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Blowing the Horn On Those GMOs

Locally grown, organic food is safer and abundant

By Joan Elliott
Posted: 2/27/2015

Attractive Things Seen at a Farmer's Market
Many of the products sold by farmers’ market vendors are organically grown.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - With all the hubbub about the food chain, organic vs. non-organic, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, GMO in our food supply and much more, many people just don’t know what it is all about. So what is a GMO? And how does it affect you and the foods you choose?

Genetically Modified Organism is a living “thing” (plant, animal or otherwise) that has had its genetic structure altered. The alteration can be one or many things, such as increased yield (more or bigger product), reduced size (miniature), bug resistant, disease resistant, pesticide and/or herbicide resistant, and many other options. The question is, by altering the organism genetically, is it still the same?

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Get Ready for the Color Fun Fest 5K

Posted: 2/27/2015

Five Gorgeous Gals Hug and Mug in Brightly-Colored Costumes and Splashes of Glowing Paint
Color Fun Fest plans to take the world by storm, getting people off the couch and into a fun, healthy, upbeat environment - bringing loved ones together for a day/night of epic adventure you will never forget!
Photos courtesy of Color Fun Fest

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Color Fun Fest 5K is a family-owned and -operated event that is currently traveling across America inviting people of all ages to celebrate life at a unique festival and 5K. And now the Color Fun Fest 5K is coming to the Sacramento region. This exciting event will be held at Cal Expo on Saturday, February 28th.

Color Fun Fest brings the Holi Festival (the Indian festival of colors) and the electronic dance movement together for the first time with a day and night glowing color 5K run. Two 5Ks will be hosted in one day; participants can choose between the day or night events or can choose to do both!

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California Senior Legislature Announces Top Legislative Priorities for 2015

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 2/27/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Just as soon as the California Senior Legislature (CSL) adjourned its 34th Annual Legislative Session, it announced its top ten State Legislative Proposals for 2015.

One of the top ten proposals included the medication labeling proposal, which would require all prescribers to include the purpose of the medication with their prescription. The prescription drug label may include that purpose unless the patient or the prescriber requests that this information be omitted.

The California Death with Dignity Act would authorize adult California residents who are mentally competent and terminally ill to make a request to receive medication for the purpose of ending their lives in a humane and dignified manner. This would not be classified as a suicide or homicide and would provide immunity from civil or criminal liability.

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Garth Brooks World Tour Comes to Sacramento

Posted: 2/13/2015

Garth Brooks
In the electrifying return of one of America’s most powerful concert forces, Garth Brooks makes his first California appearance on the World Tour and his first show in Sacramento in over 17 years!
Photo courtesy of Varnell Enterprises

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood is coming to Sacramento. In the electrifying return of one of America’s most powerful concert forces, Garth Brooks makes his first California appearance on the World Tour and his first show in Sacramento in over 17 years! Shows will be held at Sleep Train Arena, One Sports Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95834. Shows dates and times are Friday, March 27th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 28th at 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 13th at 10:00 a.m. sharp; there is an eight-ticket limit per person. Ticket prices are $62.98 plus $3.15 tax plus $2.50 facility fee plus $6.25 service charge: total ticket price is $74.88.

You can buy tickets only from the following vendor options: or, or (800) 745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express at (866) 448-7849.No ticket sales are available at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets. Special Note: Select seats protected with paperless delivery (

If you do not currently have a Ticketmaster account, go to to register for a quicker purchasing experience.

The Garth Brooks World Tour is sponsored by GhostTunes.

Source: Varnell Enterprises

IRS Offers Free E-Filing for Tax Returns

Posted: 2/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Free File Alliance announced the launch of Free File, which makes brand-name tax software products and electronic filing available to most taxpayers in California for free.

Free File software can help taxpayers with tax preparation, including the health care law that will affect almost everyone. California taxpayers can use Free File software immediately.

Free File is available only at, thanks to a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a consortium of 14 leading tax software companies.

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Delta Water Plan Refined to Reduce Local Impacts

Posted: 2/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Brown administration and its federal partners has announced several significant changes to the water conveyance portion of the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan, including elimination of the need to build three pumping plants along the Sacramento River near Hood.

The changes represent an effort to respond to the concerns of Delta landowners and others. Subject to further refinement, they will be incorporated into the draft plan and Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement and will be recirculated for additional public comment in 2015. The proposed changes would eliminate three pumping plants on the east bank of the Sacramento River between Hood and Walnut Grove; minimize activity on Staten Island, an important sandhill crane habitat, by removing tunnel launch facilities, large reusable tunnel material storage areas, a barge landing site, and high-voltage power lines;·increase use of property owned by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR); eliminate the need for additional permanent power lines to the intake locations in the north Delta, including near Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge; eliminate impacts on Italian Slough (near Clifton Court Forebay) by removing an underground siphon; reduce power requirements; allow water to flow from the Sacramento River entirely by gravity at certain river stages; and reduce tunnel operation and maintenance costs.

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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

California International Marathon Cruises Through Region

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/18/2014

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

Posted: 12/18/2014

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


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