Old Sacramento Living History Presents Spirited “Ghost Tours”

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack, T-Rock Communications  |  2019-10-03

Sepia image is courtesy of the Sacramento History Museum.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) – The Sacramento History Museum & Alliance are proud to present an all-new season of Old Sacramento Living History’s annual “Ghost Tours” on Friday and Saturday evenings, October 11 through October 26, 2019. For those who dare, the engaging tours depart from the Sacramento History Museum (101 I Street) every half-hour from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the evenings the tours are available. Tickets for the new 2019 season of “Ghost Tours” are limited, so get yours now.

With a theme of “Murders, Mayhem and Tragedies” this year, the eerie and ever-popular one-hour “Ghost Tours” provide Old Sacramento guests with the opportunity to relive 19th century lore as guides (and ghosts) relate tantalizing narratives about the deaths of colorful citizens from Sacramento’s history. This year, the tours will take place at the riverfront, inside and relatively close to the Sacramento History Museum as daring and inquisitive guests revisit stories of pestilence, mayhem, quacks and fraud through the darker side of Sacramento’s fascinating history. Along the way, tour guests may encounter wayward miners, murder victims and other Gold Rush characters while listening to tantalizing tales of Sacramento’s colorful and lively past.

Advance reservations are recommended as tickets for the Old Sacramento Living History’s “Ghost Tours” are expected to sell out quickly. Tickets cost $18 per person and are not recommended for children ages 8 and under. For advance tickets or more information, call 916-808-7059 or visit www.sachistorymuseum.org. Proceeds from the Ghost Tours benefit the Sacramento History Alliance programs and the Sacramento History Museum.

The Sacramento History Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that manages the Sacramento History Museum, Sacramento Visitors Center, Old Sacramento Underground Tours, Gold Fever! Games, Anytime Tours, and Living History Programs, and works collaboratively with the City of Sacramento to support the Center for Sacramento History.


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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Groundbreaking legislation that would require all on-campus student health centers at public universities in California to offer medication abortion services passed in the California Assembly with an initial vote of 44 to 15. Now, Senate Bill 24, also known as the College Student Right to Access Act, goes back to the Senate for concurrence before it heads to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk.  

"By ensuring that abortion care is available on campus, college students will not have to choose between delaying important medical care or having to travel long distances or miss classes or work.  I thank the Governor for inviting women from conservative states seeking abortions to come to California to access their right to abortion care,” said Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino).  “I also appreciate Governor Newsom’s public declaration of support last year for SB 320—the previous version of SB 24—and am hopeful that he will continue to prioritize the rights of all Californians seeking abortion care, including those attending California’s public university campuses.”  

Medication abortion is a safe and effective way to end a pregnancy up to 10 weeks. Currently no student health centers at public universities in California provide abortion services, despite offering other reproductive health services like birth control and STI testing.  Almost half of the public university campuses in California are located five miles or more from an abortion provider, and some students must travel upwards of four hours to get care. A consortium of private funders has stepped forward to cover the costs to bring medication abortion to public university student health centers.

Polling shows that the bill has widespread support among Californians, and the state’s two university student associations—the UC Student Association and Cal State Student Association—representing nearly 700,000 students, also endorsed the bill this year.

University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano also released a letter last month directing all UC campuses to begin providing medication abortion on campus.

“Once a student has decided to end a pregnancy, they shouldn’t be forced to go off campus to see a provider they don’t know,” said Ruth Shaber M.D., founder and president of Tara Health Foundation.  “That is why funders have come together to cover all implementation costs of Senate Bill 24. California is showing the country that providing abortion care on campus is not only the principled thing to do, it’s also popular and possible.

“As a college student seeking abortion care, I didn’t have the resources to get the care I needed off campus, such as money or a car,” said Jessy Rosales, a UC Riverside graduate and campus coordinator with the justCARE campaign.  “Today’s passage means we are one step closer to California college students being able to get the care they need right on campus without unnecessary barriers or delays.”

justCARE: Campus Action for Reproductive Equity mobilizes students and allies across California to make the abortion pill on campus a reality. We envision a future where reproductive health services are available to all students who need them, wherever we live or go to school

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Pet owners whose animals venture outdoors can be keenly aware of the possible dangers to their animals, such as rabies and other illnesses as well as pets becoming lost. However, indoor animals may occasionally get out and face the same risks. The Sacramento County Bradshaw Animal Shelter offers low-cost vaccination and microchip clinics every third Thursday of the month, 5 - 7 p.m.

Pets with up-to-date vaccinations and preventive care are protected from illnesses including heartworm, kennel cough, Bordetella, parvo and Lyme disease. If unvaccinated animals contract illnesses, an owner may face costly treatments and surgeries for these preventable diseases. And when pets receive rabies vaccinations, it not only helps to prevent them from contracting the disease from bats, skunks, and raccoons, it also protects residents from contracting the virus if bitten by an infected animal.  

“Rabies is still a concern for Sacramento and the bats, skunks and raccoons in the area can all potentially carry the disease,” said Dave Dickinson, Director of the Bradshaw Animal Shelter. “It’s important that owners be responsible and vaccinate, even if they believe their pet will never contract it; indoor pets can be susceptible if they escape.” 

Pet owners can take advantage of the clinic’s affordable microchipping services on the third Thursday of every month. For only $19, pet owners can buy the extra security that has proven to reunite many owners and their pets. Though visible tags are the first line of identification for animals, they may wear off, fall off or get lost. Unlike traditional ID tags, permanent microchips can contain owner contact information, pet information and Bradshaw Animal Shelter’s contact information, and most vets and shelters can easily scan.  

Licensing can be done at the same time as vaccinations and microchips for as little as $15. Owners may also conveniently purchase a license online. This inexpensive service proves a pet’s ownership and home address, and animals found by County animal officers can be returned immediately to the home, saving the stress of a shelter stay for the animal and the owners. 

Vaccinations, microchipping and licensing cost a small fee that proves priceless when owners have safe, healthy pets at home where they belong.

Don’t have a pet? The Bradshaw Animal Shelter has many available pets for adoption looking for loving homes. Adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, vaccines and microchipping. Visit the Bradshaw Animal Shelter’s website to view a list of adoptable pets.


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California Automobile Museum is on Track for 2019 CruiseFest

By Steve LaRosa, Steve LaRosa Productions  |  2019-10-03

A yellow ’32 Ford coupe and a ’55 Chevy will be a Team Tribute for American Graffiti cars. Courtesy of Steve LaRosa Productions

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 3pm to 7:30pm, the 9th Annual CruiseFest on Fulton Avenue, benefitting Sacramento’s California Automobile Museum, Northern California’s premier car cruise and show returns to Fulton Avenue for what promises to be the most spectacular in its history. With entries outpacing last year at this time, we anticipate a substantial increase in participating cruisers.

The latest addition to this year’s CruiseFest are three cars from the collection of Wild Bill Hill of Wild Bill’s Tattoos: His 1902 Panoz Roadster, his unusual Chupacabra (a 1959 Onan Cycle-Car), and his 2005 Panoz Esperante.

At this popular, FREE family-friendly event, we expect (give or take) 400 custom, classic and novelty vehicles and well over 5,000 attendees.

As far as the Fest portion of things, this year we’re featuring 3 live bands, 9 food trucks, numerous vendors and we’ll be pouring beer from local breweries.

Though it’s still early, we already have commitments from these novelty vehicles:

The popular Tribute Team American Graffiti cars, comprised of clones of vehicles used in the George Lucas movie, posing the question, “Where were you in ’62?”

They are: A yellow ’32 Ford coupe driven by the character John Milner; A black ’55 Chevy driven by Harrison Ford’s character; A White ‘58 Impala driven by Ron Howard’s character; And the character Toad’s white Vespa scooter with a dented trash can like the one he crashed into outside of Mel’s Drive-In.

Save Mart’s 12-foot tall mega-motorized shopping cart–Powered by a 454 Chevy engine, it can accommodate a handful of passengers and a few bags of groceries.

The Tahoe Photo Bus–A unique & funky photo booth in a mid-60’s era VW Bus printing top quality photos for attendees

The Tombstone Hearse–A 21st-century motorcycle version of a 19th-century horse-drawn hearse, actually used in funerals.

Back again this year- The Kids Zone–Various fun activities for the kids 

Car Club Members: This year we’re featuring “The Car Club Corral,” where pre-registered car clubs and their pre-registered members will have designated parking at Tognotti’s. The Corral will have its own live music, food and beer vendors. The club that brings out the most cars will win a free year Car Club Membership at the Museum.

To register, log on to calautomuseum.org or call the Museum at (916) 442-6802. $25 for Museum members/$30 for non-members.

To access the CruiseFest page directly: calautomuseum.org/CruiseFest

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Council Remembers, Honors Bill Heiser

Story by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-10-02

The Citrus Heights City Council invited Bill Heiser’s family and his fellow POOCH members to hear a proclamation recognizing Heiser’s contributions to the community. Photo by Shaunna Boyd.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Local resident William “Bill” Heiser was a dedicated volunteer in the Citrus Heights community who passed away in May 2019. The Citrus Heights City Council presented a proclamation to Heiser’s family on September 12 to honor his contributions to the City.

Councilmember Steve Miller said, “I first met Bill about three and a half years ago at the C-Bar-C Dog Park. He was there every morning. I didn’t know his name back then, but I knew his dog’s name. … “We really value our volunteers here in Citrus Heights, and unfortunately Bill passed away in May, and I found out by going to the dog park and he wasn’t there. It was the first day I hadn’t seen him there.”

Councilmember Miller read a proclamation, stating, “Bill Heiser served the community of Citrus Heights as a devoted volunteer who had a love for dogs. He spent decades volunteering with Pet Owners Organization of Citrus Heights, or POOCH, and was one of the early pioneers in helping to bring C-Bar-C Dog Park, that we all love and enjoy today, to Citrus Heights. Bill spent countless hours keeping the C-Bar-C Dog Park clean. … Bill was loved by all he met and was a dedicated friend to many. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.” Heiser will be remembered for his “kindness and willingness to help the community in any way he could,” said Councilmember Miller.

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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - At the September 12 Citrus Heights City Council meeting, the Council considered whether to issue a Letter of Public Convenience and Necessity (PCN) to allow Easter’s Catholic Books and Gifts to sell altar wine.

When the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) receives a request for a Type 20 (beer/wine) license in an area considered to be overconcentrated or at risk of high crime, ABC refers the matter to the local jurisdiction for review and approval of the PCN, which is why the matter was brought to the Council.

Easter’s Catholic Books and Gifts has been located at 6916 Sunrise Blvd. since they moved to Citrus Heights in 2016. The original location was on Auburn Blvd. in Sacramento County where they were granted a Type 20 license, but they had to reapply after the move.

The store sells a variety of religious items and books, and they requested to resume the sale of altar (or liturgical) wine, which is used in church services. They sell the wine by the case directly to parishes and churches, and the wine is not stocked on the sales floor for general public purchase.

After the Citrus Heights Police department and the City’s Planning Division reviewed the application, City staff recommended the Council approve the license. Staff explained that the store would be selling a specialized product not otherwise available in the nearby area, the wine was sold at the previous location without any known issues or violations, the store has limited hours, and the amount of wine in the store would be limited.

Denise Kramer, one of the owners of Easter’s Catholic Books and Gifts, spoke to the Council about the request, explaining that they provided liturgical wine for 15 years at their previous location and it is a “unique item not found readily in the Sacramento area.”  

The move stopped the sale of the wine, and Kramer said, “It has impacted our business, and it has caused us great concern with regards to keeping the store open because when churches would come in for the wine they would also buy other needs, so it kept things flowing.”

“It is a good portion of our sales; it does help us,” said Kramer. “Our sales have declined drastically since we’ve moved to Citrus Heights, and this is one of the reasons.”

Kramer explained that Easter’s Catholic Books and Gifts is “a small family business” and it would not be competing with other businesses in the area that already sell alcohol.

The Council unanimously approved the request for a PCN.

The City of Citrus Heights is a member of the League of California Cities, which is an association of city officials in California that work together to influence the state’s policy decisions.

The League of California Cities annual conference will be held in October, and Councilmembers Bret Daniels, Steve Miller, and Porsche Middleton are scheduled to attend. The Council is required to select a delegate to vote on League resolutions at the conference.

Mayor Jeannie Bruins said, “Our tradition is usually to send our newest councilmember to vote for us. It’s a good experience,” so Councilmember Middleton will cast the votes for Citrus Heights at the conference. Councilmember Miller volunteered to be the alternate delegate, and Councilmember Daniels agreed to act as second alternate.

The Council then discussed two resolutions that will be voted on at the conference and provided direction to Councilmember Middleton regarding the Council’s stance on the issues.

Resolution 1 concerns Rule 20A of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which involves an annual allocation of utilities funds to help communities convert from overhead electric lines to underground lines. The League of California Cities will be voting on whether to request the PUC amend Rule 20A to add projects in very high fire severity zones to the list of eligible criteria and to increase funding allocations for Rule 20A projects.

Vice Mayor Jeff Slowey said, “It really doesn’t have a lot of impact on us, [but] it makes sense to recommend undergrounding, especially in high fire hazard areas… And if the PUC is going to increase funding, it’s kind of spread over everybody. To me, it makes sense to support it.”

Resolution 2 calls on federal and state governments to address the impacts of international transboundary pollution flows from Mexico into the southernmost regions of California and the Pacific Ocean — and calls for additional funding to address the environmental impacts.

Vice Mayor Slowey said, “It makes sense … one county shouldn’t impact the other with their flow.”

Mayor Bruins agreed: “I would support addressing the impacts.”

The Council directed Councilmember Middleton to vote in support of both resolutions at the conference.


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Sunday Funday Full of Family Fun

Story and photos by Paul Scholl  |  2019-10-02

Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society members spent the afternoon sharing their knowledge with interested children.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) – The weather was perfect for thousands of neighbors to come together for the annual Sunday Funday event, sponsored by the City of Citrus Heights, and held at historic Rusch Park.

This year had many additional bounce houses for the kids, activities for the whole family, pony rides, K-9 demonstrations and many of the area’s favorite good trucks. (The chicken burritos were scrumptious).

Other sponsors included Sunrise Recreation and Park District and the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce. The event couldn’t be possible without this great team coming together to provide the community with a day to meet and enjoy what the city has to offer.

The event is scheduled each year on the fourth Sunday of September.

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