SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Today the Sacramento County Probation Association announced their unanimous endorsement of Scott Jones for Sheriff. SCPA represents Sacramento County Probation Officers in the Youth Detention Facility, Adult & Juvenile Field Supervision, Community Corrections, and the Adult & Juvenile Court Services.
“Jones dedication and commitment to holding offenders accountable for their crimes, while at the same time enacting restorative justice for victims, is exactly what the citizens of Sacramento County need and deserve,” said SCPA President Greg Stuber. “We strongly believe in his ability to make the Sacramento area a better place to live and look forward to working with him to achieve this outcome.”
Sacramento County Probation Officers joins the Sacramento Police Officers and Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs’ which announced endorsements earlier.
Under Jones’ leadership, crime in the unincorporated area has dropped over 20% - more than any jurisdiction in the region. The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department has been rebuilt into a modern police force that has become among the most diverse and technologically advanced agencies in the region.
Jones is running for a final term to complete several initiatives he launched, including implementing a new body-camera program to increase trust and accountability, expanding the youth outreach efforts he started, enhancing coordination between county and city law enforcement and other public safety agencies, and improving recruitment and leadership development for veterans, women and minority officers.
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Did you know that household leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in the United States? That’s enough water to take 24 billion baths or fill up 40 million swimming pools!
That little drip from the kitchen faucet might not seem like much, but it can add up to a lot of water wasted. A faucet leaking just 10 drips per minute can waste up to 526 gallons of water a year. And a toilet that is constantly running can waste hundreds of gallons of water each day. In fact, the average American household loses 10,000 gallons a year to leaks – more than enough water to fill a backyard swimming pool.
So get ready to be a leak detective and discover the hidden leaks in your home. Here's what you need to do:
And if you are replacing old fixtures or decide to upgrade your toilet, washing machine or dishwasher, make sure to look for a WaterSense- labeled one. SSWD has rebates available to help pay for the cost of some of these upgrades.
SSWD’s Leak Detection Team
Each year, SSWD surveys 60 miles of our water system for leaks with the latest acoustic leak detection technology. These devices can “listen” for vibrations from large or small leaks by placing a microphone against a copper service line, fire hydrant or valve. Once the location of the leak is determined, our team gets to work replacing the line or repairing the break.
If you think you see a sign of a leak in your area, such as water bubbling up out of the street or sidewalk, please contact the SSWD administrative office at 916.972.7171 to let us know, and we’ll have a team out there right away to investigate.
Community Members Encouraged to Donate Books and Volunteer to Install Little Librarie
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - In celebration of National Literacy Month, United Way is launching the Read to Succeed campaign which promotes literacy in students and families in the Sacramento community. During the month of March, community members are encouraged to participate in the campaign by donating books, volunteering and sponsoring the installation of eight Little Libraries that will be placed in four Sacramento school districts. The Read to Succeed campaign is part of United Way’s Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond.
“We know that when children in our schools are reading at grade level, they are four times more likely to graduate from high school,” said Stephanie Bray, United Way California Capital Region president and CEO. “Read to Succeed focuses on literacy because it directly impacts a child’s ability to reach their full potential. When we are able to encourage children to begin reading from an early age, we are laying a foundation for a lifetime of success.”
Community members who are interested in supporting literacy can donate to the Read to Succeed Virtual Book Drive, sponsor a Little Library, or volunteer to install the libraries. For more information visit: http://www.yourlocalunitedway.org/united-way-event/read-succeed.
“It’s never too early to help a child start reading,” Bray said. “And with the help of our community, we can truly make a difference in the lives of children.”
The Read to Succeed campaign is part of United Way California Capital Region’s Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. Through nine decades of work and research across Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties, United Way believes ending poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones for success in college or career. To donate or volunteer: www.yourlocalunitedway.org.
SMUD’s Annual Trout Derby is March 17 and 18
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Thousands of pounds of trout are up for grabs at SMUD’s annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area. Anglers reeling in the heaviest catches will win cash and prizes, including an adult and youth grand prize awarded each day for the heaviest trout caught.
Adult grand prizes: Aluminum boat, trailer and electric motor packages
Youth grand prizes: Fishing kayaks
Grand prizes are provided by Elk Grove Ram, Angler’s Press and The Fish Sniffer magazine. The fishing event has become a tradition for many and has attracted thousands of local participants since it began in 1993.
Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18,
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (rain or shine)
Rancho Seco Recreational Area
14960 Twin Cities Road
Herald, CA 95638
Background: Anglers can cast a line into the 160-acre lake from the shoreline or one of six fishing piers. Small boats with electric motors are also allowed (no gas motors). In addition to trout, the freshwater lake is home to bass, bluegill, red-ear sunfish, crappie and catfish. In preparation for the derby, Rancho Seco Lake was recently stocked with thousands of pounds of catchable trout.
Registration takes place on both days of the derby between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., rain or shine. Derby tickets are $5 per person plus a daily park fee available at the park gate. A valid California state fishing license is required for those 16 years of age or older. Anglers hoping to win a prize must weigh their fish at the official weigh station between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of the catch. For complete rules, visitsmud.org/RanchoSeco.
The 400-acre Rancho Seco Recreational Area offers more than just fishing. The full-service facility offers picnic areas, RV and tent camping sites, a beach and swimming spots. Kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards and fishing boats are available to rent.
Rancho Seco Recreational Area is 25 miles south of Sacramento, approximately 15 minutes east of Highway 99 on Twin Cities Road. Admission to the park is $12 per car. For more information about the derby or camping, visit smud.org/RanchoSecoor call (209) 748-2318.
Subject: Volunteers to assist City in Fence Removal at Sunset Whitney Recreation Area on Saturday, March 10
Who: The City of Rocklin will lead a group of community volunteers to remove unsightly fencing at the entrance of the Sunset Whitney Recreation Area, the former Rocklin Golf Club.
Where: The work is scheduled to begin at 4201 Midas Avenue, Rocklin Ca, 95677.
When: Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What: Volunteers will need to dress for possible muddy conditions, bring gloves, and non-power tools to remove fence boards (hammer, sledgehammer, mallet, etc). City Staff will provide totes and dumpsters to deposit materials. All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver.
More Info: The City of Rocklin completed the purchase of approximately 184 acres of land in January 2018 that was previously the site of the Rocklin Golf Club. The land is still closed to the public while the city works with the community to envision future recreational uses and brings the property up to standards for public access. A public forum was held Feb. 28 to solicit feedback, with more than 300 people in attendance. The information gathered at the forum is being reviewed and a report will be made at the Parks, Recreation and Art Commission meeting scheduled for March 14 at Rocklin City Hall.
Presents Kevin Doherty & Jennifer Reason in Concert Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m.
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Rogue Music Project's Jennifer Reason and Kevin Doherty will present their concert, “Unfinished Business” Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the historic Pioneer Congregational Church, 2700 L Street.
Kevin Doherty and Jennifer Reason will perform their concert, “Unfinished Business”, with piano music by C.P.E. Bach and Mozart; famous scenes from two of opera's greatest composers, Puccini and Britten; a transcendent movement from Philip Glass's METAMORPHOSES; and the song cycle SONGS OF TRAVEL by Vaughan Williams. Artists Liisa Davila and Sarah Fitch will also perform.
Baritone Doherty is the Morning Classical Host on Capital Public Radio. In concert, he has appeared as a baritone soloist with orchestras across the United States. Pianist Jennifer Reason is Music Director of the Rogue Music Project, (RMP) a collective that cultivates adventurous music and theater experiences. She is also the Artistic Director for the Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace, a 16-voice a capella ensemble who donates 100% of their proceeds to underfunded charities nationwide. (www.rsvpchoir.org).
Tickets are available at the door for $20. This is the third concert of the historic Pioneer Congregational Church’s 2018 concert series.
Open Houses Provide First-Hand Look at Opportunities for Low Volt Technicians
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Western Electrical Contractors Association, Inc., (WECA), a California-based trade association supporting the electrical and low voltage industries, is holding a Low Voltage Apprenticeship Training Open House on March 20, 2018, at their WECA headquarters in Rancho Cordova, and on March 21, 2018, at their San Diego Training Facility, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at each location.
California needs skilled workers. Trades industry learning and networking events have never been more crucial than now, when jobs are going unfilled. With every five workers leaving the trades, only one replacement is supplied by Apprenticeship programs. The demand for low voltage technicians, in particular, is at an all-time high.
WECA is addressing this set of circumstances by offering a unique opportunity for prospective apprentices to learn about the industry first-hand, through two Open House events this month. Prospective apprentices can meet instructors, tour the learning labs, participate in hands-on demonstrations simulating scenarios found in the field, and ask questions in an open forum. The day will culminate with an application session when interested candidates may apply to the Apprenticeship program immediately. Qualified applicants may quickly find themselves placed with a sponsoring low voltage contractor, well on their way to a lucrative career as they enjoy paid on-the-job training.
WECA’s well-regarded, federal and state-approved Apprenticeship programs offer industry contractors vetted and educated apprentices who are adept in not only navigating the Code, but also experienced with real-industry scenarios, via WECA’s extensive hands-on labs.
Upon graduation, apprentices already have substantial experience in low voltage specialty fields like Voice Data Video and Fire Life Safety, and many stay on with the same companies who trained and developed them on the job, during their apprenticeship.
REGISTRATION. Pre-registration for this event is encouraged.
Northern California Open House
Southern California Open House