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Hot enough to fry an egg on the roadway?

The summer is HOT. We don't need to tell you that – how many days over 100 degrees have we had so far? Too many! It may shoot up our utility costs and tempers, but it also is very tough on roadways.

I bet you've been on that road with potholes that you think will bust an axle. Heavy vehicles combine with heat to cause cracks. When water gets into cracks, the material loosens so you are likely to scatter it as you drive over it.
The point is, that beautiful road is now a trauma case! The street and highway maintenance crews spend your tax dollars to fix the roadways. Sometimes, the smart crews actually maintain the roadways with sealants periodically, which give longer life to the road.

Your private road or driveway is just as vulnerable as public roads. Some weren't even made well, over nice graded the way it should be.
If it is placed too close to a tree that will grow massively, the roots will ultimately break through. True professionals like Folsom Lake Asphalt http://folsomlakeasphalt.com/services/driveways/#more-47 will assess the whole life of your road and do what will be right for your situation.

Maintenance is the key to longevity. Take care of ourselves, our cars, our roadways, and it will cost less rehabilitation in the long run.

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One of the best urban bike trails in the country -The American River Bike Trail

It’s so easy to forget about one of our region’s great treasures — the American River Bike Trail — or more properly, the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail, accessible from Discovery Park at the Garden Highway. The American River Bike Trail hugs the banks of the American River as it flows through riparian habitat preserved by the American River Parkway. The trail runs for 32 miles between Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and Folsom Lake's southwestern banks at Beal's Point.

The trail has been in the news for several reasons. The Jibboom Street Bridge, in Discovery Park, right on the edge of Old Sacramento, has been closed since they are repairing the 1931 bridge and it’s not scheduled to open until May 31. In 2017, there were safety concerns due to violence along the trail. Most of the activity happened in the first four or five miles where increasing numbers of homeless people were living. Sacramento Supervisors last August approved a $5 million plan to beef up patrols along the parkway and clean up homeless encampments after dozens of citizens packed the chambers. Sacramento is creating more options for homeless people. Mayor Steinberg hopes to keep open a winter triage warehouse that houses more than 250 people and create more centers.

This year on the trail, there is a regular presence of rangers. They even staff an information table handing out excellent free trail maps that mark phones, rest rooms, camp sites, picnic areas and vehicle access with parking. It is recommended to have a partner on the trail.

You feel like you are in wilderness much of the time. Along the trail we saw deer, turkey, squirrels, egrets and ducks — many bird species. Great horned owl and hawks are very visible in the just-leafing-out trees. In the past I have seen coyote, otters, salmon spawning and coveys of California quail. One year on March 31, pipevine swallowtail butterflies were in profusion along all 32 miles of the trail.

The Southern Maidu lived along that trail as long as 3,000 years ago. Jedidiah Smith was the first explorer to come over the mountains and reach California in 1827. He was impressed with the turbulence of the river and the grizzly. You’ll find the location of John Sutter’s grist mill.

Take advantage of one of the best urban trails in the country.

The two-lane trail is completely paved, with mile markers, trailside maps, water fountains, restrooms and telephones along the way. There are also plenty of places to stop to eat, rest or enjoy the scenery. Most of the trail is shaded and level, although the route does traverse some rolling terrain. Along the way you'll pass through several parks and swimming areas, as well as through the suburban enclaves of Sacramento.

About 2 miles of the trail is on-road in a designated bike lane. In addition, the popular trail is shared by many different users, including in-line skaters and equestrians.

Check out the dining options along the Garden Highway, like Chevy's and Pearl on the River after your ride.
  • Excerpted from the Davis Enterprise Column, Jean Jackman, At The Pond; and TrailLink by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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Could you Be a Power Ranger?

Just off Highway 49 lies one of the treasures of the Gold Country: the Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA). A handful of caretakers have the privilege and responsibility of working there as California State Park Rangers. Their office: The forests along the North and Middle forks of the American River. For almost two decades, Scott Liske, has worked as a ranger, currently assigned to Auburn. “We work seven days a week, about 14 hours every day,” Liske said. “In summer we have longer shifts. The day is usually determined by what happens or calls for service.” Four field rangers work at the park, with Scott Liske as supervisor. Unlike rangers in other states or agencies, California State Park Rangers are considered peace officers, so they function somewhat as a hybrid between a parks specialist and law enforcement officer. Whether it’s crime, fire or other emergencies, the rangers are the first responders to any emergency that takes place in the park. “If there are no emergencies or calls for service, then we’re on patrol,” Liske said. Rangers in the California State Parks are there for three main reasons: protecting the park from the people, the people from the park, and people from other people. More

Indian Casino Harassment - Jurisdiction Issues

In 2006, a case of Sexual Harassment at an Indian Casino near Sacramento raised the question of whether the jurisdiction was local, state, federal, or a native tribunal. That case was thrown out due to the conflicting jurisdictions.

In May 2015, a forum of California and Tribal courts addressed jurisdictional issues. At the time, California currently had approximately 110 federally recognized tribes with nearly 100 separate reservations or rancherias. In addition there were 81 groups petitioning for federal recognition. In the 2010 census roughly 725,000 California citizens identified as American Indian or Alaska Native either alone or in combination with other ethnicities. In that forum, various conditons relating to jurisdiction were addressed, however the jurisdictional issues surrounding harassment of employees in an Indian establishment was muddy at best.

This is a situation which necessitates good legal representation.
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You too?

The challenges of getting a just resolution to a complaint of sexual harassment in the workplace are perceived by the victim/survivor as nearly insurmountable. The perceived power of the employer machine can make it seem best to just 'shut up and get over it'. That just doesn't work. The victim/survivor has been defiled and may have to face the harasser or others that may be aware to the crime frequently. Like salt in a wound, this increases the pain, and the 'survival' action seems to be just to leave the scene. Careers and be tossed in the junk heap, dreams of better life are dashed away.

Trouble is, this makes the harassment 'ok', and it makes likely further harassment on others. That makes the victim/survivor a sort-of accomplice, by silence alone.

The me-too movement has demonstrated the near-institutionalization of sexual harassment in certain fields: the Casting Couch, the and it's corollary in any industry is a means of minimizing the power and control of the individual and potentially threatening their future in a field of endeavor.

One group formed in Sacramento, California, called We Said Enough. Their website features many instances of harassment and abuse in the California State Capitol. The common theme is that speaking up has danger to future effectiveness and employment. It is a big price to pay for justice. https://www.wesaidenough.com/stories
As this site says, “We have endured, witnessed, or worked with people who have experienced some form of degrading behavior by those with power in our workplaces. They have groped us and touched us without our consent. They have made inappropriate comments about our bodies and our abilities. Insults and gross innuendo, frequently disguised as jokes, have undermined our professional positions and capabilities. They have made promises, or threats, about our jobs in exchange for our compliance, or our silence. They have leveraged their power and positions to treat us however they would like."

Harassment has been exposed all across the world:
In a case in India, the Prime Minister (Chief Justice) was criticized for how he handled a complaint of harassment by a District Judge (HC) who was up for appointment to a higher court. The inquiry into how the complaint was handled seemed itself to become a political, jurisdictional football. The accuser said in her complaint to the PM that she was not asked any questions on her allegations by any authority from the District Court (HC) or the Supreme Court (SC).

Cases have emerged in China, Egypt, Ecuador, Kenya and Pakistan … one international organization has raised the point that “we should not only recognize that the producer’s couch in L.A. can be a dangerous place, but also imagine what it is like on the factory floor in Cairo." http://time.com/5192406/metoo-international-womens-day-care/

The media have made a big splash of the high profile cases. Hey, it sells papers, draws attention to websites, sells advertising! But what about just YOU? Are YOU up to having your face splashed all over the place, continually reminding you of the abuse you have already suffered? The harasser is typically flanked and represented by others that appear to have greater power than the victim/survivor. It is critical to have someone speak FOR the victim/survivor, someone who can stand up to the powerful forces and not be intimidated.

While the governments of the world tackle the legislatve questions, each individual case deserves it's justice. Don't stand alone.

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