The Glass Slipper Fits

By Larry Fritz  |  2019-04-03

The Glass Slipper volunteer construction crew from left to right: Larry Fritz, Rob Hunter, Thor Grendahl, Tammy Montoya, Randy Plentzas, Garry Morgan, George Delano, TimS McGowen, Dave Grady, Bob Mitts. Photo provided by The Glass Slipper

The Glass Slipper Makes a Kitchen Addition

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Construction has begun on a new commercial kitchen that will become a part of a training academy located on Mariposa Avenue near Antelope. The facility is operated by The Glass Slipper, a non-profit organization based in Citrus Heights. The new kitchen will be used to train participants in culinary, hospitality and nutritional skills. The Glass Slipper is an all-volunteer organization that helps girls and young ladies in the foster-care system make a successful transition to adulthood through its Ready by 21 Academy.

With many years of experience in the foster care system, Jackie Guzman saw that girls raised in this environment often lacked life skills training and emotional support. These girls entered the foster-care system through no fault of their own. Sadly, despite the efforts of social services, it’s easy for them to fall through the cracks.

When compared to other youth in America, foster youth have the highest rates of school drop-out, unemployment, exploitation and teen pregnancy, and are highest risk of homelessness upon emancipation from the system.

Jackie and a small group of volunteers started The Glass Slipper in 1997 to help these “at risk” girls. The training, mentoring and emotional support that they provide helps the girls to improve their life skills and self-esteem while receiving guidance in positive directions.

The commercial-grade kitchen under construction will add new life skills training to the existing Ready by 21 Academy. Construction of the commercial kitchen is also a volunteer project. A non-denominational men’s Bible study called, “The Band of Brothers,” as well as other volunteers and trades-people will provide most of the labor to build the kitchen from the ground up.

Money for materials is dependent upon private donors, community and local churches. Construction is currently under way on the 810 square foot kitchen addition and is expected to be substantially completed this year.

To learn more about The Glass Slipper, visit their website at: www.TheGlassSlipper.org or call (916) 222-3598. An online video tour of the Mariposa campus is at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mNOy8AzT18

The Glass Slipper always welcomes volunteer support and monetary donations. The Glass Slipper Organization, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit. Donations and gifts are tax-deductible, as allowed by law. The Glass Slipper’s Federal Tax Payer I.D. Number is 20-8599121.

Playmakers to Host Annual Fundraising Dinner

By Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-04-13

(Left to right) San Juan Unified School District Athletics Director Ron Barney, Rio Head Coach Sam Stroughter, El Camino Head Coach JP Dolliver, Playmaker Founder Greg Roeszler, and Playmaker Director Phil Dubois plan to bring rival teams together through community service. Photo by Shaunna Boyd.

Proceeds Fund Free Summer Program for Local At-Risk Youth

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Playmakers Organization is a local non-profit that coaches character through leadership and provides free programs to underprivileged and at-risk youth. The Playmakers Organization is hosting their 10th annual fundraising dinner on Saturday, April 27 at Divine Savior Church, 9079 Greenback Lane in Orangevale.

Playmakers founder Greg Roeszler (known as Coach Roz) said the goal of the organization is “to serve extremely at-risk kids and support them in the development of character, academics, sports and recreation — and to create a bond that the kids and their families can depend on.”

Roeszler said the upcoming fundraiser dinner “is a very inspirational evening; it’s very kid-driven.” Roeszler explained that kids who are involved in the Playmakers program speak at the event and “they will bring you to happy tears.” The dinner is an opportunity for the kids “to tell their story.”

The event will honor Playmakers sponsor Harrison Phillips of the Buffalo Bills and will celebrate Playmakers civic group participants — Rotary, Optimists, and Lions. Playmakers will also be welcoming Stanford defensive linemen Michael Williams and Joe Swahn as honored guests. The keynote speaker will be Phil Oates, part-owner of the Sacramento Kings.

Players from the Rio Americano and El Camino football teams will be serving together at the dinner, helping to set up the event and serve food throughout the evening. Their service is part of an effort to reconcile the teams after a brawl last season that forced them to forfeit the final game.

 Food will be provided by Chicago Fire, which will be serving pizza, wings, and salads. The event includes a live auction, DJ, and no-host bar.

Proceeds from the event will fund the Playmakers Summer Academy, an all-day program that is completely free for families that can’t afford childcare during the summer months.

Tickets are $40 and are available for purchase at www.theplaymakers.org/tickets.

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DMV Office serves members of the Legislature

SACRAMENTO, CA - Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) introduced Assembly Bill 862 today that would prohibit the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from operating a secret DMV field office that only serves a select group of individuals in state government, including Members of the Legislature and their staff.


“At a time when the DMV is failing to adequately serve Californians, it is unconscionable that lawmakers tasked with keeping the department accountable do not have to wait in the same lines as the people they represent,” Kiley said. “We’ll see if there’s more interest in fixing the DMV once all California Legislators are required to endure the same experience as their constituents.”


Multiple news reports and audits in recent months have highlighted the DMV’s deficiencies, including:
Over 6-8 hours wait times in many locations; Mishandling of 23,000 voter registrations since passage of Motor Voter law; Incorrectly registering over 1,500 ineligible voters, including non-citizens; Preventing over 500 eligible voters from registering due to failure to submit paperwork on time; Employee sleeping on the job over 2,000 hours; Dozens of technology outages disabling operations for hours at a time; Failing to comply with federal law regarding Real ID identity verification; Resignation of DMV director responsible for mismanagement.


Most recently, an audit by the Department of Finance uncovered a number of concerning findings at the DMV including an outdated organizational structure, poor performing IT systems, and a failure to properly train employees to meet the needs of customers.


Assemblyman Kevin Kiley represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes the Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado County communities of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Orangevale, Penryn, Rocklin, Roseville, and Sheridan.

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Amanda Klentz of Citrus Heights Wins Free Trip to Arizona from Plexus Worldwide

Special Release from Plexus  |  2019-04-13

Amanda Klentz is pictured with Tarl Robinson, CEO and Founder (left) and Alec Clark, President and Founder (right) of Plexus Worldwide. Photo credit www.plexusworldwide.com.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Amanda Klentz of Citrus Heights, California, earned a free trip to Arizona thanks to the success of her home-based business through Plexus Worldwide. Klentz was flown to Scottsdale, Arizona with a guest, where they received the royal treatment including luxurious accommodations, spa visit, lunch and dinner with Plexus Executives, a tour of the corporate offices, plus $300 spending money.

Plexus Worldwide is a leading direct-selling health, wellness and weight management company with 20-products including the new line of Plexus Lean meal replacement shakes, which provides a donation to Feeding America for every serving sold. With more than 700,000 independent business owners (“Ambassadors”) worldwide, Plexus is among the world’s 40 largest direct sales companies and has often been featured on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies.

The combination of Plexus products and opportunities help individuals to meet their health-wellness and financial goals. For more information about us visit www.PlexusWorldwide.com.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Capitol Pops Concert Band will celebrate its 22nd anniversary with a free, open to the public concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, in the Rusch Park Auditorium, 7801 Auburn Blvd., in Citrus Heights.


Under the baton of Director Judith Steinle, the CPCB will perform a fresh program of pops tunes reflecting the band's "Take Me Away" theme -- a musical journey designed to please a wide variety of listener tastes. The two-hour concert includes a 20-minute intermission.
This performance is co-sponsored by the Sunrise Recreation & Park District and the City of Citrus Heights.


Longtime band supporter Eisley Nursery in Auburn will provide a special rosebush for the band’s student scholarship raffle. Other raffle prizes will be available to attendees making voluntary donations. Spring flowers grown by Eisley Nursery will be available for purchase at the conclusion of the concert.
Started in 1997, the CPCB has performed a diverse portfolio of high-quality, well-prepared music heard by thousands of concert-goers throughout Northern California. The Citrus Heights-based, self-supporting, nonprofit community band of about 50 musicians represents a wide cross-section of the Sacramento area.


More information can be found on the band's Facebook page or at www.capitolpops.org.

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Had Expressly Stated He Wouldn't Interfere with Doctor-Patient Relationship

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - State Senator Richard Pan, the author of SB 277, a law that requires kindergartners to get twenty-seven different doses of medication and fifteen different shots or forego a public education, has introduced SB 276, a bill that would require government permission for a doctor to opine that certain vaccines could harm a patient.  This is an unprecedented and dangerous intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship, likely violates doctor's free-speech rights, and contradicts Pan's own public promises from just a few years ago. 

Pan has claimed there is a problem with “medical exemptions” – i.e., official opinions by a doctor that if a child is vaccinated, that child could suffer harm. Medical exemptions are extremely rare, and doctors grant them only if a child or a family member suffers from things like a debilitating disease (such as leukemia), or if a child or a family member had a well-documented negative reaction to a vaccine or one of its ingredients. Just 0.7% of students obtain such an exemption, up from 0.2% before the passage of SB 277, a change that is not statistically significant. The total number of children exempt from the state’s vaccine requirements (i.e., including those 1.1% exempt due to disabilities) has actually dropped since the passage of SB 277, going from 2.6% to 1.9%, indicating that Pan’s plan is a solution in search of a problem.

Pan's legislation would require doctors to get permission from a government department -- the state Department of Public Health, before issuing an opinion for a patient on this issue.  Such interference in the doctor-patient relationship is unprecedented, and the only analogous laws have been in state's requiring state approval of abortions -- something that has been universally deemed improper. 

Pan’s planned attempt to crack down on doctors would almost certainly get in the way of a doctor making an evaluation based on empirical, scientific evidence. “Imagine being the parents of a child who the federal government concluded was injured because of a condition that made them susceptible to vaccines, and then your family doctor tells you she is too terrified to exempt your younger child from those same vaccines, because the thought police might take her license,” said Christina Hildebrand, President and Founder of A Voice for Choice Advocacy, a non-profit that advocates for medical freedom. “I can’t imagine what good would come from the government regulating a doctor’s free will to diagnose as he sees fit – it starts to resemble regulation of free speech,” Hildebrand concluded.

Pan, a politician representing the Sacramento region, is a regular beneficiary of campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, averaging just shy of $100,000 from it every legislative session. He is the top recipient of such funds in the state legislature, and the pharmaceutical industry, in turn, is his largest contributor. 

“Any legislation or action on behalf of drugmakers that interferes with a doctor’s individual judgment will be hotly contested,” said Hildebrand. “We cannot let government determine what is in the best interests of any individual, overriding the doctor-patient relationship. Every doctor and patient in the state should be alarmed if such action is brought forward. If this can be done with vaccinations, what medical treatment will be next? Patients need to be able to trust their doctors and not worry that they are being pressured or worried that their honest, scientifically based medical judgement will be overruled by a legislatively appointed official who has never met them.”

Please see (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K1B4frigFM&feature=youtu.be

For more information see: WWW.AVOICEFORCHOICEADVOCACY.ORG

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Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) who served on the California Board of Prison Terms, the largest parole authority in the nation, from 1990 to 2007, issued the following statement:

"Victims who survive the horrific murder of child or a parent or a spouse suffer a pain that never completely goes away.  When the murderer is convicted and sentenced to death, family members experience a basic sense of justice.

"Governor Newsom callously disregards the anguish of these families and rips from them any sense of justice, victimizing them all over again.

"The Governor's action today brings back the pain and agony they have been forced to endure.

"This executive order is an affront to our system of justice.

"A jury convicted these violent criminals. In some trials, 12 people spent weeks, sometimes months, of their lives reviewing witness testimony, physical and DNA evidence, and before determining beyond a reasonable doubt that these murderers committed the most heinous acts against other human beings.

"California voters have spoken loudly and clearly, as recently as 2016, that the death penalty serves as a legal and appropriate punishment for those who commit vicious, evil crimes. Special circumstances are always of the most vicious and cruel acts one human can inflict upon another.

"The Governor has the authority to delay the implementation of the law but his action is eroding faith of California voters in our democracy and our system of justice."

The Original Night Stalker, also known as the East Area Rapist, is awaiting trial for the torture, rape and murder of an estimated 63 people. These calculated crimes were so heinous that he could face the death sentence, if convicted by a jury of his peers. If convicted during Governor Newsom's term, justice would not be served for these victims and their families.

Below is a link to the Los Angeles Times' list of "the 13 men executed by California since 1978." Today, there are 737 just like them on death row.

http://graphics.latimes.com/towergraphic-see-13-men-executed-california-1978/

Elected to the State Senate in January 2013, Senator Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba. To contact Senator Jim Nielsen, please call him at 916-651-4004, or via email at senator.nielsen@senate.ca.gov. Follow him @CASenatorJim.

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Local Citrus Heights Teacher wins National Design Contest

By Lauren Garetto  |  2019-04-08

Aubrey McCain (teacher wearing the shirt she designed),; Jamie Roberts, Sr. Director of Content & Creative (pink top); Dawna Allred, Center Director (black sweater); Kelly Wagman, District Leader (black flower top).

Local Citrus Heights Teacher wins National Design Contest

 

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) ­- Local Citrus Heights KinderCare teacher Aubrey McCain won a national design contest; Celebrating early childhood education, her T-shirt design will be featured on more than 180,000 shirts across the country. Aubrey’s design was chosen out of more than 10,000 entries from 690 KinderCare centers.

Aubrey has been with KinderCare for more than three years and was surprised with this award in her preschool classroom.

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Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack  |  2019-04-08

For more information about the Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car including stops and tour hours, please visit https://www.up.com/heritage/experience-up/index.htm

Available for Free Tours April 19-22

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - As part of a series of special events, activities and exhibits designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation proudly invite the community to Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car that will be on display Friday, April 19 through Monday, April 22, 2019.


Free public tours will be available each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the visually-exciting rail car on display at Old Sacramento State Historic Park.


The Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car is a new, multi-media walk-through exhibition that provides a glimpse at the past while telling the story of modern-day railroading. Through sound, images and interactive technology, visitors will see how Union Pacific is building America in their communities and throughout the world. The Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car is part of Union Pacific's historic Heritage passenger rail car fleet going on a multi-stop tour that begins in Sacramento followed by a stop in Roseville before moving on to Sparks, Nevada and Ogden, Utah.


After entering the converted baggage car, guests will first learn about the investment, hard work and knowledge that went into building the Transcontinental Railroad. Moving forward along one wall they'll learn about the evolution of the locomotive, beginning with the world-famous UP No. 119 and leading to the modern-day diesel powerhouses. On the opposite wall, rail fans will trace how fresh apples are delivered from California and Washington to New York and understand every aspect of rail operations and innovation along the way. Next, exciting interactive technology will show how Union Pacific is using lasers, cameras and other detection devices to accurately inspect moving rail cars and railroad track. Guests will even be able to test their skills to see how they measure up as rail car inspectors. Before exiting, visitors will be able to communicate how they connect to the railroad using high-tech thermal reactive tiles. A final display celebrates the history of Union Pacific's Passenger Heritage Fleet through vintage photos.


For more information about the Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car including stops and tour hours, please visit https://www.up.com/heritage/experience-up/index.htm

For more details and updated information about events, activities and exhibits presented by the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation, please visit www.Railroad150.org; for more information about the Museum or Foundation visit www.californiarailroad.museum; and for more information about Waterfront Days happening over Memorial Day Weekend, please visit www.oldsacramento.com


The mission of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF) is to generate revenue and awareness on behalf of its destinations, while supporting the preservation, interpretation and promotion of our railroad heritage. The Foundation provides funding for ongoing support of numerous programs, both at the museum's Old Sacramento location and at the historic park in Jamestown, Calif. For more information, please visit www.californiarailroad.museum.

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Providing a SAFE space for Sacramento County Youth

By Andrea Hansen, Sacramento County  |  2019-04-08

The Safe Team from left to right Darla Garcia, Faith Whitmore, Darby Geller, Sarah Leatherby and Kandyce Seely. Photo provided by Sacramento County Media

SACRAMENTO COUNTY (MPG) - To reduce the stress and trauma experienced by children who are victims of sexual abuse and violent crimes, Sacramento County Department of Child, Family and Adult Services; local law enforcement agencies; and the District Attorney’s Office team up at the Sacramento County Special Assault Forensic Evaluation (SAFE) Center

The SAFE Center is an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance and provides a safe and comfortable place for a child to be interviewed by a specially trained social worker, called a Forensic Interview Specialist. 

 “The SAFE Center conducts a thorough forensic interview in the least intrusive way possible, and the child only has to be interviewed once, rather than being questioned multiple times by different agencies,” said Michelle Callejas, Sacramento County Director of Child, Family and Adult Services. “Since the Center opened in 1991, we have conducted 12,000 interviews and last year alone we provided a safe space for over 350 children and youth.”

To reduce the stress on the child, the Forensic Interviewer is the only other person present in the room during the interview. The Forensic Interviewers have many hours of specialized training and years of experience talking with children about difficult subjects. They also use interviewing techniques that preserve the integrity of the investigation. The interviews are conducted in a room with a one-way mirror so law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office and Child Protective Services staff can observe.

The SAFE Center interviews are an efficient way to investigate child abuse cases and are core to identifying new leads and gathering evidence in a case. Although the interviews cannot be used in lieu of testimony and children may still have to testify in court, this approach greatly reduces the trauma of having to repeatedly talk about the abuse they have endured. 

The SAFE Center moved in February of 2018 to 3701 Power Inn Road to join services and co-locate with the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center. The co-location has enabled the SAFE Center and the Department’s Adult Protective Services program to have a stronger working relationship with the Family Justice Center in serving the community. 

“We could not be more excited about our new location and collaboration with the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center,” said Darby Geller, SAFE Center Director. The Center now acts as a multifunctional place for families to receive services pertaining to abuse, counseling, safety planning and so much more. I’m proud to see how the program continues to grow, evolve and become such an important asset to the community.” 

The partnership with Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center allows the SAFE Center to offer new opportunities in 2019 which include on-site therapeutic crisis intervention, assessment, psycho-education and ongoing therapeutic treatment through the addition of a trauma-informed mental health clinician. These additional services were made possible through a grant funded by the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and will be provided by the UC Davis CAARE Center, a long-standing partner in providing trauma-informed services for children and families in Sacramento County. 

To learn more about the SAFE Center, please visit the Sacramento County Department of Child, Family and Adult Services Resource Family web page. If you are interested in donating new toys/comfort items for youth visiting the SAFE Center, contact Darby Geller, SAFE Center Director

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