Volume 2 Issue 15 - West Sacramento Sun



Volume 2 Issue 15 - West Sacramento Sun
It’s More Fun In The Sun!
West Sacramento
The Search
Begins for
Abandoned Art
P r o u d l y S e r v i n g W e s t S a c r a m e n t o & YOLO COUNTY
First Issue of August, 2014
Waste Not, Want Not
Gold Rush
Days Activities
Cancelled due
to Drought
Sacramento Region, CA (MPG)
- Due to California’s drought condi-
Page 3
DOVIA Celebrates
Reducing the number of times you wash your car can help save water during this lengthy draught.
By Jan Dalske
Page 10
Make it Fun
and it will get
Pam Young’s
the last City Council meeting, the
City of West Sacramento worked
to update the City’s water conservation efforts to meet a 20%
reduction in water usage. Since
the governor issued a drought
declaration earlier this year, the
City has promoted water conservation and responded to citizen
complaints regarding water waste
in the community. City staff
has been tracking the progress in reaching their goal. From
February to June, the average
reduction was almost 19%.
To encourage conservation, the
City will send a status report to its
top 20 water customers. These are
commercial, multifamily, and government agencies. This report will
list the customers who have met or
exceeded the 20% goal. They will
increase social media postings
which promote water conservation.
They will also increase messages
on the City webpage and City
iLights, as well as through other
community email distribution lists
such as the BBCAN newsletter.
While they are promoting conservation, The City of West
Sacramento is requesting proposals from Professional Services
consultants for expert advice in
completion of a Flood Emergency
Response Plan and Development
of Scenario-Focused Flood
Maps. The objective of the project
is to assist the City with compliance with Assembly Bill 156/
Water Code 9650 by implementing
and/or completing specific tasks
for a flood response plan, or flood
safety plan as legally required
and complete a Scenario-focused
Flood Contingency—GIS-based—
Mapping Program.
The Department of Water
Resources recently met to approve
a flood emergency plan for the
area. Flood threat is real in West
Sacramento due to localized
drainage problems, and possible
dam or levee failure. All of West
Sacramento lies within the natural floodplain of the Sacramento
River. It is reclaimed land protected from floods by levees
and the Yolo and Sacramento
bypasses, which divert water flood
flows around the City to the West.
Regardless of the level of protection, which is currently provided
by the levees that protect the City,
the threat of a catastrophic flood
event is present.
With the Sacramento River to the
north and east and the Sacramento
and Yolo Bypasses to the north and
west, West Sacramento is practically surrounded by water during
a high-water event. One break in
a levee during this event, and the
entire city would flood. This flood
would cause massive property
damage. The West Sacramento
Flood Emergency Response Plan
will make the most effective use
of flood fight resources, create a
guide for emergency responders
during an evacuation by maximizing limited evacuation routes,
and improve flood preparedness in
order to reduce risk in the City by
ensuring coordinated responses to
flood threats.
Source: City Council meetings,
State legislation, www.cityofwestsacramento.org, Department
of Water Resource
tions and the enormous amounts of
water needed to put on the annual
heritage event, the traditional
Gold Rush Days activities in Old
Sacramento have been cancelled
for 2014. The decision was made
by Steve Hammond, President &
CEO of the Sacramento Convention
& Visitors Bureau, along with the
City of Sacramento and other stakeholders of the event.
Each year, nearly 200 tons of dirt
or decomposed granite is used to
help transform Old Sacramento into
a scene out of the 1850s. In addition to the visual transformation,
the dirt also creates a safe foundation for the horses, wagons and
various skits and performances taking place in the streets. However, it
takes up to 3,000 gallons of water
per day to keep the dirt dampened
and dust down during the event,
plus up to 100,000 gallons of water
to clean up the dirt at the conclusion of the event.
Even without the traditional
Gold Rush Days activities, guests
are encouraged to visit Old
Sacramento over Labor Day weekend. “With four museums and more
than 100 shops, eateries and entertainment venues, there’s always
something happening in Old
Sacramento,” said Chris McSwain,
Executive Director of the Old
Sacramento Business Association.
“We invite guests from near and
far to visit Old Sacramento over
Labor Day Weekend and stay tuned
for some fun surprises that will be
announced at a later date.” For continually updated information about
events and activities happening in
Old Sacramento, visit www.oldsacramento.com.
Source: T-Rock Communications
Kaiser Permanente Awards More than $170,000 to
Nonprofit Organizations Serving in West Sacramento
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Kaiser Permanente has awarded
five Community Benefit grants
totaling $172,950 to help individuals and families in and around
West Sacramento live healthier
lives. The Health Education Council
of West Sacramento is receiving $51,450 to fund the highly
successful and popular Don’t
Buy The Lie anti-smoking campaign for students across Greater
Sacramento, which includes a
poster contest, curriculum, and
school assemblies led by antitobacco crusader Dr. Victor
DeNoble. Elica Health Centers,
which operates clinics in West
Sacramento and Sacramento, is
using its $41,500 grant to develop
a comprehensive behavioral health
program for at least 633 clients. CommuniCare Health Centers,
the main safety net provider in
Yolo County, which has a clinic
in West Sacramento, is receiving
$40,000 to expand a program that
will connect homeless people with
federal and state aid. The Yolo County Children’s
Kaiser awarded funds to The Health Education Council of West
Sacramento, Elica Health Centers, CommuniCare Health Centers, The
Yolo County Children’s Alliance, and The Yolo Family Service Agency.
Giovanni Villalva (above), seven years old, holds a hissing cockroach at
Hands on Science Fun Barn with Ana Katina Palmbaum-Martinez, five
years old. Photo courtesy of Yolo County Children’s Alliance.
Alliance is receiving $25,000
to support the West Sacramento
Family Resource Center, which
helps eligible families obtain
health insurance, fresh food, and
other resources. The Yolo Family Service
Agency is receiving $15,000 to
fund counseling sessions for 25
students and their families through
a successful partnership with
the Washington Unified School
District. By providing therapeutic services, clinicians will help
students deal with issues such as
anger management, inattentiveness in the classroom and at home,
social skills, separation issues,
mood disorders, and anxiety. The grants are among dozens
that Kaiser Permanente awards
to not-for-profit organizations,
schools, and government entities
in Greater Sacramento that seek
to improve access to medical care,
support mental health services,
reduce violence, and promote
healthy eating and active living. In all, Kaiser Permanente has
awarded 55 Community Benefit
grants totaling $1.4 million to
local communities so far this year. The Community Benefit grants,
which range in individual amounts
from $7,590 to $99,000, are part
of a longstanding practice for the
region’s leading integrated healthcare provider, which seeks to
improve the health of the communities it serves in Sacramento,
Yolo, Placer and El Dorado
counties. The largest allocation of funding will help the uninsured and
underinsured access health care
programs and services at various community clinics and
organizations. Kaiser Permanente operates
medical centers and outpatient
clinics in three local service areas:
South Sacramento, Sacramento
and Roseville. The Community
Benefit grants will help thousands of underserved area
residents in communities throughout Greater Sacramento. H
Source: Kaiser Permanente
Elica Health Centers’ two exam room clinic on wheels. Elica Health
Centers, which operates clinics in West Sacramento and Sacramento, is
using its $41,500 grant to develop a comprehensive behavioral health
program for at least 633 clients. Photo courtesy of Elica Health Center.
2 • West Sacramento Sun
First Edition for August 2014
City and Chamber of Commerce Work Together for the Community
By Jan Dalske
approved a new two year contract with
Chamber of Commerce for services related
to economic and community development.
Historically, the City of West Sacramento
has contracted with the local Chamber of
Commerce for services related to building a
strong business climate and a sense of community in West Sacramento.
The Chamber will focus on activities that
are related to business retention and community events. Past activities have included
outreach to the local businesses, hosting or
participating in events related to business
resources, reviewing proposed changes to
the City development fees or regulations, and
producing annual events such as the State of
the City and the Christmas Tree Lighting.
The partnership between the City and
the Chamber has enhanced the City’s business friendly reputation and promoted
community pride. The contract continues
the Chamber’s traditional role of providing
comments on proposed changes to the City’s
development fees and regulations. Unlike
previous contracts, the proposed scope of
work recognizes advocacy for state and federal legislation which is related to economic
development as an item of importance for
the City and the Chamber collaboration.
The Chamber will conduct quarterly business visitations to gather information about
local businesses and provide feedback about
the City’s business climate. At least six visitations will be conducted per quarter. The
Chamber will collaborate with the City to
identify new businesses through the City’s
business license database. They will acquaint
those businesses with the West Sacramento
community and city government.
The Chamber will partner with the City
in the production of periodic seminars or
webinars which will provide information on
business resources. The City may choose to
participate in annual “Business Walk” events
which are coordinated by Metro Pulse. The
Chamber will participate in half-day walking
tours of City businesses.
The Chamber will organize and produce
the annual State of the City. This event is a
forum for the City’s Mayor to showcase West
Sacramento to the business community and
to speak about the City Council’s vision for
the future. The Chamber will also be responsible for the production of the Christmas
Tree Lighting event which includes the ceremonial tree lighting in front of City Hall.
In partnership with the City the Chamber
will organize and produce the annual
Farmers Market in the City’s downtown. The
Farmer’s Market may include beer or wine
tasting events. The Chamber is responsible
for the operation of these events and must
obtain Alcoholic Beverage permits for this
The Chamber must provide a report to
the City staff on a quarterly basis, and specify any information they obtained from the
business visitation activities. The City and
the Chamber staff shall meet at least once
per fiscal quarter to discuss issues of mutual
interest, and identify business to target for
future visitations. The annual compensation
for this contract is $40,000 and the contract
includes an option for a two year renewal at
the conclusion of the initial term. H
Source: City Council meeting, July 16,
CDPH Warns Not to Use Certain Tattoo
Products Due to Risk of Infection
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Dr. Ron Chapman, director of
the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and
state health officer, warned consumers not to use White &
Blue Lion tattoo products because testing has found microbial bacterial contamination in both the inks and needles. Use
of the contaminated inks or needles may result in bacterial
infection and can lead to sepsis, a potentially life-threatening
complication of an infection. One illness has been linked to
the affected products at this time.
White & Blue Lion, Inc. of City of Industry, California,
is voluntarily recalling the following varieties of tattoo
products: Tattoo Ink, Tattoo Needles, and Tattoo Kits incorporating tattoo ink and needles. These products were distributed
by White & Blue Lion and sold separately by 8Decades and
White & Blue Lion, Inc. online. Product labeling on the Inks
indicate a “Best if used by date” of “16/12/16” (December
16, 2016). The recalled products were sold separately and in
kits by 8Decades and White & Blue Lion, Inc. through www.
Consumers in possession of the recalled products should
discard the products following acceptable biohazard and
sharps disposal methods.
CDPH recommends that consumers experiencing any ill
effects after use of these products should consult their health
care provider.
Consumers who observe the product being offered for sale
are encouraged to report the activity to the CDPH toll-free
complaint line at (800) 495-3232.H
Source: California Department of Public Health
C o n s u m e r s a re
wa rn e d n o t to
use White
Blue Lion tattoo
products because
testing has found
microbial bacterial
in both the inks
and needles. Photos
courtesy of www.fda.gov.
River Cats Opened
Eight-Game Homestand
On Tuesday, July 29
right on the field, sponsored by
Kovar’s Karate.
River Cats returned home for
an eight-game homestand featuring four games against
the Albuquerque Isotopes—
the Triple-A affiliate of the
Los Angeles Dodgers—and
four games against the Las
Vegas 51s—the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The homestand will feature an
Addison Russell Home Grown
Garden Gnome giveaway, two
fireworks shows, BloodSource
Night, Princess & Pirate Night,
and Raley Field’s first-ever
Shark Night.
Saturday, Aug. 2 vs. Las Vegas
51s – 7:05 p.m. Sutter Health
Fireworks Saturday: Sutter
Health is once again partnering with the River Cats to
bring you fireworks across
the Sacramento skyline after
every Saturday home game
this season. Kovar’s Karate
Kid Night: Celebrate a classic,
where local youths will put on a
pregame karate demonstration
Sunday, Aug. 3 vs. Las Vegas
51s – 5:05 p.m. K-LOVE Sunda
y Funday: Kids of all ages will
enjoy face painters and balloon artists, and the opportunity
to “Run the Bases” on the field
after every Sunday home game.
Monday, Aug. 4 vs. Las Vegas
51s – 7:05 p.m. Cache Creek
Baseball Bingo Monday: Try
your luck at baseball bingo
every Monday at Raley Field,
courtesy of Cache Creek Casino
Tuesday, Aug. 5 vs. Las Vegas
51s – 7:05 p.m. Toyota Family
Value Tuesday: Come out to the
park and enjoy $1 hot dogs and
$1 desserts courtesy of Toyota.
River Cats Season Tickets,
Mini-Plans, Flex Plans and
group outings are on sale
now, and can be purchased by
calling the River Cats Ticket
Hotline at (916) 371-HITS
(4487). Individual game tickets,
starting at just $8, are available
now at ticketmaster.com and at
Raley Field’s Round Table Pizza
Ticket Office. For more information about the River Cats,
visit www.rivercats.com. For
information on other events at
Raley Field, visitwww.raleyfield.com.
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First Edition for August 2014
The Search Begins for Abandoned Art
Artist Nancy Bagdanov with sweet art to abandon. Abandoned art pieces are
easy to identify: the works have information on the back so finders can make
contact with the artists and perhaps even send selfies and stories via email
and Facebook, telling how they discovered their hidden treasures. All photos
courtesy of the City of Rancho Cordova.
Look under that park bench … is
there a painting to be found?
What’s that sticking out from
behind the potted plant at the coffee shop? Is it art?
That’s the sort of questions that
will be asked across Sacramento
and the world. Rancho Cordova
Arts struck with Abandoned Art
on Friday, July 31st. About 2,000
pieces of art have been stashed;
most are in the Sacramento
Region, but some are in other
states and other countries.
The pieces of art are easy to
identify: the works have information on the back so finders
can make contact with the artists
and perhaps even send selfies and
stories via email and Facebook,
telling how they discovered their
hidden treasures.
An early placement was
discovered in the National
Gallery of Art in Washington,
D.C., and according to instructions, an unidentified discoverer
had a photo taken of herself holding the piece and sent it back to
An early placement was discovered
in the National Gallery of Art in
Washington, D.C., and according
to instructions, the unidentified
discoverer had a photo taken of
herself holding the abandoned art
and sent it to the artist.
the artist. Some pieces will have
RFID bar code tags which can
be read by smart phones and will
provide finders with a video. For
a free application to read RFID
tags, go to gettag.mobi.
The brainstorm of artist Victoria
Smith, The Highway 50 Artists,
Monto Kumagai and Transmedia
Mirage, and artist Robyn Slakey,
the Abandoned Art project is
described as community performance art which promotes local
artistic talent.
Art abandonments are not
entirely new, but the explosion
of social media has powered
abandonment projects to new
heights. Recent abandonments of
small amounts of cash in some
American cities set off search
How can art abandonment happen? Sometimes art is abandoned
by being tied to the branches of
trees, or scribbled on napkins at
restaurants. The idea is to create a piece of art and leave it for
somebody else to find and enjoy;
the artist gives a gift of art … and
moves on. Finders can keep the
art, or re-abandon it.
“The spirit of it is in keeping
with the ‘random acts of kindness’ concept,” said Smith. “It
brightens your day when you
discover some art has been abandoned for you to find.”
Finders should send a selfie
or correspondence to [email protected] or the
Ababdoned Art Project 2014’s
Facebook: http://goo.gl/S6FW9E
(case sensitive).
Who produced the art? “There
are professional and amateur
artists of all ages who are abandoning art for the community
to find,” said Smith. “My latest
count is that there will be more
than 2,000 pieces abandoned.”
Rancho Cordova artists are reaching out in a provocative and fun
way. The mass abandonment will
continue through 2014, Smith
said. Other artists who want to
get in on the action can continue
to join up. To participate, artists
should contact Smith at the email
or Facebook address to get started.
A portion of the project is
funded by Rancho Cordova Arts,
a two-year old organization of
artists who have formed a loose
collaboration to support local
art exhibits at Rancho Cordova
City Hall, at public events, even
a “Brushes and Brews” hook-up
with the American River Brewing
The visual arts group sponsors Plein Air art events and
works hand in hand with the
Rancho Cordova River City
Concert Band and Rancho
Cordova Civic Light Orchestra
to nurture local artists and art
activities, under the guidance of
the Cordova Community Council.
“We think our Abandoned Art
project expresses a lot about how
we not only want to be a place
where local art is supported and
enjoyed, but a place where art
happens,” said Smith.
Happy hunting! H
Source: The City of Rancho
Washington Firehouse to be Developed
By Jan Dalske
- The Washington Firehouse,
which is located at 317 3rd
Street, is a historically and culturally significant building. It
is prominently located at the
entrance to the Washington
District in West Sacramento. It
was constructed in 1938, and like
the Tower Bridge, it was part of
the American New Deal projects which were financed by the
Federal Government to provide
employment during the Great
The building displays the
stamp “WPA” for Works Progress
Administration, which was
established in 1935. The Works
Progress Administration was the
largest and most ambitious New
Deal agency, and employed millions of unemployed people to
carry out public works projects,
including the construction of
public buildings and roads.
The city owns the property,
which has been empty since
1997. There have been several
plans to develop the property
over the years. Solicitations
were issued in 1999, 2001, and
2004. In 1999 McCabe Pressey
Architects, hired by the City,
estimated that it could cost as
much as one million dollars for
both floors of the property to be
renovated into “leasable condition” for retail, restaurant or
office use.
Recent riverfront developments, as well as the proposed
Kings arena, have generated a
new interest in the building. In
late 2013, several inquiries were
received. D & S Development,
owners of the Bridgeview
Market and the land surrounding
it expressed an interest. They
are currently developing the
Bridgeview Lofts, and may want
to coordinate development of
both projects.
D & S Development has
experience in the re-use of historic buildings. They have
worked with the Brewster’s
Building in Galt and the
Sheepherder Inn in Rancho
Cordova. By approval of the
exclusive negotiation agreement
(ENA), D&S can now conduct the necessary analysis for
the renovation of the Firehouse.
The City will obtain an appraisal
of the Firehouse property and
explore potential grant funds for
streetscape improvements in the
Sources: City Council meeting,
July 16, 2014; Wikipedia
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4 • West Sacramento Sun
First Edition for August 2014
An Ancient
American Woman
Buried by the Sea
Make it Fun
and it will get Done!
the secret
to being organized
Pam Young’s Corner
Camp Grandma
By Pam Young
When my grandchildren
were younger, I turned my
home into a summer camp for
them. Now most are grown and
too busy with their own, big
kid activities. It’s kind of sad,
but it’s all part of life. It just
happens, but I’ve got photos to
remind me of the fun we had.
One year, my son’s two children came down from Seattle.
Brooklyn was eleven and
Jackie was eight. When they
arrived, Brooklyn was especially clingy. She wanted to
be hugged a lot and often a
hug would last a minute or
two. I knew the reason; she’d
been away at a soccer camp
the week before and her mom
was with her just one night and
then they came here for the
week. Jack didn’t go to camp,
so he had been with his mom
and dad and wasn’t in the least
It was interesting for me to
work with Brooklyn’s “neediness.” I found that if I dropped
everything when a hug was
needed and I let her break the
hug when she was ready, the
hugs got shorter and shorter
as time went on. I felt like a
gas station and she was my
constant customer, needing
another fill up.
What was fascinating to me
was that when Brooklyn got
my full attention on her time
terms, she was then happy to
go do all the things an eleven
year old loves to do. It made
me wonder how children who
don’t get a lot of one-on-one
time with their parents deal
with that lack of attention.
I admit we grandmas have
the luxury of dropping everything and just being with our
grandchildren and of course
we have the privilege of SOG
(Spoiling Our Grandchildren).
The list of activities at Camp
Grandma would make the
social director on a cruise ship
green with envy. We hiked,
picnicked, swam in the river,
caught crawdads and let them
go, picked wild blackberries and made a pie, had fresh
Chinook salmon at our neighbor’s home, rode bikes, read
for quiet time and watched
zero television (a real change
for these two).
Two milestones: Brooklyn
learned to sew (she made a pillowcase thanks to Gail Stone
who sent me this wonderful
link to a tutorial. Brooklyn had
a friend over and we went to
a fabric store and they picked
out fabric and made a pillowcase to take home as a Camp
Grandma souvenir. Here’s the
link: https://www.youtube.com/
The other milestone, Jack
learned to ride a bike.
Do you feel
like a gas station?
So, Miss Gas Station, make
sure your tank is filled up so
your children can get filled up
when they need to. I discovered
through years of meditation
and prayer that whenever I get
needy and think I need something outside of myself, if
I take a minute or two and
spend some time re-filling
from my own, God-given reservoir of love, I cease to look
for that love outside of myself.
Someone said, the only reason we want anything is that
we think it’ll make us feel better. We can feel better by just
basking in our own ability to
nurture ourselves. One of the
greatest lessons I’ve learned
is that we can tap into an inner
source of love that is eternal.
Here’s a prayer I wrote that
has always helped me to refill
my tank.
I am in a peaceful loving
place. All the love I can experience is mine right now. All I
have to do is be open and alert
to accept this love that is mine.
I let go of worry and fuss. I’m
steadfast in refusing to listen to
negative thoughts, especially
from myself and from others
who sabotage this promise
of love God has made to me.
I declare that peace and love
grace this house with its soothing presence. In this moment,
love rushes to me, enough to
share with my family, my community, and my world. I’m not
alone. My Creator is always
mighty in the midst of me. I
love who I am, and I accept
Divine love which always has
and always will meet my every
need. My love can never be
denied me because my source
of love comes from God, the
indwelling essence of my life.
All is well. Take care and
thank you for reading my article today.
To see what Pam’s got up
her cyber-sleeve, check out
www.cluborganized.com. Want
to get organized? Join the
club! H
Rock Doc
By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters
I need to get a cap on my front
tooth redone -- it has a significant
chip in it. Luckily I live at a time
in which dentists are in every city
and town, plying their trade in
ways that can help us each day.
A young woman who scientists are calling Naia was not so
lucky. She lived about 12,000 to
13,000 years ago in what’s now
the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
A recent article in New Scientist
reports that Naia’s teeth have a
number of large cavities in them.
Her mouth likely hurt a lot when
she was alive.
The name Naia comes from a
derivative of the Greek for “water
nymph.” Naia’s remains got their
name because they were found in
a flooded cavern. She was covered by water owing to ancient
climate change. During the end
of the Ice Age, when Naia lived,
sea level was a great deal lower.
Worldwide, glaciers melted as
major climate change moved the
globe in a warmer direction, so
sea level rose. The waters covered Naia’s remains, helping
preserve them for modern divers
to discover.
Naia probably fell into a sinkhole in the rock of the area where
she lived. She was not alone.
Animals also fell into the hole, as
we know from their remains. Some
of the animals were creatures like
giant sloths and sabertooth cats -creatures that went extinct between
their time and ours. But some
of the animals, like the puma or
cougar, are still with us. All of
their remains were covered, along
with Naia, by water as sea level
While Naia’s remains don’t
represent a complete skeleton, they constitute more than
just a skull. There are complete
arms and shoulders, one leg,
and a pelvis.
But back to Naia’s teeth. They
show cavities and pits around
the gum line, leading scientists
to think Naia ate a lot of fruit or
honey. Her small size and delicate
bones suggest she may not have
eaten much meat. And she may
have gone hungry a good proportion of the time.
Naia’s bones contain a special
type of DNA known as mitochondrial DNA. Actually, all of
us have mitochondrial DNA -it’s passed down from mother to
child. I sometimes call this type of
genetic material “mama-DNA.”
Different populations of humans
have different mama-DNA. Naia’s
mama-DNA indicates she is
related to ancient groups of people who lived in eastern Siberia.
This fits with the view that North
America was populated by people who crossed from Siberia to
northern North America over a
land bridge exposed because sea
level during the Ice Age stood so
very low.
Naia’s discovery in a flooded
cave is an exciting development for archeologists and other
researchers who study early
human history in the Americas.
We doubtless have a lot to learn
about the people who first reached
our shores. But with each discovery of bones and teeth we come
a bit closer to understanding the
earliest history of those who originally populated our continent. H
Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, a
native of the rural Northwest,
was trained as a geologist
at Princeton and Harvard.
Follow her on the web at rockdoc.wsu.edu and on Twitter
@RockDocWSU. This column is a service of the College
of Agricultural, Human, and
Natural Resource Sciences at
Washington State University.
Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking
with Underage Girl in Sacramento Area
Marquist Piere Bradford, 28,
of Chicago, pleaded guilty on
Thursday, July 24, 2014 to sex
trafficking of children by force,
United States Attorney Benjamin
B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents,
in early 2012 Bradford recruited
a 15-year-old girl to travel from
Fresno to Sacramento where she
was used by Bradford as part
of a prostitution business from
January 19 through February
5, 2012. According to court
documents, Bradford maintained an apartment in Rancho
Cordova, which he used as a
base of operations for a prostitution business that spanned the
Sacramento and Bay areas, as
well as cities outside California.
At least two of Bradford’s victims were under the age of 18.
Bradford fled from Sacramento
to the Chicago area after law
enforcement recovered the victim in this case.
This case was the product of an
investigation by the Sacramento
County Sheriff’s Office and the
Sacramento FBI Innocence Lost
Task Force. Assistant United
States Attorney Matthew G.
Morris is prosecuting the case.
Bradford has remained in
custody since his arrest in
Springfield, Ill. in April 2012.
He is scheduled to be sentenced
by United States District Judge
Morrison C. England, Jr. on
October 23, 2014. Bradford faces
a maximum statutory penalty
of life in prison and a $250,000
fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the
discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable
statutory factors and the Federal
Sentencing Guidelines, which
take into account a number of
Source: www.usdoj.gov/usao/
County Residents Indicted For Tax Refund Fraud Scheme
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - A federal
grand jury returned an eight-count
indictment on Thursday, July
24th against Sergey Shchirskiy,
38, of Carmichael, and Vladislav
Atamanyuk, 27, of Rancho
Cordova, charging them with
conspiracy to defraud the United
States and aggravated identity
theft, United States Attorney
Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents,
the defendants conspired to file
multiple fraudulent tax returns
using other people’s identities. The returns falsely claimed
refunds based on fraudulently
reported income and the Earned
Income Tax Credit. The defendants caused the fraudulent
refunds to be directly deposited into bank accounts that they
This case is the product of
an investigation by the Internal
Revenue Service, Criminal
Investigation and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney
Michele Beckwith is prosecuting
the case.
If convicted, the defendants
face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison for
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First Edition for August 2014
Head of Household FTB
Audits will Begin in August
Commentary by
Christian Montgomery
The FTB recently revealed
that it will initiate approximately 90,000 audits for tax year
2013 beginning in mid-August.
The audits will target taxpayers
whose 2013 filing status on their
California income tax return was
head of household.
California taxpayers may generally claim head of household status
on their tax returns if they are:
1) Unmarried,
2) Not a registered domestic
3) Paid more than one-half
of the costs to keep up their
home, and
4) Had a qualifying person
live with them.
It is the fourth element, the
qualifying person requirement,
where most taxpayers are vulnerable to an audit attack by the
FTB. However, all the elements
must be satisfied to endure an
audit review.
The head of household audit
is usually fruitful for the government because the determination
is generally factual, not legal.
Additionally, taxpayers claiming head of household status are
taxed at a lower tax rate and enjoy
a higher standard deduction than
a taxpayer filing either single or
married/registered domestic partner filing separately. Therefore,
if the taxpayer cannot substantiate the factual basis for the head
of household status claimed on
their tax return, their tax rate will
increase. Additionally, if the targeted taxpayer claimed a standard
deduction, then their deductions
will decrease and they will likely
owe the government money.
Lastly, because the adjustments
were caused by the audit, the government will also benefit from the
right to assess and collect monetary penalties and interest.
While the word “audit” is technically correct, in reality, this
August the FTB is simply sending
questionnaires to approximately
90,000 “lucky” California taxpayers who filed as head of
household on their tax returns.
Taxpayers who failed to submit a
head of household questionnaire
with their 2013 tax return, or
whose questionnaire was deemed
incomplete or provided conflicting information will likely
receive one of the 90,000 audit
Like all tax notices, it is important to respond to this notice if
you receive one. Taxpayers who
fail to respond to the questionnaire or whose responses indicate
they should not meet the criteria
to file as head of household, can
expect to then receive a formal
notice of proposed tax assessment. This is the notice that
formally notifies the taxpayer that
the government intends to change
the taxpayer’s tax return as filed,
adjust their taxes owed, and
imposes penalties and interest.
Now that you are aware that
you may be receiving a love letter
from the FTB in mid-August you
can prepare your fight or wallet
book accordingly.
Christian Montgomery is a
West Sacramento resident and
a tax attorney at Montgomery &
Wetenkamp, Tax Relief Attorneys,
located in Sacramento. For more
information regarding tax matters contact Montgomery &
Wetenkamp at (916) 452-7033
or online at www.mwattorneys.
com. This article is not intended
as legal advice, and cannot be
relied upon for any purpose
without the services of a qualified professional. H
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1321 Anna St., West Sac • 371-1211
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By Pastor J.C.
of Joy Christian Ministries
As Christians we have been
called not to be conformed to the
status quo, nor to live our lives
out in mediocrity, but to be victorious world changers. We have
been called to make such a contribution to society that those
around us will be changed. God
has called you and me to help
Him establish His kingdom on
earth as it is in heaven.
Throughout the Word of God
we are exhorted to be strong in
the power of His might: “Let
the weak say, I am strong...Be
strong in the Lord and in the
power of His might...Those who
know their God shall be strong
and do exploits.” The Word of
God is full of accounts of people who were dynamic heroes of
faith who out of weakness were
made strong. God has called
His children not to be mastered
or controlled by emotions, attitudes, or circumstances. Rather,
they are to be the master, to rise
up and take dominion and live a
victorious and full life.
Theodore Roosevelt said this
about success: “It is not the
critic who counts nor the man
who points out how the strong
man stumbled or where the doer
of deeds could have done them
better. The credit belongs to the
man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust
and sweat and blood, who strives
valiantly who errs and comes
short again and again (because
there is no effort without error
and shortcoming), who does
actually try to do the deed, who
knows the great enthusiasm, the
great devotion, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at
the worst, if he fails, at least fails
while daring greatly. Far better it
is to dare mighty things, to win
glorious triumphs even though
checkered by failure, than to
rank with those poor spirits who
neither enjoy nor suffer much
because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory
nor defeat.”
Why is it that many Christians
are content to stay in that “gray
mediocre twilight?” I believe
it is because they have a difficult time reconciling the spirit
of faith and the act of faith. The
“spirit of faith” means, God is a
sovereign God who is in control
of events in this world and orders
history according to His will.
The “act of faith” means that
God will do nothing to overthrow the forces of evil until He
finds a man or woman who will
stand in the gap to intercede,
who will boldly act upon and
proclaim God’s Word, and go
forth to do God’s will. I would
say that all Christians have the
“spirit of faith,” because they
believe that God is in control.
But, very few know the “act of
faith” because they are not committed to stand in the gap to do
God’s will. They have a difficult
time trusting in God for some of
the most minute things. Many
are good at talking about God,
but they have a hard time acting
on His Word.
Jesus said, “You are my friends,
if you do whatsoever I command
you” (John 15:14). A friend is
one who is dependable and trustworthy. He will stick closer than
a brother and will take action to
keep friendship alive. A friend
won’t run away when the going
gets tough.
J. C. is pastor of Joy Christian
Ministries W. Sac.
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Crocker Art/History
Contact: 808-1182 or email [email protected]
Info: All ages: color theory,
watercolor, printmaking, textiles,
photography and painting.
Sing Along!
Contact: 376-0756
Info: All residents 18 and up
are invited to join the West Sac
Community Singers (WSCS). The
group entertains at local events
and needs altos, baritones, and
tenors but everyone is welcome.
Chair Yoga
Time: Tuesdays, 4:45 pm
Place: Margaret-McDowell Manor
1525 Merkley Ave.,
West Sacramento
Contact: (530) 400-3013
Info: $5 donation per class requested. At Jefferson Blvd. & Merkley.
Cribbage Club
Time: Thursdays, 6 pm
VFW Post #8762
905 Drever St., West Sacramento
Contact: Mike Green, 832-7543 or
[email protected]
Wildlife Tours
Time: 1st Saturday, 9am-noon
Place: Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.
City Cemetery Tours
Time: Saturdays, 10 am
Place: Sacramento Historic
City Cemetery
1000 Broadway, Sacramento
Contact: 264-7839, 448-0811,
Anita Pearson: 548-9268,
[email protected]
Info: Free; donations appreciated.
Park across the street from the
10th Street gate, assemble in
front parking lot.
Arthur F. Turner Library Events
The library is located at 1212
Merkley Ave., West Sacramento,
(916) 375-6465
English Conversation
Time: 1-2 pm Mondays, 3-4 pm
Tuesdays, 10-11 am Fridays
Mother Goose
on the Loose:
Time: Tuesdays, 11:15 am
Info: For toddlers 12-36 months
Baby Yoga
Time: Wednesdays, 11 am -12:15 pm
Info: $40 fee.
Bilingual (Russian) Stories
Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 pm
Info: Ages 2 – 6, parents welcome.
Movies at the Library
Time: Saturdays, 2 pm (kids)
Info: Popular new releases.
Call for titles.
Community Center Activities
The West Sacramento
Community Center is located at
1075 West Capitol Ave,
West Sacramento,
(916) 617-4620.
West Sacramento
Historical Society
Revolving exhibits
Contact: 374-1849
Info: Located in the new
Community Center across
from City Hall.
Time: 9 am
Day: Mondays
Place: West Sacramento
Senior Center
664 Cummins Way,
West Sacramento
Contact: 617-4620
Info: Two kilns. Donation
Movie Mondays
Time: 1 pm
Day: 3rd Monday
Place: Senior Lounge,
Community Center
Info: Free. Snacks for sale.
Line Dancing
Time: 2-3:30 pm
Day: Tuesdays
Info: Low impact exercise class.
Donation requested
Learn to QuilT
Time: 9-11 am
Day: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
Info: Amanda’s Sew and Sews
welcomes all levels, including
beginners: new, traditional or
time saving quilting techniques.
Bring patterns and quilting
supplies and share.
Donation requested.
Exercise with Rose
Time: 1 pm
Day: Tuesdays
Knitting, Crocheting
Time: 9-11:30 am
Day: Wednesdays
Wii Games
Time: 9-11:30 am
Day: Wednesdays
Info: Games include bowling,
tennis, golf and more.
Donation requested.
Hand-and-Foot Cards
Time: 11-2:30 pm
Day: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
Info: Get rid of your cards from
your hand (11 cards) and then
from your foot (11 cards) by
melding them. Space is limited.
Donation requested.
BUNKO Bonanza
Time: 1-3 pm
Day: 2nd & 4th Thursdays
Info: A dice game where you
move from table to table and meet
new people with each round.
Must pre-register.
Time: 1-3 pm
Day: Thursdays
Info: $2 to play.
Zumba Gold
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm
Day: Fridays
Info: Zesty Latin music like
Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and
Reggateton. Easy-to-follow
moves, party-like atmosphere.
$3 per class or $14 for a
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First Edition for May 2014
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8 • West Sacramento Sun
First Edition for August 2014
The VA Scandal: Should We
Expand the Federal Failure?
by Dr. Gary Welton
Wikipedia has called it the
Veterans Health Administration
Scandal of 2014. An audit
released in early June found
that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting or never
got care, and that records
were intentionally vague, misleading, and falsified. More
recent reports, as announced
by CNN, indicate that at least
seven times in the last year,
records that showed that veterans died while waiting for
care were altered or rewritten
by someone else; the changes
listed the veterans as living,
not deceased, essentially hiding their deaths.
In another report, CNN said
that one veteran with a servicerelated psychiatric condition
was in the facility for eight
years before he received a
comprehensive psychiatric
evaluation; in another case, a
veteran only had one psychiatric note in his medical chart
in seven years. The story continues to unfold, as the Office
of Special Counsel, an independent government agency
that protects whistleblowers, is still investigating more
than 50 whistleblower disclosures alleging patient health or
safety at the VA nationwide.
At one level, the scandal
suggests that the responsible
government officials failed
to perform their assigned
jobs, and high-level administrators need to be replaced.
At another level, however,
the scandal suggests that,
as Ronald Reagan once put
it, “Government is not the
solution to our problem.
Government is the problem.”
We owe respect, honor, and
care to our American veterans.
This scandal demonstrates,
however, that the current biggovernment solution has failed
Dr. Gary L. Welton is assistant
dean for institutional assessment,
professor of psychology at Grove
City College, and a contributor to
The Center for Vision & Values.
our veterans. Data show that
we currently have 21.6 million living veterans, some of
whom require expensive and
extensive medical care. It is
embarrassing and humiliating
that we have done so poorly on
behalf of our military heroes.
Our federal government has
failed, big time.
My question today is this:
Given that our federal government has shown ineptitude
in serving 21.6 million living
veterans, why is the federal
government trying to expand
their control of 21 million college students?
In a recent meeting, the
president of one of the six
regional independent accrediting agencies said, “The
federal Department of
Education wants to regulate
practically everything.” The
Chronicle of Higher Education
(CHE) reports (June 26, 2014)
that Senate Democrats have
put forward a 785-page bill to
renew the Higher Education
Act. The article reports that
“Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa,
the bill’s sponsor and chairman of the Senate education
committee, said he wanted
to add provisions to reform
accreditation.” Another June
26 article in the CHE quoted
Ted Mitchell, the undersecretary of education, who called
for the federal government to
take over monitoring functions
currently being handled by the
accrediting agencies.
The current accreditation
system, primarily functioning under these six regional
accreditors, is not a perfect
system. The accreditation
guidelines and standards continue to evolve and improve.
Yet, it is fair to ask whether
the federal government would
create a better system. If the
federal government continues to take greater control over
the accreditation of America’s
unique and diverse educational
system, will the federal government do a better job than
the independent accrediting
The failures of the federal
government in handling veterans’ medical care, for 21.6
million living veterans, raises
serious questions about the
federal government’s ability
to monitor the higher education of 21 million students. My
vote is to allow the independent accrediting agencies, on
the basis of the strength of
these independent and experienced bodies, to continue their
work. I have no assurance that
the federal government would
do as well.
Dr. Gary L. Welton is
assistant dean for institutional assessment, professor
of psychology at Grove City
College, and a contributor
to The Center for Vision &
Values. He is a recipient of
a major research grant from
the Templeton Foundation
to investigate positive youth
with Mary Jane Popp
joint, look for a low or no fat
salad with low fat vegetable oil dressing, or balsamic
4. NO DAIRY FAT. No dairy products. Sorry about the ice
cream. Dairy fats are lethal
He’s an ER Doc, and he’s just
about seen it all. The stories Dr.
Bob Slay can tell you would
absolutely slay you. I know...
sorry! Couldn’t resist! Anyway,
Dr. Bob battled with his own
issues like weight control. So he
and wife, co-author doctor wife,
came up with some great ideas
for weight loss in “The Battle
Buddy Diet:” 2 Docs, 4 Weeks,
Victory. But what caught my
attention is his list of 12 lethal
foods we should never eat. I’d
like to survive my eating habits
in order to try the diet. So here
are the foods that should be on
our ‘no-no’ list.
1. NO FLOUR or any bread products made from processed
grain. If the ingredients
include the word flour, don’t
buy it.
2. NO “BAD FATS such as beef,
pork, or any type of mammal
meat (except game meat). If
it has fur, eyes, and a mother,
don’t eat it. And do not eat it if
it has feathers and comes from
an egg.
3. No fast food almost Never! If
you are forced into a fast food
5. NO FRIED FOODS of any type
and that especially includes:
the so-called ‘vegetable’
French Fries. Deep-fried anything, tempura, pan fried foods,
donuts, funnel cake, hash
browns, and fried seafood are
absolutely lethal.
6. NO BAKED GOODS. Watch out
for the low fat muffin or the fatfree cookies. They frequently
have high carbohydrate load,
flour, sugar and highly caloric.
Crackers, cookies, pretzels,
cupcakes, and baked chips
are lethal.
high in sugar (20 grams) or
fructose and sodium and have
lots of empty calories.
LIMIT INTAKE to two ounces
a day or less and make it red
COOKING OILS especially lard
and butter, high in saturated
fats. Avoid coconut oil, peanut
oil, and corn oil.
carbohydrate and sugar load (
12 grams), in an 8 oz glass, and
is highly caloric (90 calories).
POTATOES. Use brown rice
and yams instead.
: milk chocolate (mixed sugar
and milk), candy, crepes, pies,
cheese cake, fruit tarts, pastries, fruit cobbler, ice cream,
and the ubiquitous donut
Any food made with sugar is
not needed by your body. Sugar
is super lethal and directly linked
to the development of diabetes and obesity. NO SUGAR
Now I have to be honest with
you. My first thought is WHAT’S
LEFT !!?#?!? The good Doc is
also a stand-up comedian, and
I hope some of this was tongue
and cheek, but I have a suspicion, he really means it. Anyway,
that’s what he told me and so I’m
passing it on. You can find out
more information at www.battlebuddydiet.com. He is also the
spokesperson for LAUGHMD
because he believes laughter brings healing to hospital
patients. Now he’s talking my
language. Keep a smile on your
face and do the BEST YOU
since it contains a high
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1 1/2 c swiss cheese
1 1/2 c summer
sausage or salami
1 can small black
1 1/2 c fresh mushrooms
4 green onions
2/3 c red wine vinegar
2/3 c canola oil
2/3 c sugar
1/4 c basil, fresh
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
• Cook the tortellini in
boiling, salted water
for 5 minutes. Rinse
with cold water and
• In a large bowl
combine, cubed
sausage and cheese
with chopped
mushrooms, olives
and minced green
• Add the cooled
tortellini and basil.
• In a separate bowl
combine the sugar,
vinegar, oil, salt,
garlic and pepper.
• Stir until thoroughly
• Add to the pasta
• Adjust seasoning to
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First Edition for August 2014
Why Incumbents Keep Jerry’s Latest Boondoggle
Threatens Property Owners
Getting Re-elected
Commentary By
Lee H. Hamilton
It’s no news that Congress is
unpopular. In fact, at times it
seems like the only real novelty
on Capitol Hill would be a jump
in its approval rating. In June,
a Gallup poll found members’
standing with the American
people at a historic low for a
midterm-election year. Which
might have been notable except,
as The Washington Post pointed
out, that “Congress’s approval
rating has reached historic lows
at least 12...times since 2010.”
Here’s the interesting
thing: nearly three-quarters of
Americans want to throw out
most members of Congress,
including their own representative, yet the vast majority of
incumbents will be returning
to Capitol Hill in January. In
other words, Americans scorn
Congress but keep re-electing its
members. How could this be?
The first thing to remember
is that members of Congress
didn’t get there by being lousy
politicians. They know as well
as you and I that Congress is
unpopular, and they’re masters
at separating themselves from it
and running against it — appearing to be outsiders trying to get
in, rather than insiders who produce the Congress they pretend
to disdain. They’re also adept
at talking up their own bipartisanship — which is what most
general-election voters want
— when, in fact, they almost
always vote with their own party’s leadership, especially on
the obscure procedural votes
that can decide an issue before
the actual up-or-down vote is
Just as important, incumbents enjoy an overwhelming
advantage in elections: a large
staff, both in Washington and
at home, whose jobs focus on
helping constituents. They find
lost Social Security checks, help
get funding for economic development projects, cut through red
tape to secure veterans’ benefits.
At election time, voters remember this.
That’s not the only help
members can expect. They’re
buttressed in ways challengers
can only dream about. They’re
paid a good salary, so they don’t
have to worry about supporting
their families while they campaign. They get to spend their
terms effectively campaigning
year-round, not just at election
time, and they are able to saturate their state or district with
mass mailings. The nature of
their work allows them to build
ties to various interest groups
back home — which quite naturally seek out the incumbents
and ignore challengers.
Incumbents receive invitations to more events than they
can possibly attend; challengers
have trouble finding a meeting interested in having them.
Incumbents get the honored
place in the parade, the prime
speaking position, the upper
hand when it comes to raising money; challengers have to
fight for visibility and money.
And the news media seek out
incumbents, often ignoring the
In fact, challengers are at a
disadvantage at almost every
point in a campaign. From
building name recognition to
arranging meetings to building
credibility with editorial boards,
donors, and opinion leaders,
they’re trudging uphill. They
do get one leg up — they’re in
the district all the time, while
the incumbent has to be in
Washington regularly — but
that’s a small advantage compared to the obstacles arrayed
against them. Especially when
districts are gerrymandered,
as they often are, to protect
incumbents. This means that
in primaries, incumbents generally need to focus just on the
most active voters, while in general elections the vast majority
can consider themselves on safe
But there’s another reason incumbents keep getting
re-elected that’s also worth considering: voters — that’s you
and me. Most Americans don’t
vote, which means that a U.S.
senator or representative might
be elected by only 20 percent of
the eligible voters. And those
who do vote often cast their
ballots for narrow or unusual
reasons. They like the way they
got treated by the incumbent’s
staff, or they shook his or her
hand at a county fair, or they
like his or her stand on a particular social or economic issue,
or perhaps they just recognize
the name. Whatever the case,
they don’t look at an incumbent’s entire record: votes on
a cross-section of vital issues;
willingness to work with members of different ideologies and
backgrounds; ability to explain
Washington back home and
represent home in Washington;
skill at forging consensus on
tough policy challenges.
It’s really no mystery that
incumbent members get reelected. Their advantages are
baked into the system.
Lee Hamilton is Director
of the Center on Congress at
Indiana University. He was a
member of the U.S. House of
Representatives for 34 years.
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and taxpayers should not be
burdened with higher costs to
fund the project because some
agencies choose not to participate. Indeed, there are already
indications that local property
taxes may be seen by some as
a ‘backstop’ in case water users
are unwilling to pay.”
The concerns expressed in
HJTA’s April 11th letter have
only deepened. Media reports
suggest that both the Los
Angeles Metropolitan Water
District and the Santa Clara
Valley Water District might be
considering significant increases
in property taxes to help fund
Jerry Brown’s new boondoggle.
While troubling news for all
those homeowners and businesses that pay property taxes,
we are not without a political
remedy. State politicians can’t
raise this tax by themselves -they must be approved by the
local districts. Typically, water
agency boards consist of local
elected officials within the
boundaries of the water district.
Therefore, business groups,
homeowners associations and
other interested parties must let
these local water districts know
that property taxes hikes are not
acceptable. In short, they won’t
see the light until they feel the
Finally, we at HJTA believe
that financing the Twin Tunnels
using local property taxes is
legally suspect. Should local
elected officials approve this illadvised property tax, the next
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improved, more and more citizens realize they were sold a bill
of goods with High Speed Rail.
The point here is that there is a
right way to build things and a
wrong way.
Part of building things the
right way is to ensure that the
project will meet the needs of
California -- whether that is a
rail system that people will actually use, a bridge that won’t fail
because of rusty bolts or a water
conveyance system that actually
improves water conveyance.
And, of course, part of building
things the right way is to ensure
that they are financially viable.
In California, the policy for
financing water projects is that
water users should bear the
financial burden. This makes
sense. It means the participating water districts -- both public
and private -- would pay for the
project and collect water rate
revenue from the consumers.
But for the Twin Tunnels project, there is a real question about
whether local water districts are
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DOVIA Celebrates Sacramento’s Volunteers
for the Outstanding Youth
Volunteer of the Year Award
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - and Outstanding Volunteer
Representatives of Sacramento’s Coordinator of the Year Award.
volunteer community gath- All present this evening were
either active in
ered Thursday,
the volunteer
July 18th to
community or
acknowledge the
there to supdedication, hard
port those who
work and value
were, and the
of Sacramento’s
positive energy
was a palpable
This marked
presence in the
the Directors
o f Vo l u n t e e r s
(DOVIA) annual
director of volawards reception,
which was held Alex Stamas, winner of the unteerism and
Outstanding Youth Volunteer
at the Wellspring award and the Margaret Einspahr community
Women’s Center $500 scholarship. Alex volunteers engagement
with the Leukemia & Lymphoma for the United
in Sacramento.
Society. Photo courtesy of Sacramento Food
Way Capital
Youth volun- Bank & Family Services
Region, was the
teers and volunteer
coordinators were nominated awards presenter. Assemblyman
By Jennifer Trovato
The Outstanding Youth Colunteer and Volunteer Coordinator nominees at DOVIA’s awards reception: (left to right)
Casey McCommell, Tara Cormier, Meisha Jackson, Sierra Bird, Suzi Lawton, Mia Bersola-Isaguirre, Nicolas Barry,
Gloria Torres (accepting on behalf of Alex Stamas). Photo by Jennifer Trovato.
Roger Dickinson spoke, and
Steven Stenzler represented
Assemblyman Ken Cooley.
Forstedt honored all of the nominees for their dedication and
special talents, and by the end
Safety never felt so good
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The winner of the Outstanding
Volunteer Coordinator of the
Year was Suzi Lawton of Project
R.I.D.E. Inc. Being recognized
for her dedication to and passion
for the work she loves and excels
at was a moving experience for
Lawton. A $100 donation will be
awarded to Project R.I.D.E. on
her behalf.
Also nominated for
O u t s t a n d i n g Vo l u n t e e r
Coordinator of the Year was
Nicolas Barry, volunteer coordinator for the office of Senate pro
Tem Darrell Steinberg.
The winner of the Youth award
was Alex Stamas, who volunteers
with the Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society (LLS). Gloria Torres,
an LLS volunteer and outreach
and education coordinator at La
Familia Counseling Center, Inc.,
accepted the award on Alex’s
behalf as he could not be present
at the awards ceremony. Among
Alex’s accomplishments was that
he won the LLS Man of the Year
award by raising over $125,000
on his own, more funds than any
other team in the competition.
As the winner of the Outstanding
Youth Volunteer award, Alex will
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House) Sierra Bird (Effie Yeaw
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They and their families
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dedication and effort given by
each of these impressive young
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by a panel of three judges: Tina
Reynolds, founder, principle and
owner of Uptown Studios; Tricia
Rosenbaum, executive director of the Nonprofit Resource
Center; and Dr. Bill Wittich,
speaker, author, coach and consultant.
Source: DOVIA
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