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Pomer, Guerra Face Off in City Council Special Election

Story and photo by John-Michael Kibrick
Posted: 4/2/2015

Bruce Pomer
City Council hopeful Bruce Pomer speaks to some of Sacramento’s most prominent politicians at a fundraiser in his District 6.

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Sacramentans get hit hardest during election season and most were relieved to see its end last November. In the city’s district 6 however, the precinct walking, fundraisers, and endorsements have persisted and will only come to a close on April 7th when voters will choose a replacement for former councilmember Kevin McCarty.

McCarty’s November victory in State Assembly left an open seat on city council and now 40-year resident Bruce Pomer is looking to win the position in a race against a younger Eric Guerra, a Sacramento State alumnus.

Pomer has a long history of neighborhood involvement and administration, he told the Sacramento Oracle citing his time on the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees where he helped steer the schools through a shaky recession without laying off a single employee.

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MacGlashan Slights City Council on Illegal Alien’s Health Care

Story and Photo by John-Michael Kibrick
Posted: 3/19/2015

Roberta MacGlashan
County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan addresses the North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce on the issue of health care for undocumented immigrants.

North Highlands, CA (MPG) - County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan (District 4) voiced subdued frustration with members of City Council at a North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on March 19th, suggesting that they were playing politics with an important issue.

MacGlashan referenced a board of supervisors workshop which had occurred the day before on the possibility of funding health care for illegal aliens in the area. “Many members of city council spoke (in favor of funding),” she said. “None of them offered to help pay for this care.”

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and City Councilmembers Steve Hansen and Jay Schenirer all commented during the public workshop, highlighting the moral and possible financial benefits of funding the health care program.

The county had offered health care to undocumented immigrants until 2009 when a struggling economy forced the board to make severe cutbacks.

“We have limited resources, just like everyone else,” MacGlashan told the Sacramento Oracle. “It’s easy to advocate for something when you’re not paying for it.”

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County Considers Health Care Funds for Illegal Aliens

Story and Photos by John-Michael Kibrick
Posted: 3/17/2015

Sacramento County Chamber
Activists, politicians and community members packed the Sacramento Board of Supervisors workshop to full capacity.

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - National, state, and county politics collided on March 18th as political notables spoke at the Sacramento Board of Supervisors chambers in favor of a contentious issue‑funding health care for undocumented immigrants.

“We want to make sure everyone has coverage,” said Sacramento City Mayor Kevin Johnson. “That’s the Sacramento we believe in.”

The comments from Johnson, State Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, and former Assemblyman Roger Dickinson came at public workshop meant to discuss options on how or if to insure over 10 thousand illegal immigrants in Sacramento.

Hundreds of activists were present at the Sacramento County Administration Center, donning black t-shirts bearing the slogan, “#Health4All.”

Public comments, including those from the seasoned politicians, highlighted the moral obligations and benefits in providing the proper funding in the 2015/2016 county budget.

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Derby Madness Takes Over at Sacramento State University

Story and photos by Anne Stokes
Posted: 3/17/2015

The Sac City Rollers
The Sac City Rollers, comprised of both the Capitol Punishers and the Folsom Prison Bruisers teams, played against each other at an exposition match at the Sacramento State University Union Ballroom.
Photo by Anne Stokes

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The Sac City Rollers teamed up with Sacramento State University’s Women’s Resource Center and UNIQUE Programs on the evening of Thursday, March 12th, bringing their hard-hitting style of entertainment to campus. The free event featured the Capitol Punishers and Folsom Prison Bruisers competing against each other in an exposition match in celebration of March’s Women’s HerStory month.

“The reason we brought [Derby Madness] here in the first place was to expose Sac State students to these kind of events, because it’s not something usually on college campuses,” explained Zenia LaPorte, Sacramento State University Assistant Director for Programs and Marketing “It’s definitely a fun, action-packed event, and the crowd definitely gets into it. It’s a good time.”

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Vice Mayor Predicts New Business Boom for North Sac

By John-Michael Kibrick
Posted: 2/17/2015

Allen Warren Vice Mayor
Sacramento Vice Mayor Allen Warren addresses the gathering at a North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at Stoney’s Rockin’ Rodeo on Del Paso Boulevard.
Photo by John-Michael Kibrick

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - It’s been many years since Del Paso Boulevard began it’s slow decline after enjoying a long history as one of Sacramento’s hubs of local business and growth.

That legendary fairway for traffic in north Sacramento took a further hit during the Great Recession. Businesses closed; much-needed repairs and developmental projects were forgotten; prices plummeted and many of Sacramento’s disadvantaged moved in, discouraging business even further.

According to Vice Mayor and City Council Member Allen Warren (D-2), that might all be about to change.

Speaking at a North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on February 12th, Warren described his vision for the district, praising the new basketball arena being built downtown as a new beginning for Sacramento’s suburbs.

“Downtown Sacramento is going through a resurgence,” Warren stated to a gathering of chamber members and local business leaders at Stoney’s Rockin’ Rodeo on Del Paso Boulevard. “This will drive up costs (downtown) and inspire businesses to invest in north Sac.”

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Midtown Business Association to Debut Enhanced Midtown Farmers Market on March 7

Market Scheduled for One-Week Hiatus to Prepare for New Season

Posted: 2/13/2015

Attractive Things Seen at a Farmer's Market

SACRAMENTO, CA – With its uniquely midtown flair – complete with celebrity chef demos, brunches on surrounding balconies, bike-loving culture and tree-lined streets -- the Midtown Farmers Market will soon undergo a new season makeover that debuts on Saturday, March 7, 2015.  To prepare for the exciting enhancements, the year-round Midtown Farmers Market will be on hiatus for one week on Saturday, February 28.

Launched in 2013 and located in the heart of Sacramento on 20th Street between J and K, the Midtown Farmers Market was recently highlighted as one of the top 10 farmers’ markets in the region by Sactown magazine.  And, the Midtown Farmers Market continues to grow and evolve to reflect the dynamic and eclectic tastes of the surrounding neighborhood. While the fresh new season will still include fan favorites such as a wide assortment of locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, specialty products and gourmet foods from regional farms and small businesses, lively chef demonstrations, entertaining live music and an interactive Edible Tasting Garden on Second Saturdays, visitors to the Midtown Farmers Market will soon also enjoy some exciting enhancements and refinements geared to create an even more engaging experience.

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Garth Brooks World Tour Comes to Sacramento

Posted: 2/13/2015

Garth Brooks
In the electrifying return of one of America’s most powerful concert forces, Garth Brooks makes his first California appearance on the World Tour and his first show in Sacramento in over 17 years!
Photo courtesy of Varnell Enterprises

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood is coming to Sacramento. In the electrifying return of one of America’s most powerful concert forces, Garth Brooks makes his first California appearance on the World Tour and his first show in Sacramento in over 17 years! Shows will be held at Sleep Train Arena, One Sports Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95834. Shows dates and times are Friday, March 27th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 28th at 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 13th at 10:00 a.m. sharp; there is an eight-ticket limit per person. Ticket prices are $62.98 plus $3.15 tax plus $2.50 facility fee plus $6.25 service charge: total ticket price is $74.88.

You can buy tickets only from the following vendor options: or, or (800) 745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express at (866) 448-7849.No ticket sales are available at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets. Special Note: Select seats protected with paperless delivery (

If you do not currently have a Ticketmaster account, go to to register for a quicker purchasing experience.

The Garth Brooks World Tour is sponsored by GhostTunes.

Source: Varnell Enterprises

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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Delta Water Plan Refined to Reduce Local Impacts

Posted: 2/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Brown administration and its federal partners has announced several significant changes to the water conveyance portion of the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan, including elimination of the need to build three pumping plants along the Sacramento River near Hood.

The changes represent an effort to respond to the concerns of Delta landowners and others. Subject to further refinement, they will be incorporated into the draft plan and Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement and will be recirculated for additional public comment in 2015. The proposed changes would eliminate three pumping plants on the east bank of the Sacramento River between Hood and Walnut Grove; minimize activity on Staten Island, an important sandhill crane habitat, by removing tunnel launch facilities, large reusable tunnel material storage areas, a barge landing site, and high-voltage power lines;·increase use of property owned by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR); eliminate the need for additional permanent power lines to the intake locations in the north Delta, including near Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge; eliminate impacts on Italian Slough (near Clifton Court Forebay) by removing an underground siphon; reduce power requirements; allow water to flow from the Sacramento River entirely by gravity at certain river stages; and reduce tunnel operation and maintenance costs.

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Approval of Arena Hotel to Bring City Big Revenue

Story and Photo by John-Michael Kibrick

Posted: 2/11/2015

Construction of the Sacramento Arena
Construction at the new Kings’ Arena

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - A new addition to construction at the Kings’ arena project may add a significant stream of revenue to the city if approved at a meeting of the Planning and Design Commission on Thursday, February 12th.

The 16-floor tower expected to be approved by the commission, would include 250 hotel rooms, 69 apartments, and room for multiple offices on the fourth floor and businesses along the first and ground floors.

By way of the city’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), a tax levied on those staying in hotels, Sacramento hopes to make the new arena profitable for city coffers as well as the economy at large.

Sacramento City’s 12 percent TOT would likely be levied on all costumers at the hotel as the tax applies to all who stay 30 days or less at a hotel.

The cost of a hotel room opposite the new arena will likely be among the highest in the city, offering equally large profits to City Hall through the TOT.

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Steve Pasion and Jose Enriquez Examine Blueprints
Steve Pasion (left) and Jose Enriquez both had a common goal to one day start their own architecture firm. Pasion and Enriquez met as colleagues at a small firm in Sacramento in 1999 and developed a friendship. They began collaborating in joint venture projects in 2010 when they opened their own architecture firm: Pasion & Enriquez Architecture.
Photo by Shaunna Boyd

Local Architects Have Big Plans

Pasion & Enriquez Architecture

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 1/30/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Steve Pasion and Jose Enriquez both had a common goal to one day start their own architecture firm; they had been practicing at other architecture firms since the mid-1990s. Pasion and Enriquez met as colleagues at a small firm in Sacramento in 1999 and developed a friendship. They began collaborating in joint venture projects in 2010 and shortly after opened their own architecture firm: Pasion & Enriquez Architecture. In 2013, they opened their Carmichael office located at 7411 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Suite A2.

When asked what drew each of them to architecture, Enriquez said, “In grade school, I didn’t know what an architect was. When I looked it up in the encyclopedia, it sounded so unique. The thought of making that idea a reality was really exciting.”

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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

Region Employment Trends Show Growing Optimism

Job Demand and Hiring Trends for Local Companies

Posted: 1/16/2015

A Team of Business People Work On a Project
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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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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Don’t Let Storm Repairs Turn Into An Uglier Mess

CSLB Tips Help Prevent Storm Repairs From Becoming Costly Headaches

Posted: 12/12/2014

Women’s Empowerment Receives $25,000 From Save Mart C.A.R.E.S.

Grant Will Help Sacramento Women Break the Cycle of Homelessness

Posted: 12/12/2014

Jan Scully’s Retirement Celebration and Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center Fundraiser

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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