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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
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

Jim Rounsavell Sits on Santa's Lap
Santa's helper, from Coldwell Banker Real Estate, asks Jim Rounsavell, owner of the Citrus Heights Veterans' Community Center, to once again help with the Marine's Toys for Tots program for needy kids. Rounsavell promised he and the community will answer the call for the kids in true military fashion.
Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 12/10/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The word is out!  For the second year in a row, Santa and the Sacramento Marine Corps Reserve Detachment are asking for the help of the Citrus Heights Veteran’s Community Center and the surrounding community to provide donations of toys for their Toys for Tots program. Sacramento Toys for Tots collects and distributes toys at Christmas for needy children in the greater Sacramento area.

The community is invited to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Veteran’s Center at 6921 Sylvan Road from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

  On Saturday, December 20th, the Toys for Tots toy collection event will take place at the Center located at the historic former Sylvan School. The Marines will be present to collect toys and visit with guests. And of course kids of all ages can tell Santa what they want for Christmas and have their picture taken with him.

In 2013, Marines loaded eight overflowing bins into their truck at the end of the final day of the Vet’s Center toy drive and had to return with a large U-Haul for the rest of the toys the following day. This was the largest single donation of toys received from all the 2013 toy drives in the Sacramento region.

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Calling All Elves

Posted: 12/10/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Santa’s helpers are in desperate need this holiday season, and now is the time for giving. Feed the Needy is asking for people to assist those in need by giving a toy or two or three to those families that are unable to buy gifts for their families. Any gift for the kids would be appreciated. All donated toys should be dropped off on Wednesday, December 17th.

Feed the Needy is also accepting food for the Christmas dinner. If you are able to add to their Christmas dinner, please bring any food items to Feed the Needy’s kitchen on Wednesday, December 17th. The kitchen is located at the back of the parking lot of Holy Family Catholic Church at 7817 Old Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95610.

Dinner will be served promptly at 5:30 p.m. on December 17th. Any questions can be directed to Tricia Lynch at (916) 213-7752.

Source: Tricia Lynch

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

Citrus Heights Producers Premiere "Incongruity" at Gala

By Margaret Snider
Posted: 11/20/2014

In Fine Fiddle

Old Time Fiddlers’ Association Has a Love for Americana Music

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 11/20/2014

Robin Hooding for Homeless Third Annual Collection Drive

Posted: 11/20/2014


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