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Rising Temperatures and Spring Snow Melt Prompt Water Safety Warning

Posted: 7/16/2014

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“We ask those enjoying the outdoors to be careful near mountain streams, rivers and reservoirs,” said Randy Livingston, PG&E’s Vice President of Power Generation. “Water flows will fluctuate with the warming and cooling of the day, so always be prepared for a change in conditions.”

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Water enthusiasts should take serious precautions against cold temperatures and swift currents when in or near water this spring.

Despite this year’s below-normal snowfall, the spring snowmelt can still result in swift and cold river flows that can create treacherous conditions for all recreationists–waders, swimmers, paddlers, boaters, anglers, and even hikers cooling off at the water’s edge. Lower water levels can also expose hazards or make them closer to the surface.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), California State Parks and its Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) caution that even though the water content of California’s mountain snowpack is below normal, the snowpack is rapidly melting as mid-spring temperatures continue to rise. As warmer weather and longer days speed up melting snow in mountainous regions, water temperatures will continue to drop and flows can change suddenly in waterways and reservoirs.

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DA Seeks Community Volunteers for Neighborhood Court

Posted: 7/16/2014

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is seeking community volunteers to act as facilitators or panelists for a new neighborhood court program.

Neighborhood Court is a restorative justice program initiated by the Yolo County District Attorney’s office in cooperation with the City of West Sacramento and the West Sacramento Police Department. Neighborhood Court seeks to address nonviolent and low level crimes through community-based solutions to swiftly redress the harm caused by these offenses.

Neighborhood Court utilizes restorative justice concepts which identify crime as acts that cause harm to people and communities, and emphasizes the offender repairing the harms they have caused to both. This program is an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system. It addresses criminal violations that impact the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Each Neighborhood Court conference includes the person who committed an offense, a facilitator, two to three panelists and a victim participant. Sometimes the victim does not wish to participate.

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Statue of Liberty, US Flag, Flying Eagle, Silhouetted Against the Sky
“The flag of the United States is one of the most recognizable symbols on earth, more so than our monuments or presidents. From its creation, the flag has stood for freedom, liberty, and the prosperity of the United States. It was designed to accommodate the growth of a budding nation. Stars have been added, but it has retained the same significance. When you take your flag out to fly, hold it carefully, as it is a representation of our whole nation!” – Author Unknown

Saluting Our Flag

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 7/2/2014

There was a time not so long ago when our flag, I believe, did not have as much meaning as it does today. It was just a part of our lives, and we took it for granted. I know I did.

Growing up in the 50s and 60s, I assumed it would always be around, always representing my country, and always respected by our citizens. But unfortunately this did not happen, and the flag began to be treated badly. Allowed to fly unmanaged, never folded or brought in at night, many became dirty and tattered. Disgruntled groups burned flags in protest. Yes, this is legal, but still sad. And our flag began appearing on inappropriate items.

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Fourth on the Field!

Posted: 7/2/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Raley Field will host its second-annual Fourth of July celebration this Independence Day. This family friendly event will feature some of the region’s best local food, live music from the band Nunchuck Taylor, and a fireworks extravaganza to cap off the night.

The event, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 4, from 6-10 p.m. at Raley Field, costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. New to 2014 will be an exclusive 21-and-up party in the Solon Club. Tickets for the Solon Club are $15.

“Fourth on the Field” will be set up similar to Brewfest, with food trucks parked along the warning track in the outfield—some trucks will even make their way on to the concourse. A special kids’ activity area, inflatable structures at the Coca-Cola Kids Corner, and access to Raley Field’s Beer Garden will make this a family-friendly, full-stadium event.

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Young Man Looking Pensive With Cars in the Background
Recent reports state that nearly 800 teens die in traffic crashes during summer months.

Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

Posted: 6/18/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - According to a recent national study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are deadly for teen drivers. An average of 261 teens dies in traffic crashes during each of the summer months, a 26 percent increase compared to the rest of the year. This represents an average of nearly 800 teen deaths during the summer months.

Over the past five years, nearly 4,000 teen drivers and passengers, between the ages of 13 and 19 years old, died in traffic crashes between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Those deaths make it the deadliest season for teens.

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Highway Traffic - Five Lanes in Each Direction
SACOG is in the process of updating the Metropolitan Transportation Plan in coordination with the Sustainable Communities Strategy which is mandated by Senate Bill 375 (SB375).

City Traffic Model to be Updated

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 6/18/2014

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The City Council recently selected DKS Associates, Inc. (DKS) as the firm that will complete the traffic impact analysis that is required for the General Plan Update Environmental Impact Report. (EIR) DKS is the only firm in the region that has successfully completed an analysis of a general plan with the new SACSIM software. SACSIM is being used by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). The SACOG region includes six counties: El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba, and the twenty two cities within them. The City of Woodland, Yolo County and parts of Sacramento County are currently using this new software for their general and specific plan projects.

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West Sacramento’s Sac-Val Janitorial Supply supports United Way’s Toilet Paper Drive

Posted: 6/5/2014


Setting the Record Straight

By Kara Kerwin
Posted: 6/4/2014


Bridge District Riverwalk Improvements are Planned

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 6/4/2014


City Pushes to Use HUD Grant for Washington District

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 6/4/2014


Diabetes Linked to One-Third of all California Hospitalizations

A special report from California Center for Public Health Advocacy
and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Posted: 5/21/2014


World’s Best Motocross Racers Coming to Sacramento

Posted: 5/21/2014


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