WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) -  All are welcome to attend the Friends of the Davis Public Library’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. when State Librarian, Greg Lucas will be the featured speaker. The event will be in the Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, located at 315 E. 14th Street in Davis.  Light refreshments will be served following the meeting.

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Greg Lucas California’s 25th State Librarian in May 2014. Previously, Greg was the bureau chief for the San Francisco Chronicle and covered politics and policy at the State Capitol for nearly 20 years.  Greg has a degree in communications from Stanford University, a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and recently completed his Masters in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University in January 2018.

The Yolo County Library has received grants from the State Library to fund programs such as the Book Bike and Books by Mail, which both improve access to library resources for individuals that are unable to visit the library.  The Yolo County Library recently received a grant from the State Library to provide all K-12 students with library cards and training on resources at the beginning of each school year.  The program will be piloted with the Esparto Unified School District in the 2018-19 school year.

In addition to Lucas speaking, the Friends of Davis Public Library will hold their annual meeting to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and to elect new officers for the coming year.  Non-members are welcome to attend the meeting and information on joining the Friends will be available for those interested.  Annually, the Davis Friends contribute around $100,000 to the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library and the South Davis Montgomery Branch to provide for monthly programs, the annual summer reading program and additional funds for the library’s book and resources collection.  The Davis Friends also run the Logos Book Store, located at 513 2nd Street in Davis.

No reservations are required and all programs are free to attend. The Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library is accessible for persons with disabilities.  For more information regarding this event, contact Scott Love at (530) 757-5595 or scott.love@yolocounty.org.  For more information about the Friends of the Davis Public Library, visit: www.davislibraryfriends.org.  For more information about Yolo County Library visit: www.yolocountylibrary.org or connect with the Library on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

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The Force Holding Animal Abusers Accountable

By Sac County News  |  2018-05-16

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Animal abuse, neglect and cruelty is more prevalent in our region than most people know. Local animal regulation agencies work cases every day, pulling animals out of precarious living conditions or caring for animals that were victims of abuse or neglect. 

One of the most popular recent situations was the puppy Thomas, found on the side of the road – clearly injured. X-rays showed he had been struck in the skull with a blunt object, shattering his skull causing severe injury to his head and eyes. 

The Bradshaw Animal Shelter, where Thomas was brought by a kind citizen after finding him, immediately began lifesaving treatment to manage his pain and treat the infection spreading in his body. Meanwhile, the shelter went public with Thomas’s story – asking for any information about Thomas. No one came forward with information and Thomas’s abuse/cruelty case is still unsolved. 

The good news is that through the generosity of the shelter’s non-profit, T.E.A.M. (Teaching everyone Animals Matter), Thomas was able to get brain surgery and is now living a nearly normal life. 

Thomas is just one example of hundreds the area animal shelters see every year. Because of the serious nature of the crimes seen, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office launched an Animal Cruelty Task Force – comprised of representatives from each animal shelter in Sacramento County and the Sheriff and Police Departments. ​

Together, these agencies are working to identify, investigate and prosecute those responsible for abuse, neglect and cruelty to animals. Research shows that the link between animal abuse and crimes committed against persons is strong. Often, animal abuse is a gateway to crimes against humanity. With the help of the task force, Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley is looking to put a stop to this progressively violent behavior. 

Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley on why she felt this task force collaborative was critical:

“For too many years in Sacramento it has been the worst of scenarios for animals.  Prosecution relies on both law enforcement and animal control to make animal abuse investigation more of a priority within their agencies.​

Law Enforcement more often than not, doesn’t receive training in animal abuse.  Like any other crime, animal abuse constitutes violations of the Penal Code and law enforcement is responsible for investigating them.  ​

At the same time Animal Control agencies have lacked training their officers as investigators.  The officers all need to develop the ability to take statements, write reports and understand their responsibilities to develop and investigate cases.  Our community expects that both animal care and law enforcement officers are performing their duties so that violators are accountable.  

We have formed the task force to unite these agencies, share successes and learn from failures.  Many on the force share an affinity for animals.  We can only improve by communication, working together and joining all forces.”

 

The Animal Cruelty Task Force is just one example of progressive collaboration efforts across County agencies and across jurisdictional lines – all with the goal of creating a Sacramento Countywe all love. 

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Kings Draw Second Pick in NBA Draft Lottery

Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-05-16

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - In what will be arguably the most important draft in Sacramento Kings history, the odds have already bounced in their favor. They made the biggest jump in Tuesday night’s lottery, moving all the way from the projected seventh overall pick to the second slot behind the tank-happy Phoenix Suns. It is the first time in the modern lottery era that the kings have held a top three pick.

But with a long, dismal history of draft selections recently highlighted by Jimmer Fredette, Thomas Robinson, Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas, does it even matter at all? For what it’s worth, this is a deep draft class headlined by Deandre Ayton out of Arizona, Luka Doncic out of Real Madrid, Jaren Jackson out of Michigan State, Marvin Bagley III out of Duke and Trae Young out of Oklahoma, to name a few. The talent is definitely there.

The Suns appeared to have their sights set on Ayton all season long as they gloriously tanked. He looks ready to make an immediate impact in the league and keeping him in the state of Arizona makes sense. However, Suns new head coach, Igor Kokoskov, was Doncic's head coach when he won the 2017 EuroBasket title and is big on his guy. This may change things in the Kings’ favor yet again heading into the draft.

The Kings have a lot of options, but if Ayton fell to the number two pick Sacramento would have no choice but to take him. The 7’0”, 260 pound, 19-year-old averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in his freshman year. “Elite physical tools, soft touch at the rim and a promising jump shot make Ayton the likely top pick,” according to SI’s latest Top 100 Prospect Rankings. “His sheer size and strength presents a matchup problem for most any defender, and he may be the most athletic 7-foot prospect to come along this decade.”

Ayton would be a no brainer for Sacramento, as it is extremely rare to find a 7-footer with his arsenal. But it surely won’t be that easy, it never is for a Kings organization that hasn’t reached the playoffs or finished with a winning record since 2005-2006.

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American Heart Association Collaborates to Create Healthier Environments for Children in Early Child Care

By American Heart Association  |  2018-05-15

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Several child care and children’s organizations in California have collaborated with the American Heart Association (AHA) and joined the fight to create healthier environments for children by supporting funding allocation for programs that follow well researched healthy early care standards.

Currently, there is no state funding allocated for child care providers who wish to implement healthy early care standards. Thirty-three percent of providers stated they did not have enough money to make the healthy changes they wished to incorporate in their site.

AHA wants California to establish funding for dedicated technical assistance and grant opportunities for child care providers in low-income communities to implement healthy activities such as healthy eating, physical activity, and screen time limitations in their center or home.

“Early childhood programs can establish healthy habits for preschoolers like less screen time and more physical activities, which in turn will improve health outcomes,” stressed Jessica Sims, MD, Board Member, American Heart Association Los Angeles and Regional Medical Director, AltaMed Health Services. “Child care providers want to provide healthy environments for children, and they must be supported with resources. This is the opportunity,” Sims added.

With 433,000 California children spending a large part of their day in early care and education programs, such as Head Start, child care, Early Head Start or pre-kindergarten, many child care providers know the importance of caring for children properly and creating and reinforcing healthy habits.

Providers and parents want standards that will help all children grow up at a healthy weight. They want kids to:

  • Have access to healthy meals and snacks full of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains;
  • Be served more water or milk instead of sugary drinks like fruit drinks, sports drinks, soda, and sweetened waters;
  • Be physically active; and
  • Limit time spent watching TV or in front of a computer or tablet. 

Quality early care education can help shrink the achievement gap, improve health outcomes, and increase lifetime earnings. To learn more, go to http://www.heart.org/HealthyECE.

About American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke –  the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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On-Demand Rideshare Now Available in West Sacramento

By City of West Sacramento  |  2018-05-15

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon

City is among first in Nation to launch service as public transportation solution

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Residents of West Sacramento can now use a new public transportation service offering on-demand shared rides anywhere in the city at an affordable flat-fare. In partnership with New York based ride sharing company Via, the City pilot program allows users to book a ride in a six-passenger Mercedes-Benz van using the Via app or by calling 916-318-5101. Rides start at $3.50, or $1.75 for seniors. Most riders will be picked up within a block of their starting point. Door-to-door wheelchair accessible rides will also be available.

The City celebrated the start of service with demonstration rides Monday, May 14 at Raley Field bringing together project partners including the Sacramento Council of Government (SACOG), Yolo County Transportation District, Bryte and Broderick Community Action Network, and the UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center.

“This partnership with Via is a reaffirmation of the City’s commitment to provide residents of all ages with access to an array of transportation options close to where they live, work and play,” said City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This yearlong Pilot will not only save residents money on gas and parking, but will also provide cleaner air, reduce congestion and promote overall livability.”

The program will offer affordable transportation to key areas of the city, making it easier for residents to make regular trips to work or school, medical appointments, grocery stores, restaurants or River Cats games.

The Pilot will play an integral role in the City’s Mobility Action Plan (MAP), which is intended to help the City develop a 21st Century smart mobility network that integrates shared, electric, connected and autonomous mobility choices.

“In the city of the future, everyone will be getting around in dynamically-routed shared vehicles. We are excited to partner with West Sacrament to pursue a shared vision and help them provide the first-ever fully on-demand public transportation service,” said Daniel Ramot, Co-Founder and CEO of Via.

Riders are encouraged to try out this exciting new service which will initially operate weekdays 7am-7pm, and Saturdays 9am-7pm, with expanded hours to come in the near future.

 For more information please visit: RidewithVia.com/Westsacramento

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WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on May 11, 2018 a Yolo County jury convicted 20-year-old Woodland man Christian ‘Kiki’ Rizo of a number of crimes that occurred on June 29, 2016, including, murder in the first degree, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, possessing a loaded weapon in a public place, and criminal street gang activity. The jury also found that a “special circumstances” enhancement for committing the murder for the benefit of the gang.

The jury heard witnesses testify that in the early morning hours of June 29, 2016, a woman was driving Mr. Rizo and another male Norteno gang member down Community Lane. That area was known Norteno gang territory. Parked on the side of the road was Arnulfo ‘Happy’ Bermudez. Mr. Bermudez was known to local law enforcement as being associated with the rival Sureno gang. Ms. Pena was instructed to turn the car around and stop next to Bermudez’s car. When she did so, Mr. Rizo got out of the front passenger seat with a shotgun and shot Bermudez one time in the back, killing him.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig credited the tenacity of the Yolo County Gang Taskforce and the Woodland Street Response Team for investigating this case and closing it after it had gone “cold.” “The victim was ambushed and murdered on a residential street by a gang member who was committed to violence,” Reisig stated. “Once again, this case demonstrates the real danger posed to our communities by gang violence and the reasons why we must continue to vigorously prosecute gang activity at all levels."

Deputy District Attorney Jay Linden said, “We can’t have dangerous people like this roaming the streets of Woodland. I’m pleased the jury worked hard and came to the right decision. Next, Mr. Rizzo will be sentenced by Judge Beronio.”

The Honorable Janene Beronio presided over the case and is scheduled to sentence Mr. Rizo on July 20, 2018. Mr. Rizo faces Life in State Prison without Parole.

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SBA Disaster News - One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded California small nonfarm businesses in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties of the June 13, 2018, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low‑interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by excessive rain in San Joaquin County that occurred Oct. 1, 2016 – May, 1, 2017.
 
According to Garfield, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. “Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact,” said Garfield.
 
“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage,” Garfield added.
 
The interest rate is 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
 
By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared this disaster on Oct. 13, 2017.
 
Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration.
 
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

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