Rancho Cordova Area Soroptimist Club Selects Its 2017-2018 Award Winners

Story and photo by Soroptimist International  |  2018-09-28

Lisa, Scarlet and Sheryl stand proud of their accomplishments. Soroptimist is an international nonprofit organization who seeks to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - After a very difficult task of judging applications, the Live Your Dream and Ruby Awards were selected, and awards given out at the Soroptimist International of Rancho Cordova & Gold River’s (SIRCGR) recent award reception.

Our “Live Your Dream Award” winner, Scarlet, is well deserving of this scholarship. Scarlet has faced many difficult challenges growing up being raised by her single mom with her two siblings. Scarlet has faced, and overcame poverty, substance abuse and even attempted suicide. Her suicide attempt, “sobered” her up, and put her on the path to taking control of her life. She fell in love, moved to Virginia, and had a beautiful daughter. Then her marriage became emotionally abusive. After seeking help, she saw her future, to open a similar facility that provided her help and support, in Rancho Cordova. She’s presently attending Sac State studying for her bachelor’s degree in Social Work, with her goal of receiving a Master of Social Work, becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and opening a clinic dedicated to helping women overcome mental health and societal issues such as domestic violence, child rearing, career challenges and general mental health. Scarlet’s tenacity and drive, along with her family’s love and support, will ensure that Scarlet achieves her goals.

Our Ruby Award was given to Lisa Wrightsman, founder of the Street Soccer USA: Sacramento Lady Salamander program. Lisa’s story is just as inspiring as Scarlet’s! Lisa was introduced to street soccer while living in a transitional housing and employment program for the homeless. Lisa excelled in academics and athletics, which led to a college soccer scholarship, then a semi-professional soccer career. Sadly, this path of that career was cut short due to substance abuse. While seeking help to rebuild her life, she was introduced to street soccer and the Sacramento Mohawks. Lisa participated in the SSUSA National Cup in 2010, then was selected to be on the first All-Women’s USA National team representing the USA in the Homeless World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. The impact of that experience was so profound, that Lisa was convinced, compelled and committed to bringing Street Soccer to her hometown of Sacramento. “2018 marks the eighth consecutive year that SSUSA will see the strength and hope of the women in our community. Thus far they’ve seen women and children reconnect, women overcome interpersonal and physical fears, positive female-to-female relationships develop, women desire a healthier life style and set positive examples for their peers and children, and many other life skills and positive characteristic develop along this Street Soccer journey,” says Lisa.

“Our club is extremely proud of all our award winners. We are confident that they will achieve and exceed the goals they have set for themselves and we look forward to remaining in touch and perhaps develop a partnership of continued support,” says Soroptimist International of Rancho Cordova & Gold River President, Sheryl Longsworth.

The goal of the Live Your Dream Award is to help head of household women improve their economic status by preparing them to enter or re-enter the workplace. Unlike other scholarship programs, the Live Your Dream award can be used for books, childcare, transportation or any other expense that will help a woman reach her educational goal. The Ruby Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.

The 2018-19 Live Your Dream and Ruby Award application window are open now and both close on November 15, 2018. Both applications may be accessed at our website: http://www.soroptimistranchocordova.org/awardapplications/live-your-dream-award and http://www.soroptimistranchocordova.org/awardapplications/ruby-award.

Soroptimist is an international nonprofit 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 www.soroptimistranchocordova.org.

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Congressional Negotiation and Compromise Necessary, Says Bera

Story and photos by Margaret Snider  |  2018-09-28

A variety of Rancho Cordova citizens and other interested people attended the Rancho Cordova Luncheon.  Here Sheryl Smith, left, owner of Smith Real Estate Services; Sirisha (Siri) Pulapati, candidate for CRPD Board; Congressman Ami Bera; and Cari Zarou, owner of Pocket Deli share a photo op after the program.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Congressman Ami Bera spoke at the Rancho Cordova Luncheon on September 21.  “I’m an optimist, actually,” Bera said.  “I believe that the United States is a remarkable nation and the values that we are founded on are so remarkable.”  Though unemployment is down, he feels that most of the new jobs are either on the high or the low end.  The middle class are being “hollowed out” and need to be grown.  Bera said, “I feel like – ‘Okay, let’s roll up our sleeves, let’s think about how we address some of these challenges.’”

Bera is concerned that we will be the first generation not to give the next a country that is better than it was before.  Bera went to UC Irvine for both his undergraduate and medical degrees.  “I paid $393 a quarter to go to medical school, which is remarkable!” Bera said.  “. . . I think the urgency of now is how do we get back to that ethic of reinvesting ourselves and reinvesting in that next generation?”

Sheryl Smith, owner of Smith Real Estate Services and chairman for the Barrel District Experience in Rancho Cordova on October 6, said that Bera’s address was pretty generic.  “He seemed to want to reach both sides of the aisle,” Smith said.  “Some of the insights that he shared about how things work in D.C. were helpful.” 

Bera is a founding member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus in Congress, and he decried the dysfunction and the constant partisan bickering in the House.  Under the Caucus’s Break the Gridlock proposal, Bera and others in the Caucus have a plan to make the House more accessible to members.
“Right now, historically, 95% of the things that we debate on the floor are under a closed rule,” Bera said.  “What that means is I can’t go to the floor and offer an amendment, because it’s closed.  Thirty years ago 90% were under open rules, in active debate.  We want a functioning House, we need robust debate, and need to break the gridlock with pragmatic members . . . the ones that want to govern and recognize we’ve got to negotiate and compromise.”

Small business owner Cari Zarou, owner of Pocket Deli in Rancho Cordova, said, “On a positive note, (Bera) sees great growth for the Sacramento region and what it will look like in 25 years.  He says that proper planning will be the most important issue to ensure expansion.”

Siri Pulipati, who is running for election to the Cordova Recreation and Park District Board, said about Bera’s talk, “I like that Bera spoke from the heart.  He touched on his humble upbringing and his vision for Sacramento, which involves getting more jobs to the area.”

Bera, a democrat, won his first term in the House for California’s 7th Congressional District in 2012, was re-elected in 2014 and 2016, and is running in 2018 against republican Andrew Grant.  Bera’s parents immigrated to the United States from India in the 1950s.  Bera attended public schools through the 12th grade, attended UC Irvine for both his undergraduate and his medical degrees.  His residency was in internal medicine and in his 20 year medical career he also served in various leadership and medical management roles.  Bera lives in Elk Grove with his wife, also a physician, and they have one daughter.

Grant, who attended the event, said, “Even among business leaders at a Rancho Chamber of Commerce event, (Bera) refuses to acknowledge how tax reform, deregulation, and investor confidence has created the best job growth and wage increases in years.” 

Speaking of the years to come in his closing remarks, Bera said we need to, “Look to the future and what we can do that will still be effective five, 10, even 25 years from now, so that the next generation will benefit and move on from there.”

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Midtown Association Presents Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade

By T-Rock Communications  |  2018-09-27

Calling Kids, Canines and the Young-at-Heart…

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Plans are afoot for the Midtown Association to present the crowd-favorite Midtown Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Marshall Park (915 27th Street). Sponsored by the Sutter District – with restaurants that include BarWest, Biba, Blue Cue, Centro Cocina Mexicana, Harlow’s, INK Eats & Drinks, Paragary’s Midtown & Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar – the canine-friendly event is highlighted by the much-anticipated “pooch parade” scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. that day. Four-legged friends will strut by on stage while competing in an entertaining costume contest that will include playful prizes for the winning pooches. 

The playful Midtown Mascot will be on-site as will the ever-popular mobile off-leash “Pop-Up Dog Park” to encourage canine-friendly communication for pooches 30 pounds or less (due to the structural limits of the fencing).  Plus, a variety of free family-friendly activities will be available that include the following: face painting by Fancy Figments;  a deluxe rainbow castle jump house with a basketball hoop; hands-on arts and crafts; and entertaining live music from The Hoots that is sponsored by Republic Services.  Also, photo-friendly pet backdrops will be available along with a fun pop-up portrait board. 

Early that day, special and spirited activities will be available at the Midtown Farmers Market that takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 20th at J Street and extends beyond K Street. Costumes are encouraged and children of all ages are invited to join the fun.  Then, many business near J, K and 24th Streets will participate in “Midtown Trick-or-Treat” by providing goodies for children in costume from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.

“All year long, we’re excited to offer an inspired variety of creative and fun events in Midtown that are both family and pet friendly,” said Emily Baime Michaels, Executive Director of the Midtown Association. “And we’re especially thrilled to showcase our four-legged friends for this Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade that is so incredibly popular with the Midtown community.”

The Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade, Pop-Up Dog Park and the Midtown Farmers Market are presented and supported by the Midtown Association, which is committed to ensuring Midtown remains a thriving center for culture, creativity and vibrancy. Midtown is both walkable and bike-friendly with parking available in nearby garages located at 1801 L Street or the East End Garage on 17th Street between L & Capitol plus various lots throughout Midtown. For more information about Midtown Sacramento, how to get around, special events and the Midtown Association, please visit www.exploremidtown.org or follow on social media – Facebook at www.facebook.com/exploremidtown/ and @ExploreMidtown on Instagram and Twitter. 

Midtown Association

The mission of the Midtown Association (MA) is to create a center for culture, creativity and vibrancy in Sacramento’s urban core. For more information about MA, please, call 916-442-1500 or visit www.exploremidtown.org

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Utility poles covered with signs and notices for political candidates, lost animals, yard sales and events present serious hazards for utility workers. This is a particular problem during election season.

Nails, staples, tacks, and screws used to post signs can cause serious injury to lineworkers who climb the wooden utility power poles every day. These items are especially hazardous when the poles are climbed during bad weather to restore power during storms and at night.

When the signs fall off or are removed, the fasteners often remain in the pole, causing lineworkers to get cut or injured. Nails and staples can obstruct climbing gear, which can cause workers to slip or fall as they climb. Even the tiniest puncture in lineworkers’ rubber gloves can expose them to severe shock from power lines.

When advertising for a political candidate, lost pet, garage sale or other event, please do not post signs on utility poles.

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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - As part of its commitment to the community, SMUD is hosting a free community resource fair to ensure the success of seniors in the community. Seniors and their families are invited to learn about caregiving resources; accident prevention; fraud prevention; legal assistance; health and wellness; financial assistance; and, home modifications. Register today for free breakfast and resources.

WHAT:  Community Resource Fair Celebrating Seniors

WHERE:                SMUD Customer Service Center: 6301 S Street, Sacramento

WHEN:         Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 8 a.m.—Noon

REGISTER:              SMUD.org/Learn or 916-732-6738




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FCUSD Forum: Candidates Set to Speak on Monday

FCUSD Release  |  2018-09-24

Forum to Take Place on Monday, September 24 at FCUSD Educations Sevices Center

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NorCal Rapist Arrested

Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-09-21

Suspected NorCal rapist Roy Charles Waller, 58, was arrested in Berkeley this week.

Answer in DNA

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - It was an eerie, familiar feeling as Sacramento District Attorney stood alongside state law enforcement agents and in front of media members, announcing the arrest of yet another notorious California serial rapist.

58-year-old Roy Charles Waller of Benicia was linked through DNA to the heinous NorCal Rapist crimes committed on at least 12 victims that date back beginning 27 years ago and took place across six counties.

“The answer has always been in the DNA,” said Schubert, coincidentally in the midst of National Forensic Science Week. She explained the partnership of tireless science and police work that led to a breakthrough over the past 10 days, eventually leading to the arrest.

“Today we can bring some closure to the victim in Contra Costa County who was attacked on Halloween in 1996,” said Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton.

Waller was arrested in Berkeley near the U.C. Berkeley campus. He has been a U.C. Berkeley employee for the past 25 years. The Sacramento Police Department and the Berkeley Police Department made the arrest.

The suspect has been charged with 12 counts of force-able sexual assault, plus enhancements. There are also allegations that he used a gun. He’s been awarded no bail and his arraignment is set for Monday in Sacramento.

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