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Chew's Reviews - Neon Demon

Written By EGN on Thursday, June 23, 2016 | 18:00

By Gary Chew | June 23, 2016 |

Opens tomorrow |

An internet one-line synopsis of Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film Neon Demon ought to be taken totally literally. Here's the sentence:“When aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what Jesse has.”

Now you've been forewarned.

I can't say enough about Mr. Refn's visual effects supplied for this macabre and self-indulgent picture.  Colors, darkness and light, interesting slow pans, use of mirrors, the composition of motionless camera shots: they are all excellent. But that's all I can positively say about the immature Neon Demon.

Let me make you a list, otherwise: Keanu Reeves is “perfect” in his cameo as Hank, the unshaven motel desk clerk where the lovely and vulnerable Jesse checks in for her first visit to the City of the Angels. Hank's temperament seems to be that of a serial killer, although we can't be sure. If the Bates Family had ever been able to grow their hostelry business, the dump where Hank works would be the Bates's Pasadena location.

Jesse is, we finally learn, a virgin; but after Hank breaks into her motel room and inserts a long-bladed knife into her mouth, we can't be certain. The knife as metaphor is sort of obvious; and Jesse's state of mind in the next scene following the unresolved assault would indicate Jesse is a virgin no more.

Neon Demon routinely leads you into circumstances they aren't carried to the conclusions it suggests; while on the other hand, only very subtly implying what might be happening at the moment where the camera is not “looking.” The best example of that might be when Ruby (Jena Malone) is watering flowers along the edge of an empty swimming pool, but then methodically turns the water hose and guides the stream into the dry pool itself. You'll have to see the movie to deduce why Ruby redirects the flow.

Ruby's accomplices in jealousy and hate are Jan (Christina Hendricks), Sarah (Abby Lee) and Gigi (Bella Heathcote): high fashion-looking models with that nasty cheerleader or sorority girl personality some young females covet. Except for one male character (who plays pretty dense), all the men in this photo play are consummate jerks. I use the word “jerk” instead of all the others I can readily conjure.

Sex and death and more blood than you'll probably want to see in one movie are the backdrop: lots of cutting of the skin ... by accident or intended ... persists.

The narrative is almost recognizable. It seldom wants to clarify or make anything plain. This makes it difficult for a moviegoer to resolve in his or her mind why a large wild cat is lying on Jesse's bed one of the first times she opens her motel door late at night. Thank goodness we get a line of monologue later indicating that Jesse had inadvertently left her balcony screen door open on exiting that bleak room; but still, no resolution and why the wild cat didn't injure anyone and how the hell Hank got rid of the beast. But boy howdy, don't we get all suspensed-up while Jesse is screaming about who's in her dark room … and it's a wild animal? Overall, the effective soundtrack music here plays a large part.

Just to make you more aware of what you're getting with this Demon, look for other scenes that depict or suggest necrophilic lesbianism, telepathic lesbianism, and implied sadomasochism. Then … for good measure ... cannibalism.

Nicolas Winding Refn has a way to go before he does a motion picture as well as David Lynch.
Copyright © 2016 by Gary Chew. All rights reserved

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Another Alleged Marijuana Grow Operation Busted in Elk Grove

June 23, 2016 |

Yesterday morning another alleged marijuana grow operation in Elk Grove and Sacramento was busted.

Detectives from the Elk Grove Police Department served search warrants on five locations in Elk Grove and Sacramento related to a criminal conspiracy involving an active indoor marijuana growing operation. Five suspects were arrested, and over 1,000 marijuana plants along with approximately one pound of processed marijuana were seized.

The five suspects, Shan Tong Zhou, 39, Xiu Fang Chen, 40 (pictured above), Zhi Guan Zhou, 65, Pan Wei, 34, and Jun Jain Li, 34 were processed at EGPD then transported to the main jail. All five suspects are held on $500,000 bail with a Friday afternoon arraignment but are not eligible for release.

Jun Jain Li
Zhi Zhou 
Shan Zhou

Pan Wei

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Elk Grove's Development Director Delivers Report - No Mention of The Missing Link in Economic Development

Elk Grove Development Director Darrell Doan

June 23, 2016 |

At last night's Elk Grove City Council meeting the City's economic development director delivered that department's annual report.

For those interested in what the director of that department, Darrell Doan, had to say, an audio of the nearly hour-long presentation is posted below. Suffice it to say the report was accurately described by Elk Grove resident Michael Monasky as being like a sixth grader's term paper that was "stuffed with irrelevancies." 

Doan's verbal report, which was frequently voiced with a tone of indignation, was also peppered with observations that his trade show trips to Las Vegas and San Diego were serious business and "not junkets" and stressed the importance or promoting ribbon cutting ceremonies as a marketing tool. Notwithstanding this, Doan did make two correct assessments of Elk Grove's economic development prospects.

At the beginning and towards the end of his presentation, Doan emphasized that the City's role in attracting employers was that of an "influencer." The City, he said, has no leverage - outside of cash incentives - from compelling any employer with high-paying jobs to locate here. 

Doan also made the correct observation that employers move to particular locations based on the skill set of residents. Given that Elk Grove has an abundance of State of California employees living in its confines, Doan said efforts need to be focused on recruiting State agencies to the City.

In that context, Doan noted it is unlikely State employees will leave their job should NRC open their production facility in Elk Grove. Indeed, a State employee is unlikely to leave a job with lifetime health benefits, a good salary and CALPERS retirement benefits to take a $10 an hour temporary job with no benefits.

Outside of these points, Doan and the entire leadership team at City Hall from the executive staff to the Councilmen, especially the Mayor and Vice Mayor, continue to exhibit a lack of creativity and have missed the bigger point. They are all looking at economic development in a predictable manner.

Doan was right when he said employers look at the skill set of employees when relocating. To that end, what does Elk Grove and to a certain extent the entire Sacramento region lack?

We would submit Elk Grove and the entire Sacramento region lacks a creative class. What has the City or the region done to focus on the development of this crucial segment of the population? And no, having a couple of food truck gatherings in Elk Grove every month does not constitute a thriving creative class.

Instead of foolishly pursuing a $100 million dollar soccer facility for a need that does not exist today much less 20 years from now, why not focus efforts on creating a vibrant arts community. 

Investment in the arts would be substantially less than the $100 million price tag for Mayor Gary Davis' and Vice Mayor Steve Ly's soccer field of dreams. Come to think of it, and it is surprising a city of Elk Grove's size - second largest in the county as we are constantly reminded - does not even have an active community theater group staging plays.

If Elk Grove and the entire region can focus on long-term arts and cultural development, we will be able to attract, and more importantly retain those who would be inclined to create things from fleeing the area lest they are caught up in a State job, if they are lucky, or one of the abundant retail and fast food jobs that flourish in our city limits that require no creativity.  

Do you think Austin, Texas would be as wildly as successful as it has become if it did not have a vibrant arts and culture scene that helped retain talent? Austin's music scene starting with the organic development of the Armadillo World Headquarters and Sixth Street that attracted talent to the city long before Michael Dell built his first computer in a dorm room at UT.   

Think about it; Lawrence, Kan. is another college town with a major university but they do not exactly have a reputation as a long-standing alternative arts scene do they. Creativity in all its forms attracts and retains talent and it is no coincidence Lawrence, much less Kansas is unable to retain talented young people.

No arts scene, no retention of creative youth and no economic development.

Development and retention of talent and creativity are the missing elements in Elk Grove and the entire region. Until this is addressed in earnest, the best we can hope for in Elk Grove is the relocation of more State jobs.

Towards the end of last night's meeting, Doan and Councilman Pat Hume engaged in a brief exchange on Old Town Elk Grove and the City's on-going, but unsuccessful efforts to revitalize that special planning area. Should Doan and Hume meet to discuss revitalization efforts, they ought to focus on the development of an arts scene, maybe combined with tasting rooms, as a way of making Elk Grove unique.

Unless we are satisfied with soccer fields for a phantom population of players, State jobs, should Doan be able to land some sans financial incentives, and big box stores, Elk Grove will continue to be nothing more that what we already are - a decent, albeit milquetoast bedroom community that fails to retain and attract the talent needed to develop jobs for the 21st century.   

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Elk Grove's Congressman Bera Make Impassioned Floor Speech; Protest Planned Against Jones

Written By EGN on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | 14:44

June 22, 2016 |

In a show of solidarity with his Democratic colleagues who are staging a sit-in, Dr. Ami Bera (D - Elk Grove) made a floor speech today demanding action on gun legislation following last weeks Orlando shooting that left 49 people dead. (See video below).

At the center of the Democratic caucus' sit-in is a demand that Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan allow a vote on proposed legislation that would ban individuals listed on the Homeland Security's so-called no fly list from purchasing firearms. Led by Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, Democrats are threatening to occupy the floor until a vote is permitted.

Even if Ryan were persuaded to allow a vote, which he has vowed not to do, it is unlikely to pass the Republican led House. Nonetheless, given that polls indicate growing frustration with Congressional inaction on the issue, Democrats promise to press on.

The issue has not surprisingly seeped into the hotly contest race between Bera and his Republican challenger, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. To that end, a protest against Jones, who has expressed concerns with the no fly legislation on due-process grounds, is being organized for this afternoon stating at 3:15 at the Sacramento County Administration Building, 800 H Street, Sacramento. 

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Elk Grove Man Arrested After He Allegedly Chokes, Demands Cash From Mother-in-law

June 22, 2016 |

An Elk Grove man is being held at the Sacramento County Jail after he allegedly choked and threatened his mother-in-law early yesterday afternoon.

The suspect, 42-year old Gurjindar Singh (pictured above) was in a verbal argument with another person at a residence on the 8300 block of Tigerlily Court. During the argument, Singh approached his mother-in-law and began choking her.

While choking his victim, Singh demanded money from her, struck her several times on the back of the head, pushed her to the floor and fled the residence. 

The victim was granted an emergency protective order, and when Singh returned to the location, he was arrested and booked into the county jail.  The suspect, who will be arraigned tomorrow afternoon, is being held on a $1 million bail and is charged with elder abuse, attempted robbery, and assault. 

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Suspect Bites Employee in Elk Grove Grocery Store Shoplifting Incident

Pawnee Parrish

June 22, 2016 |

Elk Grove Police made two separate arrests, in which one of the suspects bit a loss prevention employee, at an Elk Grove grocery store yesterday.

The suspects arrest in the two incidents were 55-year old Pawnee Parrish of Sacramento (pictured above) and 55-year old Wendy Mil Cea of Elk Grove.

Last night Parrish was allegedly seen shoplifting merchandise at the Nugget Market on Elk Grove Boulevard by a loss prevention employee. When he was contacted outside by loss prevention employees, Parrish gave back the merchandise but refused to return to the store. 

When the employees attempted to detain Parrish, he allegedly fought with them and bit one of them on the shoulder. Parrish fled the scene and was located a short distance away by responding officers. 

Parrish reportedly did not comply with instructions and was physically taken into custody by officers. Parrish was arrested and booked into the county jail where he is being held on $560,000 bail on two misdemeanor and one felony assault charges.   

In the other mid-afternoon incident, Cea was observed stealing merchandise and was detained by a loss prevention employees. Cea was arrested and booked into the county jail for probation violation, prior robbery charges and is being held on $50,000. 

Both suspects are scheduled for arraignment on Thursday afternoon.  

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Elk Grove Man Arrested on Suspicion of Stalking Female Victim

Written By EGN on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | 08:35

June 21, 2016 |

An Elk Grove man was arrested yesterday afternoon after he allegedly confronted a woman at her workplace. 

Elk Grove Police report that over the last several weeks 20-year old Terreal Gilmer has allegedly been showing up at his victim's place of employment on the 8400 block of Elk Grove-Florin Road and had attempted to contact her via social media. The victim does not know Gilmer.

Yesterday Gilmer allegedly confronted the female victim at her work and held her against her will. The suspect followed the victim to an employee-only area and was involved in an altercation with several co-workers.

The employees detained Gilmer and responding officers arrested him under California Penal Code 646.9(a) - stalking. The suspect has been released on bail. 

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Elk Grove City Council to Hear Economic Development Director Report

Darrell Doan Elk Grove
| The initiation of ribbon-cutting program was listed as one of the
major accomplishments in the Elk Grove Economic Development
Director's annual report to the Elk Grove City Council. |

June 21, 2016 |

At tomorrow night's Elk Grove City Council meeting, the city's economic development director will give his annual report on his department's progress.

Hired a little over one year ago after the dismissal of Randy Starbuck, Economic Development Director Darrell Doan will detail recent activities that have been pursued and those that are being pursued to fulfill the promise of Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis to bring living-wage jobs to Elk Grove.

Over the last 12 months, the report states the department established three goals - retention of business, administering new plans, and maintaining private and public sector partnerships. 

Among the accomplishments Doan highlighted over the last 12 months include:

  • Continued sales calls on the State of California to locate offices in the city
  • Assisting Apple Computer with their previously announced expansion plans
  • Assisting the Department of Correctional Healthcare to obtain an $81,000 economic incentive from the City
  • Assisting For Any Auto Group open their new auto and body detail shop at the Elk Grove Automall
  • Assisting the Howard Hughes Company in landing leases for the unfinished Outlet Collection at Elk Grove shopping facility 
  • Assisting circuit board assembler "NRC Manufacturing and a second confidential user, with identifying suitable facilities in Elk Grove for expansion purposes, which if successful could bring several thousand new high-tech manufacturing jobs to Elk Grove.      
  • Assisted the Visit Elk Grove agency promoting the city as a travel destination
  • Initiated a ribbon cutting program for high-profile business openings 

Like his predecessor, Doan has also attended shopping center trade shows in Las Vegas and San Diego to assist the Howard Hughes Corporation in securing leases for the Outlet Collection at Elk Grove.

Tomorrow's meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Elk Grove GRASP Advocacy Group to Meet Tomorrow Night

Written By EGN on Monday, June 20, 2016 | 13:30

June 20, 2016 |

Elk Grove GRASP, a locally-based group advocating smart land planning, will hold their monthly meeting tomorrow night.

The meeting will be held at the Elk Grove Library on the corner of Elk Grove Boulevard and Elk Grove-Florin Road is scheduled to start at 6:30. Among the topics the group will be discussing include the City of Elk Grove sphere of application to expand its boundaries, and the city's general plan update.

Additionally, there will be a discussion on new California regulations for the management of groundwater. The meeting is open to the public and more information is available at their Facebook page: facebook.com/elkgrove.grasp

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Probationer Jailed After Probation Violation, Suspected Shoplifting of Elk Grove Dollar Store

June 20, 2016 |

An El Dorado probationer is in custody at the Sacramento County Jail after he was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting.

On Friday morning Elk Grove Police officers were dispatched to the Dollar Tree store on Sheldon Road after receiving calls of suspicious behavior. Responding officers arrived and recognized  54-year old Anthony Cordeiro as a known probationer. 

Cordeiro reportedly began removing merchandise from the inside of his shirt when contacted and was detained. A probation search that led to the discovery of narcotics paraphernalia and merchandise that the suspect allegedly stole from Dollar Tree. 

Cordeiro was arrested and booked into the county jail where he remains in custody on $20,000 bail for violation probation and misdemeanor petty theft charges. Arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. 

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Elk Grove Police Arrests Man Suspected of Taking Pictures in Dressing Room

June 20, 2016 |

A Sacramento man was arrested on Peeping Tom charges in Elk Grove Saturday afternoon.

Elk Grove Police officers were dispatched to a retailer on the 9100 block of East Stockton Boulevard where they contacted 26-year old Floyd Bryonte. The suspect was allegedly observed holding a smart phone over a woman's dressing room while the victim was changing. 

After contacting Bryonte, he was arrested and charged with Penal Code 647 (J)(2) and violation of probation. Bryonte was booked into the county jail but was released on Saturday. 

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With 'Sweet 16' Anniversary Upon Us, Elk Grove's 'Ghost Mall' Still a Haunting Reminder of Hubris

Written By EGN on Sunday, June 19, 2016 | 12:00

June 19, 2016 |

In a little less than two weeks from now, Elk Grove will celebrate its Sweet 16 anniversary of cityhood. In those years, residents have seen many things - good and bad - happen.

In mathematical terms, there is one activity, or maybe more accurately the lack of activity, which has besieged Elk Grove for half of its time as a city. Of course, we are referring to the halting of construction of Elk Grove's now infamous ghost mall.

Construction of the structure first dubbed the Lent Ranch Mall, then formally named the Elk Grove Promenade, then rechristened the Outlet Collection at Elk Grove, stopped eight years ago on roughly July 28. For the last eight years - half of the Elk Grove's life as a general law city in California, the unfinished mall has become an albatross hanging around the necks of residents.

Notwithstanding the sign erected several weeks ago by the mall's current owner, the Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC), claiming it will be open sometime in the next 17 months and 41 days, construction at the site, or even the planned and approved demolition of the northern third of the structure is a phantom.

Undoubtedly development will resume at some point, but we do not have any idea when that will happen. We suspect if our Mayor and City Council were honest, they would say they have no idea either.

As much as the city claims to be applying pressure to HHC, they are a public traded company, and they are under no legal obligation to listen, much less care what the Mayor and City Council have to say. They are only interested in maximizing shareholder returns, and as such they will make the decision to restart when it is in their best economic interest.

With the recent announcement that the Wilton Rancheria has selected the HHC site as their preferred location for their planned casino, things could happen quickly. There is even a chance before the Teens decade ends Elk Grove shopaholics will have their long sought mall and the Wilton Rancheria will have their casino where they will be minting money off the endless rows of slot machines and card tables.

If the Wilton Rancheria is successful in getting approval for their casino, HHC or some other developer will do something with the rest of the shopping mall site. It may not be the mall originally envisioned or even an outlet mall, but something will be built there.

So as the Mayor and his fellow City Councilmen start contemplating their soccer field of dreams, we can only hope they refrain from the hubris that enveloped our city leaders over a decade ago and use the last eight years of the phantom mall experience as a cautionary tale. Take heed men, as Bruce Springsteen wrote "...there's things that'll knock you down you don't even see coming, And send you crawling like a baby back home." 

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Jones Issues Foreign Policy Debate Challenge, No Response From Bera

Written By EGN on Friday, June 17, 2016 | 14:40

June 17, 2016 |

Yesterday Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones issued a challenge to Congressman Ami Bera to a debate on foreign policy. The challenge came after heightened concerns about terrorist attacks folowing last weekend's mass shooting in Orlando.

In his press release, Jones included the letter he sent (see above, click to enlarge) to Bera, the second term Democratic legislator representing California's Seventh Congressional District. Noting that forthcoming Congressional recess, Jones wrote "finding a date that works for both of should not be a problem."

Republican Jones has made terrorism and accompanying illegal and refuge immigration concerns a centerpiece of his campaign to unseat Bera in the November general election. Prior to entering the race, Jones produced a widely viewed video (see below) urging President Obama to spearhead immigration reform following the 2014 shooting deaths of a Sacramento County and Placer County Deputy Sheriffs by an undocumented immigrant.

In addition to the one regarding foreign policy, Jones' letter also urged Bera to participate in a series of debates throughout the district.

“Congressman Bera’s only official statement on the terrorist attack in Orlando was an extremely weak press release that labeled it a mass shooting, not an act of terrorism," Jones campaign consultant Dave Gilliard said. "Bera’s lack of leadership and apparent lack of understanding of the threat that our nation faces from Islamist jihadist ideology is one of the main reasons that community leaders came to Sheriff Jones and asked him to enter the race for Congress” 

Bera's campaign manager Jerid Kurtz did not respond to email request to comment on Jones' challenge. 

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CCSD Expresses Willingness to Change Elk Grove Soccer, Athletic Fields Allocation Process

June 17, 2016 |

CCSD director wonders if Soccer fields in Elk Grove are under utilized |

Before a standing room audience at a special meeting held last night, the Cosumnes Community Services District (CCSD) Board of Directors expressed willingness to change the process for allocation of athletic fields youth leagues in Elk Grove.

Over 200 people packed the Pavilion Building in the Elk Grove Regional Park to support changing the athletic field allocation process that has been handled by the Elk Grove Youth Sports Association (EGYSA). Of the 15 people who spoke during public comment (audio of public comment posted below), all but one urged the CCSD to strip the EGYSA of the authority of allocating field usage to the youth athletic leagues.

At the core of the public's comments were that the EGYSA were giving preference to the Elk Grove Youth Soccer League (EGYSL) also known as Elk Grove FC. The EGYSA has 15 board members, three of which are from the EGYSL. Although the EGYSA handles all athletic fields, soccer was the particular focus of the discussion.

Several of the comments said that EGYSL presence and influence on the EGYSA board creates a conflict of interest or a minimum of an appearance of such. Other concerns expressed included the accusation the practices of the EGYSA effectively excludes children of lower income families from having the same opportunities to premium fields that the higher-fee EGYSL participants enjoy. 

Elk Grove resident Anthony Ortiz (listen to his audio comments posted below) said that the EGYSA's practices are unfair and that it disproportionately affects lower income families.

"Elk Grove FC is extremely expensive," Ortiz said regarding what he said was the high-cost Elk Grove FC. "'But if you can't afford it, we are going to send you to South Sac, and that's where you get to play.'"

Ortiz went on to say that the practice of excluding children from premium soccer fields like those at the CCSD's Bartholomew Sports Facility who cannot afford the higher fee Elk Grove FC amounts to discrimination.

Although no representative of the Elk Grove FC spoke during public comments, one board member of the EGYSA expressed his thoughts. That person was the Junior Thundering Herd football team's President, Doug Remedios, who said he did not appreciate the accusations leveled during public comment.

"I've had my integrity impugned, my ethics questioned this evening, and quite frankly I don't appreciate it," Remedios said. "We do the best we can with what we got."

Remedios went on to say that "there are not enough fields" in Elk Grove.

During the Directors deliberations, Board President Michelle Orrock and Rich Lozano (hear audio posted below) said they were aware of the controversies, and they have been working on the matter for over 18 months.

Lozano said, with the concurrence of Orrock, Directors Rod Brewer and Guy Rutter (Gil Albiani was absent) he believes Elk Grove youth leagues would be best served by having the field allocation process stripped from the EGYSA and conducted by the CCSD staff.

"It appears that the field allocations isn't working," Lozano said. "That's why we are here."

He asserted "we need to bring it back in and do a fair and equitable allocation of fields" and that children, regardless of their league, should not have to play on fields that outside of Elk Grove.

Based on additional guidance provided during their deliberations, the directors instructed staff to develop recommendations to present at their July 20 meeting to have the field allocation process for next year performed by CCSD staff.

Though not directly responding to claims made by Remedios about a shortage of facilities, Lozano also discussed whether soccer fields in Elk Grove are underutilized.

"I've heard lots of complaints about that," he said. "I have driven the community, I've seen empty fields, I know what fields are off-line and when they're online, and I don't know think that anything is done maliciously, but I think it's silly that we do that."

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Chew's Review - Maggie's Plan

Written By EGN on Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 18:30

| By Gary Chew | June 16, 2016 |

Opens tomorrow |

Sacramento's Greta Gerwig looks nothing at all like Woody Allen. She's a woman; plus she's also good looking. But the movies Gerwig has appeared in are seriously influenced by what the Wood Man got himself into when he began writing, directing and acting in movies way back when. But then, credit must be given here when it's so obviously due. That would be to the woman who wrote and directed the new movie in which Gerwig has taken the title role.

Rebecca Miller is her name. She's married to a man who knows a thing or two about acting. That would be Daniel Day-Lewis. Miller also was fathered by a man who knew a thing or two about writing plays. That would be Arthur Miller.

The rest of the cast in Maggie's Plan would fit well into a script Allen might write, too. Those actors would be Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolf. Hawke, as John, is wed to Moore as Georgette. Hader, as Tony, is married to Rudolf as Felicia. Tony and Felicia are best buds with Maggie. Hader is wickedly funny. Predictably, all of these characters are smart and totally at the mercy of their natural urges, but in deep denial of that fact.

Maggie and John teach at Columbia University. At the start of the movie, the single Maggie decides she wants to have a baby … artificial insemination would be the procedure. She persuades a guy called Guy to provide the necessary natural ingredients to make the conception possible without so much as even being supine on a mattress. Travis Fimmel does Guy. Together, Maggie and Guy went to college … but that's all. But Travis does try to make Maggie's plan work in the more accustomed manner: no soap.

Then as Rebecca Miller, Woody Allen and Fate would have it, Maggie falls for John. This emotional transformation occurs just as John and Georgette struggle with a marriage that's nowhere ... now … close to bliss. Woody's written that “book” several times at his typewriter and living his life. However, the story from which Maggie's Plan comes is an original idea of Karen Rinaldi's.

Time can pass rapidly in a photo play; and so it does with Maggie and John. They get married and even have a darling little girl. (Guy had nothing to do with that, by the way.) Suddenly, and you'll never guess what … Maggie realizes she's falling out of love with John. Imagine!

This is the real plan, not the artificial insemination project. Maggie conjures up a scenario to get John and Georgette back together. Now, imagine that. The characterizations in Plan are almost the stuff of grandeur. All hands are so, so themselves in their roles. Moore is especially gnarly and such the arrogant intellectual … speaking with an accent already. In her character's state of mind, Moore kept making me think of the marvelous and sadly late Madeline Kahn in her classic role as Elizabeth in Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein …and as well, Kahn's co-star, Cloris Leachman. Frau BlΓΌcher's tightly wound coif is an earlier version of Moore's hairstyle in Maggie's Plan.

I began to giggle almost constantly about 20 minutes in on this really funny movie. I urge you to take it in. It's almost as riotous as hearing Kahn's “Elizabeth” sing “Ah Sweet Mystery Of Life” after doing her roll-in-the-hay scene with the sadly late, great Peter Boyle.

I'd lobby hard for Greta Gerwig to show up in a Woody Allen film. She'd fit in one his urbane yarns of infidelity like a glove. And, uh … forgive me … on the other hand, the Wood Man would simply just be himself in some kind of part in a Gerwig movie … say, as her Jewish agent or her old, sagacious and randy uncle or grandfather. I can see it now: an Allen movie for Millennials and geezers.
Copyright © 2016 by Gary Chew. All rights reserved.

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Elk Grove Police Seeks Help Locating At-Risk Person

June 16, 2016 |

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. Ms. Jumamoy has been safely located. EGPD thanks the public for their assistance.

The Elk Grove Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating an at-risk person.

46-year-old Merle Mary Jumamoy (pictured above) has been despondent recently and has made suicidal statements. Ms. Jumamoy was last seen this morning around 7:45 a.m. at her residence located in the 6900 block of Boa Nova Drive. 

She is described as a Filipino female, 5'2", 145 lbs., with shoulder length black hair, brown eyes and black rimmed glasses. According to relatives, Ms. Jumamoy left her residence in a white 2012 VW Jetta license plate number 6TMT475 and is possibly in the Berkeley area.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Merle Mary Jumamoy is asked to contact the Elk Grove Police Department Dispatch Center at (916) 691-5246. 

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Elk Grove Police Arrests Woman on Suspicion of Forging Checks

June 16, 2016 |

Elk Grove Police arrested a person suspected of attempting to cash a forged check on Tuesday.

Officers were dispatched to the El Dorado Savings Bank on Elk Grove Boulevard in Old Town after 24-year old Kashay Moniae Parker (pictured above) attempted to cash a fraudulent check. After detaining Parker, a search of her purse led to the discovery of a narcotics paraphernalia.

Parker was arrested and booked into the county jail where she remains in custody on a $5,000 bail and faces one misdemeanor narcotics and two felony forgery charges. The suspect is scheduled for arraignment this afternoon. 

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In Orlando Aftermath, Jones Responds to Bera Challenge to Support 'No Fly, No Buy' Legislation

Written By EGN on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 | 20:35

June 15, 2016 |

In the aftermath of Sunday's tragedy in Orlando, the campaign of Congressman Ami Bera (D - Elk Grove) issued a statement today urging Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones to reverse his position on allowing people on the FBI terrorist watch and no fly list to make gun purchases. Jones is Bera's Republican challenger in this fall's general election race for California's Seventh Congressional District.

Issued late this afternoon, Bera's statement asserted several Republicans and the National Rifle Association support legislation that would restrict sale of guns to people "no fly, no buy" terror watchlist reform bill.

"I've been a strong supporter of preventing suspects on the FBI's terror watch list from buying guns, and I've co-sponsored legislation in Congress to do just that,” Bera said. “I’m proud to co-sponsor the bipartisan bill to close the ‘no fly, no buy’ loophole, and it’s a common-sense step forward in keeping our families safe that is long overdue."

The Bera campaign referenced comments Jones made in a January story posted on McClatchy DC noting his break with several California law enforcement officials who supported legislation introduced by California Sen, Diane Feinstein after the December 2015 San Bernardino, Calif. shooting. In that story Jones said he supports keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists, but noted Feinstein's bill would have given the responsibility of identifying who would be barred by the Attorney General.

In response to the Bera campaign's assertions, Jones reiterated that he does not support allowing terrorist access to guns, but expressed concerns with the Federal government's ability to develop and maintain an adequate screening system.

"My issue is not with keeping weapons out of the hands of terrorists, but rather my lack of faith that the Federal government can develop and maintain a sufficient vetting system," Jones said. "There was a period of time when I myself was inexplicably on a list that precluded unimpeded air travel."

Jones went on to note that as Sacramento County Sheriff, he has been actively involved in local efforts to address terrorism.

"I host the Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center and sit as the Chair of the Central California Intelligence Committee," he said. "Our department works hand in hand with regional and federal partners to intervene in and prevent terrorist attacks right here in our region - nobody locally does more or feels more strongly about protecting our cities and neighborhoods from terrorism."

Following Sunday's shootings in Orlando, President Obama has reiterated his desire to ban people placed on the terrorist watch and no fly lists from purchasing guns. The issue has created some unexpected political positions.

In a showing of the surprisingly conflicting views of the matter, the National Rifle Association has offered qualified support for "no fly, no buy," while the American Civil Liberties Union has similarly expressed concerns about the administration of the law in the context of the Fourteenth Amendment. 

In a statement issued today, NRA 's Chris W. Cox said, “Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing. If an investigation uncovers evidence of terrorist activity or involvement, the government should be allowed to immediately go to court, block the sale, and arrest the terrorist.”

The ACLU claims that the lists are inaccurate with up to 35-percent of the people on the lists are there improperly, and the process for placing people on the no fly lists deny them due process.

In a posting on their website in the days following the San Bernardino shootings, an ACLU staff member wrote "the standards for inclusion on the No Fly List are unconstitutionally vague, and innocent people are blacklisted without a fair process to correct government error."

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Suspect Arrested For Carrying Concealed Weapon, Brandishing Gun at Elk Grove Fast Food Restaurant

June 15, 2016 |

Elk Grove Police arrested a suspect early yesterday morning after he brandished a gun while waiting in the drive-thru lane of a local fast food outlet.

Officers were dispatched to the Jack In The Box on the corner of Bond and Elk Grove-Florin roads after receiving a weapons disturbance call. The victim indicated that he had been in an argument with the driver of another vehicle, 21-year old Jasveen Prasad of Elk Grove, while in the drive-thru lane. 

During the argument, Prasad allegedly brandished a handgun at the victim then drove away. The victim provided responding officers with a description of the vehicle and a license plate number. 

Responding officers located the described vehicle being driven by Prasad and conducted a vehicle stop near Bond and Grant Line roads. Prasad and another occupant were detained and a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a loaded handgun on the driver’s side floorboard and narcotics. 

Prasad was arrested and booked into the county jail but has been released on bail. Charges against Prasad include brandishing a gun, carrying a concealed weapon, and  possession of a controlled substance. 

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