SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - As students return to school, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges parents and guardians to ensure immunizations are on their back-to-school checklist. Many vaccine-preventable diseases, such as whooping cough and measles, can easily spread in child care and school settings.

“Immunization can help keep our children healthy, in school and ready to learn,” said Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “If you haven’t done so already, check with your child’s doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs. Vaccinations are the best way to ensure that students are protected against serious and preventable diseases.”

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for getting sick and spreading diseases to students in their classrooms, and children and adults within their communities. Babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions are especially susceptible.

California law requires students to receive certain immunizations in order to attend public and private elementary and secondary schools as well as licensed childcare centers. Schools and licensed childcare centers are required to enforce immunization requirements, maintain immunization records of all children enrolled, and report students’ immunization statuses to CDPH.

Families that are having difficulty obtaining required immunizations prior to the start of school can contact their local health department for assistance in finding other local immunization providers.

Visit for more information on immunization laws and required vaccinations for students in California.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Assemblyman Gallagher (R- Yuba City) is joining state and federal bipartisan legislators, valley farmers, and North State Farm Bureaus in an effort to stop the State Water Resources Control Board from cutting water supplies to agriculture.

“This dangerous “Water Grab”, that could cripple the farming economy, is possible because of the unaccountable and un-elected bureaucrats and their radical policies that do not take people into account, and is why we are seeing our water infrastructure crumbling. If they can take water in Stanislaus, Merced, and Tuolumne, they’re going to do it to us in the North State. We need to be together and we need to be united,” Gallagher stated at a rally on Monday.

The fight over this watershed is the first of a two-part proposal. Later this year, the board will release a companion proposal to redirect portions of the Sacramento River watershed’s supply to benefit fish and other environmental purposes. The two proposals could mean historic changes in how water is parceled out in a state that has faced many water management challenges.

After mounting pressure highlighted by a rally on the steps of the Sacramento Capitol building on Monday, the board has decided to postpone their decision. However, if approved, this proposal will not only lead to farmland being taken out of production, but it could also negatively impact local and rural economies and the industries that support them. 

In an effort to permanently stop this decision, a petition campaign is underway to tell the water board to protect the water supply for families, communities and farms over environmental needs.

For more information on Assemblyman Gallagher, and to track legislation visit

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Multicultural Business Expo Relocates to Carmichael

Story by Trina L. Drotar, Photos courtesy Russian American Media  |  2018-08-23

The Multicultural Business Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 5 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Milagro Centre in Carmichael.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Now in its ninth year, the Multicultural Business Expo has relocated to the Patriot Event Center at Milagro Centre on Fair Oaks Boulevard at Marconi Avenue. Olga Ivannikov, CFO of Russian American Media and the event’s organizer, is excited about the new location. “The expo is going to be both outdoors with canopies and indoors with a hall filled with exhibitors,” she said, adding that local restaurants, breweries, and wineries would be on hand with samples for hungry attendees and exhibitors.

More than 100 businesses and non-profit agencies are expected to exhibit at this year’s event, which, based on the event’s continued growth, should draw more than 2,000 attendees from the greater Sacramento region. “This year we wish to make an emphasis on personal connections,” she said. The face to face meeting is why the event draws so many people.

The expo provides a forum for small business owners to connect with other small business owners or with banks, credit unions, or with many businesses that offer subcontracting opportunities. For students and recent graduates, there will be opportunities to connect with businesses that may have job opportunities like the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department or California Highway Patrol. Mid-career business people will also find opportunities to connect and pass out resumes. The general public can connect with possible service providers, pick up samples, and wander the booths.

Some exhibitors will be familiar names throughout the region. SMUD’s Supplier Emerging Enterprise Development (SEED) team will help small business owners learn about state certification and bid on SMUD contracts. “They’ll provide an overview of our business contracting procedures and explain the SEED program in detail,” said Chris Capra, SMUD’s Public Information Specialist. Exhibiting at this business expo helps SMUD grow its pool of qualified potential contractors and helps business owners learn how to maneuver the state’s certification program, a win-win for both. “SMUD also realizes reciprocal benefits by promoting the economic development of its customers who own the company,” added Capra.

Other exhibitors, like Language World Services, Inc., may be less familiar. This translation and interpretation organization, located in Carmichael, provides services in more than 80 languages for healthcare, law enforcement, conferences, insurance, disaster preparedness, and many other areas. Job opportunities are available throughout the Sacramento region and San Francisco Bay Area.

Exhibitors will be on hand in three different areas. The business expo will feature government and corporate entities offering resources and contracting opportunities to small business owners. Joining SMUD will be Siemens, DGS, and others. Owners interested in business financing, presenting their products or services, investigating export opportunities, and reaching new customers should stop by with business cards.

Students and recent high school graduates may wish to peruse the educational opportunities area. Asher College, Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA), Pacific Charter Institute, and CSUS will be on hand with information about undergraduate programs, the transfer process for community college students, opportunities for working adults, and the all-important financial aid. Asher College, founded in 1998, is a trade school specializing in medical, business, and IT with campuses in Sacramento, Dallas, and Las Vegas. SETA, now in its fourth decade, features Sacramento Works with offices in Sacramento, Mather, Galt, Rancho Cordova, and Citrus Heights.

Job seekers should be prepared with resumes and proper business attire to meet with the many businesses that will be on hand. Connect with Wells Fargo Bank, SAFE Credit Union, American River Bank, and others to learn about available positions, the hiring process, or to submit your resume in person.

Other exhibitors with business or learning opportunities include GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization based in Oakland. GRID works in the highly popular field of renewable energy and offers volunteers the opportunity to assist with installation projects, a sort of try before you buy idea. GRID also has training, certification programs, and jobs. ANG Health Care, Inc., located in Folsom, will be on hand to discuss its offerings in skilled nursing, speech therapy, and in-home care services. Insurance companies, accounting firms, medical offices, and health clubs are expected to be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

The expo has grown each year and draws people from Sacramento County and surrounding areas. “We started out as a local community fair and grew into a major business exposition which is organized by a number of non-profits and all major chambers in the Sacramento valley,” said Ivannikov. “We reach out to Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Elk Grove, West Sacramento, Sacramento. We contact all of the multicultural chambers, the Asian Pacific, Hispanic, African American, and the metro chamber.” For more information: visit or call 916-677-9397. If you visit: The Multicultural Business Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 5 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael, CA  95608.

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Local Artist Sparks the Creative Process in Fairgoers

By Elise Spleiss  |  2018-08-23

Chris Thompson, clay artist extraordinaire, behind his “ArtValanche” at the Valley Sculpture Artist’s booth at the California State Fair. Thousands of tiny clay sculptures were created by over 18,000 fairgoers and added to the booth he manned for 19 days. Photo by Sue Anne Foster

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - While visiting the Fine Art Exhibition at the California State Fair this year people were gathering around a man tossing clay into the crowd, telling them to, “Make something.” He let participants know that it was a judgement free zone. Chris Thompson volunteered every day of the fair, inviting young and old to join in the act of creating something from a lump of clay.  Thompson was the featured representative of a local sculpture group, Valley Sculpture Artists (VSA), which promotes three-dimensional art. 

He shared how his own love of making things with clay began at the age of nine when his mother tossed him a hunk of porcelain clay. He was hooked.

“People return year after year to see Chris in action,” said Sue Foster, President of VSA, the sponsor of the booth showcasing a variety of sculptures created by members.  “Chris has the gift of engaging people in the creative process.  He tosses a small piece of clay to onlookers with an invitation to make something; and they do.”

Surprising numbers of children and adults lingered while working their clay - some for up to 20 minutes. When they finished, Thompson invited them to keep it or add their sculpture to what has become known as the “ArtValanche.”  It is art until the time a portion crashes to the ground (which it did at least 40 times), then it is an avalanche. He carefully retrieves each piece and places it back on the mountain of creations, some intricately crafted with striking detail. 

Thompson estimated approximately 18,000 fairgoers had accepted his ‘clay experience’ during his 19 days at the fair, turning over 1,000 pounds of clay (donated by Alpha Ceramics) into their own works of art. He noted the incredible amount of energy put into each piece.           

He also noticed that many of those who seemed the least excited to accept his challenge, claiming that they weren’t artists, produced some of the best tiny sculptures.   

Thompson is not new to sharing his love for art with his community.  He received the Artist of the Year Award from the Sacramento Arts and Business Council after facilitating a five county project creating “A Thousand Bowls to Feed the Hungry” in 2013. He tossed and shaped the bowls and local art organizations volunteered to glaze and sell them.  This project helped to raise awareness for the arts while yielding over $42,000, which was donated to local non-profits.  In addition, Thompson recently received the prestigious 2018 Don Herberholz Award for Sculpture.

When not creating and exhibiting his own ceramic art, Thompson teaches classes to children and adults at A.C.A.I., an up and coming gallery in Fair Oaks. He is a celebrated ceramic artist and member of Valley Sculpture Artists.  

Visitors are welcome to visit Allied Ceramics Art Institute and Gallery (ACAI) located at 7425 Winding Way in Fair Oaks. A new show of exciting pieces begins each third Saturday of the month with an artist reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hours are Wednesday-Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

For more details visit websites: and or email:

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Six DAs Unite to Consolidate Golden State Killer Case in Sacramento County

Sacramento District Attorney Special Release  |  2018-08-23

Golden State Killer suspect Joseph James DeAngelo

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced today that the case against Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, Citrus Heights, will be prosecuted jointly in Sacramento County, where the defendant is being housed after his arrest on April 24, 2018. This joint prosecution will involve Contra Costa, Orange, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Tulare, and Ventura Counties. An amended complaint charging all crimes together in one case, as well as 13 counts of kidnapping to commit robbery, was filed today in Sacramento Superior Court.

DeAngelo now faces 13 felony counts of murder with special circumstances allegations of multiple murders, murder during the commission of rape, robbery, and burglary. DeAngelo was charged today in an amended complaint with 13 felony counts of kidnapping to commit robbery with sentencing enhancements for personal use of a firearm and personal use of a knife during the commission of the offenses. He faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. DeAngelo is expected to appear in Sacramento County for arraignment on Thursday, August 23rd at 1:30 p.m. in Department 61.

In announcing this decision, District Attorney Schubert stated, “The joining of this case in one county is in the best interest of victims, the efficiency of the case and the fair administration of justice.  I look forward to all counties working together collaboratively in seeking justice in this case.”

Circumstances of the Case

Contra Costa County – District Attorney Diana Becton

Four felony counts of kidnapping to commit robbery with sentencing enhancements for personal use of a firearm and personal use of a knife.

  • Between Oct. 7, 1978, and June 11, 1979, DeAngelo is accused of kidnapping and carrying away four women to commit robbery.

Tulare County – District Attorney Tim Ward

One felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for personal use of a firearm

  • On Sept. 11, 1975, DeAngelo is accused of murdering Claude Snelling during an attempted kidnapping of the victim’s daughter from their home.

Sacramento County – District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert

Two felony counts of murder with a sentencing enhancement for multiple murders and personal use of a firearm

  • On Feb. 2, 1978, DeAngelo is accused of murdering Kate Maggoire, 20, and Brian Maggoire, 21 as they walked their dog in their Rancho Cordova neighborhood.

Nine felony counts of kidnapping to commit robbery with sentencing enhancements for personal use of a firearm and personal use of a knife.

  • Between Sept. 4, 1976, and Oct. 21, 1977, DeAngelo is accused of kidnapping and carrying away nine women to commit robbery.

Santa Barbara County – District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley

Four felony counts of murder with a sentencing enhancement for multiple murders, personal use of a firearm, and special circumstances sentencing enhancements for murder during rape, and murder during burglary

  • On Dec. 30, 1979, DeAngelo is accused of raping and murdering Debra Manning, 35, and Robert Offerman, 44, of Goleta.
  • July 27, 1981, DeAngelo is accused of murdering Gregory Sanchez, 27, and Cheri Domingo, 35, of Goleta.

Ventura County – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten

Two felony counts of murder with special circumstances sentencing enhancements for multiple murders, murder during rape, and murder during robbery

  • On March 13 to 16, 1980, DeAngelo is accused of raping and murdering Charlene Smith, 33, and murdering Lyman Smith, 43, of Ventura.

Orange County – District Attorney Tony Rackauckas

Four felony counts of murder with special circumstances sentencing enhancements for multiple murders and murder during the commission of rape, robbery, and burglary.

  • On Aug. 21, 1980, DeAngelo is accused of murdering Keith Harrington, 24, and raping and murdering Patrice Harrington, 27, of Dana Point.
  • On Feb. 6, 1981, DeAngelo is accused of raping and murdering Manuela Witthuhn, 28, of Irvine.
  • On May 5, 1986, DeAngelo is accused of raping and murdering Janelle Cruz, 18, of Irvine.

Source: Sacramento District Attorney

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AUBURN, CA (MPG) - Placer County is seeking public input on the draft environmental report for the proposed Placer County Sports and Event Center project at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville, now called @the Grounds. A public meeting on the proposal set for Sept. 17.

The proposed project is a collaboration between Placer Valley Tourism and Placer County. An initial phase would see construction of a 160,000-square-foot, indoor sports and event center, with the potential for adding a 30,000-square-foot expansion and a 6,000-square-foot culinary building later.

The draft environmental impact report is available for public comment until Oct. 8.

As part of the county's environmental review process, a public hearing on a draft environmental impact report is held during the public review period to encourage public comment and community participation.

A public meeting will be held Sept. 17 from 6-8 p.m., at Johnson Hall at the Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd., in Roseville.

The facility for the meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. Those needing special assistive devices will be accommodated to the county’s best ability. For more information, please contact Suzy Vose (at the contact information below) at least 48 hours before the meeting.

The proposed sports and event center facility would be designed for hosting various sport events and tournaments such as volleyball, basketball, martial arts, dance and cheer competitions. The potential culinary building would include a demonstration kitchen, food storage area, meeting rooms, banquet rooms and offices.

The draft EIR is available for public review during normal business hours at the Placer County library in Auburn, the downtown Roseville Library, and at the Placer County Real Estate Services Division of Public Works and Facilities, 11476 C Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603. It’s also available online at

Comments may be addressed by mail to the Placer County Department of Public Works and Facilities, Real Estate Services Division, Attention: Suzy Vose, Senior Project Manager, 11476 C Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603; at the Sept. 17 meeting; or by email to Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 8.

For more information regarding the project, please contact the project manager, Suzy Vose, at 530-886-4950.

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EL DORADO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - A symphony performing in Georgetown? If that sounds ambitious, it is! The 45 member Sierra Symphony, well–known for performing all over El Dorado County, is scheduled to perform  September 16th at the Music On The Divide opening season concert to be located at the renovated Georgetown School Amphitheater. Under the leafy canopy of majestic black oaks, the rich sounds of the Symphony’s fall pops repertoire will thrill attendees of this special outdoor event.

Formed 33 years ago by the collaboration of John Pratt and David Smythe, the Sierra Symphony was originally to provide local players with the opportunity to perform quality music and to provide symphony orchestra concerts for the community. Other local musicians and music teachers, including Jim Snoke and Betsy Fulmer, were asked to meet and help in the formation of the symphony. As it has evolved, the Symphony’s mission is now “…to promote the enjoyment of a broad range of musical genres by presenting regularly scheduled concerts to the general public and by encouraging and supporting the participation of student musicians as members of the orchestra and as featured young artists."

Under the direction of conductor, Roy R. Fulmer, Jr., the Symphony plays a variety of genres, from Baroque to contemporary music of the 20th century, pops, and seasonal music. In fall, the orchestra provides popular selections from Broadway, cinema & jazz, mixed with light “classical” music. During the holidays, a Christmas holiday repertoire is featured, and in spring, the Young Artist Concert features El Dorado County young instrumentalists playing concertos and “classical” music.

The musicians making up the Symphony range in age from high school students to octogenarians. They come from all walks of life: students, retirees, teachers, professional musicians, church musicians, city, state, and federal employees, those in medicine, engineering, accounting, advertising, and many more professions. The majority of musicians live in El Dorado County, but some come from Placer or Sacramento Counties to have the opportunity to play for Sierra Symphony. Two of the members live right in Garden Valley. Retired BOMUSD teachers Dirk and Jeannie Koorn have played trumpet and bassoon with the Symphony for 30 years.

The richness of the orchestral sound is delivered by the balance of four different types of instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. The Sierra Symphony is composed of strings (violin, viola, violoncello, and double bass), woodwinds (flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, and bassoon), brass (French horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba), percussion (mallet instruments, timpani, & assorted percussion instruments), and sometimes piano.

The Sierra Symphony has been invited to play all the biggest venues of El Dorado County, including the El Dorado County Fair Grounds for the Butterfly Concerts, Cameron Park Community Center, El Dorado Hills Community Park Gymnasium, Mother Lode Lions Club Hall, Empire Theater, Cielo Estate Winery and David Girard Vineyards. It is an honor to have the Symphony travel to Georgetown, and Music On The Divide is proud to be able to bring such prestigious musicians to our forested venue.

The concert will begin at 3:00pm. Gates open at 2:00 for members, 2:30 for general attendance. The traditional refreshments of cookies and beverages will be available for free at intermission. The amphitheater can be reached by turning off Wentworth Springs Road ½ mile north of Georgetown’s intersection of Main Street and Hwy 193, where signs will direct you to the amphitheater parking. It will be wise to wear comfortable clothes, good walking shoes, and perhaps bring a seat cushion for your additional comfort on the wood beam seating.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under age 5. Memberships in Music On The Divide can be purchased at this concert, entitling the member to 8 season concerts (including this one) for only $60 for a single, or $100 for a family. A whole year of musical enrichment will never be this affordable again. See you Sunday, September 16th !

For more information about the Sierra Symphony, go to, or find a sample of their music at

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