Senator Gaines Introduces Fire Tax Repeal

From the Office of Ted Gaines  |  2017-03-09

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado)

In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) announced on March 2nd  Senate Bill 9, a measure to repeal the tax.

‘This fire tax is illegal and unfair – plain and simple,” said Senator Gaines. “Many rural property owners already pay local fire agencies for protection so it is clearly double-taxation and it is being dumped on the backs of rural Californians when parts of my district still have a more than 10-percent unemployment rate and families are struggling to make ends meet.”

Senate Bill 9 would reverse the annual $152.33 “fee” for fire prevention services charged to rural property owners located in “State Responsibility Areas” (SRA) designated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), even though their property taxes already contribute to the service contracts that counties have with CAL FIRE.

The fire tax is imposed on more than 800,000 properties in the state that are within the boundaries of SRA. According to census and CAL FIRE data, Senator Gaines’ largely rural district includes roughly 20-percent or approximately 160,000 of the properties whose owners are subject to the fee.

Senator Gaines contends that the fire tax attempts to sidestep Proposition 26, the initiative passed in 2010 that prevents the Legislature from disguising taxes as “fees” and circumventing constitutional requirements for passing higher taxes. He has been a leading critic of the tax and has introduced numerous pieces of legislation in previous years that attempted to provide relief for rural Californians. Senator Gaines also strongly supports the lawsuit filed against the state by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association challenging the fee on constitutional grounds.

“I have fought this illegal tax at every turn and I encourage everyone who is stuck paying this phony fee to get in the arena and fight it too,” said Senator Gaines. “The answer to fire protection in California is not illegal taxes, but budgets that invest in core government services that protect every citizen in the state – rural, urban and suburban.”

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.


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Girl Scout Cookies are Here!

Source: Girl Scouts Heart of Central California  |  2017-03-09

The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began in 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in the United States, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project. 
--Photo courtesy Girl Scouts of the USA

Cookie lovers, get ready! Girl Scouts Heart of Central California welcomed two dozen semi-trucks recently filled with about 1.5 million packages of cookies to Raley Field for the Girl Scouts’ annual “Mega Drop.”

Cookie cases were opened and Girl Scouts began making deliveries to customers eagerly awaiting arrival of their purchase. Those who haven’t put in orders still have time to satisfy their cookie craving through booth sales, which run through March 19.

For 100 years, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has taught girls important life skills, including money management, decision making, people skills, goal setting and business ethics. Through the Girl Scout Cookie program, girls learn important financial literacy skills but also earn funds to support their activities all year long. From travel to community service, local troops depend on this great money-earning opportunity to set the foundation for an exciting Girl Scout year.

Need Cookies? There’s an app for that! To find the date/time of the nearest Girl Scout Cookie booth sale, download the CookieFinder app or visit our website at girlscoutcookies.org and click the “cookies” link. Simply enter your zip code and you’re on your way to Girl Scout cookies.

100% of the proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program benefit local girls through troop and council-wide activities, including community service initiatives, leadership opportunities, skill building activities and camp experiences.

By taking part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls gain 5 essential life skills, which help them become effective leaders: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is celebrating 105 years as the premier leadership development organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The local council, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California, is headquartered in Sacramento and serves nearly 18,000 girls in 18 counties* in Central California.  For more information, visit www.girlscoutshcc.org.


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Governor Brown Declares State of Emergency, Requests Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Due to Recent Storms

From the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown  |  2017-03-09

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

On March 7th Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster state and local recovery efforts following late January storms that caused major flooding, mudslides, power outages and damage to critical infrastructure across California.

Governor Brown also issued two emergency proclamations due to storms in late January and February – for the counties of Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba, Contra Costa, Orange, Riverside, San Francisco and Solano – which direct Caltrans to formally request immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program. The proclamations also direct the Office of Emergency Services to provide assistance to specified counties as a result of the late January storms. Damage assessments for the February storms and for the damaged spillway at Oroville Dam are ongoing.

Today’s request follows two other separate Presidential Major Disaster Declaration requests – granted last month – to support the response and recovery efforts for the situation at Oroville Dam and the impacts of the early January storm system. In addition to today’s action, Governor Brown has issued emergency declarations connected to storms in December and early January and Oroville Dam. Last month, Governor Brown announced a four-point plan to bolster dam safety and flood protection statewide.


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State Theatre Presents SEED: The Untold Story

Source: Lia Carotta, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center  |  2017-03-08

Cinema at the State Theatre in Auburn
presents

A Documentary Film

SEED: The Untold Story

Thursday, March 23, 2017 ~ 7 pm

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year-old food legacy.

In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

The LA Times writes: “Farming may seem prosaic to the uninitiated, but Seed: The Untold Story reveals the poetry present in the practice through its smallest element. Multiple people in the documentary compare seeds to jewels, both for their varied, colorful appearance as well as for their value. The film reveals the beauty present in the every day, and a variety of stunning animation styles further illustrates the wonder of nature.”

SEED is Executive Produced by Academy Award Winning Actress Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine) and Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams).

Date and Time: Thursday, March 23, 2017 ~ 7 pm
Run Time: 1h 34m
General Admission: $8
Location: 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA
Box Office: www.livefromauburn.com or 530-885-0156


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South Western Age Group Regionals Splash into Roseville Aquatics Complex

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2017-03-08

400 Youth Swimmers from Throughout the West Coast to Compete on March 16-19

The South Western Age Group Regionals (SWAGR) swim meet is splashing into the Roseville Aquatics Complex (RAC) on March 16-19 when California Capital Aquatics (CCA) and Placer Valley Tourism host this exciting swimming event.

More than 400 swimmers are expected to participate, all who had to previously qualify by meeting a certain time standard in each event in order to compete. Swimmers will be coming from as far as Arizona for this competition and records will undoubtedly be broken.

“This is only the second year this event has ever been held and Clovis Swim Club hosted the inaugural event in 2016,” commented Denna Culpepper, Executive Director for Sierra Nevada Swimming (SNS). She explained that the concept of this meet was a collaborative effort of two local swim committees, SNS and Central California Swimming, who joined forces to provide a higher-level meet for the 14 and under age groups.

CCA Meet Director Alex Ongaco elaborated, “SWAGR was created as a bridge for those swimmers who were much faster than the standards of a Junior Olympics meet and may not be quite fast enough to be competitive for the standards of a Far Western Championship.”

Three local stand-out swimmers from CCA that were recently invited to attend the Sierra Nevada Swimming Age Group Elite Camp based on their exceptional performance will be competing at the SWAGR meet and expected to do outstanding.

Eleven-year-old Matthew Ng has a national ranking of seventh for USA Swimming in the 200 Meter Butterfly and has his sights on a first-place finish. Bianca Ignacio, who is the 10 and under SNS record holder for the 500 Yard Freestyle, is another swimmer to watch as she’s sure to be at top of the leader board. Matthew Crouch, who holds the 2016 SWAGR Meet record for the 500 Yard Freestyle for 12-year-old boys, will be back and eager to break his own record.

The RAC is located at 3051 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd in Roseville. Thursday, March 16 the meet will start at 4 p.m. and Friday through Sunday the races will begin at 9 a.m. Come check out these sensational youth swimmers make their mark and show their swimming swagger!

About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit www.playplacer.com or call 916-773-5400.


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Trout Fishing Extraordinaire Jack Naves

Source: Rooster Tails Fishing Club  |  2017-03-07

Jack Naves

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club monthly breakfast will be held at the Auburn Elks Lodge on Pine Street on March 17. This event is open to club members, spouses, and non-member guests. Doors to the Lodge will open at 7:00 a.m. to share fresh brewed coffee. A fantastic $13 wide-selection buffet breakfast is served at 8:00 am followed by a 9:00 am guest speaker, trout fishing extraordinaire Jack Naves, who will share his expertise on how to target hold-over trophy trout on Lake Camanche. Reservations are not necessary to attend the breakfast, but attendees are encouraged to arrive by 7:00 a.m. for a good seat.

Jack is well known and respected by the fishing community for his expertise as a third-generation fishing prodigy with over thirty-five years of fishing for a variety of species on multiple waters. The most prolific fish that anglers pursue in North Central California waters is rainbow trout. This year’s abundant rain and major DF&W as well as private stocking programs has created unique trout fishing conditions not seen in years.   What is unique about Jack’s passion for trout fishing is that he is not selling anything; he is not asking you to buy anything from anyone, nor is he sponsored by any fishing company. Despite the fact that Jack would certainly qualify as a pro fishing guide, he has chosen to provide for his family through other endeavors. He authors fishing articles, wins tournaments, and is a high in demand guest speaker. Jack’s motivation and personal satisfaction is that he would like his audiences to benefit from his fishing advice and become better anglers.

The 30-year-old, 200+ members Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. is a non-profit organization that meets the third Friday of each month to educate, entertain, and enhance fishing experience. Unlike many bass and fly fishing clubs that concentrate on very specific types of fishing, the Rooster Tails Fishing Club provides a balanced mix of fishing techniques presented by fishing experts targeting a variety of fish species on multiple types of waters. For more information contact Jim, Club Chairman, at 530-887-0479 or visit the club’s web site at www.roostertailsfisingclub.org


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Sierra College Nursing Program Ranked Sixth in State

Source: Sierra College  |  2017-03-07

Associate Dean of Nursing Nancy James with nursing students. 
--Photo by Daryl Stinchfield

The Sierra College Nursing Program has recently earned sixth place in California in a ranking performed by RegisteredNursing.Org, a national online service grading college nursing programs. The ranking covered the years 2011 through 2015, and looked at 127 schools. Sierra College came in sixth place for their Associate Degree Nursing program. Stated on the organization’s website: “Found in Rocklin, California, Sierra College is a forerunner in nursing education. Students learn to apply up-to-date care models for patients at all stages of the life continuum.”

Nursing programs were assessed on several factors, which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. The organization analyzed past and present National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) pass rates, weighted by year. The score that Sierra College Nursing Program received was 97.64.

Brooke Wallace, Founder and Managing Editor of RegisteredNursing.org, stated, “After analyzing all the RN programs in California, it became clear that Sierra College not only supports students during their time on campus, but also does a great job in preparing them for a career as a licensed registered nurse. The strong RN program prepares students to conquer the NCLEX-RN and produces graduates who have the ability to carry what they learned into the healthcare world.”

“This recognition means so much to our nursing program. Our program exceeds expectations because of the faculty; an exceptional faculty, who not only emulate the role of a professional nurse, but also provide the most up to date evidence based education, teach our students and prepare them as responsible and capable employees,” said Nancy James, Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Sierra College.  “In addition, we could not train these students without the support of our regional clinical partners. Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center and Western Sierra Medical Clinic provide exceptional learning opportunities for our program and outstanding standards of care within our community.”

For more information about the Nursing Program and other programs at Sierra College, check out the website at www.sierracollege.edu.

About Sierra College
Sierra College District is rising to meet the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information at www.sierracollege.edu/.


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