Strong Work Ethics at Play for Lady Lancers

By Mike Bush  |  2017-12-15

Cordova point guard Brianna Escobar (1) tries to keep a Vista del Lago player from passing the ball in the Foundation at Lancer Gym on Nov. 27th. Photo by Rick Sloan

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) – Kimberly Little is familiar with the Cordova High School girls basketball program.

Now she’s the new Cordova varsity girls basketball head coach. Little takes over for Raymond Bradley, who had coached the squad for six seasons.

Little was the Cordova junior varsity girls basketball coach for six seasons before taking over for Bradley this season. In addition, Little is also the Cordova varsity softball coach.

Cordova has 14 players on its roster this season. Leading the way are returning players in senior guard Amia Moore and junior Joesephine Apole, who is out with a knee injury but is expected to return before the season is over, Little noted.

Players looking to make an impact on the floor for the Lady Lancers are sophomore guard Brianna Escobar, junior forward Annalie Tate and junior guard Kiran Pooni, who is also playing on the Cordova girls soccer team this winter. Pooni was a wide receiver/defensive back on the Cordova football team that won a share of the Sierra Valley Conference title last month.

Little has “lots of newcomers” on this year’s team that is loaded with a talented freshmen and sophomores, Little notes. This also includes some juniors new to the sport. The newcomers are freshmen Emika Love, Corrie Harrison and Eva Graf; sophomores Escobar, Isyss Allen and Pele Toele; and juniors Vaniyisa Campos and Faauiga Toele. Senior Ajay Williams, who was also a wide receiver/defensive back on the Cordova football this past fall seasons, is on the team.

The offense that the Lady Lancers are running is a fast tempo style, which also includes implementing running the Princeton offense.

“Defensively, we are wanting to control the tempo, very aggressive at times, and based on an opponents’ offense what we would pursue more throughout the game either full court pressure, man to man or different defensive zone tactics,” Little said.

Little has been pleased with the group’s eagerness to learn as the season is underway.

“The thing I’m most impressed with so far with this group is they are very young group but hungry and their work ethic to improve is amazing something you can’t teach,” Little said. “We haven’t played a full game with the entire team as of yet as we have been battling a few injuries, but the future looks extremely bright around here as a Lady Lancer.”

Teams to beat in the SVC this year for Cordova (0-6) is defending champion Union Mine, with El Dorado thrown into the mix. Liberty Ranch is off to an 8-1 start, and Union Mine is 7-1. Conference play begins on Jan. 12th when Cordova entertains rival Rosemont.

Earlier this week, Cordova hosted Argonaut of Jackson in a pre-season game at Lancer Gym. On Thursday through Saturday, Cordova will be taking part at Liberty Ranch’s tournament in Galt.

Next week, Cordova has three road games; starting Monday at Mira Loma. The next day the Lady Lancers play at River Valley of Yuba City, play at Placer on Dec. 21st

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Sacramento County, CA (MPG) - ​The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12, authorized an additional $1 million to fund a portion of the construction costs of the second phase of the Mather Veterans Village (MVV) project. 

The veterans housing community, which is being built in three phases, has already completed its initial phase and provides permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless and disabled veterans. Phase II will be the supportive services and transitional housing component of the project. Phase III will add additional permanent supportive housing.

“There is a growing number of homeless and at-risk veterans in our community, and it is vitally important we work diligently to ensure they get the care and services they need and deserve,” said Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Chairman Don Nott​oli.  “By approving this funding, Sacramento County continued its longstanding commitment and support for reinvestment at Mather.  

‘Most importantly, this action will make available more transitional housing units at Mather Veteran’s Village and bring much needed resources and services to veterans throughout the Sacramento region.”

To date, the County has contributed the 3.65 acre site at the former Mather Air Force Base under a no-cost lease to the City of Rancho Cordova and a $1 million forgivable loan to support the project.

In addition, the County, acting through the Housing Authority, has committed project-based vouchers averaging $600 per month per unit to 25 housing units in MVV phase I. It will provide an added 50 permanent supportive housing units located i​n MVV Phase III.

For more information about how Sacramento County is responding to homelessness, including the County’s new initiatives to reduce homelessness, visit the webpage at

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Much Needed Warm Wishes from Meals on Wheels

Story by Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-12-14

The non-profit provides roughly 500,000 meals and safety checks to roughly 1,500 home-bound seniors annually.  Photo courtesy Meals on Wheels

Sacramento County, CA (MPG) - To have food to eat is one thing.  To be warm and remembered may possibly be the other top two most requested “gifts” on the list of many seniors this year, and Sacramento’s Meals on Wheels is hoping for your help in making those wishes possible.

If Meals on Wheels doesn’t ring a bell it should.  The non-profit provides roughly 500,000 meals and safety checks to roughly1,500 home-bound seniors annually.  The Sacramento operation is part of a network of more than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels chapters across country.  Meals on Wheels was established under the Older Americans Act created by congress in 1965 to ensure seniors 60 and over have food.  It is funded through a combination of public-private partnerships, state and federal grants, private donations and an army of volunteers.

This year, the agency has introduced a new program giving you another option for supporting: Project Warm Wishes, says Michelle Bustamante, program specialist for Meals on Wheels, Sacramento, has a goal to give each of its participants the gift of warmth, as in fuzzy slippers, blankets, throws, hats, gloves and socks, anything to help participants stave off the cold.  

“The goal of this new part of our services is to provide a simple Christmas gift to let people know they are remembered and they are not alone, because so many are isolated and don’t have anybody to share the holidays with,” said Bustamante.  “So our goal is to get a gift to all of those individuals who are registered for our home delivery program and we are thinking about ways to keep them warm and comfortable.”

Scarves, warm sweat suits, even tea and tea kettles are also potential gifts you can donate through Project Warm Wishes, and you can add to the list things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, coloring books for adults, jigsaw puzzles and word search books.

“In addition to a meal, this holiday season we also want to give the gift of warmth and let our participants know that, even though they may be alone, they are not forgotten,” Bustamante said.

If you want to go deeper, consider becoming a driver for Meals on Wheels.  While the job is 100% volunteer base and requires you to use your own car and pass a DMV and background check, the relationships formed with participants and the warmth you get in return are unsurpassed.

“I will tell you that, in addition to providing nutritional meals for our participants, one of our main areas of focus is the relationships that are formed between the drivers and our participants,” said Bustamante.  “We provide a safety check with every visit and the bonds formed between our drivers and the participants is unbelievable.  They are so reliant on seeing that friendly face and the elimination of isolation is so important.”

Not all seniors are homebound.  For those who are more mobile, Meals on Wheels has 20 All Seasons cafes set up across the Sacramento County region where more than 1,000 receive a free lunch and a place to socialize with others —a critical component of fighting off isolation.

There is an All Season Café set up at Rusch Park Community Center in Citrus Heights, Mission Oaks Community Center in Carmichael, and the Orangevale Community Center.  Transportation to and from the café’s is available for some participants.

“The café population is a bit more mobile, and they love the idea of having a place to go each day during the week for a meal and contact with others,” Bustamante said.  “Those folks are also forming relationships with the volunteers and some of these centers where the cafes are, is like a second home to them.  They’ll celebrate birthdays there together, the birth of grandchildren, and really make connections that are so important when you are elderly and perhaps on your own.”

There has never been a more critical time to support Meals on Wheels, including becoming a volunteer.   Congressional budget cuts could impact the future of the public-private partnership for the agency, Bustamante said.  Having a solid core of rotating volunteers (there are currently about 500 in the region) who spend their time either preparing the packing of the meals for the drivers, delivering the meals and providing safety checks, or working in one of the cafes, lays a foundation for longevity.

“We are always in need of new volunteers to help us out,” Bustamante said.  “We are not really clear on what the future holds.  As we all know there are future budget cuts that could affect us and the senior population is skyrocketing, so we need to be able to keep up.”

Humans are not the only ones who benefit.  The aniMeals on Wheels program also provides pet food for the critters who provide vital companionship for many Meals on Wheels program participants.

“Seniors’ pets are often the only family member they have,” said Bustamante.  “And we found out that many of our participants were feeding their pets part of the meals we deliver, so we always need donations to help make it possible for them to keep their pets and enjoy their meals.”

Meals On Wheels, Sacramento/Project Warm Wishes
7375 Park City Dr., Sacramento
To Donate or Inquire about Volunteering:
Call (916) 444-9533

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Sacramento, CA (MPG) - How often do you see prices go down in today’s economy? Well, that’s exactly what going to happen at the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT). The Board of Directors unanimously voted last night to roll back SacRT’s student monthly pass from $55 to just $20 (65% reduction). The fare reduction is being proposed as a six month pilot and is expected to cost the District approximately $100,000.

“The reduction in price is part of SacRT’s effort to encourage young people to learn about the region’s public transportation system and travel without restriction,” said SacRT Board Chair Andy Morin. “It’s our hope that students in grades K-12 will adopt this mode of travel as they become adults, so providing them affordable transit access in their youth seems to be an excellent approach.”

It’s all part of SacRT’s Ridership Building Initiative.  A recent analysis of ridership data identified K-12 students as the least subsidized category of passengers with the highest sensitivity to rate increases.

A ridership committee recently spent several months evaluating ridership trends, and determined that this fare reduction would have the greatest number of positive impacts, including increased ridership. 

“In addition to ridership building, we believe the discounted student monthly fare will help many Sacramento families by reducing the financial burden of transportation,” said Henry Li, SacRT General Manager/CEO. “Attracting more students to transit would also have the residual effect of reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, because fewer parents would need to shuttling their children from place to place in a car.”                                                                                 

The $20 student monthly pass and $10 student semi-monthly pass will go into effect on Monday, January 1, 2018, and will remain in effect through June 30, 2018. Advance sales of the January monthly pass will begin on December 20, at the reduced price.

SacRT operates approximately 69 bus routes and 43 miles of light rail throughout Sacramento County, including the cities of Citrus Heights, Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove.  Sacramento buses and light rail trains operate 365 days a year. SacRT's entire bus and light rail system is accessible to the disabled community. ADA services are provided under contract with Paratransit, Inc.

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The Kids Are Loving It

Story and photos by Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-12-14

Principal Amy Hale, St. John Vianney, Rancho Cordova hangs out with a handful of 5th graders and their iPads in an after school enrichment session. Photo by Jacqueline Fox

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - As it approaches the celebration of its 60th anniversary, St. John Vianney Catholic School in Rancho Cordova is undergoing what may perhaps best be described as a “mini renaissance.”

Under the direction of Amy Hale, who took over as the school’s principal in July, St. John Vianney has revamped its logo and launched a local advertising campaign to attract new students to its current base of 217.  The number is down a bit from pre-recession times, as are many private schools across the region.

Hale launched both a Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday “camp” to help ease the burden for working parents.  Currently the camps are open to enrolled students only, although the school does offer an affordable summer camp open to the community.

“We wanted to make it easier on the parents of our students to continue a normal process of going to work and not having to worry about childcare as the holidays approached,” Hale said.

The curriculum for the school, which opened its doors in 1960 under the leadership of Monsignor Richard Dwyer, then Pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, also now boasts both an arts and music component, which are interwoven into its regular curriculum, which mirrors the California Common Core system. 

Hale identified funds being used to pay for non-essential programs and redirected them to support the addition of the two new programs, which combined with existing STEM courses, form the school’s STREAM program (science, technology religion, engineering, arts and math).

“When I got here, we didn’t have a music program and we didn’t have an arts program,” Hale said.  “So I identified money that was being spent kind of needlessly and redirected funds to hire a part time arts teacher who is offering art instruction and history.  We also have instruments now and a music program.  Many of our students are learning to play the ukulele and others and are loving it.”

In addition, students are now attending mass at 8 a.m. alongside parishioners, rather than a student-only mass at 10 a.m., creating more opportunities for inter-generational worship.

“I think it’s good for our parishioners, many of whom support our school through our annual fund and other donations, to worship alongside the students, and vice versa for the students,” Hale said.

Safety remains an ongoing part of Hale’s big projects and she intends to implement new programs involving campus security, including staff and student trainings and minor construction for the addition of extra windows to open up the visibility from within the school’s administrative offices.

“We do a great job here with safety and security, but we know we have to keep on top of trainings and do all we can to stay as current and relevant in that area,” Hale said.

The foundation of the school is the parish itself.  As a member Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, which serves 20 counties in Northern California, the emphasis on religious foundation in the Catholic faith is paramount and involves the study of scripture.  The school’s enrichment programs also offer Italian for grades K-5 and Spanish for grades 6-8.  There’s a rich sports program, too, which includes basketball, volleyball and golf and incorporates competitions with parochial and public schools across the community.

Finally, Hale wants to put St. John Vianney into the community and she’s begun by participating in this year’s tree lighting ceremony sponsored by the Police Activities League of Rancho Cordova.

“We are part of the community here and we want to show that to those who may not know anything about us,” Hale said.  “I think there’s a misperception out there that we are an all-white school.  But our school is a reflection of the diversity within the community.  We are open to all.”

Enrollment is open to all and tuition ranges between $4,455 a year to $5,930 for one child, depending on parish enrollment.  Tuition is waved for a fourth child and there is tuition assistance available.  In fact last year, Hale said, the school dispensed $63,000 in tuition assistance to families.

According to the school’s recent statistics, enrolled middle school students in 2017 achieved averages in math proficiency double those of surrounding public schools, with closely aligned averages for reading proficiency.  The 7th and 8th-grade percentages for math, for example, were 42% and 40% respectively, compared to 20% and 18% in nearby public schools, respectively.

So, how are all these changes being received by roughly 1,090 active parishioners and parents?

“We are lucky to have a very welcoming and generous parish,” Hale said.  But you have to tread carefully.  There’s a rule of thumb you want to try to follow when you come in as a new administrator and that’s ‘Don’t rock the boat,’” Hale said.  “But, when you can identify little things to make a big impact, it’s OK to start with a nudge.”

St. John Vianney School
10499 Coloma Rd.
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Jan. 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - If you are among the thousands of individuals across the county looking for a permit to establish a commercial pot operation, you can pass the city of Rancho Cordova by.

The Rancho Cordova city council on Dec.4 voted in favor of keeping in place its moratorium on recreational marijuana, adding itself to the list of local municipalities and counties across the state that have said “NO” to the cultivation and sale of outdoor, commercial cannabis for recreational purposes within their boundary lines.

In a vote of 3-2 in favor of the ban, the city joins the county, as well as Citrus Heights, Folsom and Elk Grove in banning permits for the purposes of recreational pot cultivation, primarily due to issues linked to crime, community image and the murky process for handling product distribution and the complications of what is currently a cash-flow industry.

Mayor Donald Terry and Councilman Garrett Gatewood voted in favor of lifting the ban, but were outvoted by Mayor Linda Budge and councilmembers Robert McGarvey and David Sander.

“There are really three reasons we voted against lifting the ban we have in place and at the top of the list is public safety, then city image and community reinvestment.” said Mayor Budge speaking after the vote. 

Budge said with crime down 30 percent in Rancho Cordova, the risks of an uptick in crime related to the predominantly cash business, coupled with what is projected to be a complicated process for identifying and extracting tax dollars from the proceeds on the sale of recreational marijuana, are simply not worth the headaches.

“We’ve been watching the news reports and staying on top of what’s happening in the City of Sacramento where it is legal, among other cities, and we just don’t want to go through what they are going through, especially with the issues concerning crime,” Budge said. 

Mayor Terry and Councilman Gatewood both declined to comment for this story or expand on their positions.

Buying, using and even selling marijuana for medicinal purposes has been legal in California since 1996 under passage of the Medicinal Marijuana laws, which lead to the legal build out of so-called “pot dispensaries” across the county and state.  Many city and law enforcement officials across the county and region, including District Attorney Anna Marie Shubert, however, have drawn a straight line from the uptick in crime within their jurisdictions to the arrival of the pot dispensaries.  To cement local positions on recreational marijuana cultivation, including large-scale, outdoor growing operations, many municipalities, Rancho Cordova included, quickly established ordinances to define their laws concerning and voted to keep grow houses and commercial operations at bay.

Then, with the passage of Proposition 64 in 2016, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana with some limits, the door swung wide open for the distribution of permits for commercial licensing for large-scale, outdoor pot cultivation operations.  In response, the state merged medicinal and recreational requirements under one law, the Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).  With recreational use of marijuana still considered illegal under federal law, cities and counties have been faced with the option of adopting ordinances to allow for the coming of a commercial growth industry and its potentially massive tax benefits, or keeping their commercial/recreational pot moratoriums in place.

Budge said the city is highly invested in keeping momentum going with respect to economic growth and that allowing for the licensing of recreational pot operations in the city, she said, would have put the city’s long-fought efforts to successfully incorporate in jeopardy.

“We haven’t been getting our fair share of reinvestment dollars from the county, and now that we are an incorporated city, we want to do everything we can to protect the work we are doing to reinvest in our communities,” Budge said.  “We want our city image to remain positive.  We don’t want it tarnished by the issues linked to the recreational pot industry.”

Although the commercial pot industry touts tax dollars and economic prosperity through the addition of local jobs, Budge said she and her fellow councilmembers who joined her in opposing the lifting of the ban, say the benefits simply do not pencil out.

“These are not farms,” Budge said.  In many cases there are only two or three people running an entire commercial grow house, so where are the jobs?  The tax benefits are misleading.”

Budge said the city has spent too long trying to regain economic viability and the expenses linked to the processes for a legal recreational pot industry are too high.  The costs of creating a system for handling the cash revenues from the industry, coupled with the implementation of a staffing structure for oversight and collection of taxes, would not have been worth the potentially millions of dollars at stake.

“This is a cash business right now,” Budge said. “So we would have to figure out how to handle just that aspect of it, for starters.  What bank would we put the money in? And, as far as the tax benefits from the sale, it doesn’t weigh out.  The price tag on the products themselves would have to be very high in order for the city to justify it.  There is also an excise tax to consider and how to weigh out what the city’s chunk of that should be.  It’s just too complicated.”

Finally, Budge said there was another side effect linked to commercial pot operations that the city doesn’t want to deal with either: the smell.

“It’s a really big issue,” Budge said.  “We don’t want to have to deal with the smell from the grow houses.  It’s very strong and we are seeing other cities where the commercial grow houses are having to address public issues of concern about this.”

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Help Eliza Seither Bring Her Heart to Haiti!

By Eliza Seither  |  2017-12-14

For the past year I have been looking into Humanitarian Programs. Photo courtesy Seither family

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”

For the past year I have been looking into Humanitarian Programs. A few months ago, I finally found one that felt right for me! I just got my acceptance letter and I am so excited to go! I leave for Haiti in January and I will be there until Late April/early May. I will be living in an orphanage in the city of Saint-Marc. Because this is a humanitarian trip, I will have to pay a little more for food and stay. I have been saving up as much as I can but I am trying my hardest not to take out any loans. I hate asking for money, so don't feel pressured in any way into donating, but anything would help! I will keep you all updated on my entire trip while I’m there so you can enjoy the experience with me! Here is the program I’m going with so you can read more about it!

You can donate to help fund the trip at

Thank you so much!

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Nill Resigns as Cordova Football Head Coach

By Mike Bush  |  2017-12-13

Coach Nill, center, has unfortunately had to resign as head football coach for family reasons. MPG file photo

Must take time to focus on family

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - Darren Nill has always considered the Cordova High School football program as a second family.

Now he will be shifting his focus to his own family.

Nill, the Cordova football head coach who led the Lancers to back-to-back Sierra Valley Conference titles and Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff berths the last two seasons, has resigned from his coaching spot. Nill said he notified the school’s administration before the start of Sierra Valley Conference play in October.

“I wanted to give them as much time as possible,” said Nill of giving the school’s administration time to find a new head coach.

Nill’s parents are in their 80s, and live in Glendale, Ariz.

“I’m lucky enough to have both of my parents alive,” Nill said. “It’s just time for me to be closer to them. There was some time in the last year and a half that I got those calls, and you just couldn’t get a flight quick enough. Luckily, everybody is doing a lot better. My wife and I thought it was just time to be closer to our family.”

Nill and his wife, Pamela, is in the process of selling their house here in Rancho Cordova. They plan to move to Arizona late winter, early spring 2018. One of their two adult children, son Jake, already lives in Arizona. The couple’s daughter, Katey, still lives at home.

Nill said he was hoping to keep it quiet about his resignation until the Lancers held their football banquet on Nov. 29th. One of the players on the squad asked Nill about the resignation before the start of the banquet, and the coach acknowledged.

“I think it leaked out a little bit,” Nill said. “At the beginning of the banquet I addressed it.”

Nill had been the head coach for the last three seasons, and has been in the program for the last six seasons that included being the defensive coordinator under previous head coach Vance Mueller.

During the last three seasons, Cordova produced a combined 14-8 record that included back-to-back SVC titles and playoff berths, something the Lancers have not tasted since the 2006 season. Nill’s overall record in three seasons is 19-13.

Nill has considered the Lancer football program as a second family that he is going to truly miss after building success in recent years.

“I once said to (Cordova High School Principal Dan Anklum) ‘I love the kids, and sometimes I just want to strangle them,’ and he goes ‘you get it,’” Nill said. “First and foremost, you got to love them.”

Part of the process included Measure H, a half-cent sales tax that goes into community projects that passed in 2015. Cordova football purchased new equipment and brought weight trainers from Mini’s House of Pain of El Dorado Hills to train players.

“We got people back in the stands,” Nill said. “I’m happy to say that strategy worked. We had to make it fun to play football at Cordova again.”

Cordova High School Athletic Director Tom Pena said that the school “was fortunate to have Coach Nill continue the work” that was started by Mueller, a former fullback in the NFL in the 1990s who played for the, then, the Los Angeles Raiders before they moved back to Oakland in 1995.

Pena said that the high school has asked the district to post the position, and hope that it will run through Monday, Dec. 18th

Pena has also noted that the school has received e-mail inquiries and interest expressed by word of mouth from coaches with a football background.

“We hope to have the candidate selected in early January in time to have the candidate hired by Feb. 1st,” Pena said.

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Sacramento, CA (MPG) - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today advised residents where wildfires have been burning in Southern California, along with people in the smoke’s path, to stay indoors and reduce outdoor activity.

“Smoke from wildfires can cause eye and lung irritation. Breathing smoke can also make asthma symptoms worse. People with underlying lung or heart problems should limit their exposure by staying indoors,” said Dr. Smith. “Heavy smoke exposure can also cause more serious disorders, including reduced lung function and bronchitis.”

People who must be outdoors for long periods, in areas with heavy smoke, or where ash is disturbed, should wear an N95 respirator mask. Since wearing a respirator can make it harder to breathe, those with lung or heart problems should ask their doctor before using one. For more information on the use of particulate respirators (masks) to protect from wildfire smoke or ash, please visit CDPH’s website.

When it is safe for residents to return home, caution should be used during the clean-up process. Ash from trees burned in wildfires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. However, ash from burned homes and other items will likely contain metals, chemicals, and potentially asbestos, items that may be considered toxic if breathed in or touched with wet skin.

If ash is inhaled, it can be irritating to the nose, throat, and lungs. Exposure to airborne ash may trigger asthmatic attacks in people who already have the respiratory condition. In order to avoid possible health problems, the following steps are recommended for people in burned areas with ash:

·       Do not allow children to play in ash or be in an area where ash-covered materials are being disturbed. Wash ash off toys before children play with them. Clean ash off pets.

·       Wear a tight-fitting N95 or P100 respirator mask, gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants when cleaning up ash. Avoid skin contact. If you do get ash on your skin, wash it off immediately. Some wet ash can cause chemical burns.

·       Avoid getting ash into the air as much as possible, for example, by avoiding sweeping it up dry. Use water and wet cloth or a mop to clean items and surfaces. Do not use leaf blowers or take other actions that will put ash into the air. 

·       Shop vacuums and other common vacuum cleaners do not filter out small particles. They blow such particles out the exhaust into the air where they can be inhaled. The use of shop vacuums and other non-HEPA filter vacuums is not recommended. HEPA filter vacuums could be used, if available.

“Residents should seek medical care if they experience health issues such as chest pain, chest tightness or shortness of breath. It is especially important to monitor children and young adults as they may be more susceptible to the health and emotional effects of fire recovery,” said Dr. Smith.

Visit CDPH’s website for more information on how you can protect yourself during a wildfire and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for more information on the hazardous debris,  wildfire recovery and worker safety in wildfire regions.

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Donations Needed for Baby Basket Drive

By Kristin Thébaud  |  2017-12-11

A Sacramento Life Center client receives a baby basket shortly after giving birth. The center is running its annual Baby Basket Drive through December. Photo courtesy SLC

Donate to Help New Moms at Sacramento Life Center

Sacrament Region, CA (MPG) - Local residents are invited to be a baby’s first Santa as Sacramento Life Center holds its annual Baby Basket Drive for local women and teens spending the holidays preparing to become new moms in the coming year. The drive runs through Dec. 31 so the Sacramento Life Center can provide a basket of needed items to every patient who gives birth in 2018. Donations can be made online at Gifts can be made in any increment, but a donation of $50 buys one basket, which includes formula, diapers, newborn clothes, pacifiers and more.

“One of the most overwhelming feelings is learning that you’re pregnant and fearing you won’t have the resources to care for your vulnerable baby,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “Sometimes something as simple as a gift of diapers and newborn clothes can give expecting mothers the confidence that they have a support system to help raise their child. Gifts to our Baby Basket Drive give expecting mothers proof that they will always have a family here at the Sacramento Life Center and cheerleaders out in the community rooting for their family.”

The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy tests, STD tests, ultrasounds, peer counseling for men and women, education and resource referrals. The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women seeking support after having an abortion. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications

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