SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert is alerting Sacramento County residents about a Social Security number phone scam.

Many residents are receiving phone messages advising them that their social security number has been frozen, and if they want to learn more they need to press a number on their phone. This is not true.

If you receive this type of call you are urged to hang up immediately. Do not press the number or button requested to learn more information. Do not engage a caller as your voice may be recorded.

District Attorney Schubert recommends contacting the Social Security Administration webpage on security to learn what the administration will and won’t do, and to learn how to report these impersonations at the link provided: https://blog.ssa.gov/is-that-phone-call-from-us/.

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Looking for a rewarding way to serve the community? The California Museum invites you to explore our volunteer program at the Open House on Sun., Aug. 4, 2019!

This free, informational event from 1:00 to 3:00 pm offers prospective docents an overview of the program and requirements, as well as the opportunity to meet staff, enjoy complimentary refreshments and tour current exhibits.

Whether you’re looking for a few hours to fill or a regular position, a range of opportunities are available to choose from including:

Gallery Guides & Assistants to facilitate field trip & group visits; Events Staff to work at the Museum’s special events; Classroom Presenters to provide K-12 education programs to field trip groups; History, Arts & Culture Interpreters to educate general admission & tour visitors; Ambassadors to represent the Museum at community events.

No experience necessary — all volunteer positions feature in-depth training and offer parking, public transit and ridesharing reimbursement. Best of all, benefits include Museum memberships with reciprocal admission at other institutions, store discounts, invitations to volunteer events and more!

Learn more by joining us on Sun., Aug. 4 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. To attend free, please register by 5:00 pm on Fri., Aug. 2, 2019.

For more information on our volunteer program, please visit our Volunteer page. For questions or assistance, contact Megan Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator, at (916) 653-8099 or manderson@californiamuseum.org

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - This year’s National Night Out (NNO) is Tuesday, August 6. NNO is a once-a-year opportunity for citizens, members of public safety, neighborhood watch groups, civic associations, businesses, community organizations and local officials to come together in solidarity and celebrate safe neighborhoods.

Across the nation, neighborhoods gather on the first Tuesday in August to host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other community events with safety demos, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits. These events are planned and executed by neighborhood citizens, associations and those who care about the safety of their community.

Dozens of events are happening in neighborhoods across Sacramento County, including:

Supervisor Phil Serna’s 5th Annual South Oak Park/Fruitridge Pocket Neighborhood National Night Out & Community Celebration at Jack Davis Park (16th Ave between 43rd and 44th streets).

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office will appear at several community events around the County. Check with your neighborhood association or local neighborhood Facebook page for details.

Neighborhood NNO parties have a wide range of family-friendly activities, including barbeques, ice cream socials and pool parties. Not only is NNO a fun night for all, it also heightens awareness about crime prevention and generates community support and participation in local anti-crime efforts.

Knowing your neighbors, local business owners and first responders is an important part of community safety. Combat isolation and crime – meet your neighbors!

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Debate Resolution: Increased Gun Ownership by Law-abiding Citizens Would Decrease Violent Crimes and Mass Shootings.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Better Angels is a volunteer organization working to take the anger and hateful rhetoric out of political debate. Their Red-Blue Community Workshops have won national acclaim and left the thousands of participants with a renewed hope that we can Depolarize America.

Recently, Better Angels took their tested principles to a new level by organizing debates where the goal isn’t to zap “the other side” with a witty zinger or pummel them into submission, but instead to allow citizens to share their beliefs without fear of rebuke or retribution — and in the process help breakdown stereotypes, encourage learning, and bring civility back to our public discourse.

The purpose of the debate is not to promote a position, but to demonstrate that even tough issues can be discussed rationally and with grace. In May, Better Angels hosted a debate on the issue of Sanctuary Cities - but unlike many official meetings and debates, the discussion didn’t devolve into a tweet-storm or an angry face-off between warring tribes. Instead, 75 adults held a rational discussion, and showed respect for those with whom they disagreed. That’s Depolarization.

On July 30th at 6:30-8:30 pm, we’ll continue the experiment with a debate about another tough issue: guns. The event is open to the public - but space is limited and all participants must agree to the Better Rules. Learn more at www.BetterAngelsSacramento.com or Facebook.com/BetterAngelsSacramento.

The location is Arden-Arcade Library at 2443 Marconi Avenue. For more information contact Steve Sphar steve@stevesphar.com 916.739.8075

 

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Cambridge Landmark, a hotel-focused private equity company, recently announced that it has closed on the acquisition of The Citizen Hotel, a renowned 196-room boutique hotel located in Sacramento, CA. The hotel has been part of the Marriott Autograph Collection since 2015, and will retain that designation under its new ownership.

"This acquisition demonstrates Cambridge Landmark's focus on ownership-driven hotel investment with assets in prime U.S. domestic markets," said Pedro Miranda, co-managing partner. "This historic property in downtown Sacramento continues the growth of our portfolio," added Joao Woiler, co-managing partner.

The Citizen Hotel is a 196 room boutique property with more than 9,000 square feet of function space. The exterior of the building is an early 1900's classic design by architect George Selland. The interiors celebrate the history of California with unique decor that is whimsical with modern amenities. No two rooms are alike and all offer a different perspective of downtown Sacramento. The Citizen Hotel also features a farm to fork destination restaurant, Grange Restaurant & Bar, which has received national accolades and a Michelin Plate award.

Built in 1926 as one of Sacramento's earliest high rises, this one-time insurance building was reborn as The Citizen Hotel. Distinguished and refined, The Citizen enjoys a prime location just a short walk to the California State Capitol, and there is even a lending library with politically themed films.

Cambridge Landmark purchased the property from Platinum Equity and the terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Cambridge Landmark is a private investment company focused primarily on control-oriented investments in cash flow generating hospitality businesses. The company seeks to acquire properties and portfolios with valuable underlying assets, strong cash flows in sub-markets with attractive fundamentals. Cambridge Landmark takes a proactive approach to investing and seeks situations where value can be created through operational improvements, asset repositioning and balance sheet restructuring.

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County Public Health reminds you to take steps to keep cool as the temperatures climb this summer. With these seasonably high temperatures expected, take precautionary steps to keep you, your family, your neighbors and your pets cool, and remember to check on seniors and those with mobility issues at least twice a day.

Keep as cool and hydrated as possible; drink plenty of water, get some relief from the heat for a couple of hours a day, and limit outside activities if possible. Cooling down a few hours a day will allow the body to recover and tolerate the heat better for the rest of the day.

Tips for Beating the Heat:

  • Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of cool water. Avoid alcohol. Avoid hot, heavy meals.
  • Limit sun exposure – When possible, stay in air conditioning on hot days. If you don’t have air conditioning, take cool showers or make arrangements to head to libraries, malls and other public spaces to keep cool.
  • Check on loved ones – Be sure to check on less-mobile or older friends, family and neighbors who live alone and don’t have air conditioning.
  • Clothing - Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing 
  • Keep your pets cool – Give your pets plenty of fresh, clean water. Don’t exercise your pets in high temperatures or when the pavement is hot. Make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun or bring them indoors.
  • Beware of hot cars – Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car, even for a short time. On a mild 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day – If you have to be outside, try to stick to the cooler morning and evening hours. Wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, shaded or air-conditioned breaks.
  • Sunscreen – Protect your skin against cancer, burns and skin damage by using SPF 30 or higher.
  • Stay informed – Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan outdoor activities safely and pay attention to any extreme heat alerts.

Dr. Kasirye, Public Health Officer for Sacramento County, reminds everyone that it’s especially important for elderly and other at-risk individuals to take precautions to avoid heat stress. Due to age or chronic medical conditions, some do not adjust well to sudden changes in temperature or don’t recognize the danger during heat spells.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

Warning signs for heat stroke are severe and include:           

  • High body temperature
  • Absence of sweating and hot red or flushed dry skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Strange behavior/hallucinations/confusion/agitation
  • Seizure
  • Coma
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing any severe symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Every year, Sacramento County residents do their level best to keep cool during the seasonably hot valley temperatures mid-year. Failing to keep cool in extreme temperatures can cause adverse health effects for residents—for both people and animals.

Unlike humans, cats and dogs cannot sweat to keep cool; they cool their bodies off through panting and the pads of their feet.

“Heat can be deadly for pets,” said Director Dave Dickinson, Animal Care and Regulation. “Pet owners must be vigilant about keeping their animals cool during hot weather; that includes never leaving animals in parked cars and helping them to avoid extreme heat.”

Here are some tips for keeping your pet safe from the heat: 

  • Never leave your dog in a parked car: Even cracking a window won’t protect your pets. It is against the law in California and could be punishable by a fine or imprisonment. A car can reach 120 degrees in just minutes; even if the windows are slightly open the car can still reach 102 degrees.  A dog's normal temperature is 101.5 degrees; at 120 degrees your pet can suffer from heat exhaustion and die and at 107 degrees brain damage occurs. 
  • Avoid extreme heat: When temperatures get above the 90s, take your pet inside. For outdoor pets, be sure to provide them with plenty of fresh, cold water in a tip-proof water dish and shade for them to cool down.
  • Don’t exercise with your pets when it is too hot: Older and certain long-haired dogs can be particularly susceptible to heat, and hot asphalt can burn their paws. Exercise in the early morning or cool evenings and make sure both of you have plenty of water. 
  • Use sunscreen: Pets get sunburned just like people, and if your pet has light skin, they can be particularly susceptible to a painful burn, and even skin cancer. Use sunscreen on sensitive areas, such as ears or nose to make sure your pets are protected.
  • Don’t take your pets to crowded summer events: The heat, noise, and crowds can be overwhelming to your pet. July 4 fireworks are especially stressful for pets, and it is best to leave them at home in a quiet, cool and secure environment. Take extra precaution to make sure your pet has a registered microchip in addition to wearing I.D. tags in case they become lost.
  • Secure your dog during transport: Make sure your dog is secured safely in your vehicle. Cross-tethering your dog with a rope or containing them via kennel in the bed of your truck will help prevent the dog from falling or jumping from the vehicle. Also, please note that truck beds can get hot when exposed to the sun and that can severely burn dog foot pads. Transporting animals on a public highway or public roadway without properly securing them could be punishable by a fine. 
  • Be your pet’s lifeguard: While swimming can help pets get exercise without overheating, always supervise pets when swimming either in a pool or in area waterways. Dogs can get tired swimming, particularly in rivers where they have to fight against currents. To avoid drowning, make sure they wear life jackets and keep them out of the water when flows are high. 


If pets have been exposed to high temperatures…

Be alert for signs of heat stress including heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.

Immediately move your pet to the shade to lower their temperature. Apply cool (not cold) water to the pet, apply ice packs and cool towels to your pet’s head, neck and chest.

Take your pet to a veterinarian immediately. It could save its life.

Learn more about heat-related animal issues by visiting Hot Weather Pet Tips page. For other animal issues and pet owner resources, visit the Animal Care and Regulation website.

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