Democrats Deny Funding for Critical Levee Repairs Needed after Oroville Dam Spillway Failure

Source: The Office of Senator Nielsen  |  2017-06-14

Despite the support of a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, businesses and local agencies, legislative Democrats in Sacramento rejected funding to repair the state's water infrastructure that was severely damaged as a result of the failure of the Oroville Dam spillway.

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) led an alliance to obtain money in the state budget to repair California's critical levees in Northern California, which are used by the State Water Project to deliver water to the Central Valley and Southern California.

“The failure to prioritize our state's infrastructure is incomprehensible,” said Senator Jim Nielsen. “Millions of Californians depend on water that passes through these critical water conveyance systems.”

Senator Nielsen added, “Our request would have provided for an investment in the state’s water infrastructure, which would protect lives, preserve property and save the state billions of dollars in emergency repairs.”

On February 7, the Oroville Dam spillway failed causing nearly 200,000 people and their pets to be evacuated. In addition, water system levees suffered significant damage that may prevent them from functioning properly in the next high-water event unless emergency repairs are completed this year.

The $100 million funding request was also supported by Senators Bill Dodd (D-Napa), Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and the following organizations: Central Valley Flood Control Association; Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency; Northern California Water Association; Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Western Growers; California Farm Bureau Federation; Yuba Flood Control District; Yuba City; Operating Engineers Local 3.

Senator Jim Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes all or portions of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Counties. To contact Senator Nielsen, call him at (916) 651-4004, or via email at senator.nielsen@senate.ca.gov.


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Join Team Hope Walk

Source: Rick Reed PR  |  2017-06-13

Genetic Disaster or Uncertainty in Your Genes - Huntington’s Disease?

Individually, they battled ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. They all lost. ALS beat baseball great Lou Gehrig; Parkinson’s knocked down Muhammad Ali; Alzheimer’s erased rock music legend AC/DC founder Malcolm Young; and Huntington’s disease silenced Singer/Songwriter Woody Guthrie.

Called ‘the cruelest disease’ Huntington’s is like having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s at the same time. Imagine! And many are unaware the HD is in their family history.

Neurological degeneration becomes the life of people impacted by the genetic disaster called Huntington’s disease or HD. Caused by a genetic mismatch many won’t know they carry within their makeup.

Local families are uniting to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow at the Team Hope Walk, William Land Park Saturday, June 24, 2017. The ninth annual walk in this beautiful setting helps raise awareness of HD, support for local families and funds for ongoing research to find treatment and a cure.

Often unknown before symptoms, Therese Crucher-Marin of Auburn and Dawn Doster of Fair Oaks have lived with Huntingon’s disease dedicating their lives to helping others understand the fate, learn about testing and help support local families thru the HDSA Sacramento Chapter. They are just two regional families talking about how Huntington’s changed their lives.

To learn more about HD, visit the chapter Website at http://northernca.hdsa.org/.

Registration costs are: Adults $25, Children $10. You receive a T- shirt when you register online. You can get information, register or donate at Sacramento, CA Team Hope Walk at https://hdsa.donordrive.com.


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Gibson Ranch Management to Stay Under Ose

Story and Photo by Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-06-07

Ose said Tuesday he is very pleased with the board’s decision, which essentially gives his company a year-to-year contract to manage the park.

The County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a management contract for former Congressman Doug Ose to continue overseeing Gibson Ranch, ending months of negotiations over the fate of the 325-acre nature preserve.

Ose said Tuesday he is very pleased with the board’s decision, which essentially gives his company, GRP 211, LLC (GRP) a year-to-year contract to manage the park. The agreement will stay in place for four years and carry an option for annual extensions of up to four additional one-year terms, with a 90-day notification to terminate.

The new agreement with Ose shifts a significant portion of operational costs to the county, a win for Ose, who was granted a five-year renewable lease to manage the park in 2011, but announced plans earlier this year to pull out unless the county could renegotiate an agreement to offset what he said was amounting to out-of-pocket losses of roughly $20,000 a month due to rising labor costs.

Under the terms of the agreement, the county will take over roughly $110,500 in annual operating costs for Gibson Ranch, including an estimated $53,000 for utilities, including sewer and water quality certification; between $5,000 and $7,000 to maintain and repair the wells on the property, and provide Ose with a $50,000 annual contribution toward reimbursements for capital improvements and deferred maintenance.

An original request by Ose to raise additional revenue through a hike in the park’s entry fee from $5 to $8 was not something the entire board would support. The hike was removed from Ose’s proposal and the entry fee will not be raised, Ose said.

County Supervisor Sue Frost, who was among those opposing the entry fee hike, called the agreement a “rare win for everyone involved.”

“The county gets to have a jewel of a park for a smaller price than everything comparable in the county, and the residents of the community get to continue enjoying the park for the same fee as they are used to paying,” Frost said. “I’m extremely pleased with how this worked out.”

The new agreement also calls for the county to install an automatic pay station in the park, which could net the county additional revenue of between $7,000 and $10,000 annually.


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PaintCare: An Historic Milestone for a Unique Organization

Special Release from PRWeb  |  2017-06-07

PaintCare works with corporations to recycle the paint they produce rather than relying on public taxes to pay for clean-up. 
-- Photo courtesy PaintCare

When Congressman Jared Huffman began sponsoring a product stewardship law for architectural paint in California in May 2009, even he couldn’t envision the level of success that was to come in a few short years after the state’s paint stewardship program began in 2012.

“Congratulations to PaintCare on its five year anniversary and for recycling more than 10 million gallons of paint in California,” said Rep. Huffman the Second District Representative. “To go from no California product stewardship presence to 10,000,000 gallons in California alone in so short a period of time is an incredible achievement. When I authored this legislation in the California Assembly, my main goal was to make leftover paint recycling more convenient for Californians, reduce the burden of disposal on local governments, and to protect the environment. I’m glad to see that PaintCare has reached these goals with flying colors within just five years. It’s a testament to a lot of hard work on the part of many different people.”

What has legislators so excited about PaintCare and Product Stewardship though, is not just the success PaintCare has had in collecting a combined 20,000,000 gallons of paint for recycling in those states and jurisdictions with paint stewardship laws (with California accounting for a little more than half and the seven other states and the District of Columbia accounting for the remainder) Ken Pereira, Waste Management Specialist for Sacramento County, highlights the cost savings to municipalities:

“Sacramento County’s Department of Waste Management and Recycling (DWMR) is committed to excellent environmental stewardship. Historically, DWMR has spent approximately $150,000 annually in order to divert leftover or unwanted paint products from the landfill, and ensure that they are reused or recycled. Thanks to our successful relationship with the PaintCare organization, DWMR has reduced those annual costs to less than $8,000 per year. These cost savings directly impact our rate payers and also allow DWMR to expand and improve the county’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program.”

PaintCare is the flagship organization under the growing header of Product Stewardship, an environmental strategy in which product manufacturers have the primary responsibility to establish, fund, and manage programs that minimize the environmental impact of products across the entire product life cycle, including end-of-life management. Government agencies help set performance goals for the programs and ensure accountability and transparency. This means that PaintCare is a unique non-profit operator, at once a partnership between private business and public agencies, and yet its own independent body. California Product Stewardship Council Executive Director Heidi Sanborn on PaintCare’s role in the evolution of the general public’s understanding of product stewardship.

“PaintCare has demonstrated that a producer designed and operated system can provide a much more convenient collection system than the government can because they have more locations where people normally go to shop. It’s called “take-back” because the retailers are taking back what they once sold making it convenient for their customers. We know if recycling is convenient and free at end of life and the public is informed how to use it and it has a sustainable funding source, the programs work very well. A great benefit of the paint stewardship program in California is that is has freed up millions of dollars of public money to be used on other hazardous waste collection.”

PaintCare Executive Director, Marjaneh Zarrehparvar, has earned a reputation over the past five years as being an effective mitigator in the sometimes-tricky relationship between private business and public sector waste and environmental agencies. Kelly Moore CEO, Steve DeVoe, on PaintCare’s leader:

“I have had the pleasure of working with Marjaneh now for a number of years both as a paint manufacturer and retailer, and I'll tell you, I think the secret to PaintCare’s success is a lot simpler than it might seem. All too often with product stewardship, it seems that businesses, governments and nonprofits can start out as adversaries. But Marjaneh and her PaintCare team have collaborated effectively with everyone and created a program that has processed 20,000,000 gallons of unwanted, leftover paint. I think we are on the right track to process millions of gallons more. PaintCare is a great model of product stewardship and shows what can be done.”

For more information on PaintCare, visit http://www.paintcare.org


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The leading cause of death for Americans 15-20 years old is motor vehicle collisions. In an effort inform and to reduce motor vehicle collisions in California, California Highway Patrol (CHP) North Sacramento area will offer a free Start Smart class. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.

Recent collisions involving teenagers in our area demonstrate the importance of these types of classes. The classes are used to promote traffic safety to both parents and teens. We encourage both parent/caregivers and teens to attend the class.

The CHP's Start Smart program is a driver safety education class which targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between the age of 15 -19 and their parents/guardians.

The Start Smart class will cover collision avoidance techniques, driver responsibility, collision trends, distracted driving laws, alcohol related driving laws and the provisional license process. The program also offers an opportunity for new drivers and parents/guardians to ask CHP Officers clarifying questions. The class incorporates videos and classroom discussion.

North Sacramento CHP will be offering this free class on Tuesday, June 13th, and Tuesday, June 27th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The class will be held at the Sacramento Water and Sewer Treatment Plant at 5026 Don Julio Blvd, in the conference room. This building is located on the northeast corner of Elkhorn Blvd. and Don Julio Blvd.

Persons interested in signing up for the class will need to register for the class by emailing Officer Chad Hertzell at chertzell@chp.ca.gov or by sending a private message to our Facebook account at Facebook.com/chpnorthsac. It is highly encouraged that at least one parent/guardian attend the class with their teen driver. Funding for CHP’s Start Smart programs is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through NHTSA.


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Complete with free museum admission and free rides in classic cars for dads and grandpas, the California Automobile Museum is getting revved up to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18! In addition to a number of eye-catching exhibits – including the limited time To the Rescue: The Fire Trucks and People that Saved Our Cities – a number of classic cars will be on special display for this one-day-only. As a highlight, friendly volunteer drivers are offering FREE rides to the marina and back for interested fathers and grandfathers as well as their families. Donations are welcome to support the Museum’s education program. Take a ride and plan a stop with dad on Father’s Day at the California Automobile Museum!

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.

Where: California Automobile Museum , 2200 Front Street, Sacramento

When: Sunday, June 18, 2017. Museum open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FREE rides for fathers/grandfathers & families 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

FREE Museum admission for fathers/grandfathers 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Costs: Museum admission: $10 for adults, $9 for vintage (ages 65+), $5 students (ages 6-17), FREE for children under 5 years

For more information call 916-442-6802 or visit www.calautomuseum.org


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Triple Your Taxes for the Fourth of July?

Commentary by Senator Ted Gaines  |  2017-06-07

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado)

Are you ready for California to double your taxes? What about triple or quadruple them? A bill currently making its way through the state Legislature could push tax rates up beyond imagination, making us tax serfs to the state, and driving hundreds of thousands of jobs out of California.

Senate Bill 562 (SB 562), the “California Healthcare for All Act,” proposes to ban private insurance coverage and force every citizen in the state into the equivalent of the Medi-Cal system we provide for the poor and disabled, where state-provided healthcare would be the only option. The costs would be staggering.

A recent analysis by the California Senate Appropriations Committee estimated that implementing SB 562 would set back California taxpayers $400 Billion. This year’s general fund spending – including roads, schools, universities, prisons and more – is estimated around $124 billion. In a highly-taxed state that just recovered from years of massive deficits and still teeters on the edge of fiscal ruin, where is this additional taxpayer money supposed to come from? Four hundred billion is more than $10,000 a year from every man, woman and child in the state. Do most California families have that kind of money laying around?

That extraordinary cost is consistent with estimates from other states and is the major reason that single-payer schemes have been voted down or abandoned before implementation. New York state is currently proposing its own SB 562. In 2019, when New York’s plan would be active, the state expects to collect $82 billion in taxes, but would need another $91 billion to pay for its single-payer scheme. New York, as is the case with California, will more than double its overall revenue.  See a trend?

And that $91 billion number might be charitable. An analysis by healthcare expert Avik Roy concluded that New York’s plan could cost $226 billion a year, nearly quadrupling the state’s current tax collections, just  to pay for healthcare, not government’s other responsibilities. Roy estimates that the plan would jettison 175,000 jobs from the state, as “high-wage, high-value industries move to neighboring states” as a result. California, a much larger state, could shed hundreds of thousands of jobs under SB 562’s crushing fiscal mandate.

California’s plan also proposes to pay for all care for all residents, regardless of whether they are in the state illegally, or whether they are here legally but just moved here to take advantage of the state’s “free” medical care. California, already the king of the tax dollar giveaway, would become the hot new destination for immigrants and indigents seeking care, driving the costs even higher.

And, even if the costs were not fantastically, impossibly high, SB 562 presents other problems for California healthcare. Our state suffers from a shortage of healthcare providers, particularly in rural and inner-city areas, a condition that would only be intensified by the provider rate caps in the bill.

Single-payer systems are also prone to deadly wait times since they ration care to reduce costs.

The United States is a medical innovator and California is the nation’s bioscience hub. That will disappear in the price-controlled, socialized system California legislators are trying to dump on the people. Price caps, a key component of single payer plans, spell doom to medical innovation.

Remaking the entire healthcare system is a terrible idea if the reform is going to make healthcare slower, less innovative, and wildly more expensive.

SB 562 is an ill-advised plan with unpayable costs that would make California taxpayers sick.

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.


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