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Women’s Empowerment Receives $10k Grant For Homeless Women’s Workforce Development

Posted: 9/25/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Bank of America has awarded $10,000 to Women’s Empowerment’s workforce development programs for women who are homeless, including a new paid job training program. “Bank of America has continued to increase its support of our workforce development programs that ensure women can find steady work that supports their families,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “This is the key to breaking the cycle of homelessness, and we are grateful to Bank of America for partnering with us in this important mission.”

Women’s Empowerment’s eight-week program for women who are homeless, addresses their basic needs such as health and housing while preparing them to become work-ready. The job-readiness component is mostly taught by volunteers from the community and includes computer literacy training, resume writing, communication skills, mock interviews, dressing for success, and more. They also meet with an onsite employment specialist to search for jobs.

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Your Property Tax Bill May Be Going Up More Than the Normal Two Percent

Posted: 9/19/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Some California homeowners may receive a much larger property tax bill than they anticipated this year. Homeowners who saw lower tax bills during the recent decline in housing values may receive higher property tax bills as property values recover.

Why is this happening? When housing prices rise, Proposition 13 allows a maximum two percent annual increase in the property’s taxable value for inflation. This value is known as the “factored Proposition 13 value.” When housing prices decline, Proposition 8 allows a temporary reduction of the property’s taxable value to reflect the current market value. Because a Proposition 8 reduction is only temporary, it requires the taxable value to be reviewed annually and increased or decreased to reflect that year’s current market value (as of January 1st each year). Thus, when the housing market crashed, Proposition 8 enabled some homeowners to receive significant temporary assessment reductions resulting in lower tax bills. As housing prices increase, however, a home’s taxable value that had been lowered by the assessor under Proposition 8 may increase more than two percent if its market value increased more than two percent. The increased value, however, may not exceed the factored Proposition 13 value.

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Mark Wells
Deputy Chief Mark Wells has been selected to be the next Metro Fire Chief.

Metro Fire Selects Mark Wells New Chief

Posted: 9/12/2014

MATHER, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire) Board of Directors announced on September 6th their selection of Deputy Chief Mark Wells to be the next Fire Chief. The announcement was made during a special meeting of the Board.

“The Board of Directors is very excited to work with Chief Wells to lead Metro Fire into the future,” stated Board President Randy Orzalli. “We are confident that Chief Wells’ vision, experience and expertise will ensure Metro Fire remains amongst the most progressive and innovative in the state. Continued strong leadership from the Fire Chief is critical, as we seek to deliver the best possible public safety service within our limited resources.”

Last month, Fire Chief Kurt Henke announced his plans to retire in October after 33 years in the fire service. Subsequent to Henke’s announcement, the Metro Fire Board of Directors approved a recommendation from its Executive Committee to conduct an internal search process among the ranks of Deputy Chief to select the next Fire Chief.

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Sacramento County Seal

Sacramento County: Back in the Black

Posted: 9/12/2014

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County ended the 2013-14 Fiscal Year $44 million in the black, recording its third consecutive year of financial improvement. The $3.7 billion 2014-15 Adopted Budget will be presented to the Board of Supervisors September 9th.

In June during Budget Hearings, the Board prioritized key safety net services including emergency shelter operations, mental health services, homeless outreach and navigation, public health nursing, child abuse prevention, senior financial abuse investigation and prevention, and a myriad of other programs and services for the County’s most vulnerable residents.

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Mraz Brewing Company at Whole Lotta Brews
“Whole Lotta Brews” is the premier beer tasting event in Folsom and will be an evening of beer and wine samplings from around the region along with gourmet food tastings from Whole Foods Market in-store vendors as well as local restaurants and caterers.
Photo courtesy of Folsom Cordova Community Partnership

Come Get Your Brew On!

“Whole Lotta Brews” Raises Money to Empower Local Children and Families

Posted: 9/5/2014

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Whole Foods Market Folsom presents their annual event, “Whole Lotta Brews,” benefiting the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership. This event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 6-9:00 p.m., and will be held at Whole Foods Market in Folsom located at 270 Palladio Dr. “As part of our mission, we recognize our responsibility to be active participants in our local community. This is just our way of giving back” says Whole Foods Market Folsom Marketing Coordinator Ciara Varvas. Last year as a presenting sponsor, Whole Foods Market Folsom raised over $15,000.00 to support the mission of the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership.

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Race Day Fun in the Pits at All American Speedway

By Linda Harper
Posted: 8/12/2014

Jay Linstroth's Highly Modified Racecar on the Track
At All American Speedway, the Pits are directly across the track from the grand stands behind a tall red and white safety wall. This is where cars and crews ready their machines for the evening’s race. Driver rules for the contest are reviewed, and most importantly, the cars are inspected in the Pits.
Photo courtesy Doug Day

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Have you ever wondered what and where the Pits are? Everyone talks about them; race cars come on the track from the Pits and exit off the track into them. Occasionally the announcer tells everyone there’s a conflict in the Pits, or a driver and his car are sent to the Pits if they’ve broken the rules. At All American Speedway, the Pits are directly across the track from the grand stands behind a tall red and white safety wall. This is where cars and crews ready their machines for the evening’s race. Driver rules for the contest are reviewed, and most importantly, the cars are inspected in the Pits. The common term for this around the race track is tecking.

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Hash Oil Explosions in Sacramento County

Posted: 8/12/2014

A Mushroom Cloud of Blazing Flame Spells Catastrophe
The most popular production method is BHO, or Butane Hash Oil, which utilizes the highly volatile solvent, butane. The butane vapors evaporate during the process, but are heavier than air and often congregate in a low lying highly flammable cloud.
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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Homemade manufacturing of hash oil is widespread in Sacramento County. It causes explosions and fires in our neighborhoods and puts the safety of our residents at risk. Also known as wax, shatter, honey oil, hash, BHO, earwax, oil, concentrated cannabis, and dabs, hash oil is a highly concentrated form of THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana. It is highly popular among both recreational and medical marijuana users.

The most popular production method is BHO, or Butane Hash Oil, which utilizes the highly volatile solvent, butane. The butane vapors evaporate during the process, but are heavier than air and often congregate in a low lying highly flammable cloud. A pilot light, static electricity, overhead light switch, or an automatic switch such as that found in a refrigerator or air conditioning unit is enough to ignite the cloud. The result is a sudden, powerful explosion and ensuing fire.

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Drum and Bugle Corps Marches to New Home

Posted: 6/5/2014


Our Region Has Long Been a Popular Racing Venue

Three Local Team Drivers Chosen to NASCAR NEXT Program

By Linda Harper
Posted: 6/5/2014


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