sacramento connect http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:19:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Historic Tahoe ranch visited by Robin Williams, Jay Leno for sale for record $98 million http://j.mp/18seoty http://j.mp/18seoty#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:19:16 +0000 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/?p=17851 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/fwablog/historic-tahoe-ranch-visited-by-robin-williams-jay-leno-for-sale-for-record-98-million/feed/ 0 Silent Movie Night http://j.mp/1EOkmiN http://j.mp/1EOkmiN#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:58:02 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=f3df55348be949c34fec5971ff13a717 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/2015/01/27/silent-movie-night/feed/ 0 Rochers http://j.mp/18sboxa http://j.mp/18sboxa#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:52:05 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=c12fb83f691a43de3032c9632607fb75 http://www.vegetarianized.com/2015/01/rochers/feed/ 0 Whiteside making the Kings pay http://j.mp/18s6fFj http://j.mp/18s6fFj#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:35:50 +0000 http://kingsscoop.com/?p=4900 http://kingsscoop.com/2015/01/whiteside-making-the-kings-pay/feed/atom/ 0 Nevada Union High’s prestigious dance program presents “Poetry in Motion” February 5-7 http://j.mp/18sadxK http://j.mp/18sadxK#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:13:40 +0000 http://sierrafoothillsreport.com/?p=70658 Continue reading ]]> http://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2015/01/27/nevada-union-highs-prestigious-dance-program-presents-poetry-in-motion-february-5-7/feed/ 0 Nevada Union High’s prestigious dance program presents “Poetry in Motion” February 5-7 http://j.mp/1CwSpwt http://j.mp/1CwSpwt#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:05:39 +0000 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/?p=17838 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/fwablog/nevada-union-highs-prestigious-dance-program-presents-poetry-in-motion-february-5-7/feed/ 0 Weekend Top 10: January 31st – February 1st http://j.mp/1Df2xZ5 http://j.mp/1Df2xZ5#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:15:40 +0000 http://sacramentosidetracks.com/?p=29026 http://sacramentosidetracks.com/?feed=rss2&p=29026 0 Nevada County’s first creamery store to open in late spring http://j.mp/15QS6Rb http://j.mp/15QS6Rb#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:58:31 +0000 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/?p=17819 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/food/nevada-countys-first-creamery-store-to-open-in-late-spring/feed/ 0 Food meets wine: Tess’ Chef’s Table and Solune Winegrowers http://j.mp/15QS9MX http://j.mp/15QS9MX#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:40:55 +0000 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/?p=17809 http://www.sierraculture.com/foodwineart/food/food-meets-wine-tess-chefs-table-and-solune-winegrowers/feed/ 0 Agreement Relocates Proposed Development to Outside Tahoe Basin http://j.mp/1Df2tZj http://j.mp/1Df2tZj#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:32:50 +0000 http://yubanet.com/regional/Agreement-Relocates-Proposed-Development-to-Outside-Tahoe-Basin.php
The Martis Valley West Project will retain the proposed protection of 6,376 acres of land in the Martis Valley (the east parcel) into permanent conservation. The east parcel development rights to 760 residential units, 6.6 acres of commercial, and the associated amenities will still be transferred to the west parcel and 600 units will be retired from development. The project’s boundaries will be adjusted to remove the Tahoe Basin land.

Project discussions were facilitated by county supervisors Jennifer Montgomery and Jack Duran. They brought together the Martis Valley West Project applicant (Sierra Pacific Industries and Mountainside Partners--formerly East West Partners) and the conservation community (Mountain Area Preservation, Sierra Watch, the Sierra Club, and the League to Save Lake Tahoe). From these discussions, and from the concerns expressed by both the public and Supervisor Montgomery, the applicant has agreed to modify the project.

“As the locally elected Placer County representative, I am very pleased to present a compromise that creates a win-win-win outcome for all involved,” said Supervisor Montgomery who represents the county’s portion of Lake Tahoe. “The conservation community benefits by protecting 6,376 acres of undeveloped land. The Basin wins through everyone’s adherence to its regional plan update. And the project proponents win by creating a development proposal consistent with planning and zoning in and out of the Basin.”

Because the Basin land will be separated from the rest of the project, approvals will not require Tahoe Regional Planning Agency action. Additionally, the applicant will work with the Agency to more accurately define the boundary line for the Tahoe Basin. If necessary, a boundary line adjustment will be done to ensure the project is a separate legal parcel from any land within the Tahoe Basin. The applicant will then work with the county to adjust existing legal parcels and Assessor Parcel Numbers to match the Agency boundary lines.

The applicants may still pursue county and Agency approvals for Basin land uses that are currently allowed under the Regional Plan Update. However, any future Basin project will be a standalone project and not subject to an agreement between the applicant and its conservation partners. This existing agreement spells out density transfer, development reduction and conservation components in the Martis Valley.

The proposed preservation of the 6,376 acres will connect more than 50,000 acres of contiguous open space in the Martis Valley.]]>
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Plumas County Fire Safe Council and Plumas National Forest plan on teaming up for Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration http://j.mp/1Df2ug7 http://j.mp/1Df2ug7#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:27:31 +0000 http://yubanet.com/regional/Plumas-County-Fire-Safe-Council-and-Plumas-National-Forest-plan-on-teaming-up-for-Collaborative-Forest-Landscape-Restoration.php
In partnership with the Plumas National Forest, the PCFSC is taking on a new role to initiate a collaborative group designed to increase public engagement in national forest restoration. Please come join your neighbors and community in the first of our public meetings to initiate a collective dialog on the management of our forests and the future of Plumas County. Meetings start in February in the communities of Quincy on February 11th at the library, Portola on February 18th at the library, Indian Valley on February 25th at the Town Hall, and in Chester on March 4th at the Memorial Hall. All meetings are from 6-8:00 PM.

This is a new, grass roots effort undertaken in collaboration with the Plumas National Forest. We invite motivated individuals and groups to participate and make a difference in national forest restoration in Plumas County. We are looking for people to help shape this effort and to establish a solid, locally influenced foundation for the long term management decisions that will take place on both public and on participating private lands here in Plumas County. People of all backgrounds and levels of knowledge are invited to come share ideas, insight, and provide local knowledge of the land. Evolution of this forest restoration plan, and the state of our public land in Plumas County depends on your input.

The platform for our effort is the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act (CFLRA), which can provide federal funding for forest management on public lands. The CFLRA specifies diverse involvement with public input from the very beginning, the final product being a plan that is widely supported, meets the needs of the forest and its users. With a locally conceived and approved plan, an application to the CFLRA program can be made. The CFLRA program and other initiatives are necessary to protect communities from wildfire and increase the pace and scale of fuels reduction and landscape restoration in Plumas County. With the help of people who have a common vision and perseverance, we could benefit our forests for generations while taking charge of economic opportunities that we create through this plan.

Visit our website, www.plumascollaborative.wordpress.com to find information on the CFLR process and to get a better sense of how this process can influence the future of our county.

Funding for this project is provided in part by decision of the Plumas National Forest following a recommendation of the Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee , of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act Title II Program.

All meeting facilities include accessibility features. If you require additional assistance to participate in a meeting then please contact the Plumas County Fire Safe Council at 530-283-0829 at least 7 days prior to the meeting.]]>
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Joe Ransom "White Whale" Interview http://j.mp/1v0IRZU http://j.mp/1v0IRZU#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:25:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=76eb4f795f58cfbeb0d5c25959377d22 http://marcvaldez.blogspot.com/feeds/6608111983540189690/comments/default 0 Local Toastmaster Club to Host Open House With Elk Grove Council Member Darren Suen http://j.mp/1v0EsX2 http://j.mp/1v0EsX2#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=ff73c630320039a3061a17daf3e9053c January 27, 2015 |

The Elk Grove-based Bits-and-Speeches Toastmasters will be holding an open house featuring  a presentation by Elk Grove City council Member Darren Suen. The recently appointed District 1 representative will discuss the state of the city and the importance of communication skills for today’s professional.

Darren Suen. 
After hearing from Suen, members and guests are invited to stay for the Toastmasters meeting that will include prepared speeches, Table Topics™ (brief impromptu speeches) and evaluations.
The meeting will be held this Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 at Monterrey  TrailHigh School, 8661 Power Inn Rd , Elk Grove , Calif. The event is open to the public.  For more information, email Hardeep Harrian athardeepharrian@gmail.comor visit their website

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December’s Unemployment Rate Is Placer County’s Lowest Since 2007 http://j.mp/1Df2uwC http://j.mp/1Df2uwC#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:40:33 +0000 http://yubanet.com/regional/December-s-Unemployment-Rate-Is-Placer-County-s-Lowest-Since-2007.php
The California Employment Development Department reported that Placer County had 9,400 unemployed workers out of a total civilian workforce of 178,700 people last month. Its seasonally unadjusted 5.2 percent jobless rate was down from the 5.9 percent posted for November and from the 6.5 percent recorded for December a year earlier.

Last month’s 5.2 percent matches the mark Placer County recorded in December 2007 and is slightly higher than the 4.9 percent recorded in November 2007.

In December, Placer County’s jobless rate was the 12th lowest among California’s 58 counties. It was below the 6.7 percent rate for the state as a whole and the 6.2 percent for the four-county Sacramento region.

“This is welcome news for Placer County,” Chairman Kirk Uhler of the Placer County Board of Supervisors said. “We weathered the recession better than most counties and our economy began regaining momentum sooner. The economic rebound means more job seekers are finding work and county government is able to make more progress on long-term goals as our budget picture slowly improves.”

He noted that Placer County’s job-growth rate has received nationwide attention over the last few years. Its 5.0 rate for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2013 earned it a tie for sixth among the nation’s 334 largest counties in a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Placer County has the highest growth rate among 26 counties in California with populations large enough to be included in the report.

County Economic Development Director David C. Snyder reported that nursing, health services, computer systems, software support and retail make up the lion’s share of newly filled jobs in Placer County. The professional and business service sectors also are doing well.

Snyder noted that retail, office and industrial vacancy rates are declining in Placer County and new construction of homes, apartments, stores and industrial facilities are under way.

“Business prospects for 2015 are upbeat,” he said. “Consumer and small-business confidence have improved across the board.”

A recent example of the county’s emphasis on long-term budget goals was the board’s Jan. 6 decision to approve a plan to fully fund Placer County’s unfunded liabilities for retiree benefits other than pensions – a category that includes medical, dental and vision benefits. Collectively, they are known as other post-employment benefits, or OPEB for short.

OPEB obligations, which include both the prospective and future costs associated with applicable benefits, have historically been funded by governments on an annual pay-as-you-go basis. Local governments are now required to recognize the value of outstanding liabilities in their annual financial statements demonstrating future fiscal obligations.

“The path we are on now will ensure OPEB benefits are fully funded within 15 years,” explained Andy Heath, Deputy County Executive Officer of Finance, Administration and Budget. “Placer County already has reduced its unfunded OPEB liability by almost 40 percent since 2009. Achieving full funding will allow the County to stop playing catch-up while freeing up operating funds for other priorities; and, more importantly, it will guarantee our employees that the County will be able to honor our long-term commitments to them. There are a lot of counties that can’t say that right now.”

The California Employment Development Department reported that the Sacramento region’s civilian workforce grew by 18,000 jobs, or 2.0 percent, during the 12-month period that ended in December 2014. The region is comprised of Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo counties.

The professional and business services sector led the way, continuing its robust growth by adding 5,900 jobs. Educational and health services grew by 4,400 jobs and the government sector increased by 2,600. Two industries experienced declines: leisure and hospitality lost 2,600 jobs and the information sector dipped by 500.]]>
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"American Sniper" http://j.mp/1v0IUou http://j.mp/1v0IUou#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:38:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=ac175e219f237eb1d389af89b66cdbfa http://marcvaldez.blogspot.com/feeds/2616127314033376827/comments/default 0 When Life Gives You Oranges http://j.mp/1v0zYzE http://j.mp/1v0zYzE#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:36:00 +0000 http://sacfoodies.com/?p=18208 http://sacfoodies.com/2015/01/when-life-gives-you-oranges/feed/ 0 Joe The Plumber Weekend (Jan. 23-26) http://j.mp/1v0IUoF http://j.mp/1v0IUoF#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:34:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=4368b00ed76b1c11f07ec79fb016b677 http://marcvaldez.blogspot.com/feeds/2599061727528072416/comments/default 0 Tomorrow at 5pm My Sister’s House and Sacramento Blood Source http://j.mp/1EOkm2l http://j.mp/1EOkm2l#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:11:48 +0000 http://accesslocal.tv/?p=22890 http://accesslocal.tv/2015/01/27/tomorrow-at-5pm-my-sisters-house-and-sacramento-blood-source/feed/ 0 ‘The Interview’ is more of the same for Rogen and Franco http://j.mp/1v0uZik http://j.mp/1v0uZik#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:01:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=97489798402d77d760dd702c10c93b2f http://www.gloverposting.com/feeds/6227870808017179782/comments/default 0 Bump on CIRM 2.0 Speedway: California’s Missing Stem Cell Loan Rules http://j.mp/1v0nKXP http://j.mp/1v0nKXP#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:56:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=7a36013e58cab0fa81ebeaece36db9cf When the applications come in this Friday for the California stem cell agency’s new, $50 million stem cell research round, business applicants will not be seeing a substantial portion of key financial rules for the awards.  

Missing will be the terms of loans that the agency expects to offer to for-profit enterprises. Loans -- rather than grants -- have been the favored method of businesses for receiving awards. The reason is that the agency’s loans have been forgivable if the research does not generate an appropriate amount of cash for the company. Grants, on the other hand, carry requirements for royalty payments. (None have been generated.)

Under the terms of the fast-track,  CIRM 2.0 applications, businesses will have the choice of grants or loans. New grant terms are expected to be approved at Thursday’s meeting of the governing board of the $3 billion agency, one day before the deadline for applications for the first round of CIRM 2.0.

Action on new loan rules was originally scheduled for this week but postponed a few days ago after the agenda was posted Jan. 17. The specific reasons are not entirely clear.  The California Stem Cell Report yesterday asked about the delay and for a copy of the latest loan proposal. Kevin McCormack, senior director for communications, replied, 
“We are in the process of revising the (loan policy) and nAeeded additional time to ensure alignment with CIRM 2.0 and the other policy changes so we postponed the meeting.  It will be rescheduled before the March board meeting.

 

“And as we are still working on the loan policy it would be premature to share that with you right now, it's still a work in progress.”  
Given that businesses have amounted to a tiny percentage of awards in the past, the delay in the loan rules question may not be significant. But this round is aimed at clinical stage projects, which are more likely to involve businesses and could generate more applications from the private sector.

Some time is available to adopt new rules before CIRM board action on the awards, possibly during an April 23 telephonic meeting. But one of the main points of CIRM 2.0 is to put cash in the hands of recipients significantly faster than in the past. This is especially important for stem cell companies, which are always pretty much cash starved.

Delays in any portion of the aggressive timetable for CIRM 2.0 could mean delays in handing out money.

It is not surprising that some difficulties have arisen in the new award procedures. Randy Mills, CEO of the stem cell agency, last week told an Internet audience of about 200 there would be “some bumps.” He said,
“This is going to be one wild ride.”  
To help smooth it out for both the agency and applicants, it would behoove the agency to post the proposed loan terms in a timely fashion. That means that they should be available to the public when a meeting agenda involving the rules – be it for a subcommittee or full board meeting -- is posted on the CIRM Web site. That is normally 10 calendar days ahead of the session.  The agency, which is costing taxpayers $6 billion including interest, doesn’t need any more mysteries.
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Bump on CIRM 2.0 Speedway: California’s Missing Stem Cell Loan Rules http://j.mp/1v0nN5X http://j.mp/1v0nN5X#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:56:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=7a36013e58cab0fa81ebeaece36db9cf When the applications come in this Friday for the California stem cell agency’s new, $50 million stem cell research round, business applicants will not be seeing a substantial portion of key financial rules for the awards.  

Missing will be the terms of loans that the agency expects to offer to for-profit enterprises. Loans -- rather than grants -- have been the favored method of businesses for receiving awards. The reason is that the agency’s loans have been forgivable if the research does not generate an appropriate amount of cash for the company. Grants, on the other hand, carry requirements for royalty payments. (None have been generated.)

Under the terms of the fast-track,  CIRM 2.0 applications, businesses will have the choice of grants or loans. New grant terms are expected to be approved at Thursday’s meeting of the governing board of the $3 billion agency, one day before the deadline for applications for the first round of CIRM 2.0.

Action on new loan rules was originally scheduled for this week but postponed a few days ago after the agenda was posted Jan. 17. The specific reasons are not entirely clear.  The California Stem Cell Report yesterday asked about the delay and for a copy of the latest loan proposal. Kevin McCormack, senior director for communications, replied, 
“We are in the process of revising the (loan policy) and nAeeded additional time to ensure alignment with CIRM 2.0 and the other policy changes so we postponed the meeting.  It will be rescheduled before the March board meeting.

 

“And as we are still working on the loan policy it would be premature to share that with you right now, it's still a work in progress.”  
Given that businesses have amounted to a tiny percentage of awards in the past, the delay in the loan rules question may not be significant. But this round is aimed at clinical stage projects, which are more likely to involve businesses and could generate more applications from the private sector.

Some time is available to adopt new rules before CIRM board action on the awards, possibly during an April 23 telephonic meeting. But one of the main points of CIRM 2.0 is to put cash in the hands of recipients significantly faster than in the past. This is especially important for stem cell companies, which are always pretty much cash starved.

Delays in any portion of the aggressive timetable for CIRM 2.0 could mean delays in handing out money.

It is not surprising that some difficulties have arisen in the new award procedures. Randy Mills, CEO of the stem cell agency, last week told an Internet audience of about 200 there would be “some bumps.” He said,
“This is going to be one wild ride.”  
To help smooth it out for both the agency and applicants, it would behoove the agency to post the proposed loan terms in a timely fashion. That means that they should be available to the public when a meeting agenda involving the rules – be it for a subcommittee or full board meeting -- is posted on the CIRM Web site. That is normally 10 calendar days ahead of the session.  The agency, which is costing taxpayers $6 billion including interest, doesn’t need any more mysteries.
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A Compendium Of Recent Dreams http://j.mp/1D5Tnhd http://j.mp/1D5Tnhd#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:34:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=5a011f58852567ce19b75ce9c85c6b7e http://marcvaldez.blogspot.com/feeds/8862798949087081718/comments/default 0 "I’m On The Board" http://j.mp/1D5TnOg http://j.mp/1D5TnOg#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:30:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=c80d98a199ce9120057b1a12e7a2383e http://marcvaldez.blogspot.com/feeds/3642745876185011261/comments/default 0 Tom McClintock Says Stupid Things About The Minimum Wage http://j.mp/1D5To4L http://j.mp/1D5To4L#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:23:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=64013508f49919b0897112274902453b What the GOP wants is no minimum wage at all, but if people insist on one they should at least be grateful for what they have now and not seek more. McClintock isn't as obnoxious as Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, who advises the swarthy rabble to be grateful for the current minimum wage. She condescendingly tells of being happy as a teenager making $2.15 an hour. (I would have been happy too: minimum wage in 1970 was $1.60 an hour.)

Stupid McClintock:
Only [raise the minimum wage] if you want to rip the first rung in the ladder of opportunity for teenagers, for minorities, for people who are trying to get into the job market for their first job.

The minimum wage doesn't support a family. We all know that. It’s not supposed to support a family. The minimum wage is that first job when you have no skills, no experience, no working history. That’s how you get into the job market, that’s how you develop that experience, develop that work record, get your first raise, then your next raise, then your promotion. That's the first rung of opportunity.

If your labor as an unskilled person just entering the workforce is worth say $7 an hour at a job and the minimum wage is $10, you have just been made permanently unemployable. That first rung of the economic ladder has been ripped out and you can’t get on it. That is a tragedy.
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Thompson Seedless Grape http://j.mp/1v0zXLY http://j.mp/1v0zXLY#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:20:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=7a37520f53a5bdab337c7d54212a31ad Credit goes to an Englishman for an idea that kept Americans from spitting out grape seeds, choking on said seeds, or having trouble digesting them.  That idea is summarized on a historical marker on State Route 20, ten miles west of Yuba City, California.
                            

Thompson's single grape grew into an agricultural money-maker.  It is the most widely planted table grape grown in California, according to the Viticultural Information web page of the University of California, Davis. That site also tells us that “There are over 10,000 hectares [24,000 acres] of Thompson Seedless grown for table grapes in California.”  

It is a well-traveled grape.  To the Englishman Thompson it was a Lady de Coverly Grape.  Around the world it is called the Oval Kishmish (Eastern Mediterranean), Ak-Kishmish (Russia), Sultana (S. Africa and Australia), and Chekirdeksiz (Turkey).

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People From New Mexico Get So Melodramatic! http://j.mp/1D5Tr0k http://j.mp/1D5Tr0k#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:13:00 +0000 http://sacramentoconnect.sacbee.com/?guid=9fa977d931361dff10251d3dc4fdba53 they don't have time for anything else:
A recent trip by three Albuquerque strippers to the Pink Slipper Gentleman’s Club in Artesia ended in a kidnapping, police say.

Two of them – a mother-daughter stripping team – kidnapped the third stripper and kept her blindfolded in a closet for a night this week over a $1,700 alleged debt incurred during the trip, according to the Albuquerque Police Department.

...The mother-daughter pair then started hitting the victim, and Alida Alvillar told her they would kill her and her entire family using Alida Alvillar’s “cartel connection” if she didn’t give them the money, according to the complaint.
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Radio Free Rio Linda #1: Incorporation Q&A Meeting http://j.mp/1v0doaq http://j.mp/1v0doaq#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:56:12 +0000 http://www.riolindaonline.com/?p=4174 http://www.riolindaonline.com/radio-free-rio-linda-1-incorporation-qa-meeting/feed/ 0 Attorney General Harris Asked to Review Signature-Gathering Deception by Plastic Bag Manufacturer-Funded Referendum Campaign http://j.mp/1v0v8lO http://j.mp/1v0v8lO#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:53:44 +0000 http://yubanet.com/california/Attorney-General-Harris-Asked-to-Review-Signature-Gathering-Deception-by-Plastic-Bag-Manufacturer-Funded-Referendum-Campaign.php
“In order to avoid any conflicts of interest in light of the serious violations you allege, it is more appropriate for the Attorney General’s office to review the complaint to make a determination about what further actions are appropriate, if any,” wrote Deputy Secretary of State Kimberly Gauthier.

California vs. Big Plastic, the campaign committee supporting the bag ban, originally filed a complaint with California Secretary of State Debra Bowen in December calling for an investigation of the signature gathering by the law's opponents, citing numerous examples of deceptive signature gathering. The group refilled the complaint today with the Attorney General.

"To ensure the integrity of the state referendum process is not tarnished by criminal behavior, we request an immediate investigation into these disturbing reports of voter fraud during circulation of the 'Referendum to Overturn Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags' petition," wrote attorney Lance Olson of California vs. Big Plastic, the group supporting the law and opposing the referendum.

California law makes it a crime for the proponents of a referendum, and those whom they hire to circulate a referendum, to engage in certain improper signature-gathering tactics. The law's supporters submitted dozens of examples from across the state where petition gatherers misrepresented the petition they were urging voters to sign. In several cases, voters were urged to sign petitions to "save" the ban. But, in fact, the referendum would overturn the ban.

"We received dozens of complaints about deception," said Mark Murray of Californians Against Waste. "It's clear that the paid signature gatherers did and said anything to mislead voters into signing these petitions."

Signature gatherers were being paid upwards of $3 per signature by Roseville, Calif.-based National Petition Management, which was contracted by the American Progressive Bag Alliance, the plastic bag industry's committee bankrolling the referendum attempt. More than $3 million has been raised so far by the industry for the referendum. According to the Secretary of State, 98 percent of those contributions are from outside of California.

The industry submitted its petitions in late December. Counties are now undertaking the verification process, which is expected to be completed by the end of February.]]>
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For an as yet undetermined reason, Center’s bicycle overturned and he was ejected onto the ground. He appears to have sustained significant internal injuries to his head/neck during the collision. A semi-truck was driving the same direction as Center at the time, and the driver witnessed the incident in a rear-view mirror. The driver then stopped to render aid.

Fire department personnel were dispatched to the scene along with deputy sheriffs from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department. CHP personnel were then notified of the incident and responded to the scene (the CHP investigates bicycle collisions in the same manner as motor vehicle collisions).

An air ambulance helicopter was requested due to the severity of Center’s injuries. However, due to poor weather conditions (fog) restricting landings at the regional trauma hospitals, he was instead transported by ground ambulance to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville, CA.

The CHP is handling the collision investigation. Several witnesses have been interviewed about this incident, and the investigation is ongoing. The CHP is analyzing evidence to determine whether any contact was made with other vehicles, including the semi-truck, in conjunction with this collision.

Editor's note:Per CHP, this incident occurred on Friday, but a release was not made at the time due to limited information during the early stages of the investigation. The bicyclist is reportedly still in the hospital in serious condition.]]>
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Converting grass to drought resistant landscaping http://j.mp/1ysH5eK http://j.mp/1ysH5eK#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:05:19 +0000 http://placercountyonline.com/?p=5065 Approximately 2 acres of nonfunctional turf at Crestmont Park, Roseville Electric Utility and the Roseville Corporation Yard is scheduled to be replaced with drought resistant landscape saving 6.9 million gallons of water annually. Areas that are primarily aesthetic and not used for passive or active recreation such as sports games, picnics or playing catch are considered nonfunctional […]

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