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Brian Jagger, Tim Russ, and Emily Grant
Brian Jagger, Tim Russ, and Emily Grant on set in Carmichael.

Rellik: It’s A Wrap

Pilot Set to be Released at Local Comic Con

By Ben Barber and Christie Spurlock
Photos by Ben Barber
Posted: 5/29/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento-area residents have something to look forward to when Rellik premieres at the Wizard World Comic Con on June 20th. Rellik is a crime drama that follows the story of two detectives as they investigate a serial killer who is terrorizing Sacramento.

The ultimate goal is for Rellik to grow into a full-season TV show. The crew of roughly 40 people worked for deferred pay in hopes that the pilot will be picked up by an online distributor such as Netflix, Hulu, or Crackle, which would bring steady production work to the Sacramento region. The pilot features Star Trek Voyager’s Tim Russ at the helm as director; Sacramento region actors Nick Fenske, Craig DeLuz, Brian Jagger, Charlie Holliday; and many more local-area cast and crew.

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Use Birds of Prey to Control Pesky Rodent Populations

Posted: 5/29/2015

When You Look at the Hawk, the Hawk Looks at You
Let nature control rodent populations by actively protecting their natural predators—owls, hawks, falcons, eagles, and vultures—rather than using poisons to eliminate pests.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Rats, mice, and voles are commonly sighted around homes and businesses this time of year. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) encourages Californians to let nature control rodent populations by actively protecting their natural predators—owls, hawks, falcons, eagles, and vultures—rather than using poisons to eliminate pests. Environmentally friendly tactics (such as providing tall trees that raptors favor) will encourage these birds of prey to hang around your yard and remove rodents for you.

Most raptors use the same nest for many years and some even pass from one generation to the next. Bald eagles are known to have used the same nest as long as 35 years. That makes them an excellent long-term control for rodent populations in the immediate area.

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Successful Meet and Greet for Indian Association of Sacramento

Posted: 5/22/2015

Selvi Jana, Venkat Mechineni, Dr. Ami Bera, and Dr.Bhavin Parikh and His Wife
Pictured here (left to right) are Selvi Jana, Venkat Mechineni, Dr. Ami Bera, and Dr.Bhavin Parikh and his wife.
Photo by Darshan Divecha

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The Meet and Greet Program by the Indian Association of Sacramento (IAS) was recently held in Mission Oaks Community Center.

The program started with a welcoming speech by the president of IAS, Mr.Venkat Mechineni. The program was a big success, and many honorable guests attended: Congressman Ami Bera; Assemblyman Ken Cooley; Nilda Guanzon Valmores, executive director of My Sister’s House; Darren Suen, Elk Grove City Council member; K. Venkata Ramana, Consul at Indian Consulate, SFO (Community Affairs); Bobbie Singh Allen, Elk Grove Unified School District board member; Dr.Venu Kondle, nephrologist; Siva Yerramilli, Intel vice president; and Citrus Heights Mayor Sue Frost.

A speech by Dr. Ami Bera was the main highlight of the event, and the panel discussion conducted by Anupriya was very helpful to all the guests in attendance. Mr.Vijaya Bhaskar gave an address about IAS and its activities.

IAS would like to thank Selvi Jana for the beautiful job as MC, Rao Duriseti for working the audio system, and Vinod for the arrangment of food. The food, provided by Ruchi Indian Cuisine, was enjoyed by the guests, and the entertainment by Tithi Goshal during the Social Hour was very well received.

The program concluded with the Vote of Thanks by Bhavin Parikh.

Source: Venkat Mechineni

Memorial Day Travel Highest in Decade

Summer Travel Kicks Off With More than 4.4 Million Californians Expected to Travel

Posted: 5/22/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - This year, Memorial Day travel is expected to mark the highest number of California travelers for this holiday since 2005, according to the latest holiday travel forecast.

The travel survey projects nearly 4.4 million Californians plan on traveling 50 miles or more this Memorial Day holiday weekend. This represents an increase of 4.6% from last year’s record highs.

“A stronger economy and overall lower gas prices have boosted consumers’ disposable income,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokesperson. “This summer travel season is starting off with great potential as many Californians are eager to take that long overdue weekend getaway.”

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Mail Man Honored for Heroics in Carmichael Siege

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 5/15/2015

Scott Gallegos With Mailbag and Delivery Vehicles
Mail carrier Scott Gallegos delivered aid to a woman shot last month on Madison Avenue. He will be honored by the Carmichael community this month.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Wanting a career with orderly routine, Gulf War veteran Scott Gallegos joined the U.S. Postal service. In his third week as a mail carrier in Carmichael, he found himself covered in blood and being shot at. “It was quite a start to a new job,” says the 43-year-old father of four. “Compared to that, anything in future should be plain sailing.”

On May 26th, Gallegos will be honored by the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce for heroism during the April 27th shooting siege on Madison Avenue. Without his actions, a seriously injured woman might have died. “We normally ask the public to stay out of these situations,” said a Sacramento Sheriff’s sergeant. “But there’s no doubt (Gallegos) acted at the right time and with the right heart. Time was a big issue for the woman. Without his assistance, the outcome might have been very different.”

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Local Jobs Demand Stalling

Posted: 5/15/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The second quarter jobs market may have reached a plateau among some sectors of the Sacramento economy.

Like a failing tire, a portion of Sacramento’s top employers surveyed say the business climate is “flat.” In anecdotal comments, several firms representing all sectors expected business to “slow” and some polled also noted “work moving to China” from our market. However, while hiring may be slow at some firms and employers are showing caution, Pacific Staffing discovered that 67% of regional companies polled say they are motivated to hire in April, May, and June.

Another secondary note of caution comes in the type of hiring Sacramento’s top companies will be doing in the second quarter. While growth hiring outstripped replacements in recent quarterly polls, HR contacts pushed hiring for replacements within current workforces ahead of growth hiring for the first time in 2015. In contacts with regional companies between February 17th and March 17th, 48% are motivated to hire for attrition or replacements within current workforces. Hiring for expansion of workforces dropped behind to 46% of demand in the next three months.

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Hundreds Rally for AB 311, Bill Fails in Assembly

Story and photos by Christie Spurlock
Posted: 5/8/2015

SMUD Invites Public Input on Proposed Rate Action

Posted: 5/8/2015

Saturday, May 2nd Is Free Comic Book Day!

By Allison Buchholtz
Posted: 5/1/2015

$10,000 Fine for Water Infractions, says Brown

Posted: 5/1/2015

EcoHousing Project Unanimously Approved

Posted: 4/24/2015

I Didn’t Pay My Taxes… Now What?

Posted: 4/24/2015


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