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A Harrier Jump Jet at Rest on the Tarmac
No runway? No problem! Arguably, one of the greatest breakthroughs in aircraft technology, the unique Harrier jump jet is capable of vertical takeoffs and landings, providing the U.S. Marine Corps with mobility, flexibility and firepower. Don’t miss the rare chance to see this remarkable aircraft show off!
All photos courtesy California Capital Airshow.com

You Won’t Believe Your Skies!

The California Capital Airshow

Posted: 8/20/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The ninth annual California Capital Airshow (CCA), presented by Sacramento County, announced that discounted general admission tickets are now available for purchase at all SAFE Credit Union branch locations throughout the region in addition to the event’s website. The Airshow will be held at Mather Airport on September 6-7th, 2014 featuring all things shiny, fast, and loud.

Airshow attendees won’t want to miss spine-tingling F-22 Raptors, Harriers, and the Patriots Jet Demonstration Team while experiencing thrilling aerobatics, barnstorming, pyrotechnics, vintage aircraft, music, choreography and so much more!

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Legends Come to Life at the Circus

Posted: 8/20/2014

Eighteen Chinese Acrobats on Two Bicycles
“We searched the world for the best of the best and put them together in an unforgettable show,” says Producer Alana Feld.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Behold the living legends! Children of All Ages will believe in the unbelievable with the all-new circus spectacular, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS, coming to the Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena September 12–15 and Stockton Arena September 19–21, 2014.

This all-new edition unites iconic circus stars with living mythological creatures in a celebration of the legends that have captured imaginations for centuries. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo, the Legend Seeker, on his quest to discover real living legends from around the world and presents Paulo’s fantastic discoveries to circus fans everywhere.

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A Happy Family Washing the Car Together
Reducing the number of times you wash your car can help save water during this lengthy draught.

Waste Not, Want Not

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 8/6/2014

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - At the last City Council meeting, the City of West Sacramento worked to update the City’s water conservation efforts to meet a 20% reduction in water usage. Since the governor issued a drought declaration earlier this year, the City has promoted water conservation and responded to citizen complaints regarding water waste in the community. City staff has been tracking the progress in reaching their goal. From February to June, the average reduction was almost 19%.

To encourage conservation, the City will send a status report to its top 20 water customers. These are commercial, multifamily, and government agencies. This report will list the customers who have met or exceeded the 20% goal. They will increase social media postings which promote water conservation. They will also increase messages on the City webpage and City iLights, as well as through other community email distribution lists such as the BBCAN newsletter.

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Kaiser Permanente Awards More than $170,000 to Nonprofit Organizations Serving in West Sacramento

Posted: 8/6/2014

Giovanni Villalva Holds a Hissing Cockroach While Ana Katina Palmbaum-Martinez Observes
Giovanni Villalva, seven years old, holds a hissing cockroach at Hands on Science Fun Barn with Ana Katina Palmbaum-Martinez, five years old.
Photo courtesy of Yolo County Children’s Alliance.

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Kaiser Permanente has awarded five Community Benefit grants totaling $172,950 to help individuals and families in and around West Sacramento live healthier lives.

The Health Education Council of West Sacramento is receiving $51,450 to fund the highly successful and popular ‘Don’t Buy The Lie’ anti-smoking campaign for students across Greater Sacramento, which includes a poster contest, curriculum, and school assemblies led by anti-tobacco crusader Dr. Victor DeNoble.

Elica Health Centers, which operates clinics in West Sacramento and Sacramento, is using its $41,500 grant to develop a comprehensive behavioral health program for at least 633 clients.

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Rising Temperatures and Spring Snow Melt Prompt Water Safety Warning

Posted: 7/16/2014

Racing a Powerful Jet Ski is Fun
“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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Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

Posted: 6/18/2014


City Traffic Model to be Updated

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 6/18/2014


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

Posted: 6/5/2014


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