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Proposed California budget bolsters reserves, increases education spending

Proposed California budget bolsters reserves, increases education spending

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown warned stakeholders not to get giddy over increased revenues as he released his 2016-17 budget proposal, a plan that calls for shoring up California’s rainy day fund and increasing education spending... Read More

Macy's at Country Club Plaza is closing

Macy's announced they are closing dozens of stores across the country in the first part of 2016, including the location at Country Club Plaza in Arden Arcade.

"In light of our disappointing 2015 sales and earnings performance we are making adjustments to become more efficient and productive in our operations," Terry J. Lundgren, chairman of chief executive officer of Macy's, Inc. said in a press release posted online.

The Country Club Plaza location near El Camino and Watt avenues had remained open despite other store closures at the mall. It opened in the 1960s and employs more than 100 people.

A few thousand employees nationwide will be let go in the restructuring, the company hopes to rehire about half of them at other Macy's or Bloomingdale locations. More than 150 senior executives are leaving the company in spring 2016.

Police need help catching mail thief caught on camera

The Sacramento Police Department need help finding a suspect who has allegedly been stealing mail on the 3100 block of Callecita Street in the Arden area.

Police said the suspect was filmed on September 24 at 10 p.m. and November 14 at 7:30 p.m. riding a bicycle up to a mail box, taking the mail and riding away with it.

With a recent rise in male theft, police are offering helpful tips to make sure their male is secure.

The White House Drug Policy Office Awards Grant for Arden Arcade Area

The White House Drug Policy Office Awards Grant for Arden Arcade Area

The White House Drug Policy Office recently awarded a five year grant to a coalition, created by the Sheriff’s Community Impact Program (SCIP), to prevent youth substance use in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento.  The Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Arden Arcade (CSHAA), as one of the national grant recipients, will receive $125,000 yearly in DFC grant funds to involve and engage our community to prevent substance use among youth. 

“We know that evidence-based prevention efforts are the most effective way to reduce youth substance use and to support the roughly 90 percent of American youth who do not use drugs,” said Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy. “By bringing together schools, businesses, law enforcement, parent groups, and other members of the community, DFC-funded community coalitions are helping to protect youth from the devastating consequences of non-medical prescription drug use, heroin and other substance use.”

One dead, 12 displaced in apartment fire

An elderly man died and 12 people were displaced after a fire broke out in a four-plex in the Arden-Arcade area early Saturday morning, according to the Metro Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to the scene after reports came in of smoke coming out of a four-plex unit on the 800 block of Cathedral Court . When they arrived, firefighters were able to get inside and extinguish a fire in a downstairs unit.

Officials estimate the damage to be around $25,000. The Red Cross is assisting those who were displaced.

How the fire started is under investigation.

Fire officials urge residents to make sure they have working smoke alarms in their homes, to keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that may catch flame and to use flame-less candles whenever possible. 

Man shoots wife, self, in Arden Arcade

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department are investigating a murder-suicide that happened in Arden Arcade Saturday night.

The shooting happened at 10:20 p.m. in the 4200 block of Annette Street. Deputies received a call from a man saying that he shot his wife after an argument and that he was going to kill himself, according to sheriff deputy Tony Turnbull.

Turnbull said when deputies arrived they heard a single gunshot inside the house. When they entered, they located a 55-year-old woman with a gunshot wound, and a 58-year-old man with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Deputies began life-saving measured on both people and both were transported to local hospitals. The woman was pronounced deceased at the hospital and the man was pronounced dead Sunday morning, Turnbull said.

The names of the victim and suspect were not released. The investigation on the incident is ongoing.

League of Cities Honors Assemblyman Ken Cooley as Legislator of the Year

League of Cities Honors Assemblyman Ken Cooley as Legislator of the Year

League of California Cities Honors Assemblyman Ken Cooley as  
Legislator of the Year

Assemblyman Recognized for His Leadership in Passing Regulatory Framework for Medical Marijuana that Protects Local Control, Public Safety and Patient Access

SAN JOSE – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was honored as Legislator of the Year by the League of California Cities today during the organization’s 2015 Annual Conference and Expo in San Jose. The top honor was given to Assemblyman Cooley for his leadership in passing the League-supported Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.