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Hmong Students Create H.O.P.E.

Hmong Students Create H.O.P.E.

Sacramento -- Hmong Opportunity Program for Education (aka H.O.P.E.) is the creation of Sacramento City College students promoting higher education within the local Hmong community.

Surviving on donations by area businesses and concerned citizens, H.O.P.E. President See Vang says fundraisers such as last Saturday's car wash provide funding to increase awareness of the Hmong culture and history.

"Our mission is to motivate and encourage high school students to achieve a college degree," explains Vang, adding, "and to decrease the drop-out rate of Hmong college students on campus!"

H.O.P.E. President See Vang points out the ultimate goal is a scholarship fund assisting Hmong students to stay in college.  

Currently, the group is finalizing plans for an upcoming BBoy Jam fundraiser in late April or early May.   Check out Facebook @SCC HOPE for details!

Shirey--Sac City Police Must Pay!

Shirey--Sac City Police Must Pay!

Sacramento -- John F. Shirey, Sacramento City Manager, says police officers must contribute their share of pension costs to substantially reduce Sacramento's approximate $9 million budget deficit.

"They gotta pay!" Shirey states at the first meeting Wednesday of the 2013 Sacramento City Management Academy.

"Police patrol officers do not pay their pension share.  These are hard times!  Most [city] employees are paying their share of pensions with the city paying its employer share," Shirey comments.

He says if police patrol officers pay their share of pension costs -- projected to be $5 million -- it will substantially reduce the city's current $9 million budget deficit.

At the start of the long-term recession, Shirey says the city entered into five-year contracts with labor unions. 

Tenth Annual Run Rocklin Will Once Again Benefit Matt Redding Foundation

Tenth Annual Run Rocklin Will Once Again Benefit Matt Redding Foundation

Early registration suggested since event will cap at 3,000 runners


The 10th annual “Run Rocklin” will be held Sunday, April 7 at Johnson-Springview Park in Rocklin.

Since 2004, Run Rocklin has provided a top-notch running event for Rocklin and the surrounding communities. The event has benefited the Matt Redding Foundation and Rocklin’s local schools since 2007. 

Run Rocklin includes:

  • Kids Fun Run: 7:45 a.m.
  • 12K Run: 8 a.m.
  • 5K Run/Walk: 8:20 a.m.
  • Kids 1-mile Run: 9:30 a.m.

Adults can pre-register for $34 prior to race day and the cost increases to $39 on the day of the run. Ages 18-under can pre-register for $20; cost is $25 on race day.

Calif. to propose new student achievement testing

Calif. to propose new student achievement testing


LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's top education official is expected to unveil a new system of student achievement testing on Tuesday.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson was tasked by the state Legislature last year to revamp the state's bank of standardized tests that measure student progress in English language arts and math and qualify high school students for graduation.

The proposed new testing comes as the state starts phasing in new national curriculum standards known as Common Core State Standards. The emphasis of the new testing will be on critical thinking and problem solving skills that will be aligned with Common Core's focus.

The proposal is the result of six months of meetings by a statewide taskforce that has held meetings around California gathering input from educators. 

The Associated Press

Blind pug robbed by diabetes struggles for surgery

Blind pug robbed by diabetes struggles for surgery

SACRAMENTO, CA -- A Sacramento pug rescue group is reaching out to animal lovers in hopes of providing a much needed surgery for one of their precious pugs.  

Eight year-old Mija (Mee-ha) is a playful pug who loves to snuggle. She was rescued by PugSavers, a Northern California pug rescue group, after her owner, who loved her dearly couldn't afford special care for her diabetes. Mija's foster family has been taking great care of her until she finds her forever home, but recently her condition has worsened causing blindness in both of her eyes. 

It has been recommended by a specialist that both of Mija's eyes be removed to help with her diabetes and alleviate what has now become a painful condition.