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Code for America Fellowship Launches to Tackle Food Issues

Posted: 3/13/2015

Christopher Cabaldon Speaks From the Podium
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, at the podium, discusses the city’s partnership with SACOG as part of the Code for America program during a news conference on February 6th. Also pictured, left to right, Council Member Mark Johannessen, Fellow Natasha Fountain, Fellow Imanol Aranzadi (obscured), Fellow Grant Smith, and SACOG Chair and Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor.

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Code for America Fellowship officially launched in West Sacramento in February. The Fellowship pairs local governments with teams of mid-career, civic-minded technologists for one year. The governments and Fellows explore answers to local challenges by engaging with the community, building applications, and testing the results. Over the past four years, the Fellowship program has produced more than 55 web apps with 30 municipal governments and 103 Fellows.

The applications are tangible results of a process that builds much more than a piece of technology. By working in an iterative, user-centered, data-driven way, the program strengthens key capabilities within local government and communities that ultimately shift how cities think about and use technology to deliver public services.

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Ginny Harrison and Rachelle Reone Wear Neon Bright Carnival Clothing
Ginny Harrison (left) and Rachelle Reone of Paradise ran in the daytime 5K Color Fun Run held at Cal Expo.
Photos by Anne Stokes

Color Fun Fest 5K Runs Through Sacramento

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 3/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Ten-thousand people came from all over Sacramento and beyond to have a fun and colorful time on the evening of Saturday, February 28th at the Color Fun Fest fun run. Hosted at Cal Expo, the family-friendly event featured daytime and nighttime 5K fun runs, food trucks, copious amounts of neon-colored powders at several color stations, and high voltage black lights once the sun went down.

“Color Fun Fest is about coming out and having an amazing time with your family. We’re a family throwing family events. We want people to get off the couch, we want kids to put down the video games, we want kids to come out here and have an amazing, epic time,” said Fun Director Jamie Leibert.

Gage Fernandez (9) of Sacramento did just that. Fernandez convinced his family to come out and run in celebration of his recent birthday. And what was his favorite part of the race? Being color-bombed, of course. “I loved it!” he exclaimed. “I liked how at the paint stations people would just grab [color] and throw it at you.”

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Thousands of Runners At the Start of the Race
Eppie’s Great Race participants run 5.82 miles, cycle 12.5 miles, and paddle boats 6.35 miles on a race course located on and alongside the American River Parkway.
Photo courtesy Eppie’s Great Race

Eppie’s Great Race Inducted into CPRS Hall of Honor

Posted: 3/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County-based Eppie’s Great Race, known as “The World’s Oldest Triathlon,” has earned the California Park & Recreation Society’s highest honor. On February 13th, the beloved and popular annual event was inducted into the California Park and Recreation Society’s Hall of Honor.

The California Park and Recreation’s (CPRS) Hall of Honor was established in 2004 in order to honor professionals, programs, facilities, collaborative partnerships and foundations that have positively influenced the quality of life within the region. CPRS, District 2 represents 19 counties across California, and publicly advocates for the California Park and Recreation profession.

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Sacramento International Airport Named Among Top Five for Customer Service

Posted: 2/27/2015

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Repeating its success from three previous years, Sacramento International Airport has been ranked fourth in North America for customer service by Airports Council International (ACI), the international trade association for commercial airports.

The awards were determined by the cumulative results of Airport Service Quality (ASQ) surveys collected in 2014. ASQ Awards recognize the best airports based on passenger surveys and are the only global survey measuring passengers’ satisfaction while still at the gate. All airports use the same questionnaire and follow the same scientifically designed methodology.

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Raley’s Celebrated 80th Anniversary

Posted: 2/27/2015

Vintage Photo of Original Raley's Market
Raley’s 80th anniversary coincided with a renewed company-wide commitment to the wellness and sustainability of surrounding communities by partnering with local farmers to ensure customers can get the best, fresh products, and local food banks through the Food For Families program.
Photo courtesy of Raley’s

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On February 16th, 1935, Thomas P. Raley opened his first store on Main Street in Placerville and advertised it as “the nation’s first drive-in market.” So began what has become known as Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, a now-integral part of many California and Northern Nevada communities.

Today, with 128 stores and approximately 13,000 employees, customer service remains a priority, along with providing busy, health-conscious families with delicious, easy meal ideas at an everyday value.

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Get Ready for the Color Fun Fest 5K

Posted: 2/27/2015

Five Gorgeous Gals Hug and Mug in Brightly-Colored Costumes and Splashes of Glowing Paint
Color Fun Fest plans to take the world by storm, getting people off the couch and into a fun, healthy, upbeat environment - bringing loved ones together for a day/night of epic adventure you will never forget!
Photos courtesy of Color Fun Fest

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Color Fun Fest 5K is a family-owned and -operated event that is currently traveling across America inviting people of all ages to celebrate life at a unique festival and 5K. And now the Color Fun Fest 5K is coming to the Sacramento region. This exciting event will be held at Cal Expo on Saturday, February 28th.

Color Fun Fest brings the Holi Festival (the Indian festival of colors) and the electronic dance movement together for the first time with a day and night glowing color 5K run. Two 5Ks will be hosted in one day; participants can choose between the day or night events or can choose to do both!

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California Senior Legislature Announces Top Legislative Priorities for 2015

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 2/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Just as soon as the California Senior Legislature (CSL) adjourned its 34th Annual Legislative Session, it announced its top ten State Legislative Proposals for 2015.

One of the top ten proposals included the medication labeling proposal, which would require all prescribers to include the purpose of the medication with their prescription. The prescription drug label may include that purpose unless the patient or the prescriber requests that this information be omitted.

The California Death with Dignity Act would authorize adult California residents who are mentally competent and terminally ill to make a request to receive medication for the purpose of ending their lives in a humane and dignified manner. This would not be classified as a suicide or homicide and would provide immunity from civil or criminal liability.

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IRS Offers Free E-Filing for Tax Returns

Posted: 2/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Free File Alliance announced the launch of Free File, which makes brand-name tax software products and electronic filing available to most taxpayers in California for free.

Free File software can help taxpayers with tax preparation, including the health care law that will affect almost everyone. California taxpayers can use Free File software immediately.

Free File is available only at, thanks to a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a consortium of 14 leading tax software companies.

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United Way Young Leaders Society Gives Back on MLK Day of Service

Posted: 1/30/2015

Caitlin Wong and Andreea Luca Fold and Sort Clothing
Caitlin Wong (left) and Andreea Luca of the United Way Young Leaders Society fold and sort clothing at Next Move Sacramento’s community donation center on Martin Luther King Day to honor Dr. King’s legacy of volunteerism.
Photo courtesy of Kristin Thébaud Communications

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Caitlin Wong and Andreea Luca of the United Way Young Leaders Society fold and sort clothing at Next Move Sacramento’s community donation center on Martin Luther King Day to honor Dr. King’s legacy of volunteerism. Ten members of the group cleaned and reorganized the donation center, which provides free items for community members who were once homeless who need clothes and household goods.

The United Way Young Leaders Society is a diverse group of young professionals ages 21-40 that is focused on philanthropy and service in the greater Sacramento region. Members are committed to investing in health and education opportunities for students by volunteering their time, mobilizing social networks, and raising money for a specific community impact project.

For more than 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought together nonprofits, businesses, donors, volunteers, community leaders, and more to meet the community’s greatest needs, give immediate aid, and find lasting solutions for future generations. United Way mobilizes members of the community to be first responders in repairing the education level, financial stability, and health of everyone in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties through donation and volunteer opportunities. To donate or volunteer, visit

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications

City Council Votes Against Gated Community

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 1/30/2015

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - A local developer, Mandarich Developments of Rocklin, recently submitted a proposal to develop a small-lot, single-family residential development in the multi-family residential (R-3) zone at 3151 Southport Parkway. The General Plan designation for this property is high-density residential. This designation provides for single-family and multi-family residential units. The project site is approximately 18.3 acres and is currently undeveloped. Southport Business Land Park Fund X, LLC of Newport Beach is the current owner.

City staff was not aware of any controversial issues regarding the property, although the proposed density for the project was at the bare minimum. For approval of the project, the Planning Commission looked at the size of the lots and the building setbacks. Since the proposed project is an R-3 zone, it has a 40% open space requirement. The zoning ordinance requires a minimum of two parking spaces for each single-family home. Each home would have a two-car garage that would be accessed from private alleys.

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Top New Laws for California Businesses

California Chamber Releases Its 2015 List

Posted: 1/16/2015

Young Office Workers Gather Around a Laptop
Several new laws will increase employers’ wage-and-hour obligations in 2015. AB 1897 holds employers liable for wage-and-hour violations when they use staffing agencies or other labor contractors. If a contractor fails to pay its workers properly or provide workers’ compensation coverage, the “client employer” can now be held legally responsible.

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - The California Chamber of Commerce has released a list of new laws that will affect California businesses in 2015. Some of these, such as mandatory paid sick leave, make significant changes to the state’s legal landscape. Others will have more limited impact. Here are some highlights.

Mandatory paid sick leave: AB 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, requires employers to provide paid sick leave to any employee who worked in California for 30 days. Employers can limit paid sick leave to 24 hours or three days in each year of employment and can put a maximum cap on total accrual of 48 hours or six days. The effective date for the paid sick leave benefit is July 1st, 2015.

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Region Employment Trends Show Growing Optimism

Job Demand and Hiring Trends for Local Companies

Posted: 1/16/2015

A Businessman Looks Forward While His Team Works Out the Details
Despite the optimistic outlook, regional acquisition and mergers combined with seasonal layoffs is reducing workforces at 6% of Sacramento regional employers polled in the first three months of 2015.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Optimism is strong for ongoing growth of the Sacramento regional economy in the New Year.

In direct contacts with top Sacramento regional employers, Pacific Staffing has discovered that 84% of company contacts expressed optimism for 2015 about ongoing economic and job growth in our region. Just 8% of those contacted in 2014 between November 12th and December 16th indicated a pessimistic outlook. Another 8% didn’t or couldn’t answer when asked, “Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the economy in 2015?” In what is traditionally the slowest period for hiring, the Sacramento Employment Trends Survey has learned the majority of top regional employers will continue at a robust pace in hiring for the first quarter of 2015.

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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

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Station Open for Business

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 12/18/2014

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

Posted: 12/18/2014

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

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 12/4/2014

Yosemite Sustainability Conference Announced

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

Posted: 12/4/2014


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