Playmakers to Host Annual Fundraising Dinner

By Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-04-13

(Left to right) San Juan Unified School District Athletics Director Ron Barney, Rio Head Coach Sam Stroughter, El Camino Head Coach JP Dolliver, Playmaker Founder Greg Roeszler, and Playmaker Director Phil Dubois plan to bring rival teams together through community service. Photo by Shaunna Boyd.

Proceeds Fund Free Summer Program for Local At-Risk Youth

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Playmakers Organization is a local non-profit that coaches character through leadership and provides free programs to underprivileged and at-risk youth. The Playmakers Organization is hosting their 10th annual fundraising dinner on Saturday, April 27 at Divine Savior Church, 9079 Greenback Lane in Orangevale.

Playmakers founder Greg Roeszler (known as Coach Roz) said the goal of the organization is “to serve extremely at-risk kids and support them in the development of character, academics, sports and recreation — and to create a bond that the kids and their families can depend on.”

Roeszler said the upcoming fundraiser dinner “is a very inspirational evening; it’s very kid-driven.” Roeszler explained that kids who are involved in the Playmakers program speak at the event and “they will bring you to happy tears.” The dinner is an opportunity for the kids “to tell their story.”

The event will honor Playmakers sponsor Harrison Phillips of the Buffalo Bills and will celebrate Playmakers civic group participants — Rotary, Optimists, and Lions. Playmakers will also be welcoming Stanford defensive linemen Michael Williams and Joe Swahn as honored guests. The keynote speaker will be Phil Oates, part-owner of the Sacramento Kings.

Players from the Rio Americano and El Camino football teams will be serving together at the dinner, helping to set up the event and serve food throughout the evening. Their service is part of an effort to reconcile the teams after a brawl last season that forced them to forfeit the final game.

 Food will be provided by Chicago Fire, which will be serving pizza, wings, and salads. The event includes a live auction, DJ, and no-host bar.

Proceeds from the event will fund the Playmakers Summer Academy, an all-day program that is completely free for families that can’t afford childcare during the summer months.

Tickets are $40 and are available for purchase at

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Celebrating 50 Years

Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-04-13

Carmichael Pride: The 12U Carmichael Pride team celebrates opening day.

Carmichael Girls Softball League to Host Alumni Game Story

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael Girls Softball (CGS) is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. In honor of the occasion, CGS is hosting an alumni softball game on Saturday, May 11 on Field 2 at Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Ave. in Carmichael.

The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a preview of the evening’s silent auction items, featuring baskets of goodies assembled by each of the 22 teams in the league. At 4:00 p.m., the alumni game will commence with the first pitch. A celebratory dinner will begin at 5:45 p.m., catered by Texas Roadhouse. The winners of the raffle and silent auction will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to watch the exhibition alumni game, which is free to attend. Tickets for the dinner are $15 for adults and $6 for kids. Tickets can be purchased by visiting and clicking on the “For Parents” link above the anniversary event details.

Founded in 1969, CGS is a non-profit organization 100% staffed by volunteers. CGS welcomes players of all skill levels and any girl between the ages of 4 and 17 can participate.

CGS states that they strive “to teach character, confidence, and courage in a fun environment through quality instruction using the principles of Positive Coaching. Our mission is to provide opportunity for every player to develop her softball skills, have respect for her teammates and competitors, and achieve her individual goals. We will strive to teach life lessons along the way.”

Corey Papais, head coach of the 12U Team, said, “We teach the girls good sportsmanship, camaraderie, and friendship. The girls are the most important aspect of the league, so first and foremost, we want to ensure they enjoy the game.”

“It’s an amazing accomplishment to last 50 years, and to be able to sustain such longevity,” said Papais. “I’m really happy to be involved and excited to celebrate this milestone. I am also very proud of our Board for keeping the league going throughout the years. And special thanks to Rhonda Stefko, the 50th Anniversary Director, who is coordinating the entire event.”

Anyone who played in the league in the last 50 years (excluding current players) is encouraged to sign up to play in the exhibition game. If you would like to participate, email Rhonda Stefko ( or Jen Leavitt (

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DMV Office serves members of the Legislature

SACRAMENTO, CA - Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) introduced Assembly Bill 862 today that would prohibit the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from operating a secret DMV field office that only serves a select group of individuals in state government, including Members of the Legislature and their staff.

“At a time when the DMV is failing to adequately serve Californians, it is unconscionable that lawmakers tasked with keeping the department accountable do not have to wait in the same lines as the people they represent,” Kiley said. “We’ll see if there’s more interest in fixing the DMV once all California Legislators are required to endure the same experience as their constituents.”

Multiple news reports and audits in recent months have highlighted the DMV’s deficiencies, including:
Over 6-8 hours wait times in many locations; Mishandling of 23,000 voter registrations since passage of Motor Voter law; Incorrectly registering over 1,500 ineligible voters, including non-citizens; Preventing over 500 eligible voters from registering due to failure to submit paperwork on time; Employee sleeping on the job over 2,000 hours; Dozens of technology outages disabling operations for hours at a time; Failing to comply with federal law regarding Real ID identity verification; Resignation of DMV director responsible for mismanagement.

Most recently, an audit by the Department of Finance uncovered a number of concerning findings at the DMV including an outdated organizational structure, poor performing IT systems, and a failure to properly train employees to meet the needs of customers.

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes the Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado County communities of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Orangevale, Penryn, Rocklin, Roseville, and Sheridan.

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Chamber Awards Honor DA and Business Leaders

By Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-04-13

Sacramento DA Anne Marie Schubert (center) was named Person of the Year at the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce gala. She was joined by Rosemarie Martell, Connor Pexa, Ron Greenwood and Mahmud Shariff. Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) ­- Carmichael Chamber of Commerce has chosen Anne Marie Schubert – in her second term as District Attorney – as Carmichael Person of the Year. A recent awards dinner saw Schubert and other community leaders honored. Shriners Hospitals of Northern California was named Non-Profit of the Year.

More than 250 chamber supporters attended the sold-out fundraiser at Arden Hills Resort. Program emcee was Good Day Sacramento anchor Tina Macuha. Presenters included former Sheriff John McGinness.

While protestors against Schubert’s recent decision not to charge police officers in the 2018 Stephon Clark shooting gathered in the street, the DA’s indoor reception was notably warmer.  Attendees greeted her introduction with a standing ovation.

The gala also recognized greengrocer Rosemarie Martell as 2019 businesswoman; jeweler/philanthropist Mahmud Shariff was named top businessman; realtor and community activist Ron Greenwood took volunteer laurels. El Camino High School student Connor Pexa was lauded for volunteer work with seniors.

With her two young sons on hand, Anne Marie Schubert reflected that she – and predecessor DA Jan Scully – both were raised in Carmichael and attended Loretto High School. She reflected that if her youth was a halcyon time, her recent times as DA have been harrowing. “2018 was a very tough year,” she said. “There were tremendous highs and lows for my department but we will always be about justice. The [Chamber of Commerce] award means so much to me because I grew up in this neighborhood as one of seven kids. It warms my heart when people come up to me and say they worked with my dad. I’ll always be proud to come back to this community.”

Among auction items offered at the fundraiser, a painting of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center by Carmichael artist David Peterson sold for $700. A group breakfast tour at Good Day Sacramento with Tina Macuha raised $450. Alpha One Ambulance owner Tom Arjil won a $2000 diamond ring donated by Sharif Jewelers.

Event sponsors included SMUD, Dignity Health, Golden 1 Credit Union and SAFE Credit Union.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Capitol Pops Concert Band will celebrate its 22nd anniversary with a free, open to the public concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, in the Rusch Park Auditorium, 7801 Auburn Blvd., in Citrus Heights.

Under the baton of Director Judith Steinle, the CPCB will perform a fresh program of pops tunes reflecting the band's "Take Me Away" theme -- a musical journey designed to please a wide variety of listener tastes. The two-hour concert includes a 20-minute intermission.
This performance is co-sponsored by the Sunrise Recreation & Park District and the City of Citrus Heights.

Longtime band supporter Eisley Nursery in Auburn will provide a special rosebush for the band’s student scholarship raffle. Other raffle prizes will be available to attendees making voluntary donations. Spring flowers grown by Eisley Nursery will be available for purchase at the conclusion of the concert.
Started in 1997, the CPCB has performed a diverse portfolio of high-quality, well-prepared music heard by thousands of concert-goers throughout Northern California. The Citrus Heights-based, self-supporting, nonprofit community band of about 50 musicians represents a wide cross-section of the Sacramento area.

More information can be found on the band's Facebook page or at

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Had Expressly Stated He Wouldn't Interfere with Doctor-Patient Relationship

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - State Senator Richard Pan, the author of SB 277, a law that requires kindergartners to get twenty-seven different doses of medication and fifteen different shots or forego a public education, has introduced SB 276, a bill that would require government permission for a doctor to opine that certain vaccines could harm a patient.  This is an unprecedented and dangerous intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship, likely violates doctor's free-speech rights, and contradicts Pan's own public promises from just a few years ago. 

Pan has claimed there is a problem with “medical exemptions” – i.e., official opinions by a doctor that if a child is vaccinated, that child could suffer harm. Medical exemptions are extremely rare, and doctors grant them only if a child or a family member suffers from things like a debilitating disease (such as leukemia), or if a child or a family member had a well-documented negative reaction to a vaccine or one of its ingredients. Just 0.7% of students obtain such an exemption, up from 0.2% before the passage of SB 277, a change that is not statistically significant. The total number of children exempt from the state’s vaccine requirements (i.e., including those 1.1% exempt due to disabilities) has actually dropped since the passage of SB 277, going from 2.6% to 1.9%, indicating that Pan’s plan is a solution in search of a problem.

Pan's legislation would require doctors to get permission from a government department -- the state Department of Public Health, before issuing an opinion for a patient on this issue.  Such interference in the doctor-patient relationship is unprecedented, and the only analogous laws have been in state's requiring state approval of abortions -- something that has been universally deemed improper. 

Pan’s planned attempt to crack down on doctors would almost certainly get in the way of a doctor making an evaluation based on empirical, scientific evidence. “Imagine being the parents of a child who the federal government concluded was injured because of a condition that made them susceptible to vaccines, and then your family doctor tells you she is too terrified to exempt your younger child from those same vaccines, because the thought police might take her license,” said Christina Hildebrand, President and Founder of A Voice for Choice Advocacy, a non-profit that advocates for medical freedom. “I can’t imagine what good would come from the government regulating a doctor’s free will to diagnose as he sees fit – it starts to resemble regulation of free speech,” Hildebrand concluded.

Pan, a politician representing the Sacramento region, is a regular beneficiary of campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, averaging just shy of $100,000 from it every legislative session. He is the top recipient of such funds in the state legislature, and the pharmaceutical industry, in turn, is his largest contributor. 

“Any legislation or action on behalf of drugmakers that interferes with a doctor’s individual judgment will be hotly contested,” said Hildebrand. “We cannot let government determine what is in the best interests of any individual, overriding the doctor-patient relationship. Every doctor and patient in the state should be alarmed if such action is brought forward. If this can be done with vaccinations, what medical treatment will be next? Patients need to be able to trust their doctors and not worry that they are being pressured or worried that their honest, scientifically based medical judgement will be overruled by a legislatively appointed official who has never met them.”

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Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) who served on the California Board of Prison Terms, the largest parole authority in the nation, from 1990 to 2007, issued the following statement:

"Victims who survive the horrific murder of child or a parent or a spouse suffer a pain that never completely goes away.  When the murderer is convicted and sentenced to death, family members experience a basic sense of justice.

"Governor Newsom callously disregards the anguish of these families and rips from them any sense of justice, victimizing them all over again.

"The Governor's action today brings back the pain and agony they have been forced to endure.

"This executive order is an affront to our system of justice.

"A jury convicted these violent criminals. In some trials, 12 people spent weeks, sometimes months, of their lives reviewing witness testimony, physical and DNA evidence, and before determining beyond a reasonable doubt that these murderers committed the most heinous acts against other human beings.

"California voters have spoken loudly and clearly, as recently as 2016, that the death penalty serves as a legal and appropriate punishment for those who commit vicious, evil crimes. Special circumstances are always of the most vicious and cruel acts one human can inflict upon another.

"The Governor has the authority to delay the implementation of the law but his action is eroding faith of California voters in our democracy and our system of justice."

The Original Night Stalker, also known as the East Area Rapist, is awaiting trial for the torture, rape and murder of an estimated 63 people. These calculated crimes were so heinous that he could face the death sentence, if convicted by a jury of his peers. If convicted during Governor Newsom's term, justice would not be served for these victims and their families.

Below is a link to the Los Angeles Times' list of "the 13 men executed by California since 1978." Today, there are 737 just like them on death row.

Elected to the State Senate in January 2013, Senator Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba. To contact Senator Jim Nielsen, please call him at 916-651-4004, or via email at Follow him @CASenatorJim.

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