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Steve Pasion and Jose Enriquez Examine Blueprints
Steve Pasion (left) and Jose Enriquez both had a common goal to one day start their own architecture firm. Pasion and Enriquez met as colleagues at a small firm in Sacramento in 1999 and developed a friendship. They began collaborating in joint venture projects in 2010 when they opened their own architecture firm: Pasion & Enriquez Architecture.
Photo by Shaunna Boyd

Local Architects Have Big Plans

Pasion & Enriquez Architecture

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 1/30/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Steve Pasion and Jose Enriquez both had a common goal to one day start their own architecture firm; they had been practicing at other architecture firms since the mid-1990s. Pasion and Enriquez met as colleagues at a small firm in Sacramento in 1999 and developed a friendship. They began collaborating in joint venture projects in 2010 and shortly after opened their own architecture firm: Pasion & Enriquez Architecture. In 2013, they opened their Carmichael office located at 7411 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Suite A2.

When asked what drew each of them to architecture, Enriquez said, “In grade school, I didn’t know what an architect was. When I looked it up in the encyclopedia, it sounded so unique. The thought of making that idea a reality was really exciting.”

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MBK Homes Announces New Community Under Construction in Fair Oaks

Posted: 1/30/2015

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Award-winning California homebuilder MBK Homes is making moves in Northern California with the groundbreaking of Madison at Fair Oaks, a collection of 89 single-family detached homes. This charming new home community offers an eclectic mix of Spanish, French Country, and Craftsman architecture with unique open-concept floor plans. With an overall commitment to providing the highest quality products, service, and satisfaction, this new home community presents a high-value option at prices competitive with local resale alternatives.

“We are excited to be building new homes in Northern California, and especially in a town like Fair Oaks, a vibrant community that maintains a small-town feel while offering conveniences to shopping, employment, and schools,” said Rick Fletcher, vice president of sales and marketing for MBK Homes. “We’ve designed homes that give buyers tremendous spaces for an excellent value. These open floor plans have huge kitchens, large dining rooms, and high ceilings, creating a space that feels even bigger than it actually is.”

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Region Employment Trends Show Growing Optimism

Job Demand and Hiring Trends for Local Companies

Posted: 1/16/2015

A Team of Business People Work On a Project
Despite the optimistic outlook, regional acquisition and mergers combined with seasonal layoffs is reducing workforces at 6% of Sacramento regional employers polled in the first three months of 2015.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Optimism is strong for ongoing growth of the Sacramento regional economy in the New Year.

In direct contacts with top Sacramento regional employers, Pacific Staffing has discovered that 84% of company contacts expressed optimism for 2015 about ongoing economic and job growth in our region. Just 8% of those contacted in 2014 between November 12th and December 16th indicated a pessimistic outlook. Another 8% didn’t or couldn’t answer when asked, “Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the economy in 2015?” In what is traditionally the slowest period for hiring, the Sacramento Employment Trends Survey has learned the majority of top regional employers will continue at a robust pace in hiring for the first quarter of 2015.

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Top New Laws for California Businesses

California Chamber Releases Its 2015 List

Posted: 1/16/2015

Young Office Workers Gather Around a Laptop
Several new laws will increase employers’ wage-and-hour obligations in 2015. AB 1897 holds employers liable for wage-and-hour violations when they use staffing agencies or other labor contractors. If a contractor fails to pay its workers properly or provide workers’ compensation coverage, the “client employer” can now be held legally responsible.

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - The California Chamber of Commerce has released a list of new laws that will affect California businesses in 2015. Some of these, such as mandatory paid sick leave, make significant changes to the state’s legal landscape. Others will have more limited impact. Here are some highlights.

Mandatory paid sick leave: AB 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, requires employers to provide paid sick leave to any employee who worked in California for 30 days. Employers can limit paid sick leave to 24 hours or three days in each year of employment and can put a maximum cap on total accrual of 48 hours or six days. The effective date for the paid sick leave benefit is July 1st, 2015.

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Don’t Let Storm Repairs Turn Into An Uglier Mess

CSLB Tips Help Prevent Storm Repairs From Becoming Costly Headaches

Posted: 12/18/2014

Suburban Home Hip Deep in Water
The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof. Consumers can use CSLB’s online resources, available at www.cslb.ca.gov or CheckTheLicenseFirst.com, to review the license status of contractors they plan to hire and to get tips about the best approach for making home repairs.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) reminds California home owners to use only licensed contractors when it comes to storm damage repairs. The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof.

“Anyone who needs to make repairs from storm damage should be looking for a legitimate, qualified tradesperson, especially in an urgent situation,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “Licensed contractors are skilled in their specific trade, insured and bonded, and not likely to leave you in the lurch when it comes to properly completing the job at a fair price.”

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Marathoners on the Streets of Carmichael
Runners in the California International Marathon hit the halfway mark in Carmichael.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

California International Marathon Cruises Through Region

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/18/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Fair Oaks Boulevard was one of many routes between Folsom and Sacramento that witnessed the California International Marathon’s passage on Sunday, December 7th.

Cheered by thousands, runners panted the 26.2 miles from Folsom Dam through Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Arcade, and Sacramento before hitting the killer home stretch to the Capitol. Fine weather blessed the event, and spectators were blessed with the spectacle of many physiques, male and female, honed to the maximum.

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California Community College Districts Show Overwhelming Interest in Developing Four-Year Degree Programs

Posted: 12/18/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On November 19th, the California Community Colleges announced that 36 districts, half of all districts in the system, submitted letters of intent to the state Chancellor’s Office indicating their desire to host a baccalaureate degree program, signaling strong support for legislation signed by the governor this fall authorizing the system to award bachelor’s degrees as part of a limited pilot program.

The districts represent regions throughout the state, including Allan Hancock Joint Community College District in the Central Coast, Los Angeles Community College District, San Diego Community College District, State Center Community College District in the San Joaquin Valley, Foothill-De Anza Community College District in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District in far Northern California.

“The districts’ strong interest in building baccalaureate degree programs is heartening,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. “They are pioneering a new mission for the California Community Colleges and opening up pathways for Californians who may not have had the chance to earn a four-year degree. I look forward to working with the districts to create world-class programs that graduate highly trained and marketable students.”

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Celebrate the Holidays With a Celtic Flair

Sacramento Master Singers Present A Celtic Christmas

Posted: 12/4/2014


Small Businesses Beware: Phone Directory Scam Returns

Posted: 12/4/2014


In Fine Fiddle

Old Time Fiddlers’ Association Has a Love for Americana Music

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 11/20/2014


$9.7 Million for Water Projects Recommended for Sacramento Region

Posted: 11/20/2014


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