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Deputy Chief Mark Wells has been selected to be the next Metro Fire Chief.

Metro Fire Selects Mark Wells New Chief

Posted: 9/18/2014

MATHER, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire) Board of Directors announced on September 6th their selection of Deputy Chief Mark Wells to be the next Fire Chief. The announcement was made during a special meeting of the Board.

“The Board of Directors is very excited to work with Chief Wells to lead Metro Fire into the future,” stated Board President Randy Orzalli. “We are confident that Chief Wells’ vision, experience and expertise will ensure Metro Fire remains amongst the most progressive and innovative in the state. Continued strong leadership from the Fire Chief is critical, as we seek to deliver the best possible public safety service within our limited resources.”

Last month, Fire Chief Kurt Henke announced his plans to retire in October after 33 years in the fire service. Subsequent to Henke’s announcement, the Metro Fire Board of Directors approved a recommendation from its Executive Committee to conduct an internal search process among the ranks of Deputy Chief to select the next Fire Chief.

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Sacramento County: Back in the Black

Posted: 9/18/2014

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County ended the 2013-14 Fiscal Year $44 million in the black, recording its third consecutive year of financial improvement. The $3.7 billion 2014-15 Adopted Budget will be presented to the Board of Supervisors September 9th.

In June during Budget Hearings, the Board prioritized key safety net services including emergency shelter operations, mental health services, homeless outreach and navigation, public health nursing, child abuse prevention, senior financial abuse investigation and prevention, and a myriad of other programs and services for the County’s most vulnerable residents.

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Your Property Tax Bill May Be Going Up More Than the Normal Two Percent

Posted: 9/18/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Some California homeowners may receive a much larger property tax bill than they anticipated this year. Homeowners who saw lower tax bills during the recent decline in housing values may receive higher property tax bills as property values recover.

Why is this happening? When housing prices rise, Proposition 13 allows a maximum two percent annual increase in the property’s taxable value for inflation. This value is known as the “factored Proposition 13 value.” When housing prices decline, Proposition 8 allows a temporary reduction of the property’s taxable value to reflect the current market value. Because a Proposition 8 reduction is only temporary, it requires the taxable value to be reviewed annually and increased or decreased to reflect that year’s current market value (as of January 1st each year). Thus, when the housing market crashed, Proposition 8 enabled some homeowners to receive significant temporary assessment reductions resulting in lower tax bills. As housing prices increase, however, a home’s taxable value that had been lowered by the assessor under Proposition 8 may increase more than two percent if its market value increased more than two percent. The increased value, however, may not exceed the factored Proposition 13 value.

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Two Young Ladies Smile and Show Peace Signs
Too often, kids are involved. Social experts who study human behavior argue that today’s youth are under more stress than ever before.

International Day of Peace

By Linda Harper
Posted: 9/11/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - Turn on the television on any given day and the lead news story reports violence in our nation’s communities. Too often, kids are involved. Social experts who study human behavior argue that today’s youth are under more stress than ever before. Gang warfare, street stabbings and shootings, proliferation of drugs, binge drinking, and teenage pregnancy are just some of the stresses young people are subjected to in their schools, homes, and communities. Tragically, many of these “at risk” kids are caught up in a dangerous lifestyle. It doesn’t matter their ethnicity, gender, age or family background; no child is immune to the negative influences around them. According to Wayne Hironaka, Chairman of I AM PEACE, Inc., over 25% of Grant High School teens are identified as “at- risk.” More are likely in the other North Sacramento high schools.

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Clad in Pink Feathers and Spangles Performers Strike a Dramatic Pause in Last Year's Best of Broadway
Dozens of performers of all ages will star in Best of Broadway’s 2014 production. Songs from Broadway shows like Sweet Charity, 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hair will be performed on the village’s outdoor stage.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

The Show Goes On

Best of Broadway Opens September 12

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/11/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The 2014 Best of Broadway season (running three September weekends at Fair Oaks Village amphitheater) marks the 41st year for the musical review. This year’s theme is “Limited Time, Limited Love.”

Songs from Broadway shows like Sweet Charity, 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hair will get an airing on the village’s outdoor stage. Sacramento teacher David MacDonald launched the review in 1973. Since then, annual productions have showcased pro-am talent for the benefit of charity. MacDonald this year handed the directorial role to singer/dancer Sam Williams.

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Raley’s Supermarket Settles Civil Environmental Case

Special Report
District Attorney’s Office
Posted: 9/4/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - District Attorney Jan Scully joins 25 other California district attorneys in announcing that West Sacramento-based Raley’s supermarket was ordered to pay $1,599,000 in civil penalties, costs and supplemental environmental projects, as part of the settlement of a civil enforcement prosecution, which includes a final judgment and permanent injunction. Raley’s cooperated with the prosecution team throughout the investigation into their unlawful practices.

The judgment is the culmination of a civil enforcement lawsuit filed in San Joaquin County to stop the supermarket chain from unlawfully transporting and disposing of retail hazardous waste. The lawsuit claimed that more than 130 Raley’s supermarket stores improperly stored, handled, and disposed of hazardous waste and pharmaceutical waste products into company trash bins. Instead of being sent to authorized disposal sites, hazardous wastes and contaminated materials were being unlawfully transported to area landfills. Additionally, the lawsuit alleges that Raley’s failed to take sufficient steps to preserve the confidentiality of their pharmacy customers’ information.

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Legends Come to Life at the Circus

Posted: 8/28/2014

Back to School Night at All American Speedway

By Linda Harper
Posted: 8/28/2014

Capital Airshow Returns!

Posted: 8/21/2014

Local Company Conducts Clinical Drug Trials

By Linda Harper
Posted: 8/21/2014


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