From President Paul Weubbe: #SCOTUSMarriage Decision

From President Paul Weubbe: #SCOTUSMarriage Decision

#SCOTUSMarriage Sacramento Rainbow Chamber June 26, SACRAMENTO—Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce President Paul Weubbe issued the following statement on behalf of the Chamber board of directors in response to today’s historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage:

“With today’s Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Constitution gives LGBT people the equal right to marry whom they choose, the movement for LGBT equality has taken an enormous step forward,” Weubbe said. “In parts of the country where bans on same-sex marriage are in place and legal recognition is denied, thousands of LGBT couples have been denied health and financial benefits afforded to heterosexual married couples and often forced to go through expensive legal measures in order to ensure their parental rights and protect their children. While we know in many places the judicial and legislative wheels will turn slowly, with today’s ruling we know that, over time, those barriers to the wellbeing and prosperity of LGBT Americans will come down.

“However, it’s important that we don’t forget that there is still no federal law protecting LGBT people from being fired from their jobs, evicted from housing, or refused service simply because of their sexual orientation, and in many places, those types of discrimination still exist.

“The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber is proud to join the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and its 42 affiliate chambers in celebrating today’s tremendous court victory and in vowing to renew our efforts to ensure that no family, employee or business owner suffers discrimination simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”


CaresCommunityHealthDiabetes is a serious health condition, but if blood sugar levels are controlled, you can live a healthy life. There are tools available to help people with diabetes exercise, manage blood sugar levels effectively, and have a healthy diet that includes the foods you love, such as fruits, breads, and sweets in moderation.

Diabetes is a metabolism problem. The body is no longer able to use insulin or doesn’t produce enough to get sugar into the cells to make energy. This results in high amounts of sugar in the blood, which causes damage to blood vessel s and nerves and can lead to health problems such as heart disease, poor vision, kidney problems and amputation.

Many people don’t recognize the symptoms of diabetes, and their condition goes undiagnosed. Symptoms may be urinating often, feeling very thirsty, extreme fatigue, or slow healing cuts. The longer your diabetes goes untreated, the higher your risk for developing health problems.

Getting diagnosed with diabetes can result in emotions of fear, disbelief, anger, guilt, stress and a sense of loss of control. Talking with your provider, reading educational materials, and talking with family can help you handle these challenges. Make a list of things you can do daily for good health and start doing them one by one.

Learn about your risk for diabetes, track symptoms, and work with your doctor, dietitian, pharmacist, and diabetes educator to manage your health. The earlier you understand your health status, the more you can do to prevent and improve health problems. Diabetes is a chronic condition that can develop at any age, but when managed well with balanced food choices, physical activity, and the help of medication if necessary, you can live a long life with diabetes.


Cares Community Health
Margie Erwin, RD, Certified Diabetes Educator

Sacramento Rainbow Chamber: Marriage Equality Good for Business

Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce President Paul Weubbe issued the following statement on behalf of the Chamber board of directors in response to the April 28 oral arguments on same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Equality is good for business. Individuals and families who are secure in the knowledge they have equal rights under the law are empowered to buy homes, start businesses, and plan for the future.

“The mish-mash of state laws currently in effect governing marriage keep LGBT people in a state of uncertainty. If they travel to another state for business or pleasure, will their marriage be recognized there? Will they be recognized as legal parents of their children? If they are injured while traveling, will their spouse be allowed to make medical decisions for them? If they change jobs, will their spouse lose health benefits? For all these reasons, it is important that same-sex marriage be legally recognized throughout the United States, and that is the outcome we are hoping for in June.

“If civil rights were left to the voters of each state, many minority communities would not have the rights they enjoy today as U.S. citizens. We urge the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.”

Established in 2001, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a regional chamber serving LGBT business owners and professionals in a six-county area, as well as straight allies who support our mission of fostering a prosperous, diverse and inclusive business climate. For more information about the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and RainbowPAC, visit

Managing Asthma from RCC Partner Cares Community Health

asthmaManaging asthma effectively involves being concerned about our air quality, controlling transportation emissions, identifying and treating asthma, eliminating smoking and second hand smoke, and for people with asthma engaging in self-care. As a community each of us can help by using public transportation, purchasing energy efficient appliances, and not smoking.

Everyone can develop asthma at any age. Asthma is an inflammation in your airways that results in the passages being narrowed, swelling and producing extra mucus which can lead to difficulty breathing. It is estimated that over 209,000 people have asthma in the Sacramento area by Breathe California. This is due in part because Sacramento’s air quality is one of the5th most polluted metropolitan area in the country. Our air quality is slowly improving with efforts from businesses, policy makers, and advocates working on this issue but more work is needed.

Asthma impacts an individuals and their families’ personal health but also other areas of their lives. Asthma is one of the leading causes of school absences and lost workdays. These absences can affect their long term education and income potential. Frequent emergency room visits and ongoing prescriptions also affect health care costs. To avoid these challenges people with asthma must regularly take steps to eliminate pollution at home, avoid triggers, and take medications as prescribed.

Common asthma symptoms are:
• Coughing, especially at night
• Wheezing — a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe
• Shortness of breath
• Chest tightness, pain, or pressure
• Faster breathing or noisy breathing

Asthma triggers include:
• Outdoor air pollution
• Airborne allergens, such as pollen, animal dander, mold, cockroaches and dust mites
• Respiratory infections, such as the common cold, flu, sinus infections, and pneumonia
• Air pollutants and irritants, such as smoke from fireplaces or tobacco products
• Certain medications, including beta blockers, aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen
• Strong emotions and stress

Asthma is an on-going condition that can be managed effectively. Common issues in managing asthma may be recognizing when crisis occur (e.g. seasonal, during activities, or after illness) and identifying when to increase medication. Use an action plan to aid you in recording triggers, symptoms, and medication usage. Work with your medical providers, family, and community to make improvements for your health, home, and environment a priority.

Asthma classes: FREE and open to the public by Breathe California.
1. April 17th at 10:30am at Vineland Head Start
2. April 24th at 4:30pm at Strizek Head Start



California Governor’s Mansion Lighting Project Wins National Recognition

GovernorsMansion-LightingA two-year project to install state-of-the-art exterior landscape lighting at Sacramento’s Governor’s Mansion Historic State Park was named Best In Show at the 2014 Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals national conference in San Diego.

Michael Sestak, owner of Sestak Lighting Design and president of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, played a lead role in putting together the private-public collaboration. The idea was hatched during a chance meeting between California State Parks officials and Ruth Gottlieb of the Governor’s Mansion Foundation over lunch at Midtown restaurant Lucca. “We had recently held the first event for the Chamber’s RainbowPAC at the mansion, and it occurred to me then that the building needed better lighting to show it off to best advantage,” Sestak says. “It was just chance that the topic came up at Lucca.”

Sestak took the idea to the California Chapter of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals, which agreed to sponsor the project. Sestak, Andy Thomas of Viewpoint Lighting, and Scott Sissom of Elegant Outdoor Lighting donated design and installation services. All lighting materials, valued at approximately $55,000, were donated by FX Luminaire.

The new lighting was unveiled to the community in a gala event November 4, attended by Gov. Jerry Brown and other community leaders.

“The Governor’s Mansion Historic State Park is a Sacramento treasure but one that is sometimes overlooked,” Sestak says. “My colleagues on this project and I worked to light the structure in a way that accents the incredible beauty of the building thereby giving it a new life. We were extremely honored to have the opportunity to contribute our skills to our community and our state in such a meaningful way.”