Walmart Opens First Stand-alone Transportation Office in Sacramento

By Kim Ericksen, Elevate Public Affairs  |  2019-05-22

L-R: Derek McCowan, James Hulbert, Richard Prescott, Uni Cerezo (GM of the Sacramento Office), Peggy Biro, Steve Harper and McClellan Park

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Walmart is opening the retailer’s first-ever standalone transportation office in Sacramento in a bid to recruit up to 130 experienced truck drivers for its private fleet.

The office, which opened a temporary location on April 1, will service stores and distribution centers in northern California, southern Oregon, and east to Reno, Nevada. Drivers at this location will qualify for the company’s recently announced driver pay increase. Walmart drivers can earn an average of $87,500 in their first year of employment with an all-in rate of nearly 89 cents per mile.

Walmart has more than 65 transportation offices throughout the country, but Sacramento will be the first that is not co-located with a distribution center. The permanent location will be located in the McClellan Business Park and will have a drop yard. The office will have 85 trucks and 100 trailers.

“We’re excited to open a facility in Sacramento where there is a deep pool of talented, experienced truck drivers,” said Uni Cerezo, regional transportation manager of the Sacramento transportation office. “Walmart continues to explore how we can operate more efficiently and serve our customers’ changing needs, and this office will serve an important customer market for us.”

Walmart plans to accept internal Walmart transfers and recruit externally. To qualify to drive for Walmart, a driver must have 30 months of commercial driving experience in the last three years and a clean safety record for the past three years. For details and to apply, please see

Those drivers hired to staff the Sacramento transportation office will differ from others in the industry in that they will start and end their weeks in the same location and have home time each week. Other perks and benefits of driving for Walmart extend well beyond the competitive per/mile rate and activity-based pay. Some of the reasons truck drivers say they enjoy working for Walmart include:

Great benefits. Walmart drivers have access to company benefits on the first day and can earn as much as 21 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) in their first year;

Predictable home time. Walmart operates on a weekly schedule, so drivers know when they will be home and on the road. We use a bidding process two to three times a year to set their schedules, so drivers know where they stand on work-life balance;

Walmart is one of the safest fleets operating with contemporary well-maintained equipment. At Walmart our drivers drive and earn money rather than waiting for a truck to be fixed. Walmart offers quarterly safety bonuses and a safety incentive and recognition programs. The American Transportation Association has awarded Walmart the Safest Fleet in the Over 250 Million Mile Division for the past 5 consecutive years;

Transportation offices all over the country. Walmart operates more than 70 transportation offices throughout the U.S.;

No-touch freight. Walmart truck drivers don’t unload trucks;

Safe parking. Walmart drivers park in well-lit, safe parking in Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers across the country.


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Sacramento Life Center Receives $10,000 for Medical Services for Low-Income Pregnant Women

By Kristin Thébaud, Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2019-05-17

A patient receives an ultrasound at Sacramento Life Center. The nonprofit recently received grants for its free medical services. Courtesy Sacramento Life Center

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Sacramento Life Center in Arden has received $5,000 each from the Leonard Family Foundation and Kelly Foundation to provide free medical services to low-income pregnant women and teen girls through the group’s primary clinic located in the Arden area and its Mobile Medical Clinics that travel throughout the Sacramento area.

“We are grateful to the Leonard Family Foundation and the Kelly Foundation for this generous funding,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “The Sacramento Life Center has seen a 30 percent increase in women and teen girls seeking our services since our move to Arden. The majority of them are low-income, and half have no medical insurance. These grants will help thousands of mothers and their children receive the medical care they need.”

The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy tests, STD tests, ultrasounds, peer counseling for men and women, education and resource referrals.

The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women seeking support after having an abortion. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit

For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit
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Lancers JV Swim Team place 4TH at CIF

Submitted by Cordova Lancers Swim Families  |  2019-05-17

Pictured left to right:  Josiah West, Caleb Lynch, Kove Pena, Gabriel Tadlock

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The false start buzzer sounded even before the Cordova Lancers Swimmers took to the blocks and dove into the water. For a swim season to take shape, a team must secure a coaching staff at least one-hundredth of a second before the start of the upcoming season. Blocks and water, preferably in a competitive lap pool with lane lines, are among other must-haves for a High School swim team.

The Lancers have been without a home pool for a number of years, so the challenges to be overcome this season have also included the inconveniences and hardships of an hour plus of round-trip transportation to a borrowed pool.

There was real doubt that Cordova would be able get it together and overcome the rip-current of challenges to compete in the 2019 High School Swim Season, but the resilient spirit of the Lancers is not to be underestimated in rising above challenges and having one of the most successful swim seasons in Lancer memory.

The Cordova Lancers small but swift swim team competed against the following larger teams: Florin, Johnson, Natomas, Valley, and West Campus in Greater Sacramento League Division IV.

After a scoring controversy, the Cordova Lancers sank to 2nd place at the Division IV Championships, despite the Lancers having more 1st place medals and wins than all other teams. Florin was awarded 1st place. The Lancers had hoped to be the first swim team in Cordova’s history to proudly have a Division Champions banner on display at Cordova High.

Five (5) Lancers met qualifying time standards to compete against the best swimmers from over 100 schools at 2019 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Championships held at Tokay High School, Lodi, California during May 02-04, 2019.

Junior, Anne Cocker, qualified for Sections seeded 47 out of 50 with a qualifying time of 26.50 seconds for the varsity girls’ 50-yard freestyle. Anne finished 35th and dropped 0.20 second for a new personal best time.

Sophomores, Josiah West (Captain), Caleb Lynch, Gabriel Tadlock, and freshman, Kove Pena earned a spot on the Boys Junior-Varsity 200-yard medley relay. Their qualifying time of 1:47.05 ranked them at 4 out of 34 teams going into prelims. With a time of 1:45.01 going into the finals they dropped into 6th out of 16 relay teams. The final touch at the wall had them medaling in 2nd place with a final time of 1:44.38.

Caleb Lynch, entered prelims with a seed time of was 52.85 seconds for the JV boys’ 100 yard freestyle placing him at 31st of 35 racers. Caleb darted to the medals heat in 2nd out of 16 with a time of 50.07 seconds. He earned a 2nd place finish with a final time of 49.78 seconds.

In the JV boys 100 Yard Breaststroke, Caleb qualified for Sections with a seed time 59.73 seconds and ranked 1 of 19 swimmers. A swim of 1:00.14 ranked him 5th out of 16 finalists going into medals heat. After smoking the field with a time of 59.59 seconds, Caleb earned a 1st place finish.

Gabriel Tadlock, prelim placement for JV boys’ 500 yard freestyle was 41 of 41 with a seed time 5:34.00 and finishing 32nd with an improved final time of 5:30.60.

Lancers swim captain Josiah West, qualified for JV boys 50 yard freestyle with prelims time of 23.86 seconds placing him at 31 of 36. He finished 19th with final time of 23.52 seconds.

In the JV boys 100 yard freestyle Josiah started at prelims with a time of 51.91 in 13 of 35 and with a final time of 54.18 seconds took 33rd place.

Freshman, Kove Pena entered prelims seeded 11th out of 39 for the JV boys 100 Yard Fly with a time of 57.12 seconds. After a trials swim of 55.96 seconds, Kove entered Finals in 8th place out of 16. Kove advanced to finish 7th overall with a time of 56.03 seconds.

The Junior-Varsity boys 400 Yard Free relay team qualified for the Section Championships ranked 17th out of 37 teams, with a qualifying time of 3:40.06. A time of 3:31.21 in Trials moved them up to 7th out of 16 for the medals heat. After the fingertips touched the wall and the splashing settling down the boys turned in a 3rd place finish with a Lancer r e c o r d - breaking time of 3:26.75.

The 2019 Lancer Fresh-Soph Boys beat the 2018 Lancer Varsity Boys Record Breaking 400 Relay time of 3:27.11 by nearly a half-second with their 3:26.75 swim.

The Cordova Lancer Junior-Varsity boys placed 4th overall and 2nd in Division II at 2019 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Championships despite swimming in the lower Division IV during the season.


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Sacramento SPCA Receives $25,000 to Help Cats

By Sarah Varanini, SSPCA  |  2019-05-16

Mark M. Glickman petting an adoptable cat named Valentina at the Sacramento SPCA. She was adopted a couple of days after this photo was taken by Karen Goff, Content Marketing Coordinator for the Sacramento SPCA.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento SPCA announced the receipt of $25,000 to help senior cats and cats needing extended medical care at the Sacramento SPCA through a single gift made to establish The Joe Willie Initiatives. But more important is the story behind this gift; a remarkable bond between a man and his special needs cat, Joe Willie, that inspired a movement.

Mark M. Glickman, a resident of Carmichael, was inspired by his cat, Joe Willie, who had significant medical needs when Mr. Glickman adopted him 29 years ago.

“In November 1990, I was on a noon-time walk in the San Francisco Financial District when I came upon a mobile adoption site”, shared Mr. Glickman. “One of the kitties was a small Tuxedo cat. He had neurological damage in his back-side, and did not walk well. I expected that he would require ongoing attention for his condition, but adopted him anyway and named him Joe Willie.”

Stiff legs were just the first of Joe Willie’s challenges. He had serious gastro-intestinal issues and eventually lost his ability to walk. Later, he suffered other significant medical conditions. Throughout all of this, Joe Willie remained the sweetest, most loving cat that Mr. Glickman had ever known.

Realizing that there were cats just like Joe Willie in need of care in Northern California shelters, in February, Mr. Glickman established The Joe Willie Initiatives, which will fund medical and placement assistance to encourage the adoption of senior cats and other cats with special needs.

“One out of every five animals that arrives at the Sacramento SPCA needs specialized veterinary care before they can be ready for placement in a new home. The percentage is even higher for senior cats,” stated Kenn Altine, Chief Executive Officer of Sacramento SPCA.

“Mark’s incredible support over the past year has helped us to spotlight and promote our senior cats, who many times are overlooked by potential adopters. Now, with this generous gift designated for medical care for cats, we will be able to save even more lives.”

Mr. Glickman’s donation is the largest donation the organization has ever received for senior kitties and those with special needs. In addition to the Sacramento SPCA, Mr. Glickman honors the memory of Joe Willie through his support of other animal welfare organizations, including Marin Humane and Field Haven Feline Center.

“All of my cats have inspired me,” said Mr. Glickman. “While I learned about cats from them, I learned about myself from Joe Willie. I want other people to adopt a cat and have that opportunity for an extraordinary connection.”

The Sacramento SPCA reports an overall increase in cat adoptions since partnering with Mr. Glickman with more than 60 adopted through the program. And the goodwill is spreading – other Sacramento SPCA supporters have also been inspired to sponsor adult and senior cat adoptions.
Mr. Glickman issued the following statement:

“Historically, cats have not been treated with the same level of respect, understanding or attention as other animals. That has not been true of the Sacramento SPCA. For the last three years the organization has been at the forefront of this issue, seeking to change those perceptions. I am hopeful that my gift will allow them to continue their work, in new and innovative ways.”

Founded in 1892, the Sacramento SPCA has been providing homeless animals with individual comfort, shelter, and love for more than 127 years. The 100% not-for-profit organization provides compassionate medical care to tens of thousands of animals annually and offers a variety of programs and services designed to keep people and pets together for life.


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Rancho Cheerleads AMGEN to the Sierras

By Patrick Larenas  |  2019-05-16

Captions: And the race begins! Amgen Stage 2 takes off from Rancho Cordova. Photo by Jose Lopez

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - On Monday May 13th AMGEN’s blue 2019 Tour of California portal opened an adventure of a lifetime for professional cyclists into our state’s renown scenic panoramas. At roughly 89 feet of elevation, Rancho Cordova became the perfect point of departure for AMGEN’s uphill race from the countryside all the way across the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Riding a bicycle a few blocks, for many of us, is seen as an act of valor and environmental consciousness. But those who competed for close to 150 miles uphill had the real valor and the full environmental experience―not to mention the strongest legs and lungs.                                                

Kristin Klein, President of the Amgen Tour of California said, “The 14th annual Amgen Tour of California will not disappoint. This year the riders will face the most climbing, the longest road days and arguably the most competitive field in the history of the race.”

“The riders know when they come to the Amgen Tour of California they’ll get a bit of everything…mountains, ocean breezes, lush forests, farm fields and vineyards – it’s quite a way to sightsee this beautiful state, and we’re proud to call the Amgen Tour of California an international postcard for the state.”

The starting line in Rancho Cordova for Stage 2 was lined with hundreds of local cycling enthusiasts cheering on the big race. This was a big day for the city and its residents in hosting Amgen.

Bob Stapleton, Chairman of USA Cycling said “Kristin (Klein) calls this one of America’s greatest races. I call it one of the world’s greatest races.”

“Economically this really is a Grand Tour. If you look at where the money and interest and eyeballs that support cycling come from, American companies are the number two direct sponsor of teams, and if you look at the total support, all the money, goods and services that come into cycling, United States is number one.”

Rob DeMartini, the USA Cycling President and CEO mentioned “I was immediately impressed by the depth of talent that is here at the Amgen Tour of California. I look forward to spending time with all of the American riders here and am pleased we were able to field a National Team and give our up and coming riders an opportunity to race on home soil.”

Present at the race, Mark Cavendish, of Team Dimensional Data said that with this Tour of California, ““I’ve been here many times, not just for the bike race, but for holiday and for training camps, and I always feel welcome at The Amgen Tour of California, so it’s good to be back.”

“The race has gotten harder, and the race has stepped up. As Bob (Stapleton) said, it’s one of the most important races on the calendar now, and with that comes a bigger challenge to win, and it’s good that more people are watching.”

George Bennet, Team Jumbo-Visma – “[Winning the Yellow Jersey] is the main objective. I don’t know if it’s going to be easier, but it will be a lot different than last time, without the time trial and different riders here as well. It’s going to be a challenging week.”

“The winner on (Mount) Baldy is going to get the Lexus. Mount Hamilton is hard, but it’s not like two years ago when we could light it up and survive to the finish…it all comes down to Baldy and staying out of trouble the other days.”

Richie Porte, Trek-Segafredo noted how this race is evolving. He said “A lot of ways this [The Amgen Tour of California] is leading how cycling has got to go.”

Tejay van Garderen, EF Education First Pro Cycling offered his thoughts on racing at home. “It’s always a treat to be able to come home. Now being on a truly American team coming and racing on American soil provides a different feel and a different level of motivation.”

“This race is for sure a huge target, and it’s something that our team has been talking about all spring, that we need to be ready to do well at this race” said Evan Huffman, Rally UHC Cycling on the importance of getting a good start.

Alex Hoehn, USA Cycling offered his gratitude on being able to participate. “I’m grateful to USA Cycling for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talent here at the Amgen Tour of California in front of the best teams in the world. It’s not often that a young rider like me gets to line up with some of the best in the pro peloton, and this will be an experience I will remember for the rest of my life” He said.

Rancho Cordova can be proud as a Amgen Stage 2 host city.

Sources: Marissa Mavaega, Amgen 

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Pollinators, Radishes, and Soil Born at White Rock Elementary

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-05-16

Students from White Rock Elementary School holding fresh radish bundles.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Bees, bats, birds, butterflies, and beetles have one thing in common, and a group of students at White Rock Elementary learned the connection between these mammals, insects, and birds. Each is an important pollinator.

“We use these main groups to help students remember many of the pollinators and become familiar with their various needs and also their various skills,” wrote Shannon Hardwicke, Soil Born Farms Youth Education Manager.

Although there are other pollinators, including moths, she explained that this was a good start for students, especially in a limited time setting.

By the end of the lesson, students were able to identify the type of flower one pollinator might prefer over another. Some pollinators, like beetles, hide inside flowers. Others prefer purple flowers over red. Students sat in a circle on mats, listened, asked questions, and responded to a host of questions to help engage their critical thinking skills.

Students learned that butterflies need flowers with “large landing pads,” so narrow petals would not necessarily be the best. Hummingbirds love red, cylindrical flowers and might be found near gladiola. Bats, on the other hand, are drawn to white or light blue flowers. “What color are bees attracted to?”
Several responses were given, including red flowers.

Bees can’t see red, but students knew hummingbirds preferred red flowers.

With all that was covered, students performed well, said Hardwicke. They were enthusiastic, raising their hands to share what they had learned. Besides listening and responding, they were also actively engaged with a matching game. Each student received a card, either a pollinator or a flower, and sought a match, keeping in mind the preference and needs of each pollinator.

Students also dissected a plant and examined the flower. This project, Hardwicke said, was a condensed version due to time constraints and location. Instead of microscopes, students received a magnifying glass. This lesson provides a base on which to build.

In addition to the talk and activities, students also tended the garden which includes several crops – corn, zucchini, tomatoes, strawberries, snap peas, and dill. Flowers are planted in order to attract pollinators. Students eagerly pulled weeds in order to prepare the beds for a new planting of watermelon seeds. Others harvested radishes, which they also washed and shared with the class.

The main purpose of this class, which built upon the prior week’s class, was “connecting the unique pollinators to their functions with the flower,” said Hardwicke, who explained that the lesson built upon the prior week’s lesson about the critical role that pollinators play in the environment and to the food we consume.

The program at White Rock Elementary is growing and the current six classes will double to twelve next year, said Principal Peterson.

Soil Born Farms comes out to work at the school weekly throughout the academic year. It also works with other schools as part of the Our Growing Together School Garden Initiative begun in South Sacramento. Hardwicke’s team serves six school sites in two districts, three in Rancho Cordova.

“We work with all low income populations with the goal of improving connections to healthy food, science standards and environmental stewardship,” she said. Gardens, she added, are sometimes the place where a student can shine and lead others and can be a place of safety.

“They learn firsthand, not in a book,” said Mayor McGarvey about the Measure H funded program.
For home gardeners who want to attract pollinators, they might consider asking these students or provide a variety of flowers that bloom throughout the year. Hardwicke advises purchasing plants from Soil Born Farms, nurseries, or other locations that do not treat the plants with chemicals.

On May 19, Soil Born Farms will host its Day on the Farm event with classes, activities, plants, and much more.

“What I find really powerful is we’re giving kids healthy habits,” said Principal Peterson.

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Sacramento Police and Sheriff's 17th Annual Remembrance Ceremony

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-05-16

Sheriff Scott Jones reads name of fallen Sacramento Sheriff’s Department officers

WOODLAKE, SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On Friday, May 2, officers from several agencies, including Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, descended upon the quiet Woodlake neighborhood for the 17th Annual Remembrance Ceremony, and to commemorate a new memorial plaque for Officer Mark Stasyuk who lost his life in the line of duty on September 17, 2018.

The ceremony included a procession of law enforcement officers from Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department led by the Sacramento Firefighters Pipes and Drums.

Officer Paul Brown, President of the Sacramento Police Sheriff’s Memorial Foundation welcomed officers, fallen officer families, dignitaries, fellow officers from outside agencies, and the general public.

“Today, let us remember our Sacramento fallen,” said the 20 year Sacramento Police Department veteran.

Pastor Anthony Sadler of Shiloh Baptist Church gave the invocation prior to guest speakers.

“It is in times like these that we realize how fragile we are and how quickly our loved ones can be taken away from us.” Each officer, he added, to be remembered had paid the ultimate price, as did the fallen officer’s family, in order to protect the citizens.

“Today we are saddened, and also honored, to add yet one more hero to the rank.” He then called for prayers for Deputy Mark Stasyuk and his family.

“We honor Deputy Stasyuk for his extraordinary bravery in the face of imminent danger,” he stated.

Throughout the invocation, the bells of Sacramento Regional Transit’s light sounded gently. The memorial, a living monument, is situated across the street from Woodlake Park and behind the light rail station on Arden Way. Land was donated by North Sacramento Land Company, wrote Rotary Club of North Sacramento President, Stephen Lemmon. His organization, along with Woodlake Improvement Club worked with the land company.

“Since we had a great working relationship with the Sacramento Police Department, the idea was hatched for a memorial,” Lemmon wrote, adding that Rotary Club member Dennis Tsuboi submitted the design and the club contributed $10,000.

In 1992, “a foundation was formed including both unions for Sac PD and Sac Sheriff, reps for the Chief and the Sheriff, the Rotary Club, Woodlake and the Council Member,” wrote Lemmon.

A list of major funders, board of directors, and past board members is etched in granite beside the dedication stone that reads, “For all those who served & sacrificed wearing the badge, we are eternally grateful.”

Sacramento Police Department Chief Daniel Hahn spoke first.

“Welcome to these sacred grounds,” he said. “We will never forget the sacrifice that you have made for our entire community.”

Chief Hahn spoke several minutes about current challenges for law enforcement, community, and how these men and women “know what it takes to protect our community, to protect our values and our way of life.”

“We pray that this will be the last year that we add a name to this very important memorial,” said Hahn.
Sheriff Scott R. Jones spoke next, thanking Supervisor Susan Peters, general public, and fellow officers.

“I love coming to this place. I come from time to time. It seems like things are a little quieter, things are a bit more contemplative. It seems like I’m able to be a little bit more reflective. I love the fact that the community takes care of this place. It is truly hollow ground,” he said, adding that he also hates that there needs to be a place like this and that another name needs to be added this year.

Mark Stasyuk’s name joined twenty other Sheriff’s department officers, District Attorney Investigator Grant Wilson, Galt Police Department Officer Kevin Tonn, and sixteen Sacramento Police Department officers.

“His life made a difference,” said District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.

Chief Todd Sockman, Galt Police Department, spoke about the family of law enforcement and the family that includes the community.

“As a family, we can get through this,” he said.

Following the guest speakers, the name of each of the 39 fallen officers was called, with a moment of silence, and the placement of a yellow rose on each memorial plaque by members of each respective agency. Each officer was honored with a white-gloved salute by a member of his agency.

Sheriff Jones said of 4 ½ year veteran Mark Stasyuk, that he “exemplified what it meant to be a law enforcement officer.”

Yellow roses were presented to members of the Stasyuk family who carried the flowers and placed them on his memorial.

Following a moment of silence, the rider-less horse was led in and through the memorial, a bugler played “Taps,” followed by a 21-gun salute, and a flyover of helicopters in the missing flyer formation.

“If one member suffers, all suffer together,” said Sacramento Police Officer William J. Conner in the benediction. “We are all part of something greater than ourselves.”

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