Locals Gather to Drink and Dine at Shangri-la

Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-08-08

Diners enjoy the outdoor patio and welcoming atmosphere at Shangri-la, a new restaurant in Fair Oaks Village. Photo by Shaunna Boyd

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Shangri-la is “a gathering place for amazing food and cocktails where guests can stay awhile and enjoy the amenities,” said owner and general manager Sommer Peterson. The restaurant opened in June and it has already become a destination for locals seeking a unique dining experience.

Peterson described the philosophy as “beautiful food with the highest level of hyper-locally sourced fruits, vegetables, and meats.” Everything is made from scratch with seasonal ingredients. “It’s the epitome of farm to fork,” said Peterson. “That should be an expectation for savvy diners.”

Shangri-la serves an elevated style of comfort food — but instead of the typical entrée selections, the dishes are designed to be shared. “That’s how I like to eat. I want all the flavors,” said Peterson, “I want to try everything.” Peterson said that the family-style experience is more fun: “It’s more social — to break bread and gather around the table. I think it stimulates conversation.”

Along with specially curated food and drinks, Peterson said that creating “a lifestyle vibe involves offering a little bit more.” In addition to the indoor dining room and bar, Shangri-la has seating on the patio with an outdoor bar, fire pits, two bocce ball courts, and a welcoming policy toward friendly dogs and their owners. “We want people to enjoy themselves and know we’re bringing them a beautiful meal,” said Peterson.

After enjoying a meal with friends on the patio of Shangri-la, Rachel Maskell said, “It’s one thing to have a very beautiful space — and they’ve definitely done that, they’ve got the Palm Springs vibe — but the food is actually so good, which makes me super happy. … You know it’s fresh.”

When asked about the meaning of the name, Peterson said, “I was trying to come up with a name that really represented the place I was creating, and Shangri-la came to mind … a mythical, utopian place where people go to escape their troubles, and I think we need that right now.”

With the successful opening and positive local response, it is a surprise to learn that creating Shangri-la was a long and difficult process. “It was more than challenging,” said Peterson. “We got held up with a lot of red tape with Sacramento County. … It was beyond what I could have imagined.” A process expected to take one year instead dragged into two, doubling the time and money Peterson put into the venture.

Peterson said she was stuck in design review with the County for months, but it felt more like a “design critique” as they held up the process over minor aesthetic details without citing any code to back up their objections. “I felt it was irresponsible. They had zero sense of urgency to help get this business going.”

“Small business owners are not supported by the County. I definitely saw that firsthand,” said Peterson. “I want to champion for small business owners, especially women.”

Peterson is proud to be a local business owner and is grateful to have talented people working with her, including executive chef Jodie Chavious, chef de cuisine Russell Middleton, and bar manager Brett Walker. “I’ve built an amazing team here,” said Peterson. “I can have all the amazing ideas but without that support it stays as a concept.”

Peterson grew up in Fair Oaks and recently moved back after living in San Francisco for more than 20 years. “I was born and raised here, and I saw the need for high-quality food and drink in Fair Oaks. That’s what inspired me to start the restaurant. … It’s been really personal and special to be able to bring this to my home town.”

Shangri-la is located in Fair Oaks Village at 7960 Winding Way. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM. For reservations, visit www.shangrilafairoaks.com.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Honoring Grandparents With Butterfly Release

Story by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-08-15

Participants will release Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies in honor of Grandparents

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sunday, September 8 is national Grandparents Day, and two local non-profits are observing the day with a Grandparents Day Butterfly Release. Sacramento Children’s Museum (SCM) and Snowline Hospice are hosting the Butterfly Release ceremony at 11:30 am at the museum, which is located at 2701 Prospect Park in Rancho Cordova.

 SCM’s mission is to inspire a love of life-long learning by providing a space for children to play, create, and explore. Snowline’s mission is to help patients through end-of-life care and support their families through the grieving process. The Grandparents Day Butterfly Release is a way to support two great causes at the same time while also recognizing the vital role grandparents play in children’s lives.

SCM’s director of museum advancement Meghan Toland said, “We chose Grandparents Day because grandparents are so important to us at the museum — we see them bringing kids in every day. … Celebrating grandparents is a great way to bring awareness to Snowline and the Sacramento Children’s Museum.”

Participants can dedicate a butterfly in name of a beloved grandparent. “You can reserve as many butterflies as you want,” said Toland. The event will include Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies — both beautiful options to honor grandparents’ significant impact on our lives.

The butterflies are locally and sustainably sourced, and they will be transported to the museum on ice — putting them into a temporary hibernation until they are woken up at the event. Participants will wake the butterflies by warming them in their hands during the dedication, and then the butterflies will be ready for release after the ceremony.

Grandparents are an important part of all our lives, so Toland explained that the event is not just for children — all ages are encouraged to attend. She also emphasized that the dedications do not have to be in remembrance: “It’s to remember those we don’t have any more and also to celebrate those still in our lives every day.”

Toland said they expect to release 400 butterflies, so they are anticipating a large turnout at the event. After the Butterfly Release, a celebration will feature games, activities, face painting, and food vendors.

Proceeds from the event will benefit SCM’s educational programs and Snowline’s Healing All Together (HAT) grief group, which helps children and their families deal with grief after losing a loved one. Because it can be difficult for kids to verbalize their emotions, HAT helps kids express their grief through art, motion, music, and play. SCM works in partnership with Snowline, which hosts the HAT program at the museum twice a month.

Butterflies for the event must be reserved in advance on the website, and people are already signing up. The deadline to reserve a butterfly is Friday, September 6 and the cost is $10 per butterfly, or $15 for a butterfly and admission to the museum. To reserve a butterfly — or to sign up as a vendor or sponsor — visit www.sackids.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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Park Tree Honors Band Leader John Skinner

Staff Report  |  2019-08-15

The John Skinner Band will present music for all ages during a Carmichael Park concert on Saturday, August 17. Photo courtesy John Skinner Band.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The 44th Carmichael Park summer concert season continues. The John Skinner Band presents a Saturday, August 17 show. In memory of the band’s late leader John Skinner, the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce and the Carmichael Park District will dedicate a new tree during the performance.

Larger-than-life community figure Skinner died two years ago. He played his final solo – one week before his death – in Carmichael Park. A new oak tree will grow near the spot. “John was an oak to the music business and to our community,” said his widow, singer Susan Skinner. “This memorial will enhance the park and provide shade for many future concert-goers. John helped sponsor our summer music. He and our band also performed more than 50 concerts here over the years. He really cared about his audiences and loved to see them enjoying music and dancing. I know he’d be honored by this tribute.”

To cater to fans of all ages, the Skinner Band will present an August 17 program that ranges from classic rock to swing and Latin numbers. Instrumentation will include trumpet, sax, trombone, bass, keyboard, guitar and drums. Susan Skinner is the featured vocalist. For information, call (916) 483-7826.

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FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - On August 12, 2019 at approximately 0622 hours, The California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a call of a two vehicle, head-on traffic collision on Fair Oaks Blvd., west of New York Ave. CHP Officers arrived on scene and discovered a Mazda 6 sedan had collided with a GMC pickup truck, in the eastbound lanes, in a head-on manner. A preliminary investigation revealed that a 55-year old woman from Sacramento had been driving her Mazda at an unknown speed while within the #1 westbound lane on Fair Oaks Blvd, west of New York Ave. For unknown reasons, she allowed her Mazda to travel to the left where it jumped the raised concrete divider and was now driving eastbound in the westbound #2 lane. At this time, Davendra Archer, a 24-year old man from Antelope, was driving his GMC pickup westbound in the #2 lane. The Mazda crossed directly into the path of the GMC and a head-on type collision occurred between the two vehicles. The driver of the Mazda was transported from the collision scene to a local area hospital, prior to the arrival of CHP officers on scene, where she later died from her injuries. Archer received minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital.

The cause of this collision is under investigation. It is not known if drugs or alcohol played a factor in this traffic collision.

Any persons who may have witnessed this collision or who can provide any additional information regarding this collision should call Officer Mike Zerfas at the North Sacramento Area CHP office at (916) 348-2300 or cell phone at (916) 798-0975. Follow us on Twitter @chpnsac or like us on Facebook.com/chpnorthsac

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert is alerting the community of a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) that may be placed in Sacramento’s Del Paso Heights neighborhood. A hearing is scheduled for public comment on the release of SVP, Dariel Morrise Shazier. A Santa Clara judge will consider placing Shazier at an address in Del Paso Heights even though Shazier has no ties to Sacramento.

Notice of hearing: August 26, 2019, starting at 9:00 a.m. Santa Clara Superior Court, Hall of Justice – Department 32, 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113.

Shazier was convicted in Santa Clara County in 1989 and 1994 in multiple cases of: Sodomy of a Person Under 14 by Force; Annoy/Molest a Child; Sexual Battery; Sodomy of a Drugged Victim (Under 18); Oral Copulation of a Drugged Victim (Under 18).

After serving his 17-year sentence, a jury determined Shazier to be a Sexually Violent Predator under the Welfare and Institutions Code §6604. If approved, Shazier will live in Del Paso Heights and only be monitored for one year. He would then be eligible for full release from supervision to live unmonitored in the community.

How the community can voice their opposition: If community members want to voice their opposition, notify the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office to: Be heard in person at the hearing being held at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice; Be heard by teleconference call at the Greater Sacramento Urban League (3725 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento CA 95838); Submit a letter or message by email to: SVPShazier@sacda.org; Or, mail a letter to: District Attorney’s Office, ATTN: SVP Shazier, 901 G Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Shazier is the first of three out-of-county Sexually Violent Predators the Department of State Hospitals has notified us about that they intend to place in Sacramento County. For more information, visit: www.sacda.org/SVP

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Fair Oaks Chamber Corner

By Dot Boyd, Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce  |  2019-08-08

Julie Anderson employee of Del’s Family Pizza brings a delicious pizza to multi chamber Power Lunch attendees. On the left: Rose Erickson, Fair Oaks Chamber of Chamber of Commerce Secretary; Diana Cralle a Tupperware Home Economist and member of Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce; And on right: Victoria Ridge of Togo’s Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and Gary Spainhower, a chiropractor and member of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Patrick Larenas

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - On August 2nd, it was our chamber’s turn to host the quarterly Sunrise Corridor Multi-Chamber Power Lunch. Over fifty business owners enjoyed an all you can eat buffet and salad bar at award-winning, Del's Family Pizza! It was a great coming together for business owners and various organizations from Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova and Fair Oaks Chambers. Philip Norton, Field Representative for Congressman Ami Bera, joined us as well.

It has been a busy summer for our two candidates, vying to replace our current and 41st Honorary Mayor, Keith Wright, and Director of the OV-FO Food Bank. Jacob Giorgi, President of House to Home Moving, is fundraising for Adopt an-Elder Foundation, a local non-profit serving low income, high-risk seniors. The Foundation relies on grants, donations, and fundraising activities to fulfill its mission. It can take as little as $1200 to “adopt” an at-risk elder for an entire year. Matthew Mason, owner of Matthew Mason Graphics, is the youngest candidate in the forty two year history of the Honorary Mayor fundraising program. Matthew graduated from Bella Vista High School this past June, and is supporting the BV Visual Arts Department, to help with badly needed art supplies. The candidate who raises the most money by early September will earn the coveted title at the Honorary Mayor’s Reception on Wednesday, September 11th at North Ridge Country Club! We will also be announcing the new Jr. Honorary Mayor and Miss Fair Oaks Ambassador that evening. You won’t want to miss this wonderful evening!

We are wrapping up the Concerts in the Park summer series on Thursday, August 22nd! Thank you to all of our community partners, sponsors, musicians, volunteers, and attendees for making it another summer to remember!

Please visit http://www.fairoakschamber.com/ for the event calendar, to donate to the candidates, to purchase event tickets and last but not least, to access our complete Member Business Directory. Your continued support of our member businesses is much appreciated!

See you in Fair Oaks!

Dot Boyd,
Ambassador Chair

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Dinner in the Park – a Third Helping

Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-08-07

Sutter-Jensen Community Park provides two locations for the Carmichael Parks Foundation gala on September 7.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael Parks Foundation will stage its third “Dinner in the Park” gala on September 7. The non-profit funds improvements in 13 parks and provides scholarships for youth programs.

Winers and diners will amble over two hidden-gem reserves. Cocktail hour is bathed by sunset in Sutter Community Garden; tables are set for a moonlit farm-to-fork meal in the adjoining Jensen Botanical Garden. Local restaurants will supply appetizers and Carmichael’s Bella Bru Café will serve a sit-down meal of tri-tip, chicken and Portabella mushrooms. Chocolate torte follows.

Winding paths link the two parks and live music will serenade every step of the way. Following dinner, an auction will offer a Montana fishing vacation and other “experience” packages. As the immediate neighborhood provides little parking, guests are encouraged to walk, carpool or take advantage of a free shuttle service from the Carmichael Elementary School on Sutter Avenue. The fall celebration follows sell-out successes of 2017 and 2018 fundraisers,

The party begins among community-farmed lots on the Hollister and Sutter Avenue corner at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $125. Sponsors include Charles Schwab; Thomas Sharp CFP; Hensel Phelps Construction; Dignity Health Mercy San Juan Medical Center; SMUD; Kaiser Permanente; KMM Services; Paul Pennington; Assemblymen Ken Cooley and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. On-site sanitation is donated by Wilkinson’s portables.

For more information, visit Carmichaelparksfoundation.org

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - “The Source,” is a new, free, 24/7 support service for foster youth and resource families living in Sacramento County. The service, implemented by Department of Health Services and the Sacramento Children’s Home, connects foster youth, and former foster youth, up to age 21 and resource families to licensed professionals who immediately provide guidance, support, and connection to critical resources.

The 24/7 hotline is staffed with operators trained to de-escalate situations and help callers work through conflicts and tension to support foster placements. The hotline will prioritize crises and when needed dispatch mobile response teams to provide additional support. The mobile response teams are made up of social workers, behavioral health specialists, as well as peer partners, which could be former foster youth or caregivers to provide assistance in supporting placement stability.

“The Source is designed to provide foster youth and foster families with high levels of support and stability when challenging situations arise,” said Michelle Callejas, Director of Sacramento County Department of Child, Family and Adult Services. “This is the only foster youth/family support line of its kind in Sacramento and we are grateful to the Sacramento Children’s Home for their service and partnership.”

Foster youth and their resource families can access The Source’s crisis hotline by calling or texting 916-SUPPORT or by using the online chat option on their website. The Source team can also provide in-person support at homes, schools, and community locations.

Available Services:

Support for Youth – Support when youth need help handling life’s changes. Help to solve problems and create a plan for the future; Support for Caregivers – Assistance to aid overcoming conflicts and challenging situations in the family. Intense, short-term support is available, as well as resources to create a plan for the future; Referrals – Get connected to other supports and programs in the community; Activities – Have fun attending activities with other youth in the community; Advocacy – Support from staff who have similar experiences to youth and caregivers.

“These types of programs are an example of how County departments are listening to the community and partnering with organizations to work to improve the health and wellness of Sacramento County families by providing a culturally competent and responsive crisis continuum,” said Ryan Quist, Sacramento County Behavioral Health Director.

In recent years, California has been implementing a set of changes to the foster care system intended to help foster youth find a family and reach permanency called the Continuum of Care Reform. However, one of the major challenges is to recruit new foster families and retain existing ones. This kind of 24/7, on-demand support will help stabilize placements for foster youth and provide additional support to their caregivers.

For more information about The Source, visit their website or call 916-SUPPORT.

This program is funded by the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services through the voter-approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

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