Citrus Heights Man Honored by City Council for Saving Life

Story and photos by Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-07-12

(L-R) Citrus Heights Mayor Steve Miller honored Roy McAlister for saving Jerry Castanon’s life.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The Citrus Heights City Council recently honored a local hero for his life saving actions, serving as a friendly reminder of how precious life can be.

On the morning of February 10, Roy McAlister was volunteering at the veterans center on Sylvan Road. “I had no idea what was in store that day,” explained McAlister.

At 10:15 that morning there was quite a commotion outside among the workers as one of the volunteers shouted for someone to call 9-1-1. McAlister ran outside to find Jerry Castanon lying motionless on the ground. “When I checked his pulse there was nothing there,” explained McAlister. “I rolled him over and immediately started compressing.”

McAlister explained to the heavily attended city council meeting that he tended to Castanon for about eight minutes while speaking to the 9-1-1 operator until the medics arrived at the scene and eventually took him away to the hospital.

After hours of uncertainty, at 2:30 in the afternoon word had finally come out that Castanon had survived. One of the medics told McAlister, “He just came out of surgery. He had two stents put in and the doctor said he’s going to be okay. Whoever did compressions on him saved this man’s life.”

Mayor Steve Miller awarded McAlister his “Mayor’s Pin” in recognition of his life saving heroism. Assemblyman Ken Cooley was also on hand and spoke highly of his valiant efforts before honoring him with a certificate. “Martin Luther said that he had two days on his calendar - today and that day,” said Cooley. “And I want to live today for that day.”

“Something like this, when it occurs to you, you can understand life and you can see that it’s so precious so enjoy every morning when you wake up…it’s great just to be here,” said a grateful Castanon. “I want to just say thank you, Roy. Roy McAlister is a fine example for Citrus Heights.”

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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Leadership Citrus Heights (LCH) is a combination of educational experiences and skills training to develop your leadership skills.  LCH is designed to develop community leaders, activists, visionaries and advocates at all levels. Most participants live or work within the Citrus Heights area and consider themselves emerging community leaders.  Each should have a commitment to serve and a desire to share his or her skills with employer or community organizations.  Participants represent a wide range of backgrounds such as business, education, government and non-profit organizations.

LCH is a program for and about Leadership practices and management skills, and a basic understanding of the management of Citrus Heights.

Classes are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month starting

October 2018 through June 2019.

Curriculum topics may include the following the history of the City of Citrus Heights, Economic & Community Development / Conflict Resolution, Public Speaking / Project Management, and more.

Tuition investment is $495.  It includes the mixer, all modules, meals, materials and graduation. There is a $25 application fee due at the time of application and will be applied toward the $495.

Application & Tuition received by:  September 7, 2018

Contact the Chamber office to receive an application and for details.  Phone: (916)722-4545

Please join us in welcoming our newest members!

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Upcoming Meetings and Events

Chamber Monthly Luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 11th   – 11:30 – 1:00 pm Citrus Heights Community Center

Guest Speaker: Chief Ronald Lawerence

Citrus Heights Police Department

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Parrot Planet Heads to Citrus Heights

By Parrot Planet  |  2018-07-05

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Parrot Planet has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the East Sacramento Community for the last five years.

With the new construction and loss of customer parking and convenience as well as the negative impact on our flock at large, our best option is to relocate just up the road to Citrus Heights, California. Our customers will have plenty of free parking and our birds can continue living in a peaceful environment.

Our last day in East Sacramento will be Sunday, July 15th and our grand opening will be on Saturday July 21st at our new location, 5910 Auburn Boulevard, Citrus Heights, CA 95621.  Thank you to our loyal customers, friends and community for your continued support.


The Parrot Planet Family

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The video game industry is rarely labeled as “original,” and this year’s Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) illustrated exactly why. Video games’ largest publishers showcased Metro: Exodus, Dying Light 2, Days Gone, The Last of Us Part 2, Rage 2, Gears 5 and Fallout 76. Their common thread? Every one of these flagship, multi-million dollar titles is a post-apocalyptic action game, usually with some sort of zombie or zombie-like enemy. 2018’s store shelves will be utterly saturated with games in the vein of Mad Max and 28 Days Later, and yet despite the saturation, every one of them will likely sell exceptionally well.

Video games have an utter obsession with the post-apocalypse going back decades, to an extent not reflected in any other popular media. The two seem to be a match made in heaven; a primary allure of video games is the ability to escape one's own life and do anything they desire. When a developer is tasked with contextualizing utter freedom in terms of a logically coherent, immersive game world, where better to turn than an anarchic wasteland? Without the binding ties of society and rule of law, the player can believably do whatever they want without the logical necessity of some in-game police coming down on their heads. Even linear, cinematic experiences with little real player freedom benefit from the narrative shortcuts a post-apocalypse allows. Why are we killing thousands and thousands of zombies/people? Easy, this world is kill or be killed in a battle for survival, so further moral justification for Mass violence seems, from the writer's perspective, otherwise unnecessary.

Such justification feeds into why the trend is stronger now than it's ever been. Developers leveraged the computing power of the new generation of consoles not to create photorealism, but to create massive, living worlds in which players can roam free. Open worlds became “stylish” as franchises that were once linear began to expand with huge environments to explore. And as video games began to lean more and more into their most unique artistic asset, the ability to create a sense of player freedom, the need for justifications for such complete freedom spiked upwards. As a result, we have E3 2018, where game after game resorts to the post-apocalypse as its narrative shortcut.

This is hardly a criticism; because video games aren't primarily a narrative medium, narrative shortcuts are easily excused if they accommodate exciting gameplay and interesting worlds, both of which post-apocalypse games often excel at. And even then, video games have occasionally used post-apocalyptic settings not as writing crutches but as tools to explore the complex moral questions of survival and freedom; 2013’s The Last of Us did exactly that, and is widely considered the best-written game ever made (though its incredible-looking sequel may be looking to snatch that title from its predecessor). There's a reason why, despite the saturation, the industry is showing few signs of fatigue. The post-apocalypse both literally and figuratively, remains extensively unexplored, and video games are uniquely positioned to trek into the lawless wilderness.

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Korea and World War III - Almost

By Jerald Drobesh, US AIR FORCE  |  2018-07-05

McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Recently there has been high tension and talks of a possible confrontation and even a nuclear war with North Korea.  But this is not the first time we have been in this position with them. 

In the early 1970s, as a Captain in the US Air Force, I was assigned to Kunsan Air Force Base on the west coast of South Korea. This was an old US Air Force Base from the Korean War days, in the 1950s. At that time, I was the Air Force Chief of Aircraft Maintenance at the base, and part of my job was to prepare our assigned F-4 Fighter/Bombers for emergency launch with nuclear weapons, if the situation required it.

The F-4 twin jet Fighter/ Bomber was, at the time, was one of the fastest and best aircraft ever built.  My job required that I have a Top Secret Security Clearance, because I was required to brief the Wing Commander on the status of all our assigned aircraft, and sit in on all Top Secret briefings about the status of the North Korean armed forces and their preparations for War.  I remember well, as if it was yesterday. It was one of the most important briefings I had ever attended.  It was the early 1970s, and by the time the briefing was over, I knew that we could be at war at any minute.  

The North Korean forces, according to the briefing, were moving their fighters, bombers, tanks, military equipment, and soldiers up close to the border between North and South Korea. This would put them just minutes flying time from our aircraft at Kunsan AFB. This had never happened before and I remember thinking, at the time, that our base may not exist after the next few days, or sooner. 

That night I walked down to the flight line where our F-4 Fighter/Bombers were stationed and ready for war. My job was to check with the airmen assigned to repair and prepare the aircraft, and to have them all ready for launch if the orders were given by Headquarters. We were an inch away from World War III and I could feel it in the air. 

That night, I talked to my maintenance airmen assigned to the aircraft. They didn’t know, at the time, how close we were to war and I couldn’t tell them.  There wasn’t a need at that time for them to know, but they were ready. All the F-4 aircraft that were flyable were loaded with bombs and ready for immediate takeoff to their assigned targets.  I remember thinking that night on the flightline that this could be it.   

I enjoyed my job and all the assigned men were great to work with.  Being that I once flew jets myself in the Air Force, I knew how the pilots must have felt - that they may never see their families again - if we went to war.  This was the real world and possibly the end of our beautiful planet as we knew it.  I had a difficult time sleeping that night.  It’s hard to tell someone who hasn’t been stationed on the front lines with nuclear weapons involved what it feels like.  But that’s what we were trained for - and we all knew what was at stake.  

Fortunately, we all survived or I wouldn’t be writing this article.  For some reason the North Koreans began to remove their jets, tanks, equipment, and troops back from the border, and I never heard why.  At that time, Chinese and Russian troops were supporting the North Korean communist troops and maybe their leaders realized that once a nuclear war started in Korea that it could speed to their countries and it wouldn’t stop until everything was gone.    

We may never know what happened, but events in today’s news are a reminder to me of that time when I was there, and I saw how close we came. I believe that cooler heads in China, Russia, and North Korea prevailed.  They knew we had a very large number of nuclear weapons and would use them if threatened, but China and Russia had them as well.  

I believe the fact that we did have nuclear weapons and advanced aircraft to deliver them was possibly the reason why we didn’t go to war.  What’s interesting to me is that at that time, and even now, the world didn’t know how close we came to World War III, but I was there!        

May GOD continue to bless this beautiful planet and let’s do everything we can to keep it special and alive!                         

Former Captain Jerald Drobesh US AIR FORCE stationed at Mather Air Force Base in the 1970s before retirement. Now living in Rancho Cordova, CA.

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Advanced Home Health and Hospice Announces Excelin Home Health Partnership

By Advanced Home Health and Hospice  |  2018-07-05

Angela Sehr

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Advanced Home Health and Hospice (“Advanced”) is excited to announce that it is joining with Excelin Home Health (“Excelin”), and its family of affiliated Texas home health agencies. By joining forces with Excelin, Advanced is expanding its footprint from Sacramento, San Diego and North Bay California to Houston and South-Central Texas.

The company will continue its patient-centric, outcome-focused approach to providing quality home health care. The company will continue to provide skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social work, home health aides, and hospice services in the comfort of patients’ homes. Building on its strong reputation in home infusion, wound care, cardiovascular care, and home rehabilitation programs, the company will continue to expand its clinical capabilities and strive to remain the home health and hospice provider of choice. As a best-in-class post-acute care provider, the company is focused on leveraging technology and innovative approaches in its relentless pursuit of delivering exceptional patient care and outcomes.

Angela Sehr, RN and founder of Advanced, will remain a key shareholder and will continue as a leader within the organization, providing inspiration, innovation, strategic leadership, and guidance for the agencies.

“I am very pleased to partner with Excelin, Corinthian Capital, and Palomar Capital Management. They share our values and vision.  They have shown a genuine focus on and appreciation for the importance of quality patient care. They have also demonstrated a deep understanding of the rewards and challenges of caring for patients in their homes. I believe they will be outstanding, value-added partners. I cannot be happier than to be partnering with them going forward,” said Angela Sehr.  The closing is subject to regulatory approval.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, in consultation with Sacramento County Public Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye, is advising residents to take precautions and minimize outdoor activities during the afternoon of Monday, July 2 and on Tuesday, July 3 due to smoke being transported into Sacramento County from the County Fire burning in Yolo County and Napa County.

If you smell or see smoke, take the following actions:

  • Everyone should minimize outdoor activities if you can see or smell smoke, even if you’re healthy
  • Children, the elderly and people with respiratory or heart conditions should be particularly careful to avoid exposure
  • Stay indoors with doors and windows closed as much as possible
  • Asthmatics should follow their asthma management plan
  • Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms you believe to be caused by smoke
  • Those with heart disease should especially limit their smoke exposure since PM can cause heart attacks

"The smoke from wildfires can pose a health risk for anyone, but is especially harmful for older adults, young children, and those with existing health conditions,” said Sacramento County Public Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye. “If you see or smell smoke limit outdoor activities,” she added.

Check current conditions for the Sacramento region at

To know what you’re breathing, download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app or sign up for Air Alert emails at

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