SAFE Credit Union Donates $5,000 to Local Salvation Army

Source: Runyon Saltzman Inc.  |  2017-02-24

In an effort to support communities impacted by the evacuation orders along the Feather River Basin in Butte, Sutter, and Yuba counties, SAFE Credit Union donated $5,000 to the Salvation Army, Del Oro Division, which directly serves the affected region.

“It’s deeply important to support an organization with boots on the ground, and the Salvation Army is already working hard to help the people who were, or remain, displaced,” said SAFE President and CEO Dave Roughton. “We want to ensure they have the necessary resources to provide assistance to those in need.”

The Salvation Army is providing food and comfort in evacuation centers around the region, including Chico, Grass Valley, Roseville, Oroville, and Anderson. They continue to assess needs and have units on standby to support other affected areas, if needed.

“We’re so thankful for SAFE Credit Union’s generous donation to our Emergency Disaster Services program,” said Major Guy Hawk, Salvation Army Divisional Secretary for the Del Oro Division. “The funds will help a lot with the meal services we have provided for the evacuees of the Oroville Dam situation, and they may also be used to assist families as they transition back home. It goes without saying, but we can’t do this without local support from individuals and organizations like SAFE Credit Union.”

To donate to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts, visit or call (800) 725-2769 and designate that funds be allocated to “Oroville Response.”

Earlier this week, SAFE initiated calls to members who live in the evacuation zone to gauge what assistance they might need to mitigate financial hardships as a direct result of this emergency. Impacted members who have yet to be in contact with SAFE are requested to call (916) 979-7233 or (800) SEE-SAFE to discuss options for their specific situation.

Celebrate “Read Across America”

By Diane Levin  |  2017-02-24

Celebrate the 19th Annual Read Across America on Thursday, March 2nd, by reading to your young children and making it something you do with them every day.

Read Across America was created by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 as an annual way to celebrate the importance of reading on a most appropriate day – the birthday of Theodore Geisel, better known as the beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.

Forty-five million readers, young and old, participated in last year’s celebration, and even more are anticipated to take part this year.

Reading to young children is one of the most important activities you can do. It is a pillar of First 5 California’s efforts to help California’s youngest succeed in life. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, less than 60 percent of children between the ages of three to five are read to on a daily basis.

Reading to your child, even when they are babies, helps increase their vocabulary, and stimulate brains to grow stronger and smarter.  Studies show kids whose parents read to them frequently have much larger vocabularies by the time they go to school than children who have not been read to on a regular basis.

Reading to your young children also builds a lifelong appreciation for books and reading, expands their knowledge base about the world, and most importantly, promotes a bond and closeness.

So put on your red and white stripped top hat, find a favorite book, and spend some time reading to your young child.  It’s a treasured moment you can share not just on March 2nd, but day after day, year after year.

You can find out more about Read Across America at

Diane Levin serves as First 5 California’s chief deputy director and directs the agency’s day-to-day operations. Her primary responsibilities include establishing and implementing internal policies that provide for the governance of the agency’s policies, programs, systems, services, security, and public relations.

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Free Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo for Veterans Comes to Region

Source: California State Board of Equalization  |  2017-02-23

Veterans who own a business or would like to start one are invited to attend a free Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo in Roseville on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Attendees will learn how to comply with California’s often complex tax laws.

California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Member George Runner is sponsoring the event with Senator Jim Nielsen, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), City of Roseville, Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Advantage Roseville.

“We honor our veterans for their service and sacrifice,” said Member Runner. “It’s the least we can do to help them be successful in business by ensuring they’re aware of available tax benefits and resources.”

Those looking for assistance with state and federal tax laws, as well as those who want to expand their business knowledge, will benefit from the informative presentations. Topics include veterans’ property tax exemptions, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, forms of ownership, CalVet services, and marketing and social media for veterans. Representatives from the BOE, Employment Development Department, Franchise Tax Board, CalVet, Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (Go-Biz), and California Capital Women’s Business Center will conduct the presentations and answer questions.

Exhibitors include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of General Services, Veterans Resource Center–Sierra College, American Legion Post 169, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1487.

Time:  8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.) Location: Tower Theatre, 417 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678. Free parking is available. Registration:  1-888-847-9652.

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Placer Awards $368,000 to Design Next Phase of Martis Valley Trail

Source: Chris Gray-Garcia, County of Placer  |  2017-02-23

The Placer County Board of Supervisors today approved a $368,000 contract with Auerbach Engineering Corporation of Tahoe City to design a 1.6-mile reach of the Martis Valley Trail in eastern Placer County.

Connecting the Town of Truckee with the Martis Valley and Northstar community, the multipurpose Martis Valley Trail is a key link in the larger regional trail network throughout the North Lake Tahoe area.

Under the contact, Auerbach will design the reach starting south of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Martis Creek Lake to the roundabout at Northstar Drive. The Army Corps is processing an environmental assessment for an adjacent planned Martis Valley Trail segment that would cross federal land at its Martis Creek Lake recreation area.

With design work set to begin shortly, construction of this trail segment is planned to begin as early as May 2018.

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Friendship Circle Presents the Great Bike Giveaway

Source: Friendship Circle  |  2017-02-23

Every Child Deserves a Bike!

Friendship Circle is kicking off its 6th annual Great Bike Giveaway on February 15, 2017. Great Bike Giveaway is an annual national campaign that strives to provide as many bikes as possible to children and teens with special needs. Participants will have one month to earn an adaptive bike through fundraising efforts using an online crowdfunding platform.

More than 74 million kids across the U.S. ride bikes. It’s a quintessential part of childhood. Sadly, a key group of children are excluded from the joy and independence of bike riding. Many children with special needs miss out on that essential childhood experience because their physical or cognitive limitations make riding a traditional bike impossible.

The high cost of adaptive bikes makes the dream of riding a bike unreachable for many children with special needs. Many families cannot afford to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a bike and unfortunately, insurance companies refuse to cover the costs.

Friendship Circle works with adaptive bike companies from around the United States to secure discounted pricing, making it cost-effective for families to earn appropriate bikes for their children. Adaptive bikes range in size, capability, and price making it easy for every family to find the bike that best meets their child’s needs. In just 5 years, Friendship Circle has provided over 900 children with adaptive bikes and the experience of riding their very own bike.

In order to participate in the Great Bike Giveaway families, or participants, will be required to complete a registration form and choose the bike they wish to fundraise for.

To view a full list of available bikes and rules, or to register, please visit

Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs. In addition to assisting individuals with special needs, Friendship Circle brings together teenage volunteers and children with special needs for hours of fun and friendship. These shared experiences empower the children, our special friends, while enriching the lives of everyone involved. Learn more and see our available programs at

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Placer Approves Final Touches for Kings Beach Core Improvement Project

Source: Robert Miller, County of Placer  |  2017-02-23

With the approval of plans and specifications, the Placer County Board of Supervisors today put the finishing touches on work that will complete the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project.

The project has transformed a 1.1-mile strip of state Route 28 through the heart of Kings Beach. Approved today are parking and landscape improvements, installation of railings, replacement of damaged bollards and the correction of a drainage problem.

The funding will construct a 29-space lighted parking lot connected to pedestrian corridors by new sidewalks. The free, public parking lot is needed to provide parking at the west end of the corridor.

Initial construction of the KBCIP began in spring 2014. Originally part of the project, construction of the parking lot was separated from the larger project due to funding constraints and permitting issues. When these remaining improvements are finished this fall, the entire project will be complete.

The total cost for the project approved today is $800,000. The county estimates half of that amount will come from State Transportation Improvement Program. In addition to that federal funding, the remainder of the funding will come from the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, transient occupancy taxes and Placer County traffic impact fees.

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Transient Occupancy Taxes to Fund New Trails, Transit System Upgrades and More in Eastern Placer County

Source: Chris Gray-Garcia, County of Placer  |  2017-02-23

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted today to fund 14 new projects in eastern Placer County to improve amenities for visitors and residents alike.

The new projects, ranging from trail restoration to transit system improvements, will be grant funded with $2 million from eastern Placer County transient occupancy tax revenues, with no cost to the county general fund.

“From Donner Summit to Kings Beach, the TOT grants reflect a wide diversity of projects, people and interests,” said Board Chairwoman and District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. “It’s great to be able to use public tax dollars for on-the-ground projects that support our visitors and our local residents. Placer County is delighted to partner with our local communities for good, thoughtful projects.”

The transient occupancy tax is a rental tax paid by guests for short-term rentals up to 30 days. Because Placer County draws visitors from around the world, it is essential to balance the costs and benefits of tourism and help preserve our communities and quality of life.

The grants will be awarded to various project implementers, including Placer County’s Department of Public Works and Facilities, Tahoe City Public Utility District, Northstar Community Service District, Tahoe Public Art, Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association, Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association, Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association, Donner Summit Legacy and Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation.

With this investment, Placer County has crossed the mark of $35 million in investments and leveraged over $220 million worth of other dollars for reinvestment in the visitor experience as well as improved quality of life for eastern Placer County residents.

The 14 new projects are:

  • Truckee River Trail restoration: This project will strengthen and improve various reaches of the Truckee River Trail between 64-acres Park and the entrance of Squaw Valley Resort.
  • Kings Beach roundabout art: The Tahoe Public Art Project supports the creation and installation of artwork in the Kings Beach roundabouts.
  • Historic Schilling Ski Lodge development planning: This project supports the reconstruction of the historic West Shore Schilling Lodge for use as a cross country ski lodge.
  • Martis Valley/Northstar trail segments design and construction: This project supports the creation of a paved, multipurpose recreation trail connecting the Northstar Village to the Town of Truckee and ultimately the Tahoe Basin, as well as existing paved and unpaved trails along its route.
  • North Lake Tahoe mountain bike trail wayfinding signage: This project will create various signage and informational kiosks for trailheads and trail intersections in North Lake Tahoe. Printed maps will also be produced to better guide the region’s trail users.
  • Bike and transit user website upgrade: This project will upgrade North Lake Tahoe’s regional transit website to integrate an interactive map highlighting all Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit routes and the North Lake Tahoe paved trail network.
  • Historic Donner Summit gateway visitor kiosk: This project supports site preparation and construction of the Historic Donner Summit welcome sign and visitor kiosk.
  • Northstar directional wayfinding sign: This project supports the purchase and installation of a wayfinding sign on state Route 267 between Kings Beach and Truckee at the bottom of Northstar Drive to assist visitors leaving the resort.
  • Northstar programmable message boards: This project supports the design and installation of two programmable message boards to assist with wayfinding and communication of community information. The first message board will be permanently located at the roundabout on Northstar Drive at Castle Peak parking lot entrance and Ridgeline Drive. The second message board is a portable system that will be moved to direct traffic and provide information to visitors.
  • Memorial Overland Emigrant Trail: This project will help recreate a section of the Overland Emigrant Trail between Donner Memorial State Park and Kingvale, connecting existing trails and trailheads and to help share the history and ecology of the area.
  • Kings Beach roundabout at state Route 267: This project will convert the stoplight intersection at state Route 28 and state Route 267 in Kings Beach to a roundabout to alleviate traffic and improve pedestrian mobility, safety and efficiency in the area.
  • Northstar TART passenger shelter: This project supports the construction of a passenger shelter at the TART bus stop at the Northstar Village transit center, which does not currently have a shelter. The project will also add lighting and a Nextbus digital passenger information display to the bus stop.
  • Speedboat Beach public access improvement plan: This project will assist with the construction of a permanent restroom building to replace portable restrooms, replace the aging wooden access stairway with a metal or concrete stairway, improve traction on a portion of the existing access ramp and provide wayfinding, regulatory and interpretive signage along the access route between Harbor Avenue and Speedboat Beach.
  • Squaw Valley Olympic Ski Museum planning: This project supports environmental document preparation, architectural design, planning for museum displays and community outreach for the proposed Squaw Valley Olympic Ski Museum.

Completed projects funded by the transient occupancy tax include:

Additional projects funded by the transient occupancy tax include:

Check out other exciting projects happening around Placer County by visiting Placer County’s website here.

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Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea”

Source: T-Rock Communications  |  2017-02-16

Continuing a series of popular, interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities offered each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” event on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fort visitors will be delighted to see the recently completed restoration of the historic walls, gates and blacksmith shop plus have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1840s to understand the two different ways emigrants originally came to California -- by land or by sea -- while sharing the unique challenges they faced and what daily life was like during their journeys. In fact, Sutter’s Fort was once home to sailors who “jumped ship,” trappers who became overland trail guides because of the failing fur trade, wagon train parties looking for a new life, and soldiers who served in the Mexican-American War and whose services were terminated in California – 3,000 miles from their homes in the east.

Fort guests will hear the amazing tales of adventure and survival these nomads experienced on the journeys and enjoy participating in daily activities of the different skills and trades they used in their new California home. A few of the special hands-on activities awaiting Fort visitors include helping to pack a wagon while making choices about what to bring along for their journey of a lifetime, determining latitude with a sailing sextant, hoisting a laden barrel, weaving rope, learning simple knots, creating maps with available resources, joining the Navy and receiving pay in Stonington Bank $2 bills, and even marching around the Fort with the NY Volunteer fife and drum corps. And, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon.

Admission to Sutter’s Fort SHP costs $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and is free for children 5 and under.  For more information, call 916-445-4422 or visit

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Auto Museum Gears Up for Beer Week Early with “Zero to 60s: A Mad Men Office Party”

Source: T-Rock Communications  |  2017-02-16

Thirsty for some fun? Spirits and brew enthusiasts are invited to attend a very special cocktail party presented by the California Automobile Museum titled “Zero to 60s: A Mad Men Office Party” on Friday evening, February 24, 2017 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Swinging 60s is the theme for the Museum’s annual fundraising event. Adult guests are encouraged to dress the part in sharp suits with skinny ties, or a chic cocktail dress and bouffant hairdo! The Museum will provide party games and the conga line.

Approximately 25 of today’s popular microbreweries – such as Alaskan Brewing, Dry Diggings Distillery, New Helvetia and Wildcide Cider -- will be on-site for sampling along with a variety of locally produced wines, cocktails and alcohol-free “mocktails.”  Guests will also be treated to music and dancing, photo ops with classic cars from the Museum’s impressive collection, and tasty food (for purchase) available from popular food trucks set-up on-site including Chando’s Tacos, Culinerdy Cruzer and Sweet Spot, to name a few. In addition, a relaxing VIP lounge will be set-up with exclusive drinks and cocktail demonstrations for those who desire an extra special sampling experience.

Guests must be 21 years or older. Tickets cost $45 (general admission) or $65 (VIP) per adult through February 19 or $55 (general admission) or $75 (VIP) per adult beginning February 20 and at the door. For more information about the “Zero to 60s: A Mad Men Office Party” or the California Automobile Museum in general, please call 916-442-6802 or visit

Since opening in 1987, the California Automobile Museum tells the story of over 130 years of automotive culture and history.  Exhibiting makes and models of all kinds, the Museum strives to preserve, exhibit, teach and tell the stories of the automobile and its influence on our lives. For more, visit or call 916-442-6802.

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Governor Brown Announces Recent Appointments

Source: The Office of Governor Brown   |  2017-02-16

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently announced the following appointments:

Cindy Messer, 48, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy director at the California Department of Water Resources, where she has served as assistant chief deputy director since 2016. She was deputy director of the Planning, Performance and Technology Division at the Delta Stewardship Council from 2012 to 2016 and assistant executive officer at the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy from 2010 to 2012. Messer served in several positions in the Division of Environmental Services at the California Department of Water Resources from 1999 to 2010 including senior environmental scientist, environmental program manager, section chief and environmental scientist. She earned a Master of Science degree in conservation biology from California State University, Sacramento. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $162,948. Messer is a Democrat.

John Mann, 50, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of legislation at the California Department of Technology. Mann has served as communications director in the Office of California State Senator Tony Mendoza since 2014. He was communications director at the Alex Padilla for Secretary of State campaign from 2013 to 2014 and in the Office of California State Senator Alex Padilla from 2011 to 2014, at the Pedro Nava for Attorney General campaign from 2009 to 2010 and in the Office of California State Assemblymember Pedro Nava from 2006 to 2010. Mann was a consultant for the California State Senate Democratic Caucus from 1999 to 2005 and in the Office of California State Senator Jack O’Connell from 1995 to 1998. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Niger from 1988 to 1991. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $102,000. Mann is a Democrat.

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