Soroptimists “Support” Homeless Teen Girls with New Bras

By Sheryl Longsworth, President Soroptimist International Local Chapter  |  2019-01-09

Since the club started this program eight years ago, they have served over 200 girls. Photo courtesy Sheryl Longsworth

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Soroptimist Int’l of Rancho Cordova & Gold River club, working with the Folsom Cordova Homeless Student Services Program, purchased new bras on Thursday, October 4, for seventeen homeless teen girls who are required to take a physical education class. “I learned several years ago, that many homeless teen girls were refusing to dress down for PE, because they were so embarrassed by the condition of their undergarments. Wearing a new bra that fits well, is comfortable and pretty, make girls feel confident and good about themselves. Homeless girls already have enough to worry about that affects their self-esteem and confidence, they shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed about what they’re wearing under their clothes,” says Sheryl Longsworth, co-founder and current president of the club. “It is our club’s hope that by giving these girls to pick out bras THEY want to wear, not just wear what was donated to them, that their confidence and self-esteem will increase, which, hopefully, will result in improved academic performance,” says Longsworth.

Since the club started this program eight years ago, they have served over 200 girls in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. “Every girl we’ve served is so appreciative and grateful. They usually give us big hugs and some are even in tears because we care so much about them and want them to be successful in life,” says Longsworth.

If you would like to help the club make a difference in girls’ lives like the “Supporting” Homeless Teen Girls project and would like more information about the club, please visit http://www.soroptimistranchocordova.org/ and/or email Sheryl at siranchocordova@soroptimist.net.

Soroptimist is an international 501(c)3 non-profit organization who seeks to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The name, Soroptimist, means "best for women," and that's what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are people at their best, working to help other women to be their best. Please send an email to siranchocordova@soroptimist.net to receive more information about Soroptimist International of Rancho Cordova & Gold River, how to become a member, or just learn how you can volunteer with our club members or visit http://www.soroptimistranchocordova.org/.

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Benefits Rancho Cordova Soroptimist Club Projects

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Did you receive some nice new electronic or powered “toys” over the holidays? Wondering what to do with your obsolete or broken old “toys?” The Rancho Cordova Soroptimist club signed up with a year-round fundraiser, ewaste4good. They will come to your home and pick up your e-waste on an appointment you set with them. You don’t even need to be home when they come to pick everything up. Just leave everything on your front porch! It couldn’t be easier to get rid of unwanted, broken or obsolete electronics and protect the environment. They are based in Stockton but will pick up from anyone in the Central Valley, Napa Valley, throughout the Greater Sacramento-area as far as Roseville/Rocklin and El Dorado Hills. So, if you know people in any of these areas, please share this announcement with them!

They take televisions, video games & consoles, computer monitors, computers, fax machines, calculators, desktop copiers, cell phones, telephones, printers, vacuum cleaners, speakers, keyboards, scanners, mice, laptops, networking equipment, power tools, misc. wires and cords, small appliances, household phones, stereo systems, medical equipment, and much more. CONDITION DOESN'T MATTER! They will wipe hard drives-TWICE, just to be certain.

Schedule a pickup by visiting this website: http://www.ewaste4good.com/Home.html#Anchor_1, in the Select County of Organization, select “Sacramento S,” look for “Soroptimist International of Rancho Cordova & Gold River.” If the club’s name doesn’t appear in the drop-down list, then type the club’s name “Soroptimist International of Rancho Cordova & Gold River” in the next field under the drop-down list. NOTE: There are other Soroptimist clubs signed up for this fundraiser. Make sure the Rancho Cordova/Gold River club is selected or typed in!

Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. The name, Soroptimist, means "best for women," and that's what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

Club projects money raised from this fundraiser will benefit is our purchasing of new bras for homeless teen girls, creating and distributing Comfort Kits to domestic violence survivors through Women Escaping A Violent Environment (WEAVE) and A Community For Peace and Comfort Kid kits for the children survivors bring with them to the safe house, college scholarships for single mothers, and new projects such as “Life Preparation” workshops for teens and a new cash award for teens in honor of late City Councilman Dan Skoglund. In the nine-year existence of the club, approximately 4,185 women and girls have been helped. The club has received the Key to the City of Rancho Cordova, three Proclamations from the City, Congressional Recognition from Ami Bera, and a Certificate of Recognition from the Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

Please send an email to siranchocordova@soroptimist.net to receive more information about Soroptimist International of Rancho Cordova & Gold River, how to become a member, or just learn how you can volunteer with our club members or visit http://www.soroptimistranchocordova.org/.

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Monster Jam Series Returns

By Heather Atherton  |  2019-01-09

All photos courtesy Atherton Public Relations

THE MOST FAMILY-FRIENDLY, ACTION-PACKED MOTOR SPORT IN THE WORLD RACES BACK INTO SACRAMENTO

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable!  Monster Jam®, the most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today, returns to Sacramento with a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement!  Be prepared for another high-octane weekend of Monster Jam Triple Threat Series events featuring six different competitions of speed, racing and freestyle stunts at the Golden 1 Center from January 18–20, 2019.

Featuring eight of the most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Central Valley fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each Triple Threat Series competitor contending in customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and of course, the iconic Monster Jam trucks in six events sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats.

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world. Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones. 

Fans also have the unparalleled opportunity to get up close and personal to their favorite Monster Jam trucks and drivers at the Monster Jam® Pit Party pre-show experience for photos & autographs.  

Tickets are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at just $20 each. Pit Passes available to purchase for $15 each.

Tickets and Pit Passes will be available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the Golden 1 Center Box Office. Ticket prices are subject to change, venue/ticketing fees may apply.

For all the latest news, announcements and updates, be sure to watch the Monster Jam 2019 Season Kickoff Show live streaming on www.MonsterJam.com

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SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) is increasing light rail service on weekends starting Sunday, January 6, 2019.  Light rail service will increase from 30 minutes to 15 minutes during peak travel hours.

“By offering more frequent service on the weekends, people will be able to travel to their destinations as safely and quickly as possible,” said Henry Li, SacRT General Manager/CEO. “All of these historic improvements reduce barriers for people to ride public transit, and show SacRT’s commitment to our customers and the community.”

On Saturdays, the 15-minute service will operate from approximately 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Sundays and holidays, the 15-minute service will operate from approximately 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All other times on Saturdays and Sundays/holidays as well as service to Folsom stations, light rail frequency will be 30 minutes. Visit sacrt.com to view the schedules.

This service improvement is just one of many customer initiatives that SacRT has implemented over the last year. SacRT expanded service hours to Folsom light rail stations in June, lowered fares in October, brought back the 25 cent transfer ticket, and reduced the student monthly pass from $55 to $20.

Visit sacrt.com for more information on fares and schedules.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) announced on January 2, 2018 a new optional service program with HomeServe USA (HomeServe) to provide its homeowner customers with the opportunity to purchase coverage for exterior water and sewer service lines as well as in-home plumbing. HomeServe will be mailing information to Golden State Water customers detailing the service plans designed to cover unanticipated costs and minimize inconvenience associated with piping system repairs. This program is optional, offered as a courtesy, and customers are under no obligation to make any purchases.

“Many homeowners are unaware that they are responsible for maintenance associated with the underground service line that connects their property to the water system, and they may not be prepared to cover repair costs if the service line is damaged,” said Robert Sprowls, President and CEO of Golden State Water. “As a courtesy to our valued customers, Golden State Water has selected HomeServe to offer optional coverage options that may help schedule and make repairs to their service lines. Customers are under no obligation, but HomeServe repair plans may provide peace of mind in the event that unexpected repairs are needed.”

Water (and sewer) lines from a home to the water provider’s meter are the responsibility of the property owner. Repairs to these pipes may not be covered by basic homeowners’ insurance. As a result, property owners may have difficulty coordinating and covering the cost for emergency repairs. HomeServe’s plans serve as a line of defense, ensuring that in the event of an unexpected repair the burden on homeowners is minimized or eliminated. The HomeServe repair process is seamless, and repairs are made by licensed and approved local contractors.

HomeServe coverage includes access to a 24/7/365 Repair Hotline as well as local, licensed, and insured contractors who provide timely repair services. Exterior Water Service Line Coverage will be available for $6.99 per month. HomeServe will also offer a combined Exterior Sewer and Septic Line Coverage for a total of $11.49 per month. An Interior Plumbing and Drainage plan to cover in-home plumbing is available for $16.99 per month. Golden State Water customers enrolling in the optional plans will have convenient payment options directly through HomeServe.

“Our service plans cover the cost of the repair and provide homeowners with reputable, local contractors who will do the best possible job,” said John Kitzie, CEO of HomeServe USA. “We’re thrilled to partner with Golden State Water and look forward to the opportunity to provide coverage to help homeowners should they be faced with a repair emergency.”

Golden State Water customers can visit www.homeserveusa.com or call 1-833-492-3884 for more information.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The elected SMUD Board of Directors approved a $1.71 billion budget. The 2019 budget provides funding for all capital and operations and maintenance (O&M) programs needed to meet the Board’s Strategic Directions in the year ahead and in future years.

The 2019 budget is $25 million less than the 2018 budget, which is primarily due to lower planned capital expenditures, though SMUD anticipates an exciting and transformational year as the electric company continues laying the foundation for the future. Next year’s budget includes funding for many industry-leading initiatives and a variety of programs and investments that support the development of SMUD’s load-serving capacity, grid modernizations and compliance with regulatory requirements. Support for outreach and communications to educate customers about SMUD’s move to time-of-day pricing is also included.

Some major capital projects for next year include the rebuilding of three major substations that serve large numbers of residential and commercial customers, hydro generation facilities work and the designing and building of a new energy control facility. Completion of the SMUD Headquarters remodeling project, and new and ongoing technology projects are included as well.

Other major projects include removing and replacing more than 50 circuit miles of cable; automation of a couple of dozen high-voltage switches; upgrades and expansion of the downtown Sacramento electrical distribution network; expansion of the grid into new communities in Folsom and Rancho Cordova; and improvements at a bulk substation that serves the Arden area.

SMUD continues to be in a strong financial position. In 2017, Fitch and S&P upgraded SMUD’s credit ratings to AA, from an already impressive AA-, while Moody’s continues to rate SMUD Aa3. To maintain these credit ratings, which continue to be the highest in three decades, SMUD has a strategic financial target to maintain strong operating cash flow. Forecasted 2019 operating cash flow cover is 1.76 times operating cash flow, which exceeds the SMUD Board’s minimum target of cash flow cover of 1.5 times operating cash flow and supports a higher level of proposed capital spending. The higher credit rating produces a lower cost of borrowing.

SMUD customers continue to pay significantly less for electricity than most Californians, and as of September 1, 2018, more than 30 percent less than customers who are supplied by neighboring PG&E.

As the nation’s sixth-largest, community-owned electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 70 years to Sacramento County (and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties). SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD’s power mix is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, visit smud.org.

Source: SMUD Media

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CRPD Donates Gifts to Homeless Children

By Cady Nagy-Chow, CRPD  |  2019-01-06

CRPD staff members were honored when leadership presented them with this opportunity to give back. Photo courtesy CRPD

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - On December 17, Cordova Recreation & Park District (CRPD) staff donated 40 gifts to 10 homeless children in partnership with the Folsom Cordova Unified School District Homeless Student Services. CRPD “adopted” these four homeless families for the holiday season, reflecting a fierce commitment to their mission to serve the needs of their diverse and growing community.

Director of this endeavor, CRPD’s Administrative Specialist Gail Bair, reached out to the school district a few years ago to see how CRPD could help the homeless in the community. “The children we provide for are in kindergarten through high school who live locally but don’t have homes. The wonderful thing about the Homeless Student Services program is that throughout the year they provide basic needs that we take for granted like clothes, hygiene products and school supplies, for these children. So, what is magical about this partnership during this season is we can step it up a notch and help give these kids elements of a childhood with games, coloring books, stuffed animals, etc.” Bair said.  

CRPD staff members were honored when leadership presented them with this opportunity to give back. “I love to give back because there are so many families in need out there and I have the opportunity to help them have the best Christmas possible. It’s part of why I love working here,” Office Assistant Jacqueline Yoos said.

Recreation Coordinator Chase Michelotti agrees with Yoos that the spirit of giving back is what makes CRPD such a great work environment. “Having the chance to contribute to something greater brings out the best in everyone. I believe it is the responsibility of those who can give to give, so the presence of opportunities like these is really important in my work place,” Michelotti said.

CRPD staff wishes these families and yours a joyous holiday and Happy New Year!

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