PCWA Tours Several Water Systems

PCWA release  |  2017-12-11

Tour attendees visit the Dutch Flat Mutual Water Company treatment plant. Photo courtesy PCWA

Auburn, CA (MPG) - At the October meeting of the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board of Directors, the Board toured six small water systems located in Placer County to get a better understanding of the needs and unique challenges of operating and maintaining such systems. Stops on the tour included water treatments plants in Colfax, Monte Vista, Dutch Flat, Alta, Heather Glen, and Meadow Vista.

Following the tour, the Board heard a report from the State Water Resources Control Board on statewide concerns associated with small water systems, the importance of having safe and reliable drinking water, and recent legislation aimed at encouraging consolidation of small water systems wherever feasible and appropriate.

PCWA staff also provided a report on the status of several on-going efforts to take advantage of state funding opportunities in support of small water systems and to extend service to several underserved areas within Placer County.

In total, there are 128 public water systems in Placer County, 44 of which are regulated by the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water; the remainder are regulated by Placer County Environmental Health.

PCWA board meetings are open to the public. For information on PCWA board meetings, please contact the Clerk to the Board at (530) 823-4850 or (800) 464-0030.

Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) is the primary water resource agency for Placer County, California, with a broad range of responsibilities including water resource planning and management, retail and wholesale supply of drinking water and irrigation water, and production of hydroelectric energy.


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If you have Medicare, you can protect your identity and help prevent health care fraud by guarding your Medicare card like you would a credit card. 

Identity theft arising from stolen Medicare numbers is becoming more common. Medicare is in the process of removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and replacing them with a new, unique number for each person with Medicare.

Medicare will mail new Medicare cards with the new numbers between April 2018 and April 2019.

The new card won’t change your Medicare coverage or benefits. And there's no charge for your new card.

But watch out for scammers!

Thieves may try to get your current Medicare number and other personal information by contacting you about your new Medicare card. They may claim to be from Medicare and use various phony pitches to get your Medicare number, such as: Asking you to confirm your Medicare or Social Security number so they can send you a new card; Telling you there's a charge for your new card and they need to verify your personal information; Threatening to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information.

Don't fall for any of this.

Don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by phone, email, or by approaching you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance.

Medicare, or someone representing Medicare, will only call and ask for personal information in these situations; A Medicare health or drug plan can call you if you’re already a member of the plan. The agent who helped you join can also call you; A customer service representative from 1-800-MEDICARE can call if you’ve called and left a message or a representative said that someone would call you back.

Only give personal information like your Medicare number to doctors, insurers acting on your behalf, or trusted people in the community who work with Medicare, like counselors from the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).

If someone calls you and asks for your Medicare number or other personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).  

There are other steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft that can lead to health care fraud.

Don’t ever let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number. And review your Medicare Summary Notice to be sure you and Medicare are being charged only for items and services you actually received.

We’re in the midst of Medicare open enrollment season right now. This is the time every year when you can sign up for, switch, or drop a Medicare health plan (Part C) or a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D). Open enrollment ends Dec. 7.

Scam artists often try to take advantage of open enrollment season. So if someone calls and tries to get you to sign up for a Medicare plan, keep in mind there are no “early bird discounts” or “limited time offers.” 

Don’t let anyone rush you to enroll by claiming you need to “act now for the best deal.” And be skeptical of promises of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds too good to be true.

It probably is.

To learn more about protecting yourself from identity theft and health care fraud, visit www.Medicare.gov/fraud or contact your local Senior Medicare Patrol (www.smpresource.org).

Greg Dill is Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Territories. You can always get answers to your Medicare questions by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).


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Donations Needed for Baby Basket Drive

By Kristin Thébaud  |  2017-12-11

A Sacramento Life Center client receives a baby basket shortly after giving birth. The center is running its annual Baby Basket Drive through December. Photo courtesy SLC

Donate to Help New Moms at Sacramento Life Center

Sacrament Region, CA (MPG) - Local residents are invited to be a baby’s first Santa as Sacramento Life Center holds its annual Baby Basket Drive for local women and teens spending the holidays preparing to become new moms in the coming year. The drive runs through Dec. 31 so the Sacramento Life Center can provide a basket of needed items to every patient who gives birth in 2018. Donations can be made online at www.saclife.org. Gifts can be made in any increment, but a donation of $50 buys one basket, which includes formula, diapers, newborn clothes, pacifiers and more.

“One of the most overwhelming feelings is learning that you’re pregnant and fearing you won’t have the resources to care for your vulnerable baby,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “Sometimes something as simple as a gift of diapers and newborn clothes can give expecting mothers the confidence that they have a support system to help raise their child. Gifts to our Baby Basket Drive give expecting mothers proof that they will always have a family here at the Sacramento Life Center and cheerleaders out in the community rooting for their family.”

The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy tests, STD tests, ultrasounds, peer counseling for men and women, education and resource referrals. The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women seeking support after having an abortion. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit www.svpclinic.com. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit www.saclife.org

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications


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PCWA Receives Certificate of Excellence

PCWA Special release  |  2017-12-10

Dane Wadlé of California Special Districts Association presents the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence to the PCWA Board of
Directors. Photo courtesy PCWA

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) was presented with the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence at the Agency's Board of Directors meeting on October 19. The certificate, awarded by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF), recognizes transparency in the operations and governance of PCWA.

"We're always mindful of the fact that we're a public agency tasked with the goal of serving and representing the water resource interests of the county and our customers," PCWA General Manager, Einar Maisch said. "Being transparent is essential to that goal. I would like to commend our staff, and the Board, on receiving this certificate."

Established in 2013, the District Transparency Certificate program was created by the SDLF in an effort to promote and recognize commitment by a special district to being open and accessible to the public it serves. To be considered for the certificate, agencies are required to meet a set of transparency standards pertaining to the daily operations and the governance of the special district.

The SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California's special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs. The SDLF and its activities are supported by the California Special Districts Association and the Special District Risk Management Authority.

PCWA is the primary water resource agency for Placer County, California, with a broad range of responsibilities including water resource planning and management, retail and wholesale supply of drinking water and irrigation water, and production of hydroelectric energy.


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Top Public Safety Groups Laud Senator Nielsen’s Legislative Work

By Nghia Nguyen  |  2017-12-10

Senator Nielsen

Top Public Safety Groups Laud Senator Nielsen’s Legislative Work

Placer County, CA (MPG) - The California Police Chiefs Association and the California District Attorneys Association praised Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff) for his strong public safety voting record. In their annual review of the Legislator’s votes, California’s top public safety organizations ranked Sen. Nielsen as one of the top defenders of the state’s law enforcement and advocate for criminal justice.

“There is no such thing as a "victimless crime." Our responsibility as legislators is to establish laws that hold criminals accountable and ensure justice for crime victims. Public safety is our most important obligation as elected leaders and I am grateful for the support of those on the front line who work every day to ensure safety and justice," said Senator Jim Nielsen.

Senator Nielsen supported all of the legislation that was important to the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA).

Representing over 330 active municipal police chiefs, CPCA’s members protect more than 26 million Californians. CPCA closely monitors the legislative process in light of lawmakers’ continuous efforts to undermine the criminal justice system and the alarming rise in violent crime.

Understanding the critical role of prosecutors, Senator Nielsen worked closely with district attorneys to ensure that laws passed allow criminals to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that victims and their loved ones are participants in the criminal justice process. As a result of his efforts, Senator Nielsen received their top ranking.

Elected to the State Senate in January 2013, Senator Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba. To contact Senator Jim Nielsen, please call him at 916-651-4004, or via email at senator.nielsen@senate.ca.gov. Follow him on Twitter.

Source: The Office of Senator Nielsen


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In the mail to residents and business in Placer County

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) -  In December, residents and businesses will receive the first of several notices informing them about the coming change in their electric energy supply from Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer).

Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and Placer County have partnered to provide lower cost electricity to the residents and businesses within their jurisdictions.

Every customer will continue to receive a PG&E bill that will show Pioneer Community Energy as the provider of the electricity generation. All payments will continue to be sent to PG&E. PG&E will continue to transmit and deliver the electricity, maintain the power lines, and respond to all service needs, such as power outages.

"Instead of being beholden to a statewide entity subject to the whims of its stockholders, the Pioneer Board establishes local control over electricity rates and will be able to design programs that meet the needs of the residents and businesses in Placer County." said Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, Chair of the Pioneer Community Energy Governing Board. "With local control, we can provide lower and more stable rates and do more to meet the local goals and priorities of our communities."

Enrollment starts in February 2018, and will be automatic, to ensure fair and equal access to the benefits of Pioneer electricity rates and programs for all ratepayers. All residents and businesses in the service territory then have the choice to continue receiving the benefits of Pioneer Community Energy, or to remain with PG&E.  For more information, visit www.pioneercommunityenergy.ca.gov [1] or call 1 (844) YES - PIONEEER (1-844-937-4766), toll free.
 


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Placer County, CA (MPG) - Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, a former public school teacher and Deputy Attorney General, representing Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado Counties, has endorsed Andrew Grant for Congress.

“As a Californian, and with his experience in national security, business ownership, and economic development, Andrew is eminently qualified to represent in U.S. Congress,” said Kiley.

Kiley, in his first term in the Assembly, joins Senator Jim Nielsen, Sheriff Scott Jones, Assemblyman James Gallagher, and former Congressman Doug Ose in support of Grant’s candidacy.

Andrew Grant is the former CEO of the Northern California World Trade Center, promoting expanded trade in the region.  A graduate of the US Naval Academy, he joined the Marines and served as an intelligence officer and reconnaissance commander, with tours in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and across Europe.  As a combat veteran, he fought alongside Special Forces units against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and protected Albanian citizens in Kosovo.  He served on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and finished his uniformed service with the Defense Intelligence Agency’s North Korea analysis group.

For more information visit www.AndrewGrantForCongress.com [1].

Source: From the Office of Kevin Kiley


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