Council Member Dan Skoglund Passes Away

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2017-04-20

Rancho Cordova City Council Member Dan Skoglund

It is with a heavy heart that the City of Rancho Cordova announces the passing of Council Member Dan Skoglund.

Dan passed away the morning of April 20, 2017 due to complications from a recent surgery.

Dan was appointed to fill a vacancy on the City Council in 2004 to finish out the term of the late Mayor Dave Roberts who passed away during his term in office. Dan was elected to a full term in 2006, 2010 and 2014 and served as Vice Mayor in 2008 and 2013 and Mayor in 2009 and 2014.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Dan Skoglund,” said Rancho Cordova Mayor Donald Terry. “Dan had a heart for the Rancho Cordova community and as a colleague, he was always a strong advocate for what was best for our residents and the City.”

Dan represented the City on the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Sacramento Area Sewer District, Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission, and South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan Elected Advisory Board.

Dan lived in Rancho Cordova since 1975. He was a member and Vice Chair of the City's first Planning Commission. He served as a president for many organizations, including the Rancho Cordova Rotary Club, the Cordova Community Council, the Active 20/30 Club, and the Sacramento Chapter of the Professional Moving Association.

Dan was a Relocation Consultant for California Moving Systems for 35 years. He was a graduate of Sacramento High School and attended Sacramento City College.

“Dan was a gentle and kind-hearted individual,” said Rancho Cordova City Manager Cyrus Abhar. “He was instrumental in planning the future of Rancho Cordova and was known as a passionate supporter of youth programs and activities.”

Dan was a family man and is survived by his mother, Gerry; wife, Pamela; son John Skoglund, daughter-in-law Lindsey Feeley Skoglund, and grandson Benjamin; and son Jeffrey Skoglund.

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California’s Economic Output Outpaces Nation for Fourth Straight Year

By George Runner, State Board of Equalization  |  2017-04-21

George Runner, State Board of Equalization

California’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown consistently faster than the nation’s as a whole for four straight years. In 2015, the California GDP rose 5.6 percent, while the U.S. GDP increased 3.7 percent (unadjusted for inflation). Also called “economic output,” GDP measures the market value of goods, services, and structures that are produced within a particular period, and tends to be related to population, income, spending, employment, housing permits, and other measures of economic activity.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area led the nation with an economic output of about $1.603 trillion in 2015. California was represented by two of the top 10 areas: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim ($930.8 billion), and San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward ($431.7 billion). The Los Angeles metropolitan area accounts for 37.9 percent of California’s GDP, while the San Francisco Bay Area comprises 17.6 percent. The Sacramento-Roseville region accounts for 4.8 percent ($118.8 billion).

San Jose has been the fastest growing metropolitan area within California – and the second fastest in the U.S. – with stronger economic growth than 380 of the nation’s 382 metropolitan areas in 2015. With growth rates that ranged from 5.0 percent to 10.4 percent over the past five years, the San Jose area had the largest increase in that time frame – 37.6 percent – more than 60 percent higher than the California average gain of 23.1 percent, for a total GDP of more than $235 billion. The state’s second-largest increase was in the Visalia-Porterville area – 32.4 percent – followed by Merced (30.2 percent), Napa (29.6 percent) and Madera (28.1 percent). The Hanford-Corcoran area also finished above the state average (24.2 percent). Both the Chico and Sacramento-Roseville areas had strong showings in 2015, ranking fourth and fifth in the state respectively in GDP growth.

One way to compare economic wellbeing among regions is to calculate inflation-adjusted GDP per capita. Real economic output per capita in the San Jose area was close to twice that of the California average in 2015. Other areas with higher than average per capita real GDP include San Diego, and Napa.

George Runner represents the First District and is a leading advocate for California taxpayers.

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All There in Black and White

By Margaret Snider  |  2017-04-21

Artist Robin Moyher with her mosaic titled Zentangle. Moyher uses her art to raise money for missions. “While I am not called to go into the mission field,” Moyher said on her Facebook page, Mosaics for Missions, “I do feel called to help support those who do go.” 
-- Photo by Jose Lopez

A new exhibit of fine art is open for viewing now through July 30 at Rancho Cordova City Hall, with the theme “Black and White”. The Artists Reception was held in the opening week of the show, on April 13.

Black and white work lines the walls, the medium varying nearly as much as the subject matter with the vision of each individual artist. Pieces by artist Heather McCray demonstrated graphic pen and ink lines with pencil to add depth. McCray likes fantasy and is drawn to mythical creatures and fairies. She took a class in Zentangle, a method that involves making detailed designs by the use of repetitive line and pattern work. “The idea is that you’re zoning out,” McCray said. “You’re reaching a Zen state with this way of kind of tangling your lines and creating these patterns.” She decided to try combining the sharp, more realistic work with the Zentangle style and showed her results in her three works at the show, titled The Manticore, The Huntress, and Hidden Beauty.

McCray’s interest in art was awakened when she was 6 years old by Mrs. Goldsmith, her art teacher from kindergarten through 8th grade. “We’d suddenly start seeing all these colors, or we’d start seeing shadows, or we’d start seeing other aspects of things,” McCray said. “Her penchant for getting you to open your eyes, and how to see the world, and how to translate that into art, was just phenomenal.”

Robin Moyher’s black and white mosaic in this show also featured Zentangle – in fact, that was its title. Moyher’s commissioned work, Serenity, was unveiled recently at the VA Medical Center at Mather. Other artists in this show have incorporated Zentangle into their work, including Rick Sloan of the Cordova Recreation and Park District Board with his pen and ink art titled, Whimsical Journey.

Ann Greitzer’s three realistic pen and ink portraits brought her into this show for the first time. In fact, she had not been in a show since her art college days. Greitzer said she looked around at what artists were doing now and one of those things was urban sketching: going out into the urban environment with easel or sketchbook and drawing what is there. “What’s even harder than that?” Greitzer asked herself. “To me, what’s harder than that is trying to draw the human figure accurately. It takes years to be able to do.” So that’s what she is working on now.

Greitzer pointed out that a lot of artists prepare to make a living in some other field than art, and return to art later in life. “So I’m kind of getting back into what I used to do when I was a young girl,” Greitzer said. “Then I used to draw every day and I really loved it.” She said she now spends about an hour and a half each day practicing art, working it around her family life and her job at Franklin Templeton.

McCray also produces art around a full life as Assistant Chief Counsel for the Board of Parole Hearings.

The local art community will hold an interactive workshop for artists 7-8:30 p.m., Monday, May 15, at City Hall. Artists are invited to bring a sample of their work – framed, unframed, finished or in progress. Those interested will have an opportunity to personally review and critique their own work as well as to learn the process of small group review and critique. For information contact Lorna Sheveland at

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Patrouille de France Soars High at Mather

By Shelly Lembke  |  2017-04-21

The Patrouille de France are one of the world’s most senior demonstration teams and have flown Dassault/Dornier Alpha light attack jets since 1981 and are renown worldwide for their skill and expertise. 
-- Photo by Jose Lopez

Mather Airport played host last Saturday, April 15 to France’s top military pilots when the “Patrouille de France” came to town. A crowd of at least 5,000 spectators and French and American dignitaries turned out to see the French pilots and aircraft perform during the historically significant show.

The Mather event was the only west coast appearance of the French Air Force’s elite military jet demonstration team, during its 8 U.S. city run. The day was sponsored by the City of Rancho Cordova and the California Capital Airshow (CCA). The Patrouille de France, in conjunction with the City and CCA, orchestrated the single performance in honor of the 100th anniversary of the US entering World War I, and as a lead in to the centennial celebrations of Mather Air Field, which opened in 1918.

The Patrouille de France flies Dassault/Dornier Alphas, used as light attack jets in combat and also training missions. The planes have been co-developed and manufactured in France by Dassault Aviation and Dornier Flugzeugwerke in Germany. Other craft were also on display for visitors to see up close, as well as a variety of exhibits. Food trucks and merchandise to commemorate the event were available for purchase.

California Capital Airshow Executive Director Darcy Brewer called the event, “a tribute from our French allies to the American heroes of World War I and a rare opportunity to experience this world class air force up close and personal.”

The Patrouille de France performance serves as a herald for this year’s 2017 California Capital Airshow, taking place September 9 and 10 at Mather. The CCA was established in 2004 and is dedicated to community enrichment and educational youth programs and scholarships, encouraging aeronautical science and engineering.

For more information about the airshow, performers, programs and tickets, please visit

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Measure J Offers Local Tax Cut for Seniors, Relief for Some Elderly

Special Release by Cordova Recreation and Park District  |  2017-04-21

The Cordova Recreation and Park District is granting a partial tax exemption for qualified property owners on the Measure J parcel tax. The CRPD Board of Directors approved a 20 percent reduction for residential property that is owned and the principal residence of adults aged 65 years or older in the qualifying tax year.

Measure J is a special tax on property passed by voters in November 2016 to help support CRPD’s goal of providing safe, clean and accessible parks and facilities to the community. Measure J will support specific areas in the District, including Rosemont, Larchmont, Riviera East, Gold River and most of the City of Rancho Cordova.

Applications for the senior discount are due by May 31, 2017. Applications are available online at, at the CRPD District Office located at 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Suite 230 or at the Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center located at 3480 Routier Road. Applications may be brought in person or mailed to the District office or Senior Center.

CRPD will also be hosting an informational workshop at the Senior Center on May 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Reservations for the workshop will be taken at the Senior Center front desk.

More information on Measure J and the senior discount is available online and by calling the Measure J Information Hotline at 916-382-8633.

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Gaines Launches Effort to Repeal Gas Tax

Source: The Office of Ted Gaines  |  2017-04-20

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) has stepped up to repeal the Democrat’s recent huge gas tax. He has issued following statements regarding his effort to repeal Senate Bill 1, the transportation proposal recently passed by the legislature that imposes $52 billion in permanent new gas taxes and user fees on California motorists.

“I will be exploring every possible avenue to repeal the gas tax, whether it’s through legislation, an initiative to change or eliminate other gas taxes, or other courses of action. I am going to fight to overturn this unfair and regressive tax and get some justice for the California families and businesses that are getting nickeled and dimed to death.

“The Governor has compared fixing our roads with the urgency of fixing a leaky roof. Well guess what Governor Brown, Californians have already paid to fix the roof but the repairs have not been made and we’re all wondering why we’re left paying for the same service twice.

“And how are the people supposed to believe that this money will actually go to transportation? Currently, the state is diverting a billion dollars in weight fees away from roads every year. According to a recent Legislative Analyst’s Office report, CalTrans is overstaffed by 3,500 people wasting $500 million of road money every year. Why would anyone believe that this new tax isn’t a bait and switch sham where the funds won’t be diverted to pay for pet projects like the High-Speed Rail boondoggle?

“We already have some of the highest gas taxes and worst roads in the country. For years, we’ve starved transportation when we’ve had many billions in surplus, even though it was supposedly a ‘system in crisis.’ Before we take a single penny from Californians in new taxes, it is our duty to make 100-percent certain that we are spending the money we already collect exclusively on road repair and construction. Senate Bill 1 failed to do that and I’m going to make every attempt to make it right.”

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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Captain Shawn Condit Named Firefighter Employee of the Year

Sac Metro Fire Special Release, By Deputy Chief Eric Bridge  |  2017-04-20

(L to R) Mark Creffield, executive director of the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce, Captain Shawn Condit and Deputy Chief Eric Bridge

Captain Shawn Condit began his fire service career with American River Fire Department on August 4, 1990. In 2000, American River Fire District and Sacramento County Fire Protection District merged to become the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, also known as Metro Fire. Shawn is the Truck Captain at Fire Station 109 where he oversees a truck crew of three firefighters. Station 109 is located in the Carmichael community and is unique in that this is where the Hazardous Materials unit is housed. Captain Condit coordinates the Hazardous Materials program for our department.

Throughout his career, Captain Condit has demonstrated leadership on multiple levels. Aside from being an excellent company officer, he has been a leader in the Hazardous Materials Program. His tenure in the program provides the stability needed while offering training opportunities for his crew. Captain Condit and his crew willingly take on new employees and are often called upon by the training cadre to work with academies and probationary employees. When these new individuals spend time with his crew, they are provided with a positive experience and given information that will hopefully move them down the road through the process. In addition to all his regular responsibilities at the station, Captain Condit must maintain his Hazardous Materials certification, putting added responsibility upon himself.

In addition to his hard work at Metro Fire, Captain Condit serves as a Metro Director with the Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 union. This is an elected position by his peers. Shawn has held a position within the Union for over 10 years. He is an acknowledged leader within the union, and over the last 10 years he has moved up the ranks, starting out as a shift representative and eventually moving into the elected position he currently holds. He continues to do an outstanding job of representing the union members of our organization.

As Metro Director, Captain Condit represents the membership in many different ways. During our last contract negotiation, Captain Condit demonstrated calm, consistent leadership during the negotiation and confirmation process, acting as the facilitator for these meetings. He allowed for spirited but respectful debate. During these meetings, he is often involved in matters that are sensitive in nature and does not violate confidence. It is this trustworthiness that makes him an excellent Union officer and, by extension, Company Officer.

As a Union leader he takes a positive role in a needed position. Often times, employees are referred to him by management. His ability to listen fully to their problems and then calmly and positively advise them on a course of action tends to benefit both the department and the member. He acts in the best traditions of Union leadership and through this process, the matter is often resolved at the lowest level.

To be a leader, particularly as a firefighter, your work ethic must be self-evident. Since an outstanding work ethic is common at Metro Fire it is difficult to point out where one employee’s efforts are better than another, however in the case of Captain Condit he stands out each and every day. Many excellent company officers come to work and do their assignments and perform admirably, but taking a leadership position in the Union and Haz Mat program shows that Captain Shawn Condit is willing to give of himself to this department and its members. He is well respected within the Department, the Union and his crew.

Fire Chief Todd Harms was honored to name Captain Shawn Condit as Metro Fire’s 2016 Suppression Employee of the Year.

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RT Financials Showing Positive Trend for Fiscal Year 2018

Source: Sacramento Regional Transit District Media  |  2017-04-20

The Sacramento Regional Transit District (Sac RT) has been relentlessly optimizing business practices over the past eight months to bring its financial house in order, and the positive results are very encouraging. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, Sac RT is trending below budget. This has allowed Sac RT to develop a budget for FY 2018 that is expected to be $1.6 million less than the prior year.

 Additionally, by working diligently over the past year with rating agencies, last week Sac RT received great news from Moody’s, a bond credit rating service, that upgraded Sac RT’s bond rating from “negative” watch to “stable” outlook, which will help Sac RT to issue future bonds at a much better interest rate for regional capital projects. The significant transformation that Sac RT has made in the last year, as well as strong political support and strong board governance, is building up RT’s long-term financial stability, which will continue to move Sac RT in a new direction.

Under the direction of Henry Li, General Manager/CEO, Sac RT committed to strengthening its finances while making the system more clean, safe and convenient for riders. Sac RT has identified innovative revenue sources, strengthened its finances and reduced expenses to fund maintenance and capital investments. By aggressively containing costs and pursuing revenue enhancement opportunities, Sac RT has secured more than $3 million in operating funding, which helped enhance customer services.

“At a time when many public agencies are increasing budgets, we have been able to reduce ours. We are figuring out innovative ways to do more with less.” said Henry Li, General Manager/CEO. “Our number one priority is the customer, and the ability to reduce the annual budget without cutting service or increasing fares is a huge victory from where Sac RT was a year ago.”

Based on these positive trends, Sac RT projects to add to its fund balance for the first time in three years, and build up an emergency cash reserve of $6 million (with a 2017 year-end goal of $9 to $10 million). This will go a long way towards reducing Sac RT’s reliance on its line of credit to pay bills, a goal set by the Board of Directors.

By building strong employee and labor relations, Sac RT has been able to identify ways to reduce the annual increases associated with salaries and benefits that continue to offer value to employees, at a sustainable cost. There will only be a small increase in spending in this category for FY 2018, which is expected to be $1.95 million, or 1.8 percent, a modest amount for an organization that provides over 1,000 jobs to the region.

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Legislation to Fix Security Flaw in State’s Voter File Passes First Hurdle

Source: Office of Senator Nielsen  |  2017-04-20

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments unanimously voted to pass Senator Jim Nielsen’s measure to fix a security flaw the state’s voter file.

“Our democracy is an honor system based on trust,” said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama). “We must do everything we can to protect its integrity and keep the trust of the people. This measure will help ensure that trust.”

“I thank my colleagues on the committee for their support,” added Senator Nielsen.

Senate Bill 682, if passed, would prohibit the Department Motor Vehicles (DMV) from giving the Secretary of State electronic information needed to complete the voter registration affidavit for ineligible voters who hold special drivers’ licenses for noncitizens.

California’s current online voter registration system automatically allows the voter registration of anyone with a drivers’ license who self-certifies that they are eligible to vote – including individuals DMV knows to be ineligible because they were issued special noncitizen drivers’ licenses. These noncitizen drivers’ licenses do not establish voter eligibility, yet the online voter registration system only requires a drivers’ license number. As a result, undocumented residents may be unlawfully registered to vote.

There is no protocol for communication between the Secretary of State and the Department of Motor Vehicles to prevent these registrants from being approved under current law.

“Keeping the voter roll clean and up-to-date is a challenging task. This bill helps fill a gap in the security of the voter roll,” said Candace Grubbs, Butte County Elections Clerk-Recorder.

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

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Mitchell Middle School Student Volunteer Recognized

By Shelly Lembke  |  2017-04-20

Pictured is Anthony Lacayo, Mitchell Middle School student and Cordova Community Council award winner 2017 for Outstanding Teen Service. 
-- Photo courtesy Folsom Cordova Unified School District

Young Man Who Has Given Finally Gets

The Cordova Community Council recently awarded Rancho Cordova student Anthony Lacayo at the group’s 18th Annual Volunteer Awards in March. Lacayo attends Mitchell Middle School and has served as a volunteer for the last three years during the Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s Family Engagement Summery Academy.

Lacayo first attended the Academy himself as an elementary school student, and decided to give back to the community once he was old enough. “He decided to volunteer to make a difference for elementary students in the program,” according to Kathy Escobar, Multimedia Communications Specialist for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

Since then he has spent most of his last few summers as part of the Counselor in Training (CIT) program, a feature of the district’s program design.

“Anthony is the reason why we created the CIT component of the summer program,” said Linda Burkholder, the district’s Director of Family Engagement and Support Services. “We now have more than 20 middle and high school students serving as CITs every summer. The younger students in the Summer Academy often tell me they want to be CITs like ‘Mr. Anthony’ when they get to middle school. He inspires his younger siblings and peers to get involved in science.”

In addition to his many hours of volunteer work as a CIT for the school district, Lacayo has managed to find time to help with another integral organization in Rancho Cordova, the Police Activities League (PAL). Escobar elaborated on the law enforcement group’s appreciation of Lacayo’s service. “PAL is sending him to a leadership conference in southern California in the summer, in recognition of his passion for service and his work on the Youth Leadership Council.”

The Family Engagement Summery Academy offered by the Folsom Cordova Unified School District is geared to help families grow together by using “reading, science, games and fun adventures,” says the district’s website. The summer day camp is funded in part by grants and donations from the community. It provides recreational opportunities, hands-on art and science projects, reading, technology, field trips and includes a Parent Academy with activities for adults, too.

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