sacramento connect sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:47:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wellspring Women’s Center Wall Mural Unveiling Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:47:00 +0000 0 Feed My Starving Children Group Packs 520,992 Meals Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:40:09 +0000 ROCKLIN – More than 2,400 volunteers packed 520,992 meals for malnourished children around the world at a three-day event at William Jessup University in Rocklin. The Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event brought volunteers from all over the region, including businesses, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, local elected officials, school groups and a professional athlete […]

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DIY Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:32:35 +0000 0 Dining News: Grange Chef Oliver Ridgeway Featured in Southwest Magazine Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:15:00 +0000 0 PCWA General Manager Announces Retirement Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:30:08 +0000 AUBURN – David A. Breninger, longtime general manager of the Placer County Water Agency, today announced his retirement to the PCWA Board of Directors. “My service to you and with our team has been profoundly rewarding,” said Breninger, who plans to retire March 6.  “I’ve enjoyed every moment working for the board and with each director all these […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Action Being Sought in Major Human Embryonic Stem Cell Patent Case Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:30:00 +0000 The California-based  challenge to WARF’s patent on human embryonic stem cells is headed for the United States Supreme Court.

The nation’s highest court is expected to be asked Friday to overturn an earlier appellate court decision and allow two public interest groups to seek to cancel the patent held by WARF, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

The specific issue is whether the California parties have the right to sue. But at the heart of the matter is the question of who profits from stem cell research along with whether the Wisconsin patents stifle scientific research.

As far back as 2006, executives of biotech firms in California complained that the Wisconsin patents were onerous and posed a significant obstacle to private investment.  That year the royalties from California alone generated an estimated $200 million for WARF.

Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica, Ca., and Jeanne Loring, head of the stem cell program at Scripps, are pushing the eight-year-old case along with the Public Patent Foundation of New York, which is doing the legal lifting.  In 2013, the patent foundation won the famous Myriad case in which the Supreme Court ruled that genes cannot be patented because they occur naturally in nature. 

In a statement about Friday’s appeal to the high court, Dan Ravicher, executive director of the
Dan Ravicher and Jeanne Loring at Post Office when
they made the first filing in the WARF case in 2006.
foundation, said,
“The Court of Appeals’ refusal to allow Consumer Watchdog to appeal the (Patent and Trademark Office’s) faulty decision to uphold a patent on human embryonic stem cells is a clear violation of the express language of statutes passed by Congress and signed by the President to empower the public to seek revocation of invalid patents.”
John M. Simpson, stem cell project director for Consumer Watchdog, said,
“The patent should clearly be rejected because it covers ineligible subject matter and was obvious in view of earlier research.”
Loring said,
“This is an important battle. Human embryonic stem cells hold great promise for advancing human health, and no one has the ethical right to own them,”
Others who have filed affidavits supporting the challenge include Douglas Melton and Chad Cowan of Harvard and Alan Trounson, who was then with Monash University. He later became president of the $3 billion California stem cell agency but left that organization earlier this year to return to Australia.

The research that led to the patents was performed by Jamie Thomson at the University of Wisconsin. Thomson has a lab at UC Santa Barbaraas well, where he is also a professor.

Coincidentally the Supreme Court filing comes during the week when Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine, would have turned 100. He famously commented in 1955 about patenting the vaccine.

In a televised interview, Salk was asked who owns the patent on the vaccine. Salk replied,
"Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?"
That statement has led to a range of interpretations about what Salk meant. Michael Hiltzik, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Los Angeles Times, wrote earlier this weekabout the issue. 

He quoted from a 2005 book on the vaccine that reported that Salk dissuaded his backers from seeking a patent because his techniques weren’t novel. He said his work was based on years of prior work by others.

The patent attorney looking into the matter for Salk and the backers said,
"If there were any patentable novelty to be found in this phase, it would lie within an extremely narrow scope and would be of doubtful value."
That is not much different than the argument being made by Loring, Consumer Watchdog and the Public Patent Foundation.
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I was going to hate Disneyland. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:57:15 +0000 When we walked into Disneyland I looked around and thought “I have either entered the happiest place on earth or the axis of evil, but it sure is clean!” I’ll admit it. I was skeptical. The price alone made me hate it. Then you add princesses and rides and masses of humanity and I figured […]

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Happy Halloween Compliments of Orson Welles, WKBW and Kehoe’s Fashions Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:45:00 +0000

October 31, 2013 |

Call it our annual obsession!

In what has become an annual celebration of Halloween, EGN is posting the 1938 broadcast of the Mercury Theater's "War of the Worlds" produced and directed by Orson Welles. This year marks the 76th anniversary of that seminal radio and mass media event.

The original Welles and Mercury group's performance of WOTW famously duped millions of people into believing that Earth was actually being invaded by Martians. WKBW in Buffalo did the same thing in 1971. To that end, we are posting that broadcast too.

While the 1938 broadcast is excellent, it is dated in some ways. The 1971 radio play is worth listening to if for no other reason to hear the booming DJ voices of the time, music from Cher, Santana, Rod Stewart and Three Dog Night and of course the constant commercials for Kehoe's Fashions (Seymour Kehoe - A Man's Man, the ads bare!) at University Plaza selling and touting their full stock of double knit polyester pants! We are not sure if the ads were real or the director was just being ironic in a future looking sort of way.

What was noteworthy of WKBW's broadcast was they had heavily promoted that it was a radio play in the days leading up to the broadcast and even during the program reminded listeners as it was airing it was a play. In spite of that, they inadvertently duped thousands of people and even the Canadian government.

It is worth noting how people will believe what they are told without questioning or curiosity. Something to keep in mind as we listen to governments on every level.

One final note, the NPR program RadioLab got in on the act this week too. In their first ever live program, the RadioLab dedicated their entire program to, you guessed it, War of the Worlds. This episode is really a fascinating and funny look at how we allow ourselves to be fooled - something to keep in mind next Tuesday!

Happy Halloween! DG  

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Friday Night Football: CO Could Win First CVC Title Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:40:00 +0000
The other big game Friday will be just across the highway at Elk Grove where the Herd will host Franklin. Big contest for both clubs because they both have a pair of Delta League losses. A third one might hurt playoff chances, definitely it would dent their seeding if they make the playoffs.

Follow these games and many others right here!

Live chat: Prep football Week 9, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31
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Terry Lamphier: I have not proactively and knowingly “clicked on, visited, or downloaded” any inappropriate material Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:41:48 +0000
Ms. Lehman indicated that 24/7 system-wide Nevada County monitoring system had not raised any “red flags” of impropriety or improper use of my County computer.

Last Friday, a search warrant was delivered to my home in Grass Valley. Cooperating fully with serving officers, and thanking the officers, I complimented them on the exercise of professionalism and courtesy. I was deeply shocked and distressed by the seriousness of the law enforcement visit.

Friday evening, the potential gravity and seriousness of the situation indicated a need to engage an attorney but of course was unable to do so over the weekend. When the workweek commenced, so did the process of obtaining legal counsel.

Returning in the evening home I observed a newspaper reporter interviewing my neighbor.

Aware of the pitfalls in any legal situation and with an election looming, I chose not to either stop at my house or engage with the reporter unrepresented by counsel.

Although not arrested, accused, or charged criminally, I have now secured legal services of the Rooney Law Firm, specifically, Michael M. Rooney (530) 362-4030.

My direct response to the media releases follows here:

On occasion, I have conducted international internet searches, placing a foreign country’s international domain registration letters into a web server’s search function. In most cases, the search term is simply two letters, for example, the United States is us and Russia is ru.

When I conducted internet searches, there is the option to have results filtered as to content, typically with a “strict”, “moderate” or “no filter” set of choices. Mine is set to “no filter”. There is no other set of search parameters involved by simply putting in a country’s domain registration and anything can come up.

These benign actions are available to everyone throughout the United States and, to my knowledge, are nowhere near considered illegal actions. However, there is also no control as to what is returned in an unrestricted search.

As for my personal actions, contrary to what is being alleged in the media, I have not used the search function to locate or access any illegal site.

To reiterate: I have not proactively and knowingly “clicked on, visited, or downloaded” any inappropriate material from sites such as those referenced by local news agencies. I have confidence that as the matter proceeds, these distinctions will be recognized by law enforcement and there will be a quick and just resolution of this investigation.]]> 0
Lamphier: “I have not proactively and knowingly ‘clicked on, visited or downloaded’ any inappropriate material Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:10:40 +0000 ]]> 0 Fable Coffee coming to Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:10:33 +0000 0 Fable Coffee coming to Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:59:05 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 The Law Library will be open our normal hours (8 am-5pm) on Friday 10/31. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:17:46 +0000 0 So, Maybe They Did Find Amelia Earhart’s Airplane! Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:07:00 +0000 sheet of aluminum:
Even a piece of metal can get a second chance. In 1991, a group of researchers investigating the disappearance of Amelia Earhart found a sheet of aluminum on the island of Nikumaroro in the Western Pacific. Earhart’s plane, a Model 10 Electra, mysteriously vanished near the island on July 2, 1937. This piece of metal, a sheet 19 inches by 23 inches and made of the same material as Earhart’s plane, looked like it could be the first piece of the aircraft ever found.

The problem was its odd shape and size, which didn’t seem to fit any part of the Electra. “We finally reached the point that we decided that it couldn’t be from Earhart’s plane,” said Richard Gillespie of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, which has spent 26 years and made 10 expeditions to investigate the mystery surrounding Earhart’s disappearance.

The team then looked at every other kind of plane that could’ve flown over the Pacific at that time. But, again, nothing fit.

“Earlier this year, around June, I threw up my hands,” Gillespie said. “I didn’t know what the heck this thing is.”

Then the team noticed that in pictures taken of the Electra as it took off from Miami on June 1, 1937, the plane had a shiny patch near its tail, covering what had been a specially made window. This patch, Gillespie explained, was an improvised repair, and so was completely unique to Earhart’s plane. Could the sheet be this patch? “My first reaction was: This is a Hail Mary pass,” he said.

The team further analyzed the old photo and turned to a restored Electra to see how such a piece of metal would have been attached. After closer examination, they realized that the sheet perfectly matched in size, shape, and patterns of rivet holes. Even tears along the edges of the sheet aligned with where rivets would’ve been. “It’s like a fingerprint,” Gillespie said.
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Interesting Yuba City Signs VI Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:34:00 +0000 0 outfit post: GRANDPA STYLE Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:32:00 +0000 0 Audio: In Their Own Words – Elk Grove City Council District 4 Candidates Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:30:00 +0000

October 30, 2014 |

With the November 4 general election just days away, the four Elk Grove City Council candidates seeking Elk Grove City Council District 4 seat have accepted an invitation to make an audio recording stating their reasons why they should be elected.

Below are the recorded statements of Nancy Chaires, Steve Ly, Nayyar Sarfaraz and Daniel Jimenez. EGN thanks each of the candidates for participating in this exercise so that Elk Grove voters can make an informed decision when they vote for our newest council member. 

The audios are posted in the order in which they were received. 

Nancy Chaires

Play Music - Play Audio - In Her Own Words - City Coun...

Steve Ly

Download Music - Embed Audio Files - In His Own Words - City Coun...

Nayyar Sarfaraz

Embed Music Files - Embed Audio - In His Own Words - City Coun...

Daniel Jimenez

Listen Music - Listen Audio - In His Own Words - City Cou...

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Interesting Rancho Cordova Signs I Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:14:00 +0000 0 DMTC 2014 Halloween Karaoke And Dance Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:58:00 +0000 0 Rankings, TV schedule, calendar Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000 0 Fall into the next season Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:56:00 +0000 0 Large Crowd Reviews, Comments on Proposed Whitelock Parkway Interchange Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:50:00 +0000
October 30, 2014 |

In spite of a game seven World Series with local favorite, the San Francisco Giants, about 100 people attended an information session on the proposed Whitelock-Highway 99 interchange in Elk Grove last night.
Click to enlarge. 

Held in the Pavilion Building at the Elk Grove Regional Park, the session included a number of graphic illustrations and a presentation by Elk Grove city employees Rick Carter and Gary Grunwald. Since the proposal for the interchange surfaced, which is estimated to cost $42 million, it has raised concern that it could encroach on the Elk Grove Regional Park.

To view the presentation and some of the concerns voiced on the proposed project, watch the video posted below.  

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Local Citizens Group Granted Voice in Coal Ash Pollution Cases Against Duke Energy’s Mayo and Hyco Lake Facilities Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:20:39 +0000
“The state failed to ensure safe storage of Duke’s coal ash at 10 out of 14 sites, so citizen conservation groups have stepped in to finish the job,” said Frank Holleman, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center. “Every one of Duke Energy’s coal ash pits is illegally polluting North Carolina’s waters, and citizens are now enforcing the law at every single one of these sites.”

Numerous conservation groups are participating in the state court enforcement action for all the Duke Energy coal ash sites around North Carolina; RRBA previously joined the enforcement action as to the Dan River site, where Duke Energy’s disastrous coal ash spill occurred in February. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources brought the statewide enforcement actions last year in response to a Clean Water Act notice sent by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of Cape Fear River Watch, Waterkeeper Alliance, and the Sierra Club.

“Duke stores a huge proportion its coal ash in leaking, unlined pits in the Roanoke River basin, and we must make certain that DENR takes the appropriate action to fix the problem,” said RRBA President Gene Addesso. “We will fight to ensure Duke is held accountable for illegally polluting the rivers and lakes of the Roanoke basin and that Duke’s coal ash is removed to lined, dry storage.”

The coal ash dams at both Roxboro and Mayo are High Hazard dams according to the state of North Carolina. Duke stores 6.9 million tons of coal ash at its Mayo plant and 16.4 million tons at its Roxboro plant. Scientists from Duke University have found elevated levels of arsenic and other coal ash pollution in Hyco Lake and Mayo Lake in recent years. Fish deformities due to selenium coal ash poisoning have been found in Mayo Lake, and in 2008 a coal ash dam at Roxboro suffered a structural failure.

The coal ash legislation passed by the N.C. General Assembly this summer would allow DENR and a politically-appointed commission to decide whether coal ash can remain in place at these sites. A federal criminal grand jury is investigating DENR’s relationship with Duke Energy.

The Roanoke River Basin Association is a non-profit organization based in Danville, Virginia, whose mission is to establish and carry out a strategy for the development, use, preservation and enhancement of the resources of the Roanoke River system of lakes and streams in the best interest of present and future generations. RRBA consists of hundreds of members, primarily located within the 410-mile-long Roanoke River basin in Virginia and North Carolina, including local governments; non-profit, civic and community organizations; regional government entities; businesses and individuals.

About the Southern Environmental Law Center The Southern Environmental Law Center is a regional nonprofit using the power of the law to protect the health and environment of the Southeast (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama). Founded in 1986, SELC's team of more than 60 legal and policy experts represent more than 100 partner groups on issues of climate change and energy, air and water quality, forests, the coast and wetlands, transportation, and land use.]]> 0
Kylie Minogue – White Diamond [Showgirl Homecoming Tour] Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:19:00 +0000 0 Fire Officials Urge Caution with Fall Burning Projects Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:08:54 +0000
Officials at the Susanville Interagency Fire Center said people need to pay particular attention to weather forecasts and avoid burning when high winds are predicted, such as the weather front forecast to move across northeast California over the next two days.

Conditions will remain dry until the region receives significant rainfall, said officials at SIFC. Following these tips will help ensure that burning projects do not get out of control:

· Burn only on calm days.

· Keep burn piles under four feet in diameter.

· Keep handy a charged fire hose or a fire extinguisher with at least five gallons of capacity.

· Never leave fires unattended, and make sure they are dead out at the end of the day.

Fire officials said those burning can be held liable for damages if burn projects escape control.

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$35 Prix Fixe Menu at Morton’s on Halloween Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:00:00 +0000 0 Things will get better for the Kings despite rocky start Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:43:00 +0000 By Dustin Bailey

How does one tell a formerly jaded fan base with a decade of losing to be patient and not hit the panic button knowing the team they love will most likely start 2-8, or 3-7?

Not easily.

The Kings enter the year with a very demanding schedule against a stacked Western Conference. The likelihood of winning is slim in the majority of matchups. Kings fans cannot condemn the organization for failure based off the first two weeks of the regular season.

Things will get better even if the start is rocky.

The Kings opened their season at home where they’ve won 15 out of the last 16. Unfortunately, they could not add a win last night. They were outmatched by a dominant Golden State Warriors team. DeMarcus Cousins struggled with bad shooting, as did all the Kings minus Carl Landry and Ryan Hollins, on his way to 20 points and 11 boards. The Kings, who emphasized ball movement and security in the offseason, did neither as they tallied 13 assists and a miserable 27 team turnovers. Twitter was ablaze with King fans already calling for trades and chastising coach Michael Malone for not playing people enough, or too much.

My plea is to stop.

Winning doesn’t just happen.

I truly believe Malone is the best coach for the job. I think the Kings have talent. The problem occurs when expectations lead a fan base to expect drastic improvement and the first game tells the fans that the team may not be as good as the local media proclaims them to be. It is also important to take a moment to remember that the Warriors are one of the elite teams in the west and were picked by many to easily reach the 50-win mark. I understand that losses are frustrating and the honeymoon phase is over, but there are many more losses to come. This is still a young team with subpar talent and pieces that still don’t quite fit together.

Chemistry takes time.

Trust takes time.

There is a reason that the Spurs are dominate outside of their big 3. They have been playing together a long time. This young, unfamiliar Kings roster is still figuring out who they are and where guys flourish. It was evident when Collison had numbers in the break and went to the right angle of the three-point line and instead of pulling the ball back out made an unselfish pass to a streaking Jason Thompson filling the center lane. Ultimately, the power forward let momentum carry him into a waiting defender for a charge. In time, Collison will discover that Thompson shouldn’t be getting that pass, but the fact that he was looking for the streaking big man and being unselfish is a good sign, even if it was a bad play.

The theme for this season will be patience. The first two weeks will be rough. There will be tough stretches throughout as well. There is no need to think the sky is falling.

Nobody deserves the axe or to be traded.

Let this team gel and stay calm, at least through the first 20 games.

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Funeral service and donation information for Detective Michael D. Davis, Jr. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:25:59 +0000 Funeral services for Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael D. Davis, Jr., are being held Tuesday, November 4, at 10 a.m. at Adventure Christian Church in Roseville. The service is open to the public. Media will not be allowed inside the church; however, pool coverage will be available. Adventure Christian Church is located at 6401 Stanford Ranch Road, Roseville. […]

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Our letter to the editor runs in the Sierra Sun to support our schools Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:20:08 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 The impossible becomes reality: new Kings arena breaks ground Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:19:00 +0000 By Greg Hyatt

In a day that most observers thought would never come, the Sacramento Kings ownership officially broke ground on a new downtown arena Wednesday set to open in 2016. And while most of Northern Californiasports fans have been focused on the Giants World Series run, Vivek Ranadive and company quietly sunk shovels into the dirt on a project that is expected to change the face of downtown Sacramento forever.

And oh yeah, the Kings kicked off their 2014-15 regular season campaign just about six hours later with a home opener against the Warriors. Things are getting exciting, really quickly.

Here are a few highlights from the groundbreaking ceremony:

Ranadive repeatedly referred to the future arena as being the best in the world and helping to catapult Sacramento as an iconic city. “This is where we’re going to build the world’s greatest arena in the world’s greatest state in the world’s greatest country for the world’s greatest fans,” Ranadive said. “This will be the smartest building in the world, the greenest in the world, and quite simply one of the most iconic structures on the planet.”

Ranadive also concluded his remarks by promising something very special for Kings fans in the coming years. “I promise Kings nation, that one day there will be a championship banner hanging from this arena,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Kevin Johnson said the arena will be “the engine driving change in our community. We will be one of the great cities in America” as a result of the arena catapulting development in downtown’s urban core, he said.

All that’s left to do is:

A) dig in for a new Kings season; and

B) let the construction begin.
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LIBRARY CLOSING AT NOON THURSDAY OCT 30 due to construction, the Law Library is… Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:09:08 +0000 0 Faculty Association reaches tentative agreement after a year past deadline Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:00:00 +0000 0 Group Classes Teach Parents to Help Kids with Autism Improve their Language Skills Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:00:39 +0000 By Fran Kritz

A study by Stanford researchers finds that group classes for parents that teach a specific therapy can help to improve the children’s’ language skills.  The  study looked at 12 week classes that taught “pivotal response training” in which parents identify something a child wants—such as a ball–and offer rewards in exchange for the child making efforts to say the word.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook says he is “proud to be gay” Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:39:05 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 U.S. Attorney Names District Election Officer for November 4 General Election Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:22:03 +0000
“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and with the confidence that each vote will count and our elections will not be tainted by fraud,” U.S. Attorney Wagner said. “The Department of Justice will act promptly and aggressively to protect the voting rights of our citizens and the integrity of the election process.”

The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring election fraud and discrimination at the polls and will combat violations whenever and wherever they occur. The Department seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact within the Department for the public to report possible election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open on Election Day.

Federal law protects against crimes such as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input. Actions designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places such as questioning or challenging them, photographing or videotaping them under the pretext of uncovering illegal voting, may violate federal voting rights law. Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice.

While polls are open on Election Day, Khasigian can be reached by the public in the Eastern District of California at the following telephone numbers: (916) 554-2700 and (916) 554-2723.

In addition, the FBI will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on Election Day. The FBI can be reached by the public in the Eastern District of California at (916) 481-9110.

Complaints about ballot access or discrimination can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767.]]> 0
Boo at the Zoo Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:16:00 +0000 0 Pundit Reclassifies Bera-Ose Race From Toss-up Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:15:00 +0000
October 30, 2014 |

A well-regarded political analyst has changed his prediction for the hotly contested race between Democratic incumbent Dr. Ami Bera and challenger, Republican Doug Ose.

In his final prediction prior to Tuesday's election, Larry Sabato has changed the race for California's Seventh Congressional District from toss-up to leans Republican.

In his non-partisan Crystal Ball newsletter published by the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, Sabato writes, " Republicans are targeting a number of House seats in California, where turnout will probably be poor because there is no Senate race and Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) is saving his war chest as he coasts to an easy win. Outside GOP groups are spending all over the state, and they’ve dumped a boatload of money into the district of Rep. Ami Bera (D, CA-7). We think Republicans win at least one Democratic seat in the Golden State, and Bera’s seems the likeliest at this point."

Not surprisingly, Ose's campaign has seized on Sabato's prediction.

“My message of improving Sacramento's economy has attracted people from all across this district," Ose said in a press release issued this morning.   

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AIRC opens door to monitored after hour entry Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000 0 Optional student fee in the works for approval Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Associated Students Inc. gave its support last week to a proposed $4-a-year student fee that would replace ASI membership dues for the CSU system’s official student advocacy organization.

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