sacramento connect sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Thu, 28 May 2015 01:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chocolate Preacher Cake Thu, 28 May 2015 00:57:02 +0000 If the month of May had a theme, it would be travel. I clocked a lot of time in the airport, and just unpacked my suitcase after almost a month of being gone. It was wonderful – I traveled for both business and pleasure, but I am so glad to be home. I’m thrilled to be sleeping in my own [...]

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May 28: Technology Community Charity Fundraiser to Help Children in Foster Care Thu, 28 May 2015 00:24:00 +0000 0 Join Us on June 3 at 6:30 For Our Open House Wed, 27 May 2015 21:43:33 +0000 The Vanguard is Moving to Pollinate Davis and You’re Invited For Drinks and Refreshments

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My Sew Called Hobby Room Wed, 27 May 2015 21:13:00 +0000 0 Did you know we have more than 30 free videos on YouTube? From detailed instruct… Wed, 27 May 2015 20:50:45 +0000

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Rural Counties Urge Legislature to Eliminate Medi-Cal Rate Cuts Wed, 27 May 2015 19:45:25 +0000
“Access to healthcare services in the more remote parts of California is already an issue, and these Medi-Cal reimbursement rate cuts only exacerbate it,” said Lee Adams, RCRC Chair and Sierra County Supervisor. “These cuts pose a real threat to California’s rural residents’ ability to receive basic medical services.”

AB 97, a 2011-12 State Budget Trailer Bill, was passed by the Legislature and approved by Governor Brown in 2011. The measure cut rates to a variety of Medi-Cal providers, including Distinct Part/Skilled Nursing Facilities (DP/SNFs), pharmacies, and other fee-for-service Medi-Cal activities by 10 percent off of the 2008 reimbursement rates. Payment reductions of this scale threaten the accessibility of services to individuals who reside in rural and already medically underserved areas. While specialty services, acute care hospitals, and DP/SNFs are particularly threatened in rural areas under the cuts, the 2011 Medi-Cal rate cuts have had a snowball effect on the entire rural healthcare industry.

On June 2, 2015, We Care for California is sponsoring a rally at the Capitol to urge the Legislature and the Administration to eliminate the AB 97 Medi-Cal rate cuts, and increase Medi-Cal payments during the upcoming State Budget negotiations. This rally is important to healthcare efforts statewide, but especially crucial to the future of healthcare in California’s rural communities, where access to care is already critically short in some areas. The Legislature must pass a State Budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year by June 15, 2015, and send it to the Governor for his action. The 2015-16 State Budget will take effect July 1, 2015.

The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) is a thirty-four member county strong service organization that champions policies on behalf of California’s rural counties. RCRC is dedicated to representing the collective unique interests of its membership, providing legislative and regulatory representation at the State and Federal levels, and providing responsible services for its members to enhance and protect the quality of life in rural California counties. To learn more about RCRC, visit]]> 0
Elk Grove City Council Member Subject of Another FPPC Investigation Wed, 27 May 2015 19:40:00 +0000 May 26, 2015 |

The California Fair Political Practices Commission has confirmed they will be conducting an investigation into campaign financing irregularities of a current member of the Elk Grove City Council.

The investigation, which was initiated following an anonymously filed complaint, will determine if Elk Grove City Council Member Steve Detrick improperly used campaign funds for personal use. Specifically, the complaint will investigate if Detrick illegally used $4,700 from his campaign funds to pay legal fees for his son Brian Detrick. 

In a letter to Detrick's attorney Steve Churchwell of the Sacramento-based law firm Churchwell White, the FPPC said an investigation was being initiated under its personal use of campaign funds statute. The letter specifically focuses on payments Detrick's committee paid to the Sacramento-based law firm Boutin Jones  between July 1 and December 31, 2014.

The investigation represents the second investigation into Detrick's payments to Boutin Jones for a lawsuit that was pursued, and ultimately concluded with a mutual settlement, by his son against community activist Connie Conley. Last year Detrick was fined $3,500 in FPPC case 14/130 after he was found to have illegally paid Boutin Jones $93,500 for his son's legal fees.

This case represents the third investigation into Detrick's campaign finances stemming from four complaints filed against the second-term Elk Grove City Council Member. In the previous cases,  14/130 and  13/195, the FPPC found  Detrick illegally used campaign funds for personal use.

In case 14/130, Detrick's fine was lowered after he stated that he personally repaid his committee $93,500. A subsequent investigation by the FPPC found that even though Detrick had not repaid the $93,500 as he attested to in the stipulation agreement, they were unable to compel him to repay his committee.  

The FPPC did not say when they expect this current investigation to be completed.

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Wine Wednesday: A Simple Duo of Rosés Wed, 27 May 2015 19:37:59 +0000 ]]> 0 AG Kamala D. Harris, Univision Los Angeles, SEIU CA, Announce Partnership for Statewide Public Forums on Immigration Wed, 27 May 2015 19:36:48 +0000
The public forums will be hosted in eight California counties including: Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Monterey, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Clara and Stanislaus. The statewide public forums will cover topics ranging from eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, including to how to avoid being a victim of fraud.

“Because of DAPA and DACA, so many families will be able to get out from living in the shadows. We want to shine a light on a new path that frees them from the lure of predators and con artists,” said Attorney General Harris. “These forums will inform immigrants about their rights and responsibilities under the new programs, helping them on their way to realizing the American Dream.”

“Our community trusts us to provide them with the pertinent information on this very important topic that affects so many,” said Luis Patiño, senior vice president and general manager, Univision Los Angeles. “As a media company, it is our role to not only entertain our viewers, but we have a social responsibility to inform and empower them with the resources and tools that will help them understand complex topics such as this one and these town halls do just that.”

“SEIU members in California are proud to partner with Attorney General Kamala D. Harris to protect California families from exploitation, to promote commonsense immigration reform, and to explain how President Obama's actions will work once they take effect. These policies will make America and our economy stronger. More students and their parents will be able to fully participate in society," said SEIU California and SEIU United Long-Term Care President Laphonza Butler.

“Hard-working immigrants who are mothers, fathers and youth contribute to our economy and to our communities and yet every day these families are being ripped apart by a broken immigration system. SEIU appreciates Attorney General Kamala D. Harris' leadership in bringing justice to immigrant families who are ready to be fully included in the country they call home," said SEIU-USWW President David Huerta.


Saturday, May 30 at 11:00 AM
Argus and Endeavor High School
2555 Lawrence St.
Ceres, CA 95307

Sunday, May 31 at 12:00 PM
Hartnell College (Auxiliary Gym)
411 Central Ave.
Salinas, CA 93901

Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 AM
Manchester Mall
1901 E. Shields Ave.
Fresno, CA

Los Angeles:
Sunday, June 14 at 10:00 AM
Address to be determined

San Jose:
Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 AM
Mayfair Community Center
2039 Kammerer Ave.
San Jose, CA 95116

Saturday, June 27, 11:00 AM
Beale Memorial Library Auditorium
701 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield CA 93301

San Diego:
Saturday, June 27 at 10:00 AM
4161 Home Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105

Sunday, June 28, 10:00 AM
Address to be determined

Major changes to United States immigration policy, like those contained in President Barack Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions announced in November 2014, often lead to con artists emerging to prey on vulnerable consumers seeking help with immigration services.

In November 2014, Attorney General Harris issued a consumer alert informing Californians of these scams and issuing tips to protect themselves. In December 2014, Attorney General Harris issued a consumer alert informing Californians about possible scams targeting immigrants attempting to obtain a driver’s license under Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60).

In March, Attorney General Harris joined 13 other states and the District of Columbia in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the U.S. government’s emergency request that President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions be allowed to proceed. The brief called on the Court to stay the preliminary injunction entered in the Southern District of Texas blocking the new immigration program. This week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s request for an emergency stay.

Attorney General Harris also issued two information bulletins to law enforcement agencies outlining their responsibilities and potential liability for complying with complying with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) federal detainer requests for undocumented immigrants. The updated bulletin issued in June 2014 informed the agencies of new requirements they face since enactment of the Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tool Act (TRUST Act) and new federal case law that created legal risk for local law enforcement agencies that voluntarily comply with federal detainer requests.]]> 0
Gold Country Celtic Society hosts Wildlife Rehabilitation&Release group tonight – You’re invited Wed, 27 May 2015 18:49:46 +0000
For our program this month we welcome the Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release, a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. Their trained volunteers help an average of 1200 injured, sick, or orphaned animals each year. Their winged ambassadors, some of whom will be introduced, convey the importance of wildlife conservation and the raptor’s valuable place in the food chain.

Please join us – you don’t have to be Celtic! Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 N. Pine Street.

The Gold Country Celtic Society was organized to celebrate the culture of these proud people, many of whom, especially the Cornish and Welsh, worked the hard-rock mines and made our Nevada City - Grass Valley area famous. The Society wishes to perpetuate Celtic traditions of music, dance,language, and costume.

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Crocker Big Names Small Art Wed, 27 May 2015 18:19:00 +0000 0 BriarPatch Co-op Market returns dividends to owners Wed, 27 May 2015 18:11:41 +0000
“Co-ops have a unique dividend system in which the Board of Directors, after consideration of the previous year’s finances and anticipated future needs, may approve giving money back to owners,” said General Manager Chris Maher.

“This system allows us to run a fiscally responsible business and to return profits to owners when we are in a position to do so, as we were this year,” Maher said.

BriarPatch’s sales grew 11% in 2014, compared to 2013.

The decision to distribute dividends to owners was approved by the BriarPatch Board at their April meeting, following a review of the co-op’s finances. Some 5,800 owner-households qualified for dividend vouchers, which ranged in amount from $2.00 to $503, based on the household’s total purchases at BriarPatch during 2014.

The 2014 disbursement was the sixth consecutive return of profits to owners since BriarPatch adopted the patronage dividend system in 2008.

“BriarPatch owners’ return on investment was excellent, all things considered,” said Maher. “Owners received this dividend, as well as other benefits including shopping trip discounts and the pride of being part of a larger network of support and sponsorship benefitting community groups and events.”

The patronage dividend system is unique to co-ops, said BriarPatch Board President Alan Weisberg. “We differ from most businesses in that the profits don't go to a small number of owners, or to stockholders whose share of the business varies according to their investment,” he said.

Co-op owners invest $20 twice a year, reaching “fully-paid” status when the total investment reaches $200. Each owner household has one vote in electing the Board of Directors.

About BriarPatch Co-op Community Market

Founded in 1976, BriarPatch Co-op is Nevada County’s leading natural food grocer, located at 290 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. Open to the everyone, BriarPatch is cooperatively-owned by over 11,000 owner-households. More information at]]> 0
Dragon Boat Festival 20th Anniversary Gala Wed, 27 May 2015 18:01:00 +0000 0 BriarPatch mails $199K in dividends, grew sales 11 percent last year Wed, 27 May 2015 17:36:12 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Driver charged with DUI in car on car accident on Broad Street Wed, 27 May 2015 17:34:45 +0000 0 BriarPatch grew sales 11 percent last year, mails $199K in dividends Wed, 27 May 2015 17:32:41 +0000 0 Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa Wed, 27 May 2015 17:14:31 +0000
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

It's official... you need an outdoor living space for the summer months ahead, so go for it and build a super stylish sofa and solve your seating woes in just a few hours... I promise you will be so happy you did and so will I when you share your success with all of us in a showcase post.

// The cushion option here that will work best is the  Threshold Outdoor Deep Seating Cushion which retails for $29 and five or six 18" toss pillows for the back. 

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa
  • 9 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 3 – 1x4 at 8’  
  • 2 – 2x4 at 26” – End Tops
  • 4 – 2x4 at 19” – End Bottoms and End Middles
  • 4 – 2x4 at 21” – End Backs and End Fronts
  • 5 – 2x4 at 88” – Front Bottom, Back Bottom, and Back Slats
  • 1 – 2x4 (ripped down to 2-3/4”) at 88” – Seat Support
  • 1 – 2x4 at 6” – Seat Support Leg
  • 10 – 1x4 at 23” – Seat Slats

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

Cut the pieces for the End Fronts, End Backs, End Tops, End Bottoms, and End Middles. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the End Middles and End Bottoms and in the top ends of the End Fronts and End Backs. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Repeat this step twice - making the Ends mirror each other with pocket holes facing the inside - once for each end of the Sofa.  

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

Cut the pieces for the Back Bottom and the Front Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Back Bottom and the Front Bottom. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

Cut the pieces for the Back Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Back Slats. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

Cut the piece for the Seat Support and the Seat Support Leg. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Seat Support and in the top end of the Seat Support Leg. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

Cut the pieces for the Seat Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Seat Slats. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School


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Experiment confirms quantum theory weirdness, proving that reality does not exist until it is measured Wed, 27 May 2015 17:12:39 +0000 0 Severe ozone depletion avoided by Montreal Protocol Wed, 27 May 2015 17:10:51 +0000 92405_web.jpg
Arctic ozone without the Montreal Protocol (left) and following its implementation (right) on 26 March 2011. Credit: Sandip DhomseMay 26, 2015 - We are already reaping the rewards of the Montreal Protocol, with the ozone layer in much better shape than it would have been without the UN treaty, according to a new study in Nature Communications.

Study lead author Professor Martyn Chipperfield, from the School of Earth & Environment at the University of Leeds, said: "Our research confirms the importance of the Montreal Protocol and shows that we have already had real benefits. We knew that it would save us from large ozone loss 'in the future', but in fact we are already past the point when things would have become noticeably worse."

Although the Montreal Protocol came into force in 1987 and restricted the use of ozone-depleting substances, atmospheric concentrations of these harmful substances continued to rise as they can survive in the atmosphere for many years. Concentrations peaked in 1993 and have subsequently declined.

In the new study, the researchers used a state-of-the-art 3D computer model of atmospheric chemistry to investigate what would have happened to the ozone layer if the Montreal Protocol had not been implemented.

Professor Chipperfield said: "Ozone depletion in the polar regions depends on meteorology, especially the occurrence of cold temperatures at about 20km altitude - colder temperatures cause more loss. Other studies which have assessed the importance of the Montreal Protocol have used models to predict atmospheric winds and temperatures and have looked a few decades into the future. The predictions of winds and temperatures in these models are uncertain, and probably underestimate the extent of cold winters.

"We have used actual observed meteorological conditions for the past few decades. This gives a more accurate simulation of the conditions for polar ozone loss."

The researchers suggest that the hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic would have grown in size by an additional 40% by 2013. Their model also suggests that had ozone-depleting substances continued to increase, the ozone layer would have become significantly thinner over other parts of the globe.

Professor Chipperfield said he undertook this study because of the exceptionally cold Arctic winter of 2010/11.

"We could see that previous models used to predict the impact of the Montreal Protocol in the future would not have predicted such extreme events and we wondered how much worse things could have been if the Montreal Protocol had not been in place," he said.

Without the Montreal Protocol, the new study reveals that a very large ozone hole over the Arctic would have occurred during that cold winter and smaller Arctic ozone holes would have become a regular occurrence.

The Montreal Protocol has been strengthened over time through amendments and adjustments, supported by ongoing research. The researchers behind the new study say that scientists must continue to monitor the situation to ensure all potential threats to the ozone layer are mitigated.

The research was partially funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) through its National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO).

The research paper, 'Quantifying the Ozone and UV Benefits Already Achieved by the Montreal Protocol', is published in the journal Nature Communications on 26 May 2015:
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A bubbly cosmic celebration Wed, 27 May 2015 17:09:29 +0000 0 Over 70 percent of glacier volume in Everest region could be lost by 2100 Wed, 27 May 2015 17:07:26 +0000 92396_web.jpg
Researchers taking measurements in the Mera Glacier region of the Dudh Kosi basin. Photo: Patrick WagnonMay 27, 2015 - If greenhouse-gas emissions continue to rise, glaciers in the Everest region of the Himalayas could experience dramatic change in the decades to come. A team of researchers in Nepal, France and the Netherlands have found Everest glaciers could be very sensitive to future warming, and that sustained ice loss through the 21st century is likely. The research is published today (27 May) in The Cryosphere, an open access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).

"The signal of future glacier change in the region is clear: continued and possibly accelerated mass loss from glaciers is likely given the projected increase in temperatures," says Joseph Shea, a glacier hydrologist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal, and leader of the study.

The glacier model used by Shea and his team shows that glacier volume could be reduced between 70% and 99% by 2100. The results depend on how much greenhouse-gas emissions continue to rise, and on how this will affect temperature, snowfall and rainfall in the area. "Our results indicate that these glaciers may be highly sensitive to changes in temperature, and that increases in precipitation are not enough to offset the increased melt," says Shea. Increased temperatures will not only increase the rates of snow and ice melt, but can also result in a change of precipitation from snow to rain at critical elevations, where glaciers are concentrated. Together, these act to reduce glacier growth and increase the area exposed to melt.

Glaciers in High Mountain Asia, a region that includes the Himalayas, contain the largest volume of ice outside the polar regions. The team studied glaciers in the Dudh Kosi basin in the Nepal Himalaya, which is home to some of the world's highest mountain peaks, including Mt Everest, and to over 400 square kilometres of glacier area. "Apart from the significance of the region, glaciers in the Dudh Kosi basin contribute meltwater to the Kosi River, and glacier changes will affect river flows downstream," says Shea.

Changes in glacier volume can impact the availability of water, with consequences for agriculture and hydropower generation. While increased glacier melt initially increases water flows, ongoing retreat leads to reduced meltwater from the glaciers during the warmer months, with greatest impact for the local populations before the monsoon when rainfall is scarce. Glacier retreat can also result in the formation and growth of lakes dammed by glacial debris. Avalanches and earthquakes can breach the dams, causing catastrophic floods that can result in river flows 100 times greater than normal in the Kosi basin.

To find out how glaciers in the region will evolve in the future, the team started by using field observations and data from local weather stations to calibrate and test a model of glacier change over the past 50 years. "To examine the sensitivity of modelled glaciers to future climate change, we then applied eight temperature and precipitation scenarios to the historical temperature and precipitation data and tracked how glacier areas and volumes responded," says study co-author Walter Immerzeel of Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Part of the glacier response is due to changes in the freezing level, the elevation where mean monthly temperatures are 0°C. "The freezing level currently varies between 3200 m in January and 5500 m in August. Based on historical temperature measurements and projected warming to the year 2100, this could increase by 800-1200m," says Immerzeel. "Such an increase would not only reduce snow accumulations over the glaciers, but would also expose over 90% of the current glacierized area to melt in the warmer months."

The researchers caution, however, that the results published in The Cryosphere should be seen as a first approximation to how Himalayan glaciers will react to increasing temperatures in the region. Patrick Wagnon, a visiting scientist at ICIMOD and glaciologist at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in Grenoble, France, says: "Our estimates need to be taken very cautiously, as considerable uncertainties remain." For example, the model simplifies glacier movements, which impact how glaciers respond to increases in temperature and precipitation.

But the researchers stress in the paper that "the signal of future glacier change in the region is clear and compelling" and that decreases in ice thickness and extent are expected for "even the most conservative climate change scenario."

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Patient Reservation Tracking System Finds Space at State Hospitals Wed, 27 May 2015 16:50:35 +0000 0 Eat Local Placer and Nevada Tasting at Rood Center Growers’ Market on June 2nd Wed, 27 May 2015 15:56:21 +0000
“Our local farmers produce an abundance of kale varieties,” says Cindy Fake, Horticulture and Small Farms Advisor with UCCE. “Our Massaged Kale Salad is a big hit with farmers’ market customers. It is a fun and simple salad to prepare. The flavor of the kale is highlighted by toasted nuts, fruit, and a balsamic dressing. Market customers can try the recipe and then purchase all of the ingredients at the farmers’ market,” she adds. In addition to trying the recipe, customers can pick up recipe cards and other project information. According to Fake, the first 100 customers to taste a sample will receive a $5 voucher good for purchasing fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs at the market. Samples will be given out from 2:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The market is open from 2:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and is located in the parking lot of the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959.

UCCE works in partnership with local farmers and ranchers to build and strengthen the local food system. The organization is dedicated to supporting the local agricultural community and helping it grow and thrive through a variety of educational and community building programs.

For more information, and for an updated schedule of tastings, go to,,

Massaged Kale Salad

1 bunch Lacinato (Dino) Kale
1 small navel orange, segmented
⅓ Cup roasted, chopped almonds
¼ Cup dried cranberries

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. honey
Salt and black pepper to taste

Remove ribs and tear kale leaves into bite sized pieces. Place in a large bowl. Whisk all dressing ingredients together and add to the bowl. Using your hands, squeeze the leaves of kale and massage in the dressing until the leaves begin to soften and break down. Cut the orange segments into bite-sized pieces and add to the bowl along with all remaining ingredients. Toss well and serve immediately! Serves 4.]]> 0
State Awarded Grant for Workers’ Comp Data Project Wed, 27 May 2015 15:50:42 +0000 0 Sacramento ESC Steel & Decking Photos Wed, 27 May 2015 15:46:00 +0000 0 Nevada County Fairgrounds Announces New CEO: Rea Callender Wed, 27 May 2015 15:31:30 +0000 Rea_Callender_Photo__May_2015_.jpg
GRASS VALLEY, Calif. May 27, 2015 - The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors announced this week the appointment of Rea Callender as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, effective June 8, 2015. The Board of Directors retained Ralph Andersen and Associates to conduct the extensive search, which produced interest from talented candidates from across the nation.

An entrepreneur and philanthropist with corporate, start-up and non-profit experience, Callender, brings more than 25 years of sales and business development experience to the job; as well as accomplishments in fundraising, marketing, team building, and management.

Callender has served as CEO and Founder of several businesses. He founded Schoolpop, Inc., an online loyalty marketing company and fundraising tool for K-12 schools, which raised $250 million since 1999 for K-12 schools nationwide. Additionally, he founded and built Animated Systems and Design, Inc., a website development company, which he sold to Bozell Advertising.

“We are thrilled that Rea is joining the Fairgrounds’ team and will be leading the organization in the future,” said Arnie Romanello, president of the Fair Board. “This was an extensive process, with many applicants, and we are confident that Rea’s accomplishments, his active involvement in the business world, and his significant experience in fundraising for non-profits will serve the Fairgrounds well.”

Callender spent part of his youth in Nevada County, and his family owned a working 2,000 acre cattle ranch in Grass Valley. He participated in the Junior Livestock Auction at the Nevada County Fair in his youth, and his father ran the JLA for many years – and it was there that his love for the Nevada County Fair was born.

He is a former Board Member of Child Family Health International; The Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation; and The Parker School, where he implemented the “Leadership Speaker Series,” which brings business education to high school students via access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences. He is a graduate of University of California, Irvine, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

Rea Callender will begin as CEO at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on June 8. He replaces Sandy Woods, who became the CEO of the Fairgrounds in 2009, and has been at the Nevada County Fairgrounds since 1995. He will be responsible for overseeing the annual Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, and the Country Christmas Faire; as well as the interim events and facility rentals, the RV Campground, and the infrastructure of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

For more information about the Fairgrounds, visit
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Department of Managed Health Care Joins California Health and Human Services Open Data Portal Wed, 27 May 2015 15:30:43 +0000 0 RFP: Management Information Systems Section Performance Audit Wed, 27 May 2015 15:28:03 +0000 0 IFB: Database Access Services Wed, 27 May 2015 15:24:38 +0000 0 When moral principles won out over basketball ambitions Wed, 27 May 2015 15:19:31 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Nevada County Celebration of Trails May 2015 Wed, 27 May 2015 15:09:26 +0000 201505263092.jpg
Trails Day proclamation issued by the Nevada County BOS on Tuesday. Photo: YubaNetWhat: Celebration of Trails Kickoff at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 27

Kick off the celebration! Meet your friends for a drink and bite to eat at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company in downtown Nevada City while showing support for local trails. A portion of proceeds go back to building and maintaining the local trails you love.

In addition, Three Forks will provide all the micro-brews during the Celebration of Trails Day festival, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Tahoe National Forest Headquarters, 631 Coyote Street, Nevada City. Everyone who participates in trail activities in the morning will get a voucher for a free drink in the afternoon!

What: Nevada County Celebration of Trails 2015 Day

When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30

Where: Tahoe National Forest

Cost: Free

It’s the biggest showcase of local community trails of the year!

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and area trail enthusiasts for a community Celebration of Trails on Saturday, May 30. It’s the one day of the year all your favorite trail supporters and outdoor recreation groups will come together to bring the community everything they want to know about trail related topics – a one stop resource for gear, maps, flora and fauna, and more.

This event has it all! We’ll start the day with a lineup of morning outings: a beginner, moderate and intermediate trek; a family bike ride and a run then follow up with a trails day fair in the afternoon. Stop by the Tahoe National Forest headquarters on Coyote Street in Nevada City for a fun afternoon of family activities, food, beverages, live music and more. This is a free event and a great opportunity to get familiar with all the local trails and trail groups in our region.

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Day’s Schedule

Morning Trail Outings start at 8 a.m.

Depart at 8 a.m. - Missouri Creek to Poorman Creek led by Hank Meals – Challenging (8 -10 miles)

Join Author/ Archeologist Hank Meals on this hike along one of the best and most remote stretches of the South Yuba River. Participants will descend 1.5 miles of Missouri Creek Canyon and then hike about 8 miles upstream on the South Yuba Trail. Most of the trail is on a north facing slope in a mixed conifer forest above the river with beautiful views a few places with easy access to the water. On the way, hikers will cross Missouri Creek, Eastern Creek, Logan Creek, Union Creek and McKilligan Creek. The canyon is a cultural landscape with stories about historical land use patterns evident in the landforms. Mostly the trail undulates but has one 600 foot climb. Anticipate at least five hours on the trail.

9 a.m. - Cultural and Botanical Walk on the Tribute Trail with Nevada City Rancheria, Nisenan Tribe and Sierra Streams Institute

Join Secretary Shelly Covert of the Nevada City Rancheria, Nisenan Tribe and Sierra Streams Institute’s Restoration Ecologist Ori Chafe for this walk along the newest segment of the Tribute Trail. Shelly will tell the story of the area Nisenan and Ori will identify native plants growing along the trails edge. You won’t want to miss this morning walking exploring the beauty of the woods surrounding Deer Creek, just a short distance from downtown Nevada City.

9:30 a.m. Family Hike on the Hirschman Trail with FREED and Sierra Club - Bring the whole family for this kid-friendly, all ability level exploration of Nevada City’s Hirschman Trail. Join Justin Harford of FREED and naturalist Richard Thomas of Sierra Club as we learn the flora and fauna of this popular trail. Kids – we’ll have a nature hunt just for you! Thomas is a longtime resident of the area and will bring his scope for viewing wildlife, such as the resident Western Pond turtles, at the pond. Bring your camera and sketch book. This is a wheelchair, limited mobility accessible trail to the pond (.8 mile round trip). Those who want to go further, will have that option, too.

Individuals can park at the trailhead or Rood Center. This trail can be accessed by Gold Country Stage by taking Route 1, dropping off at the Rood Center at 9:25 a.m. For more information on Gold Country Stage services and schedules go to or call (530) 477-0103. Qualified individuals can also use Gold country LIFT for door to trail-head services by calling (530) 271-7433. For more information about this hike contact FREED at (530) 477-3333 phone or (530) 477-8194 TTY.

9 a.m. Family Mountain Bike Ride and Clinic - Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC) guide Ellen Lapham will lead this one-hour, six-mile ride designed for families. On this scenic and informational ride families will learn about safety and cycling etiquette, rules of the road and tips for a fun and enjoyable ride. Helmets are required.
Meet at 9 a.m. at the Rood Center parking lot close to Hirschman’s trail.

9 a.m. Scotts Flat Lake Run – Join Cross Country coaches Sara Freitas and Angie Marino for this moderate, 5-mile trail run on the Scotts Flat Lakeside Trail. Runners can enjoy views of Scotts Flat Lake and explore lower Scotts Flat Trail while getting pointers on trail running techniques. Runners should be comfortable with a 45-60 minute run. Meet at 9 a.m. on Pasquale Road, 3.9 miles from Red Dog and about a mile from the Cascade Shores Store.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Trails Day Fair
Speakers at 1 p.m.
BYLT Trails Coordinator Shaun Clarke; Tahoe National Forest representative, Nevada County District 5 Supervisor Richard Anderson, Ellen Lampham of BONC

Booths: Bear Yuba Land Trust, Inn Town Campground, Tahoe National Forest, SYRCL, Gold Country Trails Council, Sierra Club, The Sierra Fund, Friends of Spenceville, BONC & YBONC, IMBA, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Forest Trails Alliance, Pacific Crest Trails Association, Trkač Running Store, Mountain Recreation, South Yuba River Park Association, Empire Mine State Historic Park.

Food Vendors: Musa Musa

Land Trust Watering Hole: BYLT will sell micro-brew beer and electric lemonade – Free drink voucher for every hiker! Kids can peddle the fender blender and blend their own icy lemonade.

Band: Old Time American Music with Ragged but Right

Activities: Maps and book sales, bicycle repairs with Seven Hills Bicycle Recycle Project, equipment demos, Trail Building Volunteer sign ups, Map Reading, Back country basics, Fender Blender, Learn about summer hiking and outdoor opportunities, bike helmets from Mike Bratton Agency State Farm Insurance for those “in need,” Meet the Birds of Wildlife Rehab and Release, Meet Smokey Bear and more!

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“Nevada County Community Health Assessment: What Matters to You?” is Topic of June 3rd Community Support Network Meeting Wed, 27 May 2015 15:02:14 +0000
SEI has been working with Nevada County Public Health Department since August 2014 to gather and synthesize information about community health. During the one hour presentation the “Sarahs” will present key aspects of the findings; facilitate discussion and exercises to get participant insights about what assets can lead to increased community health; suggest the top public health areas to focus on improving; and identify additional data sources for tracking and monitoring public health. Having a healthy community extends far beyond any single organization or individual. This meeting is your opportunity to provide input about what matters to you, and consider where efforts should be focused in order to improve the community’s health in the future.

The meeting will be Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library, 980 Helling Way, in Nevada City. Community Support Network meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact CSN Coordinator Susan Sanford at 530-913-0270 or

The Community Support Network of Nevada County is an inclusive, voluntary association of agencies and individuals from the Nevada County community who share a common mission: that all families in Nevada County have ready access to a well-integrated and coordinated support network that is easily available and well funded. To learn more about the Community Support Network visit

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Rea Callender named new CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Wed, 27 May 2015 14:56:55 +0000 0 Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi to Make His First Comic-Con Appearance in Hall H! Wed, 27 May 2015 14:53:00 +0000
BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who returns to San Diego Comic-Con for a Hall H panel on Thursday, July 9. Following his record-breaking first season as the Doctor, Peter Capaldi will make his first ever appearance at Comic-Con with stars Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald),Michelle Gomez (Missy), lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and executive producer Brian Minchin. Doctor Whofollows the adventures of the Doctor, the time traveler, who will continue to journey through all of space and time in epic adventures in the new season premiering this fall. Capaldi’s first season delivered BBC AMERICA its highest rated season ever and is available now on all digital platforms.
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Lake Oroville in September 2014. Trees line the former shoreline. Photo from California Department of Water Resources.May 27, 2015 - After soliciting feedback from more than 100 stakeholders and employees, NOAA released a service assessment on May 11, 2015, that identifies tactics and strategies the agency can take to better provide California decision makers with the scientific data and tools they need to lessen the impacts of extreme drought.

The NOAA California Drought Service Assessment contains more than three dozen findings and recommendations which may lead to improved or more tailored data products and tools, such as weather forecasts, streamflow forecasts, seasonal predictions, and climate models. The report also examines NOAA’s coastal stewardship mandates and ecosystem research services, noting best practices and identifying areas for partnerships and collaboration, as well as research questions NOAA scientists should consider pursuing.

“As the nation prepares for more weather and climate extremes, unprecedented actions to safeguard water--such as those seen in California--will become more commonplace. NOAA must stay ahead by developing new tools and refining existing ones to meet new demands,” said Vice Admiral Michael Devany, NOAA’s deputy under secretary for operations and executive sponsor of the report.

He added, “This report's findings underscore NOAA's important role in providing businesses and communities with the environmental intelligence--or timely, reliable and actionable information--to remain resilient to extreme events. The feedback outlined in this report will help NOAA serve communities and businesses in California as they continue to grapple with the worst drought in its history.”

Since its onset in 2011, the California drought has taken a heavy toll on the economy and the natural environment. A study last year by the University of California Davis projected 2014's economic cost of the drought to be $2.2 billion, with a total loss of 17,100 seasonal and part-time jobs. The state’s agriculture, fisheries and coastal ecosystems, and water resources sectors have been particularly hard-hit, thus providing a framework for this report. Top findings include:

Improve seasonal prediction: The annual snowpack in the Central and Northern Sierra Nevadas Mountains provide the vast majority of water for California. Even a “low confidence” seasonal forecast for the total precipitation in those areas could go a long way in answering the most enduring question: “How much water will we get this year?”

Build “full natural flow” water resources modeling: In a state where almost every drop of water is accounted for as it makes its way to the sea, a science-based modeling and forecast capability--one that links surface water and groundwater--is needed to enable water managers and users to better track the state of water resources.

Enhance NOAA internal coordination of drought services: Most stakeholders accessed NOAA’s drought-related services through local National Weather Service (NWS) field offices (e.g., Weather Forecast Office or River Forecast Center). NWS field offices often rely on products and services including data, seasonal prediction, and research capabilities that reside in national centers, labs, and extramural partners.

Design environmental monitoring projects on sub-regional or watershed-specific scales: There is strong need for NOAA to continue developing projects that improve our understanding of environmental changes, particularly at a watershed-scale. NOAA’s successful Russian River Habitat Blueprint project is an example of where our forecasting talent and fisheries management expertise infuses with that of local scientists and organizations to implement stewardship goals that promote sustainable use of water resources.

NOAA has a lengthy history of assessing its forecast and warning services in the wake of major weather events. This history dates to a tornado outbreak in Dallas, Texas, in 1957, where it was found that citizens “knew little or nothing of personal safety rules regarding an encounter with a tornado.” Since then, service assessments have been conducted for major floods, hurricanes, winter storms, heat waves, wildfire outbreaks, and even a space weather event. However, this is the first time a service assessment on drought has been conducted.

An implementation plan to track the progress of these recommendations will follow in the months ahead. To read the report, visit:

This service assessment was led by Kevin Werner, NOAA’s Western Regional Climate Services Director, with guidance and support from NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). Nine employees representing each NOAA line office and headquarters, as well as California State Climatologist Michael Anderson, were part of the assessment team and co-authored the report.

To learn more NOAA’s drought resources and to view conditions in your area, visit For more information about the State of California’s response to the drought and its recent statewide mandatory water reductions, visit

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Online Screening System Speeds Care for Nursing Home Patients Wed, 27 May 2015 14:50:05 +0000 0 Food & Water Watch and Water Defense Call For Halt to Irrigating Food Crops with Oil Field Wastewater in Nation’s Produce Basket Wed, 27 May 2015 14:46:39 +0000
Scott Smith, Chief Scientist of Water Defense, collected the samples from treated wastewater sold by the oil and gas industry to the Cawelo Water District in Kern County. A video released today shows Smith, who has tested water across the country, encountering tar balls and oil slicks, conditions he compared to those he witnessed during the Gulf oil spill in 2010.

“I always viewed California as a leader in protecting the environment,” said Smith. “I was absolutely shocked when I found myself surrounded by food crops with the smell of oil coming off the irrigation water. It was worse than what I smelled during the BP Gulf oil spill.”

But the trouble doesn’t end with the smell. “When the test results came back we found dangerous and toxic chemicals in the irrigation canal system,” said Smith. “The levels of these toxic chemicals exceeded what I have tested in official oil spill disasters.” Water Defense reported that its tests found industrial solvents, including acetone and methylene chloride, as well as oil.

“California grows the lion’s share of the fruits and vegetables we eat in the United States,” said Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch Executive Director. “It is inexcusable that the oil and gas industry is allowed to use American families’ dinner plates as a disposal site for toxic oil field wastewater. Governor Jerry Brown must take immediate action to protect our food by ending the use of this industrial waste for irrigation.”

To learn more about Water Defense’s testing methods, read the interview with Scott Smith and view the video at our blog.

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