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Warriors Hang On to Beat Spurs

November 24, 2023

Stephen Curry and Dario Saric led a Warriors splash party as the Dubs picked up a 118-112 win over the Spurs on Friday in an NBA In-Season Tournament matchup at Chase Center.

Curry made seven treys, Saric hit four and the Warriors outscored the Spurs from distance by 21 (19 GSW 3-pointers to 12 for San Antonio). With the win, the Warriors improved to 2-1 in West Group C of the In-Season Tournament, setting up a pivotal matchup in Sacramento on Tuesday in the Group Play finale.

PURS MAKE IT INTERESTING
The Warriors pushed their lead to as many as 18 points early in the fourth quarter, but the Spurs used an 11-0 run over a two-minute stretch to make it a one-possession game with less than 20 seconds remaining. Thankfully for the Warriors, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to make eight straight free throws in the final minute to help put away the game

A THIRD QUARTER CURRY FLURRY
Stephen Curry led the way with 35 points, and 11 of those came during a 16-0 run in the third quarter. After the Spurs had reeled off eight straight points to go up two, Curry responded by hitting a challenged 3-pointer. The two-time MVP connected on a two-point jumper from the top of the key 16 seconds later, and he knock down a patented corner 3-pointer in which he turned around started running back on defense before the ball swished through the net.

A game after going 1-for-8 from distance for his first game with fewer than four made threes this season, Curry bounced back by tying his season-high with seven triples on Friday. His seven treys came on 13 attempts, and the league leader in total made threes now has five games this season with seven 3-pointers.

SARIC CONTINUES TO SHINE IN THE IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT
Veteran big man Dario Saric had 20 points off the bench on Friday. It was his third game with at least 20 points this season, and all three of those games have taken place in the In-Season Tournament. Saric connected on four of his seven 3-point attempts, matching his season-high in made treys, and he has now scored at least 17 points in each of the last three games.


Warriors to Name Media Workroom in Honor of Jim Barnett

CVV News l September 5, 2023

The Golden State Warriors will name the media workroom at Chase Center the Jim Barnett Media Center, honoring Barnett’s legendary 37-year career with the Warriors broadcast team, it was announced today. Barnett, who will transition to a community relations ambassador role ahead of the 2023-24 season, spent 34 seasons as television analyst for the Warriors before serving in the same capacity alongside Tim Roye for road radio broadcasts over the past three seasons.

Prior to his broadcasting role, Barnett enjoyed an 11-year NBA playing career that included three years with Golden State (1971-74). The Jim Barnett Media Center will be unveiled on Wednesday, November 1, when the Warriors host the Sacramento Kings at Chase Center.

“It will be quite an honor to have the media workroom at Chase Center named after me,” said Barnett. “I’ve spent countless nights in media rooms across the league during my time as a broadcaster, including in both Oakland and San Francisco, and have formed many wonderful relationships in this space. I really appreciate this tribute, value the 40-plus years I’ve been with the organization as a player and broadcaster and look forward to continuing on this journey as a Community Relations Ambassador for the Warriors.”

“The name Jim Barnett has been synonymous with Warriors Basketball over the last four decades,” said Warriors President & COO Brandon Schneider. “His passion for the game was palpable on every single broadcast, spanning from Sleepy Floyd to Stephen Curry, and his love affair with the Warriors is second to none. We’re excited to bestow him with this honor, thank him for a job that was incredibly well done and look forward to working with him in his role as a Community Relations Ambassador.”

During his broadcasting tenure, Barnett provided unique insights for nearly four decades of organizational milestones, spanning the Run TMC and We Believe eras and including four NBA titles, six NBA Finals appearances, and an NBA-record 73-win season.

Barnett’s NBA career began when the Boston Celtics selected him with the eighth pick overall in the 1966 NBA Draft. In addition to the Celtics and Warriors, he spent time with the San Diego Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Jazz, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 11.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 732 career games.

Over his playing career, Barnett teamed up with many of the league’s iconic Hall of Famers, including Warriors stars Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond, as well as Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Pete Maravich and Julius Erving. Nicknamed “Crazy Horse,” the Riverside, Calif., native was a basketball All-American at the University of Oregon and is a member of both the University of Oregon and State of Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame, as well as the Riverside Hall of Fame.


Golden State Warriors Named NBA Team of the Year!

CVV News l January 15, 2023

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

The 2022 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors were named Team of the Year at the 2023 NBA Sales and Marketing meetings this week in Miami, Florida, where all 30 teams were recognized for their sales and marketing efforts during the 2021-22 season. Additionally, the team won the Inclusive Innovation Award, recognizing a specific team-led program that advances inclusive practices, and three additional awards, for a total of five, more than any other team. This marks the fifth time in the past eight years (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022) that the Warriors received the most awards at the annual NBA league meetings.

The Team of the Year honor recognizes the organization that has demonstrated excellence in business performance across both key revenue drivers and operational focus areas.

Highlights from the Warriors’ business results during the 2021-22 season include:

  • The Warriors had a 98% retention rate among season ticket members, while selling out every game during the season and postseason run. The team’s current sellout streak of 451 consecutive home games is a franchise record.
  • In partnership with Rakuten, the Warriors unveiled Empowered, a celebration of women at the intersection of sport, community and culture in the Bay Area. The multi-faceted, season-long campaign includes the team’s Nike City Edition jersey, designed by Bay Area artist Hueman.
  • The Warriors served over 100,000 Bay Area community members at over 100 events. To mark the team’s 75th Anniversary last season, the organization partnered with Rakuten to unveil upgrades to City of Dreams in San Francisco, and during the 2022 NBA Finals, the Warriors and the NBA, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and State Farm, unveiled a new NBA Cares Live, Learn and Play Center at the Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco.
  • The Warriors Community Foundation, in its 10th Anniversary season, announced a record annual grants slate of $2.475 million, to 66 Bay Area non-profits, bringing the Foundation’s total impact to over $30 million since its inception in 2012.
  • The organization led the league in local broadcast viewership this season, holding the top spot for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
  • The team has over 63 million followers across social media platforms and led the league in cumulative engagements for the opening month of the season. The Warriors Instagram account became the first professional sports team in North America to eclipse 25 million followers.

The Inclusive Innovation Award recognizes a specific innovative program that advances inclusive practices and is evaluated against criteria related to the program’s innovation, inspiration, and impact. The Warriors and United Airlines partnered to create Franchise Fund, a program designed with the help of the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (WRMSDC) to help minority-owned small businesses in the Bay Area become corporate-ready and provide them the resources to become certified as minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs) by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). Franchise Fund eliminates barriers small businesses face in the accreditation process by providing all training, funds, and resources necessary to receive official MBE certification.


Forbes: NBA Teams Worth $2.86 Billion On Average

From NBA.com News Services

Step Curry

The Golden State Warriors are worth $7 billion, making them the most valuable NBA team for the first time ever in Forbes’ annual NBA franchise valuations.

Mike Ozanian and Justin Teitelbaum of Forbes write that the Warriors’ value increased 25% from last year to this year as Golden State generated the most revenue and raked in $150 million from arena sponsorship and advertising — double the mark of any other NBA team.

In their annual rankings, Forbes said franchise values across the league have risen 15% over the past year to reach an average value of $2.86 billion.

The New York Knicks are second ($6.1 billion) followed by the Los Angeles Lakers ($5.9 billion), Chicago Bulls ($4.1 billion) and Boston Celtics ($4 billion) to round out Forbes’ top five.

Overall, seven teams — including the Warriors — saw their value change year-over-year by more than 20%: the Phoenix Suns (up 50%), Washington Wizards (30%), Miami Heat (30%), Philadelphia 76ers (29%), Toronto Raptors (25%), the Warriors (25%), Cleveland Cavaliers (24%), Dallas Mavericks (22%), Milwaukee Bucks (21%) and Detroit Pistons (20%).

The New Orleans Pelicans were the lowest-valued team ($1.6 billion), while 12 teams are worth more than the average figure of $2.87 billion — the Miami Heat ($3 billion), Raptors ($3.1 billion), 76ers ($3.15 billion), Houston Rockets ($3.2 billion), Mavericks ($3.3 billion), Brooklyn Nets ($3.5 billion) and LA Clippers ($3.9 billion) and the rest of the top five.



Modesto Actively Seeking Partners to Become Bridge Housing Host Sites

CVV NEWS l November 22, 2023


In response to the increasing needs of individuals experiencing homelessness, the City of Modesto is proactively addressing this critical issue through its innovative Three Prong Strategy: Community Accountability, Shelter and Housing, and Programs and Services.

On November 7, 2023, the City Council unanimously approved the concept of Bridge Housing as a significant component of our strategy, demonstrating the city’s commitment to finding practical and immediate solutions to homelessness. Bridge Housing is a transitional and temporary housing approach designed to provide individuals in need with a safe and supportive environment. City Council has allocated $3M to assist with the purchase of Bridge Housing units and the required infrastructure to accommodate the sites.

To make the Bridge Housing initiative successful, the City of Modesto is actively seeking partners to become host sites. Host sites play a crucial role in providing temporary shelter, facilitating access to essential services, and contributing to the broader community effort to combat homelessness. Why Become a Host Site? Community Impact: By opening your doors as a Bridge Housing host site, you directly contribute to the well-being of individuals experiencing homelessness in our community.

Collaboration: Join the City of Modesto in a collaborative effort to address homelessness. Your involvement strengthens the fabric of our community. Support Services: Host sites are integral to the success of Bridge Housing, offering residents access to vital programs and services aimed at helping them regain stability. How to Get Involved: If you are a property owner, business, or community member interested in becoming a host site for a Bridge Housing project, we invite you to visit our official website at https://www.modestogov.com/3076/Bridge-Housing for detailed information on the initiative and the benefits of participation.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 26th at 5 p.m. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. Additionally, the City invites interested parties to join us for an in-person and virtual technical workshop on Wednesday, December 13th, at 1010 Tenth Street, Suite 2001, at 10 a.m. Contact Information: For inquiries or to express your interest, please reach out to: Edgar Garcia edgarcia@modestogov.com office: 209-577-5211.

The City of Modesto recognizes that addressing homelessness requires a collective effort, and your involvement as a host site is pivotal to the success of the Bridge Housing initiative. Together, we can make a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need.

Senator Anna M. Caballero To Present The City Of Madera A Check For $1.45 Million For Community Improvement Projects


CVV News l NOVEMBER 22, 2023

Senator Anna M. Caballero (D-Merced) will join the City of Madera to present two ceremonial checks for community improvement projects for public safety and outdoor recreation.

Project Overview:

$950,000: For Technology Upgrades to the City of Madera Police Department’s Communication System in the Mobile Command Center.

$500,000: For trail system upgrades for the Lions Town and Country Park. The Lions Town and Country Park is the City of Madera’s largest park that features a 1+ mile trail system, amphitheater, playground and baseball fields. The park is a destination utilized for residents’ physical well-being, and serves as a community hub. Funds will be used to upgrade the trail system that was constructed over 35 years ago and is currently in a state of disrepair.

Total: $1,450,00

“It is important to me to work closely with the Mayor and City Council members to identify priorities and work to get projects funded through the state budget. The funds secured for the City of Madera are vital for the health and well-being of the residents and are an example of what we can accomplish when we all work together to get things done.” –Senator Anna Caballero, Senate District 14 

“These contributions will empower the City of Madera to make a lasting impact on public safety, revamp outdoor recreational spaces, and enhance the overall well-being of our community,” said– Mayor Santos Garcia. “These projects are vital for our community, and we greatly the ongoing commitment of Senator Caballero and Assemblymember Soria in helping to build a more vibrant Madera.”

“I want to express my gratitude to Senator Caballero and Assemblymember Soria for their continued support and dedication to the prosperity of Madera. Their efforts in securing funding for these important projects align with our vision for a city that thrives in all aspects, including prioritizing public safety, enriching recreational spaces, and uplifting the overall quality of life for our residents.” –City Manager, Arnoldo Rodriguez

“The Madera Police Department appreciates Senator Caballero’s commitment to public safety by providing additional state funding that will better equip our law enforcement to serve and protect,” said– Chief of Police, Gino Chiaramonte. “These resources will enable our officers to respond more effectively to emergencies, maintain law and order, and work collaboratively with the community to build trust.”

“We extend our deepest gratitude to Senator Caballero and Assemblymember Soria for their advocacy and commitment to our cause,” expressed– Joseph Hebert, Madera Parks & Community Services Director. “This funding will serve as a catalyst, empowering us to elevate the City’s largest and most utilized park, and to enhance our trail system in a way that promotes active lifestyles, fostering community connections, and preserving the natural beauty of our city.”

The Senator’s itinerary is as follows:

1. Madera, CA: Monday November 27, 2023 at 3:00 PM

Who:

  • Senator Anna Caballero, Senate District 14
  • City of Madera Mayor, Santos Garcia
  • City of Madera Mayor Pro-Tem, Elsa Mejia
  • City of Madera Council Member, Cecelia Gallegos
  • City of Madera Council Member, Jose Rodriguez
  • City of Madera Council Member, Steve Montes
  • City of Madera Council Member, Anita Evans
  • City of Madera Council Member, Artemio Villegas
  • City of Madera City Manager, Arnoldo Rodriguez
  • City of Madera Chief of Police, Gino Chiaramonte
  • City of Madera Parks & Community Services Director, Joseph Hebert
  •  

Location:

Madera City Hall

205 West 4th Street, Madera, CA 93637

What:

Senator Caballero will present the City of Madera with two (2) ceremonial checks for upgrades to the Lions Town and Country Park Trail System and the Police Department’s Mobile Command Center


2023 Legislator of the Year

Honored to be named the the 2023 Legislator of the Year by the California Building Industry Association (CBIA). I believe that every person deserves to live in a safe, affordable home, and am dedicated to serve the people of California to ensure we streamline housing production in a way that promotes the construction of affordable and naturally affordable homes.


Senator Anna M. Caballero Announces Legislation to Expand Access to Critical Health Care Services for Californians

CVV News l April 2023

Senator Anna M. Caballero

Sacramento:  Senator Anna M. Caballero (D-Merced) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 524: Pharmacy Practice: Test-to-Treat to allow pharmacists to prescribe treatment for certain common conditions for which they can currently perform tests. These conditions include COVID-19, influenza, sexually transmitted infections, strep throat, and conjunctivitis (pink eye).

Nearly nine in ten Californians live within five miles of a community pharmacy, and the role of the pharmacist to manage a patient’s healthcare needs is within easy reach and an underused resource. California can take advantage of the rigorous training a pharmacist receives and utilize it to quickly prescribe medications that can stop the spread of illness.

Healthcare is inaccessible for many Californians, especially those in rural areas. Rural residents, confronted by a shortage of physicians, a lack of transportation and hospital closures are often limited in access to treatments for various viral illnesses. Senate Bill 524 would expand the ability of a pharmacist to provide treatment within their training to save time and avoid a costly trip to the hospital.” –Senator Anna M. Caballero, District 14

“The California Community Pharmacy Coalition is proud to support Senator Caballero’s legislation, SB 524, which would allow pharmacists to ‘test and treat’ for specific illnesses in a community pharmacy,” said Rachel Michelin, president of the California Community Pharmacy Coalition. “All Californians deserve to have healthcare services in their communities and this bill focuses on ensuring patients have equitable access, which is particularly important for those living in rural areas where healthcare facilities can be hard to reach. As we learned during COVID, early treatment of certain illnesses such as the flu, RSV or strep throat are imperative to prevent further spread and protect individuals from developing more serious and severe symptoms that could result in hospitalization.”


City of Merced awarded $977,647 in grant funding by the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)

CVV News l September 20, 2022

Merced, Calif – In partnership with Merced County Probation, the City of Merced will complement the Pathways to Success program – a multi-agency approach to working with youth and their families experiencing violence through the CalVIP grant. The three-year pilot program will offer wrap-around reentry care and support as a prevention hub where services will be provided to at-risk and probation-involved youth and their families. 

Through this grant, the City of Merced will establish the Office of Neighborhood Safety, a division of the City Manager’s Office, which will support the program. Four Peer Support Specialists will mentor a dedicated caseload of youth by offering direct links to resources, systems navigation, tutoring, job training, and family strengthening resources to build a positive community network as an alternative to violence. 

“We must continue to focus on the needs of our youth and building a community free of violence,” said Merced City Council Member Jesse Ornelas. “This funding will expand much-needed supportive services that will aid in the healing and recovery of youth within our community. The special component is that youth who have walked through the trauma of community violence will participate,” concluded Ornelas. 

“The City’s Peer Support Specialists will be a nice compliment to the Pathways to Success Program,” stated Kalisa Rochester, chief probation officer, Merced County Probation Department. I am encouraged by the growing collaborative effort, and I am excited to get this three-year pilot program underway.”

The Pathways to Success Program is designed to offer a personalized and supportive landing for youth reentering the community through case management that focuses on wrap-around services. All services will be provided at the Stephen Leonard Community Center in South Merced and will include:  

  • Social and Emotional Learning Skills – Activities designed to promote competency skills that create resilient relationships with family, friends, and community.
  • Prevention and Intervention Resources– Supportive services, located at physically and emotionally safe community-based family resource centers, to encourage productive family involvement and to support a successful rehabilitation program.
  • Financial Allowances – Peer Support Specialists will consider existing financial barriers and, based on need, will set up a monetary allowance for housing, transportation, food, and clothing assistance.
  • Through evaluations, programming will consist of family therapy, mentoring, and skill-building resources.
  • Evidence-Based Programming – Skill-building and family therapy programs designed to mentor and positively change a youth’s behavior. 

“We thank BSCC for supporting communities like Merced that are disproportionately impacted by violence,” said Merced City Manager Stephanie Dietz. “This City Council is invested in supporting youth through programs that provide vital evidence-based resources.” 

Partnering with Pathways to Success will create and ensure collaboration between partner agencies through developing individualized rehabilitation plans that productively support youth within our community,” concluded Dietz. 

For more information about the City of Merced, visit www.cityofmerced.org. 


Merced County rises to Challenge of housing 100 homeless young people with Assemblymember Adam Gray’s help

CVV News l July 18, 2022

Adam Gray

More than 150 Merced County children call motel rooms home. Another 41 people under age 24 live unsheltered in cars, under highway bridges or in tents along the roadside. 

Living in such conditions leads to poor health, poor nutrition and poor grades for those in school. Some, as they get older, can be at higher risk of turning to crime or substance abuse. The human and financial costs of people living in these conditions are enormous, both for those experiencing it and for the community. 

Merced County, its cities, several non-profits and many volunteers have committed to addressing the problem of child and youth homelessness through a second 100-Day Challenge, which began July 6. The goal is to find housing for 100 children and young people and their families in 100 days. The effort will concentrate on those living in temporary shelters with an emphasis on racial equity.

“Since 2020 we have seen a 170 percent increase in families experiencing homelessness,” said Lloyd Pareira, Chairman of the Merced County Board of Supervisors. “They are residing in motels being used as emergency shelters by the county. We believe by focusing on finding stable housing for at least 100 children and youth in the next 100 days, we can make a real difference for those kids and for our county.” 

Merced Mayor Matt Serratto, who chairs the city-county Continuum of Care, was encouraged by the number of agencies, volunteer groups and others involved – including the Housing Authority, Merced County Office of Education, Assemblymember Adam Gray’s office, Healthy House, Turning Point Community Programs, Merced Rescue Mission, the Community Action Agency, Worknet, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and the Human Services Agency.

“This is exactly the kind of effort we need to address the often-complex needs of families experiencing homelessness,” said Serratto. 

In May, Merced County completed its first 100-Day Challenge – a state-sponsored program assisting local residents develop unique solutions to homelessness within their communities. Working with RE!NSTITUTE coaches, local teams were asked to define the problems, set goals and then implement solutions in their specific communities. RE!NSTITUTE works with four counties at a time, and Merced’s cohort included San Bernardino, Santa Cruz and Sacramento.

Merced County’s goal was to finding permanent housing for 20 individuals who had been living in Los Banos homeless encampments. The Challenge team – which included county staff, Los Banos public safety, members of Assemblymember Gray’s staff and many others – visited two large encampments, compiling profiles of each of the 151 people living in them. 

Other Challenge team members described the problem to community organizations while others searched for suitable, affordable housing.

At the end of the 100 days, Merced County had reached its goal, finding housing for 13% of Los Banos’ homeless population. The team also helped 65 more adults enter a pathway to safe and stable housing by finding them emergency shelter or connecting them with family or service providers. The Challenge was judged an enormous success.

“Once again, when given the opportunity and resources, Valley folks proved that their hearts are as strong as their arms,” said Assemblymember Gray, who has helped find state funding for homelessness programs in both Merced and Stanislaus counties and annually participates in the Point-in-Time census. “It wasn’t just finding homes for those individuals, the Challenge team helped them find hope and direction.” 

Merced County Superintendent of Schools Steve Tietjen was clear on the importance of meeting the Challenge. “Succeeding in school is hard enough for most kids,” said Tietjen. “It’s hard to imagine how much more difficult that is if you’re worried about where you’ll be sleeping that night or what you’re going to have to eat. By helping these kids and their families, we can make real difference.” 

Making a difference is the real goal, said Gray: “Our next Challenge – getting young people into stable living situations – helps our communities now and far into the future.” 

In this new journey, Merced will join the communities of Santa Barbara, Eureka, Lake County, Los Angeles, Richmond and Santa Cruz. 

For more information on the Challenge, contact Christy McCammond at 209 385-3000, ext. 5144. 

Save Your Home

Lawmakers from Across the State Unite to Defeat Water Grab Legislation

CVV News May 27, 2022

Assemblyman Adam Gray

(Sacramento) – Assemblyman Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) announced that 43 other lawmakers joined him to defeat AB 2639, a bill that would have accelerated the adoption of the State Water Grab, officially known as the update to the Bay-Delta Plan. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), would also have prohibited the State Water Board from issuing any new water right permits, putting in jeopardy badly needed new water storage projects like Sites Reservoir.

“I appealed to my colleagues on a very personal level,” said Gray in describing his efforts to gather enough votes to defeat the bill. “There is no other region of the state that would be as heavily impacted by this bill as my district and the people I represent. I asked my colleagues to consider what they would ask of me if their districts were similarly targeted. I told the story of the decades-long fight my community has waged against the water grab, and how the State Water Board has decided that the impacts to our economy and our drinking water are ‘significant, but unavoidable.’ I asked them if the Assembly was prepared to make the same decision.”

In total, 44 members of the Assembly either abstained or voted no on the bill denying it the 41 votes it needed to pass. Opposition to the bill was strongest among inland California lawmakers from the San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento, and the Inland Empire, but opposition also came from Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange County.

“It took a board coalition to defeat the bill. The San Joaquin Valley doesn’t always have enough friends in the State Legislature to stop bad bills, but we did today. I am grateful to my colleagues who took the time to understand a complicated issue. They made the difference today.”

Gray had taken the unusual step of submitting “hostile amendments” against the bill. Gray’s amendments would have prevented the bill from going into effect if it was found to negatively impact the quantity or quality of the drinking water of the Valley’s poorest zip codes.

“I submitted those amendments to highlight the incredible hypocrisy that was on display,” said Gray. “The supporters of that bill talk a lot about protecting poor and vulnerable communities, but when push comes to shove they were prepared to trade the running water of poor people for more water in the Delta. A lot of bills get framed as fish versus farmers. I want my colleagues to understand that when you attack farmers you are also attacking the thousands of families that live around those farms and depend on them for their livelihoods even when they don’t work on those farms.”

The author of the bill refused to consider Gray’s amendments and took it up for a vote without any changes.

“Refusing to negotiate has recently become a badge of honor for some members in the State Legislature. I hope that this is a lesson and an example that good public policy happens when all points of view are considered. More than anything, I think their refusal to compromise is what killed this bill.”

Gateway to Yosemite 5k/10k Race Raises $4,500 for Kiddieland, Merced


CVV News l November 21, 2023

The inaugural Gateway to Yosemite 5k/10k, held Nov. 19, proved successful as community members rallied together in support of improvements to Kiddieland at Applegate Park in Merced. Organized by Merced County Office of Education, City of Merced Parks and Community Services and Cultiva La Salud, the race generated nearly $4500 to enhance the local landmark.

The race began and ended on Main Street in front of Bob Hart Square.

With a total of 130 participants, including 93 in the 5k and 37 in the 10k, the race spanned through Downtown Merced, portions of Applegate Park and the Bear Creek Bike Path.

Top finishers for 10k men runners Edwin Gibb, #139 and AJ Heard, #124, stand with Mayor of Merced Matthew Serrato at the Gateway to Yosemite 5k/10k on Nov. 19.

Top three finishers for the 5k Men Runners:

  • Brandon LiWang, 17
  • Zak Ellison, 33
  • Mike Boyer, 55

Top three finishers for the 5k Women Runners:

  • Emma Mercado, 11
  • Claudette Lee, 65
  • Fritzi Martinez, 21

Top three finishers for the 10k Men Runners:

  • Ted Schelby, 45
  • Edwin Gibb, 33
  • AJ Heard, 20

Top three finishers for the 10k Women Runners:

  • Leah St. Pierre, 36
  • Quan Mendez, 52
  • Annemarie Hendrickson, 45

For full race results, click here.

Funds raised are allocated to enhancements for Kiddieland at Applegate Park, a staple in Merced for many families. Improvements will ensure children and families continue to enjoy Kiddieland for generations to come.

Event success was possible through support from Dignity Health and Golden Valley Health Centers, who provided hydration stations for runners.

Houston Most Diverse City in U.S.

By Selen Ozturk l November 21, 2023

Houston has become the most diverse city in an ever-diversifying nation, a new Migration Policy Institute report finds.

At a Wed., November 15 Houston Ethnic Media Services briefing, MPI Senior Policy Analyst Valerie Lacarte, who lead-authored the report, shared three key findings about increased diversification of the immigrant community itself, the integration of this community into the city’s social fabric, and barriers to integration including complex legal statuses.

A diversifying immigrant community

MPI published the November 2023 report — its third on Houston, which was also found to be the most diverse U.S. city in 2021 — to see how recent arrivals to Houston over recent years “have affected the dynamics of the immigrant community already there,” said Lacarte. “We found that as the Houston immigrant community grew over time, it has also diversified.”

Between 2010 and 2021, when the city’s immigrant community grew by 32% — double the U.S. growth rate — the non-Mexican share of immigrants also grew significantly, from 54% to 63%. Top countries of origin for communities with over 30,000 people include Venezuela, Nigeria, India, Honduras, Guatemala, China, Pakistan and Cuba.

Integration in society and the workforce

As these communities have grown, they have also become increasingly integral to Houston’s social fabric.

The report found that 30% of the city’s labor force is foreign-born, with far higher shares in some major industries like construction (nearly half), accommodation including food and services (37%), and manufacturing (34%).

A major indicator of this integration is homeownership, of which naturalized citizens display even higher levels than U.S.-born individuals, Lacarte explained, and “we were surprised to see that even a significant share of undocumented immigrants were homeowners as well.” 

Another indicator of high integration is family composition, she continued: in Houston, 48% of youth under 18 who live with a parent have an immigrant parent.

Nevertheless, barriers to integration remain, most persistently in the form of limited English proficiency, which correlates to lower incomes and later naturalization among immigrants.

The report found that 67,000 of Houston immigrants are underemployed, i.e. college graduates who are either not working or working in low-skilled jobs. An estimated 360,000 immigrants are eligible to naturalize in Houston, with 40% of these having been living in the U.S. for at least 20 years. 

“Time in the U.S. doesn’t necessarily eliminate” these income and language barriers for many facing them, Lacarte said, often because immigrants who face the most difficulty tend to be older adults having less opportunity with income and language access, which are crucial to navigating naturalization and other legal statuses.

As Houston diversifies, these legal statuses become increasingly complex.

The report found that 68% of the city’s immigrants have some form of legal status — either as citizens, or through a green card or visa — but an increasing number of these immigrants are falling into a liminal category of “twilight statuses,” as people with a temporary status “which may provide some work authorization and benefits, but which have an uncertain future,” Lacarte said.

The immigrants holding these twilight statuses tend to be “recent border arrivals and humanitarian populations” like refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, DACA holders, parolees and special immigrant visa holders, she continued.

She suggested that Houston’s thriving economy, housing market, and immigrant-friendly local political messaging were key factors attracting migrants seeking legal protection. 

The extent of its draw was surprising: the report found that Harris County, where the city is located, has been the top county for unaccompanied children since 2014, while Houston itself has been the top U.S. city for receiving Afghan parolees.

As the country as a whole diversifies, “of course you would expect more diversity in Houston,” Lacarte said. “But what’s most interesting is the extent to which Houston is reflecting trends we’re seeing at the national level, and what we’re seeing is high levels of integration — particularly with youth, where nearly half have an immigrant parent — and the main barrier to integration is language. To look at Houston is to see where our country is going, and to learn how we can best support our populations.”

This medical team helps Stockton’s most vulnerable residents. Here’s how they’re making an impact

By VIVIENNE AGUILAR l CVJC l November 21, 2023

vivienne@cvlocaljournalism.org 

Deborah Scarbone momentarily ditched her walker a few months ago.

It held her back when she lunged to catch a palm-sized white chihuahua-mix puppy being thrown at her from a moving car on Feather River Drive in Stockton.

She decided to keep him, and named the dog “Cane.”

The dog’s another mouth to feed, but she’s happy to care for the little guy on top of her other worries. 

Scarbone, 62, lives on the streets of Stockton with her husband, James, 52. She struggles with high blood pressure, diabetes, addiction and growing abscesses on her hands. 

When she’s lucky, local programs to help unhoused folks come to check on her.

The couple have lived in camps around Stockton for nearly two decades. James said the city has been good to them, even though some Stocktonians occasionally photograph them “like they’re on display.” 

“It’s like we’re on stage or something,” said James. “Just leave my life alone.”

Even worse, sometimes glass bottles or trash are thrown at them by random malefactors. Others have burned down their city-issued porta-potties, trying to force their camp to move.

Under the circumstances, the Scarbones keep their space as tidy as possible. Inside, shoes are lined up neatly under a cot and blankets are hung and ready for use. Everything in their tent was neat and in place when Community Medical Centers’ CareLink teams made an unannounced visit recently. 

The Scarbones have utilized CMC’s CareLink medical program for three years. A few times a week, CMC teams seek out unhoused Stockton residents like James and Deborah to give campers enough time and resources to pack up their campsites before being forced out by cleanup crews. 

“(CareLink mobile services) are here to offer big and small things for people living on the streets,” said Sandra Garcia, a CMC medical assistant. “Sometimes it’s just passing out food and water while checking on the people we know are out here.”

CareLink is an umbrella term for all the CMC mobile services, spokesman Roger Phillips said. 

Composed of CMC nurse practitioners and medical assistants/case managers, CareLink’s teams offer medical and social services to returning and new unhoused patients in Stockton, Lodi, Tracy and Manteca. 

Right now there are the medical vans for Garcia’s team and others like it, such as behavioral health mobile teams. In the near future CMC plans to send out mobile mammogram and dental teams to help families like the Scarbones. 

Because of the constant shuffle of encampment clearings, the medical and social workers at the Stockton Homeless Shelter often struggle to find their patients in time.

Keeping up with the area’s unhoused community members is a daunting task, but the program at the very least attempts to provide a level of care to the region’s most vulnerable population. 

In early November, CVJC accompanied CMC’s mobile care teams as they searched for their patients in Stockton.

Deborah Scarbone, an unhoused Stockton resident receives medical assistance for her hands by Community Medical Center’s Mia Bledsoe on Nov. 9, 2023. Photo by Vivienne Aguilar.

Building community trust

When CareLink first started in 2001, a lot of people didn’t trust it, Deborah explained.

According to Deborah, it took some convincing and leading by example on her part, in order to get her friends to interact with the program.

“I’d tell them, ‘Just watch what I do.’ That’s when they’d realize (CMC) will be regular,” she said. “I really pushed to get it out here. I keep gathering people and telling them to ask questions.”

Eventually, she said, people began to trust nurse practitioner Stephanie DeRosa and the CMC vans. 

DeRosa’s patients take the lead any time she encounters them. “They don’t have to accept treatment, but I at least approach them, ask if I can take a look. Sometimes that’s all you can do,” she said. 

When DeRosa does get the chance to offer medical care, she is no-nonsense and walks patients through the steps they’ll follow to further their healing. She knows to be cautious and never go out in the field alone, but she is diligent about finding space for just her and the patient to speak privately. 

“(CareLink) saved my ass,” James acknowledged, when asked about the impact the program has made. “I had all kinds of abscesses. And Deborah! She almost died on me a couple of times. If it wasn’t for (CareLink) I would’ve lost her.”

After visiting the Scarbones, DeRosa went to check on a man who was reported to have a purple arm. When she got to him, she decided the man needed to be seen in an emergency room. Even though she wasn’t able to assist the patient, she stuck around to help him make plans to get him to a hospital. 

“I got him to agree to let his son take him in,” DeRosa said.

Scarbone recalled a friend with a hernia who would walk around doubled over. She said once he approached CMC, they were able to get him to outpatient surgery. Her friend is now employed and off the streets.

Community Medical Center CareLink team’s Mia Bledsoe, Stephanie DeRosa NP, Sandra Garcia and Krystle Rodriguez walk down Aurora Street in Stockton, looking for unhoused patients on Nov. 9, 2023. Photo by Vivienne Aguilar

Finding their clients

During morning roundups at the Stockton Homeless Shelter, the group of program representatives plan out routes for each team.

“It’s hard to do outreach and find people because they keep getting chased away,” said Dennis Buettner, an outreach worker for San Joaquin County Behavioral Health. He receives a list of to-be-cleared camps from Caltrans’ District 10 Office of Homelessness and Encampments.

Buettner also serves as coordinator for the large array of community groups dedicated to meeting several times a week in the parking lots by the Stockton Homeless Shelter and St. Mary’s Dining Hall, DeRosa told CVJC.

Together, the group talks over where certain clients were last seen and who needs which services. Sometimes it’s a small group with the CMC CareLink teams and county behavioral services, other days veterinarians and the Mobile Community Response Team will join. 

At the morning meeting, DeRosa’s team heard Deborah and James were last seen camped out by a park in Stockton. 

They were able to find the Scarbones across the street from the park. When they did find them, DeRosa shouted an enthusiastic hello, and was promptly greeted by her patients. 

“James!” Deborah called from her campfire, “Stephanie is here!” Deborah then immediately showed the nurse her badly-torn hands patched with fast food napkins. DeRosa and Mia Bledsoe, a medical assistant, wasted no time and began taking Deborah’s blood pressure while chatting about the family’s last few months.

“It’s me, my husband, Joe and our street son,” Deborah told CVJC. 

She was the only one to accept care that day. James mentioned their longtime camp mate and U.S. Navy veteran Joe Turner Meashay Jr. could use medical attention for his leg, but he didn’t interact with the CMC mobile unit. 

Joe told CVJC his leg had been clipped by shotgun pellets eight years ago when their camp was attacked. His leg still gives him trouble, so he keeps it wrapped. 

Without consent, DeRosa and Bledsoe weren’t allowed to approach Meashay to check on his wound. Instead, they continued to set Deborah up with prescriptions, check-up appointments and referrals to a dermatologist for her hands.

Treating an on-the-move population

People with homes likely receive similar medical care as the treatment CMC offers unhoused residents in Stockton, James Scarbone told CVJC. 

“The only difference is that we’re out here,” he said. “It’s the police department and Caltrans that are our worst nightmare.”

Deborah Scarbone remembers 11 Stockton police cars escorted Caltrans the last time their camp was cleared out. 

“The number of camps set to be cleared does not dictate how many cars come out,” said Stockton Police Department spokesman Omer Edhah. However, he also said the amount of officers who showed up that day were likely scheduled to assist with other clearings in the area weeks before, when the camp had more residents. 

The group was forced to move from their last spot, a few hundred feet away from their current camp, on Oct. 4, Deborah said. Caltrans woke the camp up at six in the morning, after providing the obligatory 48 hours’ notice for clearing. Everything, including IDs and prescriptions, were tossed, she said. 

It’s common to hear patients are woken up by Caltrans workers and told to grab what they can in the next 15 to 20 minutes before trucks start clearing, said CMC medical assistant Krystle Rodriguez.

“They give us, maybe, a three-day notice to secure a new camp, find whatever is left,” James said.

“Imagine having to do that with your house! This all happens in 32 hours, and at some point we gotta sleep. You gotta remember, what we do in 12 or 16 hours, you can do in 8. How are we supposed to get ahead doing this every other month?”

Caltrans labels and collects personal belongings left behind at encampments, holds the items for 60 days or until they are retrieved and posts a phone number to call to arrange retrieval, Caltrans District 10 Encampment Coordinator Bob Highfill said in an email statement. 

James alleged that Caltrans often doesn’t hold their things for the 60 days like they’re supposed to, and he often wastes a whole day discovering this.

This may be due to Caltrans policy making it clear to employees and contractors that they are not required to sort through and attempt to remove things and may dispose of entire piles of belongings. 

Highfill said workers are instructed to toss belongings of “apparent value worth less than $50; personal property that is a health or safety hazard, or not in plain sight.” Backpacks or closed containers that a Caltrans hazmat specialist deems unsafe are also disposed of, along with belongings co-mingling with needles or human waste.

When Caltrans posts a notice, James said his main priorities are to gather blankets, tarps, tents, and food. Since he is the only able-bodied person in their camp, he focuses on the necessities and hopes the others will pack what they can carry. 

Medicines and other small things don’t make James’ list, but CMC mobile teams are able to help prescribe refills and put them in touch with social security and other offices to get ID cards reissued.

Regardless of the challenges, CareLink meets unhoused families wherever they are, providing care without judgment.

“I give out my number so they can call when they need something,” said Garcia. “The mobile services are perfect for meeting them wherever they’re at. This job is where I’m meant to be, out in the field like this.”

If you are, or know someone living in transitional housing or on the street in the greater Stockton area and need low or no-cost health care or assistance registering for insurance; you can reach the CareLink team at (209)-954-7702 or by visiting one of their locations

Other options are Stockton Shelter for the Homeless and St. Mary’s Dining Hall on the corner of West Sonora Street and South Harrison Street, where trained behavioral and medical services personnel are available. 

Vivienne Aguilar is the health equity reporter for the Central Valley Journalism Collaborative, a nonprofit newsroom based in Merced, in collaboration with the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF). 

Deborah Scarbone, an unhoused Stockton resident, and her puppy Cane on Nov. 9, 2023. Scarbone tells the Community Medical Center mobile care team about the last time her camp was forced out by Caltrans while waiting for treatment for her hands. Photo by Vivienne Aguilar.

Seven Forgotten Prophecies of Christmas

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By Rev. Dr. Eric N. Haley l November 20, 2023

Doctor Luke wrote in Luke 1:30-33, “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary:  for thou hast found favor with God.  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”  Based on secular history, the Bible, and other Jewish writing we know that the first four prophecies happened just like the Angel Gabriel prophesized to Mary.

Prophecy #1) that Mary would conceive and give birth to a Son was written about and fulfilled in Matthew 1:18-23.  This was also a fulfilment of Micah 5:2, “But hous, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousand of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

Prophecy #2) He will be named Jesus.  Matthew 1:21 states, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name,JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”  The name Jesus means Savior, or God is Salvation. Also in Luke 2:21 it reads, “And when the eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called, JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”

Prophecy #3 that was fulfilled: He will be great.  There is no greater than Jesus who has ever been born on this planet.  We divide time by his name:  BCE or AD; Before the common era and Anno Domini (In the year of our Lord).  Or some people use AD to stand for After Death.  The death of who?  Jesus Christ.  He’s also great by virtue of predicting his own death and resurrection.  Then rising from the grave to show his death was accepted by God the Father as payment for all our sins. If you add up all the prophecies predicted about the coming Messiah in the Old Testament; which were at least 108 (because many were repeated), Jesus fulfilled every one to the letter.  I believe that proves that he was and is great!

Prophecy #4) He will be called the Son of the Most High;  In Mark 5:6-7  the demon possessed man ran to Jesus and this is what happened. “but when he saw Jesus afar off, he rand and worshipped him.  And cried with a loud voice and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God?  I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.”  Even the demons in the man recognized Jesus as the Son of the Most High God.

So, if the first four prophecies or promises were literally fulfilled by Jesus do you think the last three prophecies in Luke 1:30-33 will be fulfilled?  Of course they will.  The Bible tells us in Numbers 23:19 and Titus 1:2, that God is so Holy that he cannot lie.

So let’s look at these promises of Christmas that will be fulfilled in the future.  Prophecy or promise #5 states: He (meaning Jesus) will be given the throne of David.

Why do you think the devil keeps evil nations always arguing at the United Nations about who should rule over Jerusalem?  Satan wants to prove that he is more powerful that God.  During the seven year tribulation period; the first three and a half years looks like everything in the Middle East will be solved.  However the Bible tells us in the book of Daniel 9:27, the antichrist will break his promise to protect the Jews and stop all ceremonial sacrifices.  It states, “And he (meaning the antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (a period of 7 years):  and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

The Bible explains to us that Jesus is literally going to come back from heaven with his saints (that’s us believers) and cast the false prophet and beast in the lake of fire and imprison that devil into the abyss for a thousand years while Jesus sets up his reign on the earth for a thousand years.  All of this information is in Revelation chapter 20.  As a result of this maneuver, Jesus will fulfill this fifth promise and be given the throne of David, which we know from history was from Jerusalem.  Matthew 1:17 tells us that Jesus in the line of Abraham and David was the forty-second generation bloodline.

Prophecy #6)  That Jesus will rule over the house of Jacob.  Jacob is one of the original patriarchs that God promised in the Old Testament that he would give the land of Israel to the Jews.  The Palestinians claim that the land belongs to them, but the Bible points out in Genesis 15:18-21; then again through Isaac in Genesis 17:17-21; and finally again through Jacob, whose name was later changed to Israel In Genesis chapter 28.  The Muslims and Arabs through their propaganda machine the United Nations would have you believe that the Jews don’t have the right to be in Israel, yet the Bible is clear whose land it belongs too: the Jews (Hebrews, Israelites).

Promise #7 is also a future promise of Christmas.  The Bible explains in Revelation chapter 20, that after Jesus’ one thousand year millennial reign over the earth from Jerusalem.  Jesus will turn the kingdom back over to his Father and a new heaven and earth will be created where we live with Jesus forever!  This is why the church still look to Jesus as their blessed hoped as explained in Titus 2:13, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.  Revelation chapters 21-22 explains the climax of history with Jesus reigning forever as God and Savior.  This is the real meaning of Christmas!  All this war, chaos and turmoil taking place in Israel is getting the Jews ready recognize that their real Messiah, Jesus of the only one who can keep them safe from the enemy.  The Bible states that when the Jews officially recognize Jesus and say, “Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai–Blessed is He who Comes in the Name of the Lord!:  (Matthew 23:39)  Then all the prophecies (promises) about Christmas will be fulfilled literally and not forgotten!  Something to think about.

De’Aaron Fox Named Western Conference Player Of The Week


CVV News l November 20, 2023

ACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week after guiding Sacramento to a perfect 4-0 record for games played between Nov. 13 and Nov. 19, the NBA announced today. Fox averaged 32.3 points (52.3 FG%, 44.4 3pt%), 4.8 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.3 steals in four games over the course of the week.

Fox has earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors four times in his career as this marks his first selection during the 2023-24 season. He led the NBA in total points (129) and ranked third in both points per game and total 3-pointers made (16) in games played last week. Fox was the only player to average at least 30.0 points and 2.0 steals per game throughout the week and was one of four players to score 30.0 points or more per contest while shooting 50.0% from the field and 40.0% from 3-point range.

In an In-Season Tournament win at San Antonio on Nov. 17, Fox scored 43 points (14-24 FG, 5-11 3pt, 10-13 FT), including 14 in the fourth quarter alone, to go with eight rebounds and seven assists. He was one of three players with 40 points, five assists and five rebounds in a game last week and is one of nine players with 40-5-5 in a game this season. Fox posted his second consecutive 30-point game in a win at Dallas on Nov. 19, posting 30 points and seven assists while tying his career high in made 3s with six. This marked the second time this season that Fox has had 30+ points in consecutive games as he has scored 25+ points in six straight contests, the third-longest active 25-point streak in the NBA.

Fox has led the Kings to four straight games with at least 120+ points, 30+ assists and 15+ 3-point field goals made on 50.0% shooting or better from the field. Over the four-game span, Sacramento is averaging 128.8 points (T-1st), 32.0 assists (2nd) and 17.8 3-pointers (2nd) per game to go with shooting percentages of 54.0% from the field (1st) and 42.3% from behind the arc (5th). The Kings are also first in offensive rating (126.5), eighth in defensive rating (112.9) and third in net rating (13.6) over every team’s last four games.

This season, Fox is posting averages of 31.9 points (50.6 FG%, 41.7 3pt%), 4.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game in seven games. He is currently one of three players in the NBA scoring at least 30.0 points per game while converting on 50.0% of their field goal attempts and 40.0% of their 3-point attempts.


Keegan Murray Named To 2023 USA Men’s Select Team

CVV News l July 25, 2023

Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray

Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray was named to the 2023 USA Men’s Select Team, USA Basketball announced today. The Select Team will train daily with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team from Aug. 3-6 in Las Vegas, Nevada, ahead of the 2023 FIBA Men’s World Cup.

A 2022-23 NBA All-Rookie First Team selection, Murray averaged 12.2 points (45.3 FG%, 41.1 3pt%), 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in 80 games (78 starts) for Sacramento. He appeared in seven games (all starts) during the 2023 NBA Playoffs, averaging 9.7 points (44.8 FG%, 37.5 3pt%) and 6.3 rebounds per game.

In his debut season, Murray became the NBA’s All-Time Rookie 3-Point Leader with 206 3-pointers. Among rookie league leaders, he finished the season sixth in scoring, eighth in field goal percentage, second in 3-point field goal percentage and tied for fourth in total steals (61).

For his performance during his rookie campaign, Murray earned back-to-back Rookie of the Month honors in December and January. He was also named to the 2023 Jordan NBA Rising Stars, competing for Team Pau at All-Star Weekend.

Joining Murray on the 2023 USA Basketball Select Team are: Cade Cunningham (Detroit Pistons), Jalen Duren (Detroit Pistons), Langston Galloway, Jalen Green (Houston Rockets), Quentin Grimes (New York Knicks), Chet Holmgren (Oklahoma City Thunder), John Jenkins (G League Ignite), Herb Jones (New Orleans Pelicans), Eric Mika (G League Ignite), Trey Murphy (New Orleans Pelicans), Payton Pritchard (Boston Celtics), Naz Reid (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Jalen Williams (Oklahoma City Thunder).


Domantas Sabonis named Western Conference Player of the Week

CVV News l March 13, 2023

SACRAMENTO, CA – MARCH 6: Domantas Sabonis #10 of the Sacramento Kings looks on during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on March 6, 2023 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Sacramento Kings forward-center Domantas Sabonis has been named Western Conference Player of the Week after leading the Kings to a perfect 3-0 record for games played between March 6 and March 12, the NBA announced today. Sabonis accrued averages of 20.0 points (57.9 FG%), 10.7 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.0 steals throughout the week on his way to his fourth career Player of the Week award.

Sabonis becomes the fourth player in franchise history to receive multiple Player of the Week accolades in a single season after he was one of two players to post 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per contest over the previous week. In that span, he ranked tied for ninth in rebounds per game and tied for 11th in total rebounds (32) while finishing tied for 13th in both assists per outing and total assists (25).

In Sacramento’s win vs. New Orleans on March 6, Sabonis notched a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to go with a block and steal. He followed that performance with 24 points, 13 boards and 10 assists for a second consecutive triple-double in a 122-117 win over New York on March 9. The outing marked the second time this season he has had a triple-double in two straight games. Sabonis was one of two players with multiple triple-doubles over the course of last week and is just the third player this season with multiple triple-double streaks. 

In his seventh season in the NBA, Sabonis is averaging 19.0 points (61.4 FG%, 36.6 3pt%, 76.3 FT%), 12.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 34.5 minutes per game in 64 games (64 starts). He is currently on pace to become the fourth player in NBA history to average at least 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists. Sabonis leads the NBA in rebounds per game, total rebounds (786) and double-doubles (53) while ranking third in triple-doubles (9), 12th in assists per game, eighth in total assists (447), 10th in field goal percentage, second in win shares (10.0) and third in offensive win shares (7.6).


Sacramento Kings Spotlight Women’s Empowerment Month Presented by Cintron and SMUD

CVV NEWS l March 8, 2023

Franchise to Honor International Women’s Day with Rejuvenating Event for Female Team Members

Organization to Support Local Women-Focused and Run Nonprofits with Day of Volunteering

Throughout the Month, Female Team Member Contributions will be Highlighted 

Today, on International Women’s Day, the Sacramento Kings announced month-long activations designed to honor, uplift and recognize the many contributions of women within the Sacramento community and the Kings and River Cats organizations.

“The Kings are committed to promoting, supporting and developing women within the organization and beyond,” said Sacramento Kings Chief Operating Officer Matina Kolokotronis. “Our goal is to mentor, empower and inspire women and young girls, to ensure they see that they have a voice and know they have a place in any industry.” 

“SMUD is proud to partner with the Sacramento Kings and Cintron to celebrate Women’s Empowerment Month,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Paul Lau. “Together we are supporting local organizations in our community who work to empower and create positive change for women and girls.”

Today, the organization will honor International Women’s Day and recognize powerful and inspiring female Kings and River Cats employees with a yoga and meditation event at The Space Studios. The event will focus on health and wellness and allow female team members to center, relax and reflect.

On March 11, the organization will host an all-girls Jr. Kings clinic to encourage female participation in basketball.

On March 13, the Kings will host the fifth installment of Team Up for Change with a half-day summit at Golden 1 Center focused on highlighting the contributions of women leaders working in the social justice movement. The day will include dynamic conversations featuring NBA and team leadership, changemakers, and entertainers. 

As the team takes on the Milwaukee Bucks that evening, the franchise will host Women’s Empowerment Night. The game will feature Tinsley Murray performing the national anthem and American rapper, DJ, actress and entrepreneur MC Lyte at halftime. The Rind, a locally female-owned restaurant will be featured in-game as the Kings Pop-Up Kitchen with a mac and cheese fusion dish. Additionally, the team will present a Community Impact Award to a local female leader. 

The team will participate in women-focused initiatives as part of Team Up for Change Week of Action from March 13 to 17. On March 14, Kings female team members will meet with young women at the Youth Detention Facility to connect, inspire and motivate. On March 15, the organization will unveil its 11th ROOT Garden in partnership with Raley’s at Mather Veteran Village, encouraging healthy eating and changing the way people interact with food by providing access to fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs. On March 16, female team members will volunteer at local women-focused and run nonprofit organizations that provide vital care and resources to the communities they serve. These nonprofits include WEAVE, St. John’s Women’s Shelter and Wellspring Women’s Center. Then, on March 17, the team will debut The Huddle, a dynamic conversation between Kings Assistant Coach Lindsey Harding and a young changemaker working toward addressing social justice issues.

As the team takes on the Boston Celtics on March 21, female team members will participate in a Fastbreak Mentoring: In-Game Edition session to share insight with young women from Black Youth Leadership Project. During the mentorship opportunity, the youth will learn firsthand what goes into the different aspects of an NBA game. 

Throughout the month, the Kings will highlight local female-owned businesses on the team’s social platforms and debut a content series presented by Cintron, featuring the story and contributions of female team members in various departments including, media relations, social responsibility, event management and more.


De’Aaron Fox Named Western Conference Player of the Week

CVV News l November 21, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA – NOVEMBER 17: DeAaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings puts his hands up during the game against the San Antonio Spurs on November 17, 2022 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week after leading the Kings to a perfect 3-0 record for games played between November 14 and November 20, the NBA announced today. Fox averaged 25.0 points, (60.0 FG%, 41.7 3PT%, 88.9 FT%), 3.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists throughout the week.

Fox earns the honor of Western Conference Player of the Week for the third time in his career and the first time during the 2022-23 season. He is the third player in franchise history to earn three or more Player of the Week awards, only trailing Chris Webber (7) and DeMarcus Cousins (5).

The Kings currently hold a six-game winning streak for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Throughout the undefeated stretch, Fox has amassed averages of 24.0 points (57.7 FG%, 40.0 3PT%, 81.5 FT%), 4.0 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 31.7 minutes per game. In total, the former Kentucky Wildcat made 56 field goals, tied for seventh in the Association and fourth among all guards, and scored 147 points which ranked 12th in the NBA during every player’s last six games.

In Sunday’s victory vs. the Detroit Pistons, Fox tallied 33 points, shooting 11-of-18 from the field, marking his fifth 30-point game this season and making him the seventh player in franchise history with five or more 30-point outings through the team’s first 15 games. Additionally, he tallied seven assists, four rebounds and shot a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line.

The six-year guard is currently averaging 25.4 points (55.8 FG%, 38.2 3PT%, 84.5 FT%), 4.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 32.2 minutes per game while starting 14 games for the Kings this season.


Kings rookie Keegan Murray named MVP of NBA 2K23 Summer League

FDR Media-Posted: July 18, 2022

Sacramento Kings guard Keegan Murray was one of the more consistent performers in the NBA 2K23 Summer League in Las Vegas and his efforts did not go unnoticed.

The NBA announced today that Murray has been named MVP of the Summer League after averaging 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 50% overall and 40% on 3-pointers in four games in Las Vegas.

In addition to being named Summer League MVP, Murray heads up the NBA 2K23 All-Summer League First Team. That group also includes Tari Eason (Houston Rockets), Quentin Grimes (New York Knicks), Sandro Mamukelashvili (Milwaukee Bucks) and Cam Thomas (Brooklyn Nets). Eason was the No. 17 pick in the 2022 Draft, while Grimes, Mamukelashvili and Thomas are all second-year NBA players.

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Kings Sign Keegan Murray

FDR Media l July 2, 2022

Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray

The Sacramento Kings have signed rookie forward Keegan Murray to a contract, according to General Manager Monte McNair. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Keegan is an incredibly versatile, well-rounded player with a high basketball IQ,” said McNair. “He will be a tremendous asset to our team and we are excited to welcome him to the Kings family.”

The fourth overall selection in the 2022 NBA Draft garnered averages of 23.5 points (.554 FG%, .398 3PT%, .747 FT%), 8.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 31.9 minutes per game in 35 games (all starts) during his sophomore season at Iowa (2021-22). Murray led the Hawkeyes to a NCAA Tournament appearance, while earning All-Big Ten first-team honors (2021-22).

A 6-8, 215-pound forward, Murray earned consensus All-American first-team honors (2021-22), Karl Malone Power Forward of the year (2021-22), Finalist for the 2021-22 Wooden award and Naismith Trophy, and was the Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player (2022).

The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native set the Big Ten Tournament scoring record with 103 points in four games and was the second player in Division I history to amass at least 800 points, 60 blocks and 60 three-pointers in a season.

Love Christmas music


FDR Media l November 18, 2023

Love Christmas music and want to see the world’s largest, holiday light maze and village? I’m beyond overjoyed to be selected for another season! I’m doing an 11 show music residency at Enchant San Jose @enchantsanjose join me and my all-star Bay Area band for the festivities at PayPal Park @paypalpark beginning Friday, 11/24/2023 through Friday, 11/29/2023. All ages. Live music, delicious food, crafts, ice skating, and fun for everyone! My heartfelt appreciation to Tanika Baptiste @tanikabaptiste , all of the  musicians who have joined me, and the Enchant family for their marvelous support! Don’t miss it! ⁣


Jeanette Harris’s First Annual “SaxySummer Night” feat. The Queens of Soul Jazz

FDR Media l May 17, 2023

Saturday July 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Prices: $35.00 – $65.00
815 E. Olive Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728
Phone: 559-485-9050

Jeanette Harris is the scintillating saxtress of soul jazz from Fresno, CA. This lady understands that energetic and captivating performances matched with uplifting and inspiring vibrations in the music are the solid platinum recipes for success. Classically trained in both sax and piano, a graduate of Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, and the saxophonist for the late, great Teena Marie’s final year of touring, Jeanette has weathered the fiercest challenges to bring the world her own brand of soulful healing vibes. Her CD “Summer Rain” made it all the way to #5 on the Smooth Jazz Billboard Chart and # 1 on the Smooth Jazz Indie Chart! Jeanette’s CD Chocolate Vibez showcases not only her amazing sax skills but also her song writing and producing skills. She is currently working on her 6th CD with J&M Records and will be featured on Tom Browne’s new single “Radio Vibes”.


Jeanette’s Website

Althea René gained musical inspiration from her father Dezie McCullers (one of Motown’s original Funk Brothers). She has since developed her creative style. Some regard her as a “master of her craft” and one of the world’s most exciting solo improvisational flutists. The multiplatinum and Grammy-nominated saxophonist Najee playfully refers to her as the “Maceo of the flute”.
Website – https://althearene.com


The Piano Lesson A co-production of Sankofa Theatre Company & The Gallo Center for The Arts

CvvNews l February 2023

March 3-5, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 1000 I St., Modesto, CA 95354 (209) 338-2100  Ten seasons ago, Sankofa Theatre Company got its start with this haunting and dramatic work in a co-production with the Gallo Center. Now Sankofa is bringing back The Piano Lesson, August Wilson’s second Pulitzer Prize-winning play, in celebration of its 10th anniversary as the region’s only African American theater company.

At the heart of the story stands the ornately carved upright piano that has been gathering dust in the parlor of Berniece Charles’ Pittsburg home. When Boy Willie, her exuberant brother, bursts into her life with his dream of buying the same Mississippi land that their family had worked as slaves, he plans to sell the antique piano for the cash needs to stake his future. Berniece refuses to sell, clinging to the piano as a reminder of the history that is their family legacy. “The Piano Lesson is stupendous…rich and resonant,” said The Washington Post.


Carnegie Art Showcase To Open In July

CVV News l June 24, 2022

From more than 200 entries, jurors have selected 88 works — including art from 10 Merced County artists — that will be on display in the annual Carnegie Art Showcase exhibition taking place this summer at the Carnegie Arts Center in Downtown Turlock.
The juried exhibition is a celebration of artistic excellence, awarding a total of $2,350 in prize money.

The show will be on view in the CAC’s Ferrari Gallery from July 5 through Sept. 3, and a free public reception will take place on Friday, July 8, from 6-8 p.m.

Works in all media were submitted by artists from Northern and Central California. The final group selected for exhibition includes works by 54 artists representing 21 different communities. They include Merced artists: Linda Abbott, Amy Bultena, Katherine Crossley, Jennifer Fosgate, Kate Jackson, Carole Kamerer, Loren Lukens, Eddie O. Rodriguez; Atwater artist Christopher Viney; and Snelling artist Roberta Gray.

The exhibition is open to entries in all media, which this year include paintings, watercolors, drawings, stained glass, ceramics, wood, photographs, fiber arts, collage, mixed media, and digital works.

CAC Director Lisa McDermott says that the exhibition “represents the wide range of creativity that we find in the visual arts of this region. We are reaching more artists every year and seeing an increasing variety in the works we get to feature.”

She points to the selection of many established local artists for the show, as well as a number of artists who are appearing in the CAC galleries for the first time. “This is what makes the show unique and exciting every year,” she said.

Judges for the 2022 Art Showcase are:
Lauren Baines, Interim Director, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University
Richard Gomez, painter & faculty member in the Global Arts Studies Program, UC Merced
Jake Weigel, multi-disciplinary artist & sculptor, Art Department faculty member, CSU Stanislaus


The Carnegie Arts Center is located at 250 N. Broadway in Downtown Turlock. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: $7 general; $5 seniors/students; free for Carnegie members and children 12 & under. Website: carnegieartsturlock.org

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