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Dirt Flies as a Motocross Rider Powers Into a Turn
Hangtown Motocross is the opening round of a 12-race series that spans the country, featuring the top racers in the world.

Riders Round the Turns at Hangtown Motocross

Story and Photos by Timothy Qualls
Posted: 5/22/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Hangtown Motocross is the opening round of a 12-race series that spans the country, featuring the top racers in the world. This race was held at the Prairie City State Vehicle Recreational Area. The dusty, grassy hill area is pretty barren, but it transformed into a bustling community of million dollar big rigs, customized motor homes, and commercial tents that resemble the circus coming to town.

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Memorial Day Travel Highest in Decade

Summer Travel Kicks Off With More than 4.4 Million Californians Expected to Travel

Posted: 5/22/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - This year, Memorial Day travel is expected to mark the highest number of California travelers for this holiday since 2005, according to the latest holiday travel forecast.

The travel survey projects nearly 4.4 million Californians plan on traveling 50 miles or more this Memorial Day holiday weekend. This represents an increase of 4.6% from last year’s record highs.

“A stronger economy and overall lower gas prices have boosted consumers’ disposable income,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokesperson. “This summer travel season is starting off with great potential as many Californians are eager to take that long overdue weekend getaway.”

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A Child Plays in the Water Fountains at Sunridge Park
The winning facility, Sunridge Park, is a playground that features language panels (including braille), therapeutic rings, a nature discovery playhouse, ADA ramps throughout, sensory music elements, and music therapy and art spaces.
Photos courtesy of Cordova Recreation and Park District

CRPD to Be Honored at Statewide Conference

Sunridge Park Wins Top Honors for Innovative and Inclusive Design

Posted: 5/15/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The California Association of Recreation and Park Districts (CARPD) has bestowed the Award of Distinction for the Outstanding New Facility for a large district to the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD). The presentation will be made during CARPD’s Annual Conference Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 16th in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

The winning facility, Sunridge Park, is a playground that features language panels (including braille), therapeutic rings, a nature discovery playhouse, ADA ramps throughout, sensory music elements, and music therapy and art spaces. The concept for the 6.5-acre park resulted from a 2011 community workshop, following the guiding principles that the park provides play that is safe, fair, simple, intuitive, active, comfortable, and encourages independence.

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Drone-Related Bill Receives Unanimous Support

Privacy Package Continues to Move Forward

Posted: 5/15/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) announced that one of his California Privacy and Consumer Protection Act bills related to schools and drone use—Senate Bill 271—passed the Senate Floor with unanimous, bi-partisan support.

“As drone technology gains in popularity amongst the public, the potential for misuse and abuse will grow along with it,” said Senator Gaines. “This bill has the sole intent of protecting our schools and children from potential harm and I look forward to its continued support in the Assembly.”

Senate Bill 271 safeguards children from kidnapping, harassment, stalking, or a host of other potential harm by making it illegal to fly drones over public schools grades K-12 during school hours. The bill also makes it illegal to capture images of the campus during school hours or during extracurricular activities.

This bill is intended to stay ahead of the technological curve by providing a safeguard for children while they are at school and provides an important layer of privacy to students at a place that should be a sanctuary. Senate Bill 271 will now head to the Assembly where it will be assigned to a policy committee.

Source: Ted Gaines’ Office


Hangtown Motocross Brings World's Best Racers

Posted: 5/8/2015

A Pack of High-Powered Riders Hurtle Into the First Turn
Hangtown racers round the first turn in the 450 class.
Photos courtesy of Canyon Marketing

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - No race is like it in California: the 47th annual GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic is back at Prairie City State Recreation Park on Thursday, May 14th through Saturday, May 16th.

It’s not just any motocross race, but the oldest and one of the most coveted trophies on the 12-race Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series. As host to professional motocross racing since 1968, the Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club (DDNMC) has developed the Hangtown Classic as the crown jewel of the series, hosting the largest crowds of the season, year in and year out.

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Local Jobs Demand Stalling

Posted: 5/8/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The second quarter jobs market may have reached a plateau among some sectors of the Sacramento economy.

Like a failing tire, a portion of Sacramento’s top employers surveyed say the business climate is “flat.” In anecdotal comments, several firms representing all sectors expected business to “slow” and some polled also noted “work moving to China” from our market. However, while hiring may be slow at some firms and employers are showing caution, Pacific Staffing discovered that 67% of regional companies polled say they are motivated to hire in April, May, and June.

Another secondary note of caution comes in the type of hiring Sacramento’s top companies will be doing in the second quarter. While growth hiring outstripped replacements in recent quarterly polls, HR contacts pushed hiring for replacements within current workforces ahead of growth hiring for the first time in 2015. In contacts with regional companies between February 17th and March 17th, 48% are motivated to hire for attrition or replacements within current workforces. Hiring for expansion of workforces dropped behind to 46% of demand in the next three months.

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Plant a Tree for Arbor Day

Posted: 5/1/2015


$10,000 Fine for Water Infractions, says Brown

Posted: 5/1/2015


Soil Born Farms Provides Urban-Sourced Healthy Food

By Margaret Snider
Posted: 4/24/2015


I Didn’t Pay My Taxes… Now What?

Posted: 4/24/2015


Tim Russ to Direct Local Film

Our Goal Ultimately Is to Actually Show That There Is a Capacity Within the Filmmaking Community of Northern California to Create Film Projects

By Ben Barber
Posted: 4/17/2015


Contractors State License Board and Bonney Plumbing Reach Settlement

Company Agrees to Multiple Terms, Including Consumer Restitution and New Business Plans

Posted: 4/17/2015


California Requests Permits to Construct Salinity Barriers, Invites Public Comment

Posted: 4/17/2015


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