Keeping Promises to Our Veterans

By Paul Scholl  |  2018-04-20

Many of the leaders of the project, along with city officials, joined together to break ground on the next phases of Veterans Village. Photo by Paul Scholl

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Some days just make you really proud to be a part of something bigger. On April 10, Veterans Village took another big step forward toward completion. With the groundbreaking ceremony, Phases II and III were officially launched for the project aimed at housing more of our nation’s veterans.

Through really tough economic times of the last eight years, the project saw many limitations and obstacles. The people who had the vision and the understanding of the desperate need for it to become reality forged ahead. They found new partners who could help make it happen.

California has 10% of the US veteran population. It also has 29% of the homeless veteran population. It was stated that there are approximately 450 homeless veterans in our immediate region. Veterans Village, when completed, will house 146 veterans.

Most of the people and organizations that have played a part in the creation, concept and construction of the project attended the ceremony.  You could see the pride on their faces and hear it in their conversations.

For more information on this story, please see the special release on the back page. You will also find a list of the organizations and the amazing array of partners who have been vital to its success. Be sure to thank them.

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A Clean Sweep for Creeks

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-04-20

Sacramento County youth organizations rallied to clean up waterways during Creek Week. Girl Scout Troops 333 (Antelope) and 890 (Foothill Farms) celebrated a job well done during festivities at Carmichael park.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A party celebrating Creek Week caused a big splash – and vital lessons in water conservation – last weekend at Carmichael Park.

Many sponsoring agencies sent an unfiltered message: everyone must do their bit to save and protect water. Early that morning, 2,000 volunteers from youth and neighborhood groups formed an army to scour 85 locations.  Creeks from the Delta to Folsom and from Elk Grove to Antelope benefited from the clean-up.

Four work areas within the Rancho Cordova community yielded 1,420 pounds of trash. City biologists also conducted a nature walk along the recently-restored banks of Cordova Creek.  The tour celebrated revitalization of a formerly barren channel; Cordova Creek Naturalization Project replaced decades-old concrete creek lining with tons of river rock. Achieved in partnership between city, Sacramento County and the non-profit Water Forum, the three-mile effort has recreated 10 acres of vegetated habitat.

Now 28 years old, Sacramento County’s Creek Week program aims to refresh dozens of waterways by removing garbage and invasive plants. The annual volunteer work force is swelled by the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps, whose members recycle dumped rubber tires.

Beyond tires, mattresses and shopping carts, the 2018 junk-hunt gleaned many tons of smaller stuff alien to healthy arteries.  Sacramento Area Creeks Council President Alta Tura noted that high waters from recent rains washed much trash downstream into river flows.  “At the same time, more garbage entered our creeks and was trapped by vegetation,” she said. “Cigarette butts, plastic straws and fast food packaging are more damaging to wildlife than big stuff. Animals ingest plastic and can end up starving to death. Waterfowl can become entangled in discarded fishing lines. There’s no place in our waterways for plastic in any form, yet thousands of plastic items were among the tons of junk we bagged. The volunteers did a stellar job.”

At Carmichael Park, rewards for the weary army included clean tee shirts and hot dogs dished up by Carmichael Chamber of Commerce and Mission Oaks Park District volunteers.  “The party celebrates everyone’s hard work,” said Tura.  “It also teaches people about nature; how to save water and be better stewards of our environment.”

Learn more about the annual creek cleanup at

To report illegally dumped tires to the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps, call (916) 792-0429.

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Cordova Softball Shuts Out Union Mine

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-04-20

Sophomore pitcher Alexis Wygand is 5-6 with a 4.58 ERA for the Lancers this season. Photo by Rick Sloan

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - For the second day in a row the Lancers defeated an overmatched Union Mine team, shutting them out 8-0. A day prior, Cordova knocked out 23 hits in route to a 15-1 victory over the Diamondbacks to take game one of the series in dominant fashion.

Cordova (5-6, 2-4) kept those hot bats rolling in game two, led by a pair of hits from Cassie Rucker, Emika Love and Erica Jackson. The freshman Jackson also knocked in two RBIs on the day. Rucker and Love lead the team in hitting with .533 and .429 batting averages, respectively.

Sophomore Alexis Wygand threw a complete game shutout for the Lancers, allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out four along the way. She pitched a complete game and allowed only one run the day before, stifling the Diamondbacks two days in a row.

Ahead for the Lancers is a matchup with Vista del Lago on Friday, April 20. First pitch is at 7pm under the lights at Folsom Lake College. They follow that up with a double-header in Galt on Tuesday, April 24. Game one is set for a 1pm first pitch.

The Lancers currently sit in third place of the Sierra Valley Conference standings behind Liberty Ranch and Rosemont. Union Mine resides at the bottom of the pack with just a 1-6 record overall.

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CRPD 60th Anniversary Honored at Fine Art Exhibit

By Margaret Snider  |  2018-04-20

Photographer Rick Sloan is shown with some of his numerous photos of Rancho Cordova events in the fine arts exhibit honoring the Cordova Recreation and Park Districts 60th anniversary. Photo by Jose Lopez

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The theme of this quarter’s Rancho Cordova fine arts exhibit is “In the Park.” The exhibit, to be displayed at Rancho Cordova City Hall through July 28, honors the 60th Anniversary of the Cordova Recreation and Park District.  Artists and art lovers attended the reception on April 12 to see 53 works by 31 artists.  Many of those chosen to be in the juried show have already had art works selected many times since the program started in 2012.  This has provided an opportunity for the public to see the artists’ talents emerge and evolve over a period of time. The show is put on by Rancho Cordova Arts and sponsored by the Cordova Community Council.

One of the frequent contributors is photographer Rick Sloan, who also is on the board of directors of CRPD.  “I’m an artist, a graphic designer, a photographer, and a park board director all rolled up into one,” Sloan said.  Sloan provided some of his images of Rancho Cordova events for a special display on the walls of the upper floor at City Hall, and the community council had them enlarged onto canvas.  “The City of Rancho Cordova has become such a great stage,” Sloan said.  “I put myself into the experience.  I zoom in and try to feel what it’s like to be dancing or singing on stage, playing a tuba in a parade on a hot summer day, running with a football.”  Sloan also created the logo in use to celebrate CRPD’s 60th anniversary. 

Artist Ron Hall is another long term participant who has paintings in this exhibit.  “I’m constantly trying to see and try new things and stretch outside my comfort zone,” Hall said.   

Marsha Mason used a different technique for her watercolor, “First Glance,” that requires the artist to “pour” different colors onto the page.  “Every time you pour, you have to let it dry,” Mason said.  “After trying that technique I decided it takes too long – I’m impatient.”  Mason is working on a sculpture for the next show.  In June Mason will take her place as president of Rancho Cordova Arts and Ron Hall will become vice president. 

Not all of the artists in this show have been around long term.  Autra Oliver is a relative newcomer both to Rancho Cordova and to art.  She works mostly in acrylics, and has two works in this show.  “I thought at first that I was going to be doing more fantasy art,” Oliver said. “But I find that I’m doing more nature art.  I love flowers.” With her younger child about to reach her first birthday, Oliver is planning to get out more and meet other local artists. 

The juror for this exhibit of fine art by Rancho Cordova artists is Corey Okada, who grew up in Rancho Cordova and attended Cordova High School.  His work has been shown extensively locally and regionally and has appeared in the Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition. He won the best of show award at the 2017 KVIE art auction.

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Investment Supports Local Economy and Businesses

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rancho Cordova City Council voted to invest $5 million each into Five Star Bank and American River Bank in connection with the Responsible Investment for a Stronger Economy (RISE) initiative.

“The decision to invest millions in local banks underscores the City of Rancho Cordova’s commitment to supporting our local economy and businesses,” says Mayor of Rancho Cordova, Linda Budge. “The RISE program is built on the strong presence of local banks in the community, which have been beneficial for the City’s economic growth and development, while also meeting the individual needs of our residents.”

The decision was made after Region Finance, a trade association of Sacramento Region Business Association which is comprised of community banks, reached out to ask that the City of Rancho Cordova adopt RISE as a new tool for economic growth and business expansion.

“We applaud the City of Rancho Cordova for choosing to help our economy RISE and thank the City Council for its leadership,” said Josh Wood, CEO of Sacramento Region Business Association.  “RISE is a groundbreaking yet simple policy where local governments redirect their funds to local banks who are dedicated to investing those funds to grow small businesses in our community.”

It is the intention of the RISE program to:

·         Pay an attractive interest/earnings rate that will be tied to the most recently published Local Agency Investment Fund (LAIF) monthly interest earnings rate.

·         Lend no less than 50 percent of City funds on deposit to small and medium businesses in the City of Rancho Cordova.

·         Provide streamlined, local underwriting for businesses working with RISE

·         Promote the City as a leader in the Sacramento region’s community bank RISE initiative.

·         Promote the Community Bank/City partnership through RISE and when possible publicize loans made with City funds.

James Beckwith, President and CEO of Five Star Bank, said, “We are excited to partner with the City of Rancho Cordova in the RISE initiative and look forward to the economic development that will result from the City’s investment.  We expect funds invested in RISE to enhance and serve Rancho Cordova in many ways, including job growth, housing and services to local residents.” 

“As a bank headquartered in Rancho Cordova, we are honored to be one of the inaugural partners in the RISE program,” said David E. Ritchie, Jr., President and CEO of American River Bank. “Investment in our local economy is the cornerstone of our mission as a community bank and RISE aligns with our ongoing commitment to serving local business.”

In order to be considered for this investment opportunity, these experienced institutions have proven they can provide protection of public funds, demonstrated financial strength, and complied with several other qualifications of the proposal.

Along with meeting several other qualifications, financial institutions had met the requirement of displaying its institution’s financial strength and having corporate headquarters located in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, and/or Yolo County.

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AAA Tipsy Tow Service Across Northern California will Start 4:20 p.m. on Friday, April 20, and Continue Until 4:20 a.m. April 21.   

AAA Press Release  |  2018-04-20

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - AAA has provided free Tipsy Tow service for events and holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day, the Super Bowl and New Year’s Eve since the 1990s, but this is the first campaign involving marijuana. Dispensaries in California began selling legal recreational marijuana on Jan. 1. The service is not offered in Southern California.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re drinking alcohol or using recreational marijuana, there’s never an excuse to drive impaired,” said John Moreno, public policy manager for AAA Northern California and six other Western states. “You should always plan for a safe ride home, but if those plans fall through, AAA will get you and your vehicle home safely on 4/20. We want to keep intoxicated drivers off our roadways, which keeps all of us safer.” 

To take advantage of the service, drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) and state that they need a Tipsy Tow. Drivers should be prepared to provide their name, home address, phone number, location and vehicle description.

Tipsy Tow provides a free ride home and vehicle tow of up to 10 miles. For mileage beyond this, motorists are charged a standard towing rate. The service does not include roadside assistance. You do not have to be a AAA member to use the service.

AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction can cost a motorist more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, legal fees and increased insurance costs.

AAA Northern California offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to its 4 million members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 117 years ago.  Visit for more information. 

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Carmichael Elks Holds Classic Car Show

By Carmichael Elks  |  2018-04-20

Come out and see some great cars! - MPG file photo

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 8am-2pm

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - We are proud to present our SIXTH Annual Carmichael Elks Classic Car Show featuring Muscle Cars as well as Classic Collector cars vintage years 1919 through 1975. We invite owners of newer, late model non-show competition cars who want to display their unique machines to park in the parking lot facing Cypress Avenue.

Show Cars will be displayed in our spacious and shady back yard featuring a wide variety of vehicles that are entered into the judging contest from many of the local car clubs for your viewing pleasure. This year we are anticipating 100 or more cars and some car parts and merchandise vendor booths.

For those early bird folks that want to enter their cars early to get the best shady parking spots, we recommend that you register early and arrive around sun rise. Day of show entrants pay the $6.00 regular Pancake breakfast price, including coffee service.

The purpose of the show is to raise funds for the Lodge Beautification Project that will allow the Carmichael Elks to increase memberships and provide more capacity to hold charitable events for the benefit of the community. All cash donations and/or unique raffle prize donations are gratefully accepted. Last year, donated bottles of wine and spirits were raffled off and that raffle netted $100 for our Fund.

Raffle Prizes, Guessing Games, Fifty/Fifty Drawing, Kids Activities, all go into making this event a fun time for the whole family. We request that you leave your dogs and other pets at home (if possible).

General Admission is FREE!

For additional information: Carmichael Elks Lodge, 5631 Cypress Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608 - Phone: 916-489-2103. Email: or

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Walmart to Host Free Health Screening Event in Sacramento Stores

Walmart Press Release  |  2018-04-19

What: Sacramento Walmart stores will be hosting the second Walmart Wellness Day event of the year on Saturday, April 21. This free health screening event provides people in the community an opportunity to learn valuable health information, including:

  • Blood glucose
  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index
  • Low-cost immunizations
  • And in select locations, customers can also take advantage of free vision screenings

Since its first Walmart Wellness Day event, the company has provided more than 2 million free screenings to people across the country, helping countless customers uncover existing health problems. For some, the screenings have been life-saving. Hundreds of thousands of Americans turn out for each Walmart Wellness Day event, making it America’s largest single day health fair event. 

Screening like these provide important resources for people who may be dealing with challenging health conditions. More than 35 percent of children in in grades 5, 7, and 9 attending public schools in Sacramento County were obese, according to a 2015 study from Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. And according to the California Department of Health, Sacramento County has a significantly higher rate of diabetes related deaths compared to statewide data.

Additional assets may be found here for packaging stories in advance of Walmart Wellness Day.

Media is invited in store to capture an interview with a store spokesperson and customers, alongside photos and b-roll of the event.       

Where:         Sacramento Walmart Stores

When:           Saturday, April 2

                      10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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2018-19 Watershed Stewardship and Education Grant

Sac County News  |  2018-04-19

Photo courtesy Sac County News

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - ​The Sacramento County Stormwater Quality Program is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Watershed Stewardship and Education Grant.  Each year,​ the Stormwater Quality Program offers schools, non-profit, and community organizations up to $2,500 for projects to help students understand the importance of keeping local creeks and rivers clean and healthy.

This is the 13th year the County is offering grants to help raise awareness about the need for protecting creeks and rivers.  By collaborating with schools over the years, the County has seen positive results from students who participate in the program and show a better understanding of stormwater pollution.  Expanding this program to non-profits and community groups offers another avenue to increase education.
Thirty-five schools have participated in the program.  Will Rogers Middle School is one of the original participants and has taken part in the program every year since it launched in 2005. 

Over the years, grant winners have completed 85 projects like creek clean ups; hands on education about Sacramento’s watershed, creeks, or rivers; eco-friendly gardens; water quality experiments to assess the health of a creek/river; and school-wide campaigns to increase awareness about stormwater pollution.  Each year, grant winners submit a report to the County on their projects shows many of the students in the program gaining a better understanding of stormwater pollution and the environment.
Eligible projects must in some way protect or enhance local creeks, rivers, or watersheds.  Projects will generally fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Educational Projects - Projects that inform or instruct about the aquatic ecosystem, watersheds, or stormwater pollution prevention
  • School/Club Projects - Projects that can be organized by teachers, classrooms, or clubs
  • Community Outreach Projects - Projects that involve and inspire the community
  • Monitoring Project - Projects that measure water quality, species, or habitat
  • Restoration Projects - Projects that restore or enhance riparian habitats, wetlands, creeks, or rivers

Eligible projects must be implemented within the Stormwater Utility boundaries of Sacramento County or directly affect the residents of these areas.  The application for the 2018-19 Watershed Stewardship and Education Grant is available on the Stormwater Quality Program webpage.

The application deadline is July 1, and the grants are awarded in August.

For more information, contact Jeanette Huddleston at 916-​874‐4711 or

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Qualifying Veterans and Japanese American Citizens May Receive Belated High School Diplomas

By Operation Recognition  |  2018-04-18

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) wants to honor the many contributions of those whose education was interrupted due to wartime circumstances. Current and former Sacramento County residents who left high school to serve in the U.S. military during World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War, and received an honorable discharge, may contact SCOE to receive their high school diplomas. SCOE also presents diplomas to Japanese American citizens forced to leave high school due to WW II internment. Individuals may request diplomas on behalf of themselves or qualifying family members, including persons now deceased. Those who earned a G.E.D., or graduated from high school while in an internment camp, are still eligible for diplomas. To be considered for the spring 2017 awards ceremony, submit applications by April 26, 2017. Applications are available from the Sacramento County Office of Education by calling (916) 228-2416 or visiting

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