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DesCor completes John Adams Academy’s third public charter school campus

John Adams Academy opened its third public charter school campus in the foothill region last Wednesday, welcoming children in grades kindergarten through seventh to its Town Center Boulevard location across…

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Seed company opens $18.5 million research lab near Woodland

Sakata Seed America Inc. has completed its $18.5 million development of a seed innovation center near Woodland.The center is on 219 acres and includes four buildings and neighboring greenhouses. Its…

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DesCor receives Cal OSHA Golden Gate Partnership Recognition

State of CaliforniaDepartment of Industrial RelationsCal/OSHA Consultation Services Branch Recognition Date:  June 7, 2018 Golden Gate Partnership Recognition Congratulations, your company has been…

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Apartment construction heats up in Folsom, other markets

Apartment construction in the Sacramento region is still lagging relative to both demand and other markets.The most recent report from Yardi Matrix, for example, found newly completed apartments still…

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Permits pending for spec office building in South Natomas

Construction should start soon on the first speculative office development in Sacramento’s South Natomas submarket in about a decade.Bannon Investors is the force behind a planned three-story, 90,000-square-foot…

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Work begins on Sutter Health facility in River District

Dreyfuss & Blackford Architecture has released design concepts for a planned Sutter Health adult health center in Sacramento’s River District, where construction has already begun.By summer, Sutter…

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Napa’s new 1300 Main building wins ‘Top Real Estate Projects’ award

A new 20,000-square-foot commercial infill project providing mixed use, street level retail/restaurant space combined with two levels of professional office areas above, is being built at 1300 Main St.…

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John Adams Academy breaks ground on new arts and athletics building

John Adams Academy charter school celebrated Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new performing arts and athletics building, to be known as the “Jefferson Building.”According to a news…

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DesCor completes John Adams Academy’s third public charter school campus

John Adams Academy opened its third public charter school campus in the foothill region last Wednesday, welcoming children in grades kindergarten through seventh to its Town Center Boulevard location across from Blue Shield, with plans to add one grade per year until it serves children in grades K-12, modeled after the original Roseville location.

John Adams Academy was founded in 2010 and is fully accredited by the School Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is the only classical education, tuition-free, transitional kindergarten-12 public charter school model in Northern California. Described on its website as non-secular and non-political, JAA operates with 10 core principles in mind to “prepare future leaders and statesmen through principle-based education.” These core values include: appreciation of our national heritage, public and private virtue, emphasis on mentors and classics, scholar empowered learning, fostering creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, high standards of academic excellence, modeling what we teach, abundance mentality, building a culture of greatness, self-governance, personal responsibility and accountability.

“(John Adams Academy) goes beyond academics, but teaches how to think and how to be servant leaders,” said the school’s Director of Outreach & Compliance Norman Gonzalez earlier this year.

Gonzalez said efforts to establish the campus in El Dorado Hills were in response to the “overwhelming demand from families in the region to have access to our program.” During the 2016-17 school year the Roseville site had 1,300 enrolled students with 694 on a waiting list. JAA-Lincoln opened on Aug. 22, one day before JAA-EDH. JAA-EDH currently has 240 students enrolled. Students are being housed in portable classrooms as officials work through the process to ready the adjacent 89,000-square-foot building they aim to make their permanent location.

Charter schools are public schools of choice that operate independently from the traditional district governance structure, but the school district where the campus resides or the county’s board of education is the school’s authorizing agency. Charter schools are authorized for five years and then are either renewed for continued operation or shut down.

The El Dorado County Office of Education is the governing body of JAA-EDH. EDCOE Superintendent Dr. Ed Manansala was at the first-day ceremony, as were other civic and government leaders, including District 1 Supervisor John Hidahl and District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen, Sheriff John D’Agostini, school board members and representatives for Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, Sen. Ted Gaines and Congressman Tom McClintock.

The hundreds of people in attendance witnessed what JAA students will take part in each morning — raising the American Flag, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the National Anthem and reciting the school’s Core Values, which are also prominently displayed in every classroom.

El Dorado Hills sisters Angel and Shalom Markham started the fourth grade and second grade, respectively, at JAA Wednesday. They previously attended Brooks Elementary, but their father Steve Markham said when he learned about JAA he felt it was “too good to pass up.” “The program seems like a once in a lifetime experience,” he explained. “It’s everything you would expect in a school. We’re all excited.”

El Dorado Hills siblings Paolo and Pavielle Aulakh started sixth grade and fourth grade, respectively. They previously attended Riverview STEM Academy in Rancho Cordova. Their mother, Luz Aulakh, told Village Life the family decided to make the change to JAA-EDH because they want “a smaller school and different curriculum.” She said she was impressed when she attended meetings at EDCOE last winter when JAA administrators requested a charter approval. “We were taken aback by the kids who spoke at the EDCOE meeting,” Luz said. “I’m most excited to learn a different language,” Pavielle said of JAA. All students learn Latin before choosing additional specialties like Spanish, Italian, French and more when they are older.

Every class also has a dedicated adult aide four hours a day to assist the teacher.

School founder Dean Forman, aka John Adams, was present at the ceremony. His role is as a volunteer today, dressing the part, but he explained how the idea for JAA came to him when he was working on his PhD in constitutional studies approximately a decade ago.

“I was a concerned citizen and a parent wanting to teach my children what America means,” he told Village Life. “It’s an idea — an idea that’s loved worldwide.”

Forman requested to do a project for his dissertation and eventually proposed his charter school idea to the Loomis School District. “They approved the charter,” Forman said, and JAA-Roseville came to be.

Of the decision to plan JAA as a K-12 school, Forman said, “I love K-12. It’s a model that’s familial. It softens the edges of being a teen, as the older scholars serve as mentors to younger ones.”

Forman said he would eventually like to see JAA campuses “throughout the world.”

“The idea is uniquely American and uniquely entrepreneurial,” he added.

He said the parents who worked to make the two recent campuses a reality are an example of his American ideal. “They made it happen.”

Headmaster Heather Brown welcomed students and had them line up by grade with their teachers, noting to children the importance of being founding members of JAA-EDH. Brown was a fourth-grade teacher at JAA before being promoted to dean of academics and then headmaster. She now oversees all three sites

Photo Caption: Young scholars, staff and school founder Dean Forman (aka John Adams) ceremoniously open the school on the first day of classes at John Adams Academy in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

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Julie Samrick | Staff Writer | Village Life
August 29, 2018

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Seed company opens $18.5 million research lab near Woodland

Sakata Seed America Inc. has completed its $18.5 million development of a seed innovation center near Woodland.

The center is on 219 acres and includes four buildings and neighboring greenhouses. Its grand opening is today, according to the company.

The site will produce seeds for commercial and hobby producers of hot peppers, sweet peppers, watermelon, melon and tomato.

The Sakata lab adds to a seed production and development industrial hub in the Sacramento region, which includes international seed research and development by companies such as Bayer AG, Syngenta AG, BASF, HM Clause/Limagrain and others, along with the agricultural research around the University of California Davis. More than 100 seed companies have offices within 100 miles of Sacramento.

The campus has room for future expansion, the company said.

The campus includes a shop for research and development, a farm equipment and maintenance shop, a 25,000-square-foot warehouse and an office building. The buildings were designed by Matthew Shigihara, local principal with Stantec Architecture, Sakata said.

Sakata Seed America produces and sells vegetable and flower seeds for North America. It is a subsidiary of the Yokohama, Japan company Sakata Seed Corp., founded in 1913.

Sakata Seed America also has research stations in Mount Vernon, Washington; Salinas; Fort Myers, Florida; and Sinaloa, Mexico.

Link to article: Seed company opens $18.5 million research lab near Woodland
Mark Anderson | Staff Writer | Sacramento Business Journal
September 13, 2018

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DesCor receives Cal OSHA Golden Gate Partnership Recognition

State of California
Department of Industrial Relations
Cal/OSHA Consultation Services Branch

Recognition Date:  June 7, 2018

Golden Gate Partnership Recognition

Congratulations, your company has been recognized by the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service for its effort in implementing and maintaining an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) during the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service visit on June 7, 2018.

Golden Gate recognition was developed to provide motivation and support to employers who proactively work with their employees and the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service. During our
consultative visit to your company, your managers and employees demonstrated a commitment to continuously improve the effectiveness of its workplace safety and health management system.
This commitment to workplace safety and health is being commended by the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service. Thank you for taking an active participation in occupational safety and
health in your workplace.

Sincerely,

John Husman, Area Manager
Patrick Corcoran, Senior Safety Engineer
Susan Pipes, Safety Consultant

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Apartment construction heats up in Folsom, other markets

Apartment construction in the Sacramento region is still lagging relative to both demand and other markets.

The most recent report from Yardi Matrix, for example, found newly completed apartments still accounted for less than 1 percent of the inventory overall.

But in certain preferable submarkets, such as Folsom, multifamily developers are ramping up. There, the demographics suggest building a new project is economically justifiable because residents can afford the rents the developer wants to make the project profitable.

In Folsom, about 1,000 new units are either under construction or entitled, many of them in an area near the Palladio retail and office complex visible from Highway 50.

Geoff Brown, CEO at Roseville-based USA Properties Fund Inc., said at least the first phase of 293-unit Talavera Ridge should start filling up in about a year’s time, with leasing to start next spring.

Nearby, DesCor Builders is building in phases for The Pique, a 327-unit project slated for total completion in 2021. Elliott Homes is the developer for that project, while USA Properties is both developer and builder for Talavera Ridge.

Both projects are market rate, a label that typically means fairly upscale in recent years, as developers say they need rents affordable to wealthier residents in order to make projects work.

But with more “luxury” projects coming to market, Brown said, he’d need another year of perspective to know whether every project is equally viable.

“I believe there’s still plenty of demand because we just have such a housing shortage in the state,” he said. “But you don’t assume anything.”

While demand is still rising as the economy continues to grow, he said, construction costs are also rising. USA Properties is also developing a 300-unit project in Roseville, and has four more in other parts of California breaking ground this summer.

Roseville, like Folsom, is considered a more affluent submarket.

Link to article: Apartment construction heats up in Folsom
Ben van der Meer | Staff Writer | Sacramento Business Journal
June 21, 2018

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Permits pending for spec office building in South Natomas

Construction should start soon on the first speculative office development in Sacramento’s South Natomas submarket in about a decade.

Bannon Investors is the force behind a planned three-story, 90,000-square-foot building at 2555 Natomas Park Drive, near the firm’s 12-story building from 2009, Gateway 2020. Bannon has applied to the city of Sacramento for building permits for the new project, which should open in summer 2019, said Tom Aguer, principal and managing director at commercial real estate brokerage Avison Young.

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Ben van der Meer | Staff Writer | Sacramento Business Journal
June 2018

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Work begins on Sutter Health facility in River District

Dreyfuss & Blackford Architecture has released design concepts for a planned Sutter Health adult health center in Sacramento’s River District, where construction has already begun.

By summer, Sutter plans to have completed transformation of a 45,000-square-foot office park into a new location for the health system’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE.

Features at the new center at 444 North Third St. include an open therapy room with high ceilings, a full commercial kitchen and areas for performances, crafts, gardening, meals and salon appointments. When the center was approved by the city last May, Sutter described PACE as offering outpatient treatment for seniors and older adults as a way to prevent premature placements in nursing homes. Site renovations will also create 10,000 square feet of courtyards for recreational and physical therapy uses.

Read full article: bizjournals.com/sacramento
Ben van der Meer | Staff Writer | Sacramento Business Journal
January 9, 2018

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Napa’s new 1300 Main building wins ‘Top Real Estate Projects’ award

A new 20,000-square-foot commercial infill project providing mixed use, street level retail/restaurant space combined with two levels of professional office areas above, is being built at 1300 Main St. in Napa for The Wiseman Company.

Work began in November 2016 and completion is scheduled for Jan. 29, 2018.

Two larger restaurant and retail spaces facing Main Street have been leased. The corner space will be occupied by Hal Yamashita Napa Restaurant. Cornerstone Cellars’ tasting room and gourmet food sales will occupy the space next door.

Read full article at: northbaybusinessjournal.com
Gary Quackenbush | Correspondent | North Bay Business Journal
December 11, 2017

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John Adams Academy breaks ground on new arts and athletics building

John Adams Academy charter school celebrated Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new performing arts and athletics building, to be known as the “Jefferson Building.”

According to a news release, John Adams Academy, a free charter public school in Roseville serving grades TK through 12, names each of its buildings to honor the Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson was selected as the founding father to honor as he was known for being a renaissance man with multiple interests and talents. The Jefferson Building joins a campus with other buildings named for John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison and George Washington.

Read full article: thepresstribune.com
Gold Country Media | The Press Tribune Roseville & Granite Bay
November 22, 2017

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