Debate Resolution: Increased Gun Ownership by Law-abiding Citizens Would Decrease Violent Crimes and Mass Shootings.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Better Angels is a volunteer organization working to take the anger and hateful rhetoric out of political debate. Their Red-Blue Community Workshops have won national acclaim and left the thousands of participants with a renewed hope that we can Depolarize America.

Recently, Better Angels took their tested principles to a new level by organizing debates where the goal isn’t to zap “the other side” with a witty zinger or pummel them into submission, but instead to allow citizens to share their beliefs without fear of rebuke or retribution — and in the process help breakdown stereotypes, encourage learning, and bring civility back to our public discourse.

The purpose of the debate is not to promote a position, but to demonstrate that even tough issues can be discussed rationally and with grace. In May, Better Angels hosted a debate on the issue of Sanctuary Cities - but unlike many official meetings and debates, the discussion didn’t devolve into a tweet-storm or an angry face-off between warring tribes. Instead, 75 adults held a rational discussion, and showed respect for those with whom they disagreed. That’s Depolarization.

On July 30th at 6:30-8:30 pm, we’ll continue the experiment with a debate about another tough issue: guns. The event is open to the public - but space is limited and all participants must agree to the Better Rules. Learn more at or

The location is Arden-Arcade Library at 2443 Marconi Avenue. For more information contact Steve Sphar 916.739.8075


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KINGS BEACH, CA (MPG) - New transportation pilot projects in North Lake Tahoe are showing promise for reducing congestion and improving circulation, county staff reported at this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting. 

In cooperation with local transportation and business community partners, Placer has recently supported a series of public transit pilot projects and alternative transportation options aimed at reducing congestion and getting people out of their cars by encouraging alternative modes of transportation, such as local transit and biking. 

To help reduce peak ski weekend traffic congestion into Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows resorts, the county is exploring converting the road shoulders on state Route 89 into a third lane only accessible by public transit vehicles, encouraging the use of those services. The project consists of two 2-mile bus-on-shoulder zones in the highest congestion areas - specifically, northbound beginning north of Cabin Creek Road to the West River Street intersection, and southbound beginning south of the Pole Creek Trailhead to the Squaw Valley Road intersection. The schedule is dependent on Caltrans and California Highway Patrol approval but is tentatively planned for winter 2019. If successful, the program could lead to an extension to the full section of Highway 89 between Olympic Valley and Truckee, and possible application on state Route 267 between Northstar and Truckee. 

Placer also supported a pilot park-and-ride program during peak visitation times connecting designated parking areas with popular destinations in the North Lake Tahoe area. Started in 2018 as a public-private partnership between the county, the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association and Northstar and Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows resorts, the program served over 2,500 passengers through last winter, an average of 115 passengers a day. Park-and-ride shuttles carried over 700 riders from Northstar and over 1,000 from the Tahoe Biltmore and Tahoe Transit Center to fireworks displays in Kings Beach and Tahoe City during Fourth of July celebrations this summer. 

To help encourage biking as an alternative to vehicle trips, Placer is partnering with the Truckee Tahoe Airport District to expand the Zagster bike-share service in Truckee to North Lake Tahoe. An initial installation is planned to offer 15 bikes for rent in five locations in Kings Beach and Tahoe City. The launch is dependent on contract negotiations, but is hoped for August and is expected to be tested for three “warm weather” seasons.

Mountaineer, a new micro-transit on-demand shuttle service for residents and guests in Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, has been wildly popular, the operator reports. In its first ski season last winter, the service saw 81,367 passengers, 9,000 downloads of the service’s mobile app and is estimated to have removed at least 20,000 vehicle trips from local access roads. The service was funded by a 1% tax assessment on lodging and vacation rentals within Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows as well as lift tickets through the formation of Placer’s first tourism business improvement district, approved by the Board of Supervisors last year.

In order to address congestion concerns in Tahoe City and Kings Beach, the county will conduct a town center crossing guard pilot program during several days of high traffic. The study involves stationing crossing guards at several road crossings and analyzing potential reduction in the flow of pedestrians crossing the intersection and stopping traffic. The program began in June and will conclude in late September. The study will also analyze traffic delays during peak periods without pedestrian crossing management. Monitoring results will inform future programs and infrastructure to improve traffic flow and reduce delays on roadways during summer months. 

In a related item, the board unanimously approved the Transportation Demand Management Strategies for North Lake Tahoe report - a series of strategies aimed at further reducing congestion and improving circulation.  

Developed with input from a series of community feedback opportunities, Placer County recently completed the TDM report that compiles transportation management-related strategies to be further explored and implemented in the North Lake Tahoe area of Placer County.

“This study validates what we’ve all been working on for 40 years,” said District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson. “When you look at the investment that we’ve made in Tahoe City, Kings Beach and throughout the entire region including roundabouts and sidewalks and enhancing the regional trail network, it is clear that we've made tremendous progress, but it still remains as one of the top local issues. We need regional solutions and I look to our partners and the business community to help the county address the region’s transportation issues.”

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County Public Health reminds you to take steps to keep cool as the temperatures climb this summer. With these seasonably high temperatures expected, take precautionary steps to keep you, your family, your neighbors and your pets cool, and remember to check on seniors and those with mobility issues at least twice a day.

Keep as cool and hydrated as possible; drink plenty of water, get some relief from the heat for a couple of hours a day, and limit outside activities if possible. Cooling down a few hours a day will allow the body to recover and tolerate the heat better for the rest of the day.

Tips for Beating the Heat:

  • Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of cool water. Avoid alcohol. Avoid hot, heavy meals.
  • Limit sun exposure – When possible, stay in air conditioning on hot days. If you don’t have air conditioning, take cool showers or make arrangements to head to libraries, malls and other public spaces to keep cool.
  • Check on loved ones – Be sure to check on less-mobile or older friends, family and neighbors who live alone and don’t have air conditioning.
  • Clothing - Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing 
  • Keep your pets cool – Give your pets plenty of fresh, clean water. Don’t exercise your pets in high temperatures or when the pavement is hot. Make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun or bring them indoors.
  • Beware of hot cars – Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car, even for a short time. On a mild 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day – If you have to be outside, try to stick to the cooler morning and evening hours. Wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, shaded or air-conditioned breaks.
  • Sunscreen – Protect your skin against cancer, burns and skin damage by using SPF 30 or higher.
  • Stay informed – Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan outdoor activities safely and pay attention to any extreme heat alerts.

Dr. Kasirye, Public Health Officer for Sacramento County, reminds everyone that it’s especially important for elderly and other at-risk individuals to take precautions to avoid heat stress. Due to age or chronic medical conditions, some do not adjust well to sudden changes in temperature or don’t recognize the danger during heat spells.

Warning signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

Warning signs for heat stroke are severe and include:           

  • High body temperature
  • Absence of sweating and hot red or flushed dry skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Strange behavior/hallucinations/confusion/agitation
  • Seizure
  • Coma
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing any severe symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.



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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Every year, Sacramento County residents do their level best to keep cool during the seasonably hot valley temperatures mid-year. Failing to keep cool in extreme temperatures can cause adverse health effects for residents—for both people and animals.

Unlike humans, cats and dogs cannot sweat to keep cool; they cool their bodies off through panting and the pads of their feet.

“Heat can be deadly for pets,” said Director Dave Dickinson, Animal Care and Regulation. “Pet owners must be vigilant about keeping their animals cool during hot weather; that includes never leaving animals in parked cars and helping them to avoid extreme heat.”

Here are some tips for keeping your pet safe from the heat: 

  • Never leave your dog in a parked car: Even cracking a window won’t protect your pets. It is against the law in California and could be punishable by a fine or imprisonment. A car can reach 120 degrees in just minutes; even if the windows are slightly open the car can still reach 102 degrees.  A dog's normal temperature is 101.5 degrees; at 120 degrees your pet can suffer from heat exhaustion and die and at 107 degrees brain damage occurs. 
  • Avoid extreme heat: When temperatures get above the 90s, take your pet inside. For outdoor pets, be sure to provide them with plenty of fresh, cold water in a tip-proof water dish and shade for them to cool down.
  • Don’t exercise with your pets when it is too hot: Older and certain long-haired dogs can be particularly susceptible to heat, and hot asphalt can burn their paws. Exercise in the early morning or cool evenings and make sure both of you have plenty of water. 
  • Use sunscreen: Pets get sunburned just like people, and if your pet has light skin, they can be particularly susceptible to a painful burn, and even skin cancer. Use sunscreen on sensitive areas, such as ears or nose to make sure your pets are protected.
  • Don’t take your pets to crowded summer events: The heat, noise, and crowds can be overwhelming to your pet. July 4 fireworks are especially stressful for pets, and it is best to leave them at home in a quiet, cool and secure environment. Take extra precaution to make sure your pet has a registered microchip in addition to wearing I.D. tags in case they become lost.
  • Secure your dog during transport: Make sure your dog is secured safely in your vehicle. Cross-tethering your dog with a rope or containing them via kennel in the bed of your truck will help prevent the dog from falling or jumping from the vehicle. Also, please note that truck beds can get hot when exposed to the sun and that can severely burn dog foot pads. Transporting animals on a public highway or public roadway without properly securing them could be punishable by a fine. 
  • Be your pet’s lifeguard: While swimming can help pets get exercise without overheating, always supervise pets when swimming either in a pool or in area waterways. Dogs can get tired swimming, particularly in rivers where they have to fight against currents. To avoid drowning, make sure they wear life jackets and keep them out of the water when flows are high. 

If pets have been exposed to high temperatures…

Be alert for signs of heat stress including heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.

Immediately move your pet to the shade to lower their temperature. Apply cool (not cold) water to the pet, apply ice packs and cool towels to your pet’s head, neck and chest.

Take your pet to a veterinarian immediately. It could save its life.

Learn more about heat-related animal issues by visiting Hot Weather Pet Tips page. For other animal issues and pet owner resources, visit the Animal Care and Regulation website.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Gem Faire, West Coast’s Premier Jewelry & Bead Show, returns on August 9-11, 2019 at Scottish Rite Center, located at 6151 H St., in Sacramento. Hours are Fri. 12pm-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, and Sun. 10am-5pm. Admission is $7, valid for the entire weekend.

Over 70 exhibitors from all over the world will be on site with the largest selection of fine jewelry, crystals, gemstones, beads, minerals, fossils and much more. Take advantage of buying direct from the importers and wholesalers. From loose gemstones, raw minerals and millions of bead strands, to finished jewelry, fashion accessories, supplies and tools, find them all under one roof. Jewelry repair, cleaning & ring sizing service is available while you shop. Enjoy displays & demonstrations by Sacramento Mineral Society. Free door prize drawings are conducted every hour throughout the weekend.

Mark your calendar! Gem Faire will be in Sacramento for three days only! Buy quality gems, jewelry and beading supplies directly from the source right in your town only at Gem Faire. For more information, visit or contact Gem Faire, Inc. at (503) 252-8300 or email:

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River Salmon Fishing with Scott ‘Curly’ DiBella

By Judy Miller, Rooster Tails Fishing Club  |  2019-07-26

‘Curly’ and his clients are catching huge river salmon. Photo courtesy Rooster Tails Fishing Club

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The Rooster Tails Fishing Club monthly breakfast will be held at the Auburn Elks Lodge at 195 Pine Street in Auburn on Friday, August 16, 2019. This free event is open to club members, spouses, and non-member guests. Doors to the Lodge open at 7:00 a.m. to share fresh brewed coffee. A fantastic $15 wide-selection buffet breakfast is served at 8:00 am, followed at 9:00 am with special guest speaker, ‘Curly’ DiBella, Curly’s Guide Service, giving a special presentation on how to catch trophy salmon from the central valley rivers as well as the ocean. You don’t want to miss this one!                                                  

Curly will provide breakfast attendees with proven techniques for tackle rigging and strategies to score quality salmon and locations of traditional salmon hot spots. Learn where fellow fishing guides fish a special Sacramento River hot spot called the ‘Hippy Hole’ that Curly made famous for catching a 65 pound salmon! Curly enjoys sharing his non-traditional fishing secrets that has made his guide service in high demand. Some anglers may find his fishing strategy a little unorthodox from traditional methods but effective. Breakfast attendees will see the modified ‘Silvertron Curly Lure’ and techniques for using it and hear about the jarring explosion of monster salmon slamming this hybrid spinner.

You can book a memorable guided salmon trip by contacting Curly at 530-559-1443.

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, 530-887-0479, or visit the club’s web site at


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AUBURN, CA (MPG) - In preparation for the Aug. 27 special primary election, the Placer County Elections Office will distribute vote-by-mail ballots to registered Placer County voters in California’s 1st Assembly District beginning July 29.

Assembly District 1 is one of 80 California State Assembly districts and includes a portion of Placer County.

Voter information guides provide Assembly District 1 race information and polling place locations. The majority of polling place locations have changed due to the special election. Voters are encouraged to check and confirm their polling place locations.

Those who are not permanent vote-by-mail voters or do not reside in a mail ballot precinct can use the back cover of the guide to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot or download a request form from the Elections Office website at

Important dates:

July 29: Vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed to voters of AD1 in Placer County
Aug. 12: Last day to register to vote for the special primary election
Aug. 20: Last day for the Elections Office to mail a requested vote-by-mail ballot
Aug. 24-25: Elections Office open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for early voting
Aug. 27: Election day

The Placer County Registrar of Voters, Ryan Ronco, encourages voters to vote early and avoid the lines.

“This special primary election can have up to six times as many voters per polling place,” said Ronco. “We encourage our voters to return their ballot or vote early in our office.”

Placer County residents who do not receive their information guides by Aug. 20 or misplace their guide can view it on

Voter registration forms may be picked up at all post offices, libraries and California Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Placer County, or completed online at

Registered voters who’ve recently interacted with the DMV are urged to confirm their voter status; political party preference, vote-by-mail status, address and all other pertinent information. Voter status information is available at

For more information, visit our website at or contact the Placer County Elections Office at 530-886-5650 or toll-free in California at 800-824-8683.

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