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Economy Boosted by County Crops and Livestock

Posted: 1/23/2015

Bright Green Grapevines Growing In the Sun
Wine grapes continue to lead in Sacramento County’s production by raking in $141.2 million last year, making it a third of the County’s production value.
Photo courtesy of Sacramento County

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Wine grapes, milk, and pears help keep Sacramento County agriculture at the top of its game, according to the newly released Crop and Livestock Report. The year 2013 brought in a crop production value of $457.3 million, the second highest in County history.

“Everyone knows Sacramento is fertile ground, but many may not know how significant this is to our living,” stated County Agricultural Commissioner Juli Jensen. “A productive agricultural year for Sacramento means a better economy, fresher food, and healthier living overall.”

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Angela Marie Rubio Zaniboni
Angela Marie Rubio Zaniboni, writer and director of Incongruity. Her next project is directing the musical theatrical production of Grease in spring 2015.
Photo by Jex Nguyen

Film "Incongruity" Premieres at Gatsby-Themed Event

By Margaret Snider
Posted: 1/16/2015

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On Saturday, December 27th, Red Bench Entertainment held “An Evening with Gatsby,” a roaring-twenties-themed premiere of their most recent production, a film titled Incongruity.

Angela Zaniboni, scriptwriter and director of the 35-minute film, said that the creativity was collaborative among all those involved.

“It’s pretty creepy,” Zaniboni said. “I think we owe that to the lead actor, Andrew (Ramsey). We have some really dedicated actors. But it’s also a film that a lot of people, even if they don’t like scary movies, would really appreciate and enjoy.”

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Ed Anderson, Paula Swayne, Ron Greenwood, and Franco Garcia
Ron Greenwood Realtors: At the Sacramento Association of Realtors headquarters, Ron Greenwood (second from right) rejoices in his election as 2015 board president. His executive officers are (from left) Ed Anderson, Paula Swayne, and Franco Garcia.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Sacramento Realtors Elect Carmichael Leader

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 1/16/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael Colony founder Daniel Carmichael began the Sacramento Association of Realtors in 1908 and took the president’s chair in 1910. Almost 105 years later, the 5,800-member organization has elected Carmichaelite Ron Greenwood as its leader.

“Daniel Carmichael’s vision resulted in a fantastic organization,” said the 2015 president. “It’s a kick to think I’m selling real estate in some of the same streets that our founder trod with his own for-sale signs.”

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Region Employment Trends Show Growing Optimism

Job Demand and Hiring Trends for Local Companies

Posted: 1/9/2015

A Businessman Looks Forward While His Team Works Out the Details
Despite the optimistic outlook, regional acquisition and mergers combined with seasonal layoffs is reducing workforces at 6% of Sacramento regional employers polled in the first three months of 2015.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Optimism is strong for ongoing growth of the Sacramento regional economy in the New Year.

In direct contacts with top Sacramento regional employers, Pacific Staffing has discovered that 84% of company contacts expressed optimism for 2015 about ongoing economic and job growth in our region. Just 8% of those contacted in 2014 between November 12th and December 16th indicated a pessimistic outlook. Another 8% didn’t or couldn’t answer when asked, “Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the economy in 2015?” In what is traditionally the slowest period for hiring, the Sacramento Employment Trends Survey has learned the majority of top regional employers will continue at a robust pace in hiring for the first quarter of 2015.

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Top New Laws for California Businesses

California Chamber Releases Its 2015 List

Posted: 1/9/2015

Young Office Workers Gather Around a Laptop
Several new laws will increase employers’ wage-and-hour obligations in 2015. AB 1897 holds employers liable for wage-and-hour violations when they use staffing agencies or other labor contractors. If a contractor fails to pay its workers properly or provide workers’ compensation coverage, the “client employer” can now be held legally responsible.

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - The California Chamber of Commerce has released a list of new laws that will affect California businesses in 2015. Some of these, such as mandatory paid sick leave, make significant changes to the state’s legal landscape. Others will have more limited impact. Here are some highlights.

Mandatory paid sick leave: AB 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, requires employers to provide paid sick leave to any employee who worked in California for 30 days. Employers can limit paid sick leave to 24 hours or three days in each year of employment and can put a maximum cap on total accrual of 48 hours or six days. The effective date for the paid sick leave benefit is July 1st, 2015.

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Santa Sitting In a Big Chair With Fire and Tree, Cheching Over His List

Merry Christmas!

By Paul V. Scholl, Publisher
Posted: 12/25/2014

The holidays are upon us and again it is time to give thanks to so many.

All of us at Messenger Publishing Group would like to thank our many thousands of readers of our eight local newspapers serving the Sacramento Region. We often get great responses from our readers letting us know how we are doing. We also get many requests for things that readers would like to see added to our products. We take each request seriously and evaluate how we can become a better newspaper as we grow.

We would like to thank all of our advertisers throughout the Sacramento market, big and small, who entrust us with the responsibility of helping them grow their businesses and succeed. We do our best with every issue but always look at the job done and try to find ways to improve.

As publisher, I would like to thank the 65 people who help publish and distribute these products. It is not an easy task. It takes everyone moving in the right direction at the right time and at the right speed to hit the deadlines to keep readers and advertisers happy. Each job done is important, and every detail is critical. Our staff has taken new and tough steps to grow as a company this year. We look forward to continuing that growth so we can do more within the communities we serve.

Our goal every year is to find more ways to help improve the quality of life within our areas of service. If you know of an organization or group that could benefit from getting more exposure in their local newspaper, please have them contact us. We will consider each request for coverage in the coming year.

Remember the reason for the season. The meaning of Christmas is at the heart of our great nation. If we all lived our daily lives with such principles, it would be Christmas for each of us every day. Live it. Share it. Do more good.

Merry Christmas!

Don’t Let Storm Repairs Turn Into An Uglier Mess

CSLB Tips Help Prevent Storm Repairs From Becoming Costly Headaches

Posted: 12/18/2014

A Suburban House Damaged by a Fallen Tree
The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof. Consumers can use CSLB’s online resources, available at or, to review the license status of contractors they plan to hire and to get tips about the best approach for making home repairs.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) reminds California home owners to use only licensed contractors when it comes to storm damage repairs. The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof.

“Anyone who needs to make repairs from storm damage should be looking for a legitimate, qualified tradesperson, especially in an urgent situation,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “Licensed contractors are skilled in their specific trade, insured and bonded, and not likely to leave you in the lurch when it comes to properly completing the job at a fair price.”

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A Handicapped Youngster Skis With the Support of an Instructor
Disabled Sports USA-Far West, which opens for the season December 19th, provides ski and snowboard lessons to people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities.

Disabled Sports USA Far West Opens for 2014-15 Season

Posted: 12/18/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - Disabled Sports USA-Far West will open for the season on Friday, December 19th. The organization, which provides ski and snowboard lessons to people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities, will also be holding a special event recognizing disabled veterans.

“We are excited about the upcoming season, especially with the early snowfall we are receiving,” said Haakon Lang-Ree, Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA Far West. “Our experienced staff and volunteers are ready to serve both children and adults with customized snow sports instruction specifically designed for each individual.”

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Women’s Empowerment Receives $25,000 From Save Mart C.A.R.E.S.

Grant Will Help Sacramento Women Break the Cycle of Homelessness

Posted: 12/11/2014

California International Marathon Cruises Through Carmichael

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/11/2014

Local Architects Have Big Plans

Pasion & Enriquez Architecture

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 12/4/2014

Jan Scully’s Retirement Celebration and Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center Fundraiser

Posted: 12/4/2014

Merlot Marketing Wins Big at Awards Gala

Northern California Agency Brings Home Six Awards

Posted: 11/27/2014

Winterdance: A Celtic Christmas Celebration

Posted: 11/27/2014


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