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Sacramento Board of Supervisors approves $4.8 million contract with First 5

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 / No Comments

At their Tuesday meeting by a unanimous vote, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors the Department of Human Assistance to execute an agreement with First 5 Sacramento Commission in the amount of $4,800,000 for the coordination, oversight and monitoring of the CalWORKs Home Visiting Initiative Program.

Program implementation will begin on Jan. 1, 2019 and runs through Jun. 30, 2020.

We are thrilled to award this program funding to First 5. They will get the HVI program off the ground and running,” said Ann Edwards, Director of the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance. “Providing mothers and their unborn and young children care and resources is our number one priority. These services will set them up for success and a positive life outcome.”

The purpose of the CalWORKs Home Visiting Initiative (HVI) is to support positive health, development, and well-being outcomes for pregnant and parenting women, families, and infants born into poverty, expanding their future educational, economic, and financial opportunities, and improving the likelihood that they will exit poverty.

Combining home visits with CalWORKs provides an opportunity to connect parents with necessary professional resources to assist in improving their parenting skills and household order, and ensuring that their children have a safe and nurturing environment that allows them to thrive and grow.

New parents and caretakers receiving CalWORKs will be paired with student nurses and other trained professionals who will make regular visits to the participants’ homes to provide guidance, coaching, access to prenatal and postnatal care, and other health and social services.

Child sexual predator sentenced in Sacramento Superior Court on 23 counts

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A Stockton man who plead no contest to 23 counts of sex acts with minors, was sentenced in Sacramento Superior Court Today.

Chris Cote, 32, was sentenced to  to 32 years and 4 months in prison. On October 15, 2018, Cote pled no contest to 23 sexual offenses committed against seven victims, including lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under 14 years of age, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child over 14 years of age, unlawful intercourse with a child under 18 years old and oral copulation of a minor under 16 years of age.

Cote was initially arrested by Folsom Police in November 2016. After that arrest, investigators found Cote had victimized several girls throughout Northern California starting in 2011.

Representing himself as a teenage boy, Cote engaged in grooming behavior and arranged sexual encounters with multiple children. In several cases, he encouraged the victims to sneak out of their house to meet with him and then drove them to either a hotel room or back to his house to commit the sexual crimes.   

Federal jury finds North HIghlands man guilty of possessing child porn

Monday, December 10, 2018 / No Comments

A jury at U.S. District Court in Sacramento four William Lamar Blesset, 39, of North Highlands guilty on one count of possessing child pornography. 
Evidence introduced in the two-day trial that ended on Thursday, December 5, showed that between mid-2016 and October 2017, Blessett possessed multiple electronic images of child pornography in a Dropbox cloud storage account and on devices including a laptop computer, two smartphones, and two tablet computers. 
Blessett accessed the pornographic images on the internet using links he obtained on the Kik instant messaging application. Blessett viewed the images and downloaded them to a Dropbox account that he owned and operated.
Sentencing is scheduled on February 19, 2019. Blessett faces a minimum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison, as well as a $250,000 fine. 

Brown announces judicial appointments, Sacramento Superior to have first ever Sikh judge

Saturday, December 8, 2018 / No Comments
Judge Joginder Dhillon. |  
December 8, 2018 |      

As is his practice when making judicial appointment announcements, yesterday Gov. Jerry Brown released a lengthy list of appointments to various California superior court seats. 

Among the 12 appointments was Joginder Dhillon, 57, of Sacramento. What makes Dhillon's appointment noteworthy is the first Sikh judge ever appointed to the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Prior to this appointment, Dhillon had a lengthy resume starting with graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1982 followed by a 20-year military career. During these years Dhillon held a variety of legal positions worldwide that culminated as the legal advisor to U.S. Space Command/North American Aerospace Defense Command. 

Following military service as chief counsel for the California Gambling Control Commission from 2009 to 2013 and as general counsel for the California Emergency Management Agency from 2007 to 2009. He was director of academic support at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law from 2005 to 2007, an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton from 2004 to 2005 and an associate and shareholder at Schuering Zimmerman and Doyle LLP from 2002 to 2004.

"Joe Dhillon is one of the leading legal minds in our region, with an impeccable record of public service and a generous heart," attorney Amar Shergill, a leader in the Sacramento region Sikh community. "The Sikh community is blessed that our first representative in the local judiciary is so eminently qualified and universally admired

Dhillon earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Master of Laws degree in intellectual property law from the University of Houston Law Center. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Raymond M. Cadei. 

 Dhillon is registered without party preference.

Ronald McDonald clowned again - Burger King trolls Mickey Dee's with 1¢ Whopper

Thursday, December 6, 2018 / No Comments

If nothing else, Burger King has earned some street, if not social media cred, for its ongoing campaign clowning its larger fast-food competitor, McDonald's.

In their latest volley against the burger behemoth, yesterday Burger King launched its latest promotion - The Whopper Detour. 

The deal goes like this -  download the Burger King app on your smartphone, and then go to any of over 14,000 McDonald's locations nationwide, and when you are within 600 feet of the restaurant, open the Burger King app to activate the 1¢ Whopper deal.  Not only will the deal be activated, but the app will also lead you to the nearest Burger King outlet.

Aside from poking their more entrenched competitor in the eye, and getting some free publicity, the promotion is also intended to promote their updated app which now allows order-ahead capability. Separately, Burger King plans to roll out in-store ordering kiosk in the coming months.

In what has been a historically competitive segment of the restaurants business, Burger King, as well as another burger competitor, Wendy's, have taken to social media to troll competitors with snarky marketing techniques. During the height of the net neutrality controversy, Burger King, who favored net neutrality, spoofed the change in a widely viewed video, and more recently clowned McDonald's by offering free Whopper sandwiches to anyone who came to their restaurant on Halloween dressed as a clown.

The WHOPPER Detour promotion can be redeemed one time only, from December 4th until December 12th, at participating BURGER KING restaurants nationwide.

Man convicted of killing roommate Janet Mejia, could face life

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 / No Comments
Teris Vinson. |  

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A man charged with the murder of his 2017 roommate was convicted in a jury trial that concluded in Sacramento Superior Court.

Teris Vinson, 26 was convicted by a jury of the first-degree murder of Janet Mejia, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On April 10, 2017, Mejia failed to show up for work and missed a doctor’s appointment the next morning. 

A missing person investigation was initiated, which ended with the discovery of Mejia’s body. She was found wrapped in an inflatable mattress in bushes near the Sacramento/Placer County line. 

Evidence introduced at the trial showed that Sacramento sheriff’s detectives discovered Mejia’s blood on the carpet padding of her bedroom. They learned Vinson was her roommate at the time, and that he kept two guns at the residence despite being convicted twice on domestic violence charges.  

DNA analysis revealed Mejia’s DNA was on the muzzle of one of the guns. An autopsy revealed she had been strangled and shot in the back of the head. 

Vinson faces a maximum sentence of 80 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for January 11, 2019. 

Innovation Czar Jordan suggests wide availability of 5G in Elk Grove could address traffic, economic development problems

Monday, December 3, 2018 / No Comments
Christopher "CJ" Jordan.|   

On Wednesday, November 28, a special meeting was conducted by the Elk Grove City Council. The purpose of that meeting was to discuss the newest mobile communication technology, the so-called 5G.

During the meeting, the city council heard extensive commentary from the public about how the new technology will be implemented in Elk Grove. Major mobile communication providers like AT&T and Verizon are angling to have the ability to place their antennas and other facilitating equipment anywhere in the city without input from the public.

Among the major concerns raised by several speakers are the adverse health effects from the radio waves produced by existing technologies and the possibility the 5G could exasperate those effects, especially when placed in residential neighborhoods or near schools. Other concerns expressed include aesthetics, and if the city grants the telecommunication companies their wishes, the inability of the public to have a say where the equipment is placed.

Other speakers who presented information at the meeting where telecommunication company representatives, and City of Elk Grove senior staff members. Among those presenting on behalf of Elk Grove was the city's Innovation Czar, Christopher "CJ" Jordan."

Jordan, who earlier this year was promoted by interim city manager Jason Behrmann to head the city's nascent Innovations Department, discussed how the new technology could help his department address two of the community's persistent problems - traffic and the lack of economic development achievements.

Although Jordan did not implicitly endorse the telecommunication companies request to place their equipment wherever they desired, he did acknowledge it has advantages over the current fiber and copper wire-based technology in use by the city. The Elk Grove City Council will decide at a later date whether or not to grant the requests by the telecoms. 

Below are some of the comments made during Jordan's presentation.