PCWA Receives Certificate of Excellence

PCWA Special release  |  2017-12-10

Dane Wadlé of California Special Districts Association presents the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence to the PCWA Board of Directors. Photo courtesy PCWA

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) was presented with the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence at the Agency's Board of Directors meeting on October 19. The certificate, awarded by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF), recognizes transparency in the operations and governance of PCWA.

"We're always mindful of the fact that we're a public agency tasked with the goal of serving and representing the water resource interests of the county and our customers," PCWA General Manager, Einar Maisch said. "Being transparent is essential to that goal. I would like to commend our staff, and the Board, on receiving this certificate."

Established in 2013, the District Transparency Certificate program was created by the SDLF in an effort to promote and recognize commitment by a special district to being open and accessible to the public it serves. To be considered for the certificate, agencies are required to meet a set of transparency standards pertaining to the daily operations and the governance of the special district.

The SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California's special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs. The SDLF and its activities are supported by the California Special Districts Association and the Special District Risk Management Authority.

PCWA is the primary water resource agency for Placer County, California, with a broad range of responsibilities including water resource planning and management, retail and wholesale supply of drinking water and irrigation water, and production of hydroelectric energy.

John Adams Academy Celebrates Groundbreaking

By Norman Gonzales, DOC  |  2017-12-12

The project is expected to be completed in time for the 2018-19 school year. Photo courtesy John Adams Academy

New Performing Arts and Athletics Building at the Roseville Campus

Roseville, CA (MPG) - Officials from John Adams Academy charter school celebrated recently with a groundbreaking ceremony for their new performing arts and athletics building, to be known as the “Jefferson Building”.   John Adams Academy, a free charter public school serving grades TK through 12, and located in Roseville, names each of their buildings to honor the Founding Fathers.    Thomas Jefferson was selected as the founding father to honor as he was known for being a renaissance man with multiple interests and talents.  The Jefferson Building joins a campus with buildings honoring John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and George Washington. 

“When completed the Jefferson Building will be approximately 11,600 square feet,” said Executive Director Joseph Benson, “It will have a gym floor, stage, two multi-purpose classrooms, and office space.”

“We are extremely excited about this enhancement to our Roseville campus.” said Dr. Dean Forman, Founder and Board President. “The Jefferson Building is designed to support our classical education model by providing a home for our performing arts and athletics programs.”

The project is being delivered by DesCor Builders and is expected to be completed in time for the 2018-19 school year. 

 John Adams Academy is Northern California's only tuition-free, K-12 Classical Leadership Education charter school with campuses in Roseville, El Dorado Hills and Lincoln. Since opening its doors in 2011, enrollment at the Roseville campus has reached over 1300 scholars in grades TK-12. 

John Adams Academy is preparing future leaders and statesmen through principle-based education centered in classics and great mentors. Scholars enjoy a classical liberal arts curriculum encompassing history, English, math, visual and performing arts, laboratory science, foreign languages including Latin and Greek with college preparatory electives. John Adams Academy is fully accredited by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Apply or learn more here: http://www.johnadamsacademy.org

Source: John Adams Academy 

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Sacramento County, Including Folsom, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento

 

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District has declared Stage 2 –All Burning Prohibited for Tuesday, December 12 and Wednesday, December 13. While the District evaluates conditions each day, the upper-level ridge of high pressure over Northern California is expected to remain through the next few days. These weather conditions are not uncommon and can lead to further extended periods of burning restrictions through February.

These weather conditions allow pollution to accumulate and stay trapped at ground level, especially during the morning and evening hours. You are advised to Check Before You Burn to get the daily burn status.

The Check Before You Burn law prohibits burning any solid fuel, including wood, pellets or manufactured firelogs on days when fine particle pollution is forecast to be high. This law applies to residents and businesses in Sacramento County, including the cities of Folsom, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento. 

To get the daily burn status:

·         Download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app

·    Call 1-877-NO-BURN-5 (1-877-662-8765)

·         Follow Sac Metro Air District on Twitter @AQMD

·         Visit www.AirQuality.org

·         Read The Sacramento Bee’s weather page

·         Sign up for daily Air Alert emails at www.SpareTheAir.com. Input your zip code and check the “Daily Air Quality Forecast” box.

·         Follow on Facebook (www.facebook.com/scooterthesparetheairdog)

 If wood burning is your sole source of   heat, or if you believe you might qualify for a financial hardship waiver, please visit www.AirQuality.org or call 1-800-880-9025 to ask for a sole source exemption request form or hardship waiver.

Wood smoke is bad for your health. It contains invisible particles that are small enough to enter the bloodstream. It is especially harmful for children whose lungs are still developing, older adults and anyone with a pre-existing heart or lung condition. Breathing wood smoke increases the risk of asthma, heart attack, stroke and many other health problems. Wood burning causes over 50 percent of winter pollution in Sacramento County.

To report a complaint, call 1-800-880-9025. First time violations will result in a $50 fine or the option to pass a wood smoke awareness exam. For more information, visit www.AirQuality.org.

 

 

 

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Sacramento, CA (MPG) - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised residents where wildfires have been burning in Southern California, along with people in the smoke’s path, to stay indoors and reduce outdoor activity.

“Smoke from wildfires can cause eye and lung irritation. Breathing smoke can also make asthma symptoms worse. People with underlying lung or heart problems should limit their exposure by staying indoors,” said Dr. Smith. “Heavy smoke exposure can also cause more serious disorders, including reduced lung function and bronchitis.”

People who must be outdoors for long periods, in areas with heavy smoke, or where ash is disturbed, should wear an N95 respirator mask. Since wearing a respirator can make it harder to breathe, those with lung or heart problems should ask their doctor before using one. For more information on the use of particulate respirators (masks) to protect from wildfire smoke or ash, please visit CDPH’s website.

When it is safe for residents to return home, caution should be used during the clean-up process. Ash from trees burned in wildfires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. However, ash from burned homes and other items will likely contain metals, chemicals, and potentially asbestos, items that may be considered toxic if breathed in or touched with wet skin.

If ash is inhaled, it can be irritating to the nose, throat, and lungs. Exposure to airborne ash may trigger asthmatic attacks in people who already have the respiratory condition. In order to avoid possible health problems, the following steps are recommended for people in burned areas with ash:

·       Do not allow children to play in ash or be in an area where ash-covered materials are being disturbed. Wash ash off toys before children play with them. Clean ash off pets.

·       Wear a tight-fitting N95 or P100 respirator mask, gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants when cleaning up ash. Avoid skin contact. If you do get ash on your skin, wash it off immediately. Some wet ash can cause chemical burns.

·       Avoid getting ash into the air as much as possible, for example, by avoiding sweeping it up dry. Use water and wet cloth or a mop to clean items and surfaces. Do not use leaf blowers or take other actions that will put ash into the air. 

·       Shop vacuums and other common vacuum cleaners do not filter out small particles. They blow such particles out the exhaust into the air where they can be inhaled. The use of shop vacuums and other non-HEPA filter vacuums is not recommended. HEPA filter vacuums could be used, if available.

“Residents should seek medical care if they experience health issues such as chest pain, chest tightness or shortness of breath. It is especially important to monitor children and young adults as they may be more susceptible to the health and emotional effects of fire recovery,” said Dr. Smith.

Visit CDPH’s website for more information on how you can protect yourself during a wildfire and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for more information on the hazardous debris,  wildfire recovery and worker safety in wildfire regions.

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Soroptimist Club Sews to Dress 300 Girls

By Karen Fraser-Middleton  |  2017-12-11

Pictured (R to L) Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Sharon Miranda and Debi Schneider show dresses being made by the Loomis Soroptimist International club and distributed by Dress a Girl Around the World. Photo courtesy of Karen Fraser-Middleton

Loomis, CA (MPG) - Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin (SILB) is making a difference by sewing dresses to be distributed to girls in the United States and around the world. The club’s goal is to sew and engage others in the community to help complete 300 dresses by March 31, 2018. The project is part of an effort organized by the Sierra Nevada region of Soroptimist; the region’s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The simple dress takes about an hour to make and the club is supplying the materials.

At a recent meeting of the Loomis Soroptmist Club, guest speaker, Sharon Miranda, Northern California Ambassador of Dress a Girl Around the World, explained that the pretty, unique dresses give the girls in orphanages dignity. “The dresses decrease the chance of the girls being mistreated in the community or becoming victims of sex trafficking because the new dress shows that someone cares for them,” said Miranda. The organization started in 2009 with “pillow-case” dresses and the northern California office has distributed over 30,000 dresses and the United States has sent 600,000 dresses to poverty stricken areas in this country and abroad.

Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Statewide Project Manager CCC Maker, housed at Sierra College, was also a guest speaker. Pepper-Kittredge arranged for the Soroptimist club to hold a community meet-up in the sewing lab at Hacker Lab Powered by Sierra College in Rocklin in November. “Sierra College is not just about preparing students with skills to achieve in their careers,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “We engage students in service projects so they learn how to give back to the community. We are delighted that students can get involved and Hacker Lab’s makerspace with Juki, serger and Bernina sewing machines can support this project.”

Individuals and groups can participate in this project by contacting Debi Schneider, President, Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin at (916)749-8680. The club can provide materials and instructions for those who want to make the dresses at home. Contact Debi if you’d like to make a dress, attend an upcoming sewing meet-up or if you’d like to host one for your group to support this project.

Soroptimist (soroptimist.org) is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin is a 501(c)(3) organization.

To learn more about the club, join SI Loomis Basin for weekly club meetings at the Train Depot at Taylor Rd. and Horseshoe Bar Rd. in Loomis. Visitors are welcome to attend club meetings on the first and third Wednesday at 5:30 PM. Learn more at www.soroptimistloomis.com and find Soroptimist Loomis Basin on Facebook. 

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Senator Ted Gaines Named “Champion of Manufacturing”

By Betsey Hodges  |  2017-12-11

Senator Ted Gaines

Sacramento, CA (MPG) -  Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) recently announced that he has been named a “Champion of Manufacturing” by the California Manufacturing & Technology Association (CMTA) on their 2017 Manufacturing Vote Record. CMTA represents 400 businesses from the entire manufacturing community – an economic sector that generates more than $230 billion every year and employs more than 1.2 million Californians.

“I have been a long-time champion of California’s manufacturing industry and am proud to have earned this important designation,” said Senator Gaines. “For many manufacturers, it’s become increasingly difficult to do business in California. I’ve carried and supported numerous bills that would let businesses keep more of their money so they can reinvest it back into their businesses, create more jobs and boost the economy, instead of handing it over to the government. They should be rewarded for their contributions to our state, not continually penalized at every turn. I remain committed to fighting on their behalf.”

The Vote Record looked at legislators’ floor votes in the Assembly and Senate on 10 key bills impacting California manufacturers and technology companies. The results showed that only 44 out of 120 legislators supported California manufacturers at least 70 percent of the time, receiving the “Champion of Manufacturing” designation.

Source: From the Office of Ted Gaines

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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Auburn, CA (MPG) - At its December 7 meeting, the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board of Directors adopted the Agency’s 2018 budget. The combined budget totals $111.3 million. 

PCWA’s budget is comprised of three divisions: water, power, and agency-wide. In 2018, the operating budget for water totals $38.7 million, while the operating budget for agency-wide totals $2.5 million. The power division, totaling $22.3 million in operating costs, is funded through appropriation from the Middle Fork Project Finance Authority. In addition to the operating budgets, the 2018 budget also designates $47.8 million to capital improvement projects, which includes $7.5 million for capital-related debt service.

“Development of the budget is an interactive, team effort that commences in the spring,” said Director of Financial Services, Joe Parker. “I want to thank the entire Agency for participation in that process, especially the finance personnel who worked tirelessly to finalize a lean budget for 2018.”   

PCWA’s 2018 budget is available on the Agency’s website at pcwa.net.

The next regular meeting of the PCWA Board of Directors will be held on Monday, December 18, 8:00 AM at the PCWA Business Center, 144 Ferguson Road, in Auburn. PCWA board meetings are open to the public.

For information on PCWA board meetings, please contact the Clerk to the Board at (530) 823-4850 or (800) 464-0030.

Source: PCWA

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PCWA Tours Several Water Systems

PCWA release  |  2017-12-11

Tour attendees visit the Dutch Flat Mutual Water Company treatment plant. Photo courtesy PCWA

Auburn, CA (MPG) - At the October meeting of the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board of Directors, the Board toured six small water systems located in Placer County to get a better understanding of the needs and unique challenges of operating and maintaining such systems. Stops on the tour included water treatments plants in Colfax, Monte Vista, Dutch Flat, Alta, Heather Glen, and Meadow Vista.

Following the tour, the Board heard a report from the State Water Resources Control Board on statewide concerns associated with small water systems, the importance of having safe and reliable drinking water, and recent legislation aimed at encouraging consolidation of small water systems wherever feasible and appropriate.

PCWA staff also provided a report on the status of several on-going efforts to take advantage of state funding opportunities in support of small water systems and to extend service to several underserved areas within Placer County.

In total, there are 128 public water systems in Placer County, 44 of which are regulated by the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water; the remainder are regulated by Placer County Environmental Health.

PCWA board meetings are open to the public. For information on PCWA board meetings, please contact the Clerk to the Board at (530) 823-4850 or (800) 464-0030.

Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) is the primary water resource agency for Placer County, California, with a broad range of responsibilities including water resource planning and management, retail and wholesale supply of drinking water and irrigation water, and production of hydroelectric energy.

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If you have Medicare, you can protect your identity and help prevent health care fraud by guarding your Medicare card like you would a credit card. 

Identity theft arising from stolen Medicare numbers is becoming more common. Medicare is in the process of removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and replacing them with a new, unique number for each person with Medicare.

Medicare will mail new Medicare cards with the new numbers between April 2018 and April 2019.

The new card won’t change your Medicare coverage or benefits. And there's no charge for your new card.

But watch out for scammers!

Thieves may try to get your current Medicare number and other personal information by contacting you about your new Medicare card. They may claim to be from Medicare and use various phony pitches to get your Medicare number, such as: Asking you to confirm your Medicare or Social Security number so they can send you a new card; Telling you there's a charge for your new card and they need to verify your personal information; Threatening to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information.

Don't fall for any of this.

Don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by phone, email, or by approaching you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance.

Medicare, or someone representing Medicare, will only call and ask for personal information in these situations; A Medicare health or drug plan can call you if you’re already a member of the plan. The agent who helped you join can also call you; A customer service representative from 1-800-MEDICARE can call if you’ve called and left a message or a representative said that someone would call you back.

Only give personal information like your Medicare number to doctors, insurers acting on your behalf, or trusted people in the community who work with Medicare, like counselors from the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).

If someone calls you and asks for your Medicare number or other personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).  

There are other steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft that can lead to health care fraud.

Don’t ever let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number. And review your Medicare Summary Notice to be sure you and Medicare are being charged only for items and services you actually received.

We’re in the midst of Medicare open enrollment season right now. This is the time every year when you can sign up for, switch, or drop a Medicare health plan (Part C) or a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D). Open enrollment ends Dec. 7.

Scam artists often try to take advantage of open enrollment season. So if someone calls and tries to get you to sign up for a Medicare plan, keep in mind there are no “early bird discounts” or “limited time offers.” 

Don’t let anyone rush you to enroll by claiming you need to “act now for the best deal.” And be skeptical of promises of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds too good to be true.

It probably is.

To learn more about protecting yourself from identity theft and health care fraud, visit www.Medicare.gov/fraud or contact your local Senior Medicare Patrol (www.smpresource.org).

Greg Dill is Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Territories. You can always get answers to your Medicare questions by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

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Top Public Safety Groups Laud Senator Nielsen’s Legislative Work

By Nghia Nguyen  |  2017-12-10

Senator Nielsen

Top Public Safety Groups Laud Senator Nielsen’s Legislative Work

Placer County, CA (MPG) - The California Police Chiefs Association and the California District Attorneys Association praised Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff) for his strong public safety voting record. In their annual review of the Legislator’s votes, California’s top public safety organizations ranked Sen. Nielsen as one of the top defenders of the state’s law enforcement and advocate for criminal justice.

“There is no such thing as a "victimless crime." Our responsibility as legislators is to establish laws that hold criminals accountable and ensure justice for crime victims. Public safety is our most important obligation as elected leaders and I am grateful for the support of those on the front line who work every day to ensure safety and justice," said Senator Jim Nielsen.

Senator Nielsen supported all of the legislation that was important to the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA).

Representing over 330 active municipal police chiefs, CPCA’s members protect more than 26 million Californians. CPCA closely monitors the legislative process in light of lawmakers’ continuous efforts to undermine the criminal justice system and the alarming rise in violent crime.

Understanding the critical role of prosecutors, Senator Nielsen worked closely with district attorneys to ensure that laws passed allow criminals to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that victims and their loved ones are participants in the criminal justice process. As a result of his efforts, Senator Nielsen received their top ranking.

Elected to the State Senate in January 2013, Senator Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba. To contact Senator Jim Nielsen, please call him at 916-651-4004, or via email at senator.nielsen@senate.ca.gov. Follow him on Twitter.

Source: The Office of Senator Nielsen

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