$20,000 Grant for Eligible Homebuyers

City of West Sacramento Press Release  |  2019-05-30

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - You could receive a $20,000 grant to help you buy a home in West Sacramento! Wells Fargo is partnering with NeighborWorks® Homeownership Center Sacramento Region, a local nonprofit, to help you make homeownership a reality with the NeighborhoodLIFT down payment assistance grant. The grant is available in Sacramento County and the city limits of West Sacramento. To be eligible, your total income cannot be more than 100% of the area median income (AMI) and 100% AMI for military.

If more than one person will be on the mortgage, the sum of your incomes cannot be more than the income limits for your household size. If you qualify as military, veteran, surviving spouse; law enforcement, firefighter, emergency medical technician or teacher, you could receive an additional $2,500 for a total grant amount of $22,500. For full program details, please read the NeighborhoodLIFT flyer.

Please visit www.wellsfargo.com/lift for more information or read the Sacramento NeighborhoodLIFT Program Overview.

Debate Resolution: Increased Gun Ownership by Law-abiding Citizens Would Decrease Violent Crimes and Mass Shootings.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Better Angels is a volunteer organization working to take the anger and hateful rhetoric out of political debate. Their Red-Blue Community Workshops have won national acclaim and left the thousands of participants with a renewed hope that we can Depolarize America.

Recently, Better Angels took their tested principles to a new level by organizing debates where the goal isn’t to zap “the other side” with a witty zinger or pummel them into submission, but instead to allow citizens to share their beliefs without fear of rebuke or retribution — and in the process help breakdown stereotypes, encourage learning, and bring civility back to our public discourse.

The purpose of the debate is not to promote a position, but to demonstrate that even tough issues can be discussed rationally and with grace. In May, Better Angels hosted a debate on the issue of Sanctuary Cities - but unlike many official meetings and debates, the discussion didn’t devolve into a tweet-storm or an angry face-off between warring tribes. Instead, 75 adults held a rational discussion, and showed respect for those with whom they disagreed. That’s Depolarization.

On July 30th at 6:30-8:30 pm, we’ll continue the experiment with a debate about another tough issue: guns. The event is open to the public - but space is limited and all participants must agree to the Better Rules. Learn more at www.BetterAngelsSacramento.com or Facebook.com/BetterAngelsSacramento.

The location is Arden-Arcade Library at 2443 Marconi Avenue. For more information contact Steve Sphar steve@stevesphar.com 916.739.8075

 

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - This press release is a summary of the facts known at this time, as this incident is actively being investigated. The information contained in the press release is subject to change. Additional details will be released as they become available.

On Friday, June 28, 2019, agents from the FBI Office in Atlanta, Georgia and detectives from the Sacramento Police Department arrested 59-year-old Mark Manteuffel on multiple charges related to three separate incidents that occurred between 1992 and 1994 in the City of Davis, the County of Sacramento and the City of Sacramento.

The arrest came after a collaborative and extensive investigation with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the Davis Police Department, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, FBI – Sacramento Field Office, and the Sacramento Police Department.

The Sacramento Police Department encourages any witnesses with information regarding this investigation to contact the Sacramento Police Investigations unit at (916) 808-0650 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

The Mission of the Sacramento Police Department is to work in partnership with the Community to protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in our City.

 

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On June 19, 2019, at approximately 6:10 p.m., Sacramento Police Department Officer Tara O’Sullivan, 26, was shot at the scene of a domestic violence incident. She was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center where she tragically died. Officer Tara O’Sullivan was a dedicated, young officer who had only been with the department for a year. This is the first line-of-duty death of a Sacramento Police Officer in twenty years.

At 5:41 p.m., Officer Tara O’Sullivan and fellow officers responded to a domestic disturbance. Approximately thirty minutes later, shots were fired by an armed gunman inside the house. Officer O’Sullivan was struck while trying to help a woman move her items outside of the home.

With Officer O’Sullivan down, the gunman continued to fire at officers which prevented any form of rescue. An armored vehicle arrived in response and officers were able to transport her to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

The standoff lasted for multiple hours until the gunman surrendered at 1:54 a.m.

Officer O’Sullivan was a recent graduate from Sacramento State’s Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars Program. After which, she graduated from the Sacramento Police Academy.

“The loss of Officer O’Sullivan is devastating, grievous, and a reminder that police work invokes heartbreak,” said Brad Houle, CAHP Credit Union President. “She displayed heroism while protecting an individual in our community. Her family, friends, and colleagues will always remember that she selflessly sacrificed her life to ensure the safety of another.”

Officer O’Sullivan will remain in the thoughts and prayers of our community as we mourn this heartbreaking loss.

The CAHP Credit Union has established a memorial fund in honor of Officer Tara O’Sullivan. The CAHP Credit Union is covering all processing fees and administrative responsibilities. Thank you for your continued support.

Donations can be made on the CAHP Credit Union website https://www.cahpcu.org/OfficerTaraOSullivanMemorialFund or mailed to:

Officer Tara O’Sullivan Memorial Fund
CAHP Credit Union
P.O. Box 276507
Sacramento, CA 95827-6507

California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) Credit Union has a membership of over 18,000 and is dedicated to matching the integrity, judgement and courtesy displayed by our peace officer members every day, in providing financial services whenever and wherever they need access to CAHP Credit Union.

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Sacramento Police and Sheriff's 17th Annual Remembrance Ceremony

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-05-16

Sheriff Scott Jones reads name of fallen Sacramento Sheriff’s Department officers

WOODLAKE, SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On Friday, May 2, officers from several agencies, including Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, descended upon the quiet Woodlake neighborhood for the 17th Annual Remembrance Ceremony, and to commemorate a new memorial plaque for Officer Mark Stasyuk who lost his life in the line of duty on September 17, 2018.

The ceremony included a procession of law enforcement officers from Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department led by the Sacramento Firefighters Pipes and Drums.

Officer Paul Brown, President of the Sacramento Police Sheriff’s Memorial Foundation welcomed officers, fallen officer families, dignitaries, fellow officers from outside agencies, and the general public.

“Today, let us remember our Sacramento fallen,” said the 20 year Sacramento Police Department veteran.

Pastor Anthony Sadler of Shiloh Baptist Church gave the invocation prior to guest speakers.


“It is in times like these that we realize how fragile we are and how quickly our loved ones can be taken away from us.” Each officer, he added, to be remembered had paid the ultimate price, as did the fallen officer’s family, in order to protect the citizens.

“Today we are saddened, and also honored, to add yet one more hero to the rank.” He then called for prayers for Deputy Mark Stasyuk and his family.


“We honor Deputy Stasyuk for his extraordinary bravery in the face of imminent danger,” he stated.


Throughout the invocation, the bells of Sacramento Regional Transit’s light sounded gently. The memorial, a living monument, is situated across the street from Woodlake Park and behind the light rail station on Arden Way. Land was donated by North Sacramento Land Company, wrote Rotary Club of North Sacramento President, Stephen Lemmon. His organization, along with Woodlake Improvement Club worked with the land company.


“Since we had a great working relationship with the Sacramento Police Department, the idea was hatched for a memorial,” Lemmon wrote, adding that Rotary Club member Dennis Tsuboi submitted the design and the club contributed $10,000.


In 1992, “a foundation was formed including both unions for Sac PD and Sac Sheriff, reps for the Chief and the Sheriff, the Rotary Club, Woodlake and the Council Member,” wrote Lemmon.


A list of major funders, board of directors, and past board members is etched in granite beside the dedication stone that reads, “For all those who served & sacrificed wearing the badge, we are eternally grateful.”


Sacramento Police Department Chief Daniel Hahn spoke first.


“Welcome to these sacred grounds,” he said. “We will never forget the sacrifice that you have made for our entire community.”


Chief Hahn spoke several minutes about current challenges for law enforcement, community, and how these men and women “know what it takes to protect our community, to protect our values and our way of life.”


“We pray that this will be the last year that we add a name to this very important memorial,” said Hahn.
Sheriff Scott R. Jones spoke next, thanking Supervisor Susan Peters, general public, and fellow officers.


“I love coming to this place. I come from time to time. It seems like things are a little quieter, things are a bit more contemplative. It seems like I’m able to be a little bit more reflective. I love the fact that the community takes care of this place. It is truly hollow ground,” he said, adding that he also hates that there needs to be a place like this and that another name needs to be added this year.


Mark Stasyuk’s name joined twenty other Sheriff’s department officers, District Attorney Investigator Grant Wilson, Galt Police Department Officer Kevin Tonn, and sixteen Sacramento Police Department officers.


“His life made a difference,” said District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.


Chief Todd Sockman, Galt Police Department, spoke about the family of law enforcement and the family that includes the community.


“As a family, we can get through this,” he said.


Following the guest speakers, the name of each of the 39 fallen officers was called, with a moment of silence, and the placement of a yellow rose on each memorial plaque by members of each respective agency. Each officer was honored with a white-gloved salute by a member of his agency.


Sheriff Jones said of 4 ½ year veteran Mark Stasyuk, that he “exemplified what it meant to be a law enforcement officer.”

   
Yellow roses were presented to members of the Stasyuk family who carried the flowers and placed them on his memorial.


Following a moment of silence, the rider-less horse was led in and through the memorial, a bugler played “Taps,” followed by a 21-gun salute, and a flyover of helicopters in the missing flyer formation.


“If one member suffers, all suffer together,” said Sacramento Police Officer William J. Conner in the benediction. “We are all part of something greater than ourselves.”


For additional information, visit: http://www.sacmemorial.org/.

 

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Farley Does the Trick

By Elise Spleiss  |  2019-03-05

Detective Moranz and Farley are ready for duty. Photo courtesy Citrus Heights Police Department.

Citrus Heights Police K9 to Serve Sacramento Region

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA  (MPG) – Police K9 Farley, newest addition to the Citrus Heights Police Department (CHPD), may be performing an invaluable service, keeping illegal drugs from reaching the streets of Sacramento and beyond, but it’s all just a game of fetch to him. 

Farley is a single-purpose narcotics detection canine. The two-year old Labrador Retriever was sworn into the CHPD by Police Chief Ron Lawrence at the December 13, 2018 city council meeting.  He was assigned to work with his handler / partner Detective Dave Moranz, a 28-year veteran of police work who has been with the CHPD since its inception in 2006.

Officers Farley and Moranz are a team, assigned to the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Narcotics Enforcement and Criminal Investigations Task Force. During their intensive five-week training, Farley was trained to sniff out and alert Detective Moranz to the ingredients in four illegal narcotics; marijuana, methamphetamines, cocaine and heroin. Farley received his official Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST) certification on November 23, 2018.

After being on the job for only three months, Farley has been involved in the seizure of 40 pounds of marijuana, 9 grams of cocaine, 16 grams heroin, and 9 grams methamphetamine.

Farley begins searching for drugs only upon hearing the words, “peanut butter” spoken by his handler. As far as Farley is concerned, he is not looking for drugs, only his tennis ball. Working as a team, Farley detects the scent of the narcotic and alerts Detective Moranz by a behavioral change such as sitting close to the source of the odor of the controlled substances he is trained to alert to.  Moranz watches him while he is working an area and checks to validate what he has found. Farley is rewarded with a “good boy” and a few tosses of his tennis ball each time his mission is accomplished.

In an email, Police Chief Ron Lawrence expressed his pride in Farley’s accomplishments.  “Having Farley on our team has been a tremendous asset. He is not only an expert at sniffing out illegal drugs and helping to solve crimes, but he is also a huge hit within our community. Everyone seems to love Farley! In a very short period of time, Farley has already proven himself as a valuable member of our policing team.”

The team continues their training weekly at different locations with different trainers to keep their skills sharp. Moranz described to this reporter one search where a substance was hidden high on the wall inside a covered a key case. Farley heard his command, took off and ended up twirling in a circle towards the source of the odor of the controlled substance. He then clamped his paws onto the wall beneath the box and stared at it until rewarded for his work.

Of the five K9’s with the CHPD Farley is the only one certified for narcotics detection. K9’s Dax, Blitz, Luke and Jake are trained in officer protection, tracking and criminal apprehension.

Farley spends his off time with his handler, Dave Moranz.  Both are on-call to assist CHPD and USPIS wherever and whenever there is a need for a narcotics detection canine.  Farley has also been called out by CHPD to assist in searching for illegal narcotics and on other cases.

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Hard Rock at Fire Mountain Reaches Milestone

Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-02-22

The workers who constructed the building from the ground up wait to see the final beam set atop the structure.

Exterior Structure Complete for Anticipated Hotel and Casino

Wheatland, CA (MPG) - The exterior of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain (located at 3317 Forty Mile Road in Wheatland) is now complete. On February 13, the final steel beam was set atop the structure during a topping-off ceremony celebrating the construction efforts and the hard work and commitment of everyone involved. The project is the result of a historic partnership between the owners of Hard Rock International and two Native American Tribes—the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Estom YumekaMaidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria.

Despite a downpour of heavy rain, the event tent was crowded with people and surrounded by the workers who had constructed the building from the ground up. The day began with a performance by an all-female group of native drummers. Tribal Elder Ren Reynolds opened the ceremony with a prayer to the Great Spirit and the ceremonial lighting of sage to bless the speakers.

Mark Birtha, president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain, said, “Topping off is a major milestone, for us it denotes placing the last structural piece of steel…Today symbolizes the hope that this building will be everlasting…It is meant to celebrate the beginning of a new life, a new destination.” The property will be a destination hotel casino resort, offering gaming along with a variety of amenities and entertainment options.

Jon Lucas, chief operating officer of Hard Rock International, said, “This special day is just another milestone along the journey that’s going to get us to this world-class destination resort. We’re going to be the best in this market, and it will set us apart from the competition…It’s about delivering authentic experiences that rock… It’s the culture that we create with the brand, the personalities of the people who deliver the service like nobody else.”

Lucas explained that the experiences and the non-gaming amenities will set them apart from the competition. “We’re really excited today to reach this milestone and move on to the next phases so we can deliver a great, great product for this community that everyone will be proud of. Most importantly, it will employ over a thousand people, and that will help the economy here both indirectly and directly.”

Enterprise Rancheria Tribal Chairperson Glenda Nelson detailed the challenges the tribe has faced on their journey, such as obtaining and maintaining federal recognition and losing 40 acres of their ancestral land during construction of the Oroville Dam: “Many of you know how long the road to this day has been…We have worked diligently over the past 17 years to re-establish a land base within our aboriginal area to conduct  meaningful economic development for our citizens and for our community. Along the way, we never lost hope, we never lost our vision of who we were and where we were going. And we never lost faith that eventually truth, fairness, and justice would prevail. Today’s milestone affirms that hope, vision, and faith.”

Nelson expressed her gratitude to be working with Hard Rock International and the Seminole Tribe of Florida: “It is such a blessing to our tribe to be able to partner with another tribe that shares our same values and vision for the future of all Native Americans, and…partnering with Hard Rock is a real game changer, for our community and for tribal gaming in California.”

The project has already created more than 2,000 construction jobs in the Sacramento area. Scheduled to open later this year, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain will employ more than 1,000 people and will offer the latest in live music and entertainment, hospitality, world-class gaming, and exceptional cuisine.

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