deep in Water
The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof. Consumers can use CSLB’s online resources, available at www.cslb.ca.gov or CheckTheLicenseFirst.com, to review the license status of contractors they plan to hire and to get tips about the best approach for making home repairs.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) reminds California home owners to use only licensed contractors when it comes to storm damage repairs. The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof.

“Anyone who needs to make repairs from storm damage should be looking for a legitimate, qualified tradesperson, especially in an urgent situation,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “Licensed contractors are skilled in their specific trade, insured and bonded, and not likely to leave you in the lurch when it comes to properly completing the job at a fair price.”

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Fred Joseck, Cliff Caldwell, Mark Johannessen, Catherine Dunwoody, Phil Serna, Senator Richard Pan, Kent Ramos, and Bill Elrick
Present at the dedication were (from left to right) Fred Joseck, Department Of Energy; Cliff Caldwell, VP Bulk, Applications Engineering, Electronics, Premium Products and Engineered Customer Systems, Linde North America, Inc.; Mark Johannessen, Mayor Pro Tem, City of West Sacramento; Catherine Dunwoody, California Air Resources Board; Phil Serna, California Air Resources Board; Senator Richard Pan; Kent Ramos, Ramos Oil; and Bill Elrick, California Fuel Cell Partnership.
Photos courtesy of California Energy Commission

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Station Open for Business

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 12/18/2014

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On Wednesday, December 10th, about 70 people braved the cool weather for the outdoor ceremony at the dedication of the first hydrogen refueling station located in our region. This station is the 10th retail hydrogen station in California. It is located on the Ramos Oil facility at 1515 River Road in West Sacramento, and it will provide hydrogen to drivers of fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in our area.

Attendees at the dedication ceremony included many important stakeholders from both national and international organizations. They are responsible for the development and improvement of alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels and the expansion of the fueling infrastructure, fueling stations, and equipment. Members of the California Energy Commission (CEC), California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), local elected city and county officials, staff members from Governor Brown’s office, and representatives from the Linde Group were all present.

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California Community College Districts Show Overwhelming Interest in Developing Four-Year Degree Programs

Posted: 12/18/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On November 19th, the California Community Colleges announced that 36 districts, half of all districts in the system, submitted letters of intent to the state Chancellor’s Office indicating their desire to host a baccalaureate degree program, signaling strong support for legislation signed by the governor this fall authorizing the system to award bachelor’s degrees as part of a limited pilot program.

The districts represent regions throughout the state, including Allan Hancock Joint Community College District in the Central Coast, Los Angeles Community College District, San Diego Community College District, State Center Community College District in the San Joaquin Valley, Foothill-De Anza Community College District in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District in far Northern California.

“The districts’ strong interest in building baccalaureate degree programs is heartening,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. “They are pioneering a new mission for the California Community Colleges and opening up pathways for Californians who may not have had the chance to earn a four-year degree. I look forward to working with the districts to create world-class programs that graduate highly trained and marketable students.”

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West Sacramento to be Home to Area’s First Hydrogen Fuel Station

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 12/4/2014

Hydrogen Fuel Tank at Ramos Oil Facility
The California Energy Commission recently announced that it will invest $46.6 million to accelerate the development of hydrogen fueling stations in the Golden State. California already has more hydrogen stations than any other region in the world. The location will be at the Ramos Oil facility located at 1515 South River Road in West Sacramento.
Photos by Doug Hawkins

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The region’s first retail hydrogen-cell fueling station will open in West Sacramento on December 10th. The location will be at the Ramos Oil facility located at 1515 South River Road in West Sacramento. Kent Ramos, president of Ramos Oil Company, stated, “We have been serving the Sacramento market with a variety of fuels for over 60 years, and we are anxious to support the infrastructure necessary to prove that hydrogen has a place in the transportation fuel mix.”

Hydrogen stations, for the most part, are dispensers added to existing gasoline stations. Customers are used to the convenience, safety, and services of retail gas stations, and it makes sense to add hydrogen to what already exists. In some cases, though, hydrogen stations are purposefully built to dispense only hydrogen.

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Yosemite Sustainability Conference Announced

Event Designed To Help Businesses, Government, and Non-Profits

Posted: 12/4/2014

Long View Up Yosemite Valley
The conference will provide information about some of the most impactful environmental issues such as climate change, greenhouse gas reduction, water management, energy management, waste stream reduction and transportation fuels.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA (MPG) - Yosemite Gateway Partners is hosting the first Yosemite Sustainability Conference in Yosemite National Park December 8- 10, 2014. The conference is a three-day learning and networking forum dedicated to helping local and state businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations transition to economic, environmental, and social sustainability through best practices.

The conference will provide information about some of the most impactful environmental issues such as climate change, greenhouse gas reduction, water management, energy management, waste stream reduction and transportation fuels. Attendees will learn about implementable solutions, tools, resources, and best practices from experts in the fields of water, energy, waste management and air resources.

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Levee Work Requires Lengthy Process for Relocation of Cellular Tower

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 11/19/2014

Cell-Phone Tower Disguised as a Tree
An artist’s rendering of the proposed new cellular tower on South River Road, complete with barn and horse-riding path.

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (WSAFCA) and the City of West Sacramento (CWS) have made flood control their number one priority in the area. The WSAFCA recently reviewed the six-mile stretch of the Southport Sacramento River levee and considered project alternatives. They provided the Board of Directors with a list items that needed to be removed. A pump station, cellular tower, sanitary sewer trunk main, fuel line, abandoned septic tanks, and water wells were included on the list. The owner of the existing and operational cellular communications tower, located adjacent to the pump station on Linden Road, was notified that the cellular tower would have to be relocated.

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Flood Control on Levees is High Priority

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 11/19/2014

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (WSAFCA) recently completed a number of area analyses. The goal was to compare project alternatives and determine which projects can be used to correct identified problems in the six-mile stretch of the Southport Sacramento River levee.

WSAFCA and the City of West Sacramento have made flood control their highest priority. A flood in the area could affect 50,000 residents, 13,000 acres of development, and over $5.3 billion in commercial, residential, and industrial properties.

The City’s comprehensive flood control strategy has been guided by the following objectives adopted by the WSAFCA: (1) provide at least a 200-year level of flood protection to the City, and (2) complete urgent levee improvements in advance of construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with funding assistance from the California Department of Water Resources.

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Local Face of Homelessness

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 11/5/2014


Sacramento Moustache Run

Posted: 11/5/2014


Arms and Legs are Not a Luxury

By Linda Harper
Posted: 10/22/2014


Stone Lock Facility Faces Demolition

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 10/22/2014


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