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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Relax at the Sunflower Saddle Ranch During the Sacramento County Fair!

From Sacramento County Fair  |  2018-05-14

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sunflower Saddle Ranch will be calling your name during the 2018 Sacramento County Fair! Take a break during the Fair and relax under the olive trees as your children stay occupied with several fun and educational activities at the Sunflower Saddle Ranch. The children become the stars of the show while they compete in a fast-paced and action-packed pedal powered tractor pull.

The Sunflower Saddle Ranch is all about agricultural education. From learning to roping a cow to milking it, kids will learn the ins and outs of true rural farm life. The Sunflower Saddle Ranch will also feature several exploratory stations about agriculture and farming.

“The Sunflower Saddle Ranch is just one of many fun and educational activities that families can partake in at the Sacramento County Fair. Adults are free to let their kids play and learn while they take break under the olive trees at the Fairground. It’s a great little section of the fair that the whole family can enjoy,” says Pamela Fyock, CEO of the Sacramento County Fair. Kids Ages four to 12 years-old are welcome to join, play, and learn at the Sunflower Saddle Ranch!

Aside from The Sunflower Saddle Ranch there are numerous other family friendly activities taking place at the Sacramento County Fair. While you are there, be sure to check out the Great American Duck Races, A Walk on the Wile Side exhibit, Mind Works, the Great American Petting Zoo, and much more! The fun and excitement will take place from May 24th – May 28th on the Fairgrounds.

Tickets for the Fair and Grandstand events will be available for purchase online at www.sacfair.com or at the Sacramento County Fair office. Adult tickets are only $6.00, kids 12-and-under are FREE, and select events are discounted online until May 23rd. Join over 100,000 guests and experience more than 30 carnival rides, dozens of free exhibits, musical guests, and activities all Memorial Day Weekend.

As an added bonus this year, the Sacramento County Fair is partnering with Make-A-Wish® Foundation to host Terrell and his Adopt-A-Wish® sponsors, Sutter Health. Terrell, 14, who battles leukemia, wishes to have his very own carnival, so the Sacramento County Fairgrounds will open one day early so Terrell’s wish can come true.

Not only has Terrell has shown bravery by fighting his critical illness, but recently he was recognized as a local hero for saving neighbors in their apartment building after it caught on fire in Stockton. At his carnival, Sutter employees will be there to support him in his wish coming true as well the Stockton Fire Department to recognize him as a local hero.

“Wishes would not be possible without the collective support of our local community,” said Jennifer Stolo, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada. “Because of Adopt-A-Wish sponsors like Sutter Health and lending lands from the Sacramento County Fair, Terrell’s wish is going to be a magical experience for him and his family.”

For more information on the Fair and a daily schedule visit www.sacfair.com and #ShareTheFair on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoCountyFair/, Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/saccountyfair, and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacfair

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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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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A record number of Californians were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in 2017, according to a new report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis were reported: a 45 percent increase compared to five years ago.

Particularly concerning, in 2017, there were 30 stillbirths due to congenital syphilis in California. This is the highest number reported since 1995.

STDs can cause a number of serious health problems. If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain. Syphilis can cause permanent loss of vision, hearing and other neurologic problems.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates are highest among people under age 30. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, and males account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases.

“STDs are preventable by consistently using condoms, and many STDs can be cured with antibiotics,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “Regular testing and treatment are very important for people who are sexually active, even for people who have no symptoms. Most people infected with an STD do not know it.”

CDPH is collaborating with local health departments and organizations throughout the state to raise awareness. CDPH is working with the California Department of Education and community groups to implement the newly enacted California Healthy Youth Act, which mandates comprehensive STD/HIV prevention education in schools.

Other state efforts leverage innovative strategies such as courses for medical providers and teachers, expedited partner treatment to local clinics, and free and low cost online ordering options for home delivery of condoms and STD test kits. For more information, visit the CDPH Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Branch.

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California Kicks Off 2018 Summer Travel Season in Record Numbers

By AAA  |  2018-05-14

According to AAA’s first travel forecast of the summer, nearly 5.2 million Californians are projected to travel over the upcoming three-day weekend.

Nearly 5.2 Million Californians Will Travel Over Memorial Day Weekend

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and Californians are expected to kickoff the unofficial start of summer in record numbers.

According to AAA’s first travel forecast of the summer, nearly 5.2 million Californians are projected to travel over the upcoming three-day weekend. This is an increase of 5.3 percent from last yearand the highest number on record for the holiday. AAA projects that 41.5 million Americans will travel nationwide, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years.

“The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Michael Blasky, spokesman for AAA Northern California. “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Californians all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season.” 

By the Numbers: Memorial Day Travel Forecast

  • 2018 will be the seventh straight year of state growth and fourth consecutive year of nationwide growth during the holiday period.
  • More than 4.3 million Californians will drive to their destinations, an increase of 5.2 percent over last year.
  • Nearly 528,000 Californians are taking to the skies this Memorial Day, increasing air travel by 7.5 percent over last year. 

Outsmart traffic by avoiding worst times to hit the road
For those traveling by car, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Several major U.S. metros, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip. 

Although these travel times might look daunting, be glad you're not driving through the core of the Big Apple: The largest delay in the nation is expected to occur in New York City, where a normal 23-minute commute on I-95 West is predicted to take 2 hrs & 18 minutes, 506% higher than normal



Region Peak Normal Travel Time Predicted Travel Time Delay % Delay Speed (MpH)
I680 N San Francisco Bay 5/25/2018
3:15 PM 
53 mins 1 hrs & 7 mins 13 mins   25% 12.6
US101 N San Francisco Bay 5/23/2018
4:30 PM
31 mins 59 mins 28 mins 89% 16.7
US101 S San Francisco Bay 5/28/2018
2 PM
16 mins 43 mins 27 mins 172% 23.2
CA37 E San Francisco Bay 5/24/2018
4:30 PM
52 mins 1 hrs & 30 mins 37 mins 71% 11
CA37 W San Francisco Bay 5/25/2018
3:30 PM
20 mins 34 mins 14 mins 69% 28.7
I80 S San FranciscoBay 5/29/2018
7:45 AM
36 mins 40 mins 4 mins 12% 22
I80 N San Francisco
5:30 PM
41 mins 45 mins 4 mins 10% 19.3
I680 S San Francisco
5/24/2018 5:15 PM 13 mins 18 mins 5 mins 41% 45.3

The top domestic destinations for Memorial Day weekend, based on AAA travel bookings, are:

  • Orlando, Florida
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Anchorage, Alaska

Higher gas prices not deterring travelers
The 88 percent of travelers choosing to drive will pay the most expensive Memorial Day gas prices since 2014. California gas prices are nearly 70 cents higher compared to last year, due to expensive crude oil, record gasoline demand and shrinking global supply. 

Lower hotel, airline and car rental costs make up for higher gas prices
Travelers can expect some relief in their wallets when paying for car rentals and most mid-range hotels. According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, the average daily cost of a car rental this Memorial Day is the lowest rate in the past four years and 11 percent cheaper than last year at an average at $59. Travelers will also save on AAA Three Diamond hotels, which are trending 14 percent less expensive than last year, with an average rate of $186 nightly.

Before setting out for Memorial Day, download the free AAA Mobile app. Travelers can use the app to map a route, find the lowest gas prices, make travel arrangements, access exclusive member discounts, request roadside assistance and more. Learn more at www.AAA.com/mobile.

The 2018 Memorial day holiday period is defined as Thursday, May 24 to Monday, May 28.

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit. The London-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. 

AAA Northern California offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to its 4 million members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 117 years ago.  Visit AAA.com for more information. 

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It’s Time to Spruce Up Your Sprinklers!

By Sacramento Suburban Water District Staff  |  2018-05-11

Top 5 Sprinkler Problems to Watch for This Spring

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Most of the water we use goes to watering our yards and landscapes. By checking your sprinklers on a regular basis for problems and fine-tuning their performance, you can make sure every drop counts.

Here are some of the top problems:

Broken Sprinklers

At least monthly, run your sprinklers one zone at a time and look for any broken sprinklers and replace them as soon as you find them.

Clogged sprinklers

Dirt and debris like grass clippings and twigs can clog the nozzles on a sprinkler leading to a blocked or uneven spray.

Misdirected sprinklers

Sprinklers can sometimes be bumped when the lawn is mowed and end up watering the driveway, sidewalk or even your house. Walk your yard and look for sprinklers that are not pointed in the right direction.

Broken Connections

If you notice a sprinkler isn’t working and there’s a large wet or soggy area in your yard, it’s possible you have broken sprinkler line or leak.


After you run your sprinklers check for water running into the street and storm drain. If you see excess water, shorten your sprinklers’ run time.

And don’t forget, Sacramento Suburban Water District is here to help you keep your sprinkler system operating at its best. Call us today at 916.972.7171 to set up a Water-Wise House Call. Our water efficiency experts will adjust your sprinkler timer and troubleshoot any problems. They will also let you know how to apply for rebates for sprinkler system upgrades and WaterSense-labeled weather-based irrigation controllers.

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National Police Week Honors the Thin Blue Line

Yolo County Release  |  2018-05-11

National Police Week Starts May 13th.

Yolo County Law Enforcement Agencies and the Yolo County District Attorney's Office will honor officers killed in the line of duty at a Memorial Walk Scheduled for May 18th

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that the week of May 13th is National Police Week, which honors officers who have been killed in the line of duty.  

National Police Week has evolved over the years. What began as a Memorial Service attended by 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement has evolved into a week-long event that gives survivors and other supporters an opportunity to come together and honor those law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Originating in 1962 with President John F. Kennedy signing a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day, the week-long event held in Washington D.C. hosts thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world.  The Memorial Day also offers several events honors those officers who have died and provides support and supportive services to the families and friends.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors more than 21,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people since the first known Line of Duty death in 1791. The California Peace Officer Memorial located at 10th Street and Capitol Mall in Sacramento was unveiled on May 13, 1988, as a memorial for these California officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Yolo County Retired Peace Officers Association spearheaded the effort to get a memorial erected for fallen Yolo County law enforcement officers. This effort led to the unveiling of the memorial in 2013 on the Yolo County Superior Courthouse grounds.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) in the past ten years 1,511 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty. This is an average of 151 officers killed per year. There were 129 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2017, six of which were from the State of California.

Yolo County has endured the loss of 11 of its community protectors since 1912. Most recently, the murder of Yolo County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Diaz occurred on June 15, 2008. Deputy Diaz’s murder 
occurred just three days after the killer of local CHP Officer Andy Stevens was sentenced to death in Yolo County Superior Court for his murder on November 17, 2005. 

In addition to the District Attorney’s role in prosecuting these murders and all other state and local crimes that occur within Yolo County, the District Attorney also employs law enforcement officers within its Investigations Bureau. Currently the District Attorney’s Office has 15 full-time and six part-time sworn peace officers working as criminal investigators.  These investigators complement  the approximately 300 law enforcement personnel that serve Yolo County. 

The following Yolo County Peace Officers are listed as officers who have died in the line of duty, the date of their End of Watch (EOW) and how they died. 

California Highway Patrol
Officer Andrew Stevens EOW: November 17, 2005 Gunfire
Sergeant Gary Wagers EOW: March 15, 2001 Vehicle Collision
Officer William Freeman EOW: December 22, 1978 Gunfire
Officer Roy Blecher EOW: December 22, 1978 Gunfire
Officer Ivan Casselman EOW: August 24, 1935 Motorcycle Collision

Yolo County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Jose “Tony” EOW: June 15, 2008 Gunfire
Deputy Walter Leinberger EOW: November 18, 1943 Gunfire

Winters Police Department
City Marshall William Rice EOW: October 18, 1912 Gunfire

West Sacramento Police Department
Officer James McKnight EOW: June 16, 1990 Gunfire

Davis Police Department
Officer Douglas Cantrill EOW: September 7, 1959 Gunfire

Woodland Police Department
Officer Lawrence Sills EOW: June 13, 1945 Motorcycle Collision

On May 18, 2018, Yolo County law enforcement agencies and the Yolo County District Attorney's Office are sponsoring a Peace Officer Memorial “Walk to Remember.”  The brief ceremony begins at 12 noon, with the walk starting immediately after the ceremony.  The walk is about one mile in length.

For more information, please contact Wendy Wilcox at wendy.wilcox@yolocounty.org.

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