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UC Davis Plant Sale Offers Opportunity to Plan for Lawn-Free, Low-Water Future

By Katie Hetrick
Posted: 4/17/2015

Jay Davison Shows off His Cart With Dozens of Low-Water Plants
Jay Davison, a Sacramento-area resident, gardening enthusiast, and frequent shopper at the UC Davis plant sale, counts on finding unique, low-water selections at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden plant sales.
Photos courtesy of UC Regents

DAVIS, CA (MPG) - If you didn’t feel the threat of this record-breaking drought affecting your life, that all changed on Wednesday with Governor Brown’s first ever issuance of a state of emergency drought declaration mandating statewide water reductions and calling for the replacement of 50 million square feet of lawns throughout California with drought-tolerant landscaping.

The message was no surprise to the staff, students, and volunteers who have been working to prepare the UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery for its spring plant sale season. The first public sale took place on April 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with more sales to follow on April 25th and May 16th (clearance sale).

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I CARE in Action: Making a Difference for Homeless Veterans

Posted: 4/17/2015

Stephanie Makis, Terry Keller, Michael Yanuck, Oksana Teleten, and Michelle Tyler
The members of the Sacramento Homeless Patient Aligned Care team are (left to right) Stephanie Makis, LCSW; Terry Keller, clerk; Michael Yanuck, MD; Oksana Teleten, RN; and Michelle Tyler, LVN, WCC.
Photo Courtsey of Jon-Nolan Paresa

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Every day, VA healthcare workers on the front lines help some of the most vulnerable American citizens—homeless veterans. Dr. Michael Yanuck, MD, PhD, of Sacramento H-PACT, is part of a team of health care workers who treat homeless patients. He recently wrote in to the I CARE in Action website to share some of his observations about how VA makes a difference.

Dr. Yanuck recounted the story of one homeless veteran that he and his team assisted in their mobile clinic. He said, “A concerned homeless veteran (with no medical issues) ran out and pleaded for us to help a fellow veteran who was ‘wasting away.’ The ill veteran told us that he couldn’t swallow and over the past three months had lost nearly 50 pounds. Upon hospitalizing the patient, it was found that he had not one but two forms of cancer (throat and lung). He is now receiving assistance in feeding and re-conditioning, and working with specialists in cancer and palliative care.”

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California Requests Permits to Construct Salinity Barriers, Invites Public Comment

Posted: 4/17/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will evaluate a California Department of Water Resources (DWR) permit application required to construct three temporary salinity barriers in waters of the California Delta.

The public is invited to review the DWR request and submit comments by April 22nd, 2015.

The proposed project would place dredged or fill material into approximately 4.81 acres (0.75 acre permanent and 3.15 acres temporary) of Delta waterways.

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Vintage Steam Locomotive Tows a String of Passenger Cars
The Granite Rock No. 10 steam train.
Photos courtesy of the California State Railroad Museum

Steam Train Rides Return

Posted: 4/10/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Soon after the opening weekend of the 32nd consecutive season of excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on Easter weekend (April 4th & 5th), California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are pleased to announce vintage steam locomotive Granite Rock No. 10 will return to service on April 11th. First introduced in May 1997 by the California State Railroad Museum, Granite Rock No. 10 was taken out of service in 2011 for extensive boiler repairs during which time diesel locomotives pulled the excursion trains. Granite Rock No. 10 is an oil-fired steam engine built by the H.K. Porter Co. for the U.S. Army in 1942.

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LeAnn Rimes
When asked what the audience can expect from her live performance, Rimes explained that her concerts are like an intimate one-on-one conversation with her as an artist. She looks at each performance as a way of storytelling: “I’m an open book through my music,” she said.
Photos by Sara Hertel

LeAnn Rimes Brings Country to the Capital City

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 4/10/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On Saturday, April 25th at 2:30 p.m., LeAnn Rimes will be performing at Bonney Field, 1600 Exposition Boulevard, Sacramento, CA. Special guests will include Neal McCoy, Kellie Pickler, Phil Vassar, Kristian Bush, and Keith Anderson.

When asked what the audience can expect from her live performance, Rimes explained that her concerts are like an intimate one-on-one conversation with her as an artist. She looks at each performance as a way of storytelling: “I’m an open book through my music,” she said. Rimes used to follow a set list, but now she enjoys playing off the crowd. She connects with the audience and they get to know her personally through her music. Rimes has a great love of all types of music and admires the work of many artists: “I cover Janis Joplin’s version of Summertime, and that’s probably one of my favorite songs to perform live.”

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Front and Sign of the Old Town Inn
The City will soon demolish the 31 unit property—the Old Town Inn—and make it available for future development.
Photo Courtesy of Ben Barber

Housing Attempt Success or Failure?

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 3/27/2015

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Last year, when the West Sacramento City Council voted to spend $50,000 from the General Fund on the Bridge to Housing (BTH) plan, they were hoping that it would be successful. The BTH plan provided housing for the local homeless population for 120 days. Interested individuals were housed in a local motel and screened to determine if they qualified for specific services.

The motel where the local homeless people were sheltered during that period of time was recently purchased by the City of West Sacramento. The City will soon demolish the 31 unit property—the Old Town Inn—and make it available for future development. Developers are interested in the city’s “gateway plan” to link the Bridge District with the mixed-use development currently in place in downtown West Sacramento.

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Job Forecast Bright for Sacramento’s HIREvent

Posted: 3/27/2015

Young Job Hunter With Computer

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The region may not have a great forecast for rain, but experts predict a 100% chance of jobs at Sacramento’s HIREvent on Tuesday, April 7th from noon to 4 p.m. at The Grand, 1215 J Street. This exceptional employment event will feature private organizations and public agencies from around the region, with a variety of immediate staffing needs ranging from entry-level to management positions.

First impressions will be very important, as all the employers will be eager to hire. Jobseekers should dress to impress and be prepared to pitch their qualifications to company recruiters. Attendees who want to polish their resumes can consult with employment experts offering free one-on-one evaluations.

For more information about this free event, visit and click on “job fairs” or call 888-THE-JOBS (843-5627).

Source: Job Journal

Port Commission Seeks Property Exchange

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 3/27/2015

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Earlier this month, the Sacramento-Yolo Port District (the Port) authorized their CEO to prepare the documents necessary for a property exchange. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) made an offer to purchase the Port’s 294 acres on Prospect Island in Solano County. This property would be used for an aquatic habitat project. City staff rejected the purchase offer.

They responded with the concept of exchanging the Prospect Island property for a portion of the DWR’s 17+ acre corporation yard. The corporation yard is located at 4300 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento (CYF property). The idea was that this property could ultimately be transferred to the City of West Sacramento and would become the site for a new corporation yard facility for the City.

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Code for America Fellowship Launches to Tackle Food Issues

Posted: 3/13/2015

Color Fun Fest 5K Runs Through Sacramento

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 3/13/2015

Eppie’s Great Race Inducted into CPRS Hall of Honor

Posted: 3/13/2015

Sacramento International Airport Named Among Top Five for Customer Service

Posted: 2/27/2015

Raley’s Celebrated 80th Anniversary

Posted: 2/27/2015

Get Ready for the Color Fun Fest 5K

Posted: 2/27/2015


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