AUBURN, CA (MPG) - A workforce housing proposal in North Auburn got a boost today with the Placer County Board of Supervisors voting to contribute assets valued at nearly $8 million toward the $37.7 million project.

The 79-unit development is planned at the Placer County Government Center campus on county-owned land. In June 2018, the board approved an agreement with Mercy Housing California to develop the project, including an option for Mercy to lease the land - valued at $1.98 million - for 99 years at a cost of $1 a year.

“It really is difficult and expensive to build housing projects like this,” said District 1 Supervisor Bonnie Gore. “It takes all of us working together to find and provide funding to make them feasible and meet housing needs in our community.”

Placer’s $7.95 million contribution is a critical measure of support for Mercy’s pending application for low-income housing tax credits to help fund the project. More than $706,000 would come from the Placer County Housing Trust Fund to cover the cost of development and processing fee offsets and credits, with the rest comprised of non-cash contributions including land, housing vouchers and funding from two pending grant applications with the state totaling more than $4.5 million. The state is scheduled to announce both grant awards in June.

While Placer’s support is a major milestone for the housing project, a lawsuit filed last month by Concerned Citizens for Community and Public Lands against the county’s Placer County Government Center Master Plan update threatens to halt its construction.

Concerned Citizens states in the filing that its intent is not to target the housing project with the litigation. But because the project relies on the development standards and environmental analysis approved in the master plan update, financing and construction of the project are threatened unless the lawsuit is resolved.

The suit challenges the adequacy of the master plan’s environmental impact report, focusing on demolition of the DeWitt Theater, which the plan could eventually allow. Though the master plan update could allow for the theater’s demolition, the board’s approval of the master plan in April included a provision that allows community members up to two years to organize funding to rehabilitate the theater before the county would make any decisions about its future.

“We’re disappointed by this legal roadblock to such a critical, needed housing project, but we need to continue to do everything we can to keep it moving while we defend ourselves against this wasteful and costly litigation,” said Board Chair Kirk Uhler.

The county’s contribution to the project will only be applied if Mercy’s low-income housing tax credits and state grants are awarded, required project approvals are obtained and the project is built.

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SMUD and CDFW Stock Thousands of Trout in Reservoirs

SMUD Press Release  |  2019-06-12

SMUD and CDFW will be stocking three separate reservoirs for recreational fishing.

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - SMUD and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are again stocking three Sierra reservoirs with rainbow trout. The fish planting will run into August with SMUD stocking 25,000 pounds of fish into Union Valley, Ice House and Loon Lake reservoirs in El Dorado County. This is the fifth consecutive summer SMUD and CDFW have combined efforts to stock the reservoirs.

The trout plants are intended to enhance angling opportunities for the public. Surveys say fishing tops the reasons folks visit the Crystal Basin Recreation Area. On average, the stocked trout weigh one to two pounds each, including some trophy fish. SMUD, along with the owners of the Ice House Resort, have installed the “Crystal Basin Bragging Board” where anglers can post pictures of their catch from Crystal Basin reservoirs. There is also a scale available if anglers wish to weigh their catch and claim biggest-fish bragging rights. Anglers are also encouraged to tag SMUD on social media and show off their catch.

SMUD proactively works to improve the quality of life in El Dorado County, where many SMUD employees call home and work, and where the electric utility owns and operates the Upper American River Project (UARP), a system of hydroelectric generation facilities.

SMUD was awarded a new 50-year license by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2014 to continue operating the UARP, which provides nearly 700 megawatts of low-cost, clean, non-carbon-emitting hydro power, enough to provide about 15 to 20 percent of SMUD’s energy capacity during an average water year. The fish-stocking effort helps SMUD meet conditions of operating its FERC license for the UARP.

SMUD will coordinate six separate trout plantings starting in early June and continuing into early August. Union Valley, the largest of the three reservoirs, will get 9,600 pounds; Loon Lake, 7,750 pounds; and Ice House, 7,650. The fish provided by SMUD will come from Mount Lassen Trout Farms of Payne’s Creek. The company also stocks SMUD’s Rancho Seco Lake, which annually hosts the very popular Trout Derby.

Fishing licenses are available for purchase from more than 1,400 license agents throughout the state and can also be obtained online at wildlife.ca.gov/licensing.

For more information about UARP and associated projects, as well as current reservoir and stream release conditions, please visit smud.org and the Community and Recreational Areas Web pages.

 

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Optimists Hold High School Boys Volleyball All-Star Games

John Yoshikawa, Optimist Sports Director  |  2019-06-06

Volleyball players Matthew Yovzhiy and Jordan Tobey. Photo courtesy Optimist

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The 22nd Annual Optimist High School Boys’ Volleyball All Star games were held on June 2, 2019 at Capital Christian High School, 9470 Micron Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95827.

The Small Schools North team won after playing four (4) sets; 25 – 21; 14 – 25; 25 – 19; and 25 – 17. The North Team Outstanding Player was Matthew Yovzhiy from Mira Loma High School. The South Team Outstanding Player was Jordan Tobey from Vacaville Christian High School.

The Large Schools North Team won the 2nd match after playing five (5) sets, 25 – 20; 20 – 25; 21 – 25; 25 – 21; and 15 – 11.The North Team Outstanding Player was Griffin Walters from El Camino High School. The South Outstanding Player was Miles Judd from Roseville High School.

The Small Schools North Team team was coached by Kay Tindelll from Mira Loma High School and Bill Evans from Wheatland High School. They were assisted by Marissa Tindell from Mira Loma High School. The Small Schools South Team was coached by Bryson Grant and Greg Grant from Capital Christian High School, and Carla Borges from Vacaville Christian High School. They were assisted by Alicia Borges from Vacaville Christian High School. The Large Schools North Team was coached by Winston Prather from Granite Bay High School, and assisted by Brian Jew from Woodcreek High School and Jamie Mathias from Del Oro High School. The Large Schools South Team was coached Dave Amituanai from Laguna Creek High School, and assisted by Theresa Dark from Oakmont High School, and Jill Smith from Elk Grove High School.

 

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Women's Empowerment Gala Fundraiser for Formerly Homeless Women

By Kristin Thébaud, Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2019-05-30

Women’s Empowerment graduates enjoy the 2018 Celebration of Independence Gala wearing ballgowns donated by the community. Courtesy Women

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Community members are invited to the 18th Annual Celebration of Independence Gala that benefits Women’s Empowerment, a local nonprofit job training and empowerment program for women who are homeless and their children. The event, which raises funds for the organization and honors the group’s 1,574 graduates, will take place 5:30-8:45 p.m. on June 20 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L Street.

Guests will mingle with program graduates and enjoy a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and graduate presentations.

Tickets are $150. Those who cannot attend, or wish to contribute, can sponsor graduates to attend the event. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call (916) 669-2307 or visit www.womens-empowerment.org.

At the event, Women’s Empowerment will announce the winner of the 2019 To Heal the World Award, created in honor of founding social social worker, Erie Shockey. The award, which was first given to Mayor Darrell Steinberg, recognizes a local hero who inspires others to engage in social change and makes the Sacramento community a better place for all.

“Joy and laughter fill the room every year at this beautiful event where donors, volunteers and community members have the chance to connect with women who were once homeless and invisible and are now wearing evening gowns and being celebrated for all they have accomplished,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment.

“This gala not only celebrates the amazing women who break the cycle of homelessness each year, it also is our largest fundraiser of the year and ensures we can continue to meet the needs of homeless women in our community as Sacramento battles housing and homeless crises. This is a chance to come together and tackle these issues in a positive way,” said Culp.

Women’s Empowerment was featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show in 2015 for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The award-winning organization has graduated 1,574 homeless women and their 3,627 children.

Last year, 82 percent of graduates found homes and 76 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded through private donations from the community and receives no government funding except for in-kind rent from the County of Sacramento.

To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org.

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Fun Summer Camps, Classes & Special Activities for Kids

Traci Rockefeller Cusack, T-Rock Communications  |  2019-05-30

Zoo Wild Life Stage Show at the Sacramento Zoo. Courtesy of Sacramento Zoo

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - From learning about artistry, aviation or even deep space, a number of Sacramento area museums and destinations are offering unique classes, camps and activities for kids this summer. Space is limited, camps are already filling up fast and parents are encouraged to connect with the individual museum(s) of interest to explore availability.
A number of the 2019 summer camps, classes and activities offered by Sacramento area museums includes the following:

Aerospace Museum of California - The Aerospace Museum is proud to offer an ACE Academy Summer Camp June 17-21 where participants (ages 13-18) will have the opportunity to meet aviation professionals, learn the basics of flight planning and aviation history, explore the physics of flight, take field trips to various airports and aviation-related sites, pilot an aircraft in a flight simulator, and take an orientation flight in a single engine aircraft. To find out more details about this exciting camp led by two Southwest Airlines pilots and/or register, please visit www.aerospaceca.org/ace/;

Crocker Art Museum - The Crocker's high-quality, full-day art camps are designed to support campers (ages 5-6 and 7-9) as they explore, imagine, experiment and create. Camps, which start on June 17 and continue into early August, focus on process over product and offer participants an opportunity to explore diverse subjects and materials through the Museum’s renowned collection and special exhibitions. Campers develop friendships and critical thinking skills through looking at, talking about, and creating art. For more details and/or register, please visit www.crockerart.org/camps2019;

Fairytale Town - Fairytale Town offers 27 exciting and educational summer camps for children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 9. Each weeklong camp is designed for a specific age group and features a unique theme, including visual and theatre arts, literature, puppetry, animals, gardening and more! Children can explore new areas of interest or dive deeper into their favorite topic. For more information or to register, visit www.fairytaletown.org;

Maidu Museum & Historic Site – If your kids (ages 8-10) love the outdoors, getting dirty and having fun, consider enrolling them in the Center’s nature camp for fun activities and crafts about the natural world around us. With a half-day summer camp scheduled June 10-14, participants will enjoy hands-on experiences with plants and learn fun facts about the fascinating animals that live in our community. For more information and/or to register, visit this link (click on “Register” then “Specialty Camps): www.roseville.ca.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=7964922&pageId=8890615

Powerhouse Science Center – Powerhouse summer camps (targeted to 2nd to 6th graders) combine innovative science projects, creative challenges, outdoor games and, of course, lots of fun. Starting on June 10 and continuing into early August, summer camp themes revolve around central concepts such as space, nature and general science with titles such as Whodunit? CSI 2019, Mission Blast-Off: Escape from Mars!, Hacking 101: Where Science & Technology Collide, Prehistoric Life: On Land, In Air and Under the Sea, Robots and Rovers: Space Exploration Through Time, and Lights, Camera, Action: Summer Science Blockbusters. For more details and/or register, please visit www.powerhousesc.org/summer-camps/;

Sacramento Children’s Museum – The Museum offers a variety of summer camps starting in June and continuing into August that take place at three locations including the Laguna Town Hall in Elk Grove, Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova and at the Museum also in Rancho Cordova. Camps appeal to various ages with topics that include the following: Drama-Rama Theater Play Camp, Jurassic Camp, Art Studio Camp, Ocean Explorers Camp, Story Factory Camp, Outer Space Camp, Global Art Camp, Cooking Around the World Camp and Concoction Lab Camp. To find out more details and/or register, please visit www.sackids.org/camps;

Sacramento History Museum – The Museum is proud to offer fun and history-rich summer camps through the month of July. Camps include a theater based camp, History Live!, a Sacramento history centered camp, Gold Fever!, and a camp all about archaeology, Dig It!, that will engage, stimulate, and captivate young minds. Plus, all summer camp participants will visit Old Sacramento museums, state historic parks and local historic sites as part of the memorable experience. To find out more details and/or register, please visit www.sachistorymuseum.org/2019-history-camp/;

Sacramento Zoo – The Zoo offers a series of summer camps and classes from June through August that are very popular and sell out quickly. The camps and classes are targeted by age (K-12 grades) and take place in an exciting atmosphere that allows camp counselors a unique opportunity to reach kids and inspire them to care about wildlife, wild spaces and learn how to help protect them. To find out more details and/or register, visit www.saczoo.org/education/camps/;

Verge Center for the Arts The Center is excited to offer three themed studio camp weeks per age group (kids ages 6-9 and 10-13) that start on June 17 and continue into August. Topics include Immersive Space: Installation Art, Paper Mache Creatures: Puppets & Alebrijes, and Art on the Walls: Murals. The summer camps are designed to introduce and foster a love for the arts through hands-on activities, instruction and exploration. For more details or register, please visit https://www.vergeart.com/classes/kidscamp2019/.;

For more information about upcoming activities offered by Sacramento area museums, “like” them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SacMuseums, follow them on Instagram and Twitter @SacMuseums or visit the user-friendly website at www.SacMuseums.org.

About Sacramento Area Museums (SAM)
Comprised of 30 greater Sacramento area museums working in partnership with Visit Sacramento, SAM’s mission is to raise awareness of local museums by giving the community the opportunity to discover the region’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures. SAM achieves its mission through implementing cooperative promotions and developing strategic marketing alliances, by encouraging sharing of knowledge and resources among its partner institutions. For more information, visit www.SacMuseums.org.


 

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Granite Bay Wins the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference

Mickey Parmelee, Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference  |  2019-05-30

The Granite Bay High School Lacrosse team: SVLC champions for 2019. Photo courtesy of Granite Bay High School Lacrosse team.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Granite Bay High School wins its fifth Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Championship (SVLC) in six years with a 14 to 9 victory over Jesuit High School in the championship game. Granite Bay finished the regular season with a 8-0 conference record and an overall record of 16-3.

Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference Division I consists of Granite Bay, Davis, Jesuit, Oak Ridge and Vista Del Lago High Schools.

As voted on by the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse coaches, Scott Pink of Granite Bay High School was chosen as the Coach of the Year. This is Pink’s sixth time as Coach of the Year.

As voted on by the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse coaches, Ryan Rogers of Oak Ridge High School was chosen, for the second year in a row, as the Conference Player of the Year. Ryan is a four year starter for Oak Ridge moving between attack and middie. Ryan is a two-time US lacrosse All-American as well as a 2019 Adrenaline All-American. Ryan has 4.0 grade point average at Oak Ridge HS and will attend the University of Utah this fall to play NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Saint Mary’s High School wins the first Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference Division II Championship with a 12 to 11 victory over Bella Vista High School in the championship game. Saint Mary’s finished the regular season with a 7-1 conference record and an overall record of 12-4. Division II consists of St Mary’s, Lincoln, Bella Vista, Casa Robles, Christian Bros and Rio Americano High Schools

As voted on by the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse coaches, Mike Mulvimill of Saint Mary’s High School was chosen as the Division II Coach of the Year. 

As voted on by the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse coaches, Derek Walaitis of Rio Americano High School was chosen as the Division II Player of the Year.

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