Bringing Hope to the Camp Fire Children

Submitted by Bringing Hope to the Camp Fire Children  |  2019-01-04

Carl Burton bringing toys to Camp Fire Children.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Republicans of River City and American River Republican Women joined with California Federation of Republican Women in raising items and funds to help families of deadly wildfires in Northern and Southern California.

Carl Burton, President of RRC, said, “We collected enough toys for the of fire victim’s children to fill up my jeep, and we made delivery of them last Saturday, December 15, to Oroville Municipal Auditorium.”

Bonnie Williams, President of American River Republican Women, said, “Our neighbors are in trouble they need our help, so we are going help.”

Because of the Butte County, Camp Fire surpassed all other fires in California becoming the most destructive fire in our history, burning over 125,000 acres and obliterating over 6,453 homes.  It was also the deadliest fire with 88 dying in the fire, mostly older Americas.

It’s not too late to help join us in supporting our neighbors dealing with their losses. This Christmas season, we are suggesting gift card donations.”  Give gift cards from Gas Stations, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes; groceries from Albertsons, Ralphs, Safeway, Save-Mart, Stater Bros., Trader Joes, and Vons; clothes from J C Penney, Kohls, Macy's, and Target.

For Northern California victims, please send gift cards to: Republicans of River City, P.O. Box 1776, Carmichael, CA 95609

Burton said, first as Americans and as Republicans, we believe “No one may forsake their neighbors when they are in trouble.  Everybody is under obligation to help and support their neighbors as they would themselves like to be helped.” Martin Luther 1483-1546

Source: Republicans of River City

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AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in California!

By Emily Chafetz, CINEFLIXUSA  |  2019-01-04

Photos courtesy AMERICAN PICKERS

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to California! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in March 2019!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-OLD-RUST.

facebook: @GotAPick

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Sac County Airport Firefighters “Brave the Shave”

Sacramento County Special Release  |  2019-01-04

Sacramento County Airport Firefighters “Brave the Shave” in honor of  Captain Anderson. Photo courtesy Sacramento County.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County Airport Firefighters shaved their heads as part of the second annual “Brave the Shave” in honor of Captain Tim Anderson, a Sacramento County Airport Firefighter who lost his life to cancer in 2017. Brave the Shave was started one year ago by Tim’s son Mason, when his mother Lacey was diagnosed with breast cancer just 6 months after his dad, Captain Tim Anderson died.

After hearing the news of his mom's diagnosis, Mason at 10 years old wanted to have a shaving party in an effort to turn a difficult situation into something positive. Mason challenged local area firefighters to shave their heads with him as a way to honor his dad and support his mother. In 2017, 112 firefighters in 4 states and 2 countries shaved their heads in support of the Anderson family. â€‹

Mason’s mom Lacey is now cancer free and this year Mason would like to open Brave the Shave up to all firefighters and their families affected by cancer in an effort to make December Firefighter Cancer Awareness month. Firefighters and anyone else wanting to offer their support were asked to shave their heads in the month of December and post the pictures or videos to Mason's Facebook page Brave the Shave with Mason Anderson or his Instagram Brave the Shave Mason Anderson. This year's goal is 150 shaved heads. Mason is only 57 shaved heads away from meeting that goal!


Source: Sacramento County Media

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Community invited to provide input

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The City of Citrus Heights, in partnership with the Orangevale Recreation & Park District and the Sunrise Recreation & Park District, will host a community open house on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. The open house will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Sunrise Tech Center Multi-Purpose Room located at 7322 Sunrise Boulevard in Citrus Heights. Community members can drop by anytime during the Open House to learn about the project and provide feedback on the planned trail.

The City of Citrus Heights is currently in the process of preliminary design and environmental analysis for the Citrus Heights Electric Greenway Trail Project, a 2.9 mile multi-use paved trail that largely follows an existing Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) electric transmission corridor. The trail will span between Arcade Creek Park Preserve to the west and Wachtel Way to the east. This project will provide connections to several community parks, schools, shopping centers, and neighborhoods along the corridor.

Master planning for seven public parks and open spaces including; Tempo Community Park, Sundance Natural Area, Streng Avenue Open Space, Northwoods Park, C-Bar-C Park, Woodside Oaks Park, and Olivine Drive Open Space Site is part of this planning effort. These parks will be studied for existing and potential future amenities.

This project builds upon several interrelated efforts including the Creek Corridor Trail Project, Pedestrian and Bikeway Master Plans, and Mitchell Farms Development Project. The project is part of a multi-year city effort to incorporate a system of dedicated paved trails into the larger transportation network.

To learn more about the project, visit Questions about the community open house and/or the project can be directed to

What: Citrus Heights Electric Greenway Trail Project Community Open House

Where: Sunrise Tech Center Multi-Purpose Room located at 7322 Sunrise Boulevard, Citrus Heights

When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019| 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Major Injury Hit-and-Run Collision Involving a Pedestrian

CHPD Special Release  |  2019-01-02

Angel Huerta. CHPD Photo

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - At approximately 5:40 p.m., on December 27, the Citrus Heights Police Department received a 911 call regarding a vehicle collision involving a skateboarder, on Auburn Boulevard, near Charwood Lane. The caller indicated the skateboarder and the involved vehicle were no longer on scene.

Officers quickly arrived in the area. Responding officers located the skateboarder’s shoes and skateboard, but were unable to locate the skateboarder. Officers secured the scene to preserve any potential evidence while they continued to investigate.

At approximately 5:55 p.m., our communications center received a 911 call from a female who indicated she was involved in a vehicle collision, but did not know where she was at. An additional caller advised the female and the vehicle were in the 6900 block of Mariposa Avenue. The caller stated the female appeared to have major injuries.

Officers quickly responded to the 6900 block of Mariposa Avenue. Officers located a 27 year old female inside a sedan. The driver of the vehicle was not found on scene. It was determined the female had been struck by the vehicle and was thrown through the windshield and into the passenger side of the sedan. Officers were able to conclude the female was the same person who was described as a skateboarder and hit by a vehicle near Auburn Boulevard and Charwood Lane. The female was transported to a local hospital with major, but non-life-threatening, injuries.

Officers searched the area and eventually located an adult male nearby who had injuries on his body along with other physical evidence that were consistent with being involved in a vehicle collision. The male was identified as 27 year old Angel Huerta out of Sacramento. Mr. Huerta was found to be on CDCR Parole for Robbery and Felony DUI.

The Citrus Heights Police Department Traffic Unit responded to the original scene to take over the investigation.

Although it is unknown at this point what the primary cause of the collision was on Auburn Boulevard near Charwood Lane, the preliminary investigation revealed Mr. Huerta struck the adult female with his vehicle while she was riding her skateboard. The force of the impact  caused the adult female to be thrown through the front windshield and into the vehicle. Instead of stopping and rendering aid to the adult female, Mr. Huerta fled the scene with the adult female in his vehicle suffering from major injuries. Mr. Huerta drove to the 6900 block of Mariposa Avenue, pulled over and fled the scene on foot.

Mr. Huerta was arrested for Felony DUI, Felony Hit-and-Run, Kidnapping, and violation of Parole.

The collision is still under investigation by the Citrus Heights Police Department’s Traffic Unit. We are asking anyone who may have information related to the collision to contact the police department at (916) 727-5500.

The Citrus Heights Police Department would like to remind everyone about the extreme dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. If you are going to drink, please make sure to utilize a sober designated driver or a ridesharing option such as Uber or Lyft.

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Humbled to Serve

Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd  |  2018-12-22

Newly elected council member Porsche Middleton recites the oath of office.

City Council Affirms New Member and Votes to Annex into SacRT

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The Citrus Heights City Council meeting on December 13 began with the certification of the November 6 election results. Outgoing councilmember Al Fox was recognized by the Council for his dedicated service, and he was presented with a proclamation acknowledging his passion for civic engagement. Mayor Steve Miller and Vice Mayor Jeannie Bruins were both re-elected to the City Council and recited the oath of office. Newly elected council member Porsche Middleton took the oath of office and then took her seat on the Council, saying she was “honored and humbled to serve.” Miller nominated Bruins to take over as mayor for the new term and she was unanimously approved by the Council. Mayor Bruins then nominated council member Jeff Slowey for vice mayor, and he was also unanimously approved.

Citrus Heights Chief of Police Ronald Lawrence introduced a new K-9 officer, a two-year-old black lab named Farley. Partnered with Officer Dave Moranz, Farley is a drug-detention dog who has been on the job for just a few weeks. In that short time, he has already alerted on numerous drug shipments, leading to multiple arrests.

The Council unanimously voted to establish an ordinance for the preservation of street trees and landmark trees, which was a necessary step in order for the city to submit an application for the honorary designation of Tree City, USA. To qualify, a city must have a street tree ordinance, have a dedicated tree department, expend money on tree care and preservation, and celebrate Arbor Day. The city held their first Arbor Day celebration this year and has plans for a much bigger celebration in 2019.

City staff explained that homeless shelters in the county are currently at about 90% capacity, and this problem becomes more critical during the winter months. A state program, Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), would provide additional funding to expand existing shelters and create some new shelters throughout the county. To qualify for HEAP funding, the city must declare shelter crisis, which states that a significant number of persons in the city do not have the ability to obtain shelter and that the situation is a threat to their health and safety. Approximately 8% of the county’s homeless population lives in Citrus Heights. Sacramento County, the City of Sacramento, and the City of Elk Grove have all already declared shelter crisis, and Rancho Cordova is also expected to declare. All the participating jurisdictions will have input on how the funds are spent, and regional collaboration will ensure that the homeless population is better served throughout the county. The motion was unanimously approved by the Council.

Citrus Heights has been contracting with SacRT for transit service since 2001. Based on a transit management study, the city recently created a comprehensive transit plan evaluating the various transportation options: continue contracting service with SacRT, create a stand-alone transit system within the city, or annex into SacRT. The plan identified annexation as the preferred option, stating that it is the most cost-effective solution and has the most long-term benefits. The city negotiated with SacRT to ensure Citrus Heights will receive service that is equal to or better than that received under contract and to increase the city’s voting shares on the SacRT board. 

Mike Barnbaum, community ambassador for SacRT, spoke in support of annexation, stating that annexing all the areas in the region “will create a unified regional transit system” and “will ensure the competitiveness of Sacramento County and the region.”

Vice Mayor Slowey acknowledged that Elk Grove set up a stand-alone transit system but will probably be annexing into SacRT soon as well. “Doing it on our own, we would need transfer agreements with other areas. And it’s more expensive to run it ourselves. Joining a larger organization, we’ll get access to better service…What’s best for the region is best for Citrus Heights.”

Council member Daniels agreed that is beneficial to pursue regional solutions—“if it works.” He voiced concern about giving up local control and the difficulty of detaching from SacRT if the city isn’t happy with the service it receives. Folsom is annexing into SacRT, and Daniels recommended waiting “to see how Folsom is treated.” Daniels thinks the future of transportation might be microtransit, and he suggested using the dedicated local transportation funds to subsidize Lyft or Uber rides for residents instead of buying into a regional bus system.  He said, “I won’t support it. It’s not the right time.”

Mayor Bruins agreed that “transportation is evolving. And we need a seat at the table so we can help design the future.” She called for a vote and the motion passed 4 to 1.

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Local Rotarians Fight Human Trafficking

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal activity in the world; it is a $150 billion industry, with 40 million people trafficked worldwide. The FBI estimates that every day 100,000 people are trafficked in the United States, and the Sacramento region is actually considered to be a hotbed for sex trafficking. “People think it’s not happening here, they think it’s a third world problem, but it is happening here. It’s happening everywhere,” said Gail Moxley, a member of the Rotary Club of Citrus Heights.

The local Rotary District 5180 has launched a large-scale campaign to combat human trafficking in our area. There are 41 clubs in District 5180—including clubs in Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Sacramento, and Gridley.  Clubs throughout the district are funding an education and public awareness campaign with approximately $340,000 in combined grant and local funding. Rotary members Brian Gladden and Bob Deering initiated the project three years ago. “We had been wanting to do something…to spotlight what we do here in the region but to also affect change on a global scale,” said Gladden, assistant governor for District 5180.

At the beginning of the project, they didn’t know much about human trafficking, so they spent months getting educated about the issue. They met with multiple agencies to ask “What can we do to help?” They met with victims’ services organizations (such as WEAVE, My Sister’s House, and Family Justice Center); healthcare providers; educational leaders; law enforcement agencies (including the FBI, Sacramento County Sheriff, the Attorney General’s office, the District Attorney, and California Highway Patrol);  and State assemblymen Kevin Kiley, Ken Cooley, and Rob Bonta. These meetings revealed that human trafficking was mostly being addressed reactively through victims’ services (addressing the needs of survivors) and law enforcement (arresting and prosecuting offenders). But there were no prevention programs in place to stop trafficking before it occurs.

It became clear that the key to prevention is education. The Rotary was referred to 3 Strands (a local non-profit dedicated to fighting human trafficking), which has established curriculum for educating youth and the general public about the issue. The approach has two components: educational trainings brought directly into the schools and a public awareness campaign.

In partnership with 3 Strands and the Voices and Faces Project (an organization for survivors of trafficking and sexual violence), District 5180 rolled out a three-month public awareness campaign from July – October 2018. They paid for space on digital billboards on major freeways and posters, signs, and advertisements at light rail stations, on busses, and at gas stations throughout the region. “The Ugly Truth” campaign dispels myths about so-called sex workers and offers facts about the exploitative and abusive nature of sex trafficking. The three-month campaign was extremely successful, reaching an estimated 78 million people. “It was a huge success to enlighten and educate the region about the myths and realities of human trafficking,” said Gladden.

The educational component of the project is currently underway. District 5180 has met with every school district in the region to inform them about these trainings and to get schools signed up. District 5180 has enough funds to pay for trainings for 80,000 students and teachers. Trainings for younger students have softer messaging, while more details are provided to the older students. In 5th grade, the focus is on making safe choices. In 7th grade, the students learn that each person has an intrinsic value and that people are not commodities. Students in 9th grade are taught real-world signs to identify if they are being targeted for trafficking. The final level in 11th grade explains trafficking as modern-day slavery, putting the issue into historical context.

Teachers, administrators, and parents should also be on the lookout for signs of human trafficking: frequent absences from school, having two cell phones, having new jewelry, a new tattoo (which traffickers sometimes use to brand their victims), or a major change in how a student dresses.

It is particularly important to educate younger students because the target age for sex trafficking is 12 – 14 years old. The majority of trafficking victims are vulnerable young girls targeted through social media. It’s not typically a kidnapping situation where someone is taken, sold, and never seen again. Most often the victims are trafficked right in their home towns, by men they have been brainwashed into loving and trusting. These men use fraud and coercion to get their victims to perform sex acts for money to prove their love. Many of these girls go home or back to school the next day and repeat the cycle over and over. “They begin thinking it is normal,” said Gladden.

District 5180 is hoping to do more than just prevent trafficking in our region; Gladden said, “The goal is to create best practices that can be mirrored anywhere in the world.” Educating youth and the general public about the signs of trafficking will hopefully result in greater awareness, and eventually a safer world for our kids.

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