sacramento connect sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Thu, 05 May 2016 05:45:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 McDonald, Manasse seeded sixth in NCAA singles Thu, 05 May 2016 05:45:00 +0000 0 McDonald, Manasse seeded sixth in NCAA singles Thu, 05 May 2016 05:45:00 +0000 0 The BEST Crumb Apple Pie Thu, 05 May 2016 01:10:00 +0000 This is the THIRD time I’ve posted this pie. I’m betting none of you have ever seen the other two so…third time’s the charm, I guess. Let me introduce you to the pie that started this blog, literally: Dorothy’s Famous Crumb Apple Pie. PIN IT NOW to save for later! I can say it’s famous, […]

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VIDEO: UC’s Step Up And Address Student Mental Health Thu, 05 May 2016 00:01:43 +0000 0 Youth-Led Agriculture Tour Bus Event Coming Up Wed, 04 May 2016 23:37:55 +0000 0 First anti-Trump ad lets his own party do all the talking Wed, 04 May 2016 23:26:18 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Signatures Submitted for Marijuana Legalization Initiative in California Wed, 04 May 2016 23:10:47 +0000 0 Ahead of Mother’s Day, New Music Video from Elena & Los Fulanos Highlights the Struggle of Families Separated by Broken Immigration System Wed, 04 May 2016 23:08:54 +0000
Today, Rosario joined the lead singer of Elena & Los Fulanos, Elena Lacayo, Andrea Cristina Mercado of We Belong Together, and Lynn Tramonte of America's Voice Education Fund on a press call and webinar to release the music video and discuss the stories of immigrant mothers in the United States.

Said Elena Lacayo, of Elena & Los Fulanos, “The story of ‘Amor Migrante’ is really about the irony of having to leave your kids, for their own sake. I envisioned the song highlighting the realities of every day existence for immigrants in our country. We see immigrants every day, working in kitchens, hotels, but we don’t know what they have left behind and that is what I wanted to convey in this video. Rosario is such an incredible testament to the immigrant story in our country and I am excited to be able to show the human face of the abstract policies that we forget have a profound impact on people’s lives.”

Added Rosario Reyes, who was featured in the video, “This struggle has become the focus of my life and I know it’s not just my struggle, but it’s the struggle that so many of us face. I had to leave my son behind in El Salvador to give him a better future, to give him what I thought was the American Dream. All day long I take care of other people’s children. I teach them to sing, to read, and I give them all of the love that I haven’t been able to give to my son for over a decade. The only thing I have left is the courage to keep going. Now that the Supreme Court is deciding on DAPA, I am still waiting. This struggle isn’t over. I’m fighting for my dream—the dream is that my brothers and sisters are able to get relief with DAPA, but it doesn’t end there. I dream of being able to hug my son again, but I also dream for reform that will reunite our family in this country.”

Andrea Cristina Mercado Co-Chair of We Belong Together said, “We’re fighting for DAPA to be upheld in the Supreme Court so women like Rosario don’t have the constant fear of being separated from their children. The immigrant rights movement needs to continue to fight for dignity and respect for all migrants and refugees. As we celebrate Mother’s Day, many people in the U.S. don’t realize that many mothers will be spending the holidays separated from their children or behind bars in detention centers. There are countless mothers who have risked everything to come to the U.S. and keep their children safe. Mothers come to our borders fleeing violence and requesting asylum, yet they are spending this Mother’s Day locked up. At this time when anti-immigrant hate is spreading, we need to stop and think about how the policies of our country fail to reflect our values regarding family and human dignity.”

Added Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director, America's Voice Education Fund, "Let's keep sharing these stories and working to reunite these families, so that Mother's Day can be a better holiday for them next year."]]> 0
Going A Little Fruity for Mother’s Day Wed, 04 May 2016 22:54:00 +0000 0 Nevada County Contractors’ Association PAC endorses Duane Strawser for District 1 Supervisor Wed, 04 May 2016 22:49:42 +0000
The Nevada County Contractors’ Association Political Action Committee, an esteemed political advocacy arm of the Nevada County Contractors’ Association has interviewed both candidates for District One Supervisor. The goal of the NCCA-PAC is to support candidates who we feel have the best understanding of priorities facing small businesses, the community, and our members.“It was very clear to us after interviewing both candidates, that Duane has the best credentials to represent the people of District One.” said Keoni Allen, Chair of the NCCA-PAC.

“Duane has great recent experience representing Nevada City as councilman and mayor. He clearly understands the challenges faced by our small towns and county government.”

Even more importantly, Duane has successfully owned and operated a small business in District One for many years.

“Duane clearly understands the issues and challenges of small business in Nevada County. We need leaders who know how to create and nurture jobs. We desperately need jobs and policies that will help jobs to be created. Duane has proven he can do this. We are excited he has committed to serve, and we are looking forward to the positive impacts he will have on our local government. We are certain that he will do an excellent job as Supervisor for District One."]]> 0
Bail increased to $125,000 in alleged DUI accident resulting in injury to a CHP officer Wed, 04 May 2016 21:57:58 +0000 0 Why My 2nd Mother’s Day Sucked Wed, 04 May 2016 21:19:51 +0000 0 Dreamy Cream Cheese Squares Wed, 04 May 2016 21:06:03 +0000 Hybrid Rasta Mama

Living with food allergies can make it a bit tough when all your friends and family are able to indulge in any food they wish without obvious repercussions. Potlucks can be a tricky in that you want to make something everyone can eat but that won’t cause looks of disdain once the ingredient list is […]

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Tesla ramps up production expectations while Reno-area Gigafactory is on track Wed, 04 May 2016 20:32:40 +0000 0 Builders Showcase // Rustic Outdoor Table with Built In Drink Cooler Wed, 04 May 2016 19:49:40 +0000
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Rustic Outdoor Table with Built In Drink Cooler via @thedesconf

We temporarily had a plastic fold-up table with fold-up benches and wanted something more permanent where guests can sit and eat/drink/relax. This table with the built-in drink cooler/trough is perfect and has enough weight where the wind can't blow it around. Since I've never built anything like this before, especially with pocket screws, it took me a lot longer than expected (easily 2 full weekends). But the end product is worth it and we can't wait to start using it! I already built one of the Francine dining benches that needs to be stained next weekend.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Rustic Outdoor Table with Built In Drink Cooler via @thedesconf
Estimated Cost 


Length of Time 

2 weekends


My measurement was off by 1/2" on the short cross legs but everyone who's seen my mistake say it's a design flaw that looks good. I didn't have any spare wood to cut new lugs so I made them work.

Lumber Used 

Treated pine

Finishing Technique 

Used Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Sunbleached color and applied two coats of Varathane Clear Matte Soft Touch Polyurethane to help protect it.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Rustic Outdoor Table with Built In Drink Cooler via @thedesconf
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Rustic Outdoor Table with Built In Drink Cooler via @thedesconf
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Rustic Outdoor Table with Built In Drink Cooler via @thedesconf
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Save Mart Supermarkets Offers Lowest Price Tickets for Northern California NASCAR Fans Wed, 04 May 2016 19:26:22 +0000 0 38.29015 -122.460114 38.897949 -120.028412 Natomas North Master Plan Moves Forward with Environmental Impact Report Wed, 04 May 2016 19:14:28 +0000 0 2.94185 101.663048 Planet Nine: A world that shouldn’t exist Wed, 04 May 2016 18:25:21 +0000 0 Investigation of Possible Bomb Threat Being Conducted at El Dorado County Courthouse For South Lake Tahoe Wed, 04 May 2016 17:37:35 +0000 PR.jpg
May 4, 2016 - At approximately 6:35am this morning, an El Dorado County Groundskeeper working at the El Dorado County Courthouse located at 1354 Johnson Blvd. noticed a suspicious device in front of the courthouse.

South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded and contacted Tahoe Douglas Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit to assist in the safe assessment and removal of the device. Tahoe Douglas is currently in the process of deploying the robot which is used in such events. Law enforcement, detectives and officials are following up on a variety of leads.

South Lake Tahoe Middle School is far enough away to not be directly affected; however, they have taken the protective measure of cordoning off the fields outside of the school.

Assisting agencies include; South Lake Tahoe Police Department, Tahoe Douglas Explosive Unit, California Highway Patrol, El Dorado County Sherriff’s Department, Douglas County Sherriff’s Department, FBI and South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue.

Additional updates will be provided as details develop.
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Californian sudden oak death epidemic ‘unstoppable,’ new epidemics must be managed earlier Wed, 04 May 2016 16:38:01 +0000 0 How to make cut flowers last longer (video) Wed, 04 May 2016 16:30:17 +0000
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Lyme disease: a ticking time bomb Wed, 04 May 2016 16:21:51 +0000 Borrelia burgdorferi, would have to lie near the top. These bacteria cause Lyme disease, which was first recognised in the US in the early 1970s among patients in Lyme, Connecticut. However, the oldest known case was the Tyrolean Iceman, a 5,300-year-old Copper-age mummified individual, discovered in the Italian Alps.

Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing vector-borne diseases in the Western world – the threat it poses has become increasingly apparent in recent years. Estimates suggest that more than 300,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year in the US and more than 65,000 cases a year are diagnosed in Europe. However, the true number of people affected is probably underestimated due to under-reporting and the limitations of current diagnostic tests.

Borrelia burgdorferi is a spirochete (corkscrew-shaped bacterium) that consists of more than 20 sub-species, five of which can cause disease in humans. Borrelia can flourish inside the tick, where they migrate from the gut to the saliva glands. In this way, they can penetrate human skin when a tick takes a blood meal and disseminate via the blood to multiple tissues. To survive and establish infection, Borreliamutates in a number of ways to become invisible to the host’s immune system.

Borrelia burgdorferi.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Image Library

The main vector for transmitting the bacteria in Europe is the deer tick, Ixodes ricinus, but other Ixodes species act as vectors in the US and in Asia. Humans can become infected after being bitten by an infected tick. However, as Ixodes ticks can also transmit other pathogenic bacteria and viruses, it can be hard to diagnose Lyme disease among the potentially large number of infections that may have been contracted as a result of the tick bite, meaning it often goes untreated.

But it’s not just ticks we have to worry about. Lice, fleas, and mosquitoes have also been found to contain Borrelia. Worrying, Borrelia bacteria may also be transmitted from person to person through saliva, organ transplants, blood transfusions, sexual contact or breast milk. It has also been suggested that Lyme disease could be transferred to a foetus via the placenta, however this has yet to be proven.

What Borrelia can do to people

Some individuals develop a bull’s eye-like rash, called Erythma migrans at the site of the tick bite, three to 30 days after infection. As infection spreads, Borrelia can also affect other skin sites, the nervous system, the joints or the heart. Brain infection is a rare but potentially serious complication, arising in 15% of untreated Lyme patients who go on to be very ill. This can also cause permanent neurological injury.

Hitting the target.Hannah Garrison/wikimedia, CC BY-SA

Because of this wide range of non-specific symptoms, patients often don’t get a clear diagnosis or treatment options. When Lyme disease is suspected, laboratory tests to detect specific antibodies against Borrelia burgdorferi can help confirm the diagnosis – although these are far from perfect. Some patients, about 10-20%, can develop a debilitating chronic condition called post-treatment lyme disease syndrome, with symptoms that include arthritis, fatigue, muscle pain and minor cognitive impairments such as headaches and sleep disturbances.

Unfortunately, there is currently no vaccine available against Lyme disease. However, there are measures that can mitigate the risk of infection, including avoiding tick-infested areas, wearing personal protective measures to reduce the risk of tick bites and the use of antimicrobial treatments following a tick bite.

Timely treatment for Lyme disease is crucial to prevent illness and avoid long-lasting symptoms. Early stages of Lyme disease can be effectively treated with antibiotics, but patients with the chronic variant may require months or even years of treatment before it resolves. Unfortunately, some physicians still view antibiotics as the only solution to this disease but chronically infected patients require multidisciplinary care – addressing all simultaneous infections, providing immune support and management of any other health complications.

Tackling the threat

The effects of the disease on so many body systems, and the debilitating impact on the life of the affected patient, have triggered a crisis that has far-reaching implications for public health and policy. When people get diagnosed with Lyme, they make a shift to a life of increasing uncertainty, particularly from a lack of adequate and credible information.

It’s clear, given the rise in clinical cases across the world and the number of people who continue to suffer even after antimicrobial treatment, that Lyme disease is spreading rapidly. For example, in the US the number of annual reported Lyme cases has increased about 25-fold since the national surveillance began in 1982.

Many aspects of the disease mechanisms, such as the chronic condition, remain controversial or evolving, due to the scarcity of robust evidence-based data. There is not even one consistent terminology that defines “chronic Lyme disease”. More measures are also needed to resolve the crippling uncertainty surrounding the infection. We need more research to help develop reliable diagnostic tests, identify sub-populations of patients who are most likely to benefit from antibiotic treatment, and ultimately to ensure that Lyme disease does not become a pandemic reality.

The Conversation

Hany Elsheikha, Associate Professor of Parasitology, University of Nottingham

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Congressman John Garamendi introduces Student Loan Reform Bill at UC Davis Wed, 04 May 2016 16:10:10 +0000 0 SYRCL to Host First Youth for the Yuba Celebration May 7 Wed, 04 May 2016 16:09:50 +0000 Youth_for_the_Yuba.jpg
NEVADA CITY, Calif. May 4, 2016 - The South Yuba River Citizens League will host an exciting new event designed to celebrate the talent and artistry of youth in this community.

Join SYRCL, Saturday, May 7th from 1-4pm for an afternoon of live music performed by local youth and activities for kids of all ages. You won’t want to miss the first ever Youth for the Yuba Celebration. This event will showcase the skill of young people in our community, while displaying their passion for the Yuba River.

Don’t forget to bring your appetite because Lazy Dog Ice Cream and Horn of the Bull Taqueria food trucks will be serving up tasty treats all day.

View artwork from SYRCL’s multimedia #ilovetheyuba art contest award winners, and learn about the many ways young people can get involved to make a positive impact in the community.

Activities will include an envirofair where students will learn about invasive species, how to build bird nesting boxes, explore macroinvertebrates through microscopes, make salmon hats, and visit with Wildlife Rehab and Release’s education birds. There will also be face painting, a bean bag toss, and chalk drawing.

This will truly be a community event with participation from the Bear Yuba Land Trust, Eco Nevada Union, New Events Opportunities (NEO), Nevada Union Green Academy, Shady Creek Outdoor School, Sierra Business Council, The Sierra Fund, Sierra Streams Institute, SYRCL, the Woolman Semester School, and Wildlife Rehab and Release. All organizations and clubs will have a booth and be available to share information about environmentalism in the watershed!

The fair will be held at the SYRCL office at 313 Railroad Ave. in Nevada City, CA from 1-4.

We hope you can join us!

What: Youth for the Yuba Celebration

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1pm-4pm

Where: 313 Railroad Ave., Nevada City, CA 95959
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Unsettled weather through Saturday Wed, 04 May 2016 15:48:00 +0000 0 37.369919 -120.178162 0.89316 -154.720688 45.856022 11.88224 Local Theater Profile: B Street Theatre presents Mud Blue Sky Wed, 04 May 2016 14:00:24 +0000 read more]]> 0 Garamendi Goes to UC Davis to Unveil Student Loan Refinancing Bill Wed, 04 May 2016 13:07:35 +0000 One of the bigger issues of concern for current and past students is the issue of student loan debt.  Congressman John Garamendi who represents Davis in Congress in addition to his role as a former UC Regent and CSU Trustee, has introduced The Student Loan Refinancing and Recalculating Act of 2016. ASUCD President Alex Lee ...

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When you benefit from luck, share the wealth Wed, 04 May 2016 12:57:02 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 May 2016 Goals Wed, 04 May 2016 12:53:16 +0000 April was nutty. But I got a lot of stuff done. If you were a closet, cabinet, or drawer in my house – you weren’t safe. I’ve been purging, purging, and purging some more. It feels so good to get rid of the excess. I try really hard to not accumulate for the sake of [...]

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Council Looks to Further Options on Cannery Bike Crossing Wed, 04 May 2016 11:48:54 +0000 This time there would be no backing down in the face of requests from the Cannery.  Councilmember Lucas Frerichs sent the message early on stating, “I’m not in favor of Option 1, I think we should take another crack at… sitting down with the property owners.” The subcommittee of Lucas Frerichs and Robb Davis will ...

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Economic Development Series: Leveraging Core Competencies Wed, 04 May 2016 10:57:18 +0000 by Matt Williams Successful economic development starts with a strategy that builds on a community’s core competencies, and then expands that strategy into tactics that leverage the core competencies. Working more collaboratively with UCD, ideally on mutual timetables, is essential to making progress in building the innovation economy in Davis. The strategy of leveraging the ...

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Students Want Democratic Election, Not New Chancellor Wed, 04 May 2016 10:50:38 +0000 By Jerika L.H While many are still in celebration over Chancellor Katehi’s forced administrative leave due to claims of dishonesty, unethical behavior, nepotism, and mishandling of UC funds, a group of students have come forward to call for a free election of UC leaders, not a new acting Chancellor.  There is palpable fear and that ...

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Sierra Club Yolano Group – Davis City Council Candidate Questionnaire, Part Three Wed, 04 May 2016 10:39:14 +0000 The Sierra Club will not be making a Davis City Council endorsement this year “since all candidates were perceived by our management committee as being equally qualified and all did very well in responding to our series of questions.” The Sierra Club assessment of the Davis City Council candidates is as follows: “The Sierra Club ...

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Conscious College Road Tour makes pit stop at UC Davis Wed, 04 May 2016 10:26:06 +0000 0 Annual Celebrate Davis event honors city businesses Wed, 04 May 2016 10:19:11 +0000 0 UC Davis partners with educational program to increase Latino/a faculty nationwide Wed, 04 May 2016 10:16:45 +0000 0 Student Health and Counseling Services department to host “Happiness Campaign” Wed, 04 May 2016 10:14:41 +0000 0 Yuba City planning commissioner arrested in sex sting Wed, 04 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000 0 Cal women, Virginia men seeded first in NCAAs Wed, 04 May 2016 06:57:00 +0000 0 Cal women, Virginia men seeded first in NCAAs Wed, 04 May 2016 06:57:00 +0000 0