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Garth Brooks World Tour Comes to Sacramento

Posted: 2/13/2015

Garth Brooks
In the electrifying return of one of America’s most powerful concert forces, Garth Brooks makes his first California appearance on the World Tour and his first show in Sacramento in over 17 years!
Photo courtesy of Varnell Enterprises

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood is coming to Sacramento. In the electrifying return of one of America’s most powerful concert forces, Garth Brooks makes his first California appearance on the World Tour and his first show in Sacramento in over 17 years! Shows will be held at Sleep Train Arena, One Sports Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95834. Shows dates and times are Friday, March 27th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 28th at 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 13th at 10:00 a.m. sharp; there is an eight-ticket limit per person. Ticket prices are $62.98 plus $3.15 tax plus $2.50 facility fee plus $6.25 service charge: total ticket price is $74.88.

You can buy tickets only from the following vendor options: www.ticketmaster.com or www.ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks, or (800) 745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express at (866) 448-7849.No ticket sales are available at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets. Special Note: Select seats protected with paperless delivery (www.ticketmaster.com/creditcardentry).

If you do not currently have a Ticketmaster account, go to www.Ticketmaster.com/GarthBrooks to register for a quicker purchasing experience.

The Garth Brooks World Tour is sponsored by GhostTunes.

Source: Varnell Enterprises


California Senior Legislature Announces Top Legislative Priorities for 2015

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 2/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Just as soon as the California Senior Legislature (CSL) adjourned its 34th Annual Legislative Session, it announced its top ten State Legislative Proposals for 2015.

One of the top ten proposals included the medication labeling proposal, which would require all prescribers to include the purpose of the medication with their prescription. The prescription drug label may include that purpose unless the patient or the prescriber requests that this information be omitted.

The California Death with Dignity Act would authorize adult California residents who are mentally competent and terminally ill to make a request to receive medication for the purpose of ending their lives in a humane and dignified manner. This would not be classified as a suicide or homicide and would provide immunity from civil or criminal liability.

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IRS Offers Free E-Filing for Tax Returns

Posted: 2/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Free File Alliance announced the launch of Free File, which makes brand-name tax software products and electronic filing available to most taxpayers in California for free.

Free File software can help taxpayers with tax preparation, including the health care law that will affect almost everyone. California taxpayers can use Free File software immediately.

Free File is available only at www.IRS.gov/FreeFile, thanks to a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a consortium of 14 leading tax software companies.

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Delta Water Plan Refined to Reduce Local Impacts

Posted: 2/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Brown administration and its federal partners has announced several significant changes to the water conveyance portion of the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan, including elimination of the need to build three pumping plants along the Sacramento River near Hood.

The changes represent an effort to respond to the concerns of Delta landowners and others. Subject to further refinement, they will be incorporated into the draft plan and Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement and will be recirculated for additional public comment in 2015. The proposed changes would eliminate three pumping plants on the east bank of the Sacramento River between Hood and Walnut Grove; minimize activity on Staten Island, an important sandhill crane habitat, by removing tunnel launch facilities, large reusable tunnel material storage areas, a barge landing site, and high-voltage power lines;·increase use of property owned by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR); eliminate the need for additional permanent power lines to the intake locations in the north Delta, including near Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge; eliminate impacts on Italian Slough (near Clifton Court Forebay) by removing an underground siphon; reduce power requirements; allow water to flow from the Sacramento River entirely by gravity at certain river stages; and reduce tunnel operation and maintenance costs.

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Steve Pasion and Jose Enriquez Examine Blueprints
Steve Pasion (left) and Jose Enriquez both had a common goal to one day start their own architecture firm. Pasion and Enriquez met as colleagues at a small firm in Sacramento in 1999 and developed a friendship. They began collaborating in joint venture projects in 2010 when they opened their own architecture firm: Pasion & Enriquez Architecture.
Photo by Shaunna Boyd

Local Architects Have Big Plans

Pasion & Enriquez Architecture

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 1/30/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Steve Pasion and Jose Enriquez both had a common goal to one day start their own architecture firm; they had been practicing at other architecture firms since the mid-1990s. Pasion and Enriquez met as colleagues at a small firm in Sacramento in 1999 and developed a friendship. They began collaborating in joint venture projects in 2010 and shortly after opened their own architecture firm: Pasion & Enriquez Architecture. In 2013, they opened their Carmichael office located at 7411 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Suite A2.

When asked what drew each of them to architecture, Enriquez said, “In grade school, I didn’t know what an architect was. When I looked it up in the encyclopedia, it sounded so unique. The thought of making that idea a reality was really exciting.”

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United Way Young Leaders Society Gives Back on MLK Day of Service

Posted: 1/30/2015

Caitlin Wong and Andreea Luca Fold and Sort Clothing
Caitlin Wong (left) and Andreea Luca of the United Way Young Leaders Society fold and sort clothing at Next Move Sacramento’s community donation center on Martin Luther King Day to honor Dr. King’s legacy of volunteerism.
Photo courtesy of Kristin Thébaud Communications

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Caitlin Wong and Andreea Luca of the United Way Young Leaders Society fold and sort clothing at Next Move Sacramento’s community donation center on Martin Luther King Day to honor Dr. King’s legacy of volunteerism. Ten members of the group cleaned and reorganized the donation center, which provides free items for community members who were once homeless who need clothes and household goods.

The United Way Young Leaders Society is a diverse group of young professionals ages 21-40 that is focused on philanthropy and service in the greater Sacramento region. Members are committed to investing in health and education opportunities for students by volunteering their time, mobilizing social networks, and raising money for a specific community impact project.

For more than 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought together nonprofits, businesses, donors, volunteers, community leaders, and more to meet the community’s greatest needs, give immediate aid, and find lasting solutions for future generations. United Way mobilizes members of the community to be first responders in repairing the education level, financial stability, and health of everyone in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties through donation and volunteer opportunities. To donate or volunteer, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications


Region Employment Trends Show Growing Optimism

Job Demand and Hiring Trends for Local Companies

Posted: 1/16/2015

A Team of Business People Work On a Project
Despite the optimistic outlook, regional acquisition and mergers combined with seasonal layoffs is reducing workforces at 6% of Sacramento regional employers polled in the first three months of 2015.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Optimism is strong for ongoing growth of the Sacramento regional economy in the New Year.

In direct contacts with top Sacramento regional employers, Pacific Staffing has discovered that 84% of company contacts expressed optimism for 2015 about ongoing economic and job growth in our region. Just 8% of those contacted in 2014 between November 12th and December 16th indicated a pessimistic outlook. Another 8% didn’t or couldn’t answer when asked, “Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the economy in 2015?” In what is traditionally the slowest period for hiring, the Sacramento Employment Trends Survey has learned the majority of top regional employers will continue at a robust pace in hiring for the first quarter of 2015.

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Top New Laws for California Businesses

California Chamber Releases Its 2015 List

Posted: 1/16/2015

Young Office Workers Gather Around a Laptop
Several new laws will increase employers’ wage-and-hour obligations in 2015. AB 1897 holds employers liable for wage-and-hour violations when they use staffing agencies or other labor contractors. If a contractor fails to pay its workers properly or provide workers’ compensation coverage, the “client employer” can now be held legally responsible.

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - The California Chamber of Commerce has released a list of new laws that will affect California businesses in 2015. Some of these, such as mandatory paid sick leave, make significant changes to the state’s legal landscape. Others will have more limited impact. Here are some highlights.

Mandatory paid sick leave: AB 1522, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, requires employers to provide paid sick leave to any employee who worked in California for 30 days. Employers can limit paid sick leave to 24 hours or three days in each year of employment and can put a maximum cap on total accrual of 48 hours or six days. The effective date for the paid sick leave benefit is July 1st, 2015.

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Don’t Let Storm Repairs Turn Into An Uglier Mess

CSLB Tips Help Prevent Storm Repairs From Becoming Costly Headaches

Posted: 12/12/2014


Women’s Empowerment Receives $25,000 From Save Mart C.A.R.E.S.

Grant Will Help Sacramento Women Break the Cycle of Homelessness

Posted: 12/12/2014


Jan Scully’s Retirement Celebration and Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center Fundraiser

Posted: 12/4/2014


Yosemite Sustainability Conference Announced

Event Designed To Help Businesses, Government, and Non-Profits

Posted: 12/4/2014


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