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Dave Roughton, the future CEO of SAFE Credit Union.

SAFE Credit Union Appoints New CEO

Posted: 8/21/2015

ARDEN ARCADE, CA (MPG) - SAFE Credit Union has announced that its board of directors appointed current president, Dave Roughton, into the position of president and chief executive officer effective March 31st, 2016. This appointment replaces Henry Wirz, who is retiring after more than 36 years of remarkable service to the credit union, its members, and the community.

After concluding an extensive candidate search and evaluation process, the SAFE board of directors unanimously selected Roughton for the position, citing his years of experience and effective leadership in the financial industry and his position as a community advocate.

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Coming El Nino May Not End Historic Drought

Posted: 8/21/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - State Climatologist Michael Anderson issued the following statement on potential El Niño conditions:

“California cannot count on potential El Niño conditions to halt or reverse drought conditions. Historical weather data shows us that at best, there is a 50/50 chance of having a wetter winter. Unfortunately, due to shifting climate patterns, we cannot even be that sure.”

The current drought has resulted in observations of new, record-high temperatures and record-low snowpack for California. Five of the lowest 10 snowpacks on record have occurred in the last decade, including the past four years. The seasonal snowpack is a key element to California’s water resources management, modulating winter precipitation into spring runoff for beneficial use through the dry summer.

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DMV Issues Nearly 400,000 Licenses Under AB 60

Posted: 8/7/2015

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - During the first six months of implementing Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60), the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has issued approximately 397,000 driver’s licenses to undocumented applicants who have met all requirements necessary to enjoy driving privileges in California. This figure represents more than half of the total 759,000 original driver’s licenses that have been distributed during the first half of 2015.

“The latest numbers reflect the continued successful implementation of AB 60,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “The DMV was determined to develop a process that would not only meet the stringent requirements of this new law, but also the unique needs of our newly expanded customer base.”

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On-the-Job Training Increases, Employment Pool Shrinks

Posted: 8/7/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Employee retention, qualified applicants, and specialized skills are motivating more in-house training and opportunity in the Sacramento area. Internships and probationary and apprenticeship programs are growing as the pool of skilled workers shrinks. For several quarters, an increasing number of Sacramento’s top regional companies have noted growing problems with finding enough qualified applicants (those with specific, often technical skills) and keeping the employees currently on the job. Falling unemployment, recovery from recession years, and an aging workforce are thinning the formerly large numbers applying. Pacific Staffing discovered a “back to the future” approach when polling local companies, finding a vast majority (76%) report having existing or now using more on-the-job training in meeting specific workforce needs in hiring.

Sacramento regional employers were asked, “Is it time for employers to open work to entry levels and train on the job for specific proprietary needs?” Just 23% didn’t have or support on-the-job training, while 1% didn’t answer. The apprentice or “old school” approach to filling employment needs has never gone completely out of style with Sacramento regional companies. As some HR contacts noted when surveyed directly between May 19th and June 19th, 2015, a policy to recruit from local sources and train within the company for specific skills also reaps greater loyalty and individual company and geographic identity.

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New Landscape Watering Limits Set by SSWD

Offers Rebate Programs to Help Customers Conserve

Posted: 7/17/2015

Fight the Drought!  Make Every Drop Count!

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD) has put new outdoor watering restrictions in place that limit landscape irrigation to two days per week on specific days and times.

The new watering guidelines are designed to encourage water reductions in light of the severe drought plaguing California and new directives from the Governor and State Water Resources Control Board to reduce water use. SSWD is required to reduce its water use by 32%.

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SMUD Receives Recognition for Reliable Electric Operations

Posted: 7/17/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is one of 191 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.

Kenneth Stone, energy services and accounting manager at Braintree Electric Light Department of Braintree, Massachusetts, and executive committee member of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on May 18th during the association’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference held in Sacramento.

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Comic Con Captivates Crowds

By Christie Spurlock and Allison Buchholtz
Posted: 7/3/2015


State Urges Californians to Stay Safe in Extreme Heat

Posted: 7/3/2015


Clean Air Awards Recognize Dedication to Air Quality Improvement

Posted: 6/19/2015


Lady Antebellum: A Traveling Family

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 6/19/2015


The Crocker Art Museum Presents ‘David Ligare: California Classicist’

Posted: 6/5/2015


State Indian Museum Presents Annual Gathering of Honored Elders

Posted: 6/5/2015


Rellik: It’s A Wrap

Pilot Set to be Released at Local Comic Con

By Ben Barber and Christie Spurlock
Photos by Ben Barber
Posted: 6/5/2015


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