Women’s Tennis is Back

Source: Gold River Racquet Club  |  2017-06-28

Caitlin Whorisky and Ashley Weinhold team up against their competition. -- Photo courtesy of Gold River Racquest Club.

From July 23 to 30, some of the world’s top up-and-coming women tennis players will be playing in the FSP Gold River Women’s Challenger. This year, these women will be playing for $60,000 in prize money and be part of the US Open Wild Card Series.

For the fourth straight year, the tournament will be part of the US Open Wild Card Series. The top American female player with the best performance over the course of this series will receive a Wild Card entry to the main draw of the US Open in New York at the end of August worth $43,000 for the winner.

The $60,000 FSP Gold River Women’s Challenger will have a singles main draw of 32 players and doubles main draw of 16 teams. The main draw of the tournament begins Tuesday, July 25 and the final match of the tournament will be Sunday, July 30. The qualifying tournament begins Sunday, July 23.

These matches will be played throughout the day and early evening during the tournament. General admission is complimentary during qualifying events and main draw day sessions. Admission is $10 for Thursday to Sunday evening sessions. Tickets for these sessions are available at www.goldriverchallenger.com or at Gold River Racquet Club on match day. Gold River Racquet Club is located 2201 Gold River Drive, Gold River.

USTA Pro Circuit tournaments are a series of professional tournaments with prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 and WTA ranking points. The challenger level tournaments are just a notch below WTA events, very similar to Triple AAA baseball, like the Sacramento River Cats. Every year there are ladies from 10 to 12 different countries that will have a world ranking of 100 to 400.

For up to date information about or during the tournament, go to www.goldriverchallenger.com.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) thanks customers for their conservation efforts as it came close to breaking an all-time record for electricity use on Thursday, June 22.

While PG&E expected to reach record electricity use, an afternoon and evening sea breeze in the Bay Area provided relief to some of the heat risk and electric demands.

The heat wave drove up energy demand close to levels not seen since 2006 – especially due to air conditioner use to combat the heat. PG&E was ready for the high energy usage and ensured the company had enough energy supply, including renewables like solar energy, to meet the needs of their customers. Once the sun sets and renewables are less abundant on the grid, customer conservation efforts between 4 and 7 p.m. become even more critical.

Since the heat wave first began during the afternoon of Friday, June 16, PG&E has restored approximately 379,000 customers, activated 19 local emergency centers and deployed about 5,100 field employees who supported power restoration during the heat wave. PG&E employees continue to work to restore service for the remaining customers who have experienced heat wave-related outages.

Customer demand for energy during the heat wave on Thursday, June 22 reached its highest point at 20,754 megawatts (MWs). The energy company’s all-time system peak load was on July 25, 2006, when customer demand for electricity hit 22,468 MWs. The California Independent System Operator (ISO), which manages the state’s energy grid, said peak usage across California was 42,000 MWs.

PG&E reminds customers that small behavioral changes can make a big difference in reducing demand on the power grid during periods of extreme heat while helping customers to stay comfortable.

For tips on how to save this summer, visit www.pge.com/summer.

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Sacramento Public Library Seeks Local Authors for Upcoming Author Fair

Source: Sacramento Public Library  |  2017-06-27

Sacramento Public Library seeks 45 local authors to showcase their work at its upcoming local author fair being held at Central Library on Sunday, Aug. 27. The fair, which will be the third of its kind at the Library, is being provided to allow local authors the opportunity to present their new work to avid readers.

Forty-five authors will be selected to participate in the fair by a committee of Library staff. Books must have been published within the past 18 months. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 10. The application can be found at www.saclibrary.org.

This year’s fair will feature award-winning author Reyna Grande as the keynote speaker. Grande recently released The Distance Between Us, a memoir about her life before and after illegally emigrating from Mexico to the United States.

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Speaker Highlights Rancho Cordova Economics in Megaregion

By Shelly Lembke  |  2017-06-21

Barry Broome (center) President and Chief Executive Officer of Greater Sacramento Economic Council, enjoys a few laughs after his presentation with Councilman Bob McGarvey and his wife, Terri, Marianne Conarroe, District Director for Assemblyman Ken Cooley, City Councilmember Linda Budge and City Manager Cyrus Abhar. 
-- Staff photo

Barry Broome, President and Chief Executive Officer of Greater Sacramento Economic Council, was the guest speaker at this month’s Cordova Community Council Luncheon. Broome’s presentation to the group painted his vision of what he thinks Sacramento area economics can be: a data and evidence-driven “megaregional” hub extending far beyond Sacramento. Broome is developing an inclusive strategy playing to the strengths of northern California. It’s a methodology he has developed throughout his professional life.

An Ohio native, Broome was working in the inner city of Cleveland when the mayor of Toledo called, looking for a new economic development director. “He had been through seventeen,” said Broome of infamous Carty Finkbeiner. Toledo was in dire straits.

The city was teetering on bankruptcy, but it was worse, said Broome. “The river caught fire and the lake was dead,” he said. Once a burgeoning industrial city, Toledo had fallen on tough times. The Cuyahoga River was so polluted by dumped industrial waste that in 1969 it famously caught fire. The Cuyahoga is a tributary for Lake Erie, which around 1960, began garnering headlines for massive fish die-offs, algal blooms and yet more pollution. By the late 1980s, Toledo was situated in what would become known as “The Rust Belt,” as recession and automotive industry struggles deeply impacted the local economy.

After the first six applicants turned down the job with Finkbeiner, Broome accepted and was instrumental in brokering a deal to keep Jeep manufacturing in Toledo, where it had been located since World War I. The new facility required hundreds of homes and business properties to be acquired and a river to be rerouted (undoing an old WPA project that had moved it from its original path), but was successful.

Broome then headed to Michigan. A 2003 Chicago Tribune article had this to say about Broome: ‘“He hits the ground and the place starts to shake,” says Don Parfet, a fourth-generation Upjohn heir. A sign taped to Broome’s door in the cramped offices of Southwest Michigan First, Kalamazoo’s non-profit economic development agency, reads, “Bull, China Shop.”‘

Since then, Broome served as CEO and president of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, bringing in approximately 260 companies before being hired in late 2014 to come to Sacramento. He doesn’t seem to have lost any of his momentum and brings a “no guts, no glory” attitude. His experience, including Toledo, which he called “a do or die situation for that community,” has enabled him to collectively lure and retain hundreds of companies, thousands of jobs, and raise over a billion dollars of investment in economic development.

California is sorely lacking in a statewide economic plan, according to Broome, comparing California to states like New York and Texas, which have such plans and are consequently financially healthier than California. He is carefully cultivating a regional brand for northern California, working with Sacramento and other counties to identify and consolidate an identity. “It’s so impossible to work together without understanding how assets work and connect together,” said Broome.

Broome’s approach to economic development digs deep into community nuts and bolts, identifying each piece and showing it to its best advantage. Highlighting infrastructure, workforce development and learning to move beyond what Broome called “provincial thinking” are integral parts of Sacramento’s economic future.

Community services (infrastructure) such as transportation, schools, shopping, arts and entertainment, cost and quality of life and employment opportunities are all vital to recruiting and retaining a talented, educated workforce, which is then attractive to companies looking to hire or relocate, according to Broome.

While Sacramento has long been prone competing with, say San Francisco, Broome is an advocate for pooling area resources. Greater Sacramento has partnered with the Bay Area Council to promote the megaregion brand. The move is intended to make the area a key player in a global economy. California consistently ranks lowest among the 50 states for being “business friendly.” Broome wants to change that and be what he calls, “The California Option, where people invest when looking at California.”

Broome says Greater Sacramento receives dozens of inquiries every week from businesses and individuals looking at locating in or relocating to the Sacramento area, and the numbers are expected to grow. Concerns regarding things such as cost of living, taxes or litigation in the state are frequent and not without merit, but Broome has a track record and a plan to prove how desirable and obtainable life and business in Sacramento, and surrounding communities like Rancho Cordova, can be.

Easy access to public transportation, the highway system, farm fresh dining, world class universities, arts and culture, affordable commercial and residential real estate are all hallmarks of Sacramento area living, says Broome. Further enhancements such as making Sacramento part of a high-tech corridor, creating a university research park, expanding river front possibilities and developing a thriving corporate center are investments in the future.

“We need to have a different conversation,” Broome maintains. Creating a megaregion with its own brand, sharing analytics with the communities, removing politics from the equation and emphasizing northern California’s assets, will lead to tangible results and effective decision making. Replacing business as usual will allow California to compete on larger stages, regionally and internationally, and stop other states like Texas from poaching businesses and talent. According to Broome, “Texas is taking our jobs while we’re not looking.”

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Railroad Museum is Now a Smithsonian Affiliate

Source: T-Rock Communications  |  2017-06-21

Union Pacific 4466 is an 0-6-0 type steam locomotive built in October 1920 for the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) to perform switching chores and transfer runs. The locomotive currently resides at the California Railroad Museum. 
-- Photo courtesy Neil916

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to announce the California State Railroad Museum is now officially recognized as a Smithsonian Affiliate.

“We are delighted to officially begin our Affiliate partnership with the California State Railroad Museum, an organization which has previously worked alongside the Smithsonian in scholarship and historic preservation,” said Myriam Springuel, Interim Director, Smithsonian Affiliations. “The story of railroading is very much the story of building the foundation of the United States and we are proud to partner with this museum which tells this national story from its beginnings in California. The collections, scholarship and expertise of the Smithsonian will be well matched by those at the California State Railroad Museum; we expect both organizations to benefit a great deal from this collaborative relationship.”

Located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, the Railroad Museum joins a network of 216 organizations throughout the nation that are committed to serving the public through educational outreach, artifact loans, traveling exhibitions and collaborative research with the Smithsonian. Smithsonian Affiliations help to build a bridge between the local experiences available in individual communities with the national heritage preserved and displayed at the Smithsonian.

“We are proud that the Railroad Museum is now an official Smithsonian Affiliate,” said Ty Smith, Museum Director for the California State Railroad Museum. “Aligning the Railroad Museum with the Smithsonian Institution will help us further our mission of connecting people to California's railroad heritage. This partnership is both intellectual and material and will advance our ability to create a world-class experience to each and every guest who visits the California State Railroad Museums and Old Sacramento State Historic Park.”

Widely recognized as North America’s most prestigious rail museum, the California State Railroad Museum showcases more than 150 years of railroad history in 225,000 square feet of space. Each year, approximately 600,000 guests from all over the world visit the Railroad Museum, to see and experience the immaculately restored full-scale locomotives and railroad cars, impressive toy train collection, interactive and ever-changing exhibits, and much more.

“We look forward to networking and working collaboratively with other Smithsonian Affiliates to further our collective goals to educate, interpret and engage the public with the unique and memorable experiences we have to offer,” said Cheryl Marcell, President & CEO of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation.”

For more information about the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation, please call 916-323-9280 or visit www.californiarailroad.museum/.

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The Center for Jobs and the Economy recently released its full analysis of the May employment data.

In the State Employment Growth Rankings, California dropped to 3rd place behind Florida and Texas Between May 2016 and May 2017, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows the total number of employed in California increased by 250,000 (seasonally adjusted), or 13.4% of the total net employment gains in this period for the United States. California dropped to 3rd place behind Florida (which has a civilian working age population only 55% as large as California’s) at 409,600 and Texas (68% as large) at 254,800.

Measured by percentage change in employment over the year, California dropped to 33rd highest. Adjusted for population, California dropped to 35th.

The report shows California’s Labor Force Participation Rate at its lowest level since 1976. California’s participation rate (seasonally adjusted) in May declined to 62.0%, while the US rate dropped only 0.2 point to 62.7%. Improvement in the unemployment rate at both the California and national levels came from these contractions in the labor force numbers.

The seasonally adjusted California participation rate in May was at its lowest level since 1976. The unadjusted rate was at its second lowest level since 1976. In the recent May Budget Revision, the Governor again pointed to the increasing share of lower wage jobs as one of the prime causes of slowing state revenues growth.

“The level of wages has been revised downward, and cash receipts have been significantly below forecast.” - Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown continues to not take responsibility for the many lost high paying jobs leaving California for better business climates in other states. California ranks last in the United States for being pro-business. Over one-third of jobs growth over the past 12 months has been in the low wage industries.

For additional information and data about the California economy visit www.centerforjobs.org.

Source: Centerforjobs.org

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Divine Love: the Answer to Universal Health

Submitted by Christopher Cheney  |  2017-06-21

José de Dios Mata, is originally from Spain, but has been living in the United States for a number of years.

International Speaker to Address Effective Health Care Through Prayer

Jose de Dios Mata, of Elsa Illinois, will give a free lecture to the public in Carmichael on Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. The talk is titled “Divine Love: The Answer to Universal Health” and is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Carmichael, as a gift to the community and will be given in the church edifice at 4949 Kenneth Ave., Carmichael, During the talk free parking and child care are included.

This lecture is about the power of God as divine Love and the direct influence for good it can have on lives individually and collectively when spiritually understood. It explores the Biblical basis of God as divine Love whose law Christ Jesus taught and practiced in his healing and teaching ministry. It brings out the relevance of his command “to love your neighbor as yourself” and the worldwide healing impact this can have.

The ideas in this lecture make clear the importance of loving from the standpoint of God, Love, as our source and each of us as God’s tenderly cared for children. Praying from this standpoint heals disease, saves us from wrong thinking and acting, and awakens us to the reality that our lives are safe in the law of Love. How powerful divine Love is to answer every problem we might be facing. This lecture includes experiences of healing that resulted from prayer and a deeper understanding of God as divine Love based on the teachings of Christian Science.

The speaker, José de Dios Mata, is originally from Spain, but has been living in the United States for a number of years. As a teenager, he felt a special interest in music and decided to study guitar, with an emphasis on flamenco. This led him to form his own group and perform in various venues.

Later, he worked for the government for a decade, the last five years of which were spent as a special agent in the Intelligence Services. In his personal life, he faced an enormous challenge in early 1979. A relative’s sudden illness, for which the doctors could find no cure, as well as his own almost complete loss of hearing due to a congenital lesion, which he was told would require immediate surgery or result in total deafness - and he could not continue in his position at work until he had surgery - forced him to seek a solution to these difficulties. He chose not to have surgery. After trying a series of different alternatives, in December of that year José de Dios was introduced to Christian Science by a doctor, his guitar student, who knew of his reluctance towards conventional medicine and encouraged him to explore this system of spiritual healing. Both situations were quickly and completely healed solely through reading the textbook of this religion, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

He soon realized that the spiritual understanding he had just achieved enabled him to heal others. After several years of proving the practical effect of these teachings in the healing of illness and other inharmonious situations of day-to-day life, he gave up his career in 1986 and decided to move to the United States to enter the public practice of Christian Science as his only profession. His desire to teach others how to practice spiritual healing led him to take Christian Science Normal Class in 2009,in Boston, in order to become an authorized Christian Science teacher in Spain.

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Feral Cats Project Seeks Volunteers and Community Support to Curb the Feral Cat Population

By Linda Morgan, Director Sacramento Feral Resources  |  2017-06-21

Spaying/Neutering of stray, feral, and abandoned cats will prevent hundreds of litters of kittens, literally thousands of cats yearly.

Unwanted feral/stray cats are everywhere and the proverbial “kitten-season” is in full-swing. In an effort to help these newborn kittens, people often put them in a box and rush them to the local shelter. Too often the outcome for these kittens isn’t what the well-intentioned person expected. So how can you change this outcome? Spay/Neuter of stray, feral, and abandoned cats will prevent hundreds of litters of kittens, literally thousands of cats yearly, from being born in areas where they are not wanted and struggle to survive on their own.

Sacramento Feral Resources (SacFerals) recently introduced the Feral Cats Project.

The focus of the Project is to recruit volunteers and involve residents county-wide to help humanely curb the feral cat population in Sacramento County through a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. We are looking for the best ways to reach residents in communities throughout the County.

Feral cats are a neighborhood issue that can have good resolution when working together to TNR. In fact, Sacramento County supports TNR - not euthanasia, starvation, or relocation (which is illegal) of feral cats. The good news is that there are low-cost and free spay/neuter clinics available.

Residents who want to help improve the feral cat situation can learn more about the Project, feral cats, TNR, feral colony assistance, and other volunteer opportunities at monthly Free Feral Cats Workshops. Workshops open to the general public. Meetings are held at 5605 Marconi Ave in Carmichael. The Workshop Schedule, class descriptions, and sign-up information is available online: www.sacferals.com.

Why establish a Feral Cats Project? In 2013 SacFerals introduced a public website to offer resources and assistance to anyone with feral cat issues. Over time, traffic to the website as well as requests for help have substantially increased. During the past two years, SacFerals has received reports of more than 9,000 feral/stray cats. The need for assistance has out-paced the current volunteer staff.

With an estimated 98,000 – 220,000 feral cats in Sacramento County, as the saying goes, “It takes a village” to make a huge dent in reducing the number of litters born in the County every year and to ultimately control and reduce the community feral cat population in Sacramento County.

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Art and Leadership

By Margaret Snider  |  2017-06-14

Thanks to Leadership Rancho Cordova Class XI and artist Gina Rossi (in back), both children and adults can lock their bikes on artistic and imaginative bike racks in locations around Rancho Cordova. 
-- Photo by Mika

Sculptured Bike Racks Grace Rancho Cordova Locations

With a shower of sparks, metal sculpture artist Gina Rossi and Kinney High School welding student Charles Struble, 18, welded artistic and functional bike racks into place at Sacramento Children’s Museum. The welding and ribbon cutting on May 8 marked the completion of Leadership Rancho Cordova Class XI’s project, following nine months of leadership and business training, and lots of work to make the project happen. Kristin Goble was the project lead, providing organization and liaison between artist and team members.

Maria Kniestedt, a member of the class, said the group raised over $25,000 in funds for the project. “Our class decided that it wanted to build on the City’s current status as a bicycle friendly city,” Kniestedt said. “They also wanted to support residents who had a desire to bike through the city, and so that is how we came up with our project.”

The six locations for the bike racks consisted of Sacramento Children’s Museum, Hagan Community Park, Village Green Park, Folsom Lake College Rancho Cordova Center, Mather Veterans Village, and Rivergate Shopping Center. Each location had its own unique and imaginative design, fashioned by Rossi in collaboration with the class. Rossi started as a child making sculpture from hangers and socks. Always interested in metalwork, she later became a certified welder and started receiving commissions for bike racks. “That became my niche,” Rossi said. “It’s art, yet it’s functional and everybody wants them.” Rossi also teaches welding classes for all ages at her Sacramento studio, Rossi Sculptural Designs.

“She (Rossi) has such a passion for this, and so much creativity and vision,” said Kniestedt. “The fact that she wanted to layer in an educational component by including our students from Kinney High School, their welding program, made it truly an amazing partnership.”

Eight of the more advanced welding students at Kinney participated, three of whom were present at the Sacramento Children’s Museum on the 8th. Besides Struble, the others were Dacari Crawford, 16, and Nathan Douglas, 17. Struble is interested in welding as an occupation. “I think mostly everybody who’s taking the class is there because they want to become a welder.” Struble is currently working on his welding certification.

Douglas plans to continue welding classes. Though he said that sitting down working was relaxing to him, it was definitely hard work. “You’ve got to be willing to have patience for trial and error,” Douglas said, “because you’ve got to mess up to learn what you have to do.”

Kinney High School welding instructor Richard Smith was glad for the opportunity the work presented for the students. The kids have also worked on a piece of exercise equipment for the U.S. Army, and are looking forward to another collaborative project with a private school, fabricating benches.

Because the ongoing fund-raising and the various approvals needed took time to come through, the actual work by the students at Kinney started about nine days before school let out for the year. In spite of the short timeline, the project was completed on time.

“I had to work magic to get it done,” Rossi said. “...Everybody just pulled together toward the end, like that last hurdle in a race. We started to get energy, we just started getting it, making it happen.”

For more information about Leadership Rancho Cordova, contact Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce. For information about Rossi Sculptural Designs, see www.rossisculpturaldesigns.com.

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Women's Veterans Event Honors Many Who Served

Story and Photos by Paul Scholl  |  2017-06-14

The women veterans who attended the event were an impressive group who served our nation and now need our support in return.

Dedication to our nation was on display at a recent event held to support women veterans of the United States Armed Services. A very impressive group of women who have served our country came together at the gathering and celebration, hosted by American River Brewing Company.

The Women Veterans Alliance, created to support female veterans who have specific needs separate from male veterans, has as their mission is to impact and empower the lives of women veterans. They are the only group focused on directly impacting the quality of life of women veterans.

Attending the event on Friday, June 2nd to recognize the honorees were Congressman Ami Bera and Assemblyman Ken Cooley. Dave Mathis, co-owner of American River Brewing Company has become a big supporter of the group.

During the presentations, each of the veterans took to the microphone and announced their branch of the military and their term of service. It was truly impressive to hear each of their individual commitments, with some still engaged.

American River Bank was the major sponsor for this event. Be sure to tell them “Thank You” when you visit one of their local branches. Food was provided by Culinerdy Cruzer.

To get more information about the Women Veterans Alliance go to www.WomenVeteransAlliance.org.

“We believe strongly in supporting our veterans, and especially our women veterans. They all gave so much for us. It is time for us to stand up and do more for them” said Dave Mathis, co-owner of American River Brewing Company.

American River Brewing is located at 11151 Trade Center Drive, just off Sunrise Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.

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