Railroad Museum is Now a Smithsonian Affiliate

Source: T-Rock Communications  |  2017-06-21
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Union Pacific 4466 is an 0-6-0 type steam locomotive built in October 1920 for the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) to perform switching chores and transfer runs. The locomotive currently resides at the California Railroad Museum. -- Photo courtesy Neil916

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to announce the California State Railroad Museum is now officially recognized as a Smithsonian Affiliate.

“We are delighted to officially begin our Affiliate partnership with the California State Railroad Museum, an organization which has previously worked alongside the Smithsonian in scholarship and historic preservation,” said Myriam Springuel, Interim Director, Smithsonian Affiliations. “The story of railroading is very much the story of building the foundation of the United States and we are proud to partner with this museum which tells this national story from its beginnings in California. The collections, scholarship and expertise of the Smithsonian will be well matched by those at the California State Railroad Museum; we expect both organizations to benefit a great deal from this collaborative relationship.”

Located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, the Railroad Museum joins a network of 216 organizations throughout the nation that are committed to serving the public through educational outreach, artifact loans, traveling exhibitions and collaborative research with the Smithsonian. Smithsonian Affiliations help to build a bridge between the local experiences available in individual communities with the national heritage preserved and displayed at the Smithsonian.

“We are proud that the Railroad Museum is now an official Smithsonian Affiliate,” said Ty Smith, Museum Director for the California State Railroad Museum. “Aligning the Railroad Museum with the Smithsonian Institution will help us further our mission of connecting people to California's railroad heritage. This partnership is both intellectual and material and will advance our ability to create a world-class experience to each and every guest who visits the California State Railroad Museums and Old Sacramento State Historic Park.”

Widely recognized as North America’s most prestigious rail museum, the California State Railroad Museum showcases more than 150 years of railroad history in 225,000 square feet of space. Each year, approximately 600,000 guests from all over the world visit the Railroad Museum, to see and experience the immaculately restored full-scale locomotives and railroad cars, impressive toy train collection, interactive and ever-changing exhibits, and much more.

“We look forward to networking and working collaboratively with other Smithsonian Affiliates to further our collective goals to educate, interpret and engage the public with the unique and memorable experiences we have to offer,” said Cheryl Marcell, President & CEO of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation.”

For more information about the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation, please call 916-323-9280 or visit www.californiarailroad.museum/.


The Center for Jobs and the Economy recently released its full analysis of the May employment data.

In the State Employment Growth Rankings, California dropped to 3rd place behind Florida and Texas Between May 2016 and May 2017, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows the total number of employed in California increased by 250,000 (seasonally adjusted), or 13.4% of the total net employment gains in this period for the United States. California dropped to 3rd place behind Florida (which has a civilian working age population only 55% as large as California’s) at 409,600 and Texas (68% as large) at 254,800.

Measured by percentage change in employment over the year, California dropped to 33rd highest. Adjusted for population, California dropped to 35th.

The report shows California’s Labor Force Participation Rate at its lowest level since 1976. California’s participation rate (seasonally adjusted) in May declined to 62.0%, while the US rate dropped only 0.2 point to 62.7%. Improvement in the unemployment rate at both the California and national levels came from these contractions in the labor force numbers.

The seasonally adjusted California participation rate in May was at its lowest level since 1976. The unadjusted rate was at its second lowest level since 1976. In the recent May Budget Revision, the Governor again pointed to the increasing share of lower wage jobs as one of the prime causes of slowing state revenues growth.

“The level of wages has been revised downward, and cash receipts have been significantly below forecast.” - Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown continues to not take responsibility for the many lost high paying jobs leaving California for better business climates in other states. California ranks last in the United States for being pro-business. Over one-third of jobs growth over the past 12 months has been in the low wage industries.

For additional information and data about the California economy visit www.centerforjobs.org.

Source: Centerforjobs.org


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Divine Love: the Answer to Universal Health

Submitted by Christopher Cheney  |  2017-06-21

José de Dios Mata, is originally from Spain, but has been living in the United States for a number of years.

International Speaker to Address Effective Health Care Through Prayer

Jose de Dios Mata, of Elsa Illinois, will give a free lecture to the public in Carmichael on Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. The talk is titled “Divine Love: The Answer to Universal Health” and is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Carmichael, as a gift to the community and will be given in the church edifice at 4949 Kenneth Ave., Carmichael, During the talk free parking and child care are included.

This lecture is about the power of God as divine Love and the direct influence for good it can have on lives individually and collectively when spiritually understood. It explores the Biblical basis of God as divine Love whose law Christ Jesus taught and practiced in his healing and teaching ministry. It brings out the relevance of his command “to love your neighbor as yourself” and the worldwide healing impact this can have.

The ideas in this lecture make clear the importance of loving from the standpoint of God, Love, as our source and each of us as God’s tenderly cared for children. Praying from this standpoint heals disease, saves us from wrong thinking and acting, and awakens us to the reality that our lives are safe in the law of Love. How powerful divine Love is to answer every problem we might be facing. This lecture includes experiences of healing that resulted from prayer and a deeper understanding of God as divine Love based on the teachings of Christian Science.

The speaker, José de Dios Mata, is originally from Spain, but has been living in the United States for a number of years. As a teenager, he felt a special interest in music and decided to study guitar, with an emphasis on flamenco. This led him to form his own group and perform in various venues.

Later, he worked for the government for a decade, the last five years of which were spent as a special agent in the Intelligence Services. In his personal life, he faced an enormous challenge in early 1979. A relative’s sudden illness, for which the doctors could find no cure, as well as his own almost complete loss of hearing due to a congenital lesion, which he was told would require immediate surgery or result in total deafness - and he could not continue in his position at work until he had surgery - forced him to seek a solution to these difficulties. He chose not to have surgery. After trying a series of different alternatives, in December of that year José de Dios was introduced to Christian Science by a doctor, his guitar student, who knew of his reluctance towards conventional medicine and encouraged him to explore this system of spiritual healing. Both situations were quickly and completely healed solely through reading the textbook of this religion, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

He soon realized that the spiritual understanding he had just achieved enabled him to heal others. After several years of proving the practical effect of these teachings in the healing of illness and other inharmonious situations of day-to-day life, he gave up his career in 1986 and decided to move to the United States to enter the public practice of Christian Science as his only profession. His desire to teach others how to practice spiritual healing led him to take Christian Science Normal Class in 2009,in Boston, in order to become an authorized Christian Science teacher in Spain.


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Feral Cats Project Seeks Volunteers and Community Support to Curb the Feral Cat Population

By Linda Morgan, Director Sacramento Feral Resources  |  2017-06-21

Spaying/Neutering of stray, feral, and abandoned cats will prevent hundreds of litters of kittens, literally thousands of cats yearly.

Unwanted feral/stray cats are everywhere and the proverbial “kitten-season” is in full-swing. In an effort to help these newborn kittens, people often put them in a box and rush them to the local shelter. Too often the outcome for these kittens isn’t what the well-intentioned person expected. So how can you change this outcome? Spay/Neuter of stray, feral, and abandoned cats will prevent hundreds of litters of kittens, literally thousands of cats yearly, from being born in areas where they are not wanted and struggle to survive on their own.

Sacramento Feral Resources (SacFerals) recently introduced the Feral Cats Project.

The focus of the Project is to recruit volunteers and involve residents county-wide to help humanely curb the feral cat population in Sacramento County through a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. We are looking for the best ways to reach residents in communities throughout the County.

Feral cats are a neighborhood issue that can have good resolution when working together to TNR. In fact, Sacramento County supports TNR - not euthanasia, starvation, or relocation (which is illegal) of feral cats. The good news is that there are low-cost and free spay/neuter clinics available.

Residents who want to help improve the feral cat situation can learn more about the Project, feral cats, TNR, feral colony assistance, and other volunteer opportunities at monthly Free Feral Cats Workshops. Workshops open to the general public. Meetings are held at 5605 Marconi Ave in Carmichael. The Workshop Schedule, class descriptions, and sign-up information is available online: www.sacferals.com.

Why establish a Feral Cats Project? In 2013 SacFerals introduced a public website to offer resources and assistance to anyone with feral cat issues. Over time, traffic to the website as well as requests for help have substantially increased. During the past two years, SacFerals has received reports of more than 9,000 feral/stray cats. The need for assistance has out-paced the current volunteer staff.

With an estimated 98,000 – 220,000 feral cats in Sacramento County, as the saying goes, “It takes a village” to make a huge dent in reducing the number of litters born in the County every year and to ultimately control and reduce the community feral cat population in Sacramento County.


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Women's Veterans Event Honors Many Who Served

Story and Photos by Paul Scholl  |  2017-06-14

The women veterans who attended the event were an impressive group who served our nation and now need our support in return.

Dedication to our nation was on display at a recent event held to support women veterans of the United States Armed Services. A very impressive group of women who have served our country came together at the gathering and celebration, hosted by American River Brewing Company.

The Women Veterans Alliance, created to support female veterans who have specific needs separate from male veterans, has as their mission is to impact and empower the lives of women veterans. They are the only group focused on directly impacting the quality of life of women veterans.

Attending the event on Friday, June 2nd to recognize the honorees were Congressman Ami Bera and Assemblyman Ken Cooley. Dave Mathis, co-owner of American River Brewing Company has become a big supporter of the group.

During the presentations, each of the veterans took to the microphone and announced their branch of the military and their term of service. It was truly impressive to hear each of their individual commitments, with some still engaged.

American River Bank was the major sponsor for this event. Be sure to tell them “Thank You” when you visit one of their local branches. Food was provided by Culinerdy Cruzer.

To get more information about the Women Veterans Alliance go to www.WomenVeteransAlliance.org.

“We believe strongly in supporting our veterans, and especially our women veterans. They all gave so much for us. It is time for us to stand up and do more for them” said Dave Mathis, co-owner of American River Brewing Company.

American River Brewing is located at 11151 Trade Center Drive, just off Sunrise Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.


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Democrats Deny Funding for Critical Levee Repairs Needed after Oroville Dam Spillway Failure

Source: The Office of Senator Nielsen  |  2017-06-14

Despite the support of a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, businesses and local agencies, legislative Democrats in Sacramento rejected funding to repair the state's water infrastructure that was severely damaged as a result of the failure of the Oroville Dam spillway.

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) led an alliance to obtain money in the state budget to repair California's critical levees in Northern California, which are used by the State Water Project to deliver water to the Central Valley and Southern California.

“The failure to prioritize our state's infrastructure is incomprehensible,” said Senator Jim Nielsen. “Millions of Californians depend on water that passes through these critical water conveyance systems.”

Senator Nielsen added, “Our request would have provided for an investment in the state’s water infrastructure, which would protect lives, preserve property and save the state billions of dollars in emergency repairs.”

On February 7, the Oroville Dam spillway failed causing nearly 200,000 people and their pets to be evacuated. In addition, water system levees suffered significant damage that may prevent them from functioning properly in the next high-water event unless emergency repairs are completed this year.

The $100 million funding request was also supported by Senators Bill Dodd (D-Napa), Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and the following organizations: Central Valley Flood Control Association; Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency; Northern California Water Association; Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Western Growers; California Farm Bureau Federation; Yuba Flood Control District; Yuba City; Operating Engineers Local 3.

Senator Jim Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes all or portions of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Counties. To contact Senator Nielsen, call him at (916) 651-4004, or via email at senator.nielsen@senate.ca.gov.


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The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) declares the end of the Norovirus school outbreak. This announcement comes a little over a month after the first cases were reported by local Yolo County schools.

Yolo County announced on May 12, 2017 that over 952 students were reporting a Gastrointestinal (GI) Illness. Since that time HHSA has been monitoring the attack rate and working closely with the school systems to control the spread. To date the department has received reports of GI Illness for 4,266 students and staff from schools throughout Yolo County. Over the past week the numbers have declined and continue to decline each day.

With regular school activities suspending for the summer and the declining numbers observed, HHSA believes the outbreak in the school district to be largely contained. However, the agency cautions that transmission may continue or shift to summer camps and childcare centers.

In preparation HHSA has been in communication with summer camps and child care centers to provide special guidelines for prevention of transmission. If staff have further questions and/or observe unusual levels of GI symptoms they are strongly encouraged to contact the Community Health Branch of HHSA for guidance and to implement recommended control measures.

“Yolo County will continue to monitor and support the school systems in their effort to prevent and respond to any suspected cases,” said Yolo County Public Health Officer Ron Chapman, MD, MPH. “People must also remain vigilant with their hand hygiene and recognize the signs and symptoms of Norovirus.”

Norovirus is common in our environment and is highly contagious, but it is important to note that the spread of Norovirus can be prevented by practicing proper hand hygiene. Strategies include washing hands with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers, and always before eating, preparing or handling food.

If you are experiencing GI symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea, remember:

  • Stay home if there is any sign of illness such as stomach pain, fever, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
  • Stay home for an additional 48 hours after symptoms are gone. Even though you feel better, you still carry the virus and can infect other people.
  • Wash your hands frequently throughout the day with soap and water.
  • Clean contaminated surfaces regularly with appropriate disinfectant, such as bleach.
  • Do not prepare food and drink for others if you are sick.

Questions related to symptoms and treatment should be directed to your primary care provider or clinic.

For more information about Norovirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website at www.cdc.gov/Norovirus/ as well as Yolo County’s HHSA website at www.yolocounty.org/norovirus.


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Yolo County Receives $5.9M Grant to Expand Criminal Justice Diversion Programs

Source: County of Yolo  |  2017-06-13

Members of the Yolo County Prop 47 Grant Steering Committee. From left to right: Danin Fruchtenicht, Chief Brent Cardall, Carolyn West, Ginger Hashimoto, Nate Palmer, Sandra Sigrist, Ian Evans, Christopher Bulkeley, Zachary Grounds, and Tracey Dickinson. 
-- Photo courtesy of Yolo County.

On June 8, 2017, the California Board of State and Community Corrections awarded Yolo County a Proposition 47 grant in the amount of $5,968,215 (to be spent over a 38-month period) to expand its criminal justice diversion programs. The project, called Steps to Success, will be a collaborative effort between the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, Health and Human Services Agency, Probation Department, and Public Defender’s Office. The project is intended to reduce recidivism and advance the recovery of people involved in the criminal justice system who have a history of mental health and/or substance use disorders.

The project will provide supportive services of intensive case management, substance use disorder treatment, civil legal assistance, mental health services, and permanent housing assistance to individuals with a mental health and/or substance use disorder who are eligible for a local criminal justice diversion program, such as the District Attorney’s Neighborhood Court program.

This new project marks a significant expansion of services available to residents of Yolo County who are involved with the criminal justice system. Currently, the District Attorney’s Office offers several diversion programs for low-level offenders, but has limited capacity to provide direct supportive services to participants. The County hopes the increased provision of supportive services to participants in the local diversion programs will further advance participant rehabilitation and reduce the likelihood of recidivism.

The Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency will be issuing several requests for proposals seeking community-based organizations to provide some of the direct services associated with the project, including: outreach and assessment; case management and treatment; civil legal services; and rapid re-housing assistance.


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Join Team Hope Walk

Source: Rick Reed PR  |  2017-06-13

Genetic Disaster or Uncertainty in Your Genes - Huntington’s Disease?

Individually, they battled ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. They all lost. ALS beat baseball great Lou Gehrig; Parkinson’s knocked down Muhammad Ali; Alzheimer’s erased rock music legend AC/DC founder Malcolm Young; and Huntington’s disease silenced Singer/Songwriter Woody Guthrie.

Called ‘the cruelest disease’ Huntington’s is like having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s at the same time. Imagine! And many are unaware the HD is in their family history.

Neurological degeneration becomes the life of people impacted by the genetic disaster called Huntington’s disease or HD. Caused by a genetic mismatch many won’t know they carry within their makeup.

Local families are uniting to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow at the Team Hope Walk, William Land Park Saturday, June 24, 2017. The ninth annual walk in this beautiful setting helps raise awareness of HD, support for local families and funds for ongoing research to find treatment and a cure.

Often unknown before symptoms, Therese Crucher-Marin of Auburn and Dawn Doster of Fair Oaks have lived with Huntingon’s disease dedicating their lives to helping others understand the fate, learn about testing and help support local families thru the HDSA Sacramento Chapter. They are just two regional families talking about how Huntington’s changed their lives.

To learn more about HD, visit the chapter Website at http://northernca.hdsa.org/.

Registration costs are: Adults $25, Children $10. You receive a T- shirt when you register online. You can get information, register or donate at Sacramento, CA Team Hope Walk at https://hdsa.donordrive.com.


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Father’s Day Message from Yolo County Child Support Services

Source: Yolo County Department of Child Support Services  |  2017-06-07

This Father's Day, the Yolo County Department of Child Support Services recognizes fathers who work hard to support the well-being and stability of their children.  Being a father is a responsibility with tremendous rewards yet not without challenges.

Research shows that children with involved fathers thrive and do better in school and in relationships.  Yolo County Child Support Services encourages fathers to participate in their children’s lives and to support their future.

Child Support Services offers several ways to help dads through the journey of fatherhood including, establishing paternity and child support orders, financial audits and record keeping.  Child Support Services also helps parents navigate the courts and legal process, whether one needs help modifying an existing order or just with questions about documents received.  The services are free to low cost and as a neutral party, not representing either parent, Yolo County Child Support Services can help parents through what can be a stressful and difficult process. 

For more information on Yolo County Child Support Services, visit: www.yolocountychildsupport.org.  Yolo County Child Support Services is located at 100 West Court Street in Woodland and can be reached at (530) 661-2864.

Supporting children creates irreplaceable relationships which shape their future.  Happy Father’s Day!

Yolo County Child Support’s mission is to promote the well-being of children and the self-sufficiency of families by assisting both parents to meet the financial and medical needs of their children through the professional establishment and enforcement of child support orders.


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