Local Candidates Speak Out at Campaign Whistle Stop

By Margaret Snider  |  2018-10-31

Candidates who spoke at Campaign Whistle Stop at Rancho Cordova City Hall are, left to right: Garrett Gatewood, Jaya Badiga, Ed Short, Derald Langwell, Siri Pulipati, David Reid, Inez Reyes, Andrew Grant, Terri Leimbach, and Joshua Hoover. Not in photo, Mayor Linda Budge. Photo by Rick Sloan

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG)  - On October 19 at the Rancho Cordova Luncheon organizers allowed local contenders for public office a strictly monitored two minutes in which to explain themselves and their candidacy. Here are some snippets from the candidates who attended.

CRPD Board of Directors

Terri Leimbach joined the Board in 2014. Her extensive experience in accounting, including 11 years with another park district, taught her fiscal matters and policy-making in recreation and parks systems. In the last four years CRPD has won awards and resolved a long-argued Hagan Park issue. “The pool is going to be rebuilt,” Leimbach said. “It is going to be brand new . . . have two pools; it’s going to have eight competitive lanes.”  

Inez Reyes has served on the Board since 2006. “We had to dig in, do hard work, get our hands dirty . . .,” Reyes said. “After working so, I will tell you we are in the best place that we can be now.”  Reyes has focused on providing recreational services that unite the community and enhance the quality of living.

Siri Pulipati is an electrical engineer and the mother of two boys. She wants her children outdoors enjoying green grass and blue skies, not indoors focused on their devices. Pulipati volunteers with local schools to talk about science, technology, engineering, and math. Why is she running?  “I have the energy, experience, and qualifications to do this job . . . ,” Pulipati said. “So I ask you, why not?  Why not give me a chance?”

FCUSD Board of Education

Jaya Badiga has two children. “My biggest priority is socioemotional learning,” Badiga said, which involves empathy, confidence, and cognitive areas that prepare children to get along with each other. Badiga worked for WEAVE as managing attorney for 4½ years, battling to make women and their children safe. She acted for clients’ continued employment and steady schooling for their kids.

David Reid has three children in the Folsom Cordova educational system. He has 23 years of education policy experience and is currently president of the Folsom Cordova PTA Council. He has been active in FCUSD board meetings since 2015. “Our children really are our future,” Reid said. “We want to ensure the best for our kids, the best education, because for them to succeed is for us to succeed.”

Joshua Hoover has three small children. As policy director for State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, Hoover advises Kiley, vice-chair of the education committee, on education issues. “I’ll share with you my number one priority,” Hoover said, “which is to close the achievement gap between Folsom and Rancho Cordova schools.” He would ensure budgetary resources go where most needed, increase parent participation, and incentivize great teachers to teach in Rancho Cordova.

Ed Short is up for reelection, having served 16 years on the Board. Short talked about some of the many Board accomplishments of which he has been a part. “I bring no baggage to the table of public service, only my sincere desire to serve the best education interests of our children and thereby secure the future of all,” Short said.

U.S. House of Representatives District 7

Andrew Grant. A Republican, Grant is a Marine, and attended the Naval Academy. He worked in intelligence, worked at the Pentagon, Homeland Security, and Department of State. He knows Washington D.C. “There is so much about what is happening in Rancho Cordova that is so important to all of District 7,” Grant said.

Rancho Cordova City Council

Garrett Gatewood has , raised his children in Rancho.  He was able to build and grow a company because of the amazing city Rancho Cordova has become. “If you reelect me I am going to spend most of my time on what Rancho Cordovans were basically telling me as I was door-knocking – a new movie theater.”

Derald Langwell has attended around 90% of City Council meetings for the past five years. He is concerned about, among other things, personal property rights. “I see the City is kind of stepping where they shouldn’t be stepping,” Langwell said. He also would like to see sidewalks put into older residential areas. “We can get the kids out of the streets and onto the sidewalks,” Langwell said.

Linda Budge has been on the City Council since its incorporation. “We are a place that’s known as the place that has more fun than anybody else,” Budge said. “Who all went to the air show?  Who came to the City’s birthday party?  And who came to the Park Districts birthday party?”  It is important for the City Council to listen to what the residents of Rancho Cordova want, Budge said, as they have done when considering uses for Measure H funds.

Candidates not able to appear were Brian Danzl, Senator Jim Nielsen, Philip Kim, Melinda Avey, Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Congressman Ami Bera, and Donald Childs.

Rancho Cordova's History

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - With the election just weeks away, the Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Campaign has released government documents and records showing numerous examples of “epic levels” of waste, fraud and abuse of gas tax funds and other taxpayer resources at Caltrans and local transportation agencies throughout California.

The records and documents were obtained through the California Public Records Act (CPRA) process and cover only materials received back from the CA Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans), local transportation agencies in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, the Bay Area, and Sacramento. Other local government agencies also receive and spend gas tax funds - raising the question of how many more examples of waste of gas tax funds exist.

“These examples of outrageous waste of the gas tax and other taxpayer resources provide the best reason to vote YES on Prop 6 the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of the campaign. “Our existing gas tax funds are being wasted and we demand that these revelations of outrageous expenditures be immediately reformed before we give these people any more of our taxpayer dollars,” noted DeMaio.

“These outrageous examples of waste of our gas tax funds is proof that voters cannot trust California government agencies with even a penny more of their money until efficiency and accountability reforms can clean up these excessive expenditures,” said Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Campaign. “Voters can send a strong message by voting YES on Prop 6 to repeal the costly and unfair gas and car tax hikes,” DeMaio concluded.

Facts about this massive hike:

–Voting Yes on Prop 6 will repeal the car and gas tax, and ensures that any future car and gas taxes must be approved by the voters
–On Nov 1, 2017, Californians became subject to an additional tax of 12.5 cents more per gallon (20 cents more for diesel)
–Estimates suggest it will cost an average family of four $779 or more per family, per year
–The tax also hits business owners who rely on transporting goods, raising the cost of everything from apples to bread, and everything in between
–Vehicle license fees (car tax) will increase as much as $175 a year - striking the wallets of hard-working families across the state
–The tax revenue goes into the state’s General Fund, meaning there’s zero guarantee the money will be used to actually fund the transportation “fixes”  they claim will happen
–Nearly 1 million signatures were collected to qualify the measure on the November ballot; just over 550,000 were required

For more information go to GasTaxRepeal.org



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Job demand and hiring trends for the 4th Quarter

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento employers have slowed hiring with shortages of skills and applicants. However, they continue to seek expansion of workforces in the final Quarter of 2018. Down from sixty-six percent (66%) hiring in the previous three months, Pacific Staffing discovered in direct contacts with top regional employer’s fifty-seven percent (57%) will hire in October, November and December. Twenty percent (20%) of all companies report a lack of applicants as a major challenge.

While top regional employers, contacted by phone between August 23rd and September 21, will cut overall marketplace demand, those seeking workers are still motivated by expansion or growth needs in the workforce. Forty-one percent (41%) will hire for growth in the next three months with replacements within existing workforces accounting for thirty-two percent (32%) of employer demand in the Quarter ahead. Six percent (6%) of Sacramento companies also report some increased hiring for seasonal needs thru the next three months. Only one company polled reports plans to reduce workers with layoffs in Fourth Quarter (Q4) due to market slowdowns.

Seasonal shopping is going to be a gamble as Sacramento retailers polled were split 50/50 on hiring or not in October, November and December. Twenty percent of employers surveyed say simply finding applicants is a major challenge in meeting demands in the Sacramento market. Retention is another challenge. Signing bonuses and incentives like additional vacation or Flex time are being offered in the efforts to keep current skilled, experienced workers at the job and attract talent from outside the area.

One trend in employment and management appears to have lost some of the luster enjoyed in the past decade. When asked in the current booming economy with shortages of skills and applicants if ‘outsourcing’ work overseas is IN or OUT, fifty-eight percent (58%) of all Sacramento companies reported no interest in using it. While some regional employers have ‘outsourced’ and others have not, some are unable to and some forbidden to, outsourcing issues cited included ‘challenges’ in cost, management and additional paperwork in compliance with government rules.

Twenty-four (24%) of Sacramento companies report finding some specific success in utilizing out of market and international resources for printing, design, office or management functions and customer service needs. Skills in top demand for Q4 include drivers, sales, tech, warehouse, shipping and manufacturing. Employers also cite needs for specialized skills including escrow/mortgage, accounting/finance and construction trade workers.

For more information, employment blogs and market surveys go to www.pacificstaffing.com.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County 9-1-1 Centers representing all law enforcement and fire agencies in the region are excited to announce Text-to-9-1-1 service is available countywide.  This means all 9-1-1 Public Safety Dispatch Centers are now equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone Text-to-9-1-1 messages from our citizens.  

Individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing members of the community, or those in a situation where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, will have another option to call for help in an emergency, Text-to-9-1-1. The benefits to our citizens are significant, especially in cases when the caller cannot communicate verbally.  Examples include not only the hard of hearing, but also when a crime is in progress, the caller is facing domestic abuse, the caller is injured and cannot speak, or other scenarios. 

In anticipation of providing this service, we wanted to share some information with you.

Even where text-to-9-1-1 is available, if you can make a voice call to 9-1-1, please call instead of texting

Here are some guidelines for how to contact 9-1-1.  If you use a wireless phone or other type of mobile device, make sure to do the following in an emergency:

•              If you can, always contact 9-1-1 by making a voice call, “Call if you can – text if you can’t.”

•              If you are deaf and hard of hearing and Text-to- 9-1-1 is not available, use a TTY or telecommunications relay service, if available.

•              If you text 9-1-1 and text is not available at that time or in your area, you will receive a bounce back message advising “text is not available please make a voice call to 9-1-1.”

•              Location accuracy varies by carrier and should not be relied upon. Be prepared to give your location.

•              Text-to-9-1-1 service will not be available if the wireless carrier cannot ascertain a location of the device sending the message.

•              Text-to-9-1-1 is not available if you are roaming.

•              A text or data plan is required to place a text to 9-1-1.

•              Photos and videos cannot be sent to 9-1-1. They cannot be received at

the 9-1-1 center currently. 

•              Text messages should be sent in plain language and not contain

popular abbreviations (SMH, LOL, ICYMI) or emojis, which will not be


•              Text-to- 9-1-1 cannot be sent to more than one person.  Do not

send your emergency text to anyone other than 9-1-1.

•              Texts must be in English only.  There currently is no language

interpretation for text available.  This is still in development.


This is exciting news for our region and we are looking forward to providing this

service to our community.     

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Californians Who Missed Traditional Deadline another Opportunity to Register to Vote                 

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG)  - There is a new option for Californians who missed the October 22 deadline to register or update their voter registration for the November 6, 2018, General Election. A new option known as conditional voter registration allows eligible citizens to register and vote on the same day, today through Election Day. 

“There is a new opportunity for California citizens who missed the voter registration deadline — conditional voter registration,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “If you missed the regular voter registration deadline you may not be able to vote at your local polling place or by mail, but you still have an opportunity to cast a ballot. Between now and Election Day, you can go to your county election office or a designated satellite location to complete the conditional voter registration process by filing out a voter registration card and a ballot. Once county elections officials complete the regular voter registration verification process, your ballot will be processed and your vote will be counted. This is yet another step we are taking to expand voting rights in California.” 

“If you are unsure of your voter registration status, you can quickly check it at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov,” Padilla added. 

Voters in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo counties can access conditional voter registration at any Vote Center in their county. These counties are adopting the Voter’s Choice Act. To learn more about the Voter’s Choice Act, visit: http://voterschoice.sos.ca.gov

Source: California Secretary of State 

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Most do not fully understand the influence of the billionaire class on our elections—many times more than Russia or China put together.  Before voting in the midterms it might be wise to assess what billionaire influences you support.

Liberal news outlets, which are all the major networks except Fox News, and some radio talk shows, want followers to know that the Koch brothers, Charles and David, unduly fund Republican Party candidates and causes on the right side of the political spectrum.  Liberal newspapers include almost all big city newspapers and most major national news magazines.  

Conservative news outlets often fail to mention the Koch brothers and speak only of George Soros as the big funder for most liberal outlets.  Neither mentions the other, leaving the impression that only the other is buying elections.  Candidates cross and crisscross America with alms bowls in hand begging the mega-rich to buy them.

First let us consider George Soros.  His money, exceeding $32 billion, is targeted for influence and political power over this nation and the world—all directed to the far left side of the political spectrum and the globalization (code for world government) of the world.  Prominent among his myriad of well-funded socialist organizations are: ACORN, the Tides Foundation, Sojourners, The Quantum Fund, and Media Matters.  Some of these organizations operate in other countries, as for example, The Open Society Institute (spends 425million a year on socialist causes) and Friends of the Earth, designed to build support for an international network of organizations dedicated to the environment.  The Center for American Progress schedules their “experts” for talk show events even developing talking points for them.  The Apollo Alliance played a major role in the development of the Stimulus Bill in 2010.  The American Constitution Society defends far-left interpretations of the Constitution.  And, MoveOn.org organizes action alerts to followers via the Internet.

No other one person, outside deceased David Rockefeller’s Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Trilateral Commission (organizations remaining the most powerful special interest groups in the U.S.), each also promoting the left and world government, has as many organizations as combat ready and as highly financed, as does George Soros.  He hosted fundraisers for President Obama and made numerous visits to the White House.  There is reason to believe that Soros greatly influenced the Obama presidency on: The Stimulus Bill, Cap and Trade, opposition to the extension of the Bush tax cuts, and banking reform.  

Even now he is believed to be financing the communist/socialist/anarchist Antifa, the hundred or so demonstrations against President Trump the past two years, and the present impeach Trump and Brett Kavanaugh demonstrations.  Most of the “yellers” in the Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings and those pounding and scratching the doors of the Supreme Court to force unlawful entree, just days ago, are believed to be funded by him.  Still, the left side of the political spectrum fails to see this as threatening and dangerous to our republic.

Now for the Koch brothers, Charles and David, who built Koch Industries making it one of the largest privately held corporation in American.  Their semi-annual summits attract the candidates, who discuss policy, and likeminded donors.  “Freedom Partners is the central hub for the Koch-backed network that includes groups like the activist-recruiting Americans for Prosperity, the millennial-targeting Generation Opportunity and the Hispanic-wooing Libre Initiative. Taken together, the Koch-endorsed groups make up a political machine that raises and spends more money than any other republican outlet.

Democrats accuse Koch-backed groups of airing tens of millions of dollars in negative ads against incumbent Democratic lawmakers in the past and of helping the Republicans win a majority in the Senate.  They also accuse them of funding the Tea Party movement—a charge without foundation.  As far as we can document the Koch brothers have not funded demonstrations, street violence resulting in property damage, or confrontation with police and followers do not wear face coverings to hide their identities, like Antifa.

Obviously funding candidates and founding organizations pushing ideology is the game of some billionaires on both sides.  The candidate with the most money and publicity usually wins and the rich, by their funding, select contenders long before the people vote.  Some may argue, since both sides are doing the same thing that it is, in this respect, fair.  But both parties project the image that only the other party invites billionaire influence.

This columnist, however, is unable to find the right side of the political spectrum, funding a single riot, or “yeller” dragged out of a committee hearing for disruptive behavior, or mob activity in the streets blocking traffic or damaging automobiles, or driving out of restaurants conservatives (even Senator Cruz) dining with their spouses, or cornering senators in elevators threatening them if they do not change their vote , or attempting to force entree into the Supreme Court.  None!!  So although billionaire candidates and organizations dominate both political parties there remains quit a difference.

So the question is, what billionaire buys your vote?  One problem, however, is that since the media personnel haven’t themselves, as a group, voted less than 80% for a Democrat in the White House for the last 50 years, most Americans only hear about the Koch brothers as buying elections.

Dr. Harold Pease is a syndicated columnist and an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He taught history and political science from this perspective for over 30 years at Taft College.  Newspapers have permission to publish this column. To read more of his weekly articles, please visit www.LibertyUnderFire.org.



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Locals Experience the Barrel District

Story and photos by Shaunna Boy  |  2018-10-31

Stephanie and Ken Miller won the giveaway at J.J. PFister Distilling Company. (Left to right) PFister co-owner Gail Keck, Rancho Cordova City Council member Donald Terry, Stephanie Miller, J.J. PFister co-owner Kevin Keck, and Ken Miller.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, with sponsorship support from the City of Rancho Cordova, hosted the inaugural Barrel District Experience on October 6, 2018. The fundraising event gave ticketholders access to private parties at the nine businesses in Rancho Cordova’s Barrel District: Gold River Distillery, J.J. PFister Distilling Company, Thin Line Brewing Company, ol’ Republic Brewery, Old Hangtown Beer Works, Fort Rock Brewing, Claimstake Brewing, Burning Barrel Brewing Company, and Strad Meadery.

Sheryl Smith, owner of Smith Real Estate Services, Inc. (a local small business in Rancho Cordova) and Chamber of Commerce board member, originated the idea of the Barrel District Experience and chaired the event. The Chamber of Commerce partnered with eight local businesses that donated food for the Barrel District Experience: Pocket Deli, Go 4 Pizza, Mod Pizza, Petali, Chick-fil-A, KP International Market, Parkwest Casino Cordova, and Yarbrough’s Catering.

Rancho Cordova locals Stephanie and Ken Miller visited J.J. PFister Distilling Company as their fourth stop in the Experience. The Millers had never been to the distillery before the event and, Stephanie said “it has a great showroom, a great ambiance.” Stephanie was the winner of J.J. PFister’s Experience giveaway: two tickets to a Sac Republic game and a bottle of gin.

Gail Keck, co-owner of J.J. PFister Distilling Company, said the Barrel District Experience “is a great program for Rancho Cordova to be doing, it’s very proactive and is a very positive image for the District.” The distillery offered samples of gin and vodka cocktails, and Keck said her favorite was the gin cocktail, which surprised her because she is not typically a gin drinker: “It hits your tongue with a taste of juniper, and then bursts into your mouth with other flavors.”  

While enjoying a beer at ol’ Republic Brewery, David Sawyer was impressed with the Experience and suggested that highlighting the Barrel District will likely bring more money into the city: “The future of Rancho Cordova is brighter today than it has been since Mather closed. Forward thinking individuals have created an event that has room to grow.”

Strad Meadery officially opened for business just 18 hours before the start of the event, and many attendees had been eagerly anticipating their opportunity to taste the sweet honey wine. Dana Dresner said, “It’s been my favorite stop out of all of them…I’ve been waiting forever for it to open.”

Dan Slort quipped that he is the “owner and dishwasher” of Strad Meadery. He first started in a location on 16th Street in Sacramento, but when he wanted to expand they just wouldn’t work with him to find suitable space in a timely manner. He talked with City Halls in a few different surrounding areas, but he said Rancho Cordova went out of its way to make it as easy as possible for him to get the space he needed. “Rancho Cordova City Hall has been awesome,” he said.

Each batch of mead is unique because it’s made from local Sacramento wildflower honey. “If you have allergies, drink two cups of mead every day for a year. And then after a year, you won’t have a job… I mean, allergies,” Slort joked.

Tony Drexel’s visit to Strad Meadery was long awaited and much anticipated; he had been calling for weeks to find out when the tasting room would be open. Drexel summed up his Barrel District Experience: “It’s been a fantastic adventure; very well organized and well executed.”

The inaugural Barrel District Experience was an extremely successful fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce and highlighted many local Rancho Cordova businesses. Kate and Mark Reuter enjoyed the Experience so much that they’re already planning to purchase pre-sale tickets for next year’s event as soon as they go on sale.

Shaun Bailey said, “It’s been a fantastic journey. Let’s experience it again with a time machine!”

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All Aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express

Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd  |  2018-10-31

The Pumpkin Patch Express pulls into the station, and riders retrieve their pumpkins.

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - At Sacramento Valley Live Steamers Railroad Museum (SVLSRM), a fully functioning railroad and steam engines are available for anyone to ride and enjoy. The main line is over 6,300 ft. and winds through trees, past water features, and over wooden trestles in a corner of Hagan Community Park in Rancho Cordova. The SVLSRM runs an annual Santa Train in December, but just started running a Pumpkin Patch Express train last year. The second year of this fundraising event was a great success, with many in attendance and long lines waiting for their turn to board the trains on October 6 and 7.

Andy Berchielli, SVLSRM president, said, “We had over 1,200 riders this weekend—a little more than 600 each day. During our normal run days we have about 200 riders. So these special events are always a big success for us. Our normal run schedule is the first weekend of the month from March to September with special events being the 4th of July, Pumpkin Train, and Santa Train.”

SVLSRM is a non-profit organization completely run by volunteers. “We all have different abilities that make the club what it is today.  From the machinist to the landscapers to those with a construction background and those that take care of us (feed us), we are one big family that enjoy sharing our hobby with those interested in trains and making this little piece of Rancho Cordova the best that it can be,” said Berchielli.

Stephanie Huntingdale, one of SVLSRM’s many volunteers, said, “We’re a 501(c)(3), so every donation goes back into the museum to repair tracks and engines…It’s really a labor of love.” They ran three trains for this year’s Pumpkin Patch Express, but Huntingdale said they wished they had four because so many people came out for the event and the wait times were longer than expected. Two of the trains are owned by the museum and one was brought in by a member of SVLSRM.

David Garner of Carmichael brought two-year old Charlie and four-year-old Jillian to the Pumpkin Patch Express. “Charlie is really into trains, so we wanted to do this to celebrate Halloween.”

“We’re having a great time here with the kids,” said Doug Foster, who came all the way from San Francisco to bring his kids to the event.

The mission of SVLSRM is to preserve the history, traditions, and lore of American steam railroading and nurture a love of trains in future generations. For more information, visit www.svlsrm.org.

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Rancho Cordova Library Has a Really Cool New Look

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2018-10-31

“Patrons have asked for Sunday hours for twenty years,” said Jill Stockinger, MLS, Library Supervisor

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Many changes greeted patrons who returned to the reopened and newly remodeled Rancho Cordova Library. The first change patrons who showed up Monday, October 1 noticed was that the library was open. Rancho Cordova Library joins several other county libraries offering Sunday and Monday service. The new hours will provide more opportunities for patrons to use and enjoy all the library has to offer, which is considerable. Every Sunday afternoon through November, Sakuramento Anime Society will present classic and modern anime movies.   

                “Patrons have asked for Sunday hours for twenty years,” said Jill Stockinger, MLS, Library Supervisor, who expects traffic and circulation to increase. Currently, she said, they are in the top five for circulation out of the 28 system-wide libraries. The top two, she added, had already been open six days a week.

                Patrons may find that some of their favorite materials have been moved. Biography has its own section as does urban fiction, graphic novels, and other genres, another feature Stockinger said patrons requested. Newspapers have their own shelves, and foreign language books have been alphabetized by language. The Friends of the Library book sale has moved to an alcove with better lighting, replaced by Lucky Day and new releases. The self-checkout has been relocated opposite the circulation desk and offers more privacy.               

                Gone are the brightly colored walls and mustard shelving. A hint of green colors the walls, and all shelves have been repainted oyster. Each book, CD, DVD, and other shelved materials were removed and reshelved during September’s month-long closure. Hard surface flooring replaces carpet in front of the high traffic circulation desk, which also sports new countertops and ergonomically correct workstations.

                “Staff is thrilled with the remodel and most patrons walking in love it,” said Stockinger.

                One new feature that excites Stockinger very much is the wheelchair accessible catalog station. A shelf slides out so that the wheelchair can fit under and patrons can access the catalog themselves instead of requiring staff assistance.

                Rancho Cordova Library is one of only three system-wide with “We Speak” communication tablets available for non-verbal or less-verbal patrons. It also boasts the only collection of Korean language newspapers and books that are donated by the Sacramento Valley Korean America Community. Children’s books include Russian, Spanish, Korean, and Braille. And the general DVD collection is a global smorgasbord featuring films in Swedish, Tagalog, Malaysian, Hungarian, and many others.

                Not all changes could be completed during the closure. A new Veterans Resource Station is being fitted to the space and will be installed when it arrives, she said, but it is currently open Tuesdays and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and staffed by trained volunteers and veterans. Quarterly meetings with staff from Congressman Ami Bera’s office help remove roadblocks for veterans and their families.

                 “We serve more vets than any other city in California,” said Stockinger.

                Volunteers are an asset in other areas and include Jesuit High students assisting elementary school students with homework, book shelvers, and Friends of the Library member who run the book sale and donate funds for new books and additional library programming.

                “We could not do all our programming without the Friends,” said Stockinger.

                The library’s calendar is filled with programming for just about every interest, but there’s a special emphasis on garden events like the monthly garden club for adults. The October program featured Judith Yisrael of The Yisrael Family Urban Farm who demonstrated how to make Swiss chard pesto and beet hummus. Teen librarian Susanna Wesenfeld hosts the monthly event and said she’s glad to be back at the library so she can return to the gardening programs with children and teens that take place in the Read & Feed Garden.

                Basil, tomato, eggplant, squash varieties, corn, and sunflowers are among the crops grown and harvested by young patrons.  Following story time, children and parents are invited to the vegetable garden for hands-on garden activities. Older kids, she said, attend garden lab where they learn vertical gardening and composting. Their first task, since the library had been closed for a month, was to remove dead plants and begin composting.

                Wesenfeld is launching an after school book club on October 17, a story walk on October for patrons to “follow and read story pages throughout the library and then go to the garden.” STEM activities, Minecraft, and Read to a Dog are some of the other programs she hosts. For additional information, visit: www.saclibrary.org. or www.saclibrary.org/Locations/Rancho-Cordova. If you’re going: 9845 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95827.

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Lancers Romp Riles Up Homecoming Crowd

Story by Daniel Mano, Photos by Rick Sloan  |  2018-10-31

Alvin Banks TD

Lancers Romp Riles Up Homecoming Crowd


RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - What better way to entertain a packed house on Homecoming night than with the 77-13 rout the Cordova High School football team performed October 5 against Florin.

The Lancers lit up the scoreboard behind an explosive offense (364 yards on 22 plays) and a clamp-down defense (only seven first downs allowed and five forced turnovers).

“It was nice to actually get all cylinders clicking,” Lancers head coach John McCoy said. “We haven’t done that until tonight. We were able to run the ball some games, we were able to throw the ball some games – but tonight we were able to do everything.”

The victory brings Cordova to 3-5 overall and 2-0 in Greater Sacramento League play.

“Coming into the game, we knew they were going to be short-handed. Our thing was, we wanted to play against ourselves, not the level of competition,” Cordova assistant coach Charlie Ruiz said. “We wanted to reach our potential. … We did what we were supposed to do.”

Johnele Sanders finished 7 for 8 passing with 194 yards and two touchdowns through the air to go with three scores on the ground.

Alvin Banks caught four passes for 105 yards, including a screen pass he transformed into a 58-yard touchdown.

"We caught them on a blitz,” Ruiz said of that play. “Johnele just floated it over the defenders hands, we got a great block on the outside and Alvin did what he does. It was awesome.”

Jaylen Jones scored on runs of 22 and 26 yards while Raymond Fite had a 30-yard touchdown jaunt.

Sanders had touchdown runs from 33, 5 and 7 yards – that last one on 4th-and-inches.

“I’m excited because our main guys – Jaylen, Ray, Alvin, Johnele, Jeremiah – had great games,” Ruiz said.

Defensively, the Lancers allowed just 174 yards while creating opportunities with turnovers.

Dashawn Bradley hauled in a pair of interceptions while Dumaurier Hackett and Kelton Stevens both forced fumbles.

Jeremiah Bankett and Fite each scooped up fumbles and rumbled to the house, with returns of 48 and 55 yards respectively, and Trevor Dix recovered another fumble.

Andrew Turner and Elijah Jenkins each had sacks and Ki Allen blocked a punt.

Cordova has a bye October 12 before hosting Natomas in league play October 19.

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