The Child Abuse Prevention Center and Bikers Against Child Abuse Put Safety First

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-07-11

Arwa Al-Rakabi – Presley Vasquez – Yesenia Mendoza present Safe Sleep Baby tips.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Children’s safety was the focus at this month’s Folsom Cordova Community Partnership’s Connections Café with presentations by Tim Libey of Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) and Arwa Al-Rakabi, AmeriCorps Health Educator from The Child Abuse Prevention Center (The Cap Center).

Libey commanded the floor with his smile and stories. Retired from the Air Force, Libey works, he says, to pay the bills so he can do what he loves, what he is passionate about – being involved with B.A.C.A. and empowering children who have been abused.

Child abuse may be physical, sexual, or emotional. It is also neglect. According to statistics listed on The Child Abuse Prevention Center’s website, “half a million children are reported abused in California each year.”

B.A.C.A. “exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children.” The group makes itself available to children in several ways and works “in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children.”

The 5000 members of the international organization are volunteers and include men and women from all professions, including CEOs and moms. They are motorcycle enthusiasts who care deeply about children. Founded 25 years ago in Provo, Utah by a licensed child therapist, the organization has chapters throughout the United States, in Australia, Sweden, Italy, Iceland, Canada, Greece, and other countries.

Libey shared the founder’s story of bringing friends from his local motorcycle club to meet with a child after obtaining permission from the guardian and the child. They simply hung out with the child, gave rides on the bikes, and let the child know they were there. Prior to the meeting, the child feared going out. After the meeting, the child was able to venture into the world and hang out with friends.

The organization was born when the founder saw that abused children could be empowered by knowing they had people there for them. There is never a cost to the family, and each child receives a backpack with some tangible items to connect to the group. These items include a teddy bear, special nightlight, vest, and fleece blanket and are presented by the group.

Before a local chapter can respond, Libey explained that the abuse must have been reported to a mandated reporter.

Mandated reporters, established under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) passed in 1980, are required to report suspected abuse or neglect and normally have regular contact with children. These include child care workers, teachers, firefighters, clergy, public health employees, and a long list of others mandated in California. The list also includes psychological assistants; unlicensed marriage, family, and child therapist interns; and commercial film and photo processors.

If the legal guardian of the child has reported the abuse to a mandated reporter, B.A.C.A. will arrange, with the permission of both guardian and child, to meet the child. If no report was made, the guardian is advised to file one.

Children between three and eighteen are eligible, but they are part of B.A.C.A. for life. Libey shared that a young woman contacted them after she had finished college and met the man she would marry. She did not have anyone to walk her down the aisle. B.A.C.A. responded. They walked her down the aisle and filled her side of the church. She was part of their family.

B.A.C.A. will also, if necessary, escort the child to school or court and will, with the judge’s permission, sit in the court gallery in an effort to empower the child who must face the abuser.

Abuse, said Libey, steals two things from a child – power and choice. Both are given to the child by B.A.C.A., which is on call for the child around the clock, including Christmas mornings.

“These children have the strength in them,” said Libey. “We help them find it.”

He shared an informational video and passed out a copy of a study that had evaluated B.A.C.A.’s services. He also handed out a brochure and explained the symbols. White represents children’s innocence, and the fist represents B.A.C.A.’s commitment to stop child abuse.

Al-Rakabi’s organization also works to protect children. She presented information about a pilot program promoting dental hygiene which includes dental products packets and assistance to Medical recipients to access their Denti-Cal benefits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommendations for hygiene for infants, children, and pregnant women and suggests visiting a dentist by the child’s first birthday.

She also discussed The Cap Center’s Safe Sleep Baby program. From birth to one year, babies should sleep alone, in a crib, and on their backs. Toys and other items should be removed, smoking should never take place around the baby, and the baby should not be overdressed.

Home visits, workshops, and partnering with other agencies like Birth & Beyond are some of the myriad ways they reach families. According to the organization’s website, a baby dies while sleeping every other week in Sacramento County. Half of those babies are African American.

“We try to fight infant sleep related disorders,” said Al-Rakabi.

For additional information, visit www.TheFCCP.org. For additional information about Child Abuse Prevention Council, visit http://www.thecapcenter.org/who/agencies/child-abuse-prevention-council-of-sacramento. For additional information about Bikers Against Child Abuse, visit https://bacaworld.org/ or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuF3WqJUMKc.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Anyone with ideas, suggestions, or concerns about the administration and oversight of California’s business taxes is invited to attend the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration’s (CDTFA) annual Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights meeting in Sacramento July 25, 2019.

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, 450 N Street, 1st Floor, Room 122, Sacramento, California 95814

The meeting will be held to receive public input regarding business taxes including sales and use taxes, and special taxes and fees such as fuel taxes, tobacco taxes, and cannabis taxes. Those interested in attending are invited to contact the Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office by calling toll-free 1-888-324-2798, or by visiting us online.

Enacted in January 1989, the Harris-Katz California Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights ensures that the rights of California Taxpayers are protected during the assessment and collection of sales taxes. The Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights was expanded in 1993 to include special tax programs such as environmental fees, fuel taxes, and tobacco taxes.

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) administers California’s sales and use, fuel, tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis taxes, as well as a variety of other taxes and fees that fund specific state programs. CDTFA-administered programs account for over 25 percent of all state revenue. California’s essential services, such as public safety, transportation, health, libraries, schools, social services, and natural resource management programs, are directly supported by these taxes and fees.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Two Sacramento area STEM learning institutions, the Aerospace Museum of California and Powerhouse Science Center are coming together to bring guests Apollopalooza, a family-friendly event that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This special event will take place at the Aerospace Museum of California on Saturday, July 20 from 10:00AM-4:00PM.                               

Highlights of Apollopalooza include the premiere of the Aerospace Museum of California’s new Moon Mission Virtual Reality Experience, exclusive Apollo artifact tours, a NASA Mad Science show, and several activities hosted by both the Museum and Powerhouse Science Center in the exhibit hall. A Smithsonian affiliate, the Aerospace Museum of California will also feature exclusive Smithsonian programming and NASA films in the Museum’s theater.

Michael Galane, Executive Director for the Powerhouse Science Center stated, “We’re excited to partner with the Aerospace Museum of California and SAFE Credit Union to bring this one-of-a-kind event to the Sacramento area. Tom Jones, Executive Director for the Aerospace Museum of California noted: “Northern California has a rich aerospace heritage and having these two STEM learning centers collaborate together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing will make this a memorable event for the greater Sacramento community.”

Members of both Aerospace and Powerhouse are offered deeply discounted tickets to the event. Community partner SAFE Credit Union is also offering a special discount to their members. Tickets to the event are available for purchase online at aerospaceca.org/tickets.

Apollo 11 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on July 16th, 1969 with a crew of three astronauts: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins. Four days later, on July 20th, Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon were broadcast worldwide on live television. Armstrong’s quote, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he stepped on the surface for the first time is remembered as one of the most iconic moments in NASA history. The crew landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24th, 1969, fulfilling President John F. Kennedy’s national goal: to land a man on the moon and safely return him before 1970.

About the Aerospace Museum of California: Experience aviation history and aerospace potential in an interactive setting. With a 4-acre air park and rotating exhibits, families can engage with our STEM activities for all ages and let their imagination soar. Learn more at aerospaceca.org

 

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Space Launch System Receives Four RS-25 Engines

Mary Engola, Aerojet Rocketdyne  |  2019-07-18

Aerojet Rocketdyne delivered four RS-25 engines for integration with NASA’s Space Launch System core stage from its facility at NASA’s Stennis Space Center to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility. Courtesy of Aerojet Rocketdyne

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, MS (MPG)  – Aerojet Rocketdyne recently delivered four RS-25 engines to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) for integration with the core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) in anticipation of the rocket’s first flight on the Artemis 1 mission.

 

“The Space Launch System is a foundational element of our nation’s deep space exploration architecture that will allow humans to return to the Moon and eventually set foot on Mars,” said Eileen Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and president. “Built on the proven propulsion system that powered space shuttles to orbit for more than three decades, SLS will enable more complex exploration missions and will send astronauts and large cargo farther and faster than any rocket in history.”

 

The RS-25 engine, an advanced version of the Space Shuttle Main Engine, has a strong legacy of safely and reliably powering human spaceflight. All four of the RS-25 engines that will fly on the first SLS flight also flew during the Space Shuttle Program; they have since been updated with new controllers and adapted for the unique operating environment of SLS. The engines will be operated at a higher power level than was used during the shuttle flights, providing SLS with additional thrust.

 

“Aerojet Rocketdyne engines have powered every astronaut launched from U.S. soil and, with SLS, we will build on this strong legacy,” added Drake. “There is no other rocket built or in production with the lift capability of SLS.”

 

In addition to the RS-25 engines, Aerojet Rocketdyne is also providing the RL10 engine that will power the SLS upper stage, known as the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS), as well as the composite overwrapped pressure vessels and reaction control system thrusters. The ICPS is complete and ready for integration with the rest of the SLS rocket components at Kennedy Space Center.

 

Earlier this year, Aerojet Rocketdyne delivered the jettison motor, which is part of the Launch Abort System that will ensure crew safety in the event of a launch or pad anomaly. Additionally, Aerojet Rocketdyne has assisted in refurbishing the main engine for the service module, and delivered the reaction control system engines for the Orion crew module and eight auxiliary engines for Orion’s European Service Module, which will ride atop the SLS.

 

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion systems and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, and tactical systems areas, in support of domestic and international customers. For more information, visit www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com. Follow Aerojet Rocketdyne and CEO Eileen Drake on Twitter at @AerojetRdyne and @DrakeEileen.

 

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Regional Solid Waste Authority (SWA) will be holding a workshop on Tuesday, August 13, to seek input on code changes intended to increase generator waste compliance levels in accordance with mandates required by the State of California.  These mandates will affect all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards per week of all solid waste (including trash, recycling and organics).

The SWA needs business engagement and consensus on developing workable solutions to be successful in meeting these state mandates.  Both Sacramento County and the City of Sacramento are under intense compliance pressure from the California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (CalRecycle) to achieve greater compliance with existing commercial sector recycling regulations as a result of the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Act (AB 341) adopted by the California Legislature and implemented by CalRecycle.  It requires recycling by all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of solid waste per week.  In addition, AB 1826 requires businesses generating 4 or more cubic yards of trash and recycling to recycle their organic waste.

Currently, SWA code allows businesses to decline recycling services from their trash service provider and seek those services elsewhere.  The proposed plan would require SWA franchisees to provide recycling and organics services to a business unless that business provides documentation their recycling services are provided by another recycler or by self-hauling.

The workshop on requiring businesses to subscribe to services for trash, recycling and organics will held at 1 pm in the County Board Chambers, 700 I Street, in downtown Sacramento.  If you have questions, please email SWAInfo@saccounty.net.

 

 

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Daddy Dave’s Diaper Drive at Leatherby’s Supports Life Center

By Kristin Thébaud, Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2019-07-18

Natalie Corral receives a box of diapers from the Sacramento Life Center. Daddy Dave’s Diaper Drive will provide more diapers for low-income pregnant moms in Sacramento. Photo courtesy of Kristin Thébaud Communications

Donate Unopened Pack of Diapers and Get Free Scoop of Ice Cream 

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Local residents who bring an unopened pack of diapers to any Leatherby’s Family Creamery location on July 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. will receive a free scoop of ice cream as part of Daddy Dave’s Diaper Drive, benefiting the Sacramento Life Center. The drive, which takes place during National Ice Cream Month, will provide diapers for low-income moms in the Sacramento area and honor the life of the ice cream shop’s founder Dave Leatherby Sr. who passed away earlier this year and supported the Sacramento Life Center for decades.

“This is a really special drive, as it not only fills an important need, but honors my late father who was so beloved in this community and who had such a heart for helping low-income pregnant women and teens in the Sacramento area,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “We hope everyone comes out on July 20 to help women in need and enjoy a free scoop of Leatherby’s ice cream in honor of my dad.”

According to The Nation, a third of American families struggle to afford enough diapers. The 2018 article quoted a study that found families would leave a child in a diaper too long, risking diaper rash and urinary tract infections, and others would bleach a wet diaper, dry it and reuse it. The Sacramento Life Center’s diaper drive will ensure that every mother who walks into its main clinic can receive free, clean diapers for her children.

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 experiencing reproductive grief. 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.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (MPG) - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is sending postcards to more than 240,000 customers encouraging them to update their mobile number, email and other key information so the company can contact them in advance should it become necessary to temporarily turn off power for safety this fire season.

These customers, who live throughout PG&E’s service area, have incomplete or no contact information on file.

It is important that all customer information is up to date so PG&E can share important wildfire safety alerts. In addition to notifying customers directly, PG&E also will provide outage updates and information through channels such as social media, local news, radio and the pge.com website.

“With the 2019 wildfire season now upon us, we all need to be better prepared to stay emergency-ready and to keep our families and friends safe,” said Laurie Giammona, PG&E’s senior vice president and chief customer officer. “We are asking our customers to be sure we have their latest contact information so we can do our best to reach them in advance of a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff event.”

The Public Safety Power Shutoff program is one of many additional precautionary safety measures in response to the 2017 and 2018 wildfires that the company is putting in place as part of its Community Wildfire Safety Program intended to reduce wildfire threats and strengthen communities for the future.

Extreme weather threats can change quickly. PG&E’s goal, dependent on weather and other factors, is to send customer alerts through automated calls, texts and emails at 48 hours, again at 24 hours, and again just prior to shutting off power.

Besides updating their contact information to prepare for Public Safety Power Shutoffs, PG&E encourages customers to do the following:
Have an emergency plan for wildfires and discuss it with your friends, family and neighbors; Update or create a go bag or 72-hour kit that can be used if you need to evacuate; and clear defensible space around your home or business.

PG&E thanks the over 390,000 customers who have taken action to ensure they will receive its wildfire safety alerts since June 1, 2018. For customers who have not yet confirmed or updated their contact information, PG&E strongly encourages everyone to do so by visiting www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling the PG&E contact center at 1-866-743-6589.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 23,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Thanks to Democrats’ latest gas tax increase, Californians filling up their gas tanks are noticing some extra pain at the pump. With this 6 cent per gallon increase, our state is now home to highest gas taxes in the country.

You’d expect that with all that extra tax revenue, Californians would be driving on some of the best roads in America.

You’d be wrong.                                                                         

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave California roads a “D” on its most recent infrastructure report card, while Transportation for America called California’s roads the second-worst in the nation.

Weeks ago, Assembly Republicans called for a one-year delay in the tax increase.

Not a single Democrat supported the proposal. Instead they doubled down on a regressive tax that’s not delivering results.

This is an ongoing effort to deliver accurate and factual information about the activities of your local representatives in Sacramento, and how their votes either improve or negatively impact the lives of Californians. For more information, please contact Jim Stanley at (916) 319-2075 or Jim.Stanley@asm.ca.gov.

 

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (Sac Metro Air District) has successfully obtained millions of dollars through the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Cap-and-Trade program for fiscal year 2018/2019, which will be used to meet the goals of AB617, the Community Air Protection Plan. This plan seeks to reduce emissions in low-income, disadvantaged communities, whose residents are disproportionally affected by air pollution.

The Sac Metro Air District pioneered mobile source incentive programs, which create innovative and creative approaches for deployment of lower-emitting vehicle and equipment technologies and are now duplicated throughout the United States. “With this latest round of funding, the District will use its expertise to build upon its successes identifying and tailoring programs that assist businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, schools and other entities with zero emission incentive projects,” said Sacramento County Supervisor and California Air Resources Board member Phil Serna who also serves on the District’s Board.

This money will supplement current funding that protects the health of regional residents by reducing air pollution emissions and greenhouse gases through incentive programs.

“With the help of our regional partners, and under the leadership of Supervisor Serna who represents us on the CARB Board, the District has been successful in advocating for Cap-and-Trade funds for the Sacramento region,” said District Board Chair and City of Sacramento Vice-Mayor Eric Guerra. “Projects that were implemented with Cap-and-Trade money such as electric school buses and Our Community CarShare reduce emissions, protect public health and expand the growing number of clean mobility options in the region, particularly for underserved communities.”

The over $14 million dollars that will be administered by the Sac Metro Air District will result in hundreds of projects, which will protect public health and improve regional air quality by reducing emissions in the Sacramento region. The District has also asked CARB to add flexibility to its existing program guidelines in an effort to expand funding opportunities to those that do not currently qualify.

“It is important to me that we put these funds to good use,” said District Board Vice-Chair and Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost. “By working with CARB to expand the guidelines, we can aid businesses in taking on the costly burden of upgrading equipment that is less harmful to our air quality.”

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SAN DIEGO AND LOS ANGELES, CA (MPG) - Leading experts in public health and vector pest control released an explosive report showing an explosion in the rodent population in California cities across the state and a spike in dangerous diseases such as Typhus. 

"California is being overrun by rodents – and without immediate emergency action by state and local government, we face significant economic costs and risk a public health crisis," said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California.

Among the findings:

California is experiencing a massive spike in its rodent population that is both measured by available data sets and observed by field personnel;

The increase in California’s rodent population is not explained by environmental factors – but is directly related to the decision by some government officials to ban effective rodent control methods and a spike in the state’s homeless population;

Rodent infestations are fueling an increase in reported cases of dangerous diseases such as Typhus – current rate of increase in cases raises concern regarding possible public health epidemic.

The report also outlines 4 recommendations for remediation framed by the expert panel, including:

Declare a Public Health Emergency, Work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and require local governments conduct immediate assessments;

Require remediation plans be formulated and executed by local governments;

Launch a public education campaign for businesses and residents to mitigate risk factors;

Oppose and reject Assembly Bill 1788 – a misguided attempt to ban best practice pest control tools that will be needed to fight the rodent infestation

"Instead of acting to address this developing crisis, California state lawmakers are just days away from passing legislation (AB1788) to ban the best rodent control tools and methods available and would require use of less effective so-called green alternatives. It’s madness!” DeMaio concluded.

Formed in 2003 by former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Reform California is dedicated to holding state and local government accountable and fighting costly and unfair taxes, mandates, and fees because working families cannot afford a higher cost of living — and state and local politicians already have enough of our money. For more information, visit reformcalifornia.org

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