Non-profit Improves Lives Through Youth and Senior Programs

The Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center quietly works its mission of aiding women, children and families in North Sacramento. Since moving to the Gardenland area in 1963, the organization has worked to improve the lives and hopes of the area residents. Originally founded by the Sisters of Social Service (SSS) in 1936 and at that time housed in the Stanford Mansion located at 8th and N Streets in Downtown Sacramento, Stanford Settlement was a residential program for teens who were unable to live in their own homes and it provided a place for young people in that neighborhood as well. The move to North Sacramento was at the invitation of area residents who were badly in need of innovative social service programs. With the aid of the United Way and the Sacramento Diocese, the Stanford Settlement started its ongoing relationship with the area. In 1975, the organization formally separated from the Diocese and became an independent 501(c)(3) so it could be deeded the former Gardenland Elementary School by Sacramento County. Since then, periodic expansion has happened. Today, the mission of the Stanford Settlement is to help build healthy communities through individual, family, and neighborhood services, with a focus on people whose opportunities and capabilities are limited by personal, social, or economic circumstances.  They run an after-school program for elementary age students, a comprehensive Senior Center, Summer […]

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SPCA Pet of the Week – Cisco

Originally brought in with a bad case of demodectic mange, little Cisco has had quite the 8-month adventure. He is now 11-months-old and is out of foster care, but looking for a home to call his very own! Cisco was previously adopted, but returned for having a bit too much energy for his last household. It’s important that we find Cisco a family that understands he is still a puppy, and will require a decent amount of behavior and training classes. He is a sweet heart that truly enjoys people and other dogs, but we ask that there are no cats in his future home, as he will likely chase them! Cisco is an American Staffy mix and should be a good fit for an active family with older children. He is available at the Sacramento SPCA and the adoption fee is $100. This fee includes vaccines, microchip, license and he is already neutered. For more information visit www.sspca.org.

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Pride Media CEO Hit with Lawsuit, Accused of Fraud

Court papers entered March 28, 2014 in Superior Court of California in the County of Sacramento has named Kevin M. Manz, of Pride Media, Inc. and on air guest host of Pride Live, Rocco DeMarco, of fraud. Plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit include Cathedral Pioneer Church Homes, Cathedral Pioneer Church Homes No. Two, and the CPCH Foundation, also known as Trinity House and Pioneer House. According to court papers, Manz, as a former member of the Board and Trustee of the senior retirement homes, allegedly stole “funds from the not-for-profit CPCH entities” by maneuvering himself to be in complete control of CPCH Foundation funds and the Pioneer House management company’s account for the benefit of himself; Gay in Sac Media Group, Inc.; Pride Media, Inc. and “for the benefit of his friends, in the principal amount of at least $1,326,762.37”. The 17 page complaint outlines that over several years Manz allegedly maneuvered funds where he could gain control for the ability to write checks from accounts he was entrusted to as a trustee without oversight of himself and the media groups he owned as well as to DeMarco. Pioneer Homes and CPCH Foundation lawyers stated in the suit that as soon as the plaintiffs learned of the theft they approached Manz, removed him from the Board, and demanded that he return the funds. Mantz made […]

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Grant Approved to Aid in North Sac Youth Soccer Club Formation

According to lead organizer, Terry Press-Dawson, the fledgling North Sac Youth Soccer Club was “approved for (a grant of) about $11,000 for soccer uniforms, a laptop and equipment.” This is in addition to $5,000 in funds Council Member Allen Warren provided as seed money for the club. Mr. Press-Dawson also advised that 3 dates have been set for registration for interested children and their parents—all are on Saturdays from 10:00am-noon. The dates are: April 26th at Johnson/Noralto Schools; May 17th at the Firehouse Community Center in Del Paso Heights; and June 7th at the SACA Center on Rio Linda Blvd. More information can be obtained by emailing him at terry.press-dawson@twinriversusd.org. Mark Dickerson, Commissioner of Cal North District 6 for the California Youth Soccer Association(CYSA), said the River City Youth Soccer League (RCYSL) “has been asked to assist Mr. Press-Dawson and his group in developing the local club.” River City will replace the Natomas United Youth Soccer League, which had been working with the North Sac group. It was determined that the new club was being formed in a part of the area delegated to RCYSL for development of youth soccer by the state organization.

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“Cesar Chavez” on Cesar Chavez Day

Cesar Chavez What better day to watch “Cesar Chavez” than on Cesar Chavez Day? This well-made and well-acted biopic recounts the period in which Chavez led the labor organization of farm workers, centered around Delano, CA, including the march to Sacramento. It ably demonstrates the scope of the struggle, on national and international stages, as well as the very personal sacrifices that led to changes in the laws that protect some of the poorest and hardest working people in the country. “Cesar Chavez” is rated PG-13 for “some violence and language.” For your convenience, here are Sacramento’s showtimes (according to Fandango.com) for Monday, March 31st: Century Stadium 14 1590 Ethan Way Sacramento 11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm Regal Natomas Marketplace Stadium 3561 Truxel Road Sacramento 10:30am, 12:20pm, 1:15pm, 3:55pm, 5:40pm, 6:50pm, 8:20pm, 9:30pm In Spanish: 3:00pm Century Greenback Lane 6233 Garfield Avenue Sacramento 11:15am, 1:55pm, 4:35pm, 7:20pm, 10:00pm Century Laguna 9349 Big Horn Boulevard Elk Grove 11:20am, 2:05pm, 4:55pm, 7:40pm, 10:20pm In Spanish: 12:15pm UA Olympus Pointe Stadium 520 North Sunrise Avenue Roseville 10:45am, 1:20pm, 2:20pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:40p, 7:40pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm

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Cal Expo Sports Facility Moves Forward with Agreement

Ovations Fanfare LLC, a food service company,  and Cal Expo came to a tentative agreement for a multi-use sports facility Wednesday. The Sacramento Republic FC would serve like a tenant in the facility, while Ovations would foot the bill and privately fund the project. The Cal Expo Board will review the agreement in their next meeting on Feb. 28 and decide whether or not to move the formal agreement forward. According to the Republic, several steps have already taken place to move the facility forward, including plotting, architectural design and engineering plans. The team also plans on making their home debut at the new facility. If the project is not finished in time, the Republic have made an agreement to host their  home matches at Sacramento City College in Hughes Stadium, according to a press release.   Follow Zach on Twitter @ZachHannigan    

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Public Discussion of Personal Matters on the RT — Is it Too Much?

One of the most fascinating things about traveling on Sac RT buses and light rail on a regular basis is watching the development of relationships between operators and passengers who share the same trips on a daily basis. The topics of conversation range from the mundane to the very personal. Recently, I was witness to a conversation between a female driver and a female passenger which moved from a general discussion of boyfriends/significant others to a very detailed comparison of their respective ‘baby daddys’ and also graphic discussion of the ins/outs of their respective pregnancies. It was strange…and awkward, at times…to be an “ear witness” to such normally personal and private matters being discussed on a public transport at a volume where other individuals present cannot help but overhear what is being said. While you would think that such intimate discussions would be the exception rather than the rule, the reality is that people will talk either among themselves or, thanks to modern technology, on their cell phones, about the most personal matters without a second thought even on public transportation and not give it a second thought. So, the questions I have for you, gentle readers, are these: what is the most personal matter you have heard discussed on either a Sac RT bus or light rail route? Have you ever thought to yourself […]

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Long-Standing Same-Sex Tradition comes to an End

Here in California for 13 years same-sex couples throughout California gathered at their local City or County Clerk’s office on Valentine’s Day to stand in line and one-by-one request (or demand) a marriage license…and get turned down. This year in light of the Supreme Court Decision in striking down Prop 8, for the first time ever, same-sex couples can go to the clerk’s office on Valentine’s Day and happily be issued a marriage license. This Friday, organizers of past V-Day protests will be gathering once again at the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorder Office from 12:30 to 1:30pm at 600 8th Street in downtown Sacramento, this time to “celebrate love, romance and marriage”. They have named this celebration as the, “1st Annual Freedom to Marry Day for Same-Sex Couples”. Event hosts Marriage Equality USA and same sex couples who after several false starts finally did away with their “2nd class citizen” status by becoming legally married shortly after the Supreme Court Decision and the lifting of the stay June 28, 2013, are sponsoring the gathering. They want to celebrate a Valentine’s Day that “finally includes same-sex couples and to thank the clerks who year after year, reluctantly had to turn down their requests”. Organizers, including MEUSA leaders, Nicola Simmersbach and Diana Luiz and well as Davis couple Shelly Bailes and Ellen Pontac are inviting the community to […]

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Opinion: An Oak Park Renaissance?

When I heard the words “Oak Park” after moving to Sacramento, the first thing that came to my mind being from Southeastern Wisconsin was the affluent village and suburb located just outside of Chicago which is the hometown of comedians Bob Newhart and Betty White as well as Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds and Sam Giancana, the mafia boss who allegedly shared a mistress with JFK. But here is Sacramento, I learned, it is a neighborhood on the south side of the city informally bounded by Broadway to the North, Stockton Blvd. to the East, CA-99 to the West and Fruitridge to the South where the current mayor, Kevin Johnson, grew up and still calls home. Oak Park is an area whose history stretches back to the early 1900s when it was a culturally thriving and economically vibrant destination (actually Sacramento’s first suburb which was annexed into the city in 1911), due in part to its strong sense of community and its ties with and proximity to the Historic site of the California State Fair grounds. It was a strong working class area until the 1960s when freeway expansion both isolated the area from the downtown area and led to the migration of many of its residents to more distance suburbs. The 1980s and 90s saw a further deterioration of the area as it […]

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Obey the Sign!

While most of us are just waking up or beginning our commutes to work in the early morning, there are some people already hard at work here in Sacramento and across the country. They are busy making sure that children make it safely to school across busy and unpredictable intersections. One such person is Lisa, a crossing guard at Arden Middle School located at the corner of Watt Avenue and Arden Way. Thank you for your insights for this article. Controlling traffic, whether on an ordinary street environment or in a four-way multiple lane environment, with just a hand-held STOP sign and a blaze orange vest is not for the faint of heart. It is a demanding job which requires attention-to-detail, a forceful personality and deep caring for the safety of children. Crossing guards have the unenviable position of putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations as they work to move children safely across busy intersections full of often impatient drivers twice a day. And you can trust that the real motivation behind their work is NOT the small amount of money they make. Here are the rules that drivers should follow every school day: *OBEY THE STOP SIGN! and the person holding it. Unlike the attitude of many drivers for regular traffic stop signs that it is a mere suggestion, the case is different when […]

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