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.”
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
Donate Three, Non-Perishable Food Items and Get in for Free
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - As part of its ongoing community giving efforts, SMUD is sponsoring Giving Mondays at the Fair, an effort to collect needed items for the Elk Grove Food Bank. SMUD Giving Mondays at the Fair will accept three non-perishable, non-expired items per person in exchange for a free ticket into the California State Fair before 3 p.m. The first 5,000 people in the gates will also receive a free drawstring backpack.
“This partnership is a great way to give back to those in our community who need it most,” said Rhonda Staley-Brooks, SMUD’s community development manager. “Last year, this effort collected 28,000 pounds of food, and this year we hope to surpass that. It’s these types of community efforts that help lift up our entire community and we’re glad to be a part of it.”
SMUD Giving Mondays at the Fair will be on Monday, July 15th and Monday, July 22nd. Visit the booth by the Blue Gate to drop off your food items and receive a free ticket to the Fair.
The Elk Grove Food Bank is in need of the following items: Canned Meat (Chicken or Tuna), Peanut Butter, Disposable Adult Briefs, Ensure, Baby Diapers, Socks – All Sizes, Canned Fruit, Canned Veggies, Soup, Beans, Mac and Cheese, Pasta, Boxed Mashed Potatoes, Packaged Rice, Top Ramen and Cereal.
As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned, not-for-profit, electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 70 years to Sacramento County and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD’s power mix is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, visit SMUD.org.
Food Festival Passes on High Demand, More on Order
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - California State fairgoers appear to be hungry for more excitement, as this year’s brand new Fair Food Festival Pass sold so fast, that more were ordered even before the Fair opened its gates. The California State Fair & Food Festival officially opened this morning at 10 a.m. with big crowds, eagerly awaiting to get in.
“We’re so thrilled Opening Day was such a great success; it’s fun seeing so many people and families out having a good time, and of course, eating at our 100 food booths.” said Rick Pickering, Cal Expo General Manager and CEO. “We’ve worked hard to make this year’s State Fair the best yet – a fair for all Californians up and down the state. The food festival and the new Food Festival Pass are just part of what we have in store for the next two and a half weeks.”
The Food Festival Passes have been so popular that more have already been ordered for visitors to the fair in the weeks to come. People who purchase the Food Festival Pass can select four items from more than 30 different food vendors – including appetizers, entrees desserts, and more – all for only $28, (a $40 value). Nearly 30 food vendors created new food items for this year’s State Fair. A list of what you can get can be found here.
The Food Festival Pass can be purchased at the State Fair Box Office, Guest Services or at select State Fair Souvenir Shops. Food Festival Passes purchased online are picked up at the State Fair Box Office, prior to entering the Fair. It can be used by anyone, any day of the State Fair. The California State Fair & Food Festival runs through July 28th at Cal Expo.
Fairgoers are also encouraged to visit the website at CaStateFair.org or download the CA State Fair app where they can map out all of their eating adventures.
The California State Fair is an international award-winning fair, receiving top honors at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions out of more than 1,100 fairs world-wide. The California State Fair is dedicated as a place to celebrate the best the state has to offer in agriculture, technology and the diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State's future. We invite you to join us for the 166th California State Fair, July 12-28, 2019.
Showcasing Video Games and Art from the Capital Region
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Sacramento Developer Collective is proud to announce the first annual Capital Creative Showcase event, featuring ‘women in games’ coming to the West Sacramento Community Center on Saturday, September 7th, 2019.
The theme for our inaugural event is “Women in Games” and will include speeches and panels featuring Michelle Hill from 2K Games and Coraly Rosario from Scopely. There will also be panels on women in esports and the business of game development, featuring Aryn Rozell from NRG SF Shock and Donna Walters and Carrissa Darby from Sacramento State’s Stingers esports club, as well as Kelsey Coffman from Bay Area Women in Games, Ashley Silva-Howe from EA Capital Games, and Kara Greenfield from Midnite Lunch Studios. The keynote speech will be delivered by Laura Good, co-founder of Startup Sac.
The event will spotlight the 2019 cohort for our premiere Progressive Game Jam program including the games Evocus: The Summoner’s Game, Bike Route: Sacramento, The Lonely Zombie, Space Uber, Zexa Xeza Warrior Princess of the Cosmos, and Luminous Flux. Meet the teams behind these games and get an exclusive chance to play them before they release.
Our showcase will also feature the capital region’s indie video game developers, artists, and creative talents including Lucre Games, Tronix Productions, Just Ice Cold, Byte Me Games, Double Dog Games, Agilapathy, Midnite Lunch Studios, Andrew Davis Digital, Dawn Pedersen, Zach Winn, Olsisax Art, and many more.
General admission is $15 online, $20 at the door on the day of the event. Kids 12 and under are free. To purchase tickets, and for a complete and updated list of participants in this year’s event, check the event website at www.capitalcreativeshowcase.com.
Sacramento Developer Collective is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed in 2018, and was founded in 2007 as a Meetup.com group for Sacramento video game developers. Our mission is to grow the video game developer industry in greater Sacramento, and to support the overall creative economy. We host many events including educational workshops, the Sacramento Global Game Jam, the Progressive Game Jam, and community gatherings. Our website is www.sacdevcollective.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Meetup.com, or LinkedIn.
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) – The California State Fair held its inaugural Food Festival Competition on Saturday, July 13. With 30 food vendors participating in the competition, judges tasted more than 30 items and gave out awards in five categories: Side, Dessert, Fruity, Fried, and Entrée. There were two Best of Division winners, and one ultimate Best of Show winner.
The top prize went to Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls for their Bacon Pecan Cinnamon Roll.
Any of these food items can be purchased with the Food Festival Pass. For only $28, the buyer receives four tickets which can be turned in to any participating Food Festival stand for the Food Festival item.
For its first year, the Food Festival has been a success. The Food Festival Pass sold so well that it had to be reordered before the 2019 CA State Fair opened. Click here to purchase a Food Festival Pass. Below is the full list of winners.
Best of Show
Bacon Pecan Cinnamon Roll - Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls
Best of Division - SAVORY
Elote Fries - Sharky’s
Best of Division - DESSERT
Bacon Pecan Cinnamon Roll - Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls
Roasted Chicken Taquitos - Pepe's Pollo Vaquero
Elote Fries - Sharky’s
Italian “Alps” Nachos - Pignotti’s Gourmet Snacks
Loaded Tator Tots - Golden Bear Grill
Frik’n Vegan Nachos - Frik’n Vegan
Orange Chicken Fries - Pon's Chinese Food
Cookie Dough Sundae - Pizza
Bacon Pecan Cinnamon Roll - Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls
Chimney Cake Cone - Chimney Cake Cones
Cotton Candy Bunny - Sweet Art Cotton Candy
Oreo Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich - Monster Cookies
Oreo Sundae - Suck It Up
Spicy Chocolate Covered Bacon - The Bacon Habit
Unicorn Kettle Corn - German Kettle Popcorn
Mangonada Shaved Ice - Shaved Ice
Strawberry Pineapple Shortcake Sundae - California Ice Cream Company
Ice Cream in a Pineapple - Ice Cream in a Fruit
Green Monster Smoothie - Country Fair Cinnamon Roll
Passionate Pineapple Smoothie - Ice Cream in a Fruit
Pina Colada Smoothie - Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls
Deep Fried Caramel Apple Pie - J & L Sweeties
Deep Fried Chicken Skins - Eat at Joe’s
Milo’s Monster Corndog - Milo’s
Deep Fried Banana Hot Dog - Hot Doggin'
Deep Fried Fanta - Sweet Cheeks Fried Treats
Pizza Funnel Cake - Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cakes
Jalapeno Corndog - Rainbow’s End/Candytown
Burnt Tri Tip Ends Sandwich - Eat at Joe’s
Beef Taco Salad - The Original State Fair Soft Taco
Chicken or Carne Asada Taco Plate - Fiesta’s Mexican
Vegan Philly Cheesesteak - Frik’n Vegan
Grizzly Mac Attack Mac & Cheese - Montana Q BBQ
Hot Cheeto Chicken Burrito - Chili Peppers
Cap’n Crunch Chicken Sliders - Boss Burger
The California State Fair is an international award-winning fair, receiving top honors at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions out of more than 1,100 fairs world-wide. The California State Fair is dedicated as a place to celebrate the best the state has to offer in agriculture, technology and the diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State's future. We invite you to join us for the 166th California State Fair, July 12 - 28, 2019.
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - After a successful first season of free outdoor movie nights in Midtown that launched last year, the Sutter District is excited to present “Gather: Movies at the Fort” happening this summer on the exterior grounds of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. The fun and free monthly outdoor movie program is presented by Midtown’s Sutter District restaurants and Sutter Health and in partnership with Unseen Heroes, California State Parks and Friends of Sutter’s Fort. The evening event begins at 5 p.m. with a spirited DJ, beer, wine & cocktails (for ages 21 and over), a relaxing Lounge area, a lively Art Market, and the family-friendly movies start at sundown on the historic walls on the west and east sides of Sutter’s Fort (corner of 26th & L Streets & corner of 28th & L Streets).
Expanding on the offerings from last summer and with a heightened interest in activating Midtown Parks in exciting and innovative ways, two popular movies will be presented on each themed movie night. The upcoming films that will be shown as part of the “Gather: Movies at the Fort” in Midtown’s Sutter District include the following:
Saturday, July 13 (90's theme) – “Jurassic Park” and “A League of Their Own”
Saturday, August 10 (00's theme) – “The Fast & the Furious” and “Mean Girls”
Saturday, September 14 (10's theme) – “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” and “Zootopia”
The community is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to set up on the grassy areas outside Sutter’s Fort. Also, a number of food options will also be available (for purchase) on-site each movie night including a concession stand with local popcorn makers and a special food menu created by Sutter District restaurants.
“We’re thrilled to expand our summer outdoor movie program to offer two free, family-friendly movies each month in Midtown,” said Emily Baime Michaels, executive director of the Midtown Association. “Given our already robust offering of events and activities, free movie showings on the iconic walls of Sutter’s Fort provide yet another signature experience to encourage the community to visit and linger longer in our amazing district.”
Midtown Sacramento is walkable and bike/scooter/car-share friendly with plenty of parking available in nearby garages plus various lots throughout Midtown. For additional transportation information, visit www.easeintomidtown.com. For more information about Midtown Sacramento in general, special events and activities, and the Midtown Association, please visit www.exploremidtown.org or follow on social media – Facebook at www.facebook.com/exploremidtown/ and @ExploreMidtown on Instagram and Twitter. For more information specifically about Midtown Parks, please visit www.midtownparks.org.
Midtown Association: The mission of the Midtown Association (MA) is to create a center for culture, creativity and vibrancy in Sacramento’s urban core. For more information about MA, call 916-442-1500 or visit www.exploremidtown.org.