Gov. Brown Meeting With Drought Task Force As State Faces Major Water Shortage

CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown says he is meeting with his recently formed drought task force as California faces a serious water shortage, but says “governors can’t make it rain.”

Brown told reporters Thursday that he will work with farmers to take whatever steps he can to get more water to parched fields.

Reservoirs have dipped to historic lows after one of the driest calendar years on record. The first Sierra snow survey of the year recorded just 20 percent of average water content.

The Democratic governor is weighing an official drought declaration. He says he will do “everything that is humanly possible” to allow flexible use of the state’s water.

Several communities already have imposed mandatory water reductions. This week, Mendocino County became the first to request state drought assistance.

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December events to get you in the holiday spirit

"An Old Fashion Christmas"

“An Old Fashion Christmas”

What’s going on in Sacramento during December? Think holiday plays, festive town gatherings, and charitable events. All the things to get you in the spirit of the holidays, Sacramento style.

City of Sacramento Event Calendar

  • Sacramento Ballet Presents

“Best-known and most beloved of all Sacramento traditions, Ron Cunningham’s delightful “The Nutcracker” is a true holiday spectacular. This year, live music is an option for selected performances (* performances with Philharmonic)”

Dates:  December 7 – December 8, 2013; December 13 – December 15, 2013; December 20-December 22, 2013

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  • Dance 10 Dance Center presents T’was the Nigh Before Christmas

Date: December 8, 2013

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  • Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays

“A Sacramento tradition that ushers in the holiday spirit. Special Guests: Sacramento Children’s Chorus and Lynn Stevens, Conductor.”

Date: December 14, 2013

Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra Wells Fargo Home for the Holidays at Memorial Auditorium - Dec. 14 at 8 PM

Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra Wells Fargo Home for the Holidays at Memorial Auditorium – Dec. 14 at 8 PM

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“One of Northern California’s most loved holiday home tours returns this December with five elegantly decorated homes in East Sacramento’s historic Fabulous Forties neighborhood.”

Dates: December 6 – December 8, 2013

2013 Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour

2013 Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour

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Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Bar, de Vere’s Irish Pub, and DeMarcus Cousins have joined charitable forces this holiday season to create the first Golden Ticket Toy Drive: an effort to help local kids in need and reward donors for their generosity!”

Dates: November 26 – December 10, 2013

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“The finely tuned voices of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus (SGMC) in harmony with the Big Band sound of Sacramento’s acclaimed Harley White Jr. Orchestra all add up to a “Cool Yule” holiday concert in Midtown. In addition to traditional holiday tunes arranged to a Big Band beat, the two-hour show will include traditional seasonal carols and hymns, as well as spotlight innovative staging, choralography, and humorous vignettes with…”

Dates: December 6 – December 10, 2013

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“Come join Xoso for twelve days of merriment and support the Sacramento Children’s Home! Have a delicious craft cocktail from some of Sacramento’s best bars and bartenders. For every cocktail sold, a $1 donation will be made to the Sacramento Children’s Home. So come eat, drink, and make a local child’s holiday extra merry!”

Dates: December 1 – December 12, 2013

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“Experience the holiday magic of Old Sacramento’s 5th Annual Theatre of Lights! The free outdoor performances artfully mix the historic charm of Old Sacramento with state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology to create a memorable and visually-exciting holiday experience for all visitors. “

Dates: November 27 – December 31, 2013

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Please visit Special Events page for more holiday drives, festivals and events. Also, check these out for more awesome things to do in Sacramento to get you in the holiday spirit:


Local Events: Visit your local pumpkin patch!

In search of your perfect pumpkin? The Sacramento Bee gotcha covered. Check out their list of local pumpkin patches, categorized by county.
With nearly 30 pumpkin patches within surrounding counties, there are 11 within Sacramento county to enjoy.
  • Bastiao Farms, 3845 El Centro Road, Sacramento; (916) 925-2947, Open daily 10 am – 7 pm.
  • Davis Ranch, 13501 Jackson Road, Sloughhouse; (916) 682-2658,  Open daily 7 am – 7 pm.
  • Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery, 4681 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 483-1830. Open daily 8:30 am – 5 pm
  • Fog Willow Pumpkin Farm, 11011 Cecatra Drive, Wilton; (916) 687-4547, Open Monday – Friday 11:30 am to 6 pm, and Saturday – Sunday 9:30 am to 6 pm.  
  • Green Acres Nursery, 205 Serpa Way, Folsom; (916) 358-9099.  Open Monday – Saturday 7 am – 7 pm, and Sunday 8 am – 6 pm
  • Keema Pumpkin Farm, 6532 Point Pleasant Road, Elk Grove; (916) 684-2334, Open 11 am – dusk Tuesday – Sunday.  
  • Pumpkin Acres, 3101 El Centro Road, Sacramento; (916) 929-7546. Open daily 9 am – 6 pm.
  • The Pumpkin Farm, 7736 Old Auburn Road, Citrus Heights; (916) 726-1137, Open Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 6 pm. 
  • Soil Born Farms, American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova; (916) 363-9685. Selling pumpkins at the farm stand only, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.
  • Zittel Farms, 6781 Oak Ave., Folsom; (916) 989-2633. Open weekdays 9 am – 5 pm and weekends 9 am – 6pm.
  • U-Pick Pumpkins, 5415 Kenneth Ave., Fair Oaks; (916) 765-7932. Open daily 9 am – 6 pm.

For the complete lists and pumpkin patch details, including entry prices, please read “Find the patch with your perfect pumpkin” at  

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San Joaquin Valley home prices on the rise

Bart Ah You/ The Modesto Bee/ The Sacramento Bee

Bart Ah You/ The Modesto Bee/ The Sacramento Bee

Home prices in Northern San Joaquin Valley are seeing rising bids due to Bay Area investors and long-distance commuters, as reported by Hudson Sangree over at

Stockton, Tracy, and Lathrop saw increases in their median home prices between August 2012 and August 2013, with Lathrop’s medium home price increased by nearly 50 percent.

Familiar factors are driving up Sacramento-area home prices. As well as “a growing number of buyers from the Bay Area, where homes cost two or three times as much as homes in inland areas,” reported Sangree.

“Experts said the same factors have driven up Sacramento-area home prices in the past year – heavy investor activity, record low mortgage rates and tight inventory – are at work from Stockton to Modesto,” according to Sangree.

 Prices are expected to continue rising “because there is more buyer demand than supply.”

Read “Bay Area investors, commuters driving up San Joaquin Valley home prices” for the full story.