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Elk Grove Man Arrested on Suspicion of Elder Abuse

Written By EGN on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | 09:22

August 20, 2014 |

An Elk Grove man was arrested last night on suspicion of abusing his elderly grandmother.

According to Elk Grove Police, 20-year old Michael William Anderson was involved in verbal argument with his 87-year old grandmother. During the course of the confrontation, Anderson allegedly pushed his grandmother causing her to fall to the floor. 

The victim was taken to an area hospital for medical treatment and the suspect was arrested and booked into the county jail where he is being held on $100,000 bail. 

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Chaires Receives Democratic Party of Sacramento County Endorsement in City Council Race

Written By EGN on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | 19:00

August 19, 2014 |
Elk Grove Planning Commissioner and District 4 city council candidate Nancy Chaires announced several endorsements today. The latest round of endorsements come from a business association, Democratic club and a fellow city council candidate.
Chaires received the endorsement of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County and the Women Democrats of Sacramento County.
Nancy Chaires with supporters Elk Grove Vice Mayor Jim
Cooper (l) and California Assembly Member Dr. Richard Pan.
Also offering his support was District 4 candidate Kristofer Tan, who until last week was in the race. Chaires is facing Daniel Jimenez, Nayyar Sarfaraz and fellow Democrat Steve Ly.  
"After spending time and speaking with both Nancy Chaires and Steve Ly and getting to know them both, I strongly feel that Nancy Chaires is the most capable, most knowledgeable and definitively, the best candidate for the position," Tan said.
On the business side, Chaires also received the support of the Sacramento Association of Realtors (SAR) which represents thousands of small business owners in our region.
"I am encouraged by the strong support of the SAR," Chaires said. "We share common goals, such as the desire to bring good jobs to Elk Grove, to ensure that residents have a real opportunity to own a home in our city." 

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Elk Grove Police Arrest Heat-Packing Probationer

August 19, 2014 |

A known Elk Grove probationer was arrested yesterday afternoon on suspicion of three felony weapon charges after he was observed driving a vehicle with an expired registration.

According to Elk Grove Police, 18-year old Khalil Mustafa Sabree parked his car near Silhouette Drive and Wild Orchid Way and exited. After exiting, Sabree walked away and was contacted by an officer. 

Because he was known to be on probation, Sabree was detained and handcuffed. A probation search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a loaded unregistered handgun. 

Sabree was arrested and taken to the county jail where he remains in custody on a $100,000 bail.   

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Chaires Opens Office, Kicks Elk Grove City Council Campaign Into High Gear

Written By EGN on Monday, August 18, 2014 | 18:15

August 18, 2014 |

Elk Grove Planning Commissioner Nancy Chaires kicked-off her formal campaign for the Elk Grove City Council with an office opening ceremony on Saturday morning.

Chaires is seeking to fill the District 4 seat that is currently held by Bob Trigg. In January, 2013 Trigg was appointed to the District 4 position when Gary Davis was elected mayor of Elk Grove and vacated the seat.

Although there are four candidates who have qualified for the November ballot, it is believed the top two contenders are Chaires and fellow Democrat, Elk Grove Unified School District Trustee Steve Ly. Also appearing on the ballot are Daniel Jimenez and Nayyar Sarfaraz. 

In comments to the audience, without mentioning their names, Chaires took aim at Ly and his biggest supporter, Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis.

"In Elk Grove, when we elected people we expect them to fulfill their commitment," Chaires said. "We don't use our children, our community, as a steppingstone for political office, we are about service first."  

"If you trust me with your vote, with your support, I will fulfill my commitment," she added. 

Ly, who was elected to the EGUSD board in 2012 and is halfway through his first term, has been criticized by former supporters. One of Ly's former campaign volunteers, who now supports Chaires, said she felt betrayed by his decision to seek the District 4 seat.  

Davis, who supported Chaires when she sought the appointment that Trigg received, was targeted for his scheme to transform Elk Grove into a tourist destination as a means of correcting the city's well-documented jobs-to-homes imbalance. Chaires said she would work on realistic approaches to solve the problem.

"I want to bring a more focused approach than is happening now," Chaires said. "You won't hear me talking about turning Elk Grove into a tourist mecca. I'm going to be real." 

The event was attended by about a hundred supporters, elected officials and volunteers who later conducted a precinct walk on behalf of Chaires. Among elected officials in attendance were California Assembly Member Dr. Richard Pan, Elk Grove Vice Mayor Jim Cooper, Cosumnes Community Services District Director Rod Brewer, and Elk Grove Unified School District Trustees Bobbie Singh-Allen and Tony Perez.  

Also attending were Chaires' fellow planning commissioners George Murphey and Kevin Spease, both of whom were appointed by Davis. Murphey was appointed while Davis was a council member and Spease, who was sworn-in this January, was the mayor's first new planning commission appointment.

More of Chaires comments can be viewed in the video posted below. 

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Moore Fast Food, Moore Billboards, Moore Litter For Elk Grove

Written By EGN on Sunday, August 17, 2014 | 13:00

August 17, 2014 |

If there is one thing Elk Grove has, it's fast food outlets. Thanks to the efforts of one man, not only will Elk Grove be home to one more critically-needed McDonald's, we have the very distinct possibility that massive billboards will line our heretofore relatively clutter-free highways.

Let's just hope the city doesn't forget one crucial design element of all those fast food restaurants coming to Elk Grove in the future.

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Elk Grove Police Apprehend Car Audio Burglary Suspects

Written By EGN on Saturday, August 16, 2014 | 09:00

August 16, 2014 |

Two Sacramento men were arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of burglarizing a car for audio equipment. 

According to Elk Grove Police reports, officers were dispatched to the 9100 block of West Stockton Boulevard after receiving reports of two suspects casing cars. When officers arrived, they contacted 19-year old Raul Perez and 18-year old Nicolas Castillo, both of whom were sitting inside a truck with both doors open.

Officers observed that the dashboard had been dismantled and stereo components had been removed. The suspects were immediately detained. 

Officers also discovered that the door handle of the truck had been pried open and stereo parts belonging to the truck were in Perez's vehicle. The suspects were arrested and booked nto the county jail and have been rleased on bail. 

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Elk Grove Police, ABC to Host Workshop For Alcohol and Drug Training

Written By EGN on Friday, August 15, 2014 | 06:00

August 15, 2014

The Elk Grove Police Department is hosting a workshop for Elk Grove business owners holding a liquor license and their employees to attend a free seminar presented by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 8400 Laguna Palms Way (Council Chambers). 

The LEAD training - Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs - is a free, voluntary prevention and education program for retail licensees, their employees and applicants. The training will focus on the best practices and procedures for checking identifications, refusing service, preventing illicit drug activity and more. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will also provide updates on current alcohol laws along with additional facts concerning criminal, civil and ABC liability.

If you would like to attend, please or call or email Officer Jorge Benitez at (916) 478-8125 (jbenitez@elkgrovepd.org) to reserve a space. On the day of training, please bring a copy of your ABC license and arrive early.

This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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Chew's Reviews - 'Calvary"

Written By EGN on Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 00:30

By Gary Chew | August 15, 2014 |

Opens tomorrow in Sacramento

Words attributed to St Augustine preface John Michael McDonagh's new film,“Calvary”: “Do not despair; one of the thieves was saved. Do not presume; one of the thieves was damned.”

Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest, not guilty of abusing children who attend his church in a small coastal Irish community. For that reason, the unseen man speaking through the small confessional window tells Father James that he, the penitent, will kill the priest in a week's time for past sexual abuses visited upon the penitent as a boy. The man is so filled with rage that he believes the Catholic Church will suffer more damage if a good priest is executed instead of one who, in fact, is culpable for initiating such atrocious sexual acts.

I inferred from this startling initial scene that Father James knows the man's identity. The audience however, is not privy to it; and as “Calvary” continues, my inference about the priest knowing the penitent proves correct. Father James continues with his routine parish duties, mentioning the threat only to the bishop, but without identification. The days begin to tick off.

“Calvary” is mostly comprised of short, powerful scenes that depict Father James engaged with several characters of the small town. Each is representative of common stereotypes found in everyday life.

There's Father James' fellow priest who is younger, less experienced and suffers from shallowness; a listless, wealthy entreprenuer who has a bad case of “emptiness”; a promiscuous wife and her cuckold husband; a strategic-minded bishop with advice; a local police official involved with a ruffian sort of male who is gay; and a committed physician at the local hospital who is an atheist.

The other principal character, and by far most interesting, is Father James' single, adult daughter who's come to visit him from her London home. Prior to joining the priesthood, James was married and fathered the daughter, and named her Fiona. His wife died in childbirth. Kelly Reilly plays Fiona. The relationship between father and daughter gives “Calvary” even more weight that includes scenes that are most touching.

Not to worry though, the first half of the film allows for a good deal of light, good humor despite the ominous warning laid on Father James at the outset. The mix of relationships the direct, taciturn, “no funny business” priest reveals that, underneath, he is of a good nature with a strong motivation to render Grace to people of his town when he can. How he's able to shift from one kind of parishioner to another with whatever appropriate and honest concern called for ... gives Gleeson a fertile platform on which to ply his well-oiled acting chops.

Gleeson played the title role of McDonagh's previous film from 2011 … “The Guard.” As in that film, all the “Calvary” cast turns in a fine performance.

Interestingly, the supposed place that might be the “Scene for Calvary” is not a small hill that resembles a skull, but a flat stretch of sand known to the townspeople as “the beach.”

Copyright © 2014 by Gary Chew. All rights reserved.

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Elk Grove City Council to Discuss Contractors' Dispute at Closed Special Meeting

Written By EGN on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | 14:29

August 13, 2014 |

Although they are normally recessed for their first meeting in August for summer break, at the last minute a special meeting of the Elk Grove City Council was scheduled yesterday afternoon for a 5 p.m. closed session.

The closed session meeting include a discussion of a lawsuit between Monty R. Stanley against Bobo Construction. Bobo was the general contractor that built the city's recently opened Special Waste and Collection Center located at 9255 Disposal Lane.

The site of the city's new waste facility is on land purchased from Gyan "Guy" Kalwani. The site was formerly a waste recycling facility.

In 2012 Kalwani was sued by the Sacramento County District Attorney's office for environmental and business practices violations.  

Stanley was a subcontractor for Bobo but was fired prior to completion of the project. The case being discussed in the closed session is filed with the Sacramento Superior Court, Case  34-2013-00151165. 

Stanley and North West Surfacing also filed a lawsuit against Bobo and the City of Elk Grove in Federal Court earlier this year, Case no. 2:2014at00015. The disposition of that case is not known as of this posting. 

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Elk Grove Unified Schools Offering Free Immunization Clinic Today, Friday

August 13, 2014 |

The Elk Grove Unified School District will hold two free immunization clinics for eligible students on August 13 and 15 at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center (9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove, 95624) in the Board Room.  

Parents must bring their child’s Immunization Card (yellow card) or “Out of Compliance” letter from their school to the clinic. No appointments are needed to attend the immunization clinics.   

Clinics will be held at the following times on these dates:
  • August 13, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for all grades K-12
  • August 15, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for all grades K-12
To be eligible to participate in the immunization clinics, families must meet the following requirements:
  • Have no health insurance or insurance that does not cover vaccines
  • Are Medi-Cal eligible
  • Are American Indian or Alaskan Native

For more information about the immunization clinics, contact Tami Silvera in EGUSD’s Student Support & Health Services at (916) 686-7568.

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Water bond includes $485 million to buy water for Brown’s death tunnels

By Dan Bacher | August 13, 2014 |
Yesterday Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and over two dozen agricultural, water, environmental, labor and corporate representatives called for action on Brown's controversial revised water bond, while defenders of the Delta and its imperiled fish populations slammed the proposed measure for containing $484 million to buy water pumped into the Bay Delta Conservation Plan's peripheral tunnels. 

NGOs backing the Governor's revised $7 million bond include the Community Water Center, Nature Conservancy, California Trout, American Rivers, Trout Unlimited, California Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). None of these groups, as opposed to the majority of grassroots environmental, fishing and consumer groups across the state, have gone on record against the construction of the twin tunnels, the most environmentally destructive proposed project in California history. 
The Legislature is likely to approve the Governor's water bond this afternoon, although the new language has only been available for two days. On Monday, Brown signed legislation extending the deadline to place a new water bond on the ballot by 48 hours.
The Nature Conservancy Water Program Director Brian Stranko's statement of praise for the Governor's proposal was typical of those made by pro-bond NGO representatives. 

“In this historic drought, our communities are suffering, our farms are suffering and the environment upon which we all depend is suffering. Our window to prepare for future droughts is now," said Stranko. "We need a well-structured Water Bond, one that invests in water infrastructure improvements and one that protects and restores our natural environment. That's what is necessary to get us through this drought and what is necessary to get a bond voters across the state will support in November.” 

The press release from the Governor's Office is available here

The Governor and legislative leaders in recent weeks have claimed that the bond must be "tunnels neutral" to garner the support of voters, but there was no mention of "tunnel neutrality" in the statements released by the Governor's Office yesterday. 

However, State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) issued a statement claiming that the new bond proposal is "tunnels neutral." 

"We fought hard to ensure this bond would be BDCP neutral and to ensure no funds will be used for the Delta Tunnels, including to pay for costs for their mitigation. We also won recognition and first time ever funding of $50 million for the Delta Conservancy, including their ability to fund important agriculture sustainability projects in the Delta. All told, it’s a good deal for the Delta and Northern California," Wolk said. 

Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Governor Brown's rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, disagreed. The group called upon Delta and other legislators to vote against Governor Brown’s water bond proposal, saying it is NOT “tunnels neutral,” and contains $485 million to buy water to be pumped into the tunnels. RTD called upon Delta legislators to reject any bond with false protections. 

“This bond proposal gives the Brown administration $485 million to buy water to be pumped into the tunnels,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla. “It contains false protections for the Delta, and we call upon legislators, especially those representing the Delta, to vote against it. We are not fooled, and this bond will become a referendum on the tunnels. That is not going to advance the water solutions we need.” 

Barrigan-Parrilla said the governor’s flow language would allow public funds to be used to purchase water that could be diverted into the Delta tunnels. The Department of Fish and Wildlife would use up to $485,000,000 from Sections 79733 and 79737 to buy water that would be dedicated under Water Code Section 1707 for instream use in waterways upstream of the Delta. 

"However, once that water reached the tunnel intakes it could be diverted into the tunnels," said Barrigan-Parrilla. "The new wording does not prevent that. This water would be available for export from the Delta the same as any other water purchased by the exporters. The public would be paying for that benefit to the exporters." 

Barrigan-Parrilla urged people to call Speaker Atkins and President pro Tem Steinberg and let their staff know you are against a water bond with environmental water account funds for water to fill the Delta tunnels and against money for habitat restoration that will pave the way for construction of the Delta tunnels. Their phone numbers are below: 

Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg: 916-651-4006 
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins: 916-319-2078 

Kathryn Phillips, Sierra Club California Director, also issued an action alert, "Stop the Free Ride for Dam Builders," about the water bond. She urged Club members and supporters to call Assembly Member Eggman at 916-319-2013 and ask their representativse to VOTE NO on AB 1471 and SB 866 unless they are amended to make sure that there is a level playing field for all California, no preference for Central Valley dams, and responsible legislative oversight of how the money is spent. 

"This week, the legislature will vote on either of two bond bills, Senate Bill 866 and Assembly Bill 1471. The bills are identical and if either of them passes, it means that voters will face a $7.2 billion water bond ballot measure in November that will devote a third of its value to dam builders in the Central Valley. And the legislature will forfeit its traditional oversight role for this money for dams," said Phillips. 

"Call Assembly Member Eggman at 916-319-2013 and urge your representative to VOTE NO on AB 1471 and SB SB 866. It's OK to call after hours and leave a message," she urged. 

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Elk Grove Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint This Weekend

August 13, 2014 |

The Elk Grove Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety/Driver's License checkpoint this weekend in Elk Grove.

The checkpoint will be conducted at an undisclosed location within the city limits and will focus on removing impaired drivers, as well as unlicensed drivers from the roadways. The checkpoint will be conducted this Friday night from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m.

Educational materials covering the dangers of driving under the influence will also be handed out to motorists. Funding for the sobriety checkpoint is provided through a grant from the U.C. Berkeley Traffic Safety Center with primary funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The public is encouraged to call the Elk Grove Police Department at (916) 714-5111 (emergency line) or 911 if they observe impaired drivers on the roadways. For additional information, please contact Sergeant Dan Schnepple at (916) 478-8116.

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Elk Grove City Council Member Fined $3,500 for Personal Use of Campaign Funds

Written By EGN on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | 15:00

August 19, 2014 |

An Elk Grove City Council Member has been fined $3,500 by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for illegal use of campaign funds.

The fine is being assessed against second-term council member Steve Detrick after he used campaign funds to finance his son Brian’s on-going defamation lawsuit against Elk Grove resident Connie Conley. The fine, which will be officially levied at the FPPC’s Thursday, August 21 regular meeting, is a stipulation agreement whereby Detrick will acknowledge that he illegally used funds for personal purposes.

Elk Grove City Council Member
Steve Detrick. 
In levying the fine, which could be a maximum of $5,000, the FPPC report noted that Detrick acknowledged his payment of over $93,000 to the Sacramento-based law firm Boutin Jones for Brian Detrick’s litigation cost. Detrick said he believed he was legally using his campaign funds to pay for his son’s legal expenses against Conley, whom he considered a political rival.

The report noted “Respondent [Detrick] contends that at the time he directed the payments he mistakenly believed they were lawful expenditures of the Committee’s funds because Constance Conley is a political rival and former employee of Respondent and he believed her allegedly libelous statements about Brian Detrick were motivated by her political and personal rivalry with Respondent.”

The report also noted the seriousness of violation saying “By using campaign funds to pay his son’s legal bills, Respondent violated this important provision of the Act. Further, Respondent violated the Act in a similar manner on a prior occasion by using campaign funds at a charitable auction and making personal use of the items purchased.”

The complaint was originally filed in February by Elk Grove resident Linda Ford. A co-founder of the Elk Grove Community Connection organization, Ford had been a volunteer on Detrick’s 2008 campaign.  

Ford did not respond to an email request seeking comment on the matter.    

This fine is the second for Detrick in the last three months from the FPPC. In June, Detrick was fined $1,500 for using $425 from his campaign funds to purchase a vacation package at a charitable event. 

Detrick did not respond to request to comment on the matter as of this posting. As of his June 30 financial disclosure filed with the Elk Grove City Clerk's office, Detrick has repaid his fund $31,500.

The stipulation agreement and the FPPC ruling can be viewed here

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Oregon Traveler Arrested by Elk Grove Police After Refusing to Leave Hotel Room

August 12, 2014 |

An Oregon woman got an extended stay in Sacramento County after she refused to leave her Elk Grove hotel room yesterday afternoon.

According to Elk Grove Police reports, 27-year old Kalia Ruthstrom of Medford, Ore. was booked into a room at the Hampton Inn on Longport Drive and refused to leave after check-out time. Responding police officers contacted Ruthstrom and two other people in the room.

A consent search of the suspect led to the discovery of a controlled substances. Ruthstrom was arrested and booked into the county jail where she remains in custody ineligible for bail. 

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Teens Robbing Teens at Gunpoint in Elk Grove

Written By EGN on Monday, August 11, 2014 | 11:28

August 11, 2014 |

Two teenage males were robbed at gunpoint Saturday afternoon by a group of teenage suspects.

According to Elk Grove Police, the 13 and 14 year-old victims were on the 9000 block of Bruceville Road when they were approached by several teenage males demanding their personal property. During the confrontation, one of the suspects brandished a handgun.

The victims gave their property to the armed suspect and another suspect stole their money. The armed suspect was described as a black male, 17-19, wearing a red shirt, red sweat pants with a red backpack and the other was described as a black male, 17-19 wearing a white shirt. 

Responding officers were unable to locate the suspects.

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Cooper Opens New Campaign Office, Gears Up For Ninth District Assembly Race

Written By EGN on Sunday, August 10, 2014 | 16:28

August 10, 2014 |

With his June primary first place showing and the November general election on the very near horizon, Elk Grove Vice Mayor Jim Cooper officially kicked off his race for the California Assembly Ninth District seat yesterday in Elk Grove.

With the opening of newer, larger offices near his previous headquarters on Laguna Boulevard, Cooper is gearing up for the November election against his fellow Democrat, Sacramento City Council Member Darrell Fong. Even though Cooper and Fong are both Democrats, they were the top two finishers in the five-way June primary and will advance to the November general election.

With a large group of volunteers and supporters, Cooper thanked everyone for their support in his June first-place finish victory and stressed the importance of maintaining that momentum.

"No one ever does it alone," Cooper told his campaign volunteers. "If you guys weren't doing it, it would never happen, so I appreciate that."

Among elected officials on hand were Elk Grove Council Member Steve Detrick, Cosumnes Community Services Director Rod Brewer and former Sacramento City Council Member Robbie Walters. Also attending the function was Cooper's 2007 appointment to the Elk Grove Planning Commission and current Elk Grove City Council District 4 candidate, Nancy Chaires.

Cooper lent his support to Chaires noting her broad-based support in Elk Grove and said she would be an ideal addition to the city council.   

"That was one of the best decisions I ever made for Elk Grove," Cooper said of his appointing Chaires. "She knows her stuff...she is the best."

Cooper's campaign office is located at 8238 Laguna Blvd., Suite 200, Elk Grove. More information on his campaign is available here

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan opponents ask Brown to release water bond language

Written By EGN on Saturday, August 9, 2014 | 06:00

By Dan Bacher | August 9, 2014 |

In an email sent to his campaign supporters on August 5, Governor Jerry Brown called for a “no frills, no pork” $6 billion bond that would be “tunnels neutral.”

Opponents of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s proposed $67 billion tunnels quickly challenged the claim that the bond is” tunnels neutral” – and called for Brown to release the language of his water bond.

Brown explained the reasons for his pared down bond in his email, one of only three his campaign staff have sent out to supporters during his reelection campaign:

“Five years ago, state legislators and the Governor put a pork-laden water bond on the ballot — with a price tag beyond what’s reasonable or affordable. The cost to taxpayers would be enormous — $750 million a year for 30 years — and would come at the expense of funding for schools, health care and public safety. This is on top of the nearly $8 billion a year the state already spends on bond debt service.”

Since being elected governor, I’ve worked with the Legislature to reduce the state’s fiscal liabilities. Together, we’ve made steady progress paying down debt and enacting responsible, balanced budgets and it is no time to turn back now. Therefore, I’m proposing a no-frills, no-pork water bond that invests in the MOST CRITICAL PROJECTS without breaking the bank.

“My $6 billion plan provides for water use efficiency and recycling, effective groundwater management and added storage. It invests in safe drinking water, particularly in disadvantaged communities and for watershed restoration and increased flows in some of our most important rivers and streams.”

In June, the Brown administration circulated an outline for his bond, the "Water Action Plan Financing Act of 2014,” among Legislators, water districts and stakeholders. The measure includes $2 billion for storage, $1.5 billion for watershed protection, watershed ecosystem restoration and state settlements, $1.5 billion for water quality and water supply reliability, $500 million for the Delta and $500 million for statewide flood management.

Brown's proposed bond would be "BDCP (Bay Delta Conservation Plan) neutral," the outline stated.

Restore the Delta (RTD) questioned Governor Brown’s assertion that his new water bond is “tunnels neutral,” and called upon him to release his specific proposed language.

“Governor Brown is using the bully pulpit of his office to insist that his bond proposal is tunnel neutral,” said RTD Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, "However, with $700 million marked for statewide water related habitat, flows, and water quality in watersheds, Restore the Delta questions if these funds will be used to create the water fund account needed to make the Delta tunnels project operational.”

“We are calling on Governor Brown to release the specific proposed language of the bond to prove that it is truly Delta tunnels neutral. According to documents from a Freedom of Information Act Request filled by the Kern County Water Agency, BDCP water exporters are expecting the State to fund a water flows account for over $1 billion so that they can receive full export levels from the project,” said Barrigan-Parrilla.

“This documented assurance reveals that the water exporters thirst will not be quenched by a tunnel project that simply promotes reliability, but rather by one that produces more and more from Northern California groundwater supplies, rivers, and the SF Bay-Delta estuary," she stated.

Assembly Member Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) summed up the feelings of many tunnel opponents when she said at a big rally against the BDCP at the State Capitol on July 29, “We don’t want to support a water bond that is tunnels neutral. We want a bond that is tunnels negative.”

Here is the link to documents showing that the water exporters are counting on money from a state water bond to help finance the project and mitigate its damage to fisheries, river flows and the Delta: http://restorethedelta.org/documents-for-august-6-press-release/

BDCP background: Governor Jerrry Brown's Bay Delta Delta Conservation Plan to build the 35-mile long peripheral tunnels won't create one drop of new water, but the project will lead to horrendous environmental degradation, according to tunnel critics. The construction of the tunnels, estimated to cost $67 billion, will hasten the extinction of Central Valley Chinook salmon, Delta and longfin smelt and other fish species, as well as imperil the salmon and steelhead populations on the Trinity and Klamath rivers.

BDCP opponents say Brown's "legacy" project will destroy the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas that provides a nursery for many species. It will harm salmon, halibut, leopard shark, soupfin shark, sevengill shark, anchovy, sardine, herring, groundfish and Dungeness crab populations stretching from Southern Washington to Southern California.

Under the guise of habitat restoration, the BDCP will take vast tracts of Delta farmland, among the most fertile on the planet, out of production in order to irrigate toxic, drainage impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and provide Delta water to Southern California developers and oil companies conducting fracking and steam injection operations in Kern County.

The tunnels are being constructed in tandem with the federal government's plan to raise Shasta Dam, a project that will flood many of the remaining sacred sites of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe that weren't inundated by Shasta Dam.

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Was Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis' 'Ball Hog' Tweet Helpful?

Written By EGN on Friday, August 8, 2014 | 12:00

August 8, 2014 |

In the days since the announcement that the Sacramento Kings ownership group is interested in acquiring a piece of Sacramento Republic FC in hopes of luring a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise to the area, there have been a flurry of reports and speculation about that possibility.

Not to be outdone, and to show that he still has his foot on the matter, Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis and his soccer supporters weighed in on the matter in recent days.

First there was a report on KCRA where Davis suggested that Sacramento has its hands full with the downtown arena and should leave it to Elk Grove. There was also a report in the Sacramento Business Journal where Davis' soccer partner Fabian Nunez said that Elk Grove is still in the hunt for an MLS expansion franchise.   

Aside from telling Sacramento Mayor Ken Johnson and his group that "they ought to keep their eyes on that ball  [Sacramento Kings] and keep their feet off of ours," Davis took to social media to argue his case.
In what can be best described as aggressive-passive message, Davis broadcasts the above message on Twitter that calls Johnson a ball hog, but then after calling him out, asks for his cooperation.

So is the Mayor's act that of someone painted into a corner, an act of desperation? Or is Davis simply defending the honor, not to mention the effort already devoted to the project, of Elk Grove?   

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With Filing Deadline Looming, Will Davis, Hume be Unopposed?

Written By EGN on Thursday, August 7, 2014 | 12:00

August 7, 2014 |

According to information posted on the Elk Grove City Clerk's page, the deadline for would-be candidates to file papers to run for the city council or mayor is this Friday at 5 p.m.

In the District 4 race, there are six individuals who pulled papers, five of whom have submitted nomination papers. A sixth District 4 resident, Charles Shanks, filed intention papers last February but has not submitted nomination papers as of today.

While the District 4 race should be competitive, as of today, the same cannot be said of the race for mayor or the District 2 seat. According to information on the city clerk's webpage, no individuals have drawn papers to run against Mayor Gary Davis or District 2 Council Member Pat Hume.

Should Davis and Hume appear on November's ballot unopposed, it would not be the first time in Elk Grove's brief history that sitting council member ran unopposed. In 2012, Elk Grove city council members Jim Cooper and Steve Detrick were swept back in for additional terms when they ran unopposed. 

Davis and Hume were both first elected to the Elk Grove City Council in 2006 in highly competitive, expensive and occasionally dirty races against two very unpopular original city council members. As challengers, Davis and Hume drew hundreds-of-thousands of dollars, mostly from real estate developers and construction-related trade unions, to finance their races. Since that election cycle, the big-money needed for challengers to run a viable campaign against an incumbent has disappeared.   

So if Davis and Hume go unopposed, as Cooper and Detrick did in 2012, is this the start of a permanent city council? If so, maybe a name change to the Elk Grove City Politburo would be in order.  


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Store Employee, Suspect Tussle in Elk Grove Shoplifting Incident

August 7, 2014 |

For retail loss prevention employees, apprehending suspected shoplifters in Elk Grove is increasingly resulting in physical confrontations. Yesterday's incident at the Home Depot was the third case in the last week where store employees were accosted by shoplifting suspects.

According to Elk Grove Police, 39-year old Dacorey Satterwhite of Sacramento, was observed shoplifting merchandise. When he left the store without paying, a store loss prevention employee approached him and Satterwhite initiated a physical confrontation.

Following the confrontation, the suspect then ran to an awaiting car that was occupied by 42-year old Sharon Cooper of Sacramento and another occupant. The car fled but was quickly stopped by responding police officers. 

After being positively identified, Satterwhite and Cooper were arrested and booked into the county jail where they remain in custody on a $10,000 bail.    

This is the third incident in the last week where Elk Grove retail employees were physically confronted by shoplifting suspects. Last Thursday a Bed, Bath and Beyond employee was pepper sprayed and on Sunday a Winco employee was injured in an altercation with a suspect. 

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UPDATED Ose Accuses Bera of Dirty Campaign Tricks

Written By EGN on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | 14:15

August 5, 2014 |

In an indication of the coming battle for California's Seventh Congressional District, Democratic Congressman Ami Bera's campaign has been accused of dirty tricks by his Republican challenger, former Congressman Doug Ose.  
Assem Chipalkatti.
Photo courtesy Ose

According to an email sent today by Ose campaign staffer Michawn Rich, a current Bera campaign volunteer and former Congressional intern, Assem Chipalkatti, allegedly attempted to volunteer for the Ose campaign at about 3 p.m. yesterday. Rich said that Chipalkatti told the Ose staff that he had worked for Republican candidates in Washington and that he felt Ose was the best person for the job given Bera's support of the Affordable Health Care Act.

Rich claimed the staff was on to the proposition, and after listening, "politely escorted him from the premises." Chipalkatti's alleged action was characterized as an attempted infiltration. 

The Bera campaign has been contacted, and campaign manager Danny Kazin as of this posting responded by saying the matter was just brought to their attention and that it is being investigated. said Chipalkatti "volunteered for us in the past but was no longer associated with our campaign when he apparently visited Ose's headquarters yesterday. Nobody from our campaign directed or suggested that he go there."

Ose called on Bera to discipline his campaign manager, adding that "This may be an acceptable parlor game in Washington, D.C., but it is not what the people of Sacramento County expect from their elected officials." 

Additionally, Ose took the opportunity to renew his challenge for a series of five debates in the weeks leading up to the elections. Currently no debates between Bera and Ose have been scheduled. 

“Instead of trying to infiltrate our office, Bera’s campaign staff should work to establish the five debates that I have proposed," Ose said. "The voters deserve to hear about our competing visions for this district.”


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Three Suspects Arrested After Alleged Home Depot Shoplifting Incident

August 5, 2014 |

Three suspects, one of whom had two outstanding arrest warrants, were arrested yesterday afternoon following an attempted shoplifting at Elk Grove's Home Depot.

According to Elk Grove Police, 47-year old Kenneth Holloway was observed leaving the store through a rear exit with merchandise he did not purchase. As loss prevention personnel pursued Holloway, he reached a car being driven by 45-year old Cancio Soto and dove in the car through an open window.

The car fled the area without the merchandise and responding officers located the vehicle a short distance away. A records check revealed that Holloway had two outstanding warrants and was arrested.

Soto, and a passenger in the car, 24-year old Janae Rodriguez were arrested and a search found that Rodriguez was in the possession of the controlled substance.  

Holloway is being held on four felony charges and is not eligible for bail. Soto is being held on $80,000 bail and Rodriguez has been released on bail. 

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