Society for the Blind Named Rehab Organization of the Year

Source: Kristin Thebeaud Communications  |  2016-08-19

Society for the Blind staff members accept the award for Rehabilitation Organization of the Year from the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Society for the Blind in Sacramento recently accepted the award for Rehabilitation Organization of the Year by the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. The award is given each year to an organization that has demonstrated exceptional commitment and service to the field, as well as leadership in working with students, families, colleagues and businesses.

"While there are so many strong organizations in this region, we find Society's expansion of services through the development of partnerships over the past few years to be an exemplary model of the standard all such organizations should follow," said Richard Rueda, president of the Northern California chapter of the association. “This organization is distinguished by its ability to dream big, allow partnerships to emerge, and sponsor and underwrite large portions of programming that ultimately benefit people with vision loss in Sacramento and throughout Northern California.”

Society for the Blind received the award for its expansion efforts, including its onsite Low Vision Clinic that now offers occupational therapy and services for young children, its peer and support group programming for parents of children with vision challenges, and its new partnerships with groups like UC Davis Eye Center and Junior Blind.

“This is an enormous honor, and we are grateful for this recognition as we continue to find new ways to empower people of all ages living with vision challenges,” said Shari Roeseler, executive director, Society for the Blind.

For 60 years, Society for the Blind has created innovative ways to empower individuals living with low vision or blindness to discover, develop and achieve their full potential. Society for the Blind has grown from a dedicated group of volunteers that included the Lions Clubs of America to a nationally recognized agency and the only rehabilitative teaching center for a 26-county region of northern California. The nonprofit provides low-vision eye care, life and job skills training, mentorship, and access to tools to maintain independence for 6,000 youth, adults and seniors experiencing vision loss each year. For more information or to make a donation, visit

IHOP Teams Up to Fight Childhood Hunger

Source: Wills Communications  |  2016-08-19

IHOP and No Kid Hungry will come together again in the fight against child hood hunger. IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer a short stack of their world-famous buttermilk pancakes for just $1 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting No Kid Hungry. Please help IHOP, the pioneer of breakfast all day, every day, reach its goal of serving one million pancakes to make an impact in the lives of hungry children across America.

For close to six decades, IHOP has been the leader in bringing guests a freshly made breakfast served any time of day, every day ― but at least one in every five children across the U.S. struggles to get the food they need to grow and thrive. No Kid Hungry works to connect our future leaders with a healthy breakfast by delivering food to where kids live, learn and play.

You can participate on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM at any IHOP in the United States.

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at

Please support your local IHOP on this fundraising event and tell them you read about it in your local newspaper. We support great local fundraising causes and hope you will too.

For more than 58 years, IHOP has been a leader, innovator and expert in all things breakfast, any time of day. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service.

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Calling All Republican Women

By Kay Burton  |  2016-08-18

We are the Sacramento Republican Women Federated (SRWF) and we meet on the first Wednesday at 11:30 am at the North Ridge Country Club on Madison Avenue in Fair Oaks.

Do you enjoy talking to other like-minded women? Would you enjoy getting together with these ladies once a month for lunch, and new friendships? If so, please join us and check out our lunch bunch!

We are the Sacramento Republican Women Federated (SRWF). We are a great group of ladies, and some husbands, that meet on the first Wednesday, every month except July and August.

We meet on the first Wednesday at 11:30 am at the North Ridge Country Club on Madison Avenue in Fair Oaks. We mix and mingle until 12:00 when we sit down for a full service lunch. Lunch includes a delicious entrée, ice tea, coffee, and a yummy dessert, all for $25, and that includes tax and tip. We have a guest speaker every month that includes some of our legislators, political pundits and other local leaders that give us updates on local issues that concern everyone. We have a great time, delicious food, entertaining speakers, and an opportunity to make new friends.

For more information, check out our website at:, or call our Club President, Suzanne Jones at 916-947-9241. We look forward to seeing you in September!

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CAL FIRE Local 2881 represents the 6,500 firefighters of CAL FIRE. They answer more than 400,000 calls per year with professionalism and integrity. However, CAL FIRE firefighters are in crisis.

“Today (August 16th) I did the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do as a firefighter,” said CAL FIRE firefighter Steve Mueller. “While I look forward to protecting my neighbors and working hard with my colleagues, I didn’t enjoy talking publically about how our pay lags drastically behind other departments.”

California’s independent Human Resources Salary Report reveals that CAL FIRE firefighters make 30-90% less than firefighters from California’s top twenty-five fire departments. A fifteen-year veteran of CAL FIRE can make more money, and with less responsibilities, as an entry-level firefighter at a local department. Three months ago, CAL FIRE had a 50% no-show for the promotional Fire Captain test.

Entry-level firefighters make only minimum wage. In five years, due to compaction within the Department, they will make as much as mid-level firefighters. The compaction and overlapping of pay negatively impacts morale among firefighters and robs our men and women the incentive to promote.

“I love fighting fires and the camaraderie on the job but, it is important that our pay at least be competitive with other fire departments,” said Mueller.

Mueller mentioned that firefighters will be at the State Capitol at 11AM on Monday, August 22nd to protest the pay disparities.

The men and women of CAL FIRE will always answer the call and it is an honor to protect our neighbors. We hope to work cooperatively with the Administration to find a viable solution.

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Fox 40 Launches Studio40 Live

Source: Fox 40  |  2016-08-18

Host Gary Gelfand

FOX40 has announced the launch of Studio40 Live, a new lifestyle show for the Sacramento region. Studio40 Live will debut on September 6th, and will air live weekdays from 12 noon-12:30pm.

Hosted by Gary Gelfand and Lori Wallace, Studio40 Live is unlike anything previously seen in the market. This upbeat, fast-paced and high energy show is the perfect platform to showcase local businesses, events and causes in the Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto region.

Gary Gelfand will expand his role at FOX40 and has been hand-picked to host Studio40 Live. Gary has 20 years of local media experience and is thrilled to be hosting the show.

Katie Parish, FOX40 Creative Director said, “Gary’s positivity and contagious energy are exactly the traits we were looking for in a host. We are fortunate that we could expand his role at the station to get him involved in Studio40 Live.” Gary will continue to be seen on FOX40 NEWS in the morning reporting on feature segments in the 8 and 9 AM hours.

Joining Gary as co-host is Sacramento native Lori Wallace. Local to Elk Grove, Lori has been on-air in this market for almost 10 years. Wallace, a mom to three boys, will bring a family perspective to the show.

Leigh White, VP/GM FOX40 said, “Sacramento is growing. Our vibrant community is on the verge of becoming something bigger. FOX40 is a fixture in Sacramento, and is engrained in this community. Therefore, Studio40 Live creates a wonderful opportunity to show off the businesses that are unique to our hometown, and helps define what we love about Sacramento.”

To get your business featured on Studio40 Live, go to KTXL, owned by Tribune Media. For more information, please visit:

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Deep-Space Habitation System Envisioned

Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne  |  2016-08-18

Under the 18-month architectural design study, Aerojet Rocketdyne and SNC will devise concepts that include standards, common interfaces and testing approaches for the habitation system.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Teams with Sierra Nevada Corporation to Conduct an Architectural Design Study

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AJRD), is working with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a leader in aerospace and defense systems, to conduct an architectural design study for a habitation system that would enable NASA astronauts to live for long durations beyond low-Earth orbit. SNC is serving as the prime contractor under NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnership-2 (NextSTEP-2), which seeks commercial development of deep-space exploration capabilities to support more extensive human spaceflight missions.

“We look forward to working with our industry partners on an architectural study for a habitat system that will allow humans to live in space farther from Earth and for longer durations than ever before,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “It’s an especially unique opportunity to help stimulate the commercial space industry while leveraging existing and emerging technologies, furthering our nation’s ability to explore the frontiers and expand our knowledge of space.”

As part of that study, Aerojet Rocketdyne has proposed to build a fully-functional prototype PowerTrain™ Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) system designed to deliver power from the solar arrays to the thrusters on the spacecraft. The PowerTrain™ SEP system uses a peak-power tracking capability and is compatible with current and future advanced Hall-effect thruster propulsion systems. Last year, the company successfully built and tested a prototype system in a simulated mission environment to show that it could achieve improved system efficiency over current Power Management and Distribution approaches used on satellites. The prototype was tested at Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Los Angeles facility, where most of the International Space Station power-system hardware was developed.

Under the 18-month architectural design study, Aerojet Rocketdyne and SNC will devise concepts that include standards, common interfaces and testing approaches for the habitation system. It will also include the development and integrated testing of the full-size ground prototypes by 2018. The project details will depend on final contract negotiations.

According to NASA, the prototypes will demonstrate critical aspects of the engineering processes involved in the development of the operational unit. The engineering test units will closely resemble final hardware and software products, and will be built and tested in order to establish confidence that the designs will function as expected in the harsh environments of space.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at and

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New Fire Chief Selected for Metro Fire

Source: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District  |  2016-08-12

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District announced on August 5th their selec-tion of Todd Harms as the next Fire Chief.

The Board of Directors for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire) announced on August 5th their selection of Todd Harms as the next Fire Chief.

After Fire Chief Mark Wells announced earlier in the year that he planned to retire later this year, the Board launched a nationwide search in May to recruit his successor. Given that Metro Fire is the largest fire agency in the Sacramento region and the 7th largest in California, the Board was seeking a dynamic and visionary leader in the fire service, with a passion for public safety, who would be energized by Metro Fire’s fast pace and the diversity of service demands.

“We are pleased to have Todd Harms take the lead as our new Fire Chief,” stated Board President Jack Scheidegger. “His expertise and leadership experience will add greatly to the existing excellent Metro Fire staff and provide expanded vision and perspective as we move into the future.  We are fortunate to have this opportunity to build on the fine leadership provided by Chief Wells.”

Harms has 35 years of public safety service, of which nine were spent serving as an Executive Staff member for the Phoenix Fire Department. He is currently the Assistant Chief of Operations and has also been their Assistant Chief of Personnel and the Training Division, with oversight of the Training Academy, Command Training Center, Special Operations, Emergency Medical Services, Technical Services, dispatch and the Regional 9-1-1 services.

Harms began his fire service career in 1981 as a Firefighter Paramedic in Peotone, Illinois, and in 1987, became a member of the Phoenix Fire Department. He has progressed through the ranks as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief of Special Operations and Shift Commander. He has been an Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) team member, with deployments to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Harms holds a Bachelor's degree in Fire Service Management and is a past adjunct instructor at Phoenix College in the Fire Science Program.

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FBI Warns of Phone Scam Targeting Northern and Central California Residents

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation  |  2016-08-12

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Sacramento field office has received numerous reports of individuals impersonating government agencies in an effort to scam the public. Currently, these unsolicited calls are placed by criminals who claim to be representatives of the FBI or other government agency and make demands for money. Several call recipients stated that Caller ID information falsely displayed the call as originating from an FBI office and the caller told the victim to check the internet to verify the number.

Federal agencies do not call or e-mail individuals to collect money. Government impersonation scams vary but most use intimidation tactics to coerce victims to hastily provide personal information or money. During calls, scammers often tell victims that charges have or will soon be filed against them and arrest or confiscation of property is imminent unless payment is made immediately by prepaid credit card or gift card. Often, if a call recipient questions the caller about the authenticity of the call, the caller becomes increasingly more aggressive. In some cases, Caller ID information was replicated to make calls appear to originate from a federal agency’s legitimate phone number.

The FBI advises the public to always exercise caution when receiving unsolicited calls and never give personal information when such calls are received. Recipients of scam calls should hang up immediately and report the call. All types of telephone fraud schemes and scams can be reported to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at

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Environmental Council Endorses Fair Oaks EcoHousing

Source: Fair Oaks EcoHousing  |  2016-08-11

Marty Maskall (left), Project Manager, and Brandon Rose, ECOS president, stand next to a perspective sketch at the site of the future Fair Oaks EcoHousing site, their future residence.

The Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) voted unanimously on July 18, 2016 to endorse Fair Oaks EcoHousing.  According to Brandon Rose, ECOS Board President, “One of the key objectives of ECOS is to promote and reinforce Smart Growth principles. We are pleased to endorse Fair Oaks EcoHousing as an example of a sustainable infill project that will enhance the Fair Oaks Community.”

Fair Oaks EcoHousing, soon to be built on New York Avenue near Fair Oaks Boulevard, will be a cohousing community. Cohousing neighborhoods are composed of privately-owned homes clustered around shared open space and common facilities. A central clubhouse is the heart of the neighborhood for a variety of activities and typically includes a dining room, kitchen, lounge, workshop space, kids’ playroom and guest rooms. Cars are kept to the edge of the site, thus making the neighborhood pedestrian-friendly and safe for children. Future residents are involved in the design and development so that it reflects their needs and priorities, creating a truly custom neighborhood.  Marty Maskall, Project Manager & Future Resident, says: “I’m looking forward to living in a friendly and sustainable neighborhood close to Fair Oaks Village. We plan to break ground in early 2017, with move-in scheduled for spring 2018.”

There are now more than 160 cohousing communities in the United States, including 32 in California. Cohousing neighborhoods in the Sacramento Region include Southside Park Cohousing in Sacramento, Nevada City Cohousing, Wolf Creek Lodge in Grass Valley, and three communities in Davis.  A new community called Renaissance Village Homes is being formed in West Sacramento, close to Raley field. According to Dr. Alex Kelter, Co-Chair of the ECOS Land Use Committee, “I am excited to see cohousing coming to West Sacramento, and I have joined forces with the group to do my part to help create this special neighborhood.”

Environmental sustainability is a core value in cohousing neighborhoods, which combine Smart Growth, Green Design, and Quality of Life. Community is the secret ingredient of sustainability because people help each other learn to be good stewards of the land. On-site activities enable residents to socialize close to home and reduce their need to drive as much for day-to-day activities. The Fair Oaks property offers close proximity to the American River Parkway, Fair Oaks Village, Bannister Park, the Sacramento Waldorf School, and Rudolf Steiner College.

Fair Oaks EcoHousing is welcoming prospective residents at free site tours, offered twice a month.  For more information, visit

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First 5 California: Summer Reading at Your Local Library

By Diane Levin, Chief Deputy Director, First 5 California  |  2016-08-11

During the long hot days of summer, it can be challenging to find new activities for your young children. A great option to consider is the local library. Libraries offer many free resources and activities for parents with young children.

From the moment children are born, their brains are developing at an incredible speed. By talking, reading, and singing to a child during these critical early years, a parent can help to develop crucial neural synapses, increase a child’s vocabulary, and establish a love for books helping that child to be successful in school and throughout life.

The neighborhood library has a wide selection of books for children of all ages to explore and discover. Every day, parents and their children can check out a stack of books, read through them together, and then do it all over again, all at no cost.

The children’s librarian can help guide the search and make recommendations on books that can lead to surprising new discoveries. There are also compact discs available to be borrowed for sing-along time at home.

Additionally, libraries offer a wide variety of free and low-cost activities and programs, such as story time, readings by children authors, arts and crafts classes, puppet shows, musical performances, science labs, book clubs, and many more. This enables children to learn new skills, socialize, and interact with others of their own age.

Visit your local library today!  There are amazing benefits just waiting to help enrich your child’s life and create a life-long appreciation for reading. Find the nearest library at

Diane Levin as the First 5 California’s Chief Deputy Director and directs the agency's day-to-day operations. Her primary responsibilities include establishing and implementing internal policies that provide for the governance of the agency's policies, programs, systems, services, security, and public relations.

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