African-American Military Service Made Known
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - When she was in college, Lisa Daniels received an assignment that changed her life: write a biography of someone she knew well and include something that she had not known about them. She called her grandmother, Rita Hernandez, and was surprised to hear her say immediately, “Did I ever tell you of the time I was a tack welder on the Franklin Roosevelt?” She learned a lot about her grandmother and more than that, launched what has become a lifetime passion for discovering more about the African-American military experience, whether as a civilian or in the service.
Daniels will be at the Rancho Cordova Library at 9845 Folsom Blvd. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, February 24, with her program, We Also Served, that includes photos, oral histories, videos and physical artifacts.
After her college beginning, Daniels started the Unsung Heroes Living History Project. “We have a very rich history because African Americans have participated in every conflict on American soil,” Daniels said. The project incorporates elementary, junior high and high school students and teaches interviewing skills, storyboard development and how to use computerized editing software to produce a mini documentary.
“The project helps bring awareness of the role African Americans played in the military as well as gives a platform for veterans to share their stories with our youth,” explained Daniels.
Ron Vance, a veteran of both Vietnam and Iraq, is one of those who participated. “I was working at the Boys and Girls Club, cleaning out the garden one day, you know, and I have my Vietnam veteran hat on,” Daniels said. A friend asked if Daniels could interview him. Though he thought that he had nothing to say, 20 minutes later he was still talking. “Here it is four years later; she’s got me doing programs in Fresno. I was never a person to stand up in front of an audience and talk; it’s just so easy now.”
Daniels asked Vance what it was like to be like to be an African American in the military. “It was like it’s a black and white world. With this color skin you belong over here, and you’re in this color skin you belong over there,” Vance said. “But there was a job to be done, and everybody worked together and got it done.”
Daniels felt an immense sense of pride when she learned her grandmother’s story. “She always was my role model, and with her story I can share with my students to give them a sense of identity and hopefully foster conversations with their families.”
For more information on the Unsung Heroes Living History Project, please see https://www.unsungheroeslhp.org.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 was a day many of us will forever remember.
I was working on our property when an aide called to inform me that the integrity of the Oroville Dam Spillway was compromised that an estimated 30-foot wall of water was about to uncontrollably rush out of the spillway, and that Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea had called for a mandatory evacuation.
Knowing Sheriff Honea to be a measured person, I knew he would not call for such an order without strong evidence. He must have weighed all the factors in his thoughts and deliberation.
Immediately, I contacted him to offer my full support.
Soon thereafter, nearly 200,000 people of the North State, from Plumas Lake to Oroville, quickly loaded their treasured possessions and pets and evacuated via congested highways.
Despite heavy traffic, residents – no doubt fearing the unknown and dealing with anxiety – evacuated without chaos.
Law enforcement officials and volunteers directed citizens to where they needed to go. Hundreds of first responders assisted and transported those who were most vulnerable. Residents of neighboring regions opened their homes to displaced families.
In this time of high stress and unease, the citizens of our region held their heads high and acted admirably.
Over the next few days, Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) and I visited residents at the evacuation centers. We talked and shared cookies and donuts with our friends and neighbors.
Between the visits, I called the Governor’s Office and the director of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for status updates.
After this alarming incident, thousands of workers from Kiewit Corporation and its subsidiaries descended onto Oroville to make the necessary repairs to the spillway. Their hard work is greatly appreciated.
But there’s more to be done.
A year later, sediment and debris from the spillway disaster still clog the channels of the Feather River and are strewn along the riverbanks. This disregard for the environment forced Butte County, the City of Oroville and local jurisdictions to file lawsuits against the state. Penalties can be as high as $51 billion.
At the state level, I have held many meetings in my office to discuss repair and communication efforts with state officials and community members. My staff and I continue to work with Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency to get funding to shore up the levees.
Along with Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale), the Oroville Strong Coalition, Assemblyman Gallagher and I travelled to Washington, DC to lobby federal officials. Our request to have the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) delay the license renewal is pending.
This disaster has united our community. We are now stronger than ever.
On the one-year anniversary of the evacuation, community members and leaders, businesses, and public officials affected by the order gathered on the steps of the Capitol to commemorate the event and call for efforts to prevent any similar disaster in the future.
In the coming year, we will continue to encourage the Governor to sign Assembly Bill 1270 (Gallagher), a measure to require more thorough dam inspections which I shepherded in the Senate.
I will continue my efforts to push for $100 million in state funding for flood control efforts and to clean up the Feather River system.
It is also my goal to have DWR include our community in their decision making process. We want a seat at the table when DWR decides to either send more water to Los Angeles or hold back water, among the other decisions they make.
That’s why I authored Senate Bill 955. This measure would create a citizens advisory commission for Oroville Dam and the Feather River system. This commission would allow for participation by the residents who are directly affected by the dam’s operations and strategic plans.
With the strength and support of the community, I am optimistic that we will achieve these goals for the safety of our people and the prosperity of our local economy.
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Elected to the State Senate in January 2013, Senator Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba. To contact Senator Jim Nielsen, please call him at 916-651-4004, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - A little over a year ago Patrick Larkin became District Administrator of the Cordova Recreation and Park District. On Thursday, February 16, at the Rancho Cordova Luncheon, Larkin gave an overview of CRPD, which is now in the year of its 60th anniversary.
The District operates on around 10-12 million dollars, Larkin said. Around 250 employees maintain the 40 parks and seven facilities and the activities that the District offers.
The day before Larkin’s presentation, on Wednesday, the new Heron Landing Park in the Anatolia neighborhood of Rancho Cordova received an award from the California Parks and Recreation Society. “We won the Facility Design and Park Planning award for District 2, which is the largest district in the State of California,” Larkin said. That evening, the District had a community outreach meeting to obtain feedback concerning the Hagan Park pool. The meeting was both formal and informal according to Rick Sloan, member of the CRPD Board. “It was a presentation and it was also a vehicle for people to stand up and express their thoughts,” Sloan said.
At the Rancho Cordova Luncheon, Larkin said that the number of pools at Hagan Park and the actual program that it will serve is being discussed. “We’re excited to bring that pool project back to the community, and our goal is to have people swimming in the pool, cannonballing off the diving board, in 2020,” Larkin said. As far as a full aquatic complex with multiple pools, recreation features, slides and so forth, Larkin is looking toward the Rio del Oro development, which could be 10 to 30 years ahead.
Rancho Cordova resident Mary Nesel has taken an active interest in the Hagan Park pool. “I’m not happy with their vision of the proposed pool,” Nesel said at the luncheon. “I think that the project is too small. They’re definitely still working on it, so we’re trying to get them to up the budget and work with the community to find additional funds . . . so we can go back to a larger scale project.”
The ever present problem of the homeless is not just a Rancho Cordova problem, but a United States problem, Larkin said. CRPD has increased the security presence in their parks, but it is also offering resources for people in this situation in the parks. “We take the approach of not punitive, but helpful,” Larkin said. “It’s tragic, really, there are so many that are in our parks at this point.”
CRPD staff joined last year with Folsom Cordova Unified School District to help collect items for homeless students of the school district. The CRPD staff was moved by the heartfelt project. “We’ll be working with that group to collect donations at all of our facilities,” Larkin said. “They are mostly in need of backpacks and underwear, but we will be doing it year around, instead of just at the holidays.”
The District’s 60th anniversary will be celebrated in a number of ways. One is a Day of Service on May 5 from 9-11 a.m. at both Hagan Park and Rosemont Park. “That’s an opportunity for folks to come out and volunteer their time to support some projects that we need done in our parks,” Larkin said.
The big 60th anniversary celebration will be on July 20, a party in the park at Lincoln Village Park and Pool. There will be a reception in the Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center with wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres and a little history.
“It’s like it’s a new beginning of a 60 year tradition,” Sloan said.
For more information about CRPD, see crpd.com.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - A duo dedicated to feeding the hungry, a change agent philanthropist and a youth sports advocate who is voluntarily running three Rancho Cordova youth sports leagues, are among the outstanding volunteers to be honored during the 19th Annual Community Volunteer Awards hosted by the Cordova Community Council on March 9.
Wayne Harmer, a longtime Rancho Cordova volunteer who can boast an unparalleled range of activities ranging from Kids Day volunteer to the California Capital Airshow to regular gigs as the community Santa Claus, will be honored as the “Rancho Cordovan of the Year” – an award reserved for those whose lives have revolve around volunteering.
Harmer’s non-stop volunteer schedule also includes iFest International Festival, Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration, St. Baldrick’s Day Head Shaving and more. He prides himself of the building of elaborate Fourth of July Parade floats, this year expanding to the inaugural light-studded Holiday Parade.
Harmer will be among 10 Rancho Cordova volunteers and organizations to be honored at “Super Heroes: Ordinary People. Extraordinary Acts!” a super hero-inspired theme party and awards ceremony. Hosted by Good Day Sacramento reporter Cambi Brown, the theme will be brought to life during a “faster than a speeding bullet” painting demonstration by artists Addie and Danny Panasiuk.
Tickets to the dinner and celebration that follows are $25. Email email@example.com or call 916-273-5704 for ticket reservations.
Other honorees will include:
The Community Volunteer Awards will feature a Superhero-inspired dinner, awards program and celebration at Rancho Cordova City Hall. The spectacular theme-party event opens at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 9. It is open to the public, which is encouraged to attend. All tickets must be purchased in advance; the event historically sells out, so buy tickets online at www.cordovacouncil.org.
“This is a time and place for us to honor and celebrate that which makes Rancho Cordova truly a great All-America City – volunteers,” said Cordova Community Council President Larry Stafford. “It is inspiring to hear their stories of selflessness and commitment to the community and a great reminder that we all have a part to play in helping our city live up to its All-America status.”
Event tickets are now on sale at the Cordova Community Council office in Suite 117, Rancho Cordova City Hall, or online at www.cordovacouncil.org. For more information visit www.cordovacouncil.org. Call 273-5704 for details.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Since its construction in 1911, the Mills Station House has been a post office, a bar, a gas station, a fire station, a restaurant, a dance hall and, most recently, its upstairs space has served as a meeting center for civic groups and community events.
As for the building itself? It’s been moved. Twice. Now, it is set for one more makeover and relaunch. On February 28, the Mather Field/Mills Station House at Mather Field Road and Folsom Boulevard will relaunch as the Rancho Cordova Arts and Community Center.
According to Mayor Linda Budge, who joined other community leaders to protect the historic building from demolition more than two decades and facilitate its relocation to its current home at the Mather Field Transit Stop, the new Arts and Community Center will be reopen to provide a community space for arts and entertainment events, festivals and more.
While the upstairs has been used by a few civic groups and the city itself for meeting space, the downstairs has sat mostly vacant and unoccupied for years. The upstairs portion of the building has been rented to the Fire Fighters Association, which, along with Regional Transit, conducts monthly meetings there.
Now, according to Budge, Mills Station House has been given an $883,000 makeover, paid for by the city’s community enhancement fund. Mills Station House is owned by the Sacramento Regional Transit, however, the city leases the building.
“The building has been sitting out there since we moved it in 1998 to make way for the new Butterfield Transit Line,” said Budge. “Twenty five years ago, the city of Rancho Cordova and the Community Council and Regional Transit Board made a commitment to doing something with the building. We’ve leased the upstairs for events and meetings, but downstairs, nothing has really been happening.”
The roughly 2,000-square foot Mills Station building was originally located near the Northeast corner of Folsom Boulevard and Mather Field Drive. It was situated curbside on Folsom Boulevard and, while operating as a popular watering hole for locals, it also presented some safety concerns that required the building to be moved back away from the road.
“The police and safety officials became very concerned that patrons leaving the tavern at night would be at risk for being hit by cars coming along Folsom Boulevard,” said Budge. “So, the decision was made to set the building back about 200 feet from the curb in 1972.”
The Mills Station House was sold after it was moved back from the street and later operated as a restaurant, which closed in 1991. Next came threats of demolition, however, the community support for saving the building outweighed the threats and in 1993 the Mills Station Building was declared a Landmark of Transportation and Historical Significance.
According to Budge, it sat vacant until its relocation in 1998, taken, ever so carefully, diagonally across Folsom Boulevard and the Mather Field Drive intersection to become the Sacramento Regional Transit Mather Field/Mills Light Rail Station Building.
Moving day drew big crowds, said Budge, and it was an event she and many others will never forget, as it was a tricky move, facilitated around the installation of overhead rail lines that required an early-morning transport.
“The building was moved to its current location very early in the morning for a reason,” said Budge. “It was moved at 6 a.m. in the morning of May 17, 1998, and the reason it had to be moved so early is because Sacramento Regional Transit was planning on putting in the overhead lines for the new rail system at Butterfield. The building could not have been moved after the lines were put in because it would have hit them. It was the biggest party to hit town.”
The Mills Station House was delivered to its new home at the Mather Field Rails Station and re-opened in 2001. Although the upstairs has been used and some of the features inside were upgraded, to the consternation of the city, the large, downstairs portion has remained primarily a showpiece. For the last several years, representatives from the city, Regional Transit and the Cordova Recreation and Park District have been brainstorming ideas and options for how to utilize the space as an and arts and culture center, but those plans have, until now, failed to gain traction.
“We have worked to find a way to create an arts exhibit and performance space for the building, but it has been difficult to get it off the ground,” said Budge. “So we are very excited to now have a date for re-introducing the building to the community and to begin using it as we have always intended.”
The Feb. 28 re-opening celebrations for Mills Station House will feature an installation by Sacramento sculptor and artist Danny Scheible, famous for his “Tapigami,” projects that involve the creation of elaborate sculptures made of masking tape. Scheible also will return in March to conduct community workshops for anyone interested in learning how to make their own Tapigami art pieces.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - One more Sierra Valley Conference game.
Within 24 hours last week, the Cordova High School boys basketball team squared off twice against Union Mine’s squad. But their second meeting determined who would reach the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, as the conference is sending three teams, and who would be staying home watching the high school basketball playoffs from the stands.
Playing at the Diamondbacks’ gym in El Dorado on Valentine’s Day, the Lancers showed lots of loving in terms of extending their season by, at least, one more game with a 73-60 win.
After its game against Union Mine was tied 15-15 in the first quarter, Cordova jumped out to a 21-14 scoring advantage over the D’backs for a 36-29 halftime lead. The Lancers continued their scoring spree in the third quarter, 21-16, which extended their lead to 57-35.
“Both teams went into the last game thinking they had to win the game to make (the) playoffs,” said Cordova head coach Fletcher Johnson. “Our players believed they were the better players and team, so confidence was high. Union Mine played well, but momentum was with us.”
The Lancers finished the fourth quarter by outscoring the D’backs again, 16-15, for the win.
Three Cordova players scored in double figures against Union Mine. Calvin Augusta, who has been back with the team for a month after recovering from a knee injury that was sustained as a member of the Cordova High School football team six months ago, led the way with 23 points.
Following Augusta was Joe Danielyan with 22 points and Sam Danielyan with 11. Forward Caleb Clark and guard Johnele Sanders followed with five points each, Kenneth Brown four and Tyreke Tate three.
“The two wins guaranteed us a winning season,” said Johnson, who has been the Lancers’ head coach since the 2011-12 season. “Not bad for a rough year.”
Since he’s been running the program, Johnson has compiled an overall record of 117 wins and 74 losses.
On February 15 the section released its playoff brackets. Playing in Division III, Cordova (7-4 in the SVC, 14-12 overall) is the no. 14 seed. On Wednesday, February 21, Cordova plays at No. 4 seed Del Campo. Should the Lancers win their first round game, they will play the winner of the No. 12 Benicia-No. 5 Patterson game on Friday, February 23.
For updates on first round winners, visit the section’s website at www.cifsjs.org.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Mitchell Middle School wrestling team dominated the 2018 Twin Rivers Athletic League (TRAL) wrestling team championship tournament. The TRAL final tournament, which included Mills Middle School, Capital Christian School, Bradshaw Christian School and Natomas Charter School, was hosted at Mitchell Middle School on Thursday February 8th.
The TRAL wrestling championship tournament is the culmination of the regular wrestling season and pits the league’s best wrestlers against one another in their respective weight classes. Marauder wrestlers who stood out in their weight classes included First Place finishers Blake Albert (95), Jakobe Knox (135), Aaron Fernandez (142), and Justin Mendiola (185); Second Place finishers Aman Dhillion (112), Destinee Pacheco (116), Nick Gargalikas (122), Bogdan Peretyatko (128), Madison Daw (135), and Sam Tarusov (205); Third Place finishers Brayden Ropp (76), Kevin Mcfarlane (95), Isabel White (100), Giovanni Pinedo (108), Nathan Garoutte (103), Kavon Hayes (108), Mark Edwards (116), and Morgan Sebastian (128).
“I’m very proud of all my wrestlers today,” said Coach Joe Zilles, “It’s a long season and they worked so hard to learn everything they could and it all paid off.”
Overall the Marauder wrestler’s outscored their opponents with 44 points, Mills 28, Capital Christian 24, Natomas Charter 21, and Bradshaw Christian 18. Next up for a select few Marauder wrestlers is the Area Finals tournament for boys being held at Ponderosa High School on February 17th, and the Sacramento Area Regional tournament for the girls at Casa Robles High School on February 18th.
Sierra Service Project Seeks Applicants
Sierra Service Project, in coordination with the City of Rancho Cordova, is seeking applicants for free exterior home repair and improvement services as part of the Rancho Cordova Neighborhood Beautification Program. Sierra Service Project is a local non-profit organization that has organized and managed volunteer community service activities for the past 40 years.
Sierra Service Project will provide light exterior home repairs free-of-charge. Ideal projects for this project include fence and gate replacement, exterior painting, chain link fence removal, and general yard cleanup.
Applicants must own the home and fall within certain income levels. Additionally, the property must be located within Rancho Cordova city limits. Low-income residents, seniors, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Volunteering is FREE and includes instruction, supervision, lunch, and a t-shirt. Sierra Service Project encourages all types of volunteer groups to register including youth groups, and service clubs.
The project is supported by a grant from the City’s Community Enhancement Fund, and this is the third year Sierra Service Project has provided a neighborhood beautification program in Rancho Cordova.
If you are interested in applying for free services or volunteering for the program, please contact Sierra Service Project Manager McKenna Culbertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-488-6441. There is currently no deadline to apply; however, a limited number of applications will be accepted.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Simon Olney and Jim Harte are pinching themselves. The two are co-founders of the award-winning Ol’ Republic Brewery and forthcoming Roadhouse restaurant in Nevada City. They are preparing for a March opening of their second location in Rancho’s fast-growing Barrel District, which the two brew masters had no idea existed prior to meeting with the city.
Ol’ Republic is taking over the former location for American River Brewery, which closed last year on Trade Center Drive. They’ll assume roughly 30,000 square feet of space that will serve as both home to the company’s Sacramento self-distribution center and tap room serving 12 different brews, as well as parlor games, including foosball, shuffle board, pool and darts.
It took years to find the location, which, to their benefit, happened to be in what is arguably the most-beer friendly commercial center in the region at the moment.
“We can’t believe our luck in finding this location because we didn’t know the Barrel District was here,” said Harte, a Citrus Heights native and former wine distributor. “We have been looking for a second location in Sacramento for almost six years to address the logistical nightmare of doing our deliveries from Nevada City. We got very lucky when we heard about this space opening up because not only is it a centralized hub point, it’s also a turn-key space for our second home.”
Ol’ Republic’s spring arrival will mark the opening of the seventh tap house to set up inside the Barrel District, a roughly two-mile commercial and warehouse corridor just south of Highway 50 between Trade Center Drive and White Rock Road. Burning Barrel Brewing Company is also preparing for a spring launch on Sun Center Drive.
Since its opening in 2011, Ol’ Republic, says Harte, has seen robust growth, doubling its 2016 production of roughly 3,300 barrels in 2017 and servicing an equally fast-growing client base that includes Corti Brothers and Total Wine, as well as a new partnership with Raley’s Grocery.
The Barrel District will soon serve as home to the first two distilleries to open since prohibition, according to the city. Gold River Distillery is already up-and-running nearby on Sunrise Gold Circle. The forthcoming J.J. Pfister Distilling Company will open on Business Park Drive in March. Wine-lovers can rejoice in the news of the planned opening sometime this spring of Strad Meadery on Mercantile Drive, which will offer honey-fermented wines.
Currently, the city is putting together plans to roll out district banners to demarcate the various operators’ and their locations. And, this summer, the city also plans to hold what constitutes as the Barrel District’s inaugural open house, officially rolling out the red carpet for what is fast-becoming Rancho’s home-brewed elixir for post-work commuters and locals alike.
“We recognize the craft beer industry as being one of the fastest-growing sectors and want to do whatever we can to accommodate the industry,” said Amanda Norton, economic development manager. “We will be working with members to help define the area and this summer we’ll have our first official inaugural event for the district.”
Ol’ Republic is known for its darker lagers and British Ales (Simon hales from Salisbury). Those include the “Dead Canary,” a Dortmund Export Lager, a “hoppy” black winter Ale called “Midnight Train,” “Cosmic Fly By,” a New England IPA, and “Chocolypito,” described as “an imperial chocolate oatmeal stout.”
Ol’ Republic’s Rancho location will have 12 taps to start, and also will offer beers to go in 12 ounce cans and Growlers.
SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Board of Supervisors on February 6th, authorized the County Department of Human Assistance (DHA) to enter into an agreement with Wind Youth Services (WYS) for $380,000 for rehousing and supportive services for youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; and $160,000 to Sacramento Self Help Housing (SSHH) for navigation and rehousing services for unsheltered homeless populations in unincorporated areas of Sacramento County. Services will run February through October 2018 and may be extended further.
In July 2017, the Board approved funding for the implementation of four County homeless initiatives to improve the County’s response to homelessness in Sacramento County. The initiatives provide for a range of services, including shelter, transitional housing, and permanent housing services specialized for a variety of households: families, individuals, and those experiencing long-term homelessness. Currently those initiatives are all in various stages of implementation.
In September, the Board approved an additional $540,000 in funding to address service gaps in the homeless initiatives and to serve vulnerable subpopulations. DHA released a Request for Proposals seeking services for families, individuals, transitional aged youth, ages 18 to 24, and unsheltered homeless in unincorporated areas of the County. The County received five responses to the RFP.
The evaluators determined that the Wind Youth Services program integrated a spectrum of services through a strong partnership among three youth service agencies working to not only support youth experiencing homelessness stabilize in housing and employment, but to help this population avoid homelessness altogether.
Evaluators also determined Sacramento Self-Help Housing’s (SSHH) proposal addressed a gap in homeless services by expanding engagement and rehousing services for persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness in unincorporated areas of the County. This program will involve a strong partnership with SSHH, neighborhood leaders, such as the Carmichael Homeless Assistance Resource Team, law enforcement and DHA staff.
All of the selected programs will provide services that further the County’s objectives to fund services that promote permanent housing placement, residential stability, and increased skill level or income in order to prepare participants to live more independently.
For more information on the state of homelessness in Sacramento County, visit the Responding to Homelessness website at http://www.saccounty.net/Homelessness/Pages/default.aspx
Source: Sacramento County Media