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Alex Khoshroshahi, Julie Hubbs, and Dan Kellow
Mayoral menage. Campaigners (left to right) Alex Khoshroshahi, Julie Hubbs, and Dan Kellow have entered the 2015 race for Honorary Mayor of Carmichael.

Mayoral Campaign Kicks Off in Carmichael

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/24/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - With 2016 presidential campaigns just heating up, Carmichael mayoral candidates are already hot on their election trail.

The annual mayors’ race is a fundraiser for the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce. Dollars are counted as votes and candidates are actually encouraged to buy their way to victory. The winner has no political power but ribbon-cutting and civic duties are guaranteed. Baby-kissing, dog-petting, and pledge-reciting are among heavier responsibilities; an open car in the Carmichael Elks July 4th Parade is a perk. Since the Chamber is a business organization, the main reward is exposure for candidates’ companies and for the non-profits they choose to help through their campaigns. Current Honorary Mayor is Virginia Stone, an executive for the Oakmont senior residence in Carmichael.

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On-the-Job Training Increases, Employment Pool Shrinks

Posted: 7/24/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Employee retention, qualified applicants, and specialized skills are motivating more in-house training and opportunity in the Sacramento area. Internships and probationary and apprenticeship programs are growing as the pool of skilled workers shrinks. For several quarters, an increasing number of Sacramento’s top regional companies have noted growing problems with finding enough qualified applicants (those with specific, often technical skills) and keeping the employees currently on the job. Falling unemployment, recovery from recession years, and an aging workforce are thinning the formerly large numbers applying. Pacific Staffing discovered a “back to the future” approach when polling local companies, finding a vast majority (76%) report having existing or now using more on-the-job training in meeting specific workforce needs in hiring.

Sacramento regional employers were asked, “Is it time for employers to open work to entry levels and train on the job for specific proprietary needs?” Just 23% didn’t have or support on-the-job training, while 1% didn’t answer. The apprentice or “old school” approach to filling employment needs has never gone completely out of style with Sacramento regional companies. As some HR contacts noted when surveyed directly between May 19th and June 19th, 2015, a policy to recruit from local sources and train within the company for specific skills also reaps greater loyalty and individual company and geographic identity.

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BeMoneySmartUSA Founders Don and Marie Hall With Produce and Protégés
Founders of BeMoneySmartUSA, Don and Marie Hall (front, center) celebrate their non-profit’s fifth successful year. The couple’s market for farm produce is a success story that spread from Carmichael to other areas.

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BeMoneySmartUSA Celebrates Five Years

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/17/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Six years ago, Don and Marie Hall were aghast at the financial crash that afflicted businesses and families. They wanted to be part of the solution.

“We saw that many young people were great at math and science at school,” says Marie. “They understood numbers but they didn’t understand how to manage money. At the time, there were fewer entry level jobs for young people. We decided to teach personal finance while creating jobs so students could apply skills in real life situations.”

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New Landscape Watering Limits Set by SSWD

Offers Rebate Programs to Help Customers Conserve

Posted: 7/17/2015

Fight the Drought!  Make Every Drop Count!

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD) has put new outdoor watering restrictions in place that limit landscape irrigation to two days per week on specific days and times.

The new watering guidelines are designed to encourage water reductions in light of the severe drought plaguing California and new directives from the Governor and State Water Resources Control Board to reduce water use. SSWD is required to reduce its water use by 32%.

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July Fourth Parade in Citrus Heights
Parade supporters cheered Grand Marshal Lt. Col. Jim Grey and his wife Charlene as they arrived at the Carmichael Elks Lodge.

Patriots on Parade-Carmichael Hero Heads Pageant

Story and photos
by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/10/2015

Carmichael, CA (MPG) - The courage of American patriots was saluted by Carmichael’s annual July 4th Parade on Saturday.

Grand Marshal was Lt. Col. Jim Grey (90), a retired Carmichael banker. Flying for the US Air Force during WWII, Grey survived 30 missions in legendary B-17 squadrons. Their perilous bombing raids into enemy territory inspired movies like “Memphis Belle” and “Twelve O’Clock High.”

While not quite a Flying Fortress, Grey’s parade transport was a powerful vintage Cadillac provided by local caddy collector Larry Bunfill. The blue 500-horse-power vehicle was one of only 200 produced to mark the national bicentennial in 1976. His driver, Elks executive Jim Warrick, is a member of the family that has organized Carmichael’s parade for 57 years. The iconic auto and VIP passengers led a 100-unit pageant on its stately path along Fair Oaks Boulevard, from Marconi to Cypress Avenue.

Festivities continued all evening at the La Sierra Community Center and culminated with an $8,000-plus fireworks display.

Emily Marie Grant, Jason F. Knittle II, Tessa Zehnder, Charlie Holliday, Jodi L. Church
Cast members from left to right: Emily Marie Grant plays the part of Mandy Sanders, the mother of Robert Sanders (played by Jason F. Knittle II). Jason F. Knittle II plays the part of a 17 year old who witnesses a murder. Tessa Zehnder plays the part of Sara in RELLIK. Charlie Holliday is an actor and a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Union Representative for Northern California. Jodi L. Church on the red carpet.
Photos by Christie Spurlock.
Photo illustration by Messenger Publishing Group.

Local Filmmakers Premiere Crime Thriller

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 7/3/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION , CA (MPG) - On June 21st, the locally based crime thriller pilot of RELLIK premiered at both Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con and the Tower Theatre in Roseville. The Roseville premiere featured most of the cast and crew, and the excitement was palpable as everyone saw the results of their work on the big screen.

RELLIK was directed by Tim Russ, known primarily for his role as Tuvok on Star Trek Voyager. Originally contacted to act in the series, Russ was intrigued by the script and ended up directing instead. The cast and crew hope that the web series will be picked up by a streaming service for wider distribution.

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Operation Brokenheart II Leads to Arrests of Child Predators

Posted: 7/3/2015

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force along with ICAC task forces around the country took part in “Operation Brokenheart II;” a nationwide effort to identify and arrest as many child predators as possible along with providing outreach and internet safety education. This effort took place during the months of April and May of 2015 and was a coordinated effort by law enforcement representing more than 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies nationally.

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Volunteers Plant Trees to Provide Native Habitat

Posted: 6/26/2015

Milagro Hosts Hard Hat Tour

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 6/26/2015

ACS Shops Mark Milestone

Local Store is Top Fundraiser, Raises Almost $14K

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 6/19/2015

Lady Antebellum: A Traveling Family

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 6/19/2015

Wizard World Comic Con Returns to Sacramento

Posted: 6/12/2015

New Limits on Landscape Watering

SSWD Unveils Rebate Programs to Help Customers Conserve

Posted: 6/12/2015


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