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SPCA Pet of the Week – Pio

Pio has a unique look. He came to us in mid-May with a drooping eye and after his family just couldn’t take care of him anymore. One look at Pio’s discomfort solidified our vet team’s decision to perform an entropion surgery to correct the issue, (“entropion” is when the eyelid turns inward, causing irritation). Now, he is as happy as a clam (or cat) and is ready for a home! ($10 on all adult cats through August!) Pio is at our Petco – Arden location open every day of the week! He (a 10 y/o male) likes other cats and is more than happy to spend the day napping and watching you watch TV. For more information visit www.sspca.org.

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Ask the County Law Librarian – Homesteads

Q: A friend said it was really important for me to put a homestead on my house, but couldn’t really explain what it is. Could you direct me to more information about a homestead? – Jeannette A: California law (Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) 704.710 et seq) protects a certain amount of a homeowner’s equity when an unsecured creditor forces the sale of the “dwelling,” which can be a house, condominium, boat, mobile home, etc.,  that is the owner’s principal residence. This protection is called a “homestead exemption.”  The homestead exemption only applies to sales forced by unsecured creditors; there is no exemption when the sale is forced by a secured creditor, such as your mortgage lender or contractor with a valid mechanic’s lien. The homestead exemption does not prohibit the sale of the property. It just ensures that the homeowner receives the amount of the exemption before the creditors are paid from the sale proceeds. The property can be sold if the sale would produce enough money to: Pay all existing liens on the property (e.g., judgment liens, tax liens, utility liens, etc.); Pay off all mortgages and loans secured by the home; Pay the costs of selling the home; and Allow the homeowner to keep equity in the amount protected by the homestead exemption If there is not enough equity to cover all […]

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Fix the Riverfront Bike Trail Gap

A key Downtown segment of the Sacramento River Parkway is in such bad condition that it is an embarrassment to our city and a danger to all people who use it. The surface is a rough patchwork of old wood, broken asphalt and concrete. Railings and the zig-zag walls create user bottlenecks and hazards. Bike Trail Gap in Old Sacramento This vital segment of the Sacramento River Parkway on the waterfront between the Tower bridge and the I Street railroad bridge would connect Sacramento and the Bay Area via the Great California Delta Trail. This “gap” also blocks riders from connecting to the American River Parkway and denies access to the Historic Riverfront Area for those with disabilities. To ensure these problems are addressed, we need to let the City of Sacramento know that they need to improve the bike path from the Tower bridge to the I street railroad bridge, including a safe railroad crossing at J Street, a widened and leveled path, with a smooth surface and room for all users as part of the riverfront boardwalk project. Do your part by doing the following: 1. Tell City of Sacramento elected officials to Fix the Gap! Kevin Johnson – Mayor email: mayor@cityofsacramento.org Vice Mayor – Jay Schenirer (District 5) email: jschenirer@cityofsacramento.org Mayor Pro Tem – Angelique Ashby (District 1) email: aashby@cityofsacramento.org District 2 – Allen Warren email: awarren@cityofsacramento.org District 3 – Steve Cohn email: scohn@cityofsacramento.org […]

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#SacTweetup 53 at @NewHelvetiaBrew!

Sacramento has some of the best local restaurants, shops, boutiques and hotspots in the region. While Sacramento is known for many things, from our sports teams to our landmarks, the microbrewery scene is quickly becoming a popular one to explore.  That’s why we’re really excited to announce that #SacTweetup 53 will be held at Downtown Sacramento brewery, New Helvetia! The Buffalo Brewing Co. was established in 1890 and became a staple of the Northeast of the U.S. until its end in 1945. Then, in the 1970s, two Sacramentans decided to revive the Buffalo brand. While the venture was honorable, it only lasted a year. Fast-forward to 2013 when a fourth-generation Sacramentan and a brewmaster teamed up to bring Buffalo Beer back to life in Sacramento, and thus New Helvetia was born. The brewery now serves a diverse tap list of draft beers, including a modern interpretation of Buffalo Craft Lager and several IPAs to satisfy any palette. #SacTweetup 53 guests will get their first draft FREE after RSVPing to the event here on our Eventbrite page! Hope to see you there! If you haven’t checked out Sacramento’s largest monthly Social Media Mixer, this month is the perfect opportunity! Each month, your community gets together to network, connect, share and have tons of fun! After you register, make sure to get the word out by using […]

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Sacramento Native Andrew Susac Gets His Major League Chance After Giants’ Backup Catcher is Injured Friday Night

When Giants backup catcher Hector Sanchez left the big Giants-Dodgers game Friday night in San Francisco with an apparent concussion, my first thought was: “Will this be Andrew Susac’s ticket to San Francisco?” Saturday morning Andrew’s uncle Johnny confirmed via Facebook that Andrew had received the call late Friday and was headed to play in the huge Bay series between the National League West Division’s top two teams – the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. With no other backup catcher on the Giants’ roster, there was a good chance Susac could start Sunday night’s ESPN game. The 24-year-old Susac, a 2009 graduate of Jesuit High School, made two trips to Sacramento’s Raley Field this season with the Fresno Grizzlies, hitting two home runs during those visits. I happened to catch both homers, and so here’s a slideshow of Susac’s visits to Sacramento, the last coming on July 1, when Giants’ first baseman Brandon Belt was on his rehab stint.      

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New films: Too many for one title!

This week presents a true mixed bag of films, from the big budget to the partially crowd-sourced. Here’s a quick moviebrief roundup of five films opening in the Sacramento area. A Most Wanted Man Directed by Anton Corbijn Cutting directly to the chase, the best film of the week in terms of acting, storytelling, and production quality (you know, important stuff) is “A Most Wanted Man.” That’s hardly surprising given that it stars the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his final roles, it’s based on a novel by master spy-story-teller John le Carré (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”), and it’s directed by Anton Corbijn who has a short but noteworthy feature film resumé (“The American,” “Control”). The story is set in Hamburg, a city so concerned about possible terrorist attacks that it’s in a constant state of high alert. Within that framework, multiple local, state and international agencies attempt to uncover people and information, often competing with each other in the process, rather than combining resources. This constant sense of urgency raises concerns about whether or not justice can actually be achieved in an often unjust system. I’ll avoid writing about who plays whom and their respective places in the various hierarchies, as much of the beauty of the film exists in discovering those very elements. Suffice to say that the story structure […]

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SPCA Pet of the Week – Pio

Pio has a unique look. He came to us in mid-May with a drooping eye and after his family just couldn’t take care of him anymore. One look at Pio’s discomfort solidified our vet team’s decision to perform an entropion surgery to correct the issue, (“entropion” is when the eyelid turns inward, causing irritation). Now, he is as happy as a clam (or cat) and is ready for a home! ($10 on all adult cats through August!) Pio is at our Petco – Arden location open every day of the week! He (a 10 y/o male) likes other cats and is more than happy to spend the day napping and watching you watch TV. For more information visit www.sspca.org.

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SPCA Pet of the Week – Apollo!

One of a kind Apollo, an energetic 1.5 year-old Pointer/Labrador mix, is looking for a job! Well he’s really looking for a home, but if you have a place for him where he can spend his days busy and focused, he will be a perfect fit. Apollo has a lot of energy and could benefit from some positive reinforcement training classes. Lucky for Apollo’s new family, the Sacramento SPCA will offer a fantastic deal–just $65 for a six-week course!       Apollo would be most happy with a lot of land, riding shot gun in your truck, or even perhaps being a hunting buddy for you or someone in your family. He should be OK with other friendly dogs but he is not recommended for a family with cats or small, young children. Apollo is available at the Sacramento SPCA, open Wed-Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. www.sspca.org.

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Ask the County Law Librarian – Homesteads

Q: A friend said it was really important for me to put a homestead on my house, but couldn’t really explain what it is. Could you direct me to more information about a homestead? – Jeannette A: California law (Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) 704.710 et seq) protects a certain amount of a homeowner’s equity when an unsecured creditor forces the sale of the “dwelling,” which can be a house, condominium, boat, mobile home, etc.,  that is the owner’s principal residence. This protection is called a “homestead exemption.”  The homestead exemption only applies to sales forced by unsecured creditors; there is no exemption when the sale is forced by a secured creditor, such as your mortgage lender or contractor with a valid mechanic’s lien. The homestead exemption does not prohibit the sale of the property. It just ensures that the homeowner receives the amount of the exemption before the creditors are paid from the sale proceeds. The property can be sold if the sale would produce enough money to: Pay all existing liens on the property (e.g., judgment liens, tax liens, utility liens, etc.); Pay off all mortgages and loans secured by the home; Pay the costs of selling the home; and Allow the homeowner to keep equity in the amount protected by the homestead exemption If there is not enough equity to cover all […]

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#SacTweetup 53 at @NewHelvetiaBrew!

Sacramento has some of the best local restaurants, shops, boutiques and hotspots in the region. While Sacramento is known for many things, from our sports teams to our landmarks, the microbrewery scene is quickly becoming a popular one to explore.  That’s why we’re really excited to announce that #SacTweetup 53 will be held at Downtown Sacramento brewery, New Helvetia! The Buffalo Brewing Co. was established in 1890 and became a staple of the Northeast of the U.S. until its end in 1945. Then, in the 1970s, two Sacramentans decided to revive the Buffalo brand. While the venture was honorable, it only lasted a year. Fast-forward to 2013 when a fourth-generation Sacramentan and a brewmaster teamed up to bring Buffalo Beer back to life in Sacramento, and thus New Helvetia was born. The brewery now serves a diverse tap list of draft beers, including a modern interpretation of Buffalo Craft Lager and several IPAs to satisfy any palette. #SacTweetup 53 guests will get their first draft FREE after RSVPing to the event here on our Eventbrite page! Hope to see you there! If you haven’t checked out Sacramento’s largest monthly Social Media Mixer, this month is the perfect opportunity! Each month, your community gets together to network, connect, share and have tons of fun! After you register, make sure to get the word out by using […]

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Fix the Riverfront Bike Trail Gap

A key Downtown segment of the Sacramento River Parkway is in such bad condition that it is an embarrassment to our city and a danger to all people who use it. The surface is a rough patchwork of old wood, broken asphalt and concrete. Railings and the zig-zag walls create user bottlenecks and hazards. Bike Trail Gap in Old Sacramento This vital segment of the Sacramento River Parkway on the waterfront between the Tower bridge and the I Street railroad bridge would connect Sacramento and the Bay Area via the Great California Delta Trail. This “gap” also blocks riders from connecting to the American River Parkway and denies access to the Historic Riverfront Area for those with disabilities. To ensure these problems are addressed, we need to let the City of Sacramento know that they need to improve the bike path from the Tower bridge to the I street railroad bridge, including a safe railroad crossing at J Street, a widened and leveled path, with a smooth surface and room for all users as part of the riverfront boardwalk project. Do your part by doing the following: 1. Tell City of Sacramento elected officials to Fix the Gap! Kevin Johnson – Mayor email: mayor@cityofsacramento.org Vice Mayor – Jay Schenirer (District 5) email: jschenirer@cityofsacramento.org Mayor Pro Tem – Angelique Ashby (District 1) email: aashby@cityofsacramento.org District 2 – Allen Warren email: awarren@cityofsacramento.org District 3 – Steve Cohn email: scohn@cityofsacramento.org […]

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Sacramento Native Andrew Susac Gets His Major League Chance After Giants’ backup catcher is injured Friday night against the Dodgers

When Giants backup catcher Hector Sanchez left the big Giants-Dodgers game Friday night in San Francisco with an apparent concussion, my first thought was: “Will this be Andrew Susac’s ticket to San Francisco?” Saturday morning Andrew’s uncle Johnny confirmed via Facebook that Andrew had received the call late Friday and was headed to play in the huge Bay series between the National League West Division’s top two teams – the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. With no other backup catcher on the Giants’ roster, there was a good chance Susac could start Sunday night’s ESPN game. The 24-year-old Susac, a 2009 graduate of Jesuit High School, made two trips to Sacramento’s Raley Field this season with the Fresno Grizzlies, hitting two home runs during those visits. I happened to catch both homers, and so here’s a slideshow of Susac’s visits to Sacramento, the last coming on July 1, when Giants’ first baseman Brandon Belt was on his rehab stint.      

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New films: Too many for one title!

This week presents a true mixed bag of films, from the big budget to the partially crowd-sourced. Here’s a quick moviebrief roundup of five films opening in the Sacramento area. A Most Wanted Man Directed by Anton Corbijn Cutting directly to the chase, the best film of the week in terms of acting, storytelling, and production quality (you know, important stuff) is “A Most Wanted Man.” That’s hardly surprising given that it stars the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his final roles, it’s based on a novel by master spy-story-teller John le Carré (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”), and it’s directed by Anton Corbijn who has a short but noteworthy feature film resumé (“The American,” “Control”). The story is set in Hamburg, a city so concerned about possible terrorist attacks that it’s in a constant state of high alert. Within that framework, multiple local, state and international agencies attempt to uncover people and information, often competing with each other in the process, rather than combining resources. This constant sense of urgency raises concerns about whether or not justice can actually be achieved in an often unjust system. I’ll avoid writing about who plays whom and their respective places in the various hierarchies, as much of the beauty of the film exists in discovering those very elements. Suffice to say that the story structure […]

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The California State Fair | A Photo Gallery

This is the 160th anniversary of the California State Fair. According to an article by Mike Blount in a program about the fair, in 1854, California’s number one industry was agriculture. It’s still true today and it was a large part of the first State Fair. “The State Fair is all about celebrating the past and showcasing the future,” explains Rick Pickering, CEO of Cal Expo and the State Fair, in Blount’s article. The fair also showcases technology and is the best place to showcase California. 90% of the wine people drink comes from here. Blount explains that “the Sacramento region considers itself to be the Farm-to-Fork Capital and there is a lot of research in agriculture being done right here.” And I thought it was all about the rides and special fair food. The photos below barely touch the surface of the fun and eclectic atmosphere of the fair: The State Fair runs through July 27. For information visit www.castatefair.org.

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SPCA Pet of the Week – Sammie Cat!

If only we could ask Sammie Cat what was on her mind. Beautiful two-year-old (domestic medium hair) cat is available for adoption at our Petco location (1878 Arden Way)! Sammie has been with us since early May, much too long for such a friendly, playful girl. Though she tolerates other cats, she would sort of prefer to be the only pet in your home. Though shy at first, once she warms up, you won’t be disappointed! Our Petco location is open Monday – Friday (1:00 – 7:00 p.m.) and on weekends from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Sacramento Zoo’s 9th Annual Worldwide Dreamnight Gives Chronically Ill Kids a Special Evening

In 1996 at the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands an event was created that would quickly spread to zoos around the world: Dreamnight. The Dreamnight mission is to provide one annual and cost-free evening at the zoo exclusively for chronically ill and disabled children and their family members. Since 1996 it has become an annual event that includes participants from more than 300 institutions in 35 countries worldwide. In June, the Sacramento Zoo quietly opened its doors to more than 1,300 chronically ill children and their families from the Sacramento region; the event gave families an opportunity to visit the Zoo in a relaxed environment with other children and families who have similar challenges. Special performances by the Star Performers and Twinkle Stars Dancers kicked-off the evening.  The performers have special needs or are disabled children who enjoy dancing.  When describing why the children perform Isabel Pena, one of the parents said, “They enjoy doing it, also they love presentations, they love to be in front of the audience we can see the difference between practices and real presentations. We also like these events because we can motivate other children to do what they enjoy doing, It doesn’t have to be dancing. We have found that this is a way to socialize, to have discipline, to exercise and to enjoy an activity. We as parents […]

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