On Stage at the State Presents

By Lia Carotta, Auburn State Theatre  |  2019-07-31

Musicians Christine and Rob Bonner will be featured at the Auburn State Theater. Photo is courtesy of Auburn State Theater

Christine & Rob Bonner with Special Guest Darol Anger

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - Bring your family and friends for an enjoyable evening of acoustic music featuring Christine and Rob Bonner on Saturday, August 24, at 7:30 pm.

Christine is one of the area’s most popular folk harpists, and has performed for many years in concert throughout the West Coast. Christine’s debut album Sand Castles attained a Number 1 ranking on the Americana charts at KVMR radio. Her musical style includes a wonderful blend of Celtic, Latin, Classical, and Jazz.

Rob, a long-time Sierra foothills musician, is well known for his work with South Loomis Quickstep, a Bluegrass band that toured all over the country, and in Europe, performing with many noted and talented artists including Buck Owens, Hoyt Axton, and Emmylou Harris.

Special guest, renowned fiddler Darol Anger, has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, and the David Grisman Quintet.

Performing with Christine and Rob are dear friends: Guitarist Bill Edwards, who has worked with many bands including South Loomis Quickstep, Way Out West, and currently with Webster Walton Edwards.

Also joining on the bass will be Brett Cole. Brett is well known for his work with the Pyronauts, a very popular “surf” band from the Auburn area, he is a veteran of numerous jazz and classical ensembles, and currently working with the Bob Woods Trio.

Jazz percussionist Tim Stephenson plays regularly with Tim Stephenson Jazz, The ReAssemblers of Whimsy, and The Pyronauts.

Greg McLaughlin, Instructor of Jazz Studies at Sierra College and owner of McLaughlin Studios in Loomis, plays flute and saxophone.

Date and time: Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Run Time: 2 hours with intermission

Reserved Seating: $25

Location: Auburn State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA

Box Office: www.livefromauburn.com or 530-885-0156

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A celebration 90 years in the making has been underway at the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Through legislation, on August 14, 1929, California witnessed the evolution of traffic enforcement with the creation of a statewide law enforcement agency known today as the CHP. The purpose of creating the CHP was to provide uniform traffic law enforcement throughout the state. To this day, assuring the safe and efficient transportation of people and goods on our highway system remains our primary purpose.

“The history of the CHP is storied tapestry,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “We, as an organization, celebrate 90 years of serving the people of this great state, which is possible because of the dedicated women and men who make up the CHP and the support of the public and our traffic safety partners.”

As California continues to grow and change, so does the span of enforcement responsibility of the CHP. When the organization began in 1929 with its 285 personnel, California had a population of roughly 5.6 million people and 2.1 million registered vehicles. Today, the CHP is comprised of nearly 11,000 dedicated professionals, uniformed and non-uniformed; California’s population has dramatically increased to nearly 40 million people, with more than 35 million registered vehicles.

The size and responsibilities of the patrol have not been the only changes through the decades. Women joined the ranks for the first time in 1974, and various types of patrol vehicles have been implemented – including aircraft, horses, and bicycles. Tragically, in the CHP’s 90 years, 231 officers have laid down their lives in service to the public. For more on the history of the Department, take a virtual tour of the CHP Museum located at http://chpmuseum.org/.

“While the CHP continues to evolve as a law enforcement agency, the priority of the Department and its personnel remains constant - fulfilling our mission while maintaining public trust,” added Commissioner Stanley.

The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The annual Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Hearing will be held by the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) on August 27, 2019. The hearing provides taxpayers, assessors, and other local agencies the opportunity to provide comment on any items discussed in the State Board of Equalization’s 2017-18 Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate’s Annual Report for the purposes of correcting any problems described in the report. Taxpayers may also comment on BOE-administered programs or local property tax issues.

Individuals may also present their concerns regarding agency services or other issues related to the administration of its tax programs, including state and county property taxes, alcoholic beverage tax, and tax on insurers. With respect to the alcoholic beverage tax, individuals may present their ideas and recommendations regarding legislation which may further improve voluntary compliance and the relationship between taxpayers and government.

The Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Hearing is held in accordance with The Morgan Property Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights and California Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights provisions. The BOE has a Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate to ensure taxpayers’ rights are protected and to facilitate resolution of property tax problems. More information on the BOE’s Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office (TRA Office) and the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights Hearing is available at http://www.boe.ca.gov/tra/

Taxpayers are invited to share their experiences with problems encountered to bring it to the attention of the BOE and TRA Office for assistance with resolution.

The Board of Equalization is the only elected tax board in the country. Its five members include four equalization district members, and the State Controller. Under its constitutional mandate, the BOE oversees the assessment practices of the state’s 58 county assessors, who are charged with establishing values for approximately 12.8 million assessments each year. In addition, the BOE assesses the property of regulated railroads and specific public utilities and assesses and collects the private railroad car tax. The BOE's monthly meetings offer taxpayers and other interested parties opportunities to participate in the formulation of rules and regulations adopted by the Board. For more information on the BOE, visit www.boe.ca.gov.

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Think Globally, Act Locally – The State Of The Climate

By Lizzie Moore, 350 Placer  |  2019-08-14

From left to right: Molly Wines, Colfax High School Senior Madeline Cramer, Colfax High School Senior and Placer County Youth Commissioner. Photo courtesy of Placer County Youth Commission

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Placer County Youth Commission will host Think Globally, Act Locally: The State of the Climate, on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7pm at the Auburn State Theatre. The Placer County Youth Commission is a group of motivated teens who research youth issues and concerns, relate discoveries, ideas, and opinions to local policy makers, and engage the community.

Local high school students have organized the evening to shift the collective mindset around global warming from confusion, avoidance, overwhelm, guilt and denial to one of empowered knowledge and optimism.

Local youth report that their feelings of worry about their future world are often exacerbated when they are dismissed as being ignorant, uninformed, or apathetic when in reality they can be more knowledgeable and passionate than adults. They understand that the longer humans wait to make changes that significantly reduce greenhouse gasses, the more drastic and disruptive the solutions will need to be to lower the odds that they will inherit a livable planet. This event is a way for them to take action and make their voice heard.

“Don’t miss this chance to listen, learn, give input, and meet fellow concerned community members. Do upcoming generations proud and remember–the world is run by those who show up.” — Madeline Cramer, PCYC Commissioner and Senior at Colfax High School

Dana Nuccitelli will speak about climate science, myths, impacts on California extreme weather, economics, and solutions. Nuccitelli has published numerous peer-reviewed papers related to climate change and authored Climatology versus Pseudoscience. He has written about climate science for SkepticalScience.com since 2010, for The Guardian since 2013, and for Yale Climate Connections since 2018.

“Climate change is going to affect everyone on this planet. It’s especially going to hurt our younger generations, who want a future for themselves. I’m hoping that as a result of this event, our local community will set an example for neighboring communities that will inspire change. It could create a domino effect with communities making changes that really add up.” — Mackenzie Kettwig, Senior at Colfax High School and President of the Placer County Youth Commission

After his presentation, local climate policy makers along with other influential community leaders and activists will join Dana onstage for a panel discussion about the issue and next steps. The key theme will be how we (individually and together) can create a community that inspires, facilitates and celebrates actions that reduce greenhouse gasses. Community leaders who are scheduled to appear include Auburn Mayor Cheryl Maki and a leader of 350Placer.org, one of the event’s sponsors.

How you can help: Our multigenerational planning team asks for your support in selling out the State Theatre and making this event a success. The goal is 350 people (standing room only). Here are some options on how you can help.

Buy tickets and attend the event! If you are a media outlet, interview the teens who are organizing the event, along with their multi-generation support team; share their story; Share event announcement through outreach lists and social media. Place a poster in your business, classroom, church, etc. Provide monetary support for social media advertising, posters and postcards to be posted in town and given at community events; As a business owner, agree to give a special offer or discount to community members who attend the event.

Tickets for this event can be purchased directly from the Auburn State Theatre from their box office at www.livefromauburn.com, 530-885-0156 or at 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA.

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Brandon Michael Maberry of Gridley Arrested

Rocklin, CA (MPG) – (August 8, 2019) - Sexual assault charges were filed today against Brandon Michael Maberry, 36, of Gridley, CA. The charges are in relation to the sexual assault that occurred in a Rocklin neighborhood, in the early morning hours of July 31, 2019.

The complaint charges Maberry with Forcible Rape in violation of Penal Code Section 261(a)(2) and Penetration by a Foreign Object in violation of Penal Code Section 289(a)(1) and Assault with Intent to Commit Rape in violation of Penal Code Section 220. The defendant is also charged with Stalking and multiple counts of First Degree Residential Burglary. If convicted the defendant is facing 25 years to life in state prison.

Maberry is in-custody in Butte County on a violation of probation. Once his violation of probation case is concluded he will be transported to the Placer County Jail. Currently Maberry is being held on a no bail warrant for the Placer County sexual assault charges.

Our office will not have any further comment on the case as the investigation is ongoing.

Source: Office of the District Attorney, Placer County, CA

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The California State Fair ended its 2019 season with strong food, beverage and, amusement ride sales which is thanks in-part to an all-new food Festival Pass. The pass allowed Fair attendees to pick four items from over 30 different offerings ranging from mouth-watering appetizers, one-of-a-kind entrees, and to-die-for desserts from 30 food vendors at a low price of $28. Food sales from the Food Festival Pass generated roughly $380,000 in revenue alone.

“The Food Festival pass was popular every single day of the Fair,” says Wille Madaus, owner of Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls, whose Bacon & Pecan Cinnamon Roll won Best of Show in the Food Festival Competition. “We had our highest grossing Saturday ever and are up more than 20% this year.”

Barbecue sales, always a Fairgoer favorite, hit an all-time high with $1.3 million in gross sales while new, fresh food options such as the Fair’s first vegan stand, Frik’n Vegan, had a very successful debut. The food vendor has already confirmed plans to return to the fairgrounds next year. Non-profit organization Friends of the California State Fair program sold over 7,585 pounds of fruit during the California State Fair Farm.

“Food has a powerful way of bringing people together” said General Manager and CEO of Cal Expo & State Fair Rick Pickering. “We are grateful for the opportunity to provide a common place for Fairgoers of all backgrounds to come together and celebrate our state’s rich history, diverse cultures and some long-standing and new traditions that make California great.”

Overall, the total for food and beverage sales was $8.5 million this year, bringing local sales tax revenue to the city, county, and state over just 17 days of the Fair.

Butler Amusements, the CA State Fair vendor responsible for the amusement rides, also reported its highest weekend in history with sales of over $500,000 on Saturday, July 20 and more than $400,000 in sales for rides on Sunday, July 21, making it a $1,000,000 ride weekend. More than 100,000 people rode the monorail and Skyride, taking in views of the entire fairgrounds and the surrounding areas from high above.

The California State Fair closed out its 2019 season — where innovation was a major theme — with an exciting Drone Light Show presented by DISH. Other novel ideas were created at the Fairgrounds, including Esports gaming tournaments every day of the Fair, the unique Bank of America sponsored Selfie Experience, and other new and exciting exhibits.

“This year’s fair brought together the beauty and innovation that demonstrates the very best of California,” said Pickering.

The state-wide Youth Mariachi Competition returned for a second year as part of a celebration of Mexican culture's influence of the Golden State. The competition, held at the illustrious Golden 1 Stage, showcased talented youth mariachi ensembles from throughout the state. The competition gave participants an opportunity to win up to $5,000 in grants for their respective academy or school mariachi program.

The new Esports Gaming tournament sold out all of its tournament slots and first-ever California State Fair Bear Cup champions were crowned. The Esports Gaming tournament garnered more than 700,000 viewers around the country on the California State Fair’s very own Twitch channel; hosted on Twitch's front page. Esports is a new and booming video game competition and having this event showcases California’s robust tech industry.

An innovative Drone Light Show produced by The Great Lakes Drone Company, was followed by a traditional fireworks show that wrapped up the CA State Fair's events. The combination of the old, beloved fireworks and the new drone light show symbolizes the innovation and nostalgic activities the Fair provides.

The CA State Fair provided opportunities for community engagement by providing free entrance to 10,000 military, veterans and first responders. Attendees on Mondays who provided three non-perishable food items received free admission during SMUD Giving Monday. Attendees donated a total of 31,000 pounds of food; all of which went to the Elk Grove Food Bank. Fair guests also had multiple opportunities to adopt an animal from Front Street and SPCA animal shelters.

“We look forward to continuing this strong tradition of showcasing innovation and have already begun plans to ensure the 2020 California State Fair can achieve newer and greater entertainment heights,” added Pickering.

Despite an extremely hot final weekend, Californians from all regions of the state were welcomed and enjoyed the Fair, and all its activities, for 17 days! Total attendance at the California State Fair increased from the prior year, up more than 5%, for a total of 601,761 happy Fairgoers.

To stay up to date with all things California State Fair, please visit www.castatefair.org

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A Personal Blast Off!

By Sal Arrigo, Jr.  |  2019-08-07

Image of a Saturn V rocket similar to the one that carried the Apollo 11 space capsule to the Moon. Photo by Sal Arrigo, Jr.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - It all started in northern New Jersey at Kittle Field, a part of the Stokes State Forest Service. I was 10 years old and my Dad and I were about to blast off my first Estes model rocket. I was hooked after that experience. Fast forward to July 16, 2019, and I was at the U.S. Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama, ready to witness the world record attempt of the launching of 5,000 model rockets simultaneously in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and the Apollo 11 astronauts.

To achieve the record, the Rocket Center said the launch must meet the following criteria: Use commercially available rockets and build them following basic manufacturer guidelines; Pass 30 meters (or about 100 feet) in altitude; Have an independent specialist verify the counting method. An independent specialist is anyone who can claim a general level of experience or knowledge in the specific field of our record attempt (someone who has experience with model rocketry or aerospace engineering.)

Part of the verification process is determining that a record number of rockets exceeded the 100-feet threshold. The launch at the US Space Center successfully launched 4,923 model rockets. Although confident that the 100-foot mark was achieved, (the previous world record was 4,231 model rockets successfully launched), the Space Center said it may take up to 16 weeks to receive confirmation from the Guinness World Records officials.

What fascinates us with the moon and the stars and the planets? The Apollo 11 astronauts represented all those people like us who thirst for adventure, and we are fascinated when someone actually lives our dream for us. I met a volunteer named Eli, who works as a Planetarium Specialist at the US Space Center. He told me he has a love of rockets and enjoys “educating people about his work.” We discussed how many people, approximately 3,000, came to witness the model rocket launch.

One aspect of the launch was the number of children who witnessed the event, and it makes sense since children from all over can enjoy Space Camp at the US Space Center. It is one of the most popular programs, and according to the US Space Center it is “designed to inspire and motivate youth to push the boundaries of human exploration just as generations before them did. Space Camp is internationally popular, with visitors from all 50 states and more than 60 foreign countries.”

As you start to grasp the history that surrounds you at the US Space Center, one does not need to go any farther than to stand face to face with two of the most iconic symbols that represent our space program – the Saturn V rocket and the Space Shuttle. I have to admit I am still in awe of seeing these two monuments, and part of the generation that welcomed them to our side. What was it like to be in these vehicles for our space explorers? Fortunately, we had a president that also wanted to know the answer.

In September 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech that focused the United States on landing men on the moon. The President said, “… the vows of this Nation can only be fulfilled if we in this Nation are first, and, therefore, we intend to be first. In short, our leadership in science and in industry, our hopes for peace and security, our obligations to ourselves as well as others, all require us to make this effort, to solve these mysteries, to solve them for the good of all men, and to become the world's leading spacefaring nation.”

It wasn’t long after that we became “trekkies” and became obsessed with the science fiction television show called “Star Trek” that debuted in 1966 and ended in 1969, just one month before we landed men on the moon. Whether a television show or a real life space drama, we were imagining being on the moon, or being one of the characters on “Star Trek.” I take note when we can see an eclipse, or to see the planets align, or witness shooting stars. What exactly is out there in space? 

Now nearly fifty-seven years since President’s Kennedy speech, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced the creation of the Artemis program. Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology. The goal of the program is to return astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, to the lunar surface by 2024. American astronauts will also step foot where no human has ever been before - the Moon’s South Pole. When Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, it is estimated that 600 million people watched, and I ask you, will you and your family be watching in 2024?

For more information on the US Space Center and the City of Huntsville (the Chamber of Commerce is especially helpful), please visit these helpful websites:





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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The California State Auditor reported an uptick in applications by eligible individuals interested in serving on the next 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission. To date, more than 13,735 applications have been submitted. The Commission is tasked with redrawing Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts.

“We’ve been closely monitoring applications since the initial application period opened on June 10th, and we have seen a steady stream of applications submitted,” said Elaine M. Howle, California State Auditor. “But over the last several days we received an uptick in applications, including a one-day period in which we received more than 1,000 applications. This leads me to believe many more Californians who are learning more about redistricting and are developing an interest in the opportunity may now want to take advantage of the chance to draw California’s Congressional and State Legislative district lines. That is why I am extending the application period which will now close on Monday, August 19th at 5:00 p.m.”

Applicants must submit an application online at shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov. The application takes just minutes to complete.

“My office has been analyzing the number and flow of applications since we began accepting applications. It is clear to me that for the last week, we have seen a significant increase and with every passing day, we are getting a broader application pool that is more and more representative of California’s diversity. I’m thrilled that so many civically-involved Californians are interested in being part of shaping California’s future and want to keep the process open until August 19th at 5:00 p.m. to make sure that everyone who is interested has the opportunity to apply,” said Howle.

For more information about application data, eligibility requirements, or to apply to be a member of the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission, please visit shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov or call (833) 421-7550. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @ShapeCAFuture.

Every ten years, after the federal government publishes updated census information, California must redraw the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts. In 2008, California voters passed the Voters FIRST Act authorizing the creation of an independent Commission comprised of 14 members. The 2020 Commission will include five Democrats, five Republicans, and four who are either registered without, or “independent” of, any political party (decline-to-state or no party preference) or with another party. The Commission is responsible for drawing the lines of each district. The initial application period for new Commission members began on June 10, 2019, and will now run through August 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information on the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission application and selection process, please visit ShapeCaliforniasFuture.auditor.ca.gov.

The California State Auditor is a state entity that is independent of the executive branch and legislative control. The purpose of the California State Auditor is to improve California government by assuring the performance, accountability, and transparency that its citizens deserve. For more information on the California State Auditor, please visit www.auditor.ca.gov.


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A 30 Year Tradition of Celebrating Polish Culture!

By Jennifer Weedon, Polish American Club of Sacramento  |  2019-08-06

Enjoy authentic Polish food while listening to traditional Polish music, performed by professional musicians–Bodgan Komorniczak, Co-chair for the Polish Festival. Courtesy Polish American Club of Sacramento

ROSEVILLE, CA (MPG) - Have you danced the Polka, ate Pierogi and had your picture taken with a “Polish Princess”? Never, you say? Well it’s about time you did!

Join the Polish American Club of Sacramento, Inc. at the 30th Annual Polish Festival. Come celebrate and learn about the Polish culture through traditional food, drink and song on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 12-6 p.m.

More than 1500 people are expected to attend this year’s festival. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of food. Come fill up on home-made Polish delicacies—over 5,000 pierogi (potato-cheese filled, meat filled or mushroom & sauerkraut filled dumplings); 1,000 golabki (cabbage rolls); 700 pounds of Kielbasa (Polish sausage), hundreds of servings of placki (potato pancakes) and a variety of Polish pastries will be served.

Bodgan Komorniczak, Co-chair for the Polish Festival says, “The best part of the Festival is the food and entertainment. There are no Polish Restaurants in the greater Sacramento area, so the Polish Festival is the only time when people can enjoy authentic Polish food while listening to traditional Polish music, performed by professional musicians.”

Besides all the wonderful food and entertainment there will be several vendors on-hand selling Baltic Amber, handmade crafts, Polish souvenirs and Polish sausages. Don’t forget to visit the Polish marketplace! If you’re in a bidding mood there is also the silent auction. For those that wish to try their luck, tickets for the raffle will be available. You can commemorate your visit with a picture with a “Polish Princess” at the photo booth.

Dance the Polka or enjoy the music of Chet Chwalik’s Polka Band, the Jim Shoemaker Duo and folk music by Kuzyni while you eat. The performances of the Bay Area Polish Lowiczanie & Sokoly Dancers and Sacramento’s Ukrainian Veselka Dancers are sure to impress.

There is something for everyone at the 30th Annual Polish Festival! The event is for all ages.

Admission and Parking are free. Wheelchair Access is available. Credit Cards Accepted. The location is 327 Main Street, Roseville CA.

The Polish American Club of Sacramento, Inc preserves and perpetuates Polish traditions, customs, culture and heritage through social events and activities. Since the foundation of the club in 1959 membership and the festival have grown. For more information about the performers and vendors please visit the website at https://sacpolishclub.com/polish-festival

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Even with a $22 billion surplus, California Democrats passed Assembly Bill 91 which will raise $1.9 billion in new taxes on small businesses.

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement:

“On one hand, Democrats say they are providing a $220 million savings for small businesses, yet on the other, they are increasing taxes on small businesses by $1.9 billion dollars. The last thing Californians need is another tax increase especially when we have a $22 billion surplus. Small businesses need our help to keep their doors open and this will only hurt them,” said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.

Senator Shannon Grove represents California's 16th Senate District.

Source Office of the Senate Republican Caucus

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