RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Just imagine it! Cordova Accelerated Performing Arts, or CAPA, kicked off their first summer of community theatre with rehearsals last week and with that their dream became reality.
The group includes teachers, college and high school students, community members, and professionals from the region’s stages sharing their passion for theatre with high hopes of fostering a lifelong love of the performing arts and civic engagement.
“It took a village to launch this program from a little idea between two co-workers back in the spring of last year to this summer’s production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” said co-founder Shannon Mahoney.
The partners truly made this dream a reality. The program is funded by the City of Rancho Cordova’s Community Enhancement Fund and in-kind contributions from the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, the Cordova Recreation & Park District and non-profit partner Big Idea Theatre. CAPA is designed to help youth and young adults gain more confidence to pursue greater academic and professional success.
CAPA is free to youth and young adults age 15-23 years old who live in the City of Rancho Cordova and offers a tuition rate for those from neighboring communities. For young folks interested in learning about lights, sound, set construction, costumes and make up, there’s still time to join in this summer’s fun!
CAPA’s summer rehearsals will end with community performances highlighting Rancho Cordova’s homegrown talent on July 19 and 20 at the Cordova High Performing Arts Center. If you’re interested in supporting the program, volunteers and sponsors are still needed to help make the performances free to the community.
You can check out the program on Facebook as Cordova Accelerated Performing Arts or for more information email CordovaPerformingArts@gmail.com.
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On June 11, 2019, all Sacramento area Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs kicked off this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) fundraising campaign to help treat local children who are sick or injured. All money raised during the Sacramento area CMN Hospitals campaign directly benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital to fund critical treatments, pediatric medical equipment, research and charitable care. The Walmart - Sam’s Club CMN Hospitals campaign runs through July 7.
“There are so many Sacramento families depending on donations from Walmart’s Children’s Miracle Network campaign to provide hope in times of desperation,” said Roseville Walmart store manager Patrick Phelps. “We are proud to raise funds for the UC Davis Children’s Hospital, and admire the customers who help us give back every year with their donations.”
Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, members and customers in Sacramento area have raised over $7,080,273 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, most of it one dollar at a time. On a national level, Walmart and Sam’s Club have raised more than $1 billion for CMN Hospitals; the largest cash amount ever raised by one company for a nonprofit in North America.
The need is staggering – 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network hospital for treatment every minute. Helping these children is easy, here’s how to participate: Donate $1 or more at the checkout lane or self-checkout of any Sacramento area Walmart store or Sam’s Club; Spread the word and encourage others to support the CMN Hospitals campaign via social media with custom CMN Gifs and the hashtag #HelpKidsLiveBetter
Through the leadership of Sam Walton, Walmart and Sam’s Club joined the CMN Hospitals fundraising family in 1987. This annual fundraising campaign supports Walmart’s core belief of leveraging the company’s strength to give back to local communities.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - On Saturday, June 22, from 11 am to 2 pm, the California Capital Airshow (CCA) will introduce hundreds of students to aviation and STEM through, Positive Altitude, a day-long, hands-on experience held at Mather Airport. K-12 students have the opportunity to interact with aviation professionals from all walks of flight and get up close with a wide variety of airplanes, helicopters, first responder vehicles, military assets and more.
Offering eye-opening encounters with potential careers in the fields of aviation and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the day seeks to inspire kids to consider their own future in these fields.
Through CCA’s Positive Altitude program, more than 10 students have been offered an introductory instructional flight lesson with a certified flight instructor. The students awarded this opportunity are the winners of an essay contest in which they have described how they will change the world when they grow up. These first flights will take to the skies from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the Positive Altitude event.
Positive Altitude is sponsored in part by Sacramento Jet Center, along with Sacramento County, City of Rancho Cordova, UPS, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Mach 5 Aviation, and Jelly Belly. Each of these organizations plays a key role in supporting the CCA’s year-round educational programming.
Event located at Mather Airport – Hangar 1 located at 10440 Truemper Way, Mather, CA.
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Aircraft arrival
11 a.m. - Guest arrivals
12 p.m. - First flight group takes off
2 p.m. - Event concludes and guests depart
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Aircraft and vehicle departures
About California Capital Airshow
Established in 2004, the California Capital Airshow 501(c)3 plans and operates the exciting, family-friendly annual event designed to honor the Sacramento region’s rich aviation heritage and veterans while using the power and magic of flight to inspire young people. CCA gives back to the community through scholarships, charitable group donations and exciting educational youth programming throughout the year. For more information about the airshow, performers, and discount tickets, please visit www.californiacapitalairshow.com
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Valley Division today announced making arrests in a freeway shooting that occurred on March 17, 2019, on Interstate 80 in Placer County.
The shooting took place between two groups of individuals on westbound Interstate 80 at Douglas Boulevard. Multiple rounds were fired into the victim’s vehicle resulting in the driver sustaining major injuries. Immediately after the shooting, the suspect vehicle fled the scene by driving his vehicle the wrong way on the northbound Douglas Boulevard on-ramp to westbound I-80.
Through a collaborative effort with our partners in the Roseville Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Solano County Sheriff’s Department, Richmond Police Department, the Vallejo Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Streets Task Force, three arrests have been made related to this case.
Early this morning Tevarus Hill, 27, was arrested in Benicia, for attempted murder and multiple weapons charges. At the same time, Myles Sherman, 24, was arrested in Vallejo, also for attempted murder and multiple weapons charges. A third suspect, Enacio Bolton, 26, is in custody as the result of an unrelated incident and will be held for attempted murder charges.
“We want to assure the public that these acts of violence are not random but often targeted attacks between parties that know each other,” said Chief Brent Newman, commander of CHP’s Valley Division
Based on a recent increase in highway violence including freeway shootings, the CHP has taken several proactive steps to address this issue. These include redeploying staff, adding to investigative teams, involvement in zero-tolerance gang enforcement operations, and increasing communication at all levels among the involved law enforcement agencies and community leaders.
“We know how scary these types of incidents can be to a community and the CHP is doing everything in our power to locate and arrest those responsible for these senseless acts of violence,” added Chief Newman.
Anyone with information regarding a freeway shooting is asked to call the CHP Valley Division’s Investigative Services Unit at 916-731-6300.
The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (MPG) Compassion & Choices praised University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) officials for responding to letters of protest from hundreds of Compassion & Choices volunteers in California and other state residents by dropping a proposal to expand its relationship with Dignity Health.
If the University of California’s Board of Regents had approved the proposed partnership, Dignity Health’s Catholic ‘common values’ would have prevented patients at UCSF’s four Bay Area hospitals (Dominican Hospital, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, Sequoia Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center) from using or receiving information about California’s End of Life Option Act. UCSF’s announcement to drop the proposal follows Compassion & Choices’ May 23 grassroots campaign launch, resulting in nearly 400 of its volunteers writing UCSF officials to oppose the partnership.
“The irony of Dignity Health’s ‘common values’ rejection of medical aid in dying is polling shows three out of four Californians say medical aid in dying is a common value they support,” said Kim Callinan, CEO of Compassion & Choices. “We greatly appreciate UCSF’s decision because it shows the medical community is undergoing a critically important transformation to ensure that patients’ values drive the decision-making process for their healthcare, especially at the end of life.”
“...[W]e have seen and heard hundreds of thoughtful, principled, and impassioned statements about UCSF’s proposal to expand our relationship with Dignity Health… a health care system that has certain limits on women’s reproductive services, LGBTQ care, and end-of-life options,” wrote UCSF Health Chancellor Sam Hawgood and President/Chief Executive Officer Mark Laret in a letter posted today on the UCSF website. “Given the concerns, we will not continue to pursue the affiliation as it had been envisioned.”
“We thank the hundreds of Compassion & Choices’ volunteers and our coalition partners, including the ACLU and LGBTQ groups, whose advocacy helped persuade UCSF officials to drop this ill-advised proposal,” said Samantha Trad, California State Director for Compassion & Choices. “Without this collective effort, UCSF officials would have moved forward with this proposed partnership that would have caused needless suffering for patients at its four Bay Area hospitals.”
“Two Dignity Health-owned facilities rejected my wife’s request for medical aid in dying to peacefully end her suffering from terminal cancer, so I thank UCSF officials for dropping this proposed partnership,” said Tom Whaley, whose 42-year-old wife Christina finally was able to find a provider who would write the prescription at UCLA, 200 miles from their San Luis Obispo home, so she could die peacefully last year. “The reality is most terminally ill people who try to utilize the End of Life Option Act are much older and weaker than Christine was, so they wouldn’t be able to overcome the obstacles she did to use the law to end their suffering.”
A total of 768 terminally ill Californians received prescriptions for aid-in-dying medication and 485 (63%) of them took the medication between the first day of the law took effect, June 9, 2016, until Dec. 31, 2017, according to California Department of Public Health annual reports.
California is one of eight states — including Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington — as well as the District of Columbia, that have authorized medical aid in dying. Collectively, these nine jurisdictions represent more than one out of five Americans (21%) and have 40 years of combined experience successfully implementing this end-of-life care option.
ABOUT COMPASSION & CHOICES:
Compassion & Choices is the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit organization working to improve and expand health care options at the end of life, with 450,000 volunteers nationwide. For more information, visit: CompassionAndChoices.org
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On June 19, 2019, at approximately 6:10 p.m., Sacramento Police Department Officer Tara O’Sullivan, 26, was shot at the scene of a domestic violence incident. She was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center where she tragically died. Officer Tara O’Sullivan was a dedicated, young officer who had only been with the department for a year. This is the first line-of-duty death of a Sacramento Police Officer in twenty years.
At 5:41 p.m., Officer Tara O’Sullivan and fellow officers responded to a domestic disturbance. Approximately thirty minutes later, shots were fired by an armed gunman inside the house. Officer O’Sullivan was struck while trying to help a woman move her items outside of the home.
With Officer O’Sullivan down, the gunman continued to fire at officers which prevented any form of rescue. An armored vehicle arrived in response and officers were able to transport her to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
The standoff lasted for multiple hours until the gunman surrendered at 1:54 a.m.
Officer O’Sullivan was a recent graduate from Sacramento State’s Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars Program. After which, she graduated from the Sacramento Police Academy.
“The loss of Officer O’Sullivan is devastating, grievous, and a reminder that police work invokes heartbreak,” said Brad Houle, CAHP Credit Union President. “She displayed heroism while protecting an individual in our community. Her family, friends, and colleagues will always remember that she selflessly sacrificed her life to ensure the safety of another.”
Officer O’Sullivan will remain in the thoughts and prayers of our community as we mourn this heartbreaking loss.
The CAHP Credit Union has established a memorial fund in honor of Officer Tara O’Sullivan. The CAHP Credit Union is covering all processing fees and administrative responsibilities. Thank you for your continued support.
Donations can be made on the CAHP Credit Union website https://www.cahpcu.org/OfficerTaraOSullivanMemorialFund or mailed to:
Officer Tara O’Sullivan Memorial Fund
CAHP Credit Union
P.O. Box 276507
Sacramento, CA 95827-6507
California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) Credit Union has a membership of over 18,000 and is dedicated to matching the integrity, judgement and courtesy displayed by our peace officer members every day, in providing financial services whenever and wherever they need access to CAHP Credit Union.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Rancho Cordova offers a wide range of academic options for elementary through high school students, including arts and sciences at George Washington Carver High School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at both Cordova High and Mitchell Middle Schools, Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs at Cordova High School, as well as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math focus at Riverview STEM Academy. As the school year comes to an end, we take a look back at just a few of the many stories that showcase the academic success of students and faculty in Rancho Cordova.
Cordova High School in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District placed in the Top 10 for University of California admissions in the Sacramento region!
According to recent data, nearly three-quarters of Cordova High School students who applied to the highly competitive University of California campuses earned admission, which places them 8th out of 88 Sacramento-area high schools.
Schools with International Baccalaureate Programmes, such as Cordova High's program, fared among the best in their admission rates.
Two student teams at Sacramento City Unified School District's George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science in Rancho Cordova placed in the Top 10 out of 550 proposals submitted to the Caring for Our Watersheds Competition!
One student team submitted a proposal that would enhance habitats for bees and other pollinators, while another team focused on ways to reduce waste at school. Both projects are already being implemented on campus by switching out plastic “spork” packets for real silverware and introducing a pollinator garden.
The Riverview Rockets team competed in three STEM tournaments in Davis, CA and came away winning two design awards and a sportsmanship award. The team was invited to the state championship at Sierra College and placed 7th out of 11 teams in the competition.
One of our students from Riverview STEM who is on a middle school team, CyborgX with Riverview STEM alumni earned 1st place in the middle school category and is going on to the world championships!
The City of Rancho Cordova’s Community Enhancement Fund has funded the school’s robotics program for the past three years.
But academic success isn’t only measured by grades and admissions, but also by giving back to your community by using learned skills to help others.
After learning about the devastation caused by the recent fires in California, students in the Cordova High School construction class volunteered to construct dog houses for pets whose families have lost homes in the Camp Fire.
These extraordinary students were interviewed by local media outlets while loading up their finished projects on a trailer headed to Paradise, CA.
Cordova High School teacher Jennifer Rossiter was honored with the Exemplary International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme Educator Award from the California Association of IB World Schools (CAWS)!
Jennifer also manages a student floral design program and oversees the Future Farmers of America on campus. She earned this honor for being a champion of the school’s IB program, and for her student-centered approach to teaching, learning, and building positive relationships with students.
Cordova High media teacher Josh Creeger was named the Sacramento Educational Video Awards Teacher of the Week this year.
Creeger has been teaching for eighteen years, all of them at Cordova High. He currently teaches anatomy and physiology, along with media production and student government at the school. Creeger pioneered the schools media program six years ago with the help of colleagues Scott Southard and Paul Hatcher.
At the beginning of the year, Folsom Lake College/Rancho Cordova Center welcomed the 2nd cohort of the Folsom Lake College/Rancho Cordova College Promise Program as they embarked on their first college semester of their freshmen year.
Approximately 90 new high school graduates living in the City took advantage of the opportunity to attend their first year of college fee-free through funding from the City’s Community Enhancement Fund.
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) – Volunteers of America (VOA) is facing a funding shortfall that will permanently impact Mather Community Campus, the region’s most successful program to combat homelessness. This loss of funding is forcing VOA to cease critical components of the Mather program model which will significantly affect the program’s ability to help clients get off the streets and back on their feet.
Without immediate and ongoing support, Mather will no longer be able to operate at full capacity and will have to cease operations in one of the campus’ 13 residential buildings – a building that can house 90 individuals for up to one year in a transitional housing setting. That’s 90 people who are on the streets now, ready for change, but will have nowhere to go.
Loss of funding also strikes fatal blow to Mather’s Community Dining Hall/Culinary Training Kitchen: The Community Dining Hall will close; clients will no longer receive 3 hot meals daily at a shelter without kitchen facilities in resident quarters; The Culinary Training Kitchen program will close - clients will no longer receive valuable job training that prepares them for employment once they leave the shelter.
Since 1993, Mather Community Campus has helped more than 4,500 people forge their own path out of homelessness through an innovative, proven approach that combines transitional housing with a multitude of supportive services.
“We actually give people their life back. We help them recover the things they need to function in society like getting their driver’s license, opening a bank account, and working on credit repair or record expungement. Mather also helps with clothing, vocational training, and employment placement,” said Sherman Haggerty, Division Director, VOA Employment Services. “We provide the foundational tools people actually need to become a part of the community again. No other program does these things.”
Volunteers of America has created a webpage that details the budget deficit and impact more fully. Anyone wishing to learn more can visit www.savemather.com. Individuals and organizations who are interested in supporting Mather Community Campus should contact Christie Holderegger, VP/Chief Development Officer at (916) 213-4133 or donate online at www.voa-ncnn.org.
SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the $4.4 billion recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20.
“Sacramento County’s FY 2019-20 budget provided substantial challenges due in part to decreased state and federal revenues, significant costs around lawsuits and increased expenditures,” said District 2 County Supervisor and Board Chair Patrick Kennedy. “We were able to weather these challenges with a balanced budget that minimizes the impact to critical services, without eliminating whole programs or services.”
The County’s General Fund and Restricted Funds budgets for FY 2019-20 totaled $2.7 billion in appropriations, which is a 4.2 percent increase over last year’s total. Enterprise and special revenue funds comprise the remaining $1.68 billion.
“We were able to recommend a balanced budget that avoided eliminating whole programs or services, limited the impact on Board-priority programs and avoided employee layoffs,” said County Executive Nav Gill.
In spite of the growth of revenue, reductions in positions and programs were necessary due to lawsuit costs, investments in the jails in order to resolve a lawsuit around conditions of confinement, decreases in state and federal revenue for certain programs, as well as other obligations.
To close a general shortfall of $55 million, Sacramento County recommended $43 million in reductions in General Fund Departments and $12 million in General Fund reserves to bridge the gap.
General Fund departments identified a number of targeted program and position reductions. The reductions included the elimination of 181.3 FTE positions that were either vacant or, in a few cases, filled by employees who were shifted to other positions in the same class. No layoffs were necessary.
The budget also recognized areas of growth, including:
$21.7 million to make improvements to the County’s jails as part of continuing efforts to resolve conditions of confinement concerns identified in a recent lawsuit; $2.3 million in state and federal revenue to add 25 FTE positions in Child Support Services; $1.2 million in 2011 Realignment Local Innovation funds to add seven positions in Probation to establish a Pre-Trial Assessment and Monitoring Pilot Program; $1 million set aside for costs related to the Hardesty/Schneider lawsuit against the County; $3.5 million to add 29 FTE positions in Airports Department to handle the impact of increasing passenger and freight volume; and $668,000 to cover the cost of postcards and postage for the March 2020 Primary Election, as required by state law.
The budget also continued funding for programs and services that were initiated over the last few years with Board approval, including:
Homeless Initiatives: The FY 2019-20 Budget expands services in several areas using state and federal funding, for a total of a $20 million budget for the initiatives. A $700,000 reduction in funding for the Scattered Site Housing program subsidies (contractor did not need the full amount and placed families in federally funded housing slots). The remaining amount for the Scattered Site Housing program is $2 million;
The Parkways and Unincorporated Communities Clean-up and Safety Initiative to reduce the incidence and mitigate the impact of illegal camping in the County’s parkways and unincorporated communities received continued funding with a reduced level of deputies on the Homeless Outreach Teams, reduced hours for the Parks Resource Team and eliminated funding for an animal control officer;
The intelligence-led policing model implemented by the Sheriff’s Department;
The Healthy Partners Program that provides healthcare services to undocumented immigrants;
A strategic plan to reduce disproportionate African-American child deaths through community-based contracts and targeted staffing in Child Protective Services, Public Health and Probation;
Implementation of an Adult Supervision Model in Probation that will prioritize supervision and services for high-risk probationers in the first six months to a year of probation;
Behavioral Health Services enhancements to provide appropriate services to persons with serious drug and alcohol use disorders, reducing reliance on hospital emergency rooms, and ensuring that individuals experiencing a mental health crisis receive treatment in the most appropriate setting for their needs;
Continue to implement the Board-approved three-year MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) to expedite mental health services for individuals with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders and are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless;
Animal Care Initiatives focused on improving animal care, increased spay/neuter services and increasing the Bradshaw Shelter’s live release rate. The budget recommends reductions in contracts and two positions, but the department expects to continue to maintain its high live release rate;
Efforts to reduce fire danger and illegal camping, increase debris removal and enhance the visitor experience in the American River Parkway and the County’s Regional Parks will continue with a reduced number of seasonal staff hours from 9,000 to 4,654;
For details, read the County Executive’s Budget Letter or view the budget documents on the Office of Budget and Debt Management;
The numbers on the Recommended Budget will change between now and September, when the County receives new information, including the impact of the State Budget and updated revenue totals. The Final Budget will come back to the Board of Supervisors in September for review and adoption.
By the numbers: $4.4 B: Total Budget; $1.8 B: General Fund; $1.6 B: Enterprise and Special Revenue; $918 M: Restricted Funds; 12,307: Number of Employees.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rancho Cordova Rotary Charitable Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to announce it has awarded more than $11,000 in 2019 Hometown Hero Grants to five applicants:
1. The Mentees at Cordova High (MACH) Program has been awarded $2,900 for its “Literacy Buddies of Rancho Cordova” project.
2. The Lincoln Park Little Free Library has been awarded $600 in Barnes and Noble Gift Certificates to provide material for the “Lincoln Village Park: Summer Reading” program.
3. The Folsom Cordova Community Partnership has been awarded $1,200 for its “Everyone Can Read” program.
4. The Folsom Cordova Community Partnership has been awarded $4,819 for its “Computers for Youth” program.
5. Supporting a young student to attend Fuel Up To Play 60 Summit in the amount of $1,275.
The Foundation awarded these grants through a competitive application and review process. There were many excellent applications which made the final selection for 2019 a difficult choice for the award committee. Additional funding from Planned Solutions and Golden State Water Company allowed two additional grant awards this year.
The committee is looking forward to selecting additional worthy recipients in 2020!
The Rancho Cordova Rotary Charitable Foundation was founded in 1999 to support the Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova’s charitable activities. The Foundation provides funding for scholarships at Cordova and Kinney High Schools, baby diapers and baby food to the Cordova Food Locker, and many literacy programs in the community. It is through generous donations from Rotarians, local businesses, and community members that makes funding these programs possible. For further information about the Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova and the Foundation, please visit http://www.clubrunner.ca/ranchocordova