A Hole-In-One Charity for Kids

By Annika Darling  |  2016-04-20

Food is an essential building block, and in this case truly is a blessing, especially to a hungry child! Help feed the kids Friday, June 3rd, at the Charity Golf Tournament. Photo courtesy Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack is feeding the future of America, and needs your help! On Friday, June 3rd, they will be hosting a charity golf tournament.

The fun-filled benevolent event includes 18-holes of golf, a cart to zip around on and help you retrieve your ball when you hit that hole-in-one!, a lunch is included as well because every golf super star needs sustenance. Awards will be given — including a Hawaiian golf vacation for 2!, various surprises are waiting, and so is Doug Thomas!

Participates can meet Thomas (for those of you who live under a rock he is the rockin’ on-air host from 96.9 the Eagle), as well as MLB Greg Vaughn, and three time boxing champ Tony “the Tiger” Lopez. To find out what other once in a lifetime meeting opportunities will arise you’ll just have to come hit a few golf balls around.

If you like golf, and you like helping feeding children who would otherwise risk going hungry, then this event is perfect for you. Heck, it’s perfect for anyone with a giving heart.

Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. There are more than 20-million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, increased hospitalization, lower IQ, shorter attention spans, and lower academic achievement. Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, but Blessings in a Backpack wants to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, too.

Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding over 83,000 children 900 schools in 46 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership carried out in schools. They are feeding the future of America, one school at a time.

Food is an essential building block, and in this case truly is a blessing, especially to a hungry child!

Registration for the upcoming Charity Golf Tournament will close on May 18th, so don’t hesitate to sign up for this day of leisure and fundraising. Cost to attend this high-class charity event is only $100, better yet, bring three friends and get a foursome ticket for only $360. One ticket ($100) feeds one child on the weekends for one 38-week school year through the Blessings in a Backpack program. The results: nourished kids ready to learn.

To register visit www.BibSac.org or call (916) 213-5595. Sponsorships are available.

So mark your calendars for June 3rd to help feed the kids. Registration the day of the tournament begins at 7 a.m. and tee-off is at 8 a.m. See you there!

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Boating Scheduled to Resume at Pyramid Lake on May 2

Source: DWR Public Affairs Office  |  2016-04-28

Water Level Was Lowered to Allow Maintenance at Nearby Castaic Powerplant

Pyramid Lake’s water level will have risen enough following a planned drawdown over the past week that boating on the lake will resume on May 2, the Department of Water Resources announced today.

Boating was suspended on Friday April 22 as the water level was lowered to facilitate maintenance work at the nearby Castaic Powerplant. The drawdown lowered Pyramid Lake’s level from 2,571 feet to 2,563 feet and made the boat ramp unusable.

Boating was suspended to ensure boaters would not be left without an ability to remove their boats from the lake once the boat ramp became inoperable. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department cleared the lake of boats on April 22, and the ramp was barricaded and the boating concession closed.

Inflows from the State Water Project to Pyramid Lake have slowly increased the lake’s storage in the past week, and the boat ramp will be available for use once again on Monday morning.

Scheduled water deliveries to Southern California customers continued without interruption during the Castaic Powerplant work.

California has been dealing with the effects of drought for five years. To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visit Drought.CA.Gov. Every Californian should take steps to conserve water. Find out how at SaveOurWater.com.

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Did you know more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business? They create about two out of every three new jobs in the United States each year.

This is why they are recognized annually during National Small Business Week this year from May 1-7th hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Rancho Cordova is taking part by hosting two FREE events for its small business community and going social to promote outstanding businesses.

Get your business found on Google search and maps. Join our FREE Get Your Business on the Map workshop on Tuesday, May 3rd from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. Manage your business information as it appears across Google and learn about an easy-to-use tool called Google My Business. Continental breakfast will be provided, and please bring your laptop or tablet. Reserve your seat by visiting SelectRanchoCordova.org.

If you own a business or are considering starting one, there are many questions. And DATA is king! What business segments would be successful in my community? Is there enough demand for an additional location? What merchandise mix or menu items should I offer? How do I create marketing materials that resonate? Learn more in a FREE presentation from Buxton on Thursday, May 5th from Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. Light lunch will be provided. Reserve your seat by visiting SelectRanchoCordova.org.

Rancho Cordova’s Facebook page will highlight our businesses! Learn about local small businesses that are innovating and helping Rancho Cordova grow. LIKE our Facebook page at Facebook.com/RanchoCordova to receive all the latest news next week and throughout the year.

Businesses can also stay up-to-date on the latest in news, resources, and incentives by visiting SelectRanchoCordova.org. You can even schedule a business visit with one of our team members so we can meet your team, learn about your work, and find ways to partner.

Questions? Contact the City’s Economic Development Business Liaison Meghan Huber at mhuber@cityofranchocordova.org or (916) 851-8782.

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Breaking Ground at Heron Landing Park

Source: Cordova Recreation and Park District  |  2016-04-27

The groundbreaking ceremony was well attended and celebrated by community members and residents. Photo courtesy Cordova Recreation and Park District

Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 to mark the beginning of construction for Heron Landing Community Park.

“Do you hear that sound? That is the sound of progress,” said CRPD Board of Directors Chair Rick Sloan during his opening remarks and referring to the motor graders working in the background.

Heron Landing Park, located at Sunrise Blvd. and Justinian Way, will be the eighth community park in the district. The 20-plus acre park will feature various athletic fields and courts, two playgrounds, a splash park and shaded picnic areas. A community center is also scheduled to be built at a later date.

“The community has anticipated this park and has been very patient through this process,” said CRPD District Administrator Jim Rodems. “The District has turned the corner on the funding and is pleased to get this park accomplished for the community.”

CRPD held several community visioning workshops in 2013 as a key part of the design process. CRPD worked with HLA Landscape Architects to ensure the final design addressed the concerns and desires of the community. The park will be built by Olympic Land Construction and expects to complete the park in spring 2017, dependent on weather conditions.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by community members and local residents, as well as CRPD Board members and local dignitaries including Rancho Cordova City Councilmember Linda Budge and Jonathan Glatz of the Office of Assemblyman Ken Cooley.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my fellow Board members and CRPD staff,” said Sloan. “This is a long awaited step towards completion of what will truly be a magnificent addition to the community.”

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Lady Lancers Outhit by Opponents

By Mike Bush  |  2016-04-27

Making the throw for the out is Cordova infielder Sierra Reyes. Photo by Rick Sloan

To close out the second half of Sierra Valley Conference action on Monday, the Cordova High School softball team played at rival Rosemont.

One of the Lady Lancers’ big hits in the game was a home run off the bat of Mason Pittaro in the sixth inning. But that came after the host Wolverines did their damage that led to a 7-2 victory.

Cordova (4-5 in the SVC, 8-10 overall) had four hits in the game. But Rosemont finished with 10.

“We couldn’t match up against Rosemont (on Monday),” said Cordova head coach Tracy Cole, whose Lancers defeated the Wolverines 8-3 on April 13th.

Rosemont, which is battling Cordova for the conference’s third and final playoff spot, scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning. The last two runs came in the bottom of the fifth, prior to Pittaro’s blast.

Other Cordova hitters contributing in Monday’s game in Sacramento were Traci Mahony, Kai’lee Cole and Samantha Lutman, all of whom had one hit each.

Going into Wednesday’s road game at Galt, the Lancers are in fourth place but one game behind the Wolverines for the final playoff spot. The SVC sends three teams into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs that start next month. Union Mine sits in first place at 10-0 and Liberty Ranch is second at 6-3.

Cordova has six games left, including a make-up game against El Dorado that was postponed due to rain. Tracy Cole estimated that his team needs to win four of the six games, if not all, to secure the final playoff spot.

“We just got to get (the wins),” Cole said.

Union Mine 11, Cordova 1

In an SVC home game on April 20th, the visiting Diamondbacks banged out 16 hits against the Lady Lancers, who had only five. Union Mine also benefited from three Cordova errors.

At the plate, the Lancers, who scored their only run in the bottom of the third inning when Union Mine led 4-0, were led by Pittaro, who had two of the team’s hits. One of her hits was a double. Kai’lee Cole and Vanessa Cain, along with Lancer teammate Nikki Jones, had one hit each.

Four of the D’backs’ hits came off the bat of Shyanne Winje. In the circle, Union Mine pitcher Beth Hammer struck out five Lancer batters.

After Wednesday’s road game at Galt, Cordova will host Liberty Ranch today, Friday. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The third meeting between Cordova and El Dorado is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4th in Placerville. Game time is also scheduled for 4 p.m. According to Tracy Cole, no date has been set for the make-up game.

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Cordova Baseball Suffers Tough Losses

By Mike Bush  |  2016-04-27

Cordova pitcher Austin Smith goes into his wind-up in last week’s home game against Galt. Photo by Rick Sloan

At the start of last week, the Cordova High School baseball team was in the thick of the race to grab one of the Sierra Valley Conference’s three playoff spots.

The Lancers had won three of their last five games. That included wins over defending SVC champion El Dorado, Union Mine and Galt.

But on Tuesday, the Lancers lost a 13-2 game to Liberty Ranch on the Hawks’ field in Galt. Cordova (5-7 in the SVC, 6-11-1 overall) has lost its last two conference games.

Tuesday’s loss now puts Cordova in fourth place, one game back behind Liberty Ranch and Rosemont, which are tied for third place at 6-6 each. Union Mine sits in first place while El Dorado is in second, just one game behind.

Galt 5, Cordova 0

In an April 21st home game, the Lancers had only three hits; one each from Austin Smith, Nick Ravareau and Jeremy Buck.

“Plain and simple – they beat us,” said Cordova head coach Doug Hughes. “Galt got the timely hits when they needed them.”

The Warriors had 10 hits in the game. They scored two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and the final two in their last at-bat.

Yesterday, Thursday, Cordova continued SVC action with the third and final meeting at Liberty Ranch. Next Tuesday, May 3rd, the Lancers host Rosemont. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.


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Developing and Engaging Leaders

Source: Leadership Rancho Cordova  |  2016-04-26

Recruitment is currently under way for Leadership Rancho Cordova (LRC) next class of leaders, and deadline for applications is July 31st. Photo courtesy Leadership Rancho Cordova

Leadership Rancho Cordova (LRC) launches a new class on a year-long exploration of our city this fall, and the search is on for eager participants.

In the spirit of developing community leaders the program, offered by the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, enters it eleventh year and now boasts more than 150 alumni — many currently serving in community leadership roles throughout the city and region.

The next class of approximately 25 will be selected to represent a broad mix of backgrounds, ages, ethnicities and employment — a key ingredient to a successful leadership program, said Rachele Burton, chair of the program’s governing board.

“Community leadership and engagement can be complex, and we want to encourage and support a pool of local people who have taken the time to dig deep and study the many layers of Rancho Cordova.” she added.

Class XI begins in October with a kick-off reception at City Hall, followed by a two-day retreat up in Tahoe to immerse themselves in leadership fundamentals and begin the process of team-building.

In November, the class begins monthly “modules” and explores topics such as the state of volunteerism, local government, arts and culture, education, land use and economic development, recreation and tourism and public safety in Rancho Cordova, along with leadership lessons that pertain to each sector.

The group will also develop and execute a class project — the signature of their class. Past class projects have included the development of the Rancho Cordova International Festival (now “iFest”), a photographic history of Rancho Cordova, a summer family film series and refurbishing the dog park at Hagen Park.

The class is not free and does require time commitments for modules, project development and execution.  But organizers believe the effort is worthwhile.

“LRC provides graduates who make a difference in the economic health and quality of life in our community through active community engagement,” said Diann Rogers, CEO and President of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce. “Leadership Rancho Cordova provides graduates with the tools necessary to be an effective leader in their community, business or elected office.”

Leadership graduates agree.

“LRC is a wonderful experience for those who want to get connected with the community and learn how to make a phenomenal difference in the lives of the citizens in Rancho Cordova” said Laurel Bane, alumnus of the program — Class XIII. “If you want to make an impact and have fun doing it, this program is for you.”

Recruitment is currently under way, and deadline for applications is July 31st.

For more information about Leadership Rancho Cordova, visit www.RanchoCordova.org. Call (916) 273-5700. Or you can email them at Leadership@RanchoCordova.org.

The mission of the Leadership Rancho Cordova program is to develop community leaders, activists, visionaries and advocates dedicated to the future of Rancho Cordova through all levels of community engagement.

Their purpose is to develop and engage leaders committed to making a difference in Rancho Cordova.

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Softball Team Drops Two One-Run Games At Los Medanos, Golfers Take Second At Home Tournament

Source: Folsom Lake College  |  2016-04-26

Mason Troike shot 73 to earn low medalist honors. Photo courtesy Folsom Lake College

Softball. The FLC softball team kept coming back against Los Medanos, but ultimately lost a pair of one-run games on Tuesday afternoon in Pittsburg.  In game one went into extra innings with the two teams were tied 9-9 after seven innings. The Falcons scored one in the eighth, only to be matched by the Mustangs in their half of the inning. In the ninth, the Falcons again put the go-ahead run on the board to take a 11-10 lead, but Los Medanos responded with two in the bottom half to win 12-11. The Falcon offense was clicking as three players (Abbie Strickland, Brooke Stacy, and Lizzy Bond) collected three hits apiece, while Bree Martinez went 5-for-5. In game two, the Falcons were down 2-0 when they took advantage of Mustang errors to score five runs in the fourth inning. The 5-2 lead wouldn’t last as Los Medanos chipped away, eventually winning the game with a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, 6-5.  The Falcons will play their final home games of the season today at Falcon Diamond when they host Bay Valley Conference leader Solano College in a doubleheader starting at 1:00 pm.

Men’s Golf

The Falcons hoped to clinch the Big 8 title in yesterday’s tournament #14, but Santa Rosa prevented a celebration by defeating FLC by five strokes (381-386).  Freshman Mason Troike earned low medalist with his 1-over par 73, but he didn’t get enough help as Santa Rosa had all six golfers shoot 78 or better. With just two tournaments remaining, the Falcons still hold a six point lead over the BearCubs.


The FLC baseball team recorded another victory yesterday, this time winning 6-5 in 10 innings at Mendocino College in Ukiah. The Falcons took an early 2-0 lead on Nick Schumacher’s first-inning double to right field, then extended their lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning when Greg Vaughn drove in a run with a double to left-center and scored on an error. Schumacher’s fifth inning leadoff home run put the Falcons ahead 5-2, but the Eagles battled back with three runs in their half of the inning to tie the game at 5. Neither team managed to score through the final four innings, but in the 10th Vaughn struck again. His second double of the game scored Nicola Mislinski, who had drawn a two-out walk, all the way from first base with the winning run. Sophomore lefty Kendall Menard earned the win in relief after taking over in the fifth inning and pitching 4 -2/3 scoreless innings.

The Falcons improved to 16-5 in BVC play (21-12 overall), but remain in third place as both Laney and Los Medanos won yesterday. They’ll play at Contra Costa tomorrow (Saturday), then finish the regular season next week at Laney on Tuesday and at Napa on Thursday.


The men and women opened state championship tournament play at Ojai on Thursday with mixed results.  For the men, Sean Alves (seeded #3 North) had a first round bye, then won his next two matches (against San Diego City and Cerritos) to reach the final 16.  His next match will be Friday afternoon against south #8 seed from Irvine Valley. Shawn Morgan (unseeded) lost his opening round match in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6. The doubles team of Morgan/ Praj Ta won their first match (vs Grossmont) 6-3, 6-4 before losing to south #7 seed Saddleback, 1-6, 3-6.  The team of Kevin Conley /Francisco Garcia lost to south #9 seed Riverside 2-6, 2-6.

On the women’s side, Hannah Crookham won her opening match (vs Antelope valley) by default, then lost to south #3 seed Orange Coast 1-6, 0-6. Sophie Taber lost to El Camino 0-6, 2-6, and Anjelica Frank defeated San Diego Mesa 6-4, 6-0 before losing to north #5 Fresno City 0-6, 1-6. In doubles, the team of Crookham/Taber lost a grueling three-set match to Grossmont 6-1, 2-6, 11-13. Michelle Doyle/Reneer Balingit lost to #10 south Riverside 0-6, 1-6, and Anjelica/Arielle Frank lost a close match to Santa Barbara, 4-6, 4-6.

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Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week is organized annually to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees.

The City of Rancho Cordova partners with many public service agencies each day to ensure Rancho Cordova continues to be a safe, inviting, and vibrant community valuing diversity, opportunity, fun, and partnerships.

Government employees support businesses and strengthen our economy, promote student achievement, and ensure equal access to quality education, provide public safety, and tackle the most important challenges facing our country and local communities.

On behalf of the Rancho Cordova City Council and City staff, they would like to say thank you to their partners:

Rancho Cordova Police Department

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

Folsom Cordova Unified School District

Sacramento City Unified School District

Elk Grove Unified School District

Los Rios Community College District and Rancho Cordova Center of Folsom Lake College

Sacramento Public Library

VA Northern California Health Care System

Cordova Recreation and Park District

Sacramento Regional Transit District

County of Sacramento

State of California

Congressman Ami Bera

Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Senator Jim Nielsen

Senator Tom Berryhill

Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli

Have you thought about a career in public service? The City has many opportunities to do meaningful work to grow and support Rancho Cordova. Visit www.CityOfRanchoCordova.org to learn about current job openings, their benefits, and why they stand out. Plus, check out their Job Descriptions page to sign up for alerts on jobs you’re interested in.

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Each year, the IRS mails millions of notices and letters to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. If you receive correspondence from them:

Don’t panic. You can usually deal with a notice simply by responding to it.

Most IRS notices are about federal tax returns or tax accounts. Each notice has specific instructions, so read your notice carefully because it will tell you what you need to do.

Your notice will likely be about changes to your account, taxes you owe or a payment request. However, your notice may ask you for more information about a specific issue.

If your notice says that the IRS changed or corrected your tax return, review the information and compare it with your original return.

If you agree with the notice, you usually don’t need to reply unless it gives you other instructions or you need to make a payment.

If you don’t agree with the notice, you need to respond. Write a letter that explains why you disagree, and include information and documents you want the IRS to consider. Mail your response with the contact stub at the bottom of the notice to the address on the contact stub. Allow at least 30 days for a response.

For most notices, you won’t need to call or visit a walk-in center. If you have questions, call the phone number in the upper right-hand corner of the notice. Be sure to have a copy of your tax return and the notice with you when you call.

Always keep copies of any notices you receive with your tax records.

Be alert for tax scams. The IRS sends letters and notices by mail. They don’t contact people by email or social media to ask for personal or financial information. If you owe tax, you have several payment options. The IRS won’t demand that you pay a certain way, such as prepaid debit or credit card.

For more on this topic, visit www.IRS.gov. Click on the link ‘Responding to a Notice’ at the bottom center of the home page. Also, see Publication 594, The IRS Collection Process. You can get it on www.IRS.gov/forms at any time.

If you need to make a payment visit www.IRS.gov/payments or use the IRS2Go app to make payment with Direct Pay for free, or by debit or credit card through an approved payment processor for a fee.

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them on www.IRS.gov.

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