Annual Roseville Gem Show Rolls On for 2017

Contributed by James Hutchings, Roseville Rock Rollers Show Chair  |  2017-03-15
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Featured, a budding “rockhound” under supervision as she delicately sorts through a tray of semi-precious stones during the Gem Hunt event during the Gem Show. --Photo courtesy of Roseville Rock Rollers.

Roseville Rock Rollers 55th Annual Gem, Jewelry, Fossil, and Mineral Show will take place at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville March 25-26. Hosted by the Roseville Rock Rollers, also known as the Roseville Gem and Mineral Society, this year’s show features gemstones, jewelry, fossils and minerals and has something for the whole family.

The group was established in 1960 as a group of local “rockhounds,” according to show chair James Hutchings. That group, deeply interested in the science and art of the earths' natural beauty in rocks and minerals, first met in homes and then as their numbers grew, expanded to the use of a local school room.

This year’s show has dozens of exhibits for attendees, such as jewelry, metal, wire and glass beading arts, fossils, crystals and minerals, but that’s not all. So that attendees aren’t rushed, the show also provides a cafeteria. “A very fine hot lunch is available at our own kitchen in Johnson Hall,” states Hutchings. The group has put together a menu of very reasonably priced food and beverages will also be available at the show’s cafeteria, featuring burgers, philly steak cheesesteaks, chicken salad, baked potatoes pies, cakes and more.

In addition to exhibits, classes and demonstrations, show goers can pan for gold, purchase equipment, buy raffle tickets, have rocks, gems and mineral identified by experts or make purchases at a silent auction.

Wishing to share the art and science of the mineral world, in the tradition of gem and mineral shows around the world, the Roseville Rock Rollers established their own gem and mineral show around 1962. The society grew, the show grew, and the show and the Society moved to the Placer County Fairgrounds where it continues today.

“As the Roseville Gem and Mineral Society has expanded to just under 300 members, the show expanded to support the costs associated with its programs, such as the Rookie Rock Rollers, juniors program, the Annual Scholarship program to Geology Students at Sacramento State Geology Department, and our year round Lapidary shop on the fairgrounds,” said Hutchings. “The lapidary shop on the Fair Grounds is the heart and soul of our Society, where we teach lapidary arts, jewelry fabrication, conduct mineral identification and mini tail gate rock sales.”

Hutchings developed his love for “rockhounding” at an early age. “Personally, I as most young people, was fascinated with rocks minerals and crystals. My parents encouraged me with my first Golden Book of Rocks and Minerals, a book still in current print, and my first rock pick.”

At the age of 38, he became seriously interested in rockhounding and gold mining, attending a mineral identification course at Sierra College, next pursuing an in depth understanding the chemistry and physics that form “these miracles in the earth.” He has put that knowledge to good use today providing what he refers to as a “mini lab” during the show to test rocks, minerals, and gems to provide guest an idea of materials they have in their possession.

While the Rock Rollers must generate funds to keep their programs operating, the primary purpose of any Gem and Mineral Show is to promote the Art and Science of the mineral world, according to Hutchings.

Like many of the group members, an early exposure to rockhounding and lapidary arts often provides a genesis of interest that often blossoms later in life, Hutchings said. “We really work hard, to attract the parents who want to expose their children to the natural world and foster that spark.”

There are presentations and activities for youngsters on identifying and handling specimens of all kinds. Students and Scouts can reinforce their California Rock Cycle curriculum and merit badge information. Scouts can have their mineral finds evaluated for rock type or mineral and validated for their required collection.

Other interesting stops are featured at this year’s show. The Education Station is the place for the "learners,” said Hutchings, “and we are all learners. There [are] demonstrators showing you the actual arts of lapidary, faceting, wire wrapping, and other jewelry arts.” The Fossils for Fun booth encourages fossil hunters to view and purchase or bid on fossils from vendors. NorCal Bats brings a live bat to show how fascinating these mammals (often found in caves along with gems, stones and crystals) are. This year "Rocklin Bach to Rock" students will perform on stage to provide entertainment for the public.

Hutchings suggests visitors come early and plan on spending the day at the show. “We take over the entire fairgrounds with exhibits, demonstrators, and vendors.”

Not to be missed are real treasures the group will have on display. “Folks tend to walk by the display cases,” he says. “These simple, well lighted boxes contain the best of the best of personal collections of minerals in variety or by theme. The displays are, ‘literally’ miniature museums showcasing specimens in the possession of individuals who have spent a lifetime collecting the best of the best of their favorite species of rock or mineral,” said Hutchings.

“We are looking for the general public who are looking for gem stones, set and unset, handmade, and fine art jewelry, and mineral specimens from every corner of the world! We find the single most striking comment from folks who, by accident, end up at our show is, ‘I had no idea such things existed in the world!’”

For more information, tickets and coupons, visit the group’s website at www.rockrollers.com


Placer Valley Tourism to Take Over As New Placer County Fairgrounds Operator

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2017-03-23

The Placer County Board of Supervisors today approved Placer Valley Tourism, a private nonprofit organization, as the new operator of the Placer County Fairgrounds and approved a budget revision appropriating $2 million for fairgrounds repairs.

With an agreement now in place, Placer Valley Tourism will be obligated to complete at least $6 million in repairs to the fairgrounds, with the county paying a $2 million share of that amount. The county’s agreement with PVT covers the All-American Speedway from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2032, and the remainder of the fairgrounds property from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2052.

“We understand we are accepting a trust and responsibility here,” said Placer Valley Tourism Chief Executive Officer David Attaway. “We’ve learned how important this is in shaping those future generations through great programs like 4-H Club and FFA and other activities that happen in this space.”

Placer Valley Tourism’s plan for operating the fairgrounds includes the repair and updating of existing buildings and parking lots, and overall facility maintenance. PVT is also exploring the potential for building a possible future new indoor sports and events center and other amenities.

“I am excited about this opportunity and what it means to Placer County and the City of Roseville,” said District 1 Supervisor Jack Duran. “In order for the fairgrounds to be a win for everybody, the county, city and residents must work together. I am confident that we will be able to achieve success with flying colors.”

Placer County Fairgrounds operations are improving and will continue as the fair looks to celebrate its 80th year June 22-25.

The fairgrounds began operating in 1937 on about 61 acres within the City of Roseville. Operation and management of the fairgrounds have been handled by the Placer County Fair Association since that time. All the state’s 78 fairgrounds historically received fiscal support from the state. In 2010, the fairgrounds received about $350,000 from the state for operations, improvements and maintenance. However, that support dried up with the recession and the fairgrounds stopped receiving state assistance. When it resumed in 2013, state support dropped precipitously.

With the reduction in state assistance, the association has struggled financially and has been forced to reduce staffing levels, which affected facility maintenance and administration. The funding loss caused fairgrounds operations to suffer and the county stepped in, allocating $200,000 in 2015 to deal with deferred maintenance. Representatives from the association expressed support for the transition at today’s board meeting.

Realizing a need for new ideas and input, the board of supervisors created the Fairgrounds Revitalization Committee in 2015. The committee has been charged with assisting staff in developing ideas and refining concepts for fairgrounds repair and operations, and helping define a vision for the fairgrounds’ future.


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County Unveils Placer County Government Center Master Plan Layout Proposal

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2017-03-23

After considerable analysis, stakeholder engagement, design and planning, the Placer County Board of Supervisors today were presented a plan for a re-envisioned Placer County Government Center and expressed general support for the direction of the master plan.

County staff narrowed three draft site plan options developed in recent months with community and employee input to a single recommended version for the board’s consideration, which envisions brand new campus amenities like an event center; consolidation of county buildings to provide an intuitive navigational experience for visitors; a wellness-oriented work environment for employees to promote walkability; open space to help preserve the area’s natural foothill esthetic; a DeWitt heritage district to honor the campus’s rich history; and non-county land use opportunities such as mixed-use residential housing, hotel and commercial retailers. Under the plan, the county’s executive office and board of supervisors’ chambers, along with related offices, would move from their current location in Auburn and join other county services at the PCGC campus.

“We’re really trying to create a new and exciting environment that brings together county services and community amenities, all in one vibrant area,” said Paul Breckenridge, senior architect for Placer County and project manager for the master plan update.

The master plan for the 200-acre campus was last updated in 1993. The campus was originally the site of a World War II-era U.S. Army hospital complex that was in use for two years before the end of the war. It was then used as a state psychiatric hospital, and eventually deeded to Placer County by the State of California in the early 1970s. Since then, the county has striven to be a good steward of the campus, using the buildings to provide county services, and replacing a number of them over the years with more modern facilities. A portion of the campus has also been leased for private use by Home Depot.

Evaluating future county space needs, potential relocation of county staff currently housed off-campus in Auburn and the cultural legacy of the campus are significant areas of study for the master plan update.

The importance of prioritizing various types of housing was a strong theme throughout the board’s discussion today.

“The potential for mixed-use commercial and residential is extremely promising,” said District 3 Supervisor Jim Holmes. “It is important to me that we get workforce and affordable housing and more small, single-family units as there is such a great need in our community.”

“Affordable housing is always at the top of my list of concerns for the county,” said Chairwoman and District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. “I am very pleased this proposal offers a broad spectrum of housing opportunities. This is not just a government center, this is the heart of Placer County and it’s the heart of this area.”

Upgrading the campus’s aging infrastructure to improve energy and resource efficiency is another high priority. Project planners have also sought broad public input on new potential uses for the campus, including possible commercial and residential development, as well as a potential multi-age community center, currently being studied in a separate feasibility study.

Watch a short video explaining the need and purpose for the Placer County Government Center master plan update here. More information on the master plan update is available on the project website here.

Planning proceeds for future county building investments, funding

In a workshop later in the meeting, the board weighed in on five requests by county departments to build new facilities, with a few of them to be located at the Placer County Government Center campus. The board voted unanimously to allow all five to move forward in the planning process, including a new administrative and field services building for the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, a new coroner’s facility, a new crime lab, a storage facility for the Clerk-Recorder-Elections Office and a retrofit to inmate housing facilities at the Auburn Justice Center.

With the board’s direction to continue development of the PCGC master plan update, environmental planning for the projects sited on the campus would proceed cooperatively with planning for the broader campus.

County staff is expected to return to the board this summer with a five-year, detailed capital financing plan to guide when the county will build and how it will be paid for. The board also approved the development of a long-range capital projects list and a plan for facility maintenance. As longer-term plans and priorities are developed, the board strongly encouraged county staff to facilitate a comprehensive public outreach effort to solicit input into those priorities.


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Bill to Protect Witnesses of Domestic Violence Passes Public Safety Committee

Source: Office of Assemblyman James Gallagher  |  2017-03-23

Assemblyman James Gallagher (R – Yuba City) successfully passed Assembly Bill 270 through the Assembly Public Safety Committee. This bill would protect witnesses of domestic violence by including them within the coverage of post-conviction domestic violence restraining orders.

“Witnesses of domestic violence, in most cases children, must have protections from domestic abusers. It is imperative we protect these people from continuing emotional, psychological, and even physical harm. When it comes to domestic violence, we must do everything to end the silence,” stated Gallagher.

Currently, if a defendant is convicted of a crime involving domestic violence, the Court can only issue a post-conviction restraining order restraining the offender from any contact with the “victim”. This fails to protect witnesses of domestic violence, who are in most cases minors. These witnesses could still be endangered, and a minor who is physically present during an act of domestic violence still suffers significant harm. AB 270 closes this gap.

This bill passed Public Safety Committee with unanimous support and now heads to the Appropriations Committee.

For more information on Assemblyman Gallagher, and to track legislation visit www.assembly.ca.gov/Gallagher


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“Antiques Road Show” - “Vintage Showcase” and Sierra College Patrons Collide! Monday, April 3, 2017

Source: Sierra College  |  2017-03-23

The Sierra College Patrons, a support group of the Sierra College Foundation, invite the public and those interested in becoming members of the organization to attend their April 3 meeting which will feature an exploration of antiques and vintage goods. Two local experts will present information, answer questions and offer opinions on a variety of items including porcelain, glass, jewelry, photographs, and all things vintage.

Betty Gadberry, a long-time antique dealer in the Auburn area and Sandy Bryan, owner of Tumbleweeds Vintage Shop in Roseville and proprietor of The Olive and the Rose, a presenter of Vintage shows throughout the area, will give a presentation to members and guests helping to clarify what makes something an antique and what delineates Vintage. Meeting attendees are invited to bring favorite items from their collections for evaluation by our two guest “experts”. Evaluations are not intended to be formal appraisals and no value will be attached or implied to any item. This is intended to be a fun exchange of information.

Sierra College Patrons Spring Fundraiser, The Vintage Marketplace will feature more than 30 vendors of antique, vintage, and vintage inspired items. The Marketplace will be held on Saturday, June 10 on the campus of Sierra College. Furniture, jewelry, garden accents, glassware and ephemera will be on sale. Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00. In addition to the goods on sale, Cousins Lobster Rolls, Chandos Tacos, Cowtown Creamery and An Honest Pie will park their catering trucks on campus offering delicious food when you need a break from shopping!

The Patrons meeting will be held on Monday, April 3 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at the student center. Lunch, which is optional, will be served at 12:30 p.m. The cost of the lunch is $11 and requires an RSVP. Please call Joan Edwards at 916-663-3408 by March 29th.

About the Sierra College Patrons
Formed in 1984, the Patrons provide financial support to the Arts and Humanities departments at Sierra College providing more than $5000 in grants each year. Grants are designed to directly affect students as much as possible. In addition, a $500 scholarship is awarded annually to a student in the arts including Music, Art and Drama. Four small awards of $100 each recognize outstanding students competing in the annual student art show. Further grants may be awarded during the year to enhance the services offered by academic departments. Since its inception, the Patrons have donated more than $350,000 to Sierra College affecting and improving all aspects of campus life.

About Sierra College
Sierra College District is rising to meet the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information at www.sierracollege.edu.

Sierra College Rocklin Campus is located at 5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin, California 95677. There is a $3 parking fee on campus. Parking permits are available at machines located in each parking lot.

For more information about the Patrons, the Sierra College Foundation, and upcoming events at Sierra College, please visit our website at: www.sierracollege.edu

 


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Sierra College and Placer Union Highlight Joint Efforts

Source: Sierra College  |  2017-03-21

The Sierra College Board of Trustees and the Placer Union High School District Board of Trustees will hold a joint board meeting at Del Oro High School on Tuesday, March 21, at 5:00 p.m. The combined meeting will be a historical first for both the college and the school district and will highlight the efforts underway to improve college readiness, adult education and student support and success. The presentations will include an overview of the Early Assessment Program designed to improve math readiness and an update on the growing Dual Enrollment Program, which provides access to college level courses on high school campuses. The two districts are also working together in the Sierra ASSETS consortium, which is focused on improving adult education in Placer and Nevada County, and on a new Promise Program currently being developed.

“On behalf of the Placer Union High School District Board of Trustees, it is our pleasure to engage with the Sierra College Board of Trustees and President Willy Duncan on issues of common interest to support our students’ educational pathways,” stated Placer Union HS District Superintendent Dr. George Sziraki. “Placer Union HS District enjoys an ongoing relationship with Sierra College based on collaboration, innovation and trust. President Duncan has engaged multiple opportunities for our students allowing for seamless transitions from high school to Sierra College. Articulation between high school districts and community colleges is imperative to student success and I am very much looking forward to this first ever meeting between our two boards.”

Though the state oversight for each system is different – California community colleges are overseen by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and an appointed Board of Governors, while high school districts are under the purview of the California Department of Education as well as the County Office of Education – the two systems share historical ties. Many of the state’s community colleges started on high school campuses. Sierra College, known originally as Placer College, was located on the Placer High School campus in Auburn when it opened in 1936. Both segments have a locally elected governing board which, as part of California post-secondary education, is unique to community colleges.

“Working across the education segments is integral to student success and a thriving community,” added Willy Duncan, Sierra College Superintendent/President. “In education, it is easy to become focused on our required outcomes and standards. When we focus on the broader goals we have in common for our students and our community and combine our efforts, not only do we come up with new and fresh ideas, we are able to affect more meaningful change. We are very fortunate to have such a willing and engaged partner in the Placer Union High School District and to have Board members dedicated to improving access and success for all students.”

  • Where: Del Oro High School Auditorium, 3301 Taylor Road, Loomis, CA
  • When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • Start Time: 5:00 p.m.

About Sierra College
Sierra College District is rising to meet the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information at https://www.sierracollege.edu/.

For more information about Placer Union High School District: http://www.puhsd.k12.ca.us/


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Placer Community Foundation Helps Local Nonprofits

Source: Placer Community Foundation  |  2017-03-21

Chuck Loring presented to over 50 local nonprofits at the 2017 Nonprofit Leadership Summit.

Seventh Annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit Assists Organizations Throughout Placer County

250 nonprofit employees, board members and volunteers representing 55 Placer nonprofits attended Placer Community Foundation’s 7th annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit on March 8th. The Foundation’s Leadership Summit, a key part of their Nonprofit Initiative, helps local nonprofit organizations deliver high-quality, more sustainable and more valuable community services by better developing their people, planning for growth, and managing operations more effectively.

This year’s nonprofit training was facilitated by nationally known trainer Chuck Loring and focused on best practices in board governance and fundraising. Chuck has worked with many of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations including Make-A-Wish America, the League of American Orchestras, Special Olympics, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, among many others.

During the training, Mr. Loring emphasized the size and importance of the nonprofit sector. He shared that in Placer County, in 2000, there were 550 public charities; as of fall 2016, there were 1310, a growth of 138%. In the United States, nonprofit employees comprise 10% of the workforce and nonprofits pay 9% of wages. Now, more than ever, there is competition for funding and brand awareness for nonprofits. He stated that history and habit do not equate to survival and he provided multiple tools to help attendees be effective fundraisers and leaders for their organizations. Jamee Horning, Executive Director of Seniors First, shared, “The training held by Placer Community Foundation with Chuck Loring was spot on training for our organization. It was also very energizing for our board members that attended.”

With this opportunity to gather and acknowledge local nonprofit organizations for the vital services and programs they provide in our region, Placer Community Foundation is honored to be working alongside these many organizations that carry with them a vision for growth and a commitment to improving the lives of Placer County residents.

Placer Community Foundation held this all-day Summit free of charge to nonprofits operating within Placer County through gifts made to the Foundation’s Community Leadership Fund and through the generosity of the following local sponsors: First 5 of Placer County, Wells Fargo, Sutter Health, US Bank, Robert Kemp Foundation, The Charles and Gail Muskavitch Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, Placer Vineyards, Western Health Advantage, Teichert Foundation, The Arp Family Foundation, AT&T, Auburn Toyota, Azevedo & Associates Inc, ClipperCreek Inc., Community 1st Bank, First Northern Bank, Five Star Bank, HomeTown Realtors, Placer County Employees Fund, Placer County Office of Education, PRIDE Industries, Propp Christensen Caniglia LLP, Recology Auburn Placer, Tri Counties Bank, County of Placer Board of Supervisors, Leo W. Ryan and Geraldine Suskin Community Fund, Placer County Water Agency, and Spectrum Wealth Management, Inc.

About Placer Community Foundation
Placer Community Foundation (PCF) grows local giving to strengthen our community by connecting donors who care with causes that matter. Known for sound financial management and knowledge of the nonprofit sector, the Community Foundation continually monitors the region to better understand the nature of local needs, so that it can invest in areas such as arts and culture, education, health and human services, and the environment. The Community Foundation provides regular trainings and technical assistance for the many local nonprofits that are experiencing growing public demand for programs and services. To learn more about establishing charitable funds, visit placercf.org, contact Veronica Blake at vblake@placercf.org, or call 530-885-4920.


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Wine Country Curling Club Barrels into Spring

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2017-03-21

Brand New Barrel Bonspiel Brings 16 California Curling Teams to Roseville on March 24-26

March 20, 2017-Wine Country Curling Club (WCCC) and Placer Valley Tourism are thrilled to announce that on March 24-26 they will be hosting a brand new springtime bonspiel at Skatetown Ice Arena in Roseville. The WCCC already has a rich history with The Crush, their signature bonspiel, and due to the wonderful success they have had with that tournament the idea of the Barrel Bonspiel was born and now coming to life this weekend.

“We have such a great time hosting The Crush over Labor Day that we decided to host another bonspiel in March,” commented Katie Feldman, President of WCCC. “Curling in California is growing so much and we’re proud to be the first club to now host two bonspiels in a year.”

The Barrel has garnered the attention of 16 teams throughout California that will be participating in this new bonspiel that includes a four-game guarantee for every team. For extra excitement WCCC has added an additional element to tournament, a ‘hot shots’ competition, that is certain to get the crowd cheering and the curlers pumped.

“The hot shots is essentially a trick shot contest that allows curlers to have a blast and show off their moves like you’ve never seen before,” added Feldman. “The players love to show off their trick shots and similar hot shots events at other bonspiels usually become a source of much fanfare.”

If you have never witnessed curling in action, here is your chance! The Barrel’s opening ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m. this Friday. On both Saturday and Sunday games begin at 7:30 a.m. There is no charge for spectators, food and drinks will be available to purchase at Skatetown’s concession stand. Come see what these California curlers can do! Skatetown is located at 1009 Orlando Ave in Roseville.

About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit www.playplacer.com or call 916-773-5400.


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Placer Superior Court Seeks Comments

Source: Superior Court of the State of California  |  2017-03-21

Proposal to Implement Tiered Child Custody Mediation and Recent Changes to its Family Law Processes and Services

The Placer County Superior Court is seeking comment on a proposal to transition from a child custody recommending counseling mediation model to a tiered mediation model in all cases involving contested child custody and visitation matters.

The court is considering a move to a tiered mediation model consisting of three tiers. In Tier I, the parties would work with a mediator in an effort to come to an agreement in their case. That mediation would be confidential and not result in any recommendation or report to the court. For those who are unable to reach agreement, the court could order further services by referral to Tier II or Tier III. In Tier II, a court-connected professional would gather information and submit a report, without recommendations, to the court. Tier III serves as a traditional child custody recommending counseling service, in which a report, with recommendations, would be provided to the court. Cases would initially be referred to Tier I, and the judicial officer would have the discretion to refer cases to subsequent tiers or child custody evaluation as needed.

The proposed model is intended to provide parties with additional opportunities to resolve conflict and to promote the best interest of the child prior to court hearings. “By expanding our family court mediation services to include tiered mediation, we hope to help children and families by reducing conflict and adversarial court hearings whenever possible,” said Alan V. Pineschi, Presiding Judge of the Placer County Superior Court.

Further details of the proposed model are posted in the court’s Proposed Local Rules for July 1, 2017. These proposed rules, and information on how to submit comments to the court on the proposed rule changes, can be found at: http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/local-rules.html.

The proposed transition to a tiered mediation model is the latest in a series of efforts by the court to improve services for court users in family law and civil cases.

In August of 2016, the court’s Legal Help Center staff began preparing orders after hearing in the courtroom for self-represented litigants attending family court hearings. This allows the parties to leave the courthouse with formal orders in hand. This expanded service intends to reduce ambiguity the parties may otherwise have related to orders made in their court hearing.

In September of 2016, at the Gibson Courthouse in Roseville, the court began offering advance appointments online for some services in the Family Law Division, Civil Division, and the Legal Help Center to reduce wait times for court users. One court user who scheduled an advance appointment for the family law filing window shared, “online appointments are awesome, and I love it.” To schedule an advance appointment online, please visit the Online Services page of the court’s website, under Online Appointments: http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/online-services.html.

In January of 2017, the court implemented a revamped Family Centered Case Resolution program. Upon filing a petition for Dissolution, Legal Separation, Nullity, or Parentage, the court will schedule three (3) status conferences, six (6), twelve (12), and eighteen (18) months after filing. The staggered status conferences are intended to assist litigants toward a timely disposition. For more information, please visit the corresponding section on the Family Law & Support FAQ page of the court’s website: http://www.placer.courts.ca.gov/forms/family/FCCR Public FAQ.pdf.


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Key Affordable Housing Measure Clears Second Hurdle in Senate

By Mike Roth, California Housing Consortium  |  2017-03-15

On March 15th, the approval of SB 2 (Atkins) by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee signified an important step to beginning to address California’s devastating housing shortage. The Senate Transportation and Housing committee approved the measure last month.

“SB 2 is an important measure to begin to right the ship in California after years of failing to invest in affordable homes. This measure will provide thousands of new affordable rental homes in California while protecting general funds and boosting our economy,” said California Housing Consortium Executive Director Ray Pearl. “We are experiencing a massive housing shortage in California and it is time for a commitment to policies that can affect real change. California’s families, children, seniors, veterans and vulnerable residents deserve nothing less than access to safe and affordable homes.”

California has seen a 69 percent overall decline in state and federal investment in production and preservation of affordable housing since the Great Recession in 2008. A new California Department of Housing and Community Development statewide housing assessment finds that California families are facing a harder time finding a place to live than at any point in our history and homeownership rates in California are at their lowest since the 1940s.

SB 2 (Atkins) would enable thousands of affordable rental homes to be built through a $75 fee on real estate transaction documents, capped at $225 per transaction. Sales of homes and commercial properties would be exempted.

CHC is also calling on lawmakers to approve AB 71 (Chiu), which would end a costly vacation home tax subsidy to provide affordable apartments and homes while protecting the mortgage interest deduction crucial for families to afford their first home. These common-sense measures do not dip into the General Fund and would generate additional federal, local and private investment.


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