May Is Bike Month around the corner

To schedule a noontime bicycle safety class taught by a League Certified Instructor, contact Rebecca at The classes are free to Point West employers. The employer must provide a meeting room and guarantee a minimum of 10 participants.

TMA to host Parking expert lecture

As a painter, Richard Willson seeks to create an empathetic observation of the interaction of the natural and built environments. As a professor a Cal Poly Pomona, he seeks to impact the natural and built environments. On Thursday, April 19, Dr. Willson will be speaking in the Friedlander Gallery on: A Prescription for Parking: Strategies for Community Livability. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. “Parking is seldom through of as a key to achieving community livability,” says Willson. “Rather, most people hope they can find a free parking space near their destination.” In his lecture, WIllson will show how parking policies – requirements imposed by cities, developer practices and methods of pricing and management – affect community livability outcomes. The presentation will trace the influence of parking policies on transportation options, urban design, environmental sustainability, economic vitality, and public health. “The traditional approach to parking, especially in suburban areas, has produced low density, automobile-oriented places that are averse to active modes of transportation such as walking and bicycling,” says Willson. “These practices directly and indirectly affect health outcomes related to physical activity, accidental risk and environmental pollution.” Willson is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at California State Polytechnic University, Pamona. His research addresses parking policy, climate change, land/use transportation relationships, travel demand management and transit-oriented development. Prior to his academic career, he was a transportation planner for the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Willson holds a Ph.D in urgan planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Basic Bicycle Commuting at REI Expo Parkway

REI Sacramento is offering a class that will provide a wealth of information on the basics of bicycle commuting. The free lass is scheduled from 7-8:30 a.m. on Wednesday at 1790 Expo Parkway. Material covered will include the variety of gear options available on bicycles, plus bike safety and route selection. Registration is required by visiting

State Fair announces line-up for 2012!

The California State Fair announced the theme for the 159th State Fair is FUN that Moves You! Known for its BIG FUN, this year’s entertainment, exhibits and coming attractions is predicted to get you out of your chair and to the Fair for an exciting summer experience! The concert series, featuring classic artists, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and new stars from American Idol and America’s Got Talent, will rock the Golden1 Stage located in the heart of the fairgrounds. General viewing of all concerts is free with State Fair admission and a limited number of reserved seats in the Gold Circle area will be sold at an additional price. Reserved Gold Circle tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 2 at The California State Fair is pleased to offer lower service fees this year on tickets purchased online. “The State Fair is all about family, fun and value. This region has been hit very hard with foreclosures, furloughs and huge economic challenges and we understand not everyone can afford a stadium concert ticket. We’re lucky enough to have an intimate outdoor venue where nearly every seat is a great seat and half of them are free,” stated State Fair CEO & General Manager Norbert J. Bartosik. The 2012 California State Fair is proud to announce the following performers and Gold Circle ticket prices: • The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute — Thursday, July 12, $13 • Happy Together Tour — Friday, July 13, $19 Featuring: Flo & Eddie-The Turtles, Micky Dolenz-The Monkees, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams • Cody Simpson — Wednesday, July 18, $19 • Rick Springfield — Thursday, July 19, $19 • Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. — Friday, July 20, $15 • Scotty McCreery — Saturday, July 21, $23 • Dave Mason — Monday, July 23, $13 • Hot Chelle Rae — Tuesday, July 24, $19 • Jim Messina — Wednesday, July 25, $13 • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts — Friday, July 27, $22 A special concert presale is available for State Fair e-Newsletter subscribers and Facebook fans on Tuesday, May 1. Concert fans are encouraged to sign up via as well as to get the best seats and the most updated information. Fan club perks include the chance to win free Fair tickets, backstage concert passes, and other great State Fair prizes! “The special presale has become a very popular perk for our Fair fans. No other venue gives you the chance to sit in the front row to a great show for less than $25!” Bartosik said. For the most updated information about the 2012 State Fair visit or call (916) 263-FAIR. Media inquiries should be directed to or 916-263-3619.

Cal Expo begins renewal process

Saddled with $45 million in repairs and no way to pay for them, Cal Expo took a first step Friday toward selecting private redevelopment partners who could breathe new life into the aging home of the State Fair. On the same day it approved the expansion of Bonney Field, the makeshift soccer stadium run by Sacramento Republic FC, the Cal Expo board began the search for developers for what it has dubbed The Cal Expo renewal project. Essentially, Cal Expo wants to hire one or more developers to overhaul all or part of the state fairgrounds 350 acres with as-yet-unspecified private development. The idea is to generate enough cash to finance an estimated $45 million backlog in renovations needed for Cal Expos buildings, most of which were built in the 1960s and 1970s. “We are saying: Everybody bring your ideas and your qualifications ... to the table at one time,’ ” said Rick Pickering, the chief executive of Cal Expo. “We’re looking at alternatives, we’re looking at options, we’re looking at opportunities. As an economic engine in the region, it makes sense for us to explore.” Read more here:

Covered California Headquarters now in Point West

Covered California, the state health benefit exchange agency, has relocated to Point West. It currently occupies 132,418 square feet of space at 1601 Exposition Blvd.

Earn cash for your school at Arden Fair Mall

Every time you, your family, and your friends shop at Arden Fair, just turn in your original receipts to Guest Services and you can help the school of your choice move closer to valuable prizes including school wide assemblies, and between $500 - $3,000 in cash prizes! Your school will earn five (5) points for every dollar spent at any Arden Fair store or restaurant. Simply present your original receipts dated August 1, 2014 - May 1, 2015 and they will be logged, stamped and returned! Receipts must be provided in an envelope. No loose receipts or receipts older than 90 days will be accepted. For more information: