Everything You Need to Know About Southern California Energy Rebates

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Listen up, Southern California homeowners: Upgrading one or more of your systems in your home could lead to energy rebates. These rebate programs are geared toward one important goal: rewarding those who invest in energy-saving, carbon-footprint-reducing home systems and equipment. Understanding how these energy rebates work will pave the way for locking in the maximum rebate amounts and saving money on the front end. Here are some of the things that you and other SoCal homeowners need to know before moving forward.

A Rebate Primer

Rebates offer some compensation for your investment, and a popular approach is to provide an instant cash-back rebate at the time of purchase. This option gives you direct cash that you can put back into your savings account. You could also receive an instant discount, which deducts a set amount from the total purchase price. While you don’t receive actual cash with this method, you still save money on the front end. Depending on the type of equipment involved and how the rebate is calculated, the savings can be significant.

Tax credits are also considered energy rebates. Where applicable, you can apply for local, state and federal credits when preparing your annual tax returns. Rest assured you won’t lose the credits if you don’t owe any tax for the current filing year; your credits can simply be rolled over to the following year. If you owe taxes, you can use those credits to reduce the amount you owe. Getting a tax refund check? Your refund amount might be higher thanks to those tax credits.

Are Rebates Automatic?

In some cases, you won’t automatically receive a rebate even if the product purchased is eligible for one. You will need to apply for the rebate, which essentially means filling out a form and submitting it to the proper authority. Don’t worry, it’s not as time-consuming as you might think. In fact, many rebate forms can be applied for and submitted electronically.

Several rebates are awarded automatically, and other rebates could be received in one to two months. Rather than receiving a check in the mail, you could receive a cash rebate in the form of an electronic funds deposit in your bank account. The latter is in line with the spirit of reducing carbon imprints and promoting a greener lifestyle.

What Types of Rebates Are Out There?

Heating and Cooling System Rebates

Look for replacement systems (new heat pump, air conditioner or a combination unit) that have a favorable Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. You should always focus the search on systems with a higher SEER rating. A better rating translates into a more lucrative rebate.

Pool Pumps

A backyard pool pump that uses minimal energy will also qualify for a rebate. The right choice will use next to no energy during the warmer parts of the year, which helps reduce demand on the local power grid and minimize energy consumption. Check the ratings and go with one that is designed to use as little energy as possible and still get the job done.

Weatherization Strategies

When considering weatherization strategies, you’ll want to focus on ways to make the house tighter and make it easier to control the indoor climate. Consider replacing older windows and outer doors with materials that create tighter seals. New roofing and roof treatments can also help heat and cool the interior with less energy, while an attic fan that runs on solar energy would help pull hot air out of the home and cool the space more efficiently. Even replacing an older duct system would qualify for this type of rebate, assuming the ratings of the new components meet the criteria.

Solar Panel Systems and Battery Storage Banks

The upfront cost of installing a residential solar array is at its most affordable, even though the amount can still be significant. The good news is that some utility companies will help shoulder part of the cost in the form of a rebate. Depending on the specifications, your rebate could be as much as half of the price for purchase and installation. Utility companies are willing to do this because the systems can help eliminate the need for rolling blackouts during peak usage periods.

Water Heater Rebates

Choosing to go tankless with a new water heater is a great way to save energy; you could even qualify for a rebate because the lack of a tank eliminates the need to periodically preheat water. The only time any energy is expended is when the unit activates to heat the water when someone takes a shower, washes clothes or does something else that requires hot water. A heater with an excellent SEER rating will qualify for a rebate as well as cut your energy consumption by a significant margin.

Washer and Dryer Sets

Older washers and dryers consume quite a bit of energy, and larger families often experience higher costs due to copious loads of laundry each week. Choosing to invest in new models with superior energy ratings could mean receiving a rebate on each appliance. As with the water heater, the reduced energy consumption also means less stress on the power grid and lower utility costs.

Rebates for Older Refrigerators and Freezers

When it’s time to replace the refrigerator and freezer, you can make a little money by working with a company that will pick up the appliances and provide a cash rebate. Check with different sellers to determine which will offer a rebate and remove the older units when they deliver and set up the new ones.

Cash for Grass

Southern California isn’t known for excess rains, which means that in such a semi-arid climate, natural lawns aren’t all that natural after all. Lawns therefore require watering from a hose or other irrigation system. Some utility companies will provide a rebate if you replace your live grass with artificial turf, as long as the new product meets the quality standards cited in the rebate application. The result could be a couple thousand dollars in savings that help offset the turf purchase; the other benefits are lower water consumption and reduced utility expenses.

Updating the Landscape With Trees

Programs like the Shade Tree Rebate Program encourage homeowners to plant trees that will eventually provide a great deal of shade. At certain times of the day, the shade provided by those trees will reduce the heat generated by sunlight coming through windows and roofing materials. Remember that only certain tree species qualify, and your total rebate cannot exceed the investment made in each tree. In other words, the rebate amount won’t exceed the cost of purchase, delivery, installation and other essential expenses.

Which Companies and Institutions Offer Rebates?

No matter where you live in Southern California, you should have access to some type of energy rebate. Keep in mind, though, that rebates typically have thresholds or other requirements you must meet to be approved. Check with your utility company and municipal government to see the exact rebates offered. You might also find applicable options from the federal government.

Southern California Edison

If you’re an SCE customer, you’ll find many rebates that help you save money.

Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade Program
Evaporative Cooler Rebate
Smart Thermostat Rebate
Variable Speed Pool Pump & Motor Rebate
Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate

San Diego Gas & Electric

As an SDG&E customer, you could be qualified for rebates for energy-efficient clothes washing machines, electric water heaters, gas water heaters, home insulation and variable speed pool pumps. You’ll also receive a no-cost kit that includes a kitchen faucet aerator, two bathroom faucet aerators and an LED sensor night light.

SoCalGas

If your appliances run on gas instead of electricity, you’ll find plenty of rebates as a SoCalGas customer. Some rebates include the following:

Smart Thermostat Rebate
Tankless Water Heater Rebate
Water Heater Rebate
Cold Water Clothes Washer Rebate
Attic or Wall Insulation
Low-Flow Showerhead
Natural Gas Dryer
Furnace Rebate
Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade Program
California Solar Institute (CSI) Solar Water Heating Thermal Program

Municipal Rebates

Municipal rebates are generally less extensive, but some cities have a strong energy focus that offers residents significant benefits. For example, Riverside has a Refrigerator Recycling Program, Shade Tree Rebate Program, Residential Air Conditioning Rebate Program, Weatherization Rebate and more.

Colton has a Residential Tree Rebate Program, a Weatherization Rebate Program and a Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program that applies to home appliances like dishwashers, solar attic fans, occupancy sensors, evaporative coolers and more.

Federal Rebates

Federal rebates are typically available as tax credits on your income tax returns. You can also check the Department of Energy‘s website for additional rebates and incentives.

Reducing energy consumption does not mean going back to basics. It means respecting the environment and its natural resources, making smarter choices and taking advantage of available energy rebates. When something at home needs replacement, always go with the option that provides a rebate and is kinder to the environment. Doing so ensures that everybody wins.

Wiseman Company Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Electric Vehicle Charging stationsThe Wiseman Company, LLC has Chosen SemaConnect to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at three of their Properties in California
The electric vehicle charging stations will enhance the firm’s already strong core values by adding a modern amenity for tenants and guests

February 19, 2016: Fairfield, CA – The Wiseman Company has installed SemaConnect electric vehicle charging stations at three of their properties in California. The four stations will be available for tenant and local driver use, with a fifth station being installed to also serve the community. The stations will charge a $1.50 parking fee to be used.

Suisun Office Space Electric Vehicle Charging“We are pleased to welcome The Wiseman Company to our growing list of customers,” said Mark Pastrone, VP of Business at SemaConnect. “Their Class A office buildings are the perfect location for the addition of our stations. Electric vehicles are on the rise in California, and The Wiseman Company has set themselves apart from other commercial real estate companies in the area with the installation of SemaConnect stations.” One station will be located at the Westside Professional Center I and II, three will be located at One Harbor Center, and a final station will be installed at Green Valley Executive Center. All stations will require SemaConnect membership for usage.

“The Wiseman Company is committed to providing viable amenities for our tenants and their guests; the opening of EV charging stations in a market where there is a growing trend in electric vehicles is a great example of that,” said Letty Perez, Director of Properties for The Wiseman Company. “The three locations for our initial installation of charging stations across Solano County also means that The Wiseman Company is ideally positioned to contribute to the development of a state wide infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations, and also advances the company’s environmental sustainability and energy efficiency efforts.”

The Wiseman Company owns and operates approximately $100 million of commercial real estate property in Solano, Napa and Yolo Counties. The company offers a variety of unique services including development, brokerage, investment, and urban infill. The firm’s identity is rooted in their core values which include integrity, ethical behavior, and a high level of excellence while working with customers. The installation of charging stations only exemplifies these values, as a symbol of The Wiseman Company’s commitment to providing the best possible amenities to their tenants, employees and local residents.

About The Wiseman Company, LLC
Founded in 1979, The Wiseman Company has become Solano County’s leading full-service commercial real estate firm. Recognizing the demand for superior, quality, professional office space, they developed the first Class A office building in 1989. Today, the firm and its affiliates own, manage and lease the preferred, multi-tenant office buildings in Solano, Napa and Yolo Counties. For more information, please visit www.wisemanco.com/.

About SemaConnect
SemaConnect is the leading provider of electric vehicle amenities to the North American commercial and residential property market.  A complete EV support partner, SemaConnect delivers a truly modern property experience through innovative, elegantly designed charging stations and a robust and open network.  The company has helped maximize property value and appeal through thousands of successful Class A deployments since its founding in 2008, for companies like CBRE, JLL, Hines, Greystar, Cisco Systems, and Standard Parking.  SemaConnect remains the preferred charging solutions partner to municipal, parking, multifamily, hotel, office and retail customers across the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.semaconnect.com.

Contact: Letty Perez
Lperez@wisemanco.com
707-427-1212

Burger Physical Therapy – Woodland Corporate Center’s Newest Tenant

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Woodland Corporate Center Class A BuildingThe Wiseman Company is pleased to announce that Burger Physical Therapy will be relocating their Woodland clinic to Woodland Corporate Center, the Wiseman building, at 1100 Main Street, directly across from the new Yolo County Courthouse.

Burger Physical Therapy, established in 1978 by Carol Burger, has become the premier provider of outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy throughout northern California and the Sacramento region. Their long term care division of the company provides inpatient services across the entire health care spectrum. They include acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, adult day health centers and employer-based occupational health clinics.

Selected “Best in Business” by the Sacramento Business Journal, their commitment is: To Make a Positive Difference in the Lives of our Patients, their Families, our Team & the Community. To learn more, you can check out their website at www.burger-rehab.com
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The Wiseman Company is a full-service commercial real estate firm offering brokerage, development, investment, and management services. For more information on the remaining space in Woodland Corporate Center or any of our other Class A properties, please contact Lisa Gilstrap at 707.427.1212 or by email at LGilstrap@WisemanCo.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Patti Magee, Director of Administration
pmagee@WisemanCo.com
707.427.1212

Lobby Woodland Corporate Center

What’s Goin On – Moonlight Classic – June 25th

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Jeff DeMello talks with The Travel Guys – KFBK about Saturday night’s Moonlight Classic. Audio. Tickets available at someinc.com
Blue Knights of Denver
Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps
Sacramento Mandarins
The 36th Annual Moonlight Classic will be held on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 at Charles C. Hughes Stadium on the Sacramento City College campus at 3835 Freeport Blvd.

The Ticket Booth opens at 2:30pm. The gates are scheduled to open at 4pm, and the show will begin at 5:30pm. Come early to enjoy the fine cuisine from the gathering of Food Trucks, and also to shop at the corps souvenir booths!

The Corps Lineup is as follows:

The Academy – Tempe, AZ
Blue Devils – Concord, CA
Blue Devils B – Concord, CA
Blue Devils C – Concord, CA
Blue Knights – Denver, CO
Golden Empire – Bakersfield, CA
Madison Scouts – Madison, WI
Mandarins – Sacramento, CA
Pacific Crest – Diamond Bar, CA
Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA
Vanguard Cadets – Santa Clara, CA

Tickets

National Drum & Bugle Corps Competition in Sacramento

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Drum & Bugle Corps From Around The U.S. To Compete In National Competition In Sacramento

On Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 5:30PM, Drum and Bugle Corps from around the country will gather at Hughes Stadium (at Sacramento City College) to compete in the 37th Annual Moonlight Classic, presented by S.O.M.E. (Sponsors of Musical Enrichment) (Gates open at 4:00)

Mandarins Drum and Bugle CorpsFor the uninitiated, this event, the longest running of its kind in the Western United States, is a visual extravaganza of sight and sound. It’s often described as “marching bands on steroids.”

Competing corps can include up to 150 youths, ages 8-21, comprised of marching percussion and brass, front ensemble, (vibraphones, marimbas and other percussion instruments) and color guard. The color guard component has evolved from merely carrying the flag to now include dance and props such as rifles, sabers and other specialty items.

Each 11 minute performance, which can span the entire football field, will include all of these elements in a meticulously choreographed presentation which, in past competitions, has included spectacular visuals like a field of mirrors, giving the illusion of doubling the size of the corps, full on Spartacus inspired gladiator match. Other sense-dazzling performances have included a presentation of the Who’s rock opera Tommy, as well as a James Bond theme with the corps in tuxes, and a horse race, complete with track, accompanied by, what else, the William Tell Overture. Military drill has graduated to big-time show biz, and the appreciative crowds, which, like last year, are expected in the thousands, love the show.

Blue Knights of Denver

Blue Knights performs Thursday, August 8, at the 2013 DCI World Championship Prelims at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. The corps finished in 9th place with a score of 88.05.

Corps are judged on musical performance, general effect on the audience, and color guard.

Participating Drum Corps:
The Academy – Tempe, Arizona
Blue Devils – Concord, CA (17 time national champs)
Blue Devils B – Concord, CA (4 time national champs)
Blue Devils C – Concord, CA
Blue Knights – Denver, CO
Golden Empire – Bakersfield, CA
Madison Scouts – Madison, WI (2 time national champs)
Mandarins – Sacramento (8 time national champs)
Pacific Crest – Diamond Bar, CA
Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA (6 times national champs)
Vanguard Cadets – Santa Clara, CA (4 time national champs)

The popular food trucks and souvenir booths will also be on site during the program.

Tickets can be purchased at the S.O.M.E. web site. someinc.com (Or at the Sac City College ticket booth starting at 2:30pm on June 25th)

General admission is $25. (Reserved seating available online — $35)

S.O.M.E. The Sponsors of Musical Enrichment is a non-profit California corporation founded in 1978 for the purpose of supporting local youth music organizations and the performing arts on a continuing basis. Funds raised by this organization are reinvested in the local community. To date, over $3,000,000 has been granted to deserving groups and individuals.

Drum & Bugle Corps Practicing in Stockton For Upcoming National Competition in Capitol

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Sacramento MandarinsStarting Friday, May 27, 2016 and continuing through Monday, May 30, The Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corp (8 times national champs) will be practicing at the Lagorio Gym (near Spanos Center) on the campus of UOP.

This is in preparation for the 37th Annual Moonlight Classic competition on June 25th. (Please see the release below)

Media invited to the Mandarins practice schedule:
Friday 8pm – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am – 11pm
Monday 9am – 2pm

Drum & Bugle Corps From Around The U.S. To Compete In National Competition In Sacramento


On Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 5:30PM, Drum and Bugle Corps from around the country will gather at Hughes Stadium (at Sacramento City College) to compete in the 37th Annual Moonlight Classic, presented by S.O.M.E. (Sponsors of Musical Enrichment) (Gates open at 4:00)
S.O.M.E. is based out of Stockton, California.

For the uninitiated, this event, the longest running of its kind in the Western United States, is a visual extravaganza of sight and sound. It’s often described as “marching bands on steroids.”

Competing corps can include up to 150 youths, ages 8-21, comprised of marching percussion and brass, front ensemble, (vibraphones, marimbas and other percussion instruments) and color guard. The color guard component has evolved from merely carrying the flag to now include dance and props such as rifles, sabers and other specialty items.

Each 11 minute performance, which can span the entire football field, will include all of these elements in a meticulously choreographed presentation which, in past competitions, has included spectacular visuals like a field of mirrors, giving the illusion of doubling the size of the corps, full on Spartacus inspired gladiator match. Other sense-dazzling performances have included a presentation of the Who’s rock opera Tommy, as well as a James Bond theme with the corps in tuxes, and a horse race, complete with track, accompanied by, what else, the William Tell Overture. Military drill has graduated to big-time show biz, and the appreciative crowds, which, like last year, are expected in the thousands, love the show.

Corps are judged on musical performance, general effect on the audience, and color guard.
Participating Drum Corps:
The Academy – Tempe, Arizona
Blue Devils – Concord, CA (17 time national champs)
Blue Devils B – Concord, CA (4 time national champs)
Blue Devils C – Concord, CA
Blue Knights – Denver, CO
Golden Empire – Bakersfield, CA
Madison Scouts – Madison, WI (2 time national champs)
Mandarins – Sacramento (8 time national champs)
Pacific Crest – Diamond Bar, CA
Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA (6 times national champs)
Vanguard Cadets – Santa Clara, CA (4 time national champs)
The popular food trucks and souvenir booths will also be on site during the program.
Tickets can be purchased at the S.O.M.E. web site. someinc.com (Or at the Sac City College ticket booth starting at 2:30pm on June 25th)

General admission is $25. (Reserved seating available online — $35)

S.O.M.E. The Sponsors of Musical Enrichment (based out of Stockton, CA) is a non-profit California corporation founded in 1978 for the purpose of supporting local youth music organizations and the performing arts on a continuing basis. Funds raised by this organization are reinvested in the local community. To date, over $3,000,000 has been granted to deserving groups and individuals.

Mints Euro-Asian Cuisine – Rancho Cordova

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Reviewed by Steve LaRosa – This may be my current favorite restaurant. It’s located at the intersection of Artistry Avenue and Delicious Drive. In actuality, Mints is located at 11088 Olson Drive, which is off the Zinfandel Exit (off of 50) in Rancho Cordova.

Mints Euro Asian CuisineThe food here is amazing. The presentation of the dishes–suitable for framing, and you will not believe the explosion of flavors in each of those dishes.

The owners are Daniel Kim and Michelle Tran, who took over from Michelle’s parents in 2007. Daniel is the chef and he describes his cuisine as contemporary Vietnamese. To Daniel’s description, I would add–a touch of France and a nod to China and Thailand. Michelle is the manager out front. The hostess with the mostess with miles of smiles. When people ask me, what do you recommend, it’s a one-word answer….everything. But I’ll give you a few ideas.

For starters, try the golden crispy rolls. Unlike a lot of Asian restaurants that serve those greasy, soggy, formerly frozen, assembly-line spring rolls, these house-made rolls come in a crispy rice wrapper and are deep-fried and stuffed with shrimp, pork, mushrooms and carrots and served with rice vermicelli, pickles, mint, and cilantro. The scorpion rolls with grilled prawns are a great choice as well.

You must order a side of their famous garlic noodles, which are stir-fried with Parmesan cheese and garlic sauce; so unique and a great blend of flavors.

Shaking Beef - Mints Euro Asian CuisineA house favorite is the Shaking Beef. These beef cubes are sautéed with green onions, black pepper and garlic and mixed together with red and green bell peppers, red onions and scallions.

Mints Tiger PrawnsWe tried the Mints Tiger prawns, which are large butterflied prawns that have been marinated with fresh garlic and pepper and grilled, served with those amazing garlic noodles and green beans. The three different items require different cooking methods which demands the timing has to be right on target. This place is labor intensive and that attention to detail is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. I promise you, with every dish, the thought will occur, what a shame to destroy this work of art, but overcome that reservation. You’ll reap the rewards.

“I want our guests to know we’re doing our best,” said Daniel, “We want them to feel that we’re trying hard.” An understatement if there’s ever been one.

Even dessert is delightful at Mints, whether it’s Michelle’s crème brulee or their fried banana. The latter is battered in banana flour and deep-fried with coconut flakes and sesame seeds.

The atmosphere at Mints is charming, perfect for a casual date night and they have an extensive wine and list, focusing on California wines and Asian beers.

Mints Euro-Asian Cuisine 11088 Olson Drive, Rancho Cordova. (916) 635-2744 mintsasia.com Open M-F 11-2:30 (Lunch) and M-Sat, 5-9 Dinner

11088 Olson Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Spicy Basil Chicken Mints Sampler Plate Mongolian Beef - Mint's Euro Asian Cuising

Music in the Market!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Full Orchestra to Perform in Market Food Court

kp international food court hosts rancho cordova civic light orchestra(Rancho Cordova) On Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 4pm to 6pm, the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra will perform in an unusual location—the KP International Market’s Food Court! (10971 Olson Drive)

“This is a fun event,” said RCCLO President Ed Lowry,“We like to call it a scheduled flash mob in a public square. After the last performance, an audience member wrote us and said that she came for chicken, stayed for the music and cried when she heard the violinist play.”

This is the 3rd time the 50-piece orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Peter Nowlen will be performing at KP International Market Food Court, and last time they played to a full house.

The FREE concert, billed “Dance Into Summer”, will feature solo violinist Ray Anthony Trujillo performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto-Movement 3.

Other pieces on the program include the Merry Wives of Windsor Overture, Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof, Bizet’s Carmen Suites One & Two, and Polka, Furiant and Dance of the Comedians from The Bartered Bride (Smetana)

“These are the kinds of events we enjoy providing our customers as a way of saying thank you for their loyal patronage. The crowd always has a great time when the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra performs in our Food Court.” —BJ Yu/Owner-KP International Market

During the performance, guests will be welcome to enjoy food from the KP International Food Court, featuring cuisines from around the world.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve LaRosa
916-487-1151 Cell 709-3331
kpinternational.com

10971 Olson Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Easter Bunny Hops In to KP International Market

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Easter Bunny Hops In to KP International Market
For FREE Photo and Meet & Greet With Kids of All Ages

Easter bunny visits Rancho Cordova KP International MarketStarting today, from 11am to 7pm, and continuing every day, up to, and including Easter Sunday, Peter Cottontail himself, will be posing for FREE photos in a spectacular giant-sized garden in KP International Market’s Food Court. Kids who stop by will be treated to a picture with the Easter Bunny, surrounded by huge eggs and mammoth-sized carrots in Farmer John’s spectacular vegetable garden.

“Every year we invite our customers and their children to have a photo with Santa Claus and we thought as a thank you to all our customers that we’d create a fantastical garden and offer free keepsake photos for the kids and their parents.” —BJ Yu / Owner, KP International Market

The Free single or group glossy photos will be taken in the KP International Market’s Food Court, located at 10971 Olson Drive, off the U.S. 50 Zinfandel Exit in Rancho Cordova.

KP International Market

10971 Olson Drive
Rancho Cordova,
CA

Phone:

Non-Profit Sacramento Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center Celebrates Over 50 Years of Service

Monday, February 29th, 2016

For over half a century, River City Recovery Center, a non-profit 501c3, has treated thousands of men and women dealing with alcohol and drug dependency. With their residential treatment facilities as well as their transitional/sober living facilities, River City relies on social model recovery methods, utilizing 12-step recovery principles. 

Virtually all of the counselors working at River City have gone through residential treatment themselves and well over 90% are graduates of the River City Recovery program. As a result, the primary emphasis becomes the shared experience of addiction and recovery, as that between staff and residents as well as between the individual residents themselves.

Through group and individual counseling, residents receive an intensive education on the physical, psychological, social and spiritual effects of alcoholism and chemical dependency. River City has developed a thorough curriculum that includes the medical implications of substance abuse, emotional and spiritual recovery, relapse prevention, anger management, family aspects and goal setting. 

Kurt von Geldern, Executive Director of River City Recovery - Sacramento Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

Kurt von Geldern, Executive Director of River City Recovery – Sacramento Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

A volunteer board member since 1999, Kurt von Geldern, himself in recovery, took over the reigns of Executive Director in June of 2013, and has implemented changes that have improved the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.
“When somebody goes through our program and is returned to their families and/or loved ones, that is the biggest validation for our mission here, and personally, and it’s the best part of what I do. It makes what I do so worthwhile.”
–Kurt von Geldern/Executive Director

Most non-profit organizations put 50% of incoming dollars back into their organization. River City, as a model for others, puts 84% of those dollars back into the organization. Where well-known “silver spoon” recovery centers can cost tens of thousands of dollars, River City offers effective, affordable treatment at a fraction of the cost. By comparison, River City’s private rate pay is $3,500 per month.

River City receives funding from the County’s AOD program as well as Drug Court and CPS. They also contract with Kaiser’s Chemical Dependency Recovery Program as well as the V.A., serving a large portion of homeless vets with drug and alcohol issues.

In recent months, due to the successes they’ve seen with their clients, Kaiser is now sending referrals from as far away from Fresno, Oakland and Vallejo, and the monthly caseload from the V.A. at River City has nearly doubled.

River City operates their women’s residential treatment program in a large, early twentieth-century home in the historic midtown neighborhood of Sacramento. Their men’s facility is located in a rural setting, on a 15-acre ranch on the outskirts of Galt, CA.
In order to provide a safe, structured, low-cost living environment for those who have completed treatment and are preparing to return to family and society, River City offers three transitional/sober living facilities in midtown Sacramento. There are separate homes for men and for women.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve LaRosa
916-487-1151   Cell 709-3331