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New Google-Like Tool Transforms Government’s Relationship with Advocacy Orgs

New Google-Like Tool Transforms Government’s Relationship with Advocacy Orgs

A new Google-like search engine that is transforming the relationship between advocacy organizations and their government just went live. It’s called Digital Democracy. ... Read More

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SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction

SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction

Did you know that the Western Pond Turtle is not only an endangered species; it’s also the only turtle native to California? These little ambassadors are one of 10 inaugural species that are the focus of the national SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction campaign organized by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). 
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Railroad Museum Gets in the Jazzy Spirit Plus Offers Free Admission to Music Festival Badge Holders

Railroad Museum Gets in the Jazzy Spirit Plus Offers Free Admission to Music Festival Badge Holders

Coinciding with the 42nd Annual Sacramento Music Festival happening over Memorial Day weekend in Old Sacramento, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will celebrate the holiday by offering jazz music inside the Railroad Museum and popular train rides behind a vintage steam locomotive.  In addition, festival badge holders will receive complimentary admission to the Railroad Museum given it is an official musical venue for the special event.

Inside the Museum, visitors will be treated to entertaining jazz musicians in the Roundhouse throughout the holiday weekend, May 23-25, 2015.  And, guests who choose to take a lovely six-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion train ride along the levees of the Sacramento River will also be entertained on board by talented banjo performers from the Sacramento Banjo Band.   

Covered California says it has ‘solid financial foundation’

Covered California says it has ‘solid financial foundation’

SACRAMENTO — Covered California, the state’s health care exchange, released its budget plan for 2015-16 Wednesday morning.

The budget proposal calls for Covered California to start the new fiscal year with nearly $200 million in unrestricted reserves and the ability to use $100 million in federal establishment funds to complete its initial launch, the agency said in a press statement.

Over the next year, Covered California believes it will be able to transition relying only on the fees it collects from health insurance companies and the reserves it has saved when it was using federal funds.

“In the last two years, we established a solid foundation, and we are confident as we transition now from startup mode to ongoing operations,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee... Read More

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Ostriches on the Move

Ostriches on the Move

Some of the Sacramento Zoo’s big birds recently made a big move.  The Zoo’s Ostriches have gone to the Wildlife Safari in Oregon where they will be integrated into a multi-species exhibit with giraffe, rhino, zebra and more.

Moving the ostriches was not a spur-of-the-moment decision, but the result of months of planning and coordination. Working with Wildlife Safari, the state of Oregon’s department of Agriculture, and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), employees at the Sacramento Zoo coordinated the move.
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Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” on 5/16!

Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History:  A Community of Many Faces” on 5/16!

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month,  Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” event on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The special “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” event will celebrate and honor the richly diverse cultures represented at the Fort.  In fact, the Gold Rush of 1849 brought tens of thousands of people to California from all over the world.  But even before the first gold seekers arrived, Sutter’s Fort was already a melting pot of ethnic, social and cultural diversity.  In the New Helvetia Diary (the daily log book of Sutter’s Fort), there are at least 30 different groups of Native people mentioned as having visited the Fort and/or provided labor for John Sutter.