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Help Community Business Bank Give Away $10,000 to Benefit Local Non-Profit

Help Community Business Bank Give Away $10,000 to Benefit Local Non-Profit

There’s no fancy party planned to celebrate Community Business Bank’s 10th anniversary. Instead, the West Sacramento-headquartered community bank plans to give away $10,000 to one lucky not-for-profit making a difference in Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin or Solano counties.

“For the past decade, it’s been our honor to help meet the needs of small businesses and not-for-profits in our communities,” said John DiMichele, CEO, Community Business Bank. “Our $10,000 give away contest is the perfect opportunity to express our gratitude to a local not-for-profit that is working hard every day to help those in need.” In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive a full-page ad in thePartners in Philanthropyedition of the Sacramento Business Journal.

Entry period for all nominations is September 1-30, 2015. Here are two ways to nominate your favorite not-for-profit:

SARTA CleanStart Mixer highlights Innovative Engineering

SARTA CleanStart Mixer highlights Innovative Engineering

CleanStart is gearing up for our final 2015 CleanTech Mixer on September 16th at the Capital Public Radio community room and garden. The event is scheduled from 3-5 pm and promises to be a..... Read More

Beer Me at the CA Craft Beer Summit!

Beer Me at the CA Craft Beer Summit!

By Leia Ostermann

Leia Ostermann

It’s been a big year for craft beer in Sacramento. We have sixty-six craft breweries in the region, eleven within city limits and nine I can ride my bike to, with more planned to open later this year... Read More

Saving Water: Rocklin Car Wash Uses New Technology To Reduce Water Usage to As Little As 6 Gallons

Saving Water: Rocklin Car Wash Uses New Technology To Reduce Water Usage to As Little As 6 Gallons

One of the greenest car washes in the Greater Sacramento area is now dramatically reducing its water consumption.

Five Star Auto Center, a hand car wash that already uses less water than most traditional car washes, recently installed new technology to further reduce its water use – down to about 6-12 gallons per car depending on the wash. Typical equipment car washes use up to 60 gallons per car and home car washing uses as much as 120 gallons per car.

It’s especially important for consumers to understand if the car wash they are using is green. Many cities in the Sacramento region are asking citizens to use professional car washes versus washing at home. Some areas have already ruled no more home washing of vehicles.

Businesses see green in painting dry lawns

Businesses see green in painting dry lawns

The grass is always greener — at least until there’s a severe drought that prompts water restrictions and causes landscaping to turn brown... Read More

Kaiser Permanente awards nearly $140,000 to nonprofit organizations serving the Elk Grove area

Kaiser Permanente awards nearly $140,000 to nonprofit organizations serving the Elk Grove area

Kaiser Permanente has awarded 56 grants totaling nearly $1.5 million to 54 local not-for-profit organizations, schools and government entities serving the greater Sacramento community. That includes $140,000 in funds to organizations serving the Elk Grove area.

The Community Benefit grants – which range in individual amounts from $5,000 to $97,304 – are part of a longstanding practice for Kaiser Permanente, the region’s leading integrated health-care provider, which works to improve the health of the communities it serves in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties. Overall, the grants seek to improve access to medical care, support mental health services, reduce violence, develop the workforce and promote healthy eating and active living.

The largest allocation of funding will help the uninsured and underinsured access health care programs and services at various community clinics and organizations.

Salary Negotiations between Sierra College & FUSE LiUNA Local 1212 Have Become Contentious

Salary Negotiations between Sierra College &  FUSE LiUNA Local 1212 Have Become Contentious

Following a lengthy negotiations process and an unsuccessful bargaining session on May 13, 2015, Sierra College and FUSE (Federation of United School Employees) Local 1212 have officially reached a bargaining impasse and negotiations have become contentious.  At the short bargaining session, it was immediately clear the two sides remain polarized.  The District rejected a comprehensive proposal for settlement submitted by FUSE and instead put a concessionary proposal on the table that would essentially result in a pay cut for ninety percent of FUSE members given the increased cost for health benefits.  While the District has proposed a follow-up meeting on May 18 with all of the unions to discuss a temporary fix to potentially offset some of the healthcare increases for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the one-time fix would not address the ongoing structural issues that result in the District offering healthcare benefits that are significantly lower than the industry stand