SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Republican Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) who is the Vice Chair of the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee voiced his opposition and voted against Assembly Bill 5 which seeks to codify a workforce decision that was handed down by the California Supreme Court in 2018. AB 5 was heard in the Senate Labor Committee and passed on a partisan vote by 4 to 1.

Last year, the state's highest court ruled on the Dynamex Decision which created a new test to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. The new test does not account for the diverse workforce in California and will take away the flexibility that many workers currently enjoy as independent contractors.

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) introduced Senate Bill 238 which would have kept California's workforce supportive of independent contractors. Co-authored by all Senate Republicans, SB 238 also received support from numerous business organizations, but Senate Democrats killed the legislation in the Senate Labor Committee in April.

Senator Morrell stated that SB 238 would have assisted all independent contractors, not just specific industries.

“In making laws, we should do so with a mindset of opportunity for all and favoritism toward none. Whereas SB 238 would have treated every industry equally, AB 5 chooses winners and losers and is an egregious example of crony capitalism. I do not fault those who pursued and got carve-outs in AB 5. They had little choice but to look out for their own. The process, however, is a telling commentary on both the terrible ruling in Dynamex and the misguided approach legislative Democrats have taken to the issue. We cannot lose sight that we are not just talking about jobs, but livelihoods. This will be another serious blow to our economy,” said Senator Mike Morrell.

"Single mothers and student Uber drivers will be greatly affected once the Dynamex Decision is codified into law. My legislation, SB 238, is a common-sense solution that would have helped the 2 million independent contractors who call California home. Unfortunately, partisan politics intervened which leaves the livelihood of millions at risk," said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove represents California's 16th Senate District which encompasses large portions of Kern, Tulare and San Bernardino counties and including the cities of Bakersfield, Barstow, California City, Exeter, Frazier Mountain, Joshua Tree, Mojave, Needles, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Taft, Tehachapi, Twentynine Palms, Tulare, Visalia, Yucca Valley and portions of the Kern River Valley. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

For press inquiries or questions, please contact Jacqui Nguyen, press secretary for the Senate Republican Caucus, at 858.999.7706.

Source: Office of the Senate Republican Caucus

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Sacramento County, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County is pleased to announce that funding for two proposed permanent supportive housing developments for persons experiencing homelessness has been awarded by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The No Place Like Home (NPLH) program funding, totaling nearly $13 million in new money for Sacramento, will provide permanent housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and who are living with a serious mental illness.  

Sacramento County’s successful applications in the State’s first competitive funding round were the result of a collaborative effort with the development sponsors, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, and the cities where the developments are located. 

The two new housing facilities, Sunrise Pointe and Capitol Park Hotel, will result in 180 new housing units for persons experiencing homelessness, 87 of which will be dedicated for persons that also have a serious mental health illness and need services (designated NPLH units). Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services has committed to providing mental health treatment services to the designated NPLH units for a minimum of 20 years. “This is a priority for Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services. Investing in permanent, stable housing is critical for our consumers’ recovery,” said Ryan Quist, Ph.D., Sacramento County Behavioral Health Director. 

Sunrise Pointe is a new construction project located at 7424 Sunrise Boulevard in Citrus Heights and consists of 47 one- two- and three-bedroom units. Of these, 22 will be designated NPLH units. All units will serve families and individuals experiencing homelessness.  The site will be developed and operated by Jamboree Housing and  Hope Cooperative (aka TLCS, Inc.)  respectively. 

“We are grateful for No Place Like Home funding to support this important project in the Citrus Heights community,” said Erin Johansen, Hope Cooperative executive director. “Sunrise Pointe is a collaboration between Hope Cooperative and Jamboree Housing that will provide 47-units of much-needed permanent, stable housing for individuals and families in need. Hope Cooperative will provide on-site Residential Service Coordinators who will work closely with residents in accessing a variety of resources including job training, budgeting and other needed services, as well as an on-site property manager. This project will help people live successfully in the community and is an essential step in ending the cycle of homelessness in the Sacramento region.”

“Jamboree has a long, rich history of effectively utilizing new state resources in order to create more affordable and supportive housing,” said Laura Archuleta, President and CEO of Jamboree Housing Corporation. “We are thrilled to have successfully partnered with Sacramento County and Hope Cooperative in securing more than $3 million from the new No Place Like Home program for the development of Sunrise Pointe. This funding will be instrumental in addressing the region’s affordable and supportive housing needs, and will positively transform and strengthen the Citrus Heights community for years to come.”

Capitol Park Hotel is a rehabilitation project located at 1125 9th Street in downtown Sacramento. This development will be an acquisition and rehabilitation of a historic building and will include 134 units for households experiencing homelessness. Of these, 65 will be designated NPLH units. The site will be developed and operated by Mercy Housing California (MHC). 

“We are thrilled with the huge step the proposed permeant supportive housing at Capitol Park Hotel has taken this week with the award from HCD,” said Stephen Daues, Regional Director of Mercy Housing California. “We have a lot of work remaining, but this provides the momentum needed to secure the remaining funding.” 

MHC is also the lead developer on another emerging project in Sacramento County, the remodeling and repurposing of the Courtyard Inn off Watt Avenue in North Highlands. They are transforming the once problem property into 92 new affordable housing units, including 14 workforce housing units and 78 permanent supportive housing units for special needs individuals and families. Of these, 15 units will be dedicated to people living with a serious mental illness and the Division of Behavioral Health Services has committed to providing mental health treatment services for a minimum of 20 years. The complete transformation of this highly visible site at the gateway to North Highlands will have an immediate and lasting improvement in the quality of life in the community.

“The Courtyard Inn transformation is well underway and only delayed by one month after enduring the heavy spring rains and the many surprises that come with striping the building down to the studs.” Daues says, “The rebuilding stage is now underway and handing over keys to the new apartment homes for 92 formerly homeless households is well within sight.” 

For more information about what the County is doing to address homelessness, visit the “Responding to Homelessness” website. ​

Source: Sacramento County Media

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High Public Engagement at Measure J Outreach Events

Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-07-02

Tim Mathias, the architect who created the new designs, explains the proposed improvements to Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre.

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - To gather public input for upcoming park improvements funded by Measure J (and hopefully Prop 68 as well), the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District recently held four public outreach events. Many local residents attended the site tour on May 21, the open-house discussion and kids’ workshop event on June 6, and the pop-up booth at Concerts in the Park on June 20. Landscape architecture firm Callander Associates facilitated the community outreach events, and representatives from the firm explained the improvements planned for Village Park, Plaza Park, the Community Clubhouse, and Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre — including an integrated walkway to increase the connection and accessibility between the major sites in Fair Oaks Village.

The site tour, open-house discussion, and pop-up booth all provided details about the project, which is based on the District’s Master Plan from 2012. For Plaza Park, the goal is to improve access by providing more parking, creating an interior pathway, and improving ADA accommodations. A water fountain, art installations, and a plaza area would transform the park into the front door to the Village. There would also be a raised permanent stage for events and performances. To make room for additional parking spaces, some green space would be sacrificed but all the existing trees would remain.

For the Amphitheatre, the proposal includes changing rooms for the actors and new restrooms. Of two possible designs, the public favored a new stage and backstage area that can be enclosed so the theatre could be used for other community events during the offseason. The outdoor seating area would remain as is, with no additional seating created.

The main concern at the Community Clubhouse is the lack of accessibility with its hilltop location. The current ramp is very steep, so the plan is to replace it with a set of staged stairs and handrails. The project proposes the installation of a rose garden at the foot of the stairs, but some members of the public asked if the garden could instead be planted with drought-tolerant native plants.

At Village Park, the plan is to formalize the entrance and create more parking and safer sidewalks around the park. The public suggested picnic areas and more shade trees, as well as an expanded playground. The restrooms are up the hill from the playground, so a switchback ramp would improve access.

The kids’ workshop event gave young citizens the opportunity to provide their input about improvements to the playground at Village Park. They voted for their favorite designs, created their own playground drawings, built model playgrounds with Legos, looked through a wide array of playground equipment options, and took a 3D virtual playground tour.

Senior recreation leader Mary Cattolica said the event allowed them to “see through the eyes of a kid what’s attractive to them, since that’s who it’s for.”

Six-year-old Mary Crosariol said she would like a zip line in the park along with a “ginormous” slide.

Ben Woodside, a principal at Callander Associates, said the consensus among parents is the desire for “a water feature, shade, and safety upgrades.”

The public engagement at the outreach events has been “amazing,” said District administrator Mike Aho. “It’s better than any I’ve ever done in my entire career.” Aho is happy to see so much interest in the projects, saying, “You voted for it; it’s your money. Now tell us how to spend it.”

The next outreach event will be a formal presentation at the Community Clubhouse (7997 California Ave.) on July 16 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Attendees can review the District’s Master Plan, ask questions, and offer feedback. Visit, select the “About Us” tab, and click “Measure J” for more information.

The Measure J Bond Oversight Committee canceled their meetings for June and July so members can focus on attending outreach events to gather community input. The next meeting is scheduled for August 6 at 6:30 PM in the Old Fair Oaks Library, 4200 Temescal St. Meetings are open to the public.


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Gilligan's Island: The Musical is Playing at Fair Oaks Theater

Fair Oaks Theater Festival  |  2019-07-02

The cast of Gilligan’s Island from left to right: Ginger played by Analise Langford, Mary Ann played by Ashley Jeffers, Gilligan played by Danny Beldi and the Skipper played by Jay Evans. Courtesy Fair Oaks Theater Festival

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Gilligan’s Island: The Musical is a family-friendly stage musical version of the ever popular and iconic 60’s TV comedy show, Gilligan’s Island. Shipwrecked on a remote Pacific Island, the seven castaways discover strange hieroglyphics in a spooky cave, which speak of an ancient legend.

The weather gets rough, Gilligan played by Danny Beldi foils the best-laid of the castaway’s rescue plans… romance develops between the professor played by David Guria Jr. and Ginger played by Analise Langford… the castaways including Thurston and Lovey played by Joe Hart and Chris Cay Steward, Mary Ann played Ashley Jeffers and of course the Skipper played by Jay Evans… all have an out-of-this-world encounter… it’s fun, wacky and entertaining with original, tuneful and memorable songs.

Directed by Michael Coleman. Choreographer is Natalie Quilici. Vocal Direction by Tracy Martin Shearer. Musical Director is Kirt Shearer. Words & Music: Hope and Laurence Juber, book by Sherwood Schwartz and Lloyd J Schwartz, based on the TV show “Gilligan’s Island” created by Sherwood Schwartz

Show runs June 14 – July 14 every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Play starts at 8:00 pm. Ticket Prices: General: $18

Students/Seniors/SARTA: $15. Beer and Wine Sales


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Kid’s Bike Festival and Concerts in the Park

Mary Cattolica, Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District  |  2019-07-02

Kids can challenge their friends in a race around our track, ride around for fun in our bike park, and participate in our skill challenges. Courtesy Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Join the Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District for a festival celebrating kids and their love for bicycles! Kids can challenge their friends in a race around our track, ride around for fun in our bike park, and participate in our skill challenges. The Festival will be packed with a variety of bike-themed carnival games and activities, along with vendors, a special appearance from our mascot Rocky the Rooster and much more! Be sure to bring your helmet and a positive attitude for this awesome event! Last year’s event brought nearly 50 racers and was a huge success, so come be a part of it this year!

The event will take place on Sunday July 14, 2019, from 9am12pm at Phoenix Park; 9050 Sunset Ave.

Festival Activities Include: Kid’s Fun Zone, Bike Racing (registration required), Skill Challenges, and Bike Safety Stations. Race registration is available now: $7 pre-registration, $10 day of registration. Visit for full event details include race information and skill challenges.

Thank you to our Sponsors: Fair Oaks Family Taekwondo and Sacramento Waldorf School

Concerts in the Village Park on Thursdays at 6:30pm-9:00pm

The Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District, the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce, and the Fair Oaks Foundation for Leisure and the Arts proudly present the 2019 “Concerts in the Park” series. Concerts in the Park is a free series of concerts for the Fair Oaks community. It’s an opportunity for families to come together to enjoy a relaxing summer evening in the park. Come dressed up on theme nights in your best digs for a chance to win prizes!

7.11 - Swing Masters
7.18 - Tom Rigney and the Flambeau– Mardi Gras Theme Night
7.25 - Hipper Than Hip
8.1 - Jim Anderson & the Rebels– Elvis Theme Night
8.8 - Keep on Truckin'
8.15 - Journey Revisited– 80’s Theme Night
8.22 - On Air (Sponsors Night)

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Fair Oaks Chamber Corner

By Dot Boyd, Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce  |  2019-07-02

Dot Boyd, Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - It’s heating up in Fair Oaks, and the hottest ticket in town was the sold-out 26th Annual a Taste of Fair Oaks event held at North Ridge Country Club on June 7th. It was a spectacular showcase of wineries, micro-breweries, restaurants, and even our local grocery stores, sampling out the best they have to offer. Chamber President and Committee Chairperson Roselyn Barbray stated, “I’m so grateful for another sold-out event and that the community continues to support it. We greatly appreciate our many sponsors, exhibitors, and donors, because we could not do this event without them, year after year!” This is the Chamber’s largest, single fundraising event each year and this year did not disappoint with over 125 silent auction items, the wine wall, and other fun contests. The Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank will soon be awarded with a portion of the proceeds, to help our neighbors in need.

The race for our 42nd Honorary Mayor is heating up, too! Jacob Giorgi, President of House to Home Moving, is raising money for Adopt an Elder Foundation, a local non-profit organization supporting low income seniors; and Matthew Mason, a June 2019 graduate of Bella Vista and the youngest candidate in history, is raising money for the BV Visual Arts Department. Come join in the fundraising fun at their many events this summer and feel good knowing that your contributions stay right here in our community, making a difference for others. The candidate which raises the most money by early September will have bragging rights! Since its inception in 1979, candidates have raised over $435,000 for various causes and projects in our community!

It’s not too hot to come out and enjoy this summer’s Concerts in the Park! Bring your lawn chair and leave the cooking to us because your purchases of pizza (generously donated to us by Del’s Pizza), hot dogs, popcorn and ice cream sundaes raise funds for Fair Oaks! Concerts, which are free, run every Thursday through August 22nd (except July 4th), from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm in Fair Oaks Village Park.

None of these events would be possible without the countless volunteers from our member businesses, sponsors, community partners and YOU! This year alone, we have added twenty five new members to the Chamber and we encourage you to check out our on-line Business Directory before you shop, enlist a service, or dine out. We appreciate your continued support! Please visit for all of the details or contact Kim at

See you in Fair Oaks!

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Watch for West Nile Virus Mosquito Bites

By Corey Egel, CDPH  |  2019-07-02

Californians Urged to Protect Against Mosquito Bites

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges all Californians to protect themselves from mosquito bites during West Nile virus (WNV) season, which extends from summer through early fall.

“West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so it is important to take every possible precaution to protect against mosquito bites,” said State Public Health Officer and CDPH Director Dr. Karen Smith.

West Nile virus spreads to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. Late-spring rains have contributed to standing water, which serves as a breeding source for mosquitoes that can spread WNV. Hot temperatures also contribute to increasing numbers of breeding mosquitoes and an increased risk of virus transmission to humans.

Currently, WNV activity is within expected levels and is similar to activity at this time last year. The risk of disease due to WNV increases as the summer progresses, and declines in early fall as the weather cools. In 2018, there were 217 reported WNV cases in California, including 11 deaths. Since WNV was first introduced into California in 2003, there have been more than 6,000 human WNV cases and 303 WNV-related deaths across the state.

West Nile virus is influenced by many factors, including climate, the number and types of birds and mosquitoes in an area, and the level of WNV immunity in birds. For most people, the risk of developing serious illness is low. However, some individuals – less than one percent – can develop serious neurologic illnesses such as encephalitis or meningitis. People 50 years of age and older, and individuals with diabetes or hypertension, have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop complications from WNV infection.

CDPH recommends that people protect against mosquito bites and WNV by practicing the “Three Ds”:

DEET – Apply U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 according to label instructions. EPA-registered repellents are recommended for use because they have been tested for safety and efficacy in preventing mosquito bites. Insect repellents should not be used on children under two months of age. For more information, visit CDPH’s insect repellent toolkit.

DAWN AND DUSK – Mosquitoes that transmit WNV usually bite in the early morning and evening, so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.

DRAIN – Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old car tires, buckets, and other containers. If you know of a swimming pool that is not being properly maintained, please contact your local mosquito and vector control agency.

California’s West Nile virus website includes the latest information on WNV activity in the state. Californians are encouraged to report dead birds on the website or by calling toll-free 1-877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473).

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