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Mylan World TeamTennis Returns to Sacramento

Posted: 2/27/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) has decided to return to the Sacramento area as a newly formed ownership group will move the Texas Wild franchise from their home in Irving, Texas for the beginning of the 2015 season.

The team will be re-branded as California Dream and play at Sunrise Mall in the Sunrise MarketPlace Business District of Citrus Heights.

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Get Ready for the Color Fun Fest 5K

Posted: 2/27/2015

Five Gorgeous Gals Hug and Mug in Brightly-Colored Costumes and Splashes of Glowing Paint
Color Fun Fest plans to take the world by storm, getting people off the couch and into a fun, healthy, upbeat environment - bringing loved ones together for a day/night of epic adventure you will never forget!
Photos courtesy of Color Fun Fest

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Color Fun Fest 5K is a family-owned and -operated event that is currently traveling across America inviting people of all ages to celebrate life at a unique festival and 5K. And now the Color Fun Fest 5K is coming to the Sacramento region. This exciting event will be held at Cal Expo on Saturday, February 28th.

Color Fun Fest brings the Holi Festival (the Indian festival of colors) and the electronic dance movement together for the first time with a day and night glowing color 5K run. Two 5Ks will be hosted in one day; participants can choose between the day or night events or can choose to do both!

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Citrus Heights ‘Energy Bags’ Mean More Oil, Less Trash

Posted: 2/27/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - A city-backed initiative received national recognition on February 17th as it was revealed that the “Energy Bag Pilot Program” in Citrus Heights successfully produced 512 gallons of synthetic crude oil from typically non-recyclable plastic items.

“We were very proud to be the first community in America to participate in the Energy Bag initiative,” said Mayor Sue Frost. “The program demonstrated how communities nationwide can benefit by diverting typically non-recycled plastics from landfills and give them new life as an energy resource.”

Sponsored by Dow Chemical, the Flexible Packaging Association, Republic Services, Agilyx, Reynolds Consumer Products and the city of Citrus Heights, the initiative began in 2014 and purple collection bags known as “Energy Bags” were distributed throughout the community.

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City and Residents Kick-Off First Phase of Pedestrian Plan

By Julia Baum
Posted: 2/13/2015

A Group of Students Walk Along a Path
Approximately 50-60 attendees of all types were drawn to the event including residents, public transit users, city staff, and officials, including Council Member Mel Turner and former Planning Commissioner David Briggs.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Residents and city officials mixed business and pleasure at a recent community workshop, both celebrating and working on the beginning stages of creating Citrus Heights’ first ever pedestrian master plan.

Organized by the city, the January 29th workshop was the starting point for ongoing community input and participation on the project, which is expected to be completed in early 2016. Attendees viewed a 20-30 minute presentation on improvement tools for pedestrian safety and accessibility including various types of crosswalks, sidewalks, and traffic signals before dispersing. People later mingled at various stations around the room, nibbling on cookies, writing down suggestions or comments, and meeting face to face with city staff and officials.

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Economy Boosted by County Crops and Livestock

Posted: 1/30/2015

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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Top New Laws for California Businesses

California Chamber Releases Its 2015 List

Posted: 1/16/2015

Three Businessmen Collaborate
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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Region Employment Trends Show Growing Optimism

Job Demand and Hiring Trends for Local Companies

Posted: 1/16/2015

A Business Woman Looks Forward While Her 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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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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Don’t Let Storm Repairs Turn Into An Uglier Mess

CSLB Tips Help Prevent Storm Repairs From Becoming Costly Headaches

Posted: 12/18/2014

House Crushed by 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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Sue Frost is the New Mayor of Citrus Heights

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 12/18/2014

Sue Frost and Mel Turner at Citrus Heights Tree Lighting
Sue Frost and Mel Turner at the 2014 Christmas Tree Lighting.
Photo by Elise Spleiss.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - At the December 11th Citrus Heights City Council meeting, Sue Frost accepted the gavel from Mel Turner and assumed her duties as mayor of Citrus Heights.

In leaving his term as mayor, Turner shared his thoughts on his experiences the past year. Turner said, “The most challenging decisions/discussions were the Creek Trail Study Project. Over 200 residents were very concerned about the creek trails coming through their collective properties. The study became a very emotional and divisive issue. The decision reached by the council was not only a victory for transparent government but also a case study in listening! I was proud to be involved in this item.”

Turner, along with City Clerk Amy Van and her staff, created a brochure, available at city council meetings, to educate meeting attendees about how the council meetings operate and how to participate in them.

Another program in which Turner was instrumental was the Shadow Program. Developed by Turner and Monica Alejandrez, assistant to the city manager, the Shadow Program invites student government leaders at San Juan High School and Mesa Verde High School to meet with and actively learn about city government from city council members, the city manager, and other city department heads.

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Help Keep Citrus Heights the #1 Toys for Tots Regional Donor

Marines Bring Toys for Tots Event to Citrus Heights Veteran’s Center for Second Year

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 12/10/2014

Calling All Elves

Posted: 12/10/2014

Remembering Pearl Harbor 73 Years Later

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 12/4/2014

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

Posted: 12/4/2014


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