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Sacramento officials defend new city manager's pay

SACRAMENTO, CA - During a period of steep city budget cuts and layoffs, Sacramento's new city manager will make 20 percent more than his predecessors.

The city council is expected Tuesday to approve the employment contract for John Shirey, details of which were released Monday.

Shirey's salary will be $258,000, which is $43,000 more than the salary paid to Gus Vina and Ray Kerridge, the last two city managers.

Interim City Manager Bill Edgar, who was the lead negotiator, said it was important to consider the overall compensation package.

At a brief city hall news conference, Edgar provided a chart showing Shirey's total compensation, including health benefits and retirement contributions, is $305,940.

Edgar said the total package is just $13,000 higher than that of the previous two city managers because the city will not cover Shirey's PERS contributions and will not match 401(a) contributions.

Matsui announces over $2M in grants to hire 253 AmeriCorps members

SACRAMENTO - Thursday, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-05) announced that two local Sacramento organizations will receive a combined $2,087,419 in AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service, and will be able to hire 253 AmeriCorps members as a result.  Matsui, co-chair of the bipartisan National Service Caucus, has been continually supportive of both AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service, and has helped lead the fight for adequate federal funding to support programs like these in the last several Congresses.

“As our region continues to work toward economic recovery, these funds will help put 253 AmeriCorps participants to work in our community,” said Matsui.  “Not only will today’s grants create new jobs, they will create jobs at two of our local nonprofits that work each and every day to make our community a better, safer, and healthier place. I am thrilled that Sacramento will be receiving th

NorCal Tea Party at Cal Expo

NorCal Tea Party at Cal Expo

A crowd awaits a NorCal Tea Party pre-concert rally at the Cal Expo with Jeremy  Hoop who will be singing our Tea Party Patriot song, Rise up.

Sac State internship program ranked among nation's best

Capital Fellows program again ranked among nation’s top 10 internships

Sacramento State’s Capital Fellows program has for the second consecutive year been recognized as one of the nation’s best internships by career development website Vault.com.

The program places students in full-time staff positions in the State Legislature, executive branch and court system.

Vault.com reviewed 821 programs and based its top 10 on “mentorship availability, career advancement opportunities, intern involvement/capacity for learning, compensation, perks, industry clout and work culture.”

Also in the top 10 were such lofty internship programs as Google, Garmin International, NASA, J.P. Morgan and the Smithsonian Institution.

Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies administers the program. Fellows work for 10 to 11 months in one of 64 full-time positions as staff members in the Assembly, Senate, executive branch or in the California court system.

Brown: In crisis, we have to learn to work together

SLIDESHOW: Gov. Brown's Inauguration

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) -- Democrat Jerry Brown has been sworn in as California's 39th governor, returning to the office he left 28 years ago but inheriting a more troubled state than the one he knew then.

Now 72, he took the oath of office inside the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium after being introduced by his wife of five years, former Gap Inc. executive Anne Gust Brown.

Where his predecessor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, expressed optimism at every turn, Brown has been realistic since winning the Nov. 2 election. He says the financial choices facing Californians will be painful.