Carmichael Improvement District Hires Management Team

Story and photos by Jacqueline Fox  |  2018-01-12

Jenifer McDonald, founder, McDonald Association Management Company, Inc., and newly appointed Carmichael Improvement District administrative manager. Photo by Jacqueline Fox

Carmichael, CA (MPG) - The board of directors for the Carmichael Improvement District (CID) for Fair Oaks Boulevard, has signed a contract with a Sacramento-based management firm to, in part, oversee all financial and contractual agreements with its members and service providers, as well as the crafting of the CID’s long-range strategic plan.

Jenifer McDonald, founder of McDonald Association Management Company, Inc., is a long-time resident of Carmichael.  Her company has been delivering association management services to trade organizations and nonprofits, among other entities, since 2004.  This will be its first foray into the business of managing the administrative processes for a Public Business Improvement District or PBID, which involves a collective of roughly 437 commercial property owners operating within the 410-acre Fair Oaks Boulevard Business Improvement corridor, as well as contracted service providers overseeing security and street clean up.

“I’m very excited to be able to roll up my sleeves and get down to work with our board of directors to ensure the longevity and vitality of the CID,” said McDonald.  She brings more than two decades of experience in the California State Legislature, as well as executive management for some of the state’s largest trade associations, including the California Dental Hygienists’ Association, the California/Western States Chapter of the ESOP Association, the Association of California Healthcare Districts/ALPHA Fund.

McDonald also has provided executive management services for the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA) and The California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors of Northern California.

McDonald’s contract with the Carmichael Improvement District is for three years.  Her appointment completes a short list of contractual agreements between CID board members and outside agencies hired to oversee different components of the CID’s infrastructure and services to its stakeholders.

In July, CID board members awarded contracts to Matt Carroll, owner of Sacramento-based Paladin Private Security, and Hilary Gould, owner of Fair Oaks-based Gould Electric and PBID Maintenance to provide armed security patrol and street maintenance services respectively to the roughly 437 commercial businesses located within the CID’s 2.5 mile boundary lines. 

McDonald’s role will be to ensure the viability of those and future contracts with the CID, as well as the facilitation of the collection of property assessments, which fund the CID’s budget of just under $302,000.  She will be working closely with CID board members to craft its strategic plan, further develop CID policies, complete build out of the its member database and pushing to bring in new members.

“One of my first orders of business is already in progress,” said McDonald.  “That is to take the CID member database and really get to know who our members are, reach out to them and then start working on developing relationships with the rest of the area business and property owners to begin building up our membership.”

The PBID for Fair Oaks Boulevard, or the CID, was approved by just under 70 percent of local property owners in the fall of 2016.  Its renewable, five-year agreement with the county may be expanded to include a wider tax base and coverage area over the next five years.

CID Meeting Information:

CID Board meetings are held at the Carmichael Library meeting room at 5605 Marconi Ave. on the fourth Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. These meetings are open to the public.

 

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Average residential customer bill will be reduced by $1.20

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - SMUD has removed the state-mandated SB-1 solar surcharge from all customer bills. Part of Governor Schwarzenegger’s “Million Solar Roofs Initiative,” the surcharge—currently equal to $0.0016 per kilowatt-hour of electricity usage or about $1.20 on an average SMUD customer monthly bill—was initiated in 2008.

Funds from the surcharge were used to help develop residential and commercial solar capacity throughout SMUD’s territory. Overall, the funds will have helped build approximately 125 megawatts of solar generation over the last ten years. This includes incentives for residential and commercial customer solar installations, Smart Home developments, and SolarShares™ developments. A recent example of how these funds were used is the $1.4 million awarded to the Sacramento International Airport to support their installation of two new solar arrays totaling 6.8 megawatts in capacity. The arrays produce enough electricity to handle approximately one-third of the airport’s power needs, saving the airport approximately $850,000 in energy costs each year.

Per the state mandate, the SB-1 solar surcharge was in effect until SMUD had collected $130 million. SMUD reached that cap in late December and immediately removed the surcharge. SMUD has disbursed approximately $125 million of these funds to date and will disburse the remaining funds by the end of 2020.

Per earlier approval by SMUD’s Board of Directors of the Chief Executive Officer & General Manager’s Report & Recommendation on Rates and Services, a rate increase of 1.5 percent for all residential customers and 1 percent for all business customers took effect on January 1, 2018. With the removal of the SB-1 solar surcharge, the average residential customer using 750 kilowatt-hours per month of electricity will now see an average net increase of about $0.42 per month ($1.62 average increase due to the rate increase less an average $1.20 SB-1 solar surcharge). Removing the surcharge from business customer bills will, on average, offset the entire 1 percent rate increase.

For more information about SB-1, visit energy.ca.gov/sb1. For more information about SMUD’s rates, visit smud.org/RateInfo.

Source: SMUD Media

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Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The Housing Authority of the County of Sacramento will open the wait list for the Housing Choice Voucher program on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. until Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Applicants can use any device with internet access to complete the application at www.sacwaitlist.com.

There is no cost to apply for housing and a credit report is not needed to apply. However, Sacramento Housing Authority officials caution applicants not to use any other website to apply for the wait list. A number of websites charge fees to submit an application and may require personal information such as social security numbers or debit/credit card information to apply for assistance. This is a scam and could lead to possible identity theft. Housing Authority officials advise that the best way to find the correct website to fill out the application is to typewww.sacwaitlist.com directly into the website address bar usually located at the top left of the browser on the computer screen.

The application submission process is supported in the following browsers: Google Chrome, FireFox, and Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and Safari. The application can be completed using iPhone, Android and iPad mobile devices.

Wait list preferences are given to families who are homeless or rent burdened, have a family member who is a veteran, have a family member who is disabled, and who live or work in Sacramento County.

A confirmation receipt is issued immediately after the application is submitted.

A total of 7,000 applicants will be placed on the wait list through random selection after the wait list has closed. For more information, go to www.shra.org. Under the Find Housing tab, select Housing Choice Voucher Program.

The Housing Authority of the County of Sacramento’s housing programs serve very low income families and individuals. Eligible families will receive rental assistance as funds are available. Criminal background checks are conducted on all adults applying for housing.

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Recent Employment Trends Show Real Concerns

Pacific Staffing Reports    |  2018-01-10

A shortage in the Sacramento region of qualified applicants has grown to include entry level/general labor applicants, construction trades, equipment operators and licensed route and delivery drivers. File photo.

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The ongoing active Sacramento hiring marketplace raises employer concerns in the first quarter of the New Year. In speaking directly with top employers Pacific Staffing discovered hiring, retention and payroll pressure among 2018 employment market concerns.  Pressure from increasing competition with higher wage firms based in the Bay Area also causing pay issues in Sacramento.

In telephone contacts between November 23 and December 15th , sixty-five percent (65%) of regional companies report they plan to hire in the first three months of 2018. That projected hiring is lower than the previous quarter, as thirty-five percent (35%) of employers say no hiring is anticipated in January, February and March.

With a robust demand for workers, Pacific Staffing also learned that some regional companies are paying signing bonuses for scarce skillsets and retention of current skilled workers to maintain workforce needs. While eight percent (8%) of hiring in the first quarter is attributed to seasonal needs, not a single company is reporting any layoffs in the new calendar’s first three months. Overall demand is evenly split with 43% of employers attributing hiring to replacements, and for expansion.                       

A shortage in the Sacramento region of qualified applicants has grown to include entry level/general labor applicants, construction trades, equipment operators and licensed route and delivery drivers.  Companies also report strong demands for bookkeeping, accounting/finance, customer service and sales.

Having surveyed Sacramento regional employers since 1992 each new year brings new challenges. In 2017 those changes included Basic work ethics- less loyalty to employers and dedication to doing a job, as noted in our previous trends report.  In between August 23 and September 20, regional employers also were asked if people and their expectations of work were making it difficult to manage. This question generated the largest single positive response as seventy-seven percent (77%) said Yes, noting people were ‘unrealistic’, ‘underqualified’, and younger workers less driven to work. This change in ‘work ethic’ as ‘generational’ attitude with an ‘entitlement’ outlook is causing attendance, productivity and retention issues.

More cultural change came to the front as a surprising number of Sacramento HR contacts noted more parental interference in hiring and workplace settings as reported in our previous report for quarter three of 2017. Pacific Staffing learned one quarter, or twenty-five percent (25%) of all companies reported having had this experience recently when asked about it directly. This (parental interference) is an unwelcome new trend and seems to be growing in the workplace, with employers suggesting it was embarrassing ‘meddling’ for both parent and adult children.

For more information, employment blogs and market surveys go to www.pacificstaffing.com.

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SMUD Crews and Equipment Head to Puerto Rico

SMUD Special Report  |  2018-01-10

SMUD personnel load heavy duty line trucks, tools and equipment onto trailers for shipment to Puerto Rico. SMUD line crews along with other public power utilities will assist with power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico to restore power that has remained out since Hurricane Maria hit the island territory on September 20. Photo courtesy SMUD

Sacramento’s electric company committing lineworkers, trucks and equipment to help get the lights back on

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - SMUD shipped 15 utility trucks to Lake Charles, Louisiana recently where they will be loaded onto a barge for the voyage to Ponce, Puerto Rico, which is expected to take about 10 days.

SMUD, along with the American Public Power Association, is working with other public power utilities to send crews to restore power in Puerto Rico as the island U.S. territory continues to rebuild after Hurricane Maria hit last September. SMUD is a not-for-profit public power electric utility and a member of the APPA.

The trucks will be off-loaded at Ponce’s port and then more than a dozen SMUD lineworkers will fly to Puerto Rico, gather their trucks and tools, and head into the island interior to begin restoration work.

While most of the power outages in the island’s largest city, San Juan, have been restored, SMUD, along with Richmond (Indiana) Power and Light, Norwich (Connecticut) Public Utility and Commonwealth Utilities of the Northern Mariana Islands will be doing power restoration work in the territory’s suburban and rural areas. SMUD and the other utilities’ work is expected to take two months or more. SMUD will rotate its crews after about 30 days and replace them with fresh personnel.

SMUD’s involvement is part of the utility industry’s ongoing response as several electric companies have signed onto a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the electricity provider on the island, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in ongoing efforts to restore power to the people of Puerto Rico. The MOU was developed by the APPA, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). It serves as a plan that allows electric companies on the mainland (that are members of APPA, EEI, or NRECA) to enter into emergency agreements to provide resources and workers to PREPA on a not-for-profit basis.

SMUD is community-owned and has a long history of providing utilities outside its Sacramento County service territory with mutual-aid assistance. SMUD’s labor, materials and other costs for the effort, which are expected to be about $5 million, will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, so SMUD customers won’t be impacted financially. SMUD will also have plenty of crews and equipment to respond to any power outage issues locally.

Source: SMUD media

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Proposes returning $7.5 billion budget surplus directly to taxpayers

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today announced legislation that will give the $7.5 billion budget surplus back to hard-working California families and businesses in the form of a refund check.

“While California taxpayers continue struggling to make ends meet, the Legislative Analyst’s Office reported that the state is sitting on a budget surplus of an additional, unexpected $7.5 billion,” said Senator Gaines. “The reason there is a surplus is because Legislative Democrats have continued to overtax Californians and it’s time to send that money right back to taxpayer pocketbooks.”

The legislation will take the state’s $7.5 billion surplus and return it to the taxpayers. Every Californian who filed taxes for 2016 will get their share of that surplus back in a refund check from the government that could amount to hundred dollars per taxpayer.

“I know the legislature will be tempted to continue the tax-and-spend cycle by sinking every extra dollar into expanding an ever-growing list of government services and projects, like granting more rights to undocumented immigrants and funding the boondoggle that is High-Speed Rail.

“But we cannot continue to price families and small businesses out of the state, sending them to neighboring states where the tax burden is much lower. We can’t keep fixed-income seniors teetering on the edge of poverty. That’s why I’m carrying a bill to get every single tax filer a refund of the money they overpaid to the government. It’s their money and it’s our obligation to return it.”

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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SACRAMENTO County , CA (MPG) - nimal lovers in Sacramento and Yolo Counties can reserve low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for their dogs and cats during Spay Day Sacramento 2018.

Spay Day Sacramento is an annual event run by Sacramento Area Animal Coalition (SAAC), an all-volunteer nonprofit committed to eliminating local pet overpopulation. Since 2000, nearly 10,000 dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered through the program.

Each pet receives a spay or neuter surgery, permanent microchip identification and vital vaccinations. An appointment and proof of income are required. (Limit: two dogs or cats per household)

Sacramento and Yolo County residents who receive public assistance and/or have an annual household income of $35,000 or less are eligible to participate. Priority is given to pitbulls and Chihuahuas.

Each cat costs just $15 and each dog just $20.

Spay and neuter surgeries will be provided at participating veterinary clinics and animal shelters on or around February 25, 2018.

o apply, fill out an online request form at www.sacanimal.org.

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