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Donkey and Elephant Square Off Over Votes

Freedom Is Not Free

By Paul V. Scholl, Publisher
Posted: 10/31/2014

On November 4th, Election Day across the United States, we will be deciding if we are heading in the right direction for our county, and especially our great state of California. Higher taxes and ever-growing burdensome laws are crushing small businesses, costing Americans millions of jobs. Out-of-control spending by the federal government means tightening everyone’s belt - except theirs. It is not a question of higher taxes and fees. It is a question about whether or not they will tell us what they are doing with all the new legislation “before they pass it.” We cannot just let them continue pretending to be transparent.

On a statewide and local level, we are voting on many ballot measures and propositions. We are also choosing our leadership on many levels of local and state government. Ask yourself this, “Am I tired of working harder and harder and keeping less and less of my own hard-earned money?”

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This Business Executive Is Missing a Limb, But Does Not Let That Limit Her
In a study performed by the California Insurance Commissioner’s office, it was determined that the overall cost to consumers to include comprehensive prosthetic coverage to Covered California’s Essential Benefits list would be 16 cents per month, or less than $2.00 per year. In perspective, paying to ensure an amputee can walk or have the use of their arms and hands would cost California insurance consumers less than purchasing 40 pieces of bubble gum within a year’s time.
Photo courtesy of the Amputee Coalition

Arms and Legs are Not a Luxury

By Linda Harper
Posted: 10/22/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - Did I get your attention? If you’re reading this article in your community newspaper, you’re probably turning the pages to view vital stories, features, and advertisements published to keep you informed of the happenings in your neighborhood. Now, imagine the frustration you would feel if you have no arms or hands to aid you in grasping the pages, the simplest of everyday tasks. You have an artificial limb to provide you physical freedom, give you self-reliance and ability, but it’s propped up on the sofa a few feet away, unable to be utilized. It doesn’t fit properly, and your medical insurance won’t pay to have it repaired or adjusted because you’ve used up your allotted yearly or lifetime benefit. For the over two million people in the United States who have suffered the loss of one or more of their limbs, this situation is not unusual and is a harsh reminder that things are just not what they seem within President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act. In California, it’s been given the catchy name Covered California.

The main goal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), signed into law in 2010, was to make health insurance not only affordable but comprehensive for everyone. Federal law contains a set of 10 “essential health benefits” providers must guarantee consumers of individual, small business insurance policies, and government sponsored programs (Medi-Cal). The White House has said repeatedly that these Obamacare guarantees “eliminate substandard policies that don’t provide minimum services.” States were allowed to craft their own set of essential health benefits, and California even came up with several additional benefits that range from organ transplants for HIV sufferers to Phenylketonuria treatment. Although a minimal allowance for prosthesis is available under the Rehabilitative and Habilitative portion of California’s declared essential benefits, there doesn’t appear to be an equitable provision for the replacement, repair, and maintenance of artificial limbs.

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Sacramento Region Continues Impressive Water Use Reductions in August

14 Agencies Cut Water Use by 20 Percent or More

Posted: 10/8/2014

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“Residents have been spectacular in their water use reductions,” said RWA Water Efficiency Program Manager Amy Talbot.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Customers at 14 Sacramento-area agencies (listed below) reduced water use by 20 percent or more in August compared to the same period last year, according to an analysis by the Regional Water Authority (RWA), which represents water providers in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, and Yolo counties. The findings come from a review of August water use data submitted to RWA and the State Water Resources Control Board.

“Residents have been spectacular in their water use reductions,” said RWA Water Efficiency Program Manager Amy Talbot. “August is typically one of the hottest months of the year, which makes the temptation to ramp up sprinklers hard to resist. But the data shows that residents have made a serious commitment to preserving our limited resources during the severe dry conditions.”

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Capitol Growth Cools Off in Q4

Posted: 10/8/2014

Serious Young Businesspeople are Looking for Work

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Customer service, sales, manufacturing, and drivers are in high demand among Sacramento’s top employers in October, November, and December. Making, storing, distributing, and selling products is driving hiring in the next Quarter. Truck drivers able to pass background, DMV, and drug tests can find work with bottling plants, regional distribution centers, materials suppliers, local delivery, and manufacturers.

Pacific Staffing has discovered that a robust hiring market in the last Quarter has maintained its pace into the last three months of 2014 among the region’s top companies. One difference noted is the change in motivation for hiring as learned from direct phone contacts with regional companies between August 21 and September 12, 2014.

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Tradition of Hiring Continues at 23rd Fall HIREvent

Posted: 10/3/2014

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Jobseekers have been connecting with employers for over two decades at Sacramento’s Annual Fall HIREvent, and the tradition continues at the Crowne Plaza hotel on Tuesday, October 7th.

Dozens of representatives from private and public-sector organizations will be seeking to fill rewarding positions in a wide variety of fields at this free event. Those who want to make the most of this opportunity should dress professionally and be prepared to make a positive first impression with recruiters who are eager to hire. Employment experts will also be available for complimentary one-on-one resume consultations.

Sacramento’s 23rd Annual Fall HIREvent takes place on Tuesday, October 7th, from noon to 4 pm at the Crowne Plaza of Sacramento, 5321 Date Avenue, near Madison Avenue and I-80.

For more information, visit and click on “Job Fairs” or call 888-THE-JOBS (843-5627).


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

Posted: 9/25/2014

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

Posted: 9/19/2014

Metro Fire Selects Mark Wells New Chief

Posted: 9/12/2014

Sacramento County: Back in the Black

Posted: 9/12/2014

Come Get Your Brew On!

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

Posted: 9/5/2014


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