sacramento connect sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:55:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Robbery at Bel-Air Super Market Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:55:15 +0000 SACRAMENTO-

A late-night robbery at a grocery store scared several Easter weekend shoppers.

At around 10:40 pm Saturday, three masked men entered Bel Air Supermarket on Fruitridge Road, demanding money. Sacramento Police said two of the men were wielding guns.…

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This Thing Called Hope Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:26:00 +0000 We are now done with Week 2 of Take 2 of the new medication.  We were this close to not making it through Week 1 but we all pushed through and decided to give this new medication more time.
Getting a nice card in the mail helped get us through Week 1! 

Richard and I were more prepared this time going into the new medication at the lower dose than we used before.  We knew what to watch for: excessive sleepiness, trouble walking and extreme irritability.  I was hoping Robert could tolerate the lower dose without those side-effects and I was also hopeful we would see a reduction in seizures like we did at the stronger dose.

I am nothing if not hopeful.

I wanted to wait to start the lower dose of the new medication until Robert’s cough subsided but his cough is fairly constant and just not going away. I finally started the medication at the end of a day in which Robert had five seizures (one being four minutes long).  It would have been nice to have Robert feeling one hundred percent so I could be certain any behavior or mobility changes were due to the new medication but the excessive seizures were the tipping point for me and I decided we couldn’t wait any longer.

Week 1 was difficult.  Robert was so tired, most days he couldn’t even manage dressing himself.  He was having difficulty walking and had screamed at his afternoon driver that he was lying about a story the driver was telling Richard. Robert was sometimes slurring his words and got so mad at me he threatened to call the police and have me arrested.

He also still had his nighttime cough and threw up a few times during these coughing fits.

It was not a fun week.   

Why would I even consider continuing the medication into Week 2 after that difficult first week?  Because we saw a decrease in his seizures.  The seizures didn’t stop completely like they did on the higher dose but they definitely decreased.  I was hopeful his body would adjust to the medications and that eventually he wouldn’t have the mobility and behavioral side-effects and we could continue to see a reduction in the seizures.

I even hoped once he adjusted we could increase the medication to the point of it stopping his seizures without further side-effects. Could this be the final piece to the intricate puzzle of his medications to stop his seizures?

Hope keeps me going but I find myself tempering it with logic and reality; spreadsheets and logs. Sometimes I wonder if I can ever allow myself to experience unencumbered hope.

The jury is still out on Week 2.  He continues to have trouble walking.  His right foot drags so much, he even has difficulty making it move at all – sometimes it seems “stuck” and he just can’t get it to move forward.  He is still irritable but that seems to be lessening – he hasn’t threatened to have me arrested but he did get so angry at Richard that he predicted a not-so-pleasant-yet-extremely warm place where Richard was going to end up.  

His seizures are still fewer than they were before using this medication.  He went a couple of days without any seizures and then has had one short one each day.  There haven’t been any cluster seizures for ten days and for that, I am extremely grateful.  Before this medication he was having cluster seizures several times a week.

As of yesterday, I thought he was getting used to the medication. He was alert, less irritable and back to his joking-around self. Today, he has slept most of the day (and that includes dozing while eating Easter Brunch) but that could be because he has become accustomed to sleeping until noon on the weekends or because the coughing at night is interrupting his sleep. 

The neurologist’s plan calls for increasing the dose after two weeks.  I’m not prepared to do that just yet.  I talked it over with Richard and we agree that keeping Robert on the same dose for another week is the best idea.  The seizures have decreased and the mobility and behavior issues might be turning a corner.  I don’t want to increase the dose just yet but I am not ready to give up on it either. 

I asked Robert (the worst self-reporter in the history of self-reporting) how he was feeling on the medication and no one will be surprised by his response:

“I feel excellent.” 

Going into Week 3, Robert feels excellent and I feel cautiously hopeful about the medication yet concerned about the continued cough and mobility issues. 

I will continue to use the seizure, vitals and behavior logs to logically determine if Robert should continue on this medication or if, perhaps, he has another bout of bronchitis or pneumonia working on him.

The logs make me feel a bit more in control of a very fluid and quite unpredictable situation, but hope lets me believe in the magic of excellent.

Bring on Week 3! 
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Three Arrested for Robbing Woman of her Groceries Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:32:03 +0000 SACRAMENTO-

A robbery in downtown Sacramento resulted in three arrests Saturday night.

The crime occurred on 7th Street between K Street and Merchant Street.

Three people threatened to harm a shopper exiting a store if she did not give them …

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Two Shot in Fairfield: One Dead, One Hurt Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:15:36 +0000 FAIRFIELD- Ken Rosenfeld Discusses Autopsy Controversy

Two people were shot in Fairfield on Saturday. Only one of the two survived.

At around 10:30 p.m. the NorthBay Medical Center called the Fairfield Police Department regarding two gunshot victims from the same shooting checked into the hospital.…

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Adults Caught Illegally Purchasing Alcohol for Minors Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:55:19 +0000 Sacramento County Proposing New Restrictions on Alcohol SalesFAIRFIELD-

Police officers in Fairfield conducted several sting operations outside of businesses with alcohol licenses to catch adults illegally purchasing alcohol for minors.

The businesses were located on North Texas Street and West Texas Street, just north of the western …

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Who’s The Boss Of Me–My Head or My Body? Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:30:01 +0000 0 Wet weather may add to U.S. 50 traffic challenges Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:59:23 +0000 0 Visiting Anna Zakaria’s whimsical succulent garden Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:56:00 +0000 whimsical

Google’s definition of the word “whimsical” applies perfectly to Anna Zakaria’s succulent creations. I had seen Anna’s work on her Facebook page and on her blog, 4 Surya Garden, and I had met her at Donna and Keith’s pottery workshop in January. Anna lives very close to the Ruth Bancroft Garden, and last Saturday, after the RBG spring plant sale, Anna had Candy “ Sweetstuff’s Sassy Succulents” Suter and me over to her house for lunch.


Candy Suter (left) and Anna Zakaria in her Anna’s backyard

The food and iced tea were fantastic, but I had a hard time sitting still at the patio table. All around me were containers large, small, and smaller; traditional, quirky, and downright fantastical. And most of them had succulents in them.

While many people surround themselves with potted succulents, Anna goes a big step further. Seriously, how many people do you know who have turned an old portable TV into a vertical succulent garden?


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Warm today, rain moving in late Monday Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:24:24 +0000 0420sto.jpg
April 20, 2014 - Warm temperatures under high pressure ridge this afternoon. A Pacific trough will approach the coast Monday bringing increasing clouds and a chance of rain and higher elevation snow Monday night and Tuesday. Another trough will bring unsettled conditions Friday and Saturday.


Temperatures are running 5 to 10 degrees warmer versus 24 hours at most valley locations. Have updated forecast to raise high temps a few degrees to match better with short term guidance. This gives high temperatures in the low to mid 80's for valley areas. Otherwise...dry conditions with generally light winds. A weak delta breeze will develop through the delta...but not move farther east than about Davis.

Previous Discussion

Weak high pressure building over the region today will produce light northerly winds and warmer temperatures. Highs today will be in the low to mid 80s in the central valley with 60s to lower 70s for the mountains.

On Monday a stronger shortwave will approach the interior and may be able to produce a few mountains showers for the afternoon over the far northern sections ahead of the front. At this time the system looks to start to move inland Monday night. Cooler air filtering into the region will cool valley temperatures back into the 70s.

The system will still be impacting the interior on Tuesday with showers and isolated thunderstorms expected over most of the interior. Snow levels will remain above pass level through Monday but lower Monday night and Tuesday below major pass levels in the Sierra Nevada. Not a lot of snow or precipitation is forecast at this time but several inches of snow near pass levels look possible. Temperatures will continue to cool on Tuesday which looks like the coldest day this week. Highs will be in the 60s for the central valley.

On Wednesday the system will have moved well to the northeast of the area to keep most areas dry. Zonal flow into the far northern part of the state may produce a few showers over the southern Cascades otherwise expect dry and warmer conditions to prevail.

Extended Discussion (Thursday through Sunday)

Mostly dry conditions on Thursday with above normal daytime highs. Could see a few lingering showers over the northern mountains, though. Valley highs in the mid to upper 70s with some isolated spots reaching 80. By Friday, NorCal will transition back to a cooler, wetter pattern as a cold front brings chances of precipitation over much of the area by afternoon. Additional storm waves will continue through the weekend, with continued wet periods and below normal temperatures. However, models are out of synch for the details over the weekend. The GFS & GEM show another wet storm impacting NorCal on Saturday but the ECMWF shows less precipitation for that system. Then on Sunday, the ECMWF shows a wetter storm wave moving into NorCal while the GFS & GEM trend towards a weak ridge over the region. Have generally kept a mention of precipitation through the weekend until details become more clear.
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Woman reunited with dog, TV snatched on 1st date Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:09:25 +0000 0 Watch Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen Play The Newlywed Game Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:05:00 +0000 0 Large Contingent of Precinct Walkers Target Pocket Area for Cooper Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000

April 20, 2014 |

In a primary election that has no controversial ballot initiatives and an expected low turnout, every vote is going to matter.

That was the message conveyed by Elk Grove City Council Member and California Assembly Ninth District candidate Jim Cooper to over 50 precinct walkers yesterday morning who met at Sacramento's Garcia Bend Park. Their goal of the day was to work the highest voter turnout precinct's in the home turf of Cooper's biggest opponent, Sacramento City Council Member Darrell Fong.

Democrats Cooper, Fong and Sacramento City Unified School District Trustee and two Republicans are vying to become the top two finishers in the June primary so they can advance to the November general election. Cooper and Fong are viewed by many political handicappers as the two most likely candidates to advance.

Among the roughly 50 volunteer precinct walkers were members of   Laborers Local 185 and Teamsters Local 150, according to Cooper's campaign manager Skyler Wonnacott. One of the many volunteers and organizers of the day's walk was Doyle Radford, Business Manager of Laborers Local 185.

"Jim Cooper has always supported the working class man and woman," Radford said. "Truth be told, I wish we had more trusted servants like him. We need more public servants like Jim."

Addressing the volunteers, Cooper stressed the importance of reaching out for every possible vote.

"This is a low-ballot turnout election, so you could win by just a hundred votes." he said.

After hearing instructions on which precincts were being targeted in what is the campaign's eighth consecutive weekend walk, Cooper thanked the volunteers, noting the value of the labor movement.

"All of us here, have what we have because of the labor movement," he added. "Everyone here knows how important labor is."


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The Kings-Sized Weekly Recap – End of the Year Edition Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:10:00 +0000 By Tony Xypteras Well, that’s it folks. The 2013-14 season is in the books. We’ve been doing it all year, so for one last time lets talk about how the Kings did this week.

This Week (1-3) (28-54 Overall)

This Kings finished their season with a 28-54 record, which happens to be an identical tie with last years record. There is obviously more to basketball than a team’s record, and a lot has changed from last season to now, but it is sort of funny to look back at how much time we’ve all spent on this team. Breaking down roster moves, draft picks, major trades, etc. And the Kings are in the same place record-wise that they were at the end of last season.

The Kings are clearly in a better position now then they were at the end of last season. They have a stable ownership group in place to go along with a stable coaching staff and a stable front office. The Kings made a lot of changes on the court, but the changes off the court were far more important.

Before I dive too deep into the draft and free agency, the one real takeaway from the basketball portion of this week was the career night for rookie shooting guard Ben McLemore. It couldn’t have come at a better time. For those that happened to miss the last game of the season where the Kings lost to the Phoenix Suns, McLemore exploded for a career-high 31 points on 9-20 shooting. He’s been progressing slowly over the past month and half, so having this one breakout game in the season finale could really help his confidence level going into the summer. He as a lot of work to do. I wouldn’t call this season a success for McLemore by any stretch, but I think he’s going to benefit from knowing exactly what he needs to get better at. The Kings have a lot invested in Ben. He was the new regime’s first draft pick. Their short-term reputation is sort of on the line here. He’s going to have really smart basketball people in his ear all offseason, so it’s going to be on Ben to put the work in.

I don’t think the Kings are going to wait for McLemore if he comes into next season struggling. They could afford to let him play through his struggles this season, because as they said before the season started, this year wasn’t about wins and losses. Next year will be. One name to keep an eye on is Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha who will be a free agent at the end of this season. Known for his defense, Sefolosha would make the perfect ‘Ben McLemore contingency plan’ if McLemore struggle’s again next year. Sefolosha’s defensive mind set, veteran status, and familiarity with a winning culture puts him in a small list of free agents that would fit what Pete D’Alessandro will be looking for this offseason.

I do think Ben bought himself some time with his late season improvements. At one point midway through the season I thought there was no way the Kings could go into next season with Ben penciled in at the starting shooting guard spot. Now, I think he’s shown JUST enough to justify that role going into next season, but I expect a much shorter leash.

DeMarcus Cousins missed the last game of the season because of a mandatory suspension for earning his 16th technical of the season in Monday nights game against the Timberwolves. I didn’t like the call, but it is what it is. Cousins deserves a ton of credit for the kind of season he’s had. If you can remember back to last offseason, there were a lot of question marks surrounding DeMarcus Cousins and a lot of smart NBA people disagreed with the max extension Cousins received from the Kings. Well, he’s certainly earned that max contract this season. He might have even played his way on to an All-NBA team. He’s made improvements all over the court. He made a real leap this season. If the Kings can improve upon this roster, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be an All-Star next year.


  • The Kings most notable free agents are point guard Isaiah Thomas, who will be a restricted free agent meaning the Kings will have the ability to match an offer Thomas receives, and Rudy Gay, who has the ability to opt out of his contract for next season and become an unrestricted free agent is he so chooses. Jarred Cunningham and Aaron Gray are also unrestricted free agents, and I wouldn’t expect to see either player on the Kings roster next season. 
  • The Kings ended the season with the 7th worst record in the NBA, slotting them with the 7th overall pick in this years NBA draft. They will have a 4.3 percent chance at landing the No. 1 overall pick at the May 20 lottery. 
  • Rudy Gay finished the year with a .482 field goal percentage since being traded to the Kings. If you could leave out his .388 field goal percentage he had with Toronto, this could have been the best shooting season of his career. Both numbers combined is .455, which is still Gay’s best field goal percent since the 2011-2012 season. Whatever he is doing differently here is working, and I can only hope he’s still a Sacramento King next season. 
  • Former Kings Marcus Thornton, John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson find themselves in the playoffs this year. I’m happy for all of them, but I’m especially rooting for one of the most entertaining Kings of the past few years, John Salm… just kidding, Marcus Thornton! Good luck in the playoffs, Bayou Bomber. 

Kings Player of the Week: Ben McLemore (3G / 21.3 PPG / .474 FG% / 3 REB / 2.3 AST / .67 BLK / .33 STL)

I already spent a fair amount of time talking about Ben McLemore’s week, but he deserves this honor as well. What’s maybe most impressive about his run this week was the 26 free throws he shot over this three game span. He was cutting hard, and going to rim hard, and the officials were rewarding him for it. His field goal percentage still wasn’t great, and that has been a real issue all season long, and it is something he’s going to need to improve on. It’s a bit odd because his shot selection isn’t really that bad, he’s just missing a lot of open jumpers. It’s something that can theoretically be fixed without a lot of effort, he just needs to improve his focus and keep his confidence up. You could see his confidence fluctuate all season long. I don’t know how you stabilize something like that, but it feels like something that can improve naturally with age and experience.

Thank You!

I just wanted to take a minute and thank anyone and everyone who took the time to read the 1,000+ words I scribbled on Bleed Black and Purple every week this season. I don’t know what form this will take in the offseason, but I’ll be here doing something.

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Analysis: City Analysis of Impact of Measure P Suggests it Not a Paper Tiger Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:07:04 +0000 0 Sunday Commentary: Asleep at the Switch, Yet Blaming Others Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:44:56 +0000 0 Sunday Commentary II: Listening to the Voters, Fifth Street, Budget Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:04:39 +0000 0 VIDEO: Creek Week Strives to Engage Community in Arcade Creek Clean-up Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:00:41 +0000 0 Marshmallow Sheep: Recipe Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:00:34 +0000 With the advent of Spring, Easter and Passover, I decided to create a herd of marshmallow sheep. These little guys are such a blast to create.  As it always does, it took a little bit to figure out the right materials and the best way to assemble each part.  So where did this inspiration come from? [...]

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No. 10 Cal women rout No. 5 Stanford Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:21:00 +0000 0 Local sheriffs: Problems remain with realignment Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:15:00 +0000 0 Easter egg hunts were on all over the area Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:05:00 +0000 0 Dog Mauled to Death by Pit Bull Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:19:42 +0000 A dog was mauled to death by a pit bull, and the pit bull’s owner refused to apologize to the dead dog’s owner. Rowena Shaddox reports on a dog that was mauled to death by a pit bull, and attempts …

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Community Gathers for Man Killed by Police Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:17:12 +0000 Doug Johnson reports on a community gathering in Lodi for answers to questions about a man who was killed by police.

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McVillage Community Meeting Information and Council Member Emails Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:47:55 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Roseville Home Heavily Damaged by Fire Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:14:46 +0000 ROSEVILLE-

Three people lost their home due to a massive house fire, according to the Roseville Fire Department.

The fire occurred on Crescendo Drive, east of Riverside Avenue.

When firefighters arrived there were flames coming from the garage toward two …

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Services And Memorials Planned For Tevye Ditter Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:01:00 +0000 0 Home’s roof collapses in Roseville fire Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:31:50 +0000 0 Beekeepers search for answers as colonies show up damaged after almond farm pollination Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:14:13 +0000
Bees pollinate almond trees blooming in the Modesto area in February. Tens of thousands of bee colonies died or showed damage this year after pollination.

Beekeepers want warnings added to pesticide labels about the chemicals’ possible effects on colonies during almond bloom.
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Happy Easter! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:13:13 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 UC Davis student brings family startup to town Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:23:31 +0000 0 Bike accidents: an Aggie tradition Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:15:26 +0000 0 City manager updates City Council on budget deficit Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:41:28 +0000 0 Venezuelan Government brings Protestors to State Capitol Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:15:05 +0000 California State Capitol No Stranger to Incidents Like that at Capitol HillSACRAMENTO-

Dozens of protestors stood at the state capitol Saturday to raise awareness for what they’re calling a violation of human rights in Venezuela.

Student protestors in Venezuela took to the streets on February 12th. They’ve been engaged in the …

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Capitola CA: Hot Cross Buns at Easter (Includes History Too) Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:01:00 +0000
I find that I need to add at least one more hour to my route when driving to Monterey from Silicon Valley.   Why?

I love to take a rest stop from driving for a late breakfast or early lunch at Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola.   Every year at Easter time, I buy these delicious Hot Cross Buns. Of course these Buns are not on my healthy regimen, I still love to pick up these goodies to take with me for the rest of my trip.  

Hot Cross Buns at Easter! 
I remember eating Hot Cross Buns every year since I was a little girl.   Who first created these and why? I found this fun article by Rachel Nuwer at the Smithsonian Magazinethat goes in depth about the history and mystique Hot Cross Buns offer. These revered Buns go back in history many centuries to Greece.   A twelfth century Monk is the one who added a mark on top of this sweet dough balls with raisins to resemble a cross (it wasn't icing as it is today).

Yes there are many superstitions about these Buns too.  As historical stories go, these Buns protect you from evil spirits, help you make lasting friendships, and they are too sacred to eat just any old day. 

I really can’t argue against any of the above superstitions because of what I have found from my prior trips. I always have good luck finding new friends and adventures. And, I have been safe on each trip.   –just saying   

Of course I recommend buying these Garlic Cheese Twists too.   They remind me of breads I find in Germany.  

Yum! Save me some Garlic Cheese Twists at Gayle's Bakery

What stories do you know about these Hot Cross Buns?

Happy Easter!   The Fun Tour Guru

Please note: Images above were taken with my iPhone.

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Local Rancher Helps Police Capture Two Escaped Inmates Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:38:30 +0000 IONE-

Two escaped inmates returned to jail, after nearby citizens and law enforcement agencies worked together to apprehend the escapees.

On Wednesday, Mule Creek State Prison bunkmates, Patrick Raines, 21,Jonny Maciel, 37, did not report to work. Correctional Officers discovered …

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Fake Party Posted on Instagram leads to Robbery, Shooting Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:28:15 +0000 police lightsROCKLIN-

One man was robbed and another was shot in the foot after they responded to a party invite on Instagram, according to Rocklin Police.

The crimes occurred on Abilene Circle, just north of Whitney High School.

Detectives were called …

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Hornets take series sweep against Portland State on senior day Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:10:00 +0000 0 Utah Valley’s Beddes throws complete game shutout against Sac State Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:58:00 +0000 0 Kale and Quinoa Salad Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:56:00 +0000 0 NEW INTERVIEW Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:55:00 +0000 0