Carmichael Improvement District Hires New Executive

Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-07-18

Rachael Taylor, the new executive for Carmichael PBID, paces the front walkway of the Milagro Centre.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael’s Property Business Improvement District (PBID) recently hired its first executive. Rachael Taylor (35) has begun work in donated office space at the Milagro Centre.

A Butte College graduate, she was one of 69 applicants considered. Her previous job was with Civitas, a Sacramento company that helps merchants unite through regional improvement bodies. Though not involved in Carmichael PBID’s formation, the executive knows the area through resident family members. “I’m excited to work with such a hospitable and engaged community,” she says. “I sense its dedication to move ahead, while still keeping a local identity. I was raised in Paradise (CA) and with the town’s recent tragedies, I value people who come together to rebuild what they love most. Carmichael has a long history. It also has problems. As an organization, our PBID wants to tackle these so we can thrive and grow.”

Taylor’s $72,000 salary will be met by a yearly PBID budget of just over $300,000. Funding comes from assessments on more than 600 commercial properties that stretch from Van Alstine Avenue to Jan Drive. The three-year-old agency is one of 17 PBIDs formed throughout Sacramento County over the last 25 years. The local group’s mission is to lead “the transformation of Carmichael to a prosperous, engaged and desirable community.” Taylor provides help with marketing and business growth. She also hears merchant concerns.

Among these are vandalism and crime. Beautification also rates among merchant priorities. Top merchant frustration is the homeless situation. “I’d love to see our chronically homeless people housed and off the streets,” Taylor says. “I’m committed to seeing positive changes in Carmichael. Together, our organization and the community can achieve this.”

Learn more about PBID operations at Contact Rachael Taylor at (916) 481-3015.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Anyone with ideas, suggestions, or concerns about the administration and oversight of California’s business taxes is invited to attend the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration’s (CDTFA) annual Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights meeting in Sacramento July 25, 2019.

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, 450 N Street, 1st Floor, Room 122, Sacramento, California 95814

The meeting will be held to receive public input regarding business taxes including sales and use taxes, and special taxes and fees such as fuel taxes, tobacco taxes, and cannabis taxes. Those interested in attending are invited to contact the Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office by calling toll-free 1-888-324-2798, or by visiting us online.

Enacted in January 1989, the Harris-Katz California Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights ensures that the rights of California Taxpayers are protected during the assessment and collection of sales taxes. The Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights was expanded in 1993 to include special tax programs such as environmental fees, fuel taxes, and tobacco taxes.

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) administers California’s sales and use, fuel, tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis taxes, as well as a variety of other taxes and fees that fund specific state programs. CDTFA-administered programs account for over 25 percent of all state revenue. California’s essential services, such as public safety, transportation, health, libraries, schools, social services, and natural resource management programs, are directly supported by these taxes and fees.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Two Sacramento area STEM learning institutions, the Aerospace Museum of California and Powerhouse Science Center are coming together to bring guests Apollopalooza, a family-friendly event that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This special event will take place at the Aerospace Museum of California on Saturday, July 20 from 10:00AM-4:00PM.                               

Highlights of Apollopalooza include the premiere of the Aerospace Museum of California’s new Moon Mission Virtual Reality Experience, exclusive Apollo artifact tours, a NASA Mad Science show, and several activities hosted by both the Museum and Powerhouse Science Center in the exhibit hall. A Smithsonian affiliate, the Aerospace Museum of California will also feature exclusive Smithsonian programming and NASA films in the Museum’s theater.

Michael Galane, Executive Director for the Powerhouse Science Center stated, “We’re excited to partner with the Aerospace Museum of California and SAFE Credit Union to bring this one-of-a-kind event to the Sacramento area. Tom Jones, Executive Director for the Aerospace Museum of California noted: “Northern California has a rich aerospace heritage and having these two STEM learning centers collaborate together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing will make this a memorable event for the greater Sacramento community.”

Members of both Aerospace and Powerhouse are offered deeply discounted tickets to the event. Community partner SAFE Credit Union is also offering a special discount to their members. Tickets to the event are available for purchase online at

Apollo 11 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on July 16th, 1969 with a crew of three astronauts: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins. Four days later, on July 20th, Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon were broadcast worldwide on live television. Armstrong’s quote, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he stepped on the surface for the first time is remembered as one of the most iconic moments in NASA history. The crew landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24th, 1969, fulfilling President John F. Kennedy’s national goal: to land a man on the moon and safely return him before 1970.

About the Aerospace Museum of California: Experience aviation history and aerospace potential in an interactive setting. With a 4-acre air park and rotating exhibits, families can engage with our STEM activities for all ages and let their imagination soar. Learn more at


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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Regional Solid Waste Authority (SWA) will be holding a workshop on Tuesday, August 13, to seek input on code changes intended to increase generator waste compliance levels in accordance with mandates required by the State of California.  These mandates will affect all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards per week of all solid waste (including trash, recycling and organics).

The SWA needs business engagement and consensus on developing workable solutions to be successful in meeting these state mandates.  Both Sacramento County and the City of Sacramento are under intense compliance pressure from the California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (CalRecycle) to achieve greater compliance with existing commercial sector recycling regulations as a result of the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Act (AB 341) adopted by the California Legislature and implemented by CalRecycle.  It requires recycling by all businesses that generate four or more cubic yards of solid waste per week.  In addition, AB 1826 requires businesses generating 4 or more cubic yards of trash and recycling to recycle their organic waste.

Currently, SWA code allows businesses to decline recycling services from their trash service provider and seek those services elsewhere.  The proposed plan would require SWA franchisees to provide recycling and organics services to a business unless that business provides documentation their recycling services are provided by another recycler or by self-hauling.

The workshop on requiring businesses to subscribe to services for trash, recycling and organics will held at 1 pm in the County Board Chambers, 700 I Street, in downtown Sacramento.  If you have questions, please email



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Daddy Dave’s Diaper Drive at Leatherby’s Supports Life Center

By Kristin Thébaud, Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2019-07-18

Natalie Corral receives a box of diapers from the Sacramento Life Center. Daddy Dave’s Diaper Drive will provide more diapers for low-income pregnant moms in Sacramento. Photo courtesy of Kristin Thébaud Communications

Donate Unopened Pack of Diapers and Get Free Scoop of Ice Cream 

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Local residents who bring an unopened pack of diapers to any Leatherby’s Family Creamery location on July 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. will receive a free scoop of ice cream as part of Daddy Dave’s Diaper Drive, benefiting the Sacramento Life Center. The drive, which takes place during National Ice Cream Month, will provide diapers for low-income moms in the Sacramento area and honor the life of the ice cream shop’s founder Dave Leatherby Sr. who passed away earlier this year and supported the Sacramento Life Center for decades.

“This is a really special drive, as it not only fills an important need, but honors my late father who was so beloved in this community and who had such a heart for helping low-income pregnant women and teens in the Sacramento area,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “We hope everyone comes out on July 20 to help women in need and enjoy a free scoop of Leatherby’s ice cream in honor of my dad.”

According to The Nation, a third of American families struggle to afford enough diapers. The 2018 article quoted a study that found families would leave a child in a diaper too long, risking diaper rash and urinary tract infections, and others would bleach a wet diaper, dry it and reuse it. The Sacramento Life Center’s diaper drive will ensure that every mother who walks into its main clinic can receive free, clean diapers for her children.

The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy tests, STD tests, ultrasounds, peer counseling for men and women, education and resource referrals. The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women experiencing reproductive grief. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (MPG) - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is sending postcards to more than 240,000 customers encouraging them to update their mobile number, email and other key information so the company can contact them in advance should it become necessary to temporarily turn off power for safety this fire season.

These customers, who live throughout PG&E’s service area, have incomplete or no contact information on file.

It is important that all customer information is up to date so PG&E can share important wildfire safety alerts. In addition to notifying customers directly, PG&E also will provide outage updates and information through channels such as social media, local news, radio and the website.

“With the 2019 wildfire season now upon us, we all need to be better prepared to stay emergency-ready and to keep our families and friends safe,” said Laurie Giammona, PG&E’s senior vice president and chief customer officer. “We are asking our customers to be sure we have their latest contact information so we can do our best to reach them in advance of a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff event.”

The Public Safety Power Shutoff program is one of many additional precautionary safety measures in response to the 2017 and 2018 wildfires that the company is putting in place as part of its Community Wildfire Safety Program intended to reduce wildfire threats and strengthen communities for the future.

Extreme weather threats can change quickly. PG&E’s goal, dependent on weather and other factors, is to send customer alerts through automated calls, texts and emails at 48 hours, again at 24 hours, and again just prior to shutting off power.

Besides updating their contact information to prepare for Public Safety Power Shutoffs, PG&E encourages customers to do the following:
Have an emergency plan for wildfires and discuss it with your friends, family and neighbors; Update or create a go bag or 72-hour kit that can be used if you need to evacuate; and clear defensible space around your home or business.

PG&E thanks the over 390,000 customers who have taken action to ensure they will receive its wildfire safety alerts since June 1, 2018. For customers who have not yet confirmed or updated their contact information, PG&E strongly encourages everyone to do so by visiting or by calling the PG&E contact center at 1-866-743-6589.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 23,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and

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Carmichael Kids Get New Playground

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-07-18

County Supervisor Susan Peters and Angeline Lara (12) shared ribbon-cutting honors at Carmichael Park’s new children’s playground.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - In good time to serve the remainder of summer vacation, the Carmichael Park District last week unveiled a $279,000 children’s playground in its flagship park.

After a Carmichael Park opening ceremony, more than 60 children stormed shiny play structures. The “Berliner” playground features a 28 ft. climbing pyramid, two types of swings, a roundabout and a kiddie hut. Climbing cables are made of synthetic-coated steel. All features meet modern safety standards.

For ribbon-cutting honors, a lucky 12-year-old’s name was chosen by lottery. Park summer camp participant Angelina Lara assisted Supervisor Susan Peters with giant scissors and declared the new playground “a really happy place.”

Roped off last year, 1990s Carmichael Park playground was deemed outmoded and unsafe. To replace it, then District Administrator Tarry Smith championed German-made Berliner equipment. “I’d installed it in a Fresno park,” he explained. “I knew it would be a hit. Once a kid goes down a slide a few times, well, that’s it. But he can climb a rope pyramid 50 times and never do it the same way twice.”

Made in Germany, the structures took eight weeks to reach USA by ship; installation at the park required another month. Speaking for the Carmichael Park Advisory Board, Gayle Dax Conroy said the apparatus would provide safe, inclusive and active experiences for children of all abilities. “Parents will also enjoy peace of mind,” predicted the grandmother of eight. “There are no large barriers to obstruct views as you supervise your children.”

Funding for the project came from a previous assessment on Carmichael tax payer and community donations. Children aged from toddler-age to 12 may enjoy the new playground at 5750 Grant Avenue.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Thanks to Democrats’ latest gas tax increase, Californians filling up their gas tanks are noticing some extra pain at the pump. With this 6 cent per gallon increase, our state is now home to highest gas taxes in the country.

You’d expect that with all that extra tax revenue, Californians would be driving on some of the best roads in America.

You’d be wrong.                                                                         

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave California roads a “D” on its most recent infrastructure report card, while Transportation for America called California’s roads the second-worst in the nation.

Weeks ago, Assembly Republicans called for a one-year delay in the tax increase.

Not a single Democrat supported the proposal. Instead they doubled down on a regressive tax that’s not delivering results.

This is an ongoing effort to deliver accurate and factual information about the activities of your local representatives in Sacramento, and how their votes either improve or negatively impact the lives of Californians. For more information, please contact Jim Stanley at (916) 319-2075 or


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