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Still Time to Help 'Fall Harvest Food and Clothing Drive' For Elk Grove Food Bank

Written By EGN on Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 22:00

October 23, 2014 |

With the holiday's just around the corner, a food and clothing drive to replenish the shelves of the Elk Grove Food Bank is well underway.

Now through Monday, October 27, donations of non-perishable food item and clothes can be dropped off at several Elk Grove businesses listed here as well at the Elk Grove Food Bank

Requested food items include canned tuna, peanut butter, rice, beans, pasta and canned fruits and vegetables. Clothing items needed are gloves, socks (all sizes), hats, coats, scarves and sweatshirts. Personal hygiene items needed are toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors and shampoo & conditioners. 

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Serial Pizzeria Robber? Elk Grove Store Robbed At Gunpoint Again

October 23, 2014 |

Shortly after 7 p.m. yesterday, another armed robbery of an Elk Grove pizzeria occurred. 

According to Elk Grove Police, an unknown suspect entered the Little Ceasers on Laguna Boulevard and confronted a store employee with a handgun. The suspect reached into a cash register and stole money while a second employee opened another cash register and gave the gunman the cash. 

Responding officer were unable to locate the suspect who fled on foot in an unknown direction. The gunman was described as a black male adult, 5'8" to 6'0", skinny, wearing a dark colored ski mask, gray hooded sweatshirt and dark colored pants. 

This store was also robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday, September 30 by a similarly described suspect. Two days following that incident, a nearby Papa John's, also on Laguna Boulevard, was subjected to an armed robbery.

Elk Grove Police are investigating the possibility that these incidents, along with three recent yogurt shop robberies, are related. 

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Elk Grove City Council Approves Purchase of Transitional Housing Facility

October 23, 2014 |

In an effort to help in-need families, the Elk Grove City Council last night unanimously approved the purchase of a residence to provide transitional housing services.

This seven-bedroom residence, located on Meadow Grove Drive, is being purchased in part with Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and affordable housing funds and will be used to assist homeless families. In 2013, the city purchased a residence now known as Grace House that acts as transitional housing primarily for single clients.

During her presentation on the purchase, Elk Grove Housing Program Manager Sarah Bontrager said the facility is well-suited to assist Elk Grove families who have found themselves in a tough situation with programs to help them get reestablished in the community. She also stressed that after hearing initial concerns from neighbors about Grace House, that facility has run smoothly and incident-free.

"We never had a single complaint," she said.

Bontrager also noted clients of the facility will be screened and have background checks conducted. Once the city purchases the property, it will be turned over to Sacramento Self Help Housing, who will then operate the facility.

During public comment, several individuals representing a variety of groups said the facility will help families and aid children. Rebecca Santos, the homeless services liaison from the Elk Grove School Unified School District said having steady housing without having to changes schools is beneficial to children.

"It would make a tremendous benefit to keep them in the community," Santos said. "This would make a huge difference." 

During their deliberations, Vice Mayor Jim Cooper said the facility will be well-suited to address the city's needs and commended the host of volunteer community groups who assist in helping in-need families.   

"But for the grace of god, it could be one of us," he added. 

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The Home of the Free Speech Movement Suppresses Freedom of Speech

By Dan Bacher | October 23, 2014 |

In the home of the Free Speech Movement at the U.C. Berkeley campus, students got a rude awakening when what they describe as an administrator "with clear political motivations" shut down the Beehive Collective's art project on drought and Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown's $7.5 billion water bond. 

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Free Speech Movement. In the conclusion of Mario Savio's class speech, before Free Speech Movement demonstrators entered Sproul Hall to begin their sit-in on December 3, 1964, the late Savio said:

"We have an autocracy which runs this university. It's managed. We asked the following: if President Kerr actually tried to get something more liberal out of the Regents in his telephone conversation, why didn't he make some public statement to that effect? And the answer we received -- from a well-meaning liberal -- was the following: He said, 'Would you ever imagine the manager of a firm making a statement publicly in opposition to his board of directors?'

That's the answer! Now, I ask you to consider: if this is a firm, and if the Board of Regents are the board of directors, and if President Kerr in fact is the manager, then I'll tell you something: the faculty are a bunch of employees, and we're the raw material! But we're a bunch of raw material[s] that don't mean to have any process upon us, don't mean to be made into any product, don't mean to end up being bought by some clients of the University, be they the government, be they industry, be they organized labor, be they anyone! We're human beings! 

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all." 

These prophetic words become even more chilling and real 50 years later, after the passage of the Patriot Act and the NDAA, the coordinated, brutal suppression of the Occupy movement across the country, the surveillance and political repression at UC Davis and other campuses, the militarization of the police and security forces, the NSA spying scandal and the increasing attacks on Freedom of Speech and the Constitution under the presidency of a Constitutional lawyer.  

In a stand for the First Amendment, students at the University of California, Berkeley brought the Beehive Collective’s art project on drought and Prop. 1 on Tuesday, October 21, to the steps of Sproul Plaza, where 50 years ago students demonstrated for their right to disseminate political materials. From 2-5 pm, the Beehive Collective displayed their art and informally told the stories of their pieces to the gathered students.

"The event highlights the privatization of water across Mesoamerica and the potential for water privatization in CA under Prop 1 - and was originally scheduled as an event at the Gill Tract Community Farm," according to a news release from Students for Engaged and Active Learning (SEAL). "This community farm was won through Occupy the Farm’s acts of civil disobedience protesting the privatization of this land, and is now the site of a partnership project between the community and the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley."

The students said the event was shut down with a week’s notice by Steve Lindow, the first researcher to do field trials of a Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs), who is now the Executive Associate Dean in the College of Natural Resources.
Lindow claimed that the art show was “not relevant to the research at the community farm," despite clear connections between the Beehive Collective’s work on drought and industrial agriculture, the students reported. Water bond opponents have criticized Prop. 1 as a sweetheart bill for water-intensive industrial agriculture.

The students said the event had been approved with strong support from community members, students, and the farm’s events working group. This was the first interference in farm events from the administration - and students feel that it is a clear example of repression against free speech on campus, with political motivation.  

"We were there Tuesday because the administration shut down the event about the privatization of a natural resource, water, at the site of resistance against the privatization of land," said Paula Jaramillo of Students for Engaged and Active Learning (SEAL). "We were shut down by someone who actively privatizes life itself through patenting GMOs."

"Prop. 1 is known as a sweetheart initiative for Big Ag and the event was supposed to take place at Gill Tract, where we are seeking to find sustainable alternatives to industrial agriculture, and it was a perfect site to have this event. It was a shame the administration denied the students this opportunity - and it was complete repression of freedom of speech because of a political motivation," Jaramillo explained.

“The Beehive Collective, named after an important pollinator, is of absolute relevance to the research of the Gill Tract Community Farm," confirmed Sakura Saunders, Beehive Collective Member. "The Beehive Collective, which has a long history of creating art work that represents the negative ecological impacts of GMO crops and monocultures, was set to present on a topic relevant to all farmers within California: water." 

"Specifically, the group aimed to bring a critical perspective on a water infrastructure bond, Prop. 1, which will appear on Californian’s ballots in the upcoming election. It is a shame that this timely and politically-relevant talk could not go forward as scheduled, even after posters were distributed listing the Gill Tract Farm as the venue," she emphasized.  

I have left a phone message at the office of Steve Lindow, Professor and Executive Associate Dean, College of Natural Resources, and I'm still waiting for his response. 

Students for Engaged and Active Learning, Fossil Free Cal, and Students Against Fracking supported the event. The event at the Gill Tract had also received the support of Food and Water Watch, a national consumer group that has endorsed NO on Prop 1. 

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Former Rival Sheriff Scott Jones Endorses Cooper

Written By EGN on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 17:30

October 22, 2014 |

Elk Grove Vice Mayor Elk Grove Jim Cooper received the endorsement of his opponent in 2010 Sacramento County Sheriff's race. 

Today, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones announced his endorsement of Cooper in his bid for the  California Assembly Ninth District seat. Cooper, who unsuccessfully ran against Jones for the position in 2010, is facing fellow Democrat and law enforcement professional, Sacramento City Council Member Darrell Fong.

"Captain Cooper has served Sacramento County with honor and distinction for 30 years. As a captain he has cracked down on child sexual predators and earned a Bronze Star for Bravery for going above and beyond the call of duty," Jones said. "I am honored to support Captain Jim Cooper for State Assembly."

Sheriff Scott Jones joins San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore and former Sacramento County Sheriffs Robbie Waters, Glen Craig, and Lou Blanas in endorsing Cooper’s campaign for Assembly. 

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Mud Flying in Heated Dickinson, Pan Senate Race

October 22, 2014 |

With less than two weeks until the general election, the tone of the mailers being sent by, or on behalf of, Roger Dickinson and Dr. Richard Pan is getting downright muddy.

Pan and Dickinson, both Sacramento-based Democrats and two-term Assembly Members, are vying for the Sixth District California Senate seat being vacated by the term-limited Darrell Steinberg. In mailers received this week, the mud is being flung.   

Pan's mailer, which was send by California Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee, alleges that when Dickinson was a Sacramento County Supervisor and an Assembly Member, he was complicit in a variety of wrongdoings. Among the alleged misdeeds were secret deals with the former owners of the Sacramento Kings and problems at Sacramento County's child protective services.  

On the other side, a mailer sent by Dickinson's campaign essentially calls Pan a hypocrite. The mailer also includes another touchstone of Dickinson's strategy - highlighting Pan's acceptance of his Assembly Member per diem.   

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Elk Grove Yogurt Shop Robbed Again

October 22, 2014 |

An Elk Grove yogurt shop was victimized last night for the second time in less than one month by a robber. 

According to Elk Grove Police, an unknown male entered the Tops Yogurt shop on Bruceville Road shortly after 10 p.m, told the store employee he had a gun and demanded money. Although no gun was seen, the employee complied with the demands and gave him an undisclosed amount of currency.

The robber fled on foot and responding officers were unable to locate him. The suspect was described as a black male adult, in his 20's, 6`0", skinny build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants with a black mask. The employee was not injured during the robbery.

This incident is the third time in less than one month that Tops Yogurt shops in Elk Grove have been robbed. On September 24, this store was robbed at gunpoint while the Tops store on Sheldon Road was similarly robbed the following day on September 25.  

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Fong Snags Endorsement of Former Sac Sheriff McGinness

October 22, 2014 |

Darrell Fong snagged a major law enforcement endorsement yesterday in his bid for the California Ninth Assembly District seat.

Fong, a current Sacramento City Council, was endorsed by former Sacramento County Sheriff  John McGinness. Fong, a 30-year retired veteran with the Sacramento Police Department, is facing fellow Democrat Jim Cooper, a 30-year veteran himself with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

"Sheriff McGinness' record of leadership and service to the County is unmatched," Fong said. "I will work hard to live up [to] his high standards of integrity and courage,"   

McGinness served one term as Sheriff from 2006 to 2010. Since retiring after one term, McGinness became an adjunct professor with California State University and a local talk radio host. 

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Elected Officials Discuss Southeast Connector, Job Development at Region Builder Forum

Written By EGN on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 13:05

October 21, 2014 |

At a panel discussion featuring numerous elected officials centered on transportation infrastructure needs the Southeast Connector highway project was seen as a keystone in area development. Sponsored by Region Builders, the Friday, October 17 forum held at Sacramento's Sutter Club also featured two keynote speakers who addressed the importance of infrastructure to the regions future. 

The Southeast Connector is a proposed expressway that will start in southern Elk Grove at I-5 and head in a northeast direction connecting to U.S. 50 in the Folsom, El Dorado Hills area.

The panel discussion heard from local officials including Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis, Folsom City Council Member Jeff Starsky, Rancho Cordova City Council Member David Sander, Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan and El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Mikulako about their views and two keynote speakers who discussed infrastructure projects and general economics.

Speaking first was Will Kempton, Executive Director, Transportation California who portrayed road construction as a quality of life issue. Kempton noted that in the current political environment, however, voters are not inclined to support the additional gas taxes needed to support new road construction.

Kempton said other factors complicating matters are policy changes on climate change, the focus on sustainable development and the lingering effects of the recession.

“The whole issue of climate change has taken over transportation,” Kempton said.  “We have a very difficult political environment.”

Noting the funding challenges needed for completion of the Southeast Connector, Kempton said over 50-percent comes from local funding sources, like Sacramento County’s Measure A. He also told the group not to rely on any Federal earmarks to fund the road either.

“If you want this connector built, you’ll have to do it yourself,” he concluded.

Discussing the Sacramento regional economy was Dr. Sanjay Varshney, former Dean, College of Business Administration, Sacramento State. In his presentation, Varshney said  the Sacramento regional economy is lagging the state’s overall recovery and the region’s per-capita income is lower than the statewide average. 

Varshney said Sacramento’s lagging economy is due to its reliance on government jobs and its preponderance of low-paying service jobs. He also said the regional as a whole needs to dedicate more resources and work cooperatively to attract more than just service related employers to the area.  

“How can we sustain an economy just on a service-based economy,” he queried the audience.

Looking into the future, Varshney said that while the area’s population is expected to double in the next 25-years, there is no projected matching growth of non-service related jobs needed to support a viable regional economy. 

“Unless we do something creative, or we do something strategic now, it’s not going to happen on its own,” he said. “Every community in this country is competing for the same industry, for the same company, for the same jobs, We’re not that special.”

During the panel discussion of Sacramento County’s Measure A transportation levy and SACOG funding for the Southeast Connectors, Folsom City Council Member Jeff Starsky noted the lack of regional cooperation. Until there is a regional vision for the Southeast Connector, Starsky said local politicians will continue to pursue their local interests.

“We are so goddamned parochial,” he said. “We do not look at the region, we are so worried about the money for our little bike trail.” 

Starsky said the local elected officials need to do a better job of promoting the idea to their constituents and to be persistent in seeking state and federal funding for the project.

Rancho Cordova City Council Member David Sander noted even though his city is a strong employment center, the traffic along Highway 50 and Sunrise Boulevard can hamper future development. The Southeast Connector, Sander said, is crucial to maintaining the region’s strongest base of non-retail private sector jobs.

“We have to have roads to get people in the region to their jobs,” Sander said.

Noting Rancho Cordova’s strong job market and the thousands of his city’s residents commuting to jobs there on a daily basis, Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis suggested a short-term solution to commuter traffic and the dearth of jobs vexing Elk Grove residents. 

“I’ve said this before, I say I take 25 or 30 thousand Elk Grove residents and ship 25 or 30 thousand Rancho Cordova jobs,” Davis said. “We’ll just switch.” 

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Chaires Beneficiary of Democratic Party Mailer

Written By EGN on Monday, October 20, 2014 | 20:30

October 20, 2014 |

While one Elk Grove city council candidate can claim the support of the hometown party club, another of the same party is benefiting from a county-wide endorsement.

Such is the case for the two District 4 candidates of the same party, Elk Grove Democrats Nancy Chaires and Steve Ly. 

In a mailer to Elk Grove Democratic voters, the Democratic Party of Sacramento County sent a list of county-wide endorsed candidates. For Elk Grove voters, that includes Chaires, Elk Grove Unified School District Trustee candidate James Letoa and Elk Grove Water Board candidate Davies Ononiwu.

This particular mailer was paid for by the state and county party organizations. 

Under California's new electoral system, the mailer also highlights the often conflicting endorsements now facing politicians in the same party for the general election. While a recent mailer sent by Ly touts his endorsement by Dickinson, this mailer shows Dickinson and Chaires both being endorsed by the county party. 

Interestingly, the mailer did not list a preference in another high profile race featuring two Democratic candidates, California Ninth Assembly District rivals Jim Cooper and Darrell Fong. While Ly has not received an endorsement from either of these candidates, Chaires and Cooper have mutually endorsed each other's candidacy.   

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Ly Targets Elk Grove Party Partisans With Recent Mailer

October 20, 2014 |

Although the candidates running for the Elk Grove City Council District 4 seat appear on the ballot as a non-partisan race, all four have clearly signaled their party alliances.

On the Democratic side are Nancy Chaires and Steve Ly, while Daniel Jimenez and Nayyar Sarfaraz occupy the Republican side.

With this in mind, in his last mailer, Ly targeted registered Democratic voters in Elk Grove. In the mailer Ly includes endorsement from two of his party mentors, Assembly Member Roger Dickinson and Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis.

It will be interesting in the post-mortem analysis of this election to see if Ly's use of both, with Dickinson in particular, will have helped his candidacy.

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Staged Vehicle Accident in Elk Grove Leads to Armed Robbery

October 20, 2014 |

Two female victims, one of them 83, were robbed at gunpoint Friday night in what appears to have been a staged vehicle accident.

According to Elk Grove Police, the two female victims ages 55 and 83 were driving eastbound on Calvine Road near Winterberry Drive when their vehicle was struck from behind by a black SUV. After both vehicles pulled over, the 55-year old victim who was driving the vehicle, exited to exchange information.

An unknown male suspect approached the driver and pulled a handgun out then the victim ran away. The male suspect and another unknown female suspect approached the older female victim who was still in the vehicle with a pointed handgun.

After a brief struggle with the older victim, the two suspects stole her purse and fled in a black Toyota Highlander. The suspects were described as an Asian male adult, 20's, wearing dark clothing and armed with a handgun and the female suspect as an Asian adult, 20's, wearing dark clothing. 

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Big Oil Company Donates $250,000 to Yes on Proposition 1 campaign

Top contributors to water bond donated over $8 million 

by Dan Bacher |October 20, 2014 |

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) revealed on October 17 that Aera Energy LLC, a company jointly owned by affiliates of Shell and ExxonMobil, has contributed $250,000 to the Yes on Proposition 1 and 2 campaign. 

The total of money donated by top contributors for Governor Brown Prop. 1 and 2 campaign has risen to $8,026,015 to date, according to the FPPC. (

Aera Energy LLC is one of California's largest oil and gas producers, accounting for nearly 25 percent of the state's production, according to the company’s website. (

“Formed in June 1997 and jointly owned by affiliates of Shell and ExxonMobil, we are operated as a stand-alone company through our own board of managers,” the website stated. 

“We are industry leaders that specialize in tapping heavy oil and other unconventional light reservoirs. With headquarters in Bakersfield, most of our production is centered in the San Joaquin Valley. We also have oil field operations in Ventura and Monterey counties. Aera produces about 131,000 barrels of oil and 36 million cubic feet of natural gas each day and has proved oil and gas reserves equivalent to approximately 712 million barrels of oil,” the website said. 

Opponents of Proposition 1 say Governor Jerry Brown’s $7.5 billion water bond is an expensive and unfair taxpayer giveaway to special interests, including Big Oil and Big Ag, that won’t solve the drought or help secure California's water future. They see the latest contribution as one of many by powerful corporate interests to pay for slick campaign ads to trick the voters into approving the controversial measure. 

The Con argument in the California Progressive Voter Guide states: “It allocates over $3.6 billion, without oversight by the legislature, to build dams and pay for water transfers for corporate agribusiness. Prop 1 with interest will cost CA taxpayers $14.4 billion or $360 million per year for 40 years out of our State’s general fund, money that could be used for other needs like education and healthcare." 

It’s hard not to see the irony of a big oil company contributing $250,000 to a campaign for a water bond that allocates $900 million for alleged “groundwater sustainability” less than two weeks after the Center for Biological Diversity released state documents revealing that almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater were illegally dumped into Central California aquifers that supply drinking water and irrigation water for farms. 

The documents also reveal that Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board testing found high levels of arsenic, thallium and nitrates, contaminants sometimes found in oil industry wastewater, in water-supply wells near these waste-disposal operations. 

The bond money includes $800 million for prevention and clean up of groundwater pollution and $100 million for local plans and projects to manage groundwater. So is the oil industry backing the bond so that the taxpayers will foot the bill, rather than Big Oil, for the clean up of water in aquifers contaminated by fracking wastewater filled with toxic chemicals?

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UPDATED Video Elk Grove Candidate Forum - City Council District 4

Written By EGN on Sunday, October 19, 2014 | 15:50

October 19, 2014 |

The Elk Grove City Council District 4 candidates participated in a forum on Thursday, October 9.

The forum, sponsored by Elk Grove News and the Elk Grove Citizen was held at city council chamber at the Elk Grove City and was moderated by Elk Grove City Council Member Pat Hume. The four candidates, Nancy Chaires, Daniel Jimenez, Steve Ly and Nayyar Sarfaraz answered a host of questions in the hour long program.

The videoposted below was shot,edited and produced by Markeda Shorter, owner of Elk Grove-based Short Stack Entertainment. Our thanks to Short Stack and all the parties who coordinated the effort to bring the four candidates together in an Elk Grove forum.

Watch the video and remember to vote by mail or in person on November 4. 

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Elk Grove Hit-and-Run Suspect Apprehended, in Custody

John Kariuki Minju.

October 19, 2014 |

The man suspected of a hit-and-run accident was apprehended following a multi-agency search this morning.

According to Elk Grove Police, 40 year old John Kariuki Minju of Sacramento was apprehended on the 7900 block of Symington Way. Minju was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and leaving the scene of a vehicle accident causing bodily harm.

Minju allegedly was involved in an accident at Elk Grove-Florin and Sheldon roads while driving a Toyota 4Runner. The suspect is alleged to have collided with an Elk Grove Police patrol unit and another vehicle and fleeing the scene on foot. 

Minju is being held in custody at the county jail on $60,000 bail. 

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Update: Manhunt Underway For Suspected Hit-and-Run Driver

October 19, 2014 |

Elk Grove Police along with the California Highway Patrol, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and Sacramento Police are conducting an area search for a suspected hit-and-run driver.

Shortly after 11 p.m.on Saturday night, a vehicle collision involving an Elk Grove Police patrol unit, a silver Toyota 4Runner and one other identified vehicle occurred near the intersection of Elk Grove-Florin and Sheldon roads.

According to Lt. Eric White of the Elk Grove Police Dept., the 4Runner hit one of the two cars and following the collision, the driver fled the area on foot. The police officer and passengers in the other car sustained non-life threatening injuries and were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The suspect driver was described as a male adult. It is not known if there were passengers in the 4Runner.

In addition to patrol units, a CHP helicopter has been deployed to assist in the manhunt. Elk Grove Police are conducting an investigation into the details of the incident.

The intersection at Elk Grove-Florin and Sheldon is closed and traffic is being detoured.


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Developing Story - Hit-and-Run Accident Involving EGPD Patrol Unit

October 18, 2014 |

Shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday night, what is being reported as a hit-and-run vehicle collision occurred near the intersection of Elk Grove-Florin and Sheldon Roads.

There were at least three severely damaged cars, including one Elk Grove Police patrol unit, observed at the scene. Several ambulances from the Cosumnes Fire Department were seen leaving the accident scene.

No other information is available at this time.

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Write-in Candidate Qualifies For District 4, Time Left to Jump into Other Elk Grove Races

Written By EGN on Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 17:30

October 18, 2014 |

Earlier this week, an Elk Grove resident submitted the necessary paperwork to be a qualified write-in candidate for the District 4 seat of the Elk Grove City Council race. That candidate, Charles Shanks, joins Nancy Chaires, Daniel Jimenez, Steve Ly and Nayyar Sarfaraz in the race to fill the seat that was at one time occupied by Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis.

According to information from Elk Grove City Clerk Jason Lindgren, there is still time, albeit quickly diminishing, for interested citizens to qualify as a write-in candidate for District 4 and the District 2 and mayoral race. District 2 Elk Grove City Council Member Pat Hume and Mayor Gary Davis are appearing on the ballot unopposed.

According to Lindgren the requirement to qualify as a write-in are as follows:

"The process is very similar to what candidates did back in July/August, with the exception that as a write-in candidate will not appear on the ballot, they would not have a ballot designation to submit, also, since the publishing deadlines are done, they would not have a candidate statement either.

There is a filing fee of $25.00.  Interested parties would see me, and I would issue the Nomination Petition, and requisite paperwork.  An interested write-in candidate would have to qualify to hold the office sought (i.e. be a registered voter either in the City to run for mayor, or the applicable district for Council Member seats in Districts 2 and 4).  I can only issue the nomination paper documents to the candidate, or their proxy if that proxy has a signed statement from the individual wanting to be a write-in candidate.

The nomination paper requires the signature of 20 registered Elk Grove voters.  There are FPPC filings that would also have be filed, and a few other odds and ends to file as well (media sheet, subscription to the Code of Fair Campaign Practices, and some County documents). 

The deadline to file is by end of day Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (write-in candidates take an oath to me when they submit their paperwork).  As noted above, they have to first pick up a valid nomination paper that I would issue."

The various forms are available from the California Fair Political Practices Commission

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Elk Grove City Council to Consider Purchase of Transitional Housing

Written By EGN on Friday, October 17, 2014 | 15:35

October 17, 2014 |

When they meet next Wednesday night, the Elk Grove City Council will consider the purchase of a residence to provide additional transitional housing services.

Should the city council authorize the purchase of the residence located at 9200 Meadow Grove Drive for the proposed price of $410,000, it would be the second such acquisition to assist residents in need of transitional housing. The dwelling the city opened in April 2013, now known as Grace House, has not received any complaints from neighboring dwellings according to the staff report.

Part of the purchase is being funded by a Community Development Block Grant of $211,000 targeted specifically for transitional housing. The new dwelling, which has seven bedrooms and is located near transit and other services, has anticipated rehabilitation costs of $25,000.

As with Grace House, Sacramento Self-Help Housing and PATH plan to organize volunteer efforts to improve the backyard, including installation of a play area. These organizations and other private donors will also provide furnishings and appliances for the house. Sacramento Self-Help Housing will be responsible for maintaining the exterior and the front yard in excellent condition year-round.   

Next Wednesday's meeting starts at 6 p.m.


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Elk Grove Police, Jiffy Lube Offer Free Catalytic Converter Etching

October 17, 2014 |

The Elk Grove Police Department is partnering with Jiffy Lube to host two free catalytic converter etching events.  The events will take place at Jiffy Lube (9611 Auto Center Drive in Elk Grove) on Thursday, October 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 2 from 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

During the "Etch and Catch" event, your vehicle's license plate number will be etched onto your catalytic converter(s). The etching may deter thieves from stealing your converter.  

The presence of license plate numbers on catalytic converters can also provide law enforcement with the information needed to identify stolen property, contact victims, and apprehend criminals.  This free "Etch and Catch"  event is open to residents of all cities. 

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Chew's Reviews - 'Fury'

Written By EGN on Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 20:40

By Gary Chew | October 16, 2014 |

Now showing

Following the thought processes of the principal characters in the new Brad Pitt film, “Fury,” might offer a semblance of reason as to why such barbaric acts are nowadays being performed for real ... (!) … by the ugly phenomenon known as ISIS or ISIL. The twist, though, is that the ISIS-like perpetrators in the movie are the good guys – slaughtering Nazis.

Since I came to cognition of my existence during World War II -- living in America -- I can accurately report that I seriously loathe the concept of Nazism. There's no need to conclude that I have any fascistic tendencies.

Fury” puts you inside a Sherman tank … that large, growling machine of war that can spout death on a sylvan glade of pasture in a heartbeat. Pitt (“Wardaddy” Collier) and his crew are in deep trouble since German Panzers are far superior to US tanks in the spring of 1945 when the Allies are marching on Berlin and the demise of Hitler and the Führer's imposed agony is imminent.

This is no “John Wayne” war movie. In terms of despair and death, “Slaughterhouse-Five, “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Thin Red Line” come closer. Grisly is the predominate tone of this “Fury.” Also unnerving are the psychological paths the minds of the slogging tankers ricochet along. Brutality takes its toll on Wardaddy and his crew ... all slipping ever more deeply into what was called “Shell Shock” in WWI ... and now PTSD.

Fury” is a five-star movie if measured for machismo and testosterone. There's even a short sequence when the killing subsides enough to allow Pitt to remove his shirt and, bare-chested, shave his chin stubble. “Wardaddy” is the paragon of a hard-nosed SOB; a loving father figure who brooks no screwing around about slaying Germans. He'll kick your ass, but always have your back. Wardaddy's motivation suggests that, outside being the boss of a big armored tank, Staff Sergeant Collier “ain't” got much going for him but pride and honor in what he does. It's at once impressive and pathetic ... and makes a person thankful such men exist for fighting for a just cause, and compels one to wonder if ISIS-types feel precisely the same way for reasons similar to what Wardaddy's guys experience when wasting German soldiers. Seems to me, it's not a bad idea to over-think such stuff.

This might be Pitt's best outing. He is terribly convincing. Also, Boyd “Bible” Swan, played by Shia LeBoeuf, diminishes any disbelief that might ensue as you watch “Fury.” Other excellent turns come from other crew members: Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis (obviously a Louisiana native) played by Jon Bernthal; Trini “Gordo” Garcia played by Michael Peña and Norman Ellison played by Logan Lerman as the new guy on the Sherman who has only been on active duty for eight weeks as a clerk typist before being ordered to serve on Wardaddy's mean machine that’s harder to handle than any funky Underwood typewriter.  Look for Lerman to be back since he's quite a good actor, doing an fine job with a important role that works heavily on the narrative.

David Ayer wrote and directed “Fury.” He could have fooled me about where he shot the film. It sure looks like über muddy rural terrain in Germany, but all of it was filmed at various locations across the UK and in London. Ayer had a writer's or director's hand in three other super macho movies: “The Fast and the Furious,” “Training Day” and “End of Watch.” Vin Diesel, Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal appeared in one of that kick-ass trio of flicks.  Add Brad Pitt to Ayer's list.
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