This Week: Jobs picture shows improvement for graduating students

Published: Monday, May. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B

Jobs picture shows improvement for graduating students

Over the next few weeks, thousands of young men and women in the Sacramento region will receive diplomas signifying their transition from high school to college or from institutions of higher learning into the work world.

At California State University, Sacramento, 4,688 students are eligible to receive diplomas. The school's seven colleges will hold their commencements Friday and Saturday at Sleep Train Arena.

UC Davis kicked off its graduation season Friday when Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, addressed 200 graduates of the School of Law.

A dozen other ceremonies will be held between now and June 16. About 8,000 students will receive degrees from UC Davis in undergraduate, graduate and professional fields.

Employment prospects for this year's crop of graduates are better than they've been in the past four years as the economy continues to recover.

Sacramento's unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in April, the state reported Friday. That compares to about 12 percent two years ago at this time. – Mary Lynne Vellinga

Sacramento County Fair opens at Cal Expo

Last week, the State Fair launched a 60-day countdown to its July 12 opening with a daily giveaway – see for details – but you don't have to wait that long to enjoy corn dogs, carnival rides and animal exhibits at Cal Expo. The five-day Sacramento County Fair gets under way Thursday with a tell-it-like-it-is slogan for the Memorial Day weekend: "Let's Eat, Have Fun & Celebrate the Red, White & Blue."

Behind the news: The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Closing time on Monday is 7 p.m. General admission is $5, though kids 12 and under get in free. Parking at Cal Expo is $10.


Mars rover engineer to speak at UC Davis

Adam Steltzner, the NASA engineer who gained a bit of fame during the Mars Curiosity Rover mission last August, will speak at UC Davis' 1065 Kemper Hall at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The free presentation is titled, "The Right Kind of Crazy: Risk, Reason and Engineering Curiosity to the Surface of Mars."

Behind the news: After embarking on a music career – playing bass and drums in New Wave bands – Steltzner graduated from UC Davis with a mechanical engineering degree in 1990 and led the team that guided Curiosity to a touchdown on Mars.

Info: Call (530) 754-9666;


BOE hosts taxpayers' hearing Wednesday

The State Board of Equalization will host its annual Taxpayers' Bill of Rights hearing Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Room 121 at BOE's headquarters, 450 N St., in Sacramento. Under the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights, the agency holds annual public hearings on business and property taxes, hearing taxpayers' suggestions, comments and concerns.

Info: Taxpayers who want to ask questions, submit documents or make a presentation can call the BOE Taxpayers' Rights Advocate Office at (888) 324-2798, or click the "email" link at

Marketing experts examine city's brand

Five Sacramento-area marketing experts will take part in a panel discussion Tuesday at Drexel University Sacramento to examine how Sacramento's brand will need to be rebuilt for the city to keep thriving. The 6 p.m. event at One Capitol Mall is free and open to the public. Gordon Fowler, president and CEO of 3Fold Communications, will serve as moderator for the four panelists. They are Christine Ault of Christine Ault Communications; Erika Bjork, director of business development, AugustineIdeas; Sonya Bradley, chief marketing officer of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Matt Kolbert, founder and brand strategist of Misfit.

Info: (916) 325-4600 or register at


Auto museum hosts Vettes for Vets

The California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento, will host Vettes for Vets, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday . The free, open-to-the public, all-Chevrolet Corvette car show on the museum grounds honors U.S. military veterans. The museum is offering free admission to all veterans with proper identification.

Info: Details on the show and registering a Corvette can be seen at

James Cavern plays Concert in the Park

Local rhythm and blues artist James Cavern headlines Friday's Concert in the Park at Cesar Chavez Park, 10th and I streets downtown. Other acts appearing at the free 5 p.m. concert include Iconoclast and DLRN.


Student films star in UC Davis Film Festival

The 13th annual UC Davis Film Festival, which showcases a variety of short films produced by graduate and undergraduate students, takes place at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Davis Varsity Theater, 616 Second St. in Davis. Tickets are $7 each night or $10 for a two-night pass. This year, the festival will sport an actual red carpet leading into the theater's entrance. Guests are invited to dress up and have their photos taken in front of a Hollywood backdrop.


Vietnam Wall replica comes to Fair Oaks

The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall – a traveling but scaled- down replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. – will be on display Thursday through Monday at Mount Vernon Memorial Park and Mortuary, 8201 Greenback Lane, in Fair Oaks. The free event is open to the public 24 hours a day.

Info: Call (916) 969-1251 or visit Sacramento.

Cultural diversity on display at festival

Russian American Media is presenting its ninth annual International Kids Festival at the William Land Park amphitheater area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The festival gives children of different ethnic backgrounds an opportunity to showcase their talents and cultural heritage on a professional stage.


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