Sacramento, California - Greetings from  Tel Aviv! This was the first modern city built in Israel. The city itself has a population of about 200,000 but the entire metropolitan area is home to 3.5 million of the country’s 8.2 million inhabitants.

San Jose, California - Justin Tolentino became the last of seven defendants involved in a Veterans Affairs (VA) contracting officer bribery scandal to be sentenced, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch, FBI Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett, and VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) Special Agent in Charge Michael Seitler.  The sentence brings to a close the five-year investigation into a bribery scandal pursuant to which former VA contacting officer, Tracy Marasco, accepted cash, trips, and gifts in exchange for steering million-dollar contracts to particular contractors.

Sacramento, California - The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, and Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department held a press conference to announce the launch of a reward and national campaign to help identify the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer, a violent serial burglar, rapist, and murderer who terrorized multiple communities in California throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Sacramento, California - The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) announced that they have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will ensure that the high-speed rail program will help California meets its climate goals and become a greener state.

Channel Islands, California - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife biologist Annie Little will describe the work that has been done since 2002 to help populations of birds on the Channel Islands recover from loss of habitat and the adverse effects of the pesticide DDT, during the July From Shore to Sea lecture.

Fresno, California - A federal grand jury returned a 20-count indictment today against Mark Merrill Reynolds, 60, of Fresno, charging him with embezzlement, mail fraud, and money laundering, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

Sacramento, California - The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) is California’s highest environmental honor. The program recognizes individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state’s economy.