Library Recognized as Finalists

Sacramento County  |  2017-03-22

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that Sacramento Public Library is among the 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 23 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities.

“The 2017 National Medal Finalists represent the leading museums and libraries that serve as catalysts for change in their communities,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “It is our honor to recognize 30 notable institutions for their commitment to providing programs and services that improve the lives of individuals, families and communities. We salute them and their valuable work in providing educational opportunities to their community and celebrate the power libraries and museums can have across the country.”

Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who visited Sacramento Public Library to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story and learn more about how these institutions make an impact, please visit

The National Medal winners will be announced later this spring. The representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony.

To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit

Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Sanctuary State Puts Californians in Harm’s Way

From the Office of Senator Jim Nielsen  |  2017-03-22

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama)

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Along partisan lines, Senate Democrats passed two legislative proposals that would make California a safe haven for convicted felons who are in the country illegally and provide free legal service for them.
Former chairman of California’s state parole board, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), and sheriffs across the state denounced the Democrat-controlled legislature’s actions.
“How many more lives have to be harmed before Sacramento politicians wake up and realize these policies are dangerous for our communities?” said Senator Nielsen. Nielsen represents the families of two sheriff’s deputies killed in the line of duty by a convicted criminal who was deported twice for committing several crimes, for membership in a drug cartel, and for entering the country illegally. “This is not about immigration; this is about enabling criminal behavior and activity that endangers our citizens.” 
The California State Sheriffs’ Association stated in their letter to the author, “This bill creates a severe public safety problem.”
Specifically, Senate Bill 54 (De León), is a legislative proposal that would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies, school police and security departments from sharing information about criminals with federal officials.
The second measure Senate Bill 6 (Hueso) would provide free legal services to arrested individuals. SB 6 takes general fund monies from programs like scholarships for college students to give to organizations to defend criminals.
“California leaders must protect the safety of our citizens from convicted felons who are here illegally – not hire lawyers for them,” said Senator Nielsen.
To contact Senator Nielsen, please call him at 916.651.4004, or via email at

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River Cats take on San Jose Giants at Raley Field

Source: Sacramento River Cats  |  2017-03-22

The Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce a cross-level scrimmage against the San Jose Giants, the class-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The two teams will go head-to-head in a scrimmage at Raley Field on Wednesday, April 5, just one day before Sacramento’s Opening Day. Tickets for the game start at just $5 and are available now at

This pre-season scrimmage is an extension of Spring Training and is likely to feature many of San Francisco’s top prospects. Christian Arroyo and Tyler Beede – the system’s top two prospects – are expected to take the field for the River Cats while 2016 first-round pick Bryan Reynolds (No. 4 prospect) may start for the San Jose squad.  Other prospects likely to be involved in the game include Joan Gregorio (No. 7), Jalen Miller (No. 15), Heath Quinn (No. 17), and Sacramento fan-favorite Austin Slater (No. 22).

First pitch on Wednesday, April 5 at Raley Field is set for 6:05 pm. Gates for the game will open at 5:00 pm with parking lots to open at 4:30 pm. Parking will be $5.

General admission tickets start at just $5. There will be a $10 ticket option which includes a general admission ticket, a hot dog, chips, and a soda. Tickets can be purchased online at

All River Cats season ticket members will have tickets to the exhibition game included with their plan. For more information please email or call (916) 376-HITS (4487).

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College Promise Program Applications Due

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2017-03-22

Thanks to the first-in-the-region Folsom Lake College/Rancho Cordova College Promise Program, more students in our community will be able to pursue a higher education. Rancho Cordova residents graduating from high school in 2017 will have the opportunity to attend their first year of Folsom Lake College completely fee-free.

Applications must be completed by March 31, 2017 to receive funding. Students must also be a current resident of Rancho Cordova, graduate from high school or receive a GED during the 2016-17 academic year, and plan to enroll at Folsom Lake College full-time for the Fall 2017 semester. All students who meet these qualifications, regardless of their high school GPA or income, and complete the online Promise Program application by the deadline will receive funding for their first semester at any of the three Folsom Lake College campuses.

“The Folsom Lake College/Rancho Cordova Promise Program has already received over 125 eligible applications for this incredible program,” said Mayor Donald Terry. “We are thrilled to be able to make such a positive impact in the lives of Rancho Cordova students.”

The $100,000 funding for this innovative program was provided by the City of Rancho Cordova through its Community Enhancement Fund, along with a gift from Dignity Health. This is the first Promise Program in the Sacramento region.

For more information and to apply, visit

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Fox News Says “Tag, You’re Not It” as FCUSD Bans “Tag” on Campus

By Shelly Lembke  |  2017-03-22

The game of “tag” has been played by generations of school children, but several weeks ago Gold Ridge Elementary in Folsom was forced to institute a ban on the game. The story was quickly picked up by national television outlet Fox News, garnering some serious air time and adding fuel to the controversy.

The decision by the school has also met with mixed reviews from parents, students and the public. Gold Ridge is part of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) and the somewhat isolated event involved a particular group of students behaving too rough to be considered safe.

“Earlier this month, students at Gold Ridge Elementary in Folsom were playing ‘tag’ and other physical games at recess, and school staff members felt there was too much pushing, shoving, fighting and kids getting hurt – issues that continued to create challenges when the students returned to the classroom, interfering with learning time,” responded FCUSD spokesperson Daniel Thigpen. “In response, the principal (David Frankel) told students to stop playing ‘tag’ and touch football during recess. School administrators routinely place rules on activities like recess to address specific behavior problems.”

According to Thigpen, Folsom Cordova Unified School District Director of Communications and Community Engagement, the issues were not limited to the playground. The disruptive behavior also found its way into the classroom. “Teachers were concerned that it was becoming more difficult to get students focused, settled down, and ready to learn,” he said.

Thigpen was quick to point out that there is no district-wide ban on the game of “tag,” adding that students at other FCUSD schools, such as Peter J. Shields play rugby. “The principal subsequently e-mailed four parents that their children had received warnings for playing too rough during recess, a message that was later posted to social media.”

The “tag” ban, at this time, is not permanent. The only other on-campus game that is currently banned is touch football. “The action at Gold Ridge Elementary has no impact on other Folsom Cordova schools, and there is no ban on the game of ‘tag’ in our school district,” Thigpen concluded.

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City of Rancho Cordova Seeking Volunteers

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2017-03-22

The City of Rancho Cordova's Neighborhood Services department is seeking volunteers to assist in various tasks in the community. Neighborhood Services focuses on preserving and revitalizing Rancho Cordova neighborhoods and helping residents access City services and programs through their three divisions: Animal Services, Code Enforcement, and Volunteers in Neighborhood Services (VINS). They are seeking individuals to volunteer two days a week for 3 - 4 hours each day. Individuals should: Be able to communicate clearly; Have a clean driving record, as well as a vehicle; Have basic computer skills; Be knowledgeable about the Rancho Cordova area.

Tasks would include posting notices in the community, data entry, and preparing for large mailings.

“Keeping Rancho Cordova the beautiful city it is takes the effort of an entire community,” said Kerry Simpson, Neighborhood Services Manager. “Residents, volunteers, and public employees all come together to help maintain and improve the quality of life for everyone here.”

If you are interested in becoming part of the Neighborhood Services volunteer team, contact Lorianne Ulm at lulm@cityofranchocordova or at (916) 851-8755.

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Orrock Gives Update on Oroville Dam and Water Situation

Story and Photo by Margaret Snider  |  2017-03-22

California Water Commission Information Officer Chris Orrock gestures in front of screen view of the Oroville Dam emergency spillway as it appeared in February.

At the Rancho Cordova March Luncheon on March 17 Diann Rogers, president and CEO of the Rancho Chamber, introduced Chris Orrock. “Chris and I and his lovely wife Michelle go way back,” said Rogers. “He had a front row seat for the big show up in Oroville a few weeks back.”

On February 12 Orrock, who is public information officer for the California Water Commission and Department of Water Resources, was in Oroville on the Sunday shift and was getting ready to go home when a member of the staff ran up to say something was wrong. “In five minutes a massive amount of people on their cell phones were running toward me,” Orrock said.

Orrock was trying to decide who he needed to talk to and what he needed to do, when an official told him that they had two minutes to leave. “So we take off,” Orrock said. “Meanwhile, as we pull out on the road, the Sheriff issued the evacuation order. All of a sudden the roads are jammed.” Without even a change of clothing, Orrock began his 12-day stint working 19-hour days in Oroville, collecting information and keeping the media and public informed.

The heavy rains had raised the level of Oroville Dam to such a degree that the water was flowing over the emergency spillway. Though the spillway was created for that purpose, it had not ever had to be used since being built in 1968. The problem started as a small hole that began to erode and enlarge. “The worry we had,” Orrock said, “is that erosion was working so fast, if it would have come up... it could have caused its collapse, which would start a domino effect down the line, and have an uncontrolled release of a 30-foot to an 85-foot wall of water coming down the stream into the neighborhood.”

With the help of Cal Fire and many others, the situation came under control, and the evacuation ended. Nevertheless, the reconstruction and repair will continue for months. “Nothing like this has ever happened at any dam in the world,” Orrock said. “We’re learning as we go.” The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Energy Regulation Commission, and numerous other government and nongovernment entities are helping on the project.

Orrock had something to say about the status of the drought, as well. “Just because we get a lot of rain now, doesn’t mean the drought is over,” Orrock said. A big factor still contributing to drought in California is the shortage of groundwater. This has caused the ground to sink, illustrated by the Big Sur bridge and other bridges in the San Joaquin Valley. “The pillars actually no longer touch the bridge, and that’s because of what’s called subsidence,” Orrock said. “... Groundwater is so depleted that it will take years to renew, even if rains continue at the same high rates.” The good news is that there are near record levels of snowpack. “Snowpack is 30% of our total water usage in California.”

Proposition 1, a water bond, was passed in 2014 and provides 2.7 billion dollars for public benefits associated with water storage projects. “It’s not a grant program... it’s an investment program,” Orrock said. “We want to make sure that the residents of California get something back for giving this money to us.”

A vital part of Proposition 1 is above-ground storage. “The majority party didn’t want it,” Orrock said. “The minority party, the Republicans, wanted to continue to try to get some more above-ground storage. So we’re hoping that we’ll get a wide variety of people applying and be able to get most of the groundwater recharged and some above-ground storage.”

American River Brewing Company was the Magic Maker sponsor for this month’s luncheon, appropriately since water is very important to their business. Owner David Mathis provided table decorations of two types of beer, their newest cans, which guests could take home. “Our water comes from Golden State Water, local to Rancho Cordova, and is actually Sierra runoff, so the water is very, very pure,” Mathis said.

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Team Works to Beautify Cordova Village

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2017-03-22

Photo courtesy City of Rancho Cordova

Mayor Donald Terry, along with volunteers from the City of Rancho Cordova, Republic Services, Rancho Cordova Police Activities League (PAL), Cordova High School Lancers football, and Volunteers in Neighborhood Services (VINS), worked together recently to beautify the Cordova Villa neighborhood by hosting a neighborhood clean-up. Many households participated by placing debris and trash outside on the curb for collection. Every year, the City of Rancho Cordova and Republic Services come together to host a neighborhood clean-up in the community.

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Rancho Cordova Little League Holds Opening Day

All Photos courtesy Rick Sloan  |  2017-03-22

The Cubs are excited about getting the season started.

On March 11th, Rancho Cordova Little League kicked off with its Opening Day Ceremony that began at 8 a.m., with players and coaches meeting for the early morning parade and following festivities.

The Boy Scouts conducted the Color Guard ceremonies.  The event also featured a face painting booth, a group photo booth, two Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Trucks, and a DJ playing great music.

“Dinger” of the Sacramento River Cats was the special guest, high-fiving players, coaches and families in attendance.

For more information visit

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New League but Same Division for CHS Athletics

By Mike Bush  |  2017-03-22

Come summer 2018, the Cordova High School athletic program will experience changes.

That is when the Lancers say good-bye to their home of Sierra Valley Conference of the last four years, and hello to a new league that requires less traveling.

During the fifth and final meeting of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s league realignment held at The Reserve at the Spanos Park in Stockton, the section’s league realignment committee voted in favor of changes for the next four-year cycle that runs from summer 2018 through spring 2022.

Part of that change includes Cordova moving to a new Division IV league, which its name has yet to be determined. Joining Cordova as part of the new six school league are Florin, Valley, Johnson and West Campus, all of Sacramento, and Natomas. Currently, Florin, Valley and Johnson are part of the Metro Conference, D-II, and West Campus and Natomas in the Golden Empire League, D-IV.

“Cordova welcomes the opportunity to compete with schools in the new league,” said Cordova Athletic Director Tom Pena. “While we will miss the tradition of competing in the SVC, we are excited to play closer to home and reduce the travel time our students must sometimes endure during league play.”

Cordova and the current SVC, which is currently D-IV will under the new league realignment proposal will drop to D-V, includes El Dorado, Galt, Liberty Ranch, Rosemont and Union Mine. El Dorado is in Placerville and Union Mine is in El Dorado, just outside of Placerville.

Taking Cordova’s place in the SVC is Bradshaw Christian of Elk Grove, which is currently in Sierra Delta League, D-VI.

According to Will De Board, director of communications for the section, ballots have been sent out to all 192 schools in the section to vote on the changes that range from high schools in Yuba City to the Merced areas.

The section’s Board of Managers and league officials will cast their votes of the changes at the next BOM meeting, which is scheduled to meet Wednesday, April 5th, also at The Reserve. Time for the meeting has not been determined, according to the section’s website,

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