sacramento connect sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:42:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Haunted Fort Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:42:48 +0000 0 Trash Film Orgy Halloween Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:35:30 +0000 0 Safe & Super Halloween Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:31:16 +0000 0 Jake Shimabukuro Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:25:58 +0000 0 Slow Cooker Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:51:53 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 2014-2015 Pacific Division Preview Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:45:28 +0000 0 Mind the Music: Sky Symphony Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:44:00 +0000 0 Former Rival Sheriff Scott Jones Endorses Cooper Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:30:00 +0000

October 22, 2014 |

Elk Grove Vice Mayor Elk Grove Jim Cooper received the endorsement of his opponent in 2010 Sacramento County Sheriff's race. 

Today, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones announced his endorsement of Cooper in his bid for the  California Assembly Ninth District seat. Cooper, who unsuccessfully ran against Jones for the position in 2010, is facing fellow Democrat and law enforcement professional, Sacramento City Council Member Darrell Fong.

"Captain Cooper has served Sacramento County with honor and distinction for 30 years. As a captain he has cracked down on child sexual predators and earned a Bronze Star for Bravery for going above and beyond the call of duty," Jones said. "I am honored to support Captain Jim Cooper for State Assembly."

Sheriff Scott Jones joins San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore and former Sacramento County Sheriffs Robbie Waters, Glen Craig, and Lou Blanas in endorsing Cooper’s campaign for Assembly. 

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An Aqua Velva man Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:01:52 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Alexie explains his alcoholism and humor Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:00:00 +0000 For the first time, the 2014 OneBook selection was a work of short stories about the Native American experience, entitled “Blasphemy”.

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California’s Alpha Stem Cell Clinic Plan Hits Budget Buzz Saw Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:40:00 +0000 The $3 billion California stem cell agency today put the squeeze on applicants in its ambitious Alpha stem cell clinic round, which is aimed at helping to make the Golden State a global leader in stem cell treatment and research.

The action came as one rejected applicant, UC Davis, publicly appealed to the agency’s governing board to overturn tomorrow a negative decision by the agency’s out-of-state reviewers.   Cedar-Sinai in Los Angeles also filed a letter aimed at beefing up consideration of its application, which wound up on the reviewers’ funding fence.
A proposal by Randy Mills, the agency’s new president, however, contained the most surprising news – a plan to cut millions from the budgets of the expected winning applicants – City of Hope (application AC1-07659), UC San Diego (AC1-07764) and UCLA (AC1-07675).

The cuts were specified in a slide presentation  posted  yesterday or today for the board meeting in Los Angeles tomorrow. The presentation recommended approval of the three applications but with revised budgets to hit a funding cap of $8 million each. The reviewers had recommended approval of the three with budgets ranging from about $11 million to $11.7 million. 

The presentation and another document based on the closed-door review indicated that reviewers were concerned about duplicative clinical trial costs and expenses associated with a proposed $10 million information center, which was trimmed earlier this year from $15 million. The request for applications to create the center is being rewritten to sharpen its focus.­­­

The other document from the review represented the first time that such a commentary has been prepared and released publicly. It was requested by an unidentified agency board member who was present at the review session.  (When queried, the agency later identified the member as Os Steward, director of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UC Irvine.)

 The unusual document said, among other things,
“Some reviewers had questions regarding the wording of the RFA and the potential for duplication of costs. Specifically, there was confusion over the portion of the RFA that listed ‘Clinical Trial Costs’ as specifically being outside the scope of the RFA, while simultaneously permitting  a funded Alpha Clinic to ‘defray some costs, such as clinical operations.’”
As originally proposed, the Alpha plan would have hit $70 million with up to five clinics, although there was no requirement to fund that many. It is now down to something around $40 million if four applications are approved tomorrow at $8 million each, and the information center moves forward with $10 million.

The four-page letter from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to the directors of the stem cell agency was signed by Timothy Henry, director of the division of cardiology.  Reviewers gave the $11 million application (AC1-07650) a scientific score of 68 and said,
“Given the large expansion into regenerative medicine that the institution has undertaken, many of the activities described as elements of the (Alpha clinic) have already been initiated or will soon be put in place. Some reviewers questioned whether the additional resources provided by (Alpha) funding would substantially supplement ongoing activities and if the (Alpha clinic) would add significant value." 
Henry’s letter did not appear to break new ground but emphasized the strengths of Cedars-Sinai, declaring that one of the clinical trials proposed is “the furthest advanced of any CIRM-funded trials.”

The score for the UC Davis’ $10.8 million application (AC1-07637) was not released by the agency.  Reviewers said,
 “While some reviewers felt that the large number of trials ongoing or planned would clearly benefit from additional resources, others questioned the added value of establishing a (an Alpha clinic) at this site and did not think the application clearly conveyed how CIRM funds would be used to leverage and enhance the already ongoing activities.”
The three-page Davis appeal letter was signed by Ted Wun,  chief of hematology oncology, Jan Nolta, director of the UC Davis stem cell program, and Frederick Meyers, vice dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine.

The letter said that since the review of its application, it has received a favorable FDA judgment on a proposed clinical trial for HIV that would begin in 2015.  In an attempt to deal with concerns about personnel, Davis said the Alpha clinic would pull over the most experienced researchers with their old positions being “backfilled.”

The letter also noted Davis’ location in Northern California. All of the top-ranked applications are situated in Southern California, presenting a scientific-geopolitical issue for the statewide stem cell agency.

(The stem cell agency does not release the names of winning applicants prior to board action. However, they were derived by the California Stem Cell Report from a variety of sources.  All of the reviews can be found on this document.) 
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I’ve Got All the Bells and Whistles Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:29:34 +0000 I think I have adoraphobia. It’s like the little fuzzy kitten version of agoraphobia where I am capable of leaving the house, I just don’t want to. Isn’t that cute? Okay, it’s official. I’ve become one of those people that won’t shut up about their health problems (oh, my aching back!). To wit:   Shortly […]

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Goodbye to the Old Cemex Silos Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:24:00 +0000 0 Drexel University Sacramento’s Michael Marion appointed to California Student Aid Commission Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:56:26 +0000 SACRAMENTO – Michael Marion, Executive Director and Associate Vice Provost of Drexel University Sacramento, was recently appointed to the California Student Aid Commission, where he will support the mission to make higher education more accessible for California students. Appointments to the Commission are made by California Governor Jerry Brown and the position requires State Senate […]

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Top 10 Most Popular DIY Open Ended + Imaginative Play Toy Woodworking Plans Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:55:12 +0000
The Design Confidential Top 10 Most Popular DIY Open Ended + Imaginative Play Toy Woodworking Plans 1 Through 5

The Holidays are right around the corner and sneaking up on us pretty quickly, whether we like it or not. Get a jump start on your gift list this year and build something fabulous for a very special kiddo in your life. From full sized play house fun to accessories fit for the more petite members of your doll family, there is something amazing and encouraging of open ended play for everyone, in this round up of our most popular DIY play inspiring project plans. 

While I am a firm believer that toys should be nondescriminate and able to be played with by either boys or girls, I have divided up these plans by play style preference, and naturally they seem to have fallen into precisely the type of categorization I prefer to avoid - or boy vs girl. I assure you this was not my original intention and wholeheartedly think boys and girls alike, should enjoy play kitchens and dolls and adventure activities. So I have created these projects with the idea that each and every one of them can be entirely customized to suit your little one perfectly, from color to fabric and trim styles too. Make it theirs... And take lots of pictures along the way. 

1 // Indoor Outdoor Play House Bed 2 // Chalkboard Artist's Studio 3 // No-Sew Teepee 4 // Wooden Racetrack Toy 5 // Gourmet Kitchen

The Design Confidential Top 10 Most Popular DIY Open Ended + Imaginative Play Toy Woodworking Plans 6 Through 10
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Robb Davis Explains Concerns About MRAP (Video) Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:38:46 +0000 0 Kings 2014-2015 position preview: Small forward Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:43:00 +0000 By Tony Xypteras

The Kings are going to use a lot of players at small forward this season. The front office has talked a lot about “positionless basketball” over the summer, and a lot of that has to do with using small forward as a utility position. Rudy Gay is obviously going to spend a lot of time there, but when the Kings decide to play small ball, we could see any of the guards forced into playing what would technically be called small forward.

After the Kings drafted Nik Stauskas, Michael Malone made it a point to tell the media that Stauskas and Ben McLemore could play together. This would inevitably force one of them into playing small forward. I’m still not buying it as an effective lineup, but that is what was said.

Gay played 55 games for the Kings last season, and he was much better than anyone could have expected. His .482 field goal percentage was the highest of his career. The Kings found a way to limit his overall shot attempts, and that resulted in the most efficient season Gay has ever had.

When Gay was traded to Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas were already established as the Kings primary scorers. Gay played as a third option on most nights, and that role clearly suited him.

Gay is going to play a bigger role in the Kings offense this season, and that has me concerned. Thomas and his 20 points per game are in Phoenix now, and while that may improve ball movement and overall team play, it could bring out the inefficient Rudy Gay we saw in Toronto.

Watching Gay in preseason has not been encouraging. Through five games Gay is averaging 13 points on a putrid .367 field goal percentage. The sample size is small, but Gay’s struggles go beyond the numbers. He just doesn’t look like he did last season. He’s taking bad shots that are sinking his field goal percentage. It’s frustrating because his numbers don’t have to look like they do. He’s doing it to himself with difficult drives to the basket and inefficient fade away jumpers. I don’t want to overreact after watching five preseason games; I just want to let it be known that I am concerned.

We’ll see.

Omri Casspi and Derrick Williams are still competing for a rotation spot as Gay’s primary backup, but Casspi has to have the edge on Williams right now. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that Casspi has been one of the better Kings all preseason. He’s good example of a player playing better than his numbers would suggest. I’ve said this before about Casspi, but I’ll say it again: There is a reason why he played 18 minutes per game for a playoff team last season. He looks like a player who figured out how to play basketball. He knows where to be and when to be there, and that is skill a lot of players never learn. Williams is a good example of a player who still needs to figure that out. Williams still doesn’t know how to contribute to a team when his offense isn’t going. Derrick might be the more talented player, but he isn’t a good role player, and that is what the Kings need out of their backup small forward. They need a role player, and Casspi is a role player.

The emergence of Casspi has made Williams and his enticing expiring contract even more expendable. If the Kings make a trade of any significance, I’d be shocked if Williams wasn’t a part of it. If I were to rank the Kings players in how likely they are to be traded, Williams would be No. 1. I don’t even think its close.

It’s worth mentioning that Gay, Casspi and Williams will all be free agents at the end of the season. The Kings want to sign Gay to a long-term deal. They’ve made that very clear, but if I’m Pete D’Alessandro I might table those contract talks for now. I’d want to see what version of Gay shows up this season before I commit to him past this year. The Kings have that luxury.

Despite my potentially unwarranted concerns over how Gay has played thus far, the Kings have a solid group of small forwards going into the season. If Gay can play like he did last year then this will be a position Kings fans won’t have to worry about, and it can be a position the Kings can take advantage of. When Gay is right, he is one of the best scorers in the NBA. There is no denying that.]]> 0
Mud Flying in Heated Dickinson, Pan Senate Race Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:15:00 +0000 October 22, 2014 |

With less than two weeks until the general election, the tone of the mailers being sent by, or on behalf of, Roger Dickinson and Dr. Richard Pan is getting downright muddy.

Pan and Dickinson, both Sacramento-based Democrats and two-term Assembly Members, are vying for the Sixth District California Senate seat being vacated by the term-limited Darrell Steinberg. In mailers received this week, the mud is being flung.   

Pan's mailer, which was send by California Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee, alleges that when Dickinson was a Sacramento County Supervisor and an Assembly Member, he was complicit in a variety of wrongdoings. Among the alleged misdeeds were secret deals with the former owners of the Sacramento Kings and problems at Sacramento County's child protective services.  

On the other side, a mailer sent by Dickinson's campaign essentially calls Pan a hypocrite. The mailer also includes another touchstone of Dickinson's strategy - highlighting Pan's acceptance of his Assembly Member per diem.   

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Sac State seeks water policy experts Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:00:00 +0000 0 New Study looks at Health and Well-Being of Latino Children in California Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:15:14 +0000 By Fran Kritz

A new study shows significant differences between the health and wellbeing of the 4.7 million Latino children in California and white children in the state. The study, conducted at the request of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health,* also shows Latino children now make up almost half the children in the state.

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Offense has been key to Hornets top 10 offensive ranking in FCS Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000 It might be the passing offense getting the majority of the attention this season for Sacramento State’s football program, but the addition of a balanced running game has allowed the Hornets take a step forward and become an elite offense.

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The Nest Celebrates First Birthday with a Gala Fundraiser Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:51:40 +0000 Tickets are now on sale for this gala fundraiser featuring champagne, hors d’oeuvres, music and door prizes, including one donated by Michael Franti who is performing that evening in Grass Valley. Tickets are $40 per person, $75 per couple and $35 for annual members. Please join us and help support the children and parents of your community.

Board President Katie DaMota created The Nest to provide families in Nevada County with the same community support and networking for birth and parenting that she had established in the Bay Area. An experienced team of professionals from multiple disciplines is available to women and their families from pregnancy, to birth and beyond. There are classes from “Prenatal Yoga” and “Dancing for Birth,” to “Fit Mama” and “Pelvic Wellness through Childbirth.” There are childbirth preparation classes, infant care, infant CPR, and postpartum fitness classes. A particular strength of the Nest is its many peer support and community-building groups, including La Leche League, Milk-and-Honey-Mondays, Breastfeeding Circle, and Crafty Mama (come get your craft on!). The Nest even offers classes for grandparents, so they can combine the wisdom of age with the best information science has to offer. Not only mothers and fathers, but also their infants, are supported for a better quality of life and more joy.

And just as The Nest is a resource for families in Nevada County, the Nest is also a resource for growing businesses in the health field.  Monthly professional meetings offer a mentoring and support network for seasoned and new practitioners alike. A range of classroom rental options provide a springboard for professionals to bring their unique knowledge and skills to the community.  

By attending this celebration and supporting The Nest, attendees will be helping families in the Sierra Foothills to have access to a much-needed support network. Donations allow The Nest to continue to offer affordable and no-fee classes and activities held every weekday and many evenings and weekends throughout the year.]]> 0
Elk Grove Yogurt Shop Robbed Again Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:45:00 +0000
October 22, 2014 |

An Elk Grove yogurt shop was victimized last night for the second time in less than one month by a robber. 

According to Elk Grove Police, an unknown male entered the Tops Yogurt shop on Bruceville Road shortly after 10 p.m, told the store employee he had a gun and demanded money. Although no gun was seen, the employee complied with the demands and gave him an undisclosed amount of currency.

The robber fled on foot and responding officers were unable to locate him. The suspect was described as a black male adult, in his 20's, 6`0", skinny build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants with a black mask. The employee was not injured during the robbery.

This incident is the third time in less than one month that Tops Yogurt shops in Elk Grove have been robbed. On September 24, this store wasrobbed at gunpoint while the Tops store on Sheldon Road wassimilarly robbedthe following day on September 25.  

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Gonzalez inducted into Hall of Champions Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:44:00 +0000 Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez was inducted into the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Hall of Champions Oct. 8 during the association’s annual conference in Denver, Colorado.

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Forest Service seeks input on snowcat operations at Homewood Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:31:57 +0000 0 BOFFFFs (big, old, fat, fertile, female fish) sustain fisheries Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:14:04 +0000 81260_web.jpg
This is a a big (1.1 m), old (ca.100 years), fat (27.2 kg), fertile female fish, in this case a shortraker rockfish (Sebastes borealis) taken off Alaska. New research from the University of Hawaii at Manoa indicates that so-called BOFFFFs sustain fisheries. Credit: Karna McKinney, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries ServiceOct. 20, 2014 - Recreational fishermen prize large trophy fish. Commercial fishing gear targets big fish. After all, larger fish feed the egos of humans as well as their bellies.

A new compilation of research from around the world now shows that big, old, fat, fertile, female fish – known as BOFFFFs to scientists – are essential for ensuring that fishery stocks remain sustainable.

"Information on many different kinds of freshwater and marine fish tell the same story," says lead author Dr. Mark Hixon of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. "The loss of big fish decreases the productivity and stability of fishery stocks." This loss, known as "size and age truncation," typically occurs in all fisheries.

Methods of saving big fish include slot limits, where regulations allow only the capture of medium-sized fish, as well as marine reserves, where some fish are allowed to spawn over their entire life spans.

There are multiple ways BOFFFFs benefit fish populations.

First, larger females produce far more eggs than smaller fish. For example, in Hawai'i, a 27-inch bluefish trevally or 'ōmilu produces 84 times more eggs than a 12-inch fish.

Second, co-author Dr. Susan Sogard of the National Marine Fisheries Service reports that "larger fish can produce better quality eggs that hatch into young that grow and survive better than young from smaller females."

Third, "BOFFFFs often spawn at different times and places than younger females, which increases the odds that some young will find favorable environments in an unpredictable ocean," adds co-author Dr. Darren Johnson of California State University at Long Beach.

Finally, old fish can outlive periods that are unfavorable for reproduction, providing a "storage effect" where BOFFFFs are ready to spawn successfully when the time is right.

"Increasingly, fisheries managers are realizing that saving some big old fish is essential to ensure that fished populations are stable and sustainable," says Hixon.

These results were published in a special issue of the ICES Journal of Marine Science dedicated to the memory of Johan Hjort, a Norwegian fisheries scientist who in 1914 published a landmark treatise of fish population changes.

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Election 2014 | Tamara Zuromskis: Yes on Prop 47 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:25:48 +0000
California incarcerates about 127,000 inmates at a cost of $47,102 each yearly, yet we only spend $8,482 per student. While we skimp on the schools, there is always enough money to lock up petty thieves and drug addicts. This misguided warehousing of nonviolent offenders might be justified if incarceration really led to rehabilitation, but it doesn’t. California has a 3-year recidivism rate of 65%. Inmates leave prison with no skills and a felony conviction. The one thing they do learn in prison is how to be better criminals, so without a job or tools, more than half return to drug use and crime. Proposition 47 would save $150 — $250 million by putting fewer of these low-level offenders in prison. Those savings would be passed on to the schools, victim services, and mental health and addiction treatment.

Opponents also argue that Prop 47 will require misdemeanors for those who possess the “date rape drug” and those who steal firearms. This is another scare tactic. In the nearly 14 years I’ve been a criminal defense attorney, I can’t think of a single case I’ve seen or handled involving possession of such drugs. Most date rapists ply their victims with alcohol, not illicit drugs, and if they do spike their date’s drink with a drug of any kind, they face serious felony charges. As for theft of firearms, these crimes are usually committed along with other serious felony offenses that result in prison—even under Prop 47. Most guns are stolen from homes during house burglaries—which are felony strikes. A gun stolen from a car can also be charged as a felony. Prop 47 will not change this.

Prop 47 has bipartisan support. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a staunch Republican, supports Prop 47. He says, “Prisons are for people we are afraid of, but we have been filling them with many folks we are just mad at.” Texas—once known for harsh criminal penalties—has been closing prisons and directing more money towards probation, drug treatment and mental health care since 2007, yet has continued to see a drop in violent crime.

When we imprison petty thieves and drug addicts, it’s basically like setting them up in in apartments of their own with an allowance for food and clothing, only more expensive. Let’s stop housing petty criminals at cost of almost $50,000 a year. We can prevent crime and addiction by better funding schools, drug treatment, mental health services, and victim services.

Please join me in voting YES on Prop 47.

Tamara Zuromskisis is a criminal defense attorney, the views expressed are her own and do not represent the views of her employer.]]> 0
Election 2014 | Firefighter’s Union #3800 Come Out In Support of Glover Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:23:21 +0000
The Firefighters state “During these times we feel it’s important to support a candidate that is focused on improving our City’s recreational features. Jerri Glover is dedicated to making our City more attractive which will enhance all of our futures.”

In addition to their support for vote, the Firefighters offered Glover a donation to her campaign in the amount of $500. In keeping with Glover's public declaration to refuse all political action committee or group donations to her campaign Glover asked and the Firefighters agreed to donate the funds toward the community efforts to refurbish the bleachers at Les Eva Field in Memorial Park.

The Grass Valley Firefighters along with Local 3800 Nevada County Professional Firefighters Union encourage the residents of Grass Valley to vote for Jerri Glover in the November 4th election.]]> 0
NIST Finalizes Cloud Computing Roadmap for U.S. Government Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:10:54 +0000 0 Worms Eat My Lunch! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:40:42 +0000 Keep Reading...

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Have an addiction? Here’s the word on the street Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:24:59 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 First Stage of IT Project Plans Due by Oct. 31 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:00:30 +0000 0 What’s Next for Southern California Intelligent Transit Projects? Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:58:35 +0000 0 Two Big Trends for Managing the Water-Energy Nexus Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:54:44 +0000 0 Dry today, then cooler and breezier ahead of rain Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:06:37 +0000 0 Bring Me The Horizon, Drown… watch all the way through! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:04:00 +0000 0 Painted Kitchen Countertops Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:01:38 +0000 Yes, you CAN paint your countertops! A reader graciously shares her story and before & after photos. What a difference!

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