City to move on long-awaited safety improvements for Carlson Corridor

The intersections that connect Carlson Drive with H and J Street in East Sacramento are either a cyclist’s nightmare or a daredevil’s dream. Vehicles whiz by at freeway speeds onto streets with obscured traffic lights. Lanes are confusingly split into three separate sections by raised islands. Cyclists battle for already-narrow lanes against encroaching transit busses. Left turns become a biker’s harrowing tale of the day while even pedestrians find themselves scrambling across streets without the security of crosswalks. Welcome to the Carlson Corridor. The Carlson Corridor is a critical crossroad that connects traffic from California State University Sacramento and the American River Trail. The volume of daily traffic combined with the unconventional design of the Corridor has led to numerous close calls and near misses, though not everyone has been so lucky. The corridor has laid claim to the lives of two cyclists and a motorist within the past three years. After over a year of debate and community discussion, city council members will vote Tuesday on whether to authorize city staff to seek federal grant funding for bike and pedestrian safety improvements to the Corridor, including the addition of left turn traffic signals, new crosswalks and other street design changes. The process to get to the vote was in large part driven by the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates. After the second cyclist’s death in […]

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How-to guide: staying alive on the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a day when most people are more worried about whether they bought enough beer and burgers to satisfy themselves and the thirty-someought people at their barbecue – rather than making sure no one dies from heat stroke or the fire someone started from those illegally modified Piccolo Petes. Twice as many fires are reported on the 4th of July than any other day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The Sacramento Fire Department wants to make sure that doesn’t happen this year by providing tips to keep Independence Day fun and safe. WHAT’S IN A LABEL Fireworks may look really interesting with their bright sparks and vibrant colors, but they also come with a huge warning label with instructions on how to properly enjoy them. Follow the warning label. It’ll save you a trip to the emergency room and still be a good time. If that’s too much of a hassle, there are tons of public firework displays that are put on by professionals. STAY COOL There has been a relentless heat wave going on in the city, and it will keep going for the next couple of days. Don’t let that stop you from the fun. Just be sure to stay in the shade, drink plenty of water and relax as much as possible. As […]

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Opinion: NIMBY vs. DIMBY

The term NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) has become a common pejorative, used most often to depict people who oppose development that they believe degrades the quality of neighborhood life. NIMBYS live in a variety of older houses on generally quiet streets. DIMBYS, (Development In My Back Yard) on the other hand, scorn NIMBYS, and yearn for new, spacious dwellings with warehouse-sized garages to park their Land Rovers. They long to buy into new developments containing expansive houses with much ballyhooed “modern amenities.” The proposed McKinley Village project has fired up both groups. NIMBYS in East Sac and Midtown dread the traffic assault that will overwhelm them if developers blast through the levee to funnel thousands more cars daily into their streets. Developers say they’re not blasting through the levee, they’re blasting through the “embankment.” But blasting through is blasting through, the NIMBYS say, no matter what you call the target. Some of the kindlier, more humane NIMBYS fear that DIMBYS might be flooded or otherwise injured if they live in a bowl with a railroad and freeway spewing toxins from the rim. But DIMBYS appear to be fearless. Some of them say NIMBYS are old and don’t want to see a newer generation enjoy the good life. (You can find some of these unmannerly DIMBYS assertions on the East Sacramento Preservation Neighborhood Association […]

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Make sure your Easter egg hunt is fun and safe

What would Easter be without decorating, hiding, hunting and eating Easter eggs! Just a reminder, all this handling provides opportunities for foodborne illness. The Sacramento County Department of Environmental Management recommends a few egg safety tips to help keep you and your family healthy: • Always buy eggs from a refrigerated case. Choose eggs with clean, uncracked shells. • Buy eggs before the "Sell-By" or "EXP" (expiration) date on the carton. • Take eggs straight home from the grocery store and refrigerate them right away. Check to be sure your refrigerator is set at 41°F or below.       Don’t take eggs out of the carton to put them in the refrigerator — the carton protects them. Keep the eggs in the coldest part of the     refrigerator — not on the door. • Raw shell eggs in the carton can stay in your refrigerator for three to five weeks from the purchase date. Although the "Sell-By" date might   pass during that time, the eggs are still safe to use (the date is not required by federal law, but some states may require it). • Always wash your hands with warm water and soap before and after handling raw eggs. To avoid cross-contamination, you should also wash    forks, knives, spoons and all counters and other surfaces that touch the eggs with hot water and […]

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Food inspectors work to ensure safe food at community festivals

Every year, Sacramento is home to dozens of community festivals that attract thousands of people to celebrate culture, music and food. Most of us are not aware that the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department is involved behind the scenes before and during the event to help keep the public safe. Consider the example of the Sacramento Hmong New Year festival that drew approximately 40,000 people during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Department’s Environmental Health Division worked closely with festival coordinators to promote food safety, even presenting a food preparation training seminar in the Hmong language prior to the festival. The food vendors were invited to attend the training, and high-risk food operators were required to participate. Pre-event inspections were done at high-risk food booths to ensure that food booth operators were adequately prepared and booth operators were provided a check list to help insure safe operation.  Fifty-six food booths were inspected on Thanksgiving morning alone. Food items included: produce tea, Hmong sausages, purple sticky rice, papaya salad, barbeque chicken, fish, pork, noodle dishes, rice dishes, pho, and nava, a popular tri-color tapioca dessert. “Most people are aware that we inspect restaurants and grocery stores because of the popular Yellow, Green, Red placards, but few are aware that we perform also perform hundreds of food inspections at outdoor community events every year, including the State Fair,” said […]

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Too much moisture in your rented home? Do you know who to contact?

Wet weather can provide many opportunities for additional moisture to collect indoors and contribute to serious water damage. If you are living in rental housing in unincorporated Sacramento County and believe you are having a problem with structural issues contributing to excess moisture, here are some helpful tips. Tenant Responsibilities: If mildew is developing near moisture-rich areas such as the shower, tub or certain kitchen areas, it is up to the tenant to remove it. Mildew can also accumulate in the colder, winter months due to excess condensation near windows. While broken windows must be fixed by landlord, generally, cleaning and drying condensation is the tenant’s responsibility.  “Ventilation is the key to combat this issue, said Tammy Derby with Sacramento County Code Enforcement. “Routinely open your windows, and use mechanical ventilation or fans in the room to dry it out.” Landlord Responsibilities: If you are experiencing water intrusion in areas that don’t usually have moisture, such as a closet, bedroom or living room, it is likely that the water is coming from a leaky roof, pipes or improper weatherization of your rental unit. In these cases, it is the responsibility of the landlord to make structural or plumbing repairs to prevent water from leaking into your home. If you are experiencing structural and plumbing issues, and you haven’t gotten anywhere with your landlord, you can […]

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Firefighters give safety tips this Thanksgiving

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, the Sacramento Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holiday, and remind residents to be mindful when cooking. “Thanksgiving Day is a time where people are cooking and spending a lot of time in the kitchen,” said Chief Ray Jones. ”Safety in the kitchen is very important, especially with so many in the home and so many items being cooked at the same time. People should take their time.” Please consider these tips as you enjoy your holiday to ensure that it is a safe holiday for everyone.   Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button. Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check it frequently. Outdoor cooking should occur outdoors and NOT in garage or under a low covered patio. Make sure candles are not left unattended while burning and are placed in holders that will catch the melting wax. Use a large pan when using a turkey roaster to contain the grease. Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay at least three feet away. Disclosure: Carlos Eliason specializes in creative outreach for the City of Sacramento.

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Cyclist memorialized on Stockton Boulevard

A riderless ‘ghost bike’ sits chained to a telephone pole off of Stockton Boulevard and Lawrence Drive in memoriam of a cyclist killed near the interesection on Nov. 11. The driver of a the white pickup truck that struck and killed 61-year-old Molly Arndt in a hit-and-run last Sunday remains at large.  The accident follows the approval of the Freeport Boulevard Bike Lane Project, and has sparked further discussion regarding potential improvements to ensure the safety of local cyclists. 

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Another victim along a deadly stretch of road: Stockton Boulevard and Fruitridge

A bicyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident Sunday night on Stockton Boulevard in an area that is considered to be one of the most dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians in Sacramento. Terry Preston, the complete streets coordinator for the nonprofit organization Walk Sacramento, explains why: Sacramento police are still searching for the driver of the white pickup truck that struck 61-year-old Molly Arndt at 5:28 p.m. while she was crossing Stockton Boulevard on her bicycle near Lawrence Drive. The truck is believed to be a 1992-1998 Chevy Silverado 1500 with a toolbox in the back, and a broken left headlamp and damage to the driver’s side front grill area, according to Officer Michelle Gigante.  A witness saw the truck brake prior to the impact, hit the cyclist and then slow down before speeding off, Gigante said.                                  Anyone with information can contact investigators at (916) 264-5471, or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). The incident occurred just a half mile from where a teenager was struck and killed while crossing Stockton Boulevard and Fruitridge Road in January.  The death of 16-year-old Michelle Murigi sparked a public outcry, which led City Councilman Kevin McCarty to organize a working group to address street safety in that section of Stockton Boulevard. Preston […]

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THE STUDIO Martial Arts & Fitness to Host Halloween “Kick or Treat” on October 31

On Wednesday, October 31, THE STUDIO Martial Arts & Fitness will host a fun yet educational Halloween “Kick or Treat” event for kids and their parents. This free event will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at THE STUDIO Martial Arts & Fitness, 4130 Douglas Blvd., Suite 405, in Granite Bay. At the event, martial arts instructors will provide safety tips and instruction to both children and adults. Safety presentations will begin at 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00 p.m. While supplies last, parents will also receive a free Child Identification Kit so they may record their child’s medical, personal, and physical information, along with a photograph, strands of hair for a DNA sample, and fingerprints (an ink strip is included in the kit). The child’s dentist can also provide dental information. After completion, the kit can be stored in a safe, accessible place in the home. “Safety is important not just on Halloween, but every day of the year,” said Amitis Pourarian, owner of THE STUDIO Martial Arts & Fitness. “We’re excited about hosting a fun event for kids that will also provide useful instruction to help keep them safe even when they are eventually on their own. ” Between the safety presentations, there will be lots of fun games and activities for the kids. Children as well as their parents should come in costume, […]

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