sacramento connect sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:34:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Measure C in Nevada City faces a backlash Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:34:12 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Video: Roseville Slips Past Del Campo in Game of the Week Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:58:29 +0000 0 Sunday Commentary: How Can Davis Restore Its Retail Base? Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:27:06 +0000 As the city of Davis looks to generate revenue to pay for unfunded infrastructure and to continue city services, it has become apparent that not only does Davis lack the overall retail base, but even establishing retail in places where there is space, especially the downtown, is challenging at best. The problems that Davis faces ...

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Was Oscar Cervantes Wrongfully Convicted of Being the Shooter in 2002 Halloween Homicide? Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:57:12 +0000 In 2006, Oscar Cervantes was convicted and sentenced to life without parole for shooting Robert Stepper and Eric Folsom in 2002 in the so-called Halloween Homicide Case.  However, on Saturday, at the Vanguard Yolo County Wrongful Convictions forum, attorney Rod Beede cast serious doubt on the verdict that has already seen Mr. Cervantes spend a ...

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Justice Watch: Charlotte Police Release Video, More Questions Arise Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:56:21 +0000 Under pressure, the Charlotte, North Carolina, police chief finally released both body and dashboard camera videos on Saturday of the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.  As previously stated by the chief, the videos are, in fact, inconclusive on a number of levels. The videos appear to show Mr. Scott as he exits his ...

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Majority Of Davis City Council Endorses Dodd For Senate Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:06:08 +0000 State Assemblyman Bill Dodd today announced receiving endorsements from three members of the Davis City Council for his campaign in the race for State Senate, District 3. Councilmembers  Will Arnold, Lucas Frerichs, and Rochelle Swanson have now endorsed Dodd. “I have worked closely with Bill Dodd on a number of issues, and I have found him ...

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Apple Fritter Cinnamon Roll Bake Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Apple Fritter Cinnamon Roll Bake is an easy apple brunch recipe that’s like a monkey bread and a bubble-up bake all in one! Cinnamon rolls and apples for breakfast for all! Ways that you know that you have a Target problem: You know the speed and bagging abilities of each cashier on the floor at […]

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U.S. teen Mmoh advances in Tiburon qualifying Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:15:00 +0000 0 Around Yuba-Sutter: Sept. 25, 2016 Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:48:00 +0000 0 Sunday Spotlight Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:56:49 +0000 {continue reading}]]> 0 Yuba City man arrested in road rage shooting Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:25:00 +0000 0 Political Notes: Garamendi sends condolences Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:43:00 +0000 0 Public Safety: Sheriff’s deputies declare impasse in salary negotiations Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:37:00 +0000 0 Van Brocklin sets NFL’s single-day passing record – in 1951 Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:17:00 +0000 0 DeHoarding Myself Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:13:00 +0000 0 On forming a united front in the family Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:20:48 +0000 0 A stunning stage play delving into the all-to-brief life of Robert F. Kennedy and a Neighborhood Lost – Sacramento’s Japantown. The filmmaker will join us to discuss his short film premiering at The 17th Annual A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival. On Wednesday September 24th at 5:00pm on Comcast/Consolidated Communications channel 17, AT&T channel 14 and streaming from Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:15:35 +0000 0 Storyteller-broadcaster Vin Scully retiring after 67 years Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:02:52 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 NRC Manufacturing Still Plans Move To Elk Grove, Just Not to Southeast Policy Area Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000
Elk Grove's SEPA area |  
September 24, 2016 |

With much fanfare six months ago tomorrow, the City of Elk Grove and Mayor Gary Davis announced that a Bay Area high-technology contract manufacturer would be locating a production facility in the city's Southeast Planning Area (SEPA).

That company, Fremont, Calif.-based NRC Manufacturing announced that it would be establishing a new facility in Elk Grove. The City said that as part of its move here, NRC would initially hire about 620 employees with up to 2,500 at full production in about five years in a 230,000 square foot building. 

Since that initial flurry, little on the new operation has been discussed. Although there has been a dearth of information on the new employer's move into Elk Grove, NRC Chief Executive Officer Ratha Chea said work is progressing.

Chea said that about two weeks ago the company made a purchase offer on an existing 46,000 square foot facility in Elk Grove and the company is awaiting a response from the seller. 

"We are just waiting for the approval from the seller," Chea said. "The seller said they are going to take some time."

Chea said should the sale be consummated and NRC takes possession of the facility, it would take six to eight months to set up for manufacturing operations. Because the purchase of the property is pending, Chea said he could not reveal the location of the building.

"It will take six to nine months before we can move in," he said. 

Once the manufacturing facility is open, which Chea expects to happen by next June or July, they plan to hire 50 to 75 employees. He added that as production increases, the building could accommodate up to 1,000 employees, which could happen in about five years.

When the announcement was made last March at Davis' annual State of the City address, much emphasis was focused on NRC's location in the City's SEPA area. As the last large tract of undeveloped land within current city limits, Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis has emphasized the 1,200-acre SEPA area as the solution to solving the City's well-documented jobs to housing imbalance.

As a cornerstone to the SEPA's role as a jobs center, the City initially said a new facility in the area would be available for NRC by the end of 2017. Chea said that while the company still intends to locate in Elk Grove, the process for building from the ground-up is time-consuming.  

"We thought about starting with raw land, but raw land will take forever," Chea noted. "We are also in a rush, so we put an offer for the building there, and now we are just waiting for the answer." 

Mayor Davis and Elk Grove Economic Director Darrell Doan did not respond to an email request to comment on the story. 


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World Famous Joey Chestnut to Compete in Elk Grove’s MLE-Sanctioned World Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000 Top-ranked competitive eater Joey Chestnut (far right), will
be competing in Elk Grove's World Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest.

September 24, 2016 | 

If watching competitive eating is one of your guilty pleasures, then next weekend Elk Grove is the place to be.

As part of the Cosumnes Community Services District's annual Giant Pumpkin Festival, or simply the the GPF as it has come to be known in Elk Grove, world renown competitive eater Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will be the featured contestant in the highlight of the festival, the Pumpkin Pie eating contest. Chestnut is currently rated as the number one competitive eater in the world by the MLE - Major League Eating - and recognized as the greatest in the history of the sport. 

Chestnut's visit will be a shot a redemption after last year's upset loss to Matt "Megatoad" Stonie. Last year Stonie, who like Chestnut hails from San Jose, beat his crosstown rival by slamming over 20 pounds of pumpkin pie.  

Other notable competitors scheduled for the event include Miko Sudo, who is currently holds the the top-rank in the female division. Others contestants in the 10-person field include rookie sensation Carmen Cincotti and Dixon-based Steve Hendry. Stonie is not scheduled to defend his title.

The pie eating contest, which as a purse of $5,000, is part of the annual GPF sponsored by the Cosumnes Community Services District. The two-day festival start next Saturday, October 1 with activities held from 10 a.m until 5 p.m. at the Elk Grove Regional Park.

Among popular activities at the festival is the famous pumpkin weigh-off competition that takes place on Saturday morning. Admission to the festival is free, and there is a $10 parking fee. 

More information on the festival is available here.   

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My View: We Don’t Need Radical Change, But We Do Need to Break Paralysis Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:55:23 +0000 Contrary to some, I don’t see Davis in a renaissance, I see in a slow and long decline.  My slowly evolving view begins in 2008 when it became quite apparent that the official council line that we had a balanced budget and a 15 percent reserve was not backed up with solid and supportable evidence. ...

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Guest Commentary: New Ownership Brings Changes to the Downtown Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:51:13 +0000 By Jason Taormino The Davis Chamber welcomes Browman Development to Davis and are pleased they chose to invest here.  They will be an asset to our community based on their long term ownership strategy and engagement in the communities where they currently own property. The study they commissioned is a prime example of their commitment.  ...

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Guest Commentary: Time to Replace Pensions with 401ks Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:45:46 +0000 By Jeff Boone Another name for a pension is a “Defined Benefit” (DB) retirement plan.  DB plans provide a pre-determined payment to retired employees despite the performance of the underlying investments. DB plans are employer-owned.  In 1979 about 28 percent of all workers participated in a DB plan, but today only 2 percent participate. Conversely, Defined Contribution (DC) “401k-style” ...

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KetMoRee Killing Trial Date Vacated Again Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:34:05 +0000 by Antoinnette Borbon  A trial date previously set for November 7th involving six men who allegedly stabbed a man in a downtown Davis nightclub was vacated. Peter Gonzales, 23, was in town to attend his sister’s wedding when he was fatally stabbed inside KetMoRee Thai Bar and Restaurant. Witnesses say a fight broke out about ...

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Three reasons to vote for Bob Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:18:49 +0000 (Editor’s note: The Vanguard accepts “Letters from the Community” supporting candidates or addressing other issues.  Any article under 400 words is considered a “letter” and will be published in the “letters and brief announcements sections.”  Anything longer than 500 words will be considered an “op-ed” and published in the main section.  You can either email ...

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U.S. prospect Mmoh to make NorCal pro debut Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:20:00 +0000 0 U-2 back in the air Sat, 24 Sep 2016 03:16:00 +0000 0 Dog show today and Sunday in Yuba City Sat, 24 Sep 2016 02:38:00 +0000 0 Bishop sentenced to prison – again Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:59:00 +0000 0 Tension in courtroom during homicide hearing Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:44:00 +0000 0 Around Yuba-Sutter Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:26:00 +0000 0 The BFG comes to Digital HD, Blu-ray and Disney Movies Anywhere Dec. 6 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:34:00 +0000
This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and Dahl’s personal favorite, “The BFG,” as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The BFG,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

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More Photos of Mayor Kevin Johnson's Pie Incident Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:35:02 +0000 0 Sacramento Police To Conduct DUI, License Checkpoint Tonight Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:15:00 +0000

On Friday, September 23, 2016 the Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver license checkpoint. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing; delaying motorists only momentarily.

The checkpoint will be conducted on  Power Inn Road near Elder Creek Road. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run for five to seven hours.

When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. 

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

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Shopper Assaulted, Robbed Inside Elk Grove Grocery Store Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:10:00 +0000

September 23, 2016 |  

A female customer of an Elk Grove grocery store was assaulted and robbed while shopping late yesterday afternoon.

The victim was shopping inside the Raley's grocery store on Elk Grove and Franklin Boulevards when she was approached by two unknown female suspects. One of the suspects asked the victim for assistance with reading the contents of an item, and while she was reading, one of the suspects pushed the victim into nearby shelves.

After being pushed, the victim hit her head on the shelf, one of the suspect stole her purse, and both fled in an unknown direction. The victim did not require medical treatment.

The suspects were described as being approximately 50 years of age, wearing black rimmed glasses and approximately 20 years of age and was wearing a pink shirt.

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Weekend Top 10: September 24th – 25th Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:44:04 +0000 0 Fall Fun Guide 2016 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:29:18 +0000 0 The point of pie-throwing is to degrade and humiliate the victim Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:33:45 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Manage You Invest in Absolutely Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:12:32 +0000 0 Friday Faves: 9/23/2016 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:00:43 +0000 read more]]> 0