Love politics but don’t know how to get involved? Assemblymember Kevin McCarty put on an event at the Fruitridge Community Center called “How to Get Engaged” where guest speakers came and shared their experiences and know-how concerning dealing with local government, organizing events, and more.
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If you are able, we invite you to bring an unwrapped toy and to meet Assemblymember McCarty where you can learn about his district office and share your ideas about the state budget, upcoming legislation or other concerns for our area.
Access Sacramento will broadcast live from the Julia Morgan House during the event as a special edition of LiveWire! – Sacramento County’s longest running live community arts interview show since 1992. Host Ray Tatar will have special interviews with the Sacramento Food Bank and other non-profits in Sacramento County.
For more information about this event or to download a flier, visit McCarty’s Assembly District 7 website HERE.
“One of the best ways to fight and stop fraud is to shine a light on it. Educate citizens about the tactics scammers are currently using and what steps citizens can take to protect themselves.” This advice comes from Kenny Ehrman of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association Fraternity of Police.
Ehrman will be one of the several presenters joining Assemblymember Kevin McCarty at an upcoming town hall meeting on fraud protection for the people of Sacramento. It doesn’t take extensive research to find case after case of fraud in the Sacramento area alone. This town hall meeting, scheduled for Tuesday evening at the George Sim Community Center, hopes to shed shine a light of its own on the issue of being scammed, deceived, and otherwise ripped off.
The very nature of fraudulent crime is exactly what makes it so dangerous. In 2012, 16.6 million people nationwide were victims of identity theft alone. This form of fraud by itself cost consumers almost $25 billion. It’s crime like this, along with the many other forms of fraud, that the speakers at this event want to keep out of the Sacramento area.
The goal of this workshop is to teach the public about various scams and schemes that might otherwise fly under the radar. Unfortunately, there are many people who are waiting to take advantage of some unsuspecting consumer, which is why education at the local level is so critical.
According to the CSLEA, “Ehrman will join presenters from the State Bar of California, the California Bureau of Real Estate and the Medical Board of California, all consumer protection experts based on their daily jobs fighting fraud, to update consumers on the latest schemes designed to rip them off.”
To learn more and RSVP, click here.
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Today was a special day for the Tiny Tots Program at the Coloma Community Center. The children learned about a lot of different things: singing, letters, and even gardening. What you may not know is that their teacher, Ms. Becky, is the niece of a Cesar Chavez, a great leader and farm worker. As a child, Ms. Becky remembers walking with her Uncle Cesar side-by-side on picket lines and helping plant.
Ms. Becky and Ms. Acasia worked with the kids today. They learned about gardening and growing their own plants. They will be putting them into their new community garden and planting other seeds as well. This special ceremony was joined by Councilmember Kevin McCarty (District 6) who helped with the dedication.
This makes the dedication to the “Tiny Tots Community Garden” extra special and they were thankful to the folks who made it possible, such as Councilmember McCarty, Sutter Medical Center and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 447.
So remember next time you are at Access Sacramento checking out equipment, at our “A Place Called Sacramento” Cast and Crew Call, please come by and visit the “Tiny Tots Community Garden”. And remember “It is a Small World After All”….
As part of the 4th Annual Mother’s Day Mother and Baby Clothing Drive with the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services and the newly revised Parent Education Program, Council member Kevin McCarty is asking the community for any gently used or new clothes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, maternity clothes, toys or other products a new mom could possibly need. All donations made will aid the mothers and children that participate in the Food Bank and its services. If you have any of these items and would like to donate them to the cause, volunteers will gladly pick up your donation or you may drop it off at one of the following locations:
Sacramento City Hall:
Mayor & City Council Office
915 I Street, 5th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Koukla Kids Clothing Boutique:
3809 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Anything anyone has to donate is greatly appreciated, and please don’t forget ALL donations must be collected by Thursday, May 3rd at 3:00 pm.
Thank you so much in advance for your participation and support! If you have any questions or would like a pick-up, please contact:
Community Relations – District 6
Council Member Kevin McCarty’s Office
For a printable flyer which you can share with your friends and co-workers, click here.
Sacramento has seen significant improvements for people who walk and bike thanks to an established Complete Streets policy in the city’s General Plan. Yet in the past six weeks, two pedestrians have been struck and killed while walking in marked crosswalks in the Fruitridge neighborhood of Sacramento.
That’s why WALKSacramento and friends gathered with Congresswoman Doris Matsui on Wednesday, February 22 at the Fruitridge Community Center for the release of the new report “It’s a Safe Decision: Complete Streets In California.“
“Since 2009, more than 880 pedestrians and bicyclists have been injured, 30 fatally, here in Sacramento,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “These needless and preventable incidents highlight the need for Complete Streets policies, which are critical to making our communities more livable, sustainable, and most importantly, safe.”
The report, authored by the National Complete Streets Coalition and the Local Government Commission, showcases successful Complete Streets policies throughout the Golden State and calls on Congress to ensure the next transportation bill requires roads to be designed and operated to enable safe access for all users: pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities. The Sacramento section notes the success of 3 – 2 lane conversions and one way to two way streets transforming fast, dangerous local roads into safer and complete streets.
Speakers pointed to the recent tragedies as evidence that local policy is not enough.
“Until we stop designing roads with only speeding cars in mind, crosswalks alone won’t prevent these tragedies from repeating themselves,” said Terry Preston of WALK Sacramento. “We resolve to support Congresswoman Matsui’s Safe and Complete Streets Act in Washington to protect the lives of people in Sacramento, and around the nation.”
Other speakers included Sacramento City Councilmember Kevin McCarty and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District Executive Director Larry Greene, who urged both houses of Congress to prioritize health and safety by passing a national Complete Streets policy. And AARP spokesperson Julia Hassel reminded the crowd that for older Americans, walking is critical for both physical and mental health.
“Too many of our seniors are stuck choosing between isolation at home, or danger as a pedestrian,” Hassel said. “We owe it to our seniors to provide safe places for walking so they can remain connected to family and friends, as well as doctors, grocery stores, and other services.”
Congresswoman Matsui is the co-sponsor of the Safe and Complete Streets Act, which would require states to ensure every transportation project takes into account the needs of all users of the roadway. A version of the measure is under consideration as Congress debates the transportation authorization.
Councilmember McCarty is convening a forum on Thursday, March 8, to review options to improve Fruitridge east of Stockton.
WALKSacramento is working with partners on a grant proposal to review the length of the Fruitridge corridor.
Link to the full Complete Streets report:
By Terry Preston, Complete Streets Coordinator for Walk Sacramento
Recent pedestrian versus automobile incidents in South Sacramento have brought to the forefront yet again the need to create safe streets for all of their users, on foot or on wheels. At this critical time it’s more important than ever for the community to discuss ideas and strategies so that we can begin to make our streets more navigable for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Sacramento Council member Kevin McCarty, Sacramento City Unified School District Board Member Gustavo Arroyo, and other community partners are coming together to facilitate the dialogue at a meeting to address pedestrian safety and community concerns. It is their hope that citizens will participate and provide feedback so that the proper organizations understand the needs of the people.
The gathering will take place on March 8 at the Colonial Heights Library Community Room, 4799 Stockton Boulevard beginning at 6:30. To see a flyer from the meeting that you can share with your neighbors, click here.