Survey on Park and Trail Improvements

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2017-04-18

Placer County Launches Community Survey on Future Park and Trail Improvements

Placer County recreation planners are asking residents to take a 15-minute online survey to share their thoughts on the future of the county’s parks, trails, open spaces and beaches.

The feedback will be used to develop a 10-year vision for recreation improvements in Placer County.

“Our communities are passionate about enjoying and taking care of the parks and incredible landscapes we are so fortunate to have here in Placer,” said Placer County Parks Administrator Andy Fisher. “As we plan for the decade to come, we need input from everyone to ensure we are making the improvements that all of our residents want to see.”

The survey is available at placerparksplan.com and will be open to responses through May 15.

In October 2016, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a consultant agreement with Design Workshop Inc. to prepare the county’s first-ever parks and trails master plan, intended to reflect the recreational needs of all Placer communities. For instance, Granite Bay and Loomis could receive resources to meet league play demands while improvements in eastern Placer County could include more trails for summer and indoor recreation opportunities for winter.

Additional outreach efforts will include workshops, focus groups and public meetings. Completing the master plan is expected to take about a year. The plan will update the county’s general plan standards put in place in 1994 and take into account new trends and demographics.

As part of the plan the county will also work with neighboring agencies, such as the town of Truckee, California State Parks, U.S. Forest Service and various cities, to further develop a connected trail network throughout the region.

To learn more, visit placerparksplan.com.


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Sierra College Seeking to Fill Board Opening

Source: Sierra College  |  2017-04-18

Area 2 Trustee to be a Provisional Appointment

The Sierra Joint Community College District is accepting applications to serve as an appointed member of the Board of Trustees until the next regularly scheduled election for governing board members in November 2018. The Board has chosen to make a provisional appointment rather than incur the significant costs associated with a special election.

Mr. Dave Ferrari, Area 2 trustee for the past 19 years, has submitted his resignation after months of careful consideration. About stepping down from his position Ferrari said, “This is very hard for me to do as I love Sierra College and very much enjoy being part of this great institution. I feel community colleges are the most important link to higher education. It is the first stop for some and the last chance for others.”

“Dave has been a tireless champion of and devoted friend to Sierra College and our students,” stated William Duncan, Sierra College President, “his contributions cannot be overstated.” Board President Scott T. Leslie added, “It has been an honor serving with Dave these many years. He is a man of great integrity and heart, and has represented the Truckee and Lake Tahoe communities exceptionally well. On behalf of the board, we wish him the best.”

The board is seeking candidates that are committed to Sierra College and its mission. Each applicant must be a resident of Trustee Area 2 of the Sierra Joint Community College District, which is comprised of the north and east borders of the district including Truckee. Information, qualifications, and application materials are available on the Sierra College website http://www.sierracollege.edu/AboutUs/board/index.html or from the Sierra College President’s Office, 5100 Sierra College Boulevard, Rocklin, CA 95677, (916) 660-7000.

The application deadline is May 3, 2017, and the board is expected to make the provisional appointment on May 9, 2017, at a board meeting held at the Tahoe-Truckee Campus.

The Sierra Joint Community College District encompasses 3,200 square miles and serves Placer, Nevada and parts of El Dorado and Sacramento counties. In addition to the Rocklin campus, the district has campuses in Grass Valley, Truckee, and Roseville. The district serves an estimated 17,000 students each semester and offers over 125 degree and certificate programs. The district employs more than 500 permanent employees and over 700 part-time employees with an operating budget of more than $130 million.


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Hacker Lab Offers Startup Hustle

Source: Sierra College  |  2017-04-18

Startup Hustle participants learn entrepreneurial skills at Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College. 
-- Photo courtesy of Karen Fraser-Middleton

With Sierra College, Hacker Lab Offers Startup Hustle to Inspire Budding Entrepreneurs to Take Action

Hacker Lab is taking applications for the Startup Hustle six-week entrepreneurial boot camp and announced the addition of four free sessions to inspire those wanting to build their own businesses. With partner Sierra College, Hacker Lab is also encouraging students to participate.

The program starts May 9 and culminates on June 21. Sessions will be held at Hacker Lab’s Midtown Sacramento location as well as the Hacker Lab powered by Sierra College in Rocklin. The initial application is free and due May 3, 2017. There will be an informational meeting about the program at Hacker Lab in Midtown on Thursday, April 20 from 5:30-7:00 p.m., learn more at https://hackerlab.org/event/midtown-startup-hustle-spring-kickoff-2017-04-20/.

To apply, aspiring entrepreneurs explain the problems that they are investigating and the prospective customers who would benefit from their solutions as well as why they want to participate in Startup Hustle. The application is available at https://hackerlab.org/startuphustle/ or email: startuphustle@hackerlab.org. Once accepted into the program, Startup Hustle participant fees are $46 for Sierra College students, $149 for Hacker Lab members and $300 for non-members.

This is the fourth time that Hacker Lab has offered Startup Hustle, according to Eric Ullrich, Co-Founder, Hacker Lab. “We’ve enhanced the tools and fine-tuned the training,” said Ullrich. “Our past participants have successfully launched startups, opened up new markets for their products, published their apps and won funding to take it to the next level. As part of our makerspace community, these founders will be sharing their success stories and helping to encourage the next round of participants.”

Chris Sprague, Founder of tCubed, participated in the 2016 Startup Hustle. “At Hacker Lab, we learned to focus on customers, were introduced to our mentors and had access to expensive manufacturing equipment that we could not afford on our own,” said Sprague.

A combination of “anytime, anywhere learning” and in-person sessions will enable participants to use the latest startup tools, work on their idea, test it with customers, gain insights from mentors, research the market, reframe their concept based on what they learned and develop a pitch. There is an optional Demo Night where participants can make their pitches to the community.

According to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Statewide Project Manager, CCC Maker, housed at Sierra College, students can benefit from participating in Startup Hustle. “Students will work alongside experienced professionals applying their college skills in a real-world environment,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “Startup Hustle can help students apply their passion and discover new career pathways.”

While many people talk about the ideas they have for new products or services, it is often difficult to overcome their own inertia, explained Ullrich. “The immersive experience of Startup Hustle has led to remarkable breakthroughs,” said Ullrich. “The mentors and speakers inspire entrepreneurs to take action. Participants have access to proven methodology, practical assignments and beneficial connections that stretch their thinking about customers and their business model.”

The four free sessions open to the public will include presentations from Hacker Lab’s Maker in Residence on starting up a maker business and startup best practices from the Entrepreneur is Residence.

Sponsors of Startup Hustle include The Shop VSP Global, Sierra College, City of Rocklin, SMUD, California Community Colleges Workforce and Economic Development Division, City of Sacramento, Sierra College CACT and Golden Sierra.

For more information about participating or becoming a sponsor/mentor, please go to https://hackerlab.org/startuphustle/ or email: startuphustle@hackerlab.org.

About Sierra College Workforce Development
Sierra College Workforce Development is focused on delivering customized training to meet the needs of employers. Additional information is available atwww.sierracollegetraining.com.

About Hacker Lab
Established in 2012 in Sacramento, Hacker Lab aims to educate folks and spark innovation with community driven resources. Offering co-working, maker space, courses, meet-ups and events, Hacker Lab believes that technology can change the world and the starting point is education. Hacker Lab has locations in Sacramento and Rocklin. Learn more at the Hacker Lab website http://hackerlab.org/.

About Sierra College
Sierra College District is rising to the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year Universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information atwww.sierracollege.edu


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Sierra College Presents Spring Concert

Source: Sierra College  |  2017-04-18

Sierra College Wind Symphony

Sierra College Music Department Presents A Spring Band Invitational Concert

The Sierra College Music Department is proud to present a Spring Band Invitational Concert on Wednesday, April 26th, 7:30pm in Dietrich Theatre on the Sierra College Rocklin Campus.

Spend an evening with the Sierra College Wind Symphony, under the direction of Greg McLaughlin, plus special guests the Mira Loma High School Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Mike McAllister, the Placer High School Wind Ensemble, directed by David Lawrenson, and the Rocklin High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Tom Douglass. The program will include traditional and contemporary band music such as “On the Mall, by Edwin Goldman, “Chorale and Alleluia,” by Howard Hanson, “Amazing Grace,” arranged by Frank Ticheli, and Robert Sheldon’s raucous circus romp “In the Center Ring.”

The Sierra College Rocklin Campus is located at 5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin CA. Admission for this concert is $6 student/senior and $10 general. Tickets are available at the door. All proceeds benefit the Sierra College Music Department. There is a $3 parking fee on campus. Parking permits can be purchased at machines located within the campus parking lot.

For directions to the Dietrich Theater or more information about this concert and other events at Sierra College, call the Sierra College Music Department at (916) 660-8054 or log on to our website at www.sierracollege.edu. Click on the Events tab at the top of the home page, then choose Music/Drama from the right side Event Categories.

About Sierra College
Sierra College District is rising to meet the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills.  Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information at https://www.sierracollege.edu/


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More Taxes on Cigarettes and Electronic Vaping Devices

Source: California State Board of Equalization  |  2017-04-13

California voters approved Proposition 56, which increased the excise tax rate on cigarettes and expanded the definition of “tobacco products” to include any type of tobacco, nicotine, little cigars, and electronic cigarettes sold in combination with nicotine.

On April 1, 2017, the cigarette tax rate increased from $0.87 to $2.87 per pack of 20 cigarettes. In addition, the distribution of nicotine delivery devices – including, but not limited to, electronic cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pens, and e-hookahs – sold in combination with substances containing nicotine are now subject to the current tobacco products tax rate of 27.30 percent of the wholesale cost of the product.

Nicotine delivery devices sold independently and not in combination with any liquid or substance containing nicotine are not subject to excise tax. This includes any battery, battery charger, carrying case, or any other accessory used in the operation of a nicotine delivery device.

Any product approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration as a tobacco cessation product or other therapeutic purpose when that product is marketed and sold for such approved use (for instance, nicotine patches) will also not be subject to the excise tax.

Additional information regarding the provisions of Proposition 56 is available online. You may also view the BOE’s online Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Guide on the BOE website.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board that hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. The BOE collects $60.5 billion annually in taxes and fees, supporting state and local government services. For specific help, please contact the BOE at 1-800-400-7115.


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State Theatre in Auburn Presents “Now Is the Time”

Source: Lia Carotta, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center  |  2017-04-13

Cinema at the State Theatre in Auburn
presents

Documentary Film

Now Is the Time

Thursday, April 20, 2017 ~ 7 pm

We've seen enough to know that insurance-based healthcare is not effective for keeping costs down and giving everyone access to needed medical care. Advocates are totally committed to changing the healthcare system, and polls indicate that the general public supports the idea of universal healthcare.

While the Affordable Care Act has helped some people, many of us are feeling the pinch of rising costs and narrowing networks. Through interviews, animations and exposé, this new documentary film by Filmmakers Terry Sterrenberg & Laurie Simons “The Healthcare Movie” (2011) tells the story of the drama, struggle, and success of the movement towards healthcare equity.

Filmmakers Terry Sterrenberg & Laurie Simons “The Healthcare Movie” (2011) have been married for over 30 years, and both are licensed counselors.

Date and Time: Thursday, April 20, 2017~ 7 pm

Run Time: 1 hours 11 minutes

General Admission: $8

Location: 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA

Box Office: www.livefromauburn.com or 530-885-0156


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USA Ultimate College Championships Sail into Placer Valley

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2017-04-12

April 15-16 and 29-30 Two Exciting Ultimate Competitions Come to Maidu Park in Roseville

Placer Valley Tourism is thrilled to be teaming up with USA Ultimate again after a year hiatus, to bring not one but two exciting tournaments to Maidu Park this month.  First up is the NorCal Division I College Men's and Women's Conference Championships that will take place on April 15 and 16. Ultimate will return to the Roseville at the end of the month with the Southwest Regional Division I Championships on April 29-30.

This weekend will showcase approximately 16 NorCal college teams coming from as far north as Humboldt State and down south as far as Fresno State.  The top team to watch is Stanford's Women's team as they are currently ranked number one in the nation and their Men's team which comes in at number 18 nationally.  With more than 700 college teams now competing nationwide, clearly the competition at Maidu will be top-notch!

USA Ultimate Men's College Director for the Southwest Region Kerry Karter stated, "We are looking forward to returning to Maidu this month, in 2015 we played our Regional Championships on those fields and I am excited to be back for that event as well as the Conference Championships."

The teams competing this weekend will be hoping to advance on to the Southwest Regional Championships on April 29-30.  This region includes the Desert, NorCal and SoCal which covers the geographic area from Hawaii to Arizona and even parts of Mexico.  The top 16 teams in both Men's and Women's for the Southwest region will compete for a spot at the National Division I Championships that will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 26-29.

If you haven't watched the exciting sport of ultimate live, here is your chance! There is no fee for spectators and you are guaranteed plenty of action as ultimate combines elements of soccer, football, basketball and field hockey in a truly unique way. Mark your calendars and come check out one or both of these exciting, ultimate events! Maidu park is located at 1550 Maidu Drive in Roseville.

About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit www.playplacer.com or call 916-773-5400.


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