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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Mather Sports Center and the Cordova Recreation and Parks District (CRPD) are bringing a unique tactile experience to area youngsters. The free event, Meet the Machines, features more than 30 distinct machines and vehicles for kids to come and explore.
“This free event allows children of all ages to learn about the vehicles they see on the road and television every day. Some examples include fire trucks, police vehicles, ambulances, helicopters, tow trucks, garbage trucks, school buses, Segways and military vehicles,” according Vivian Vivian Cazanis, Communications Manager for the Cordova Recreation and Park District.
Kids are invited to touch, climb and explore each unique machine, but there’s more, according to Cazanis. “In addition to machines, children can visit the Kids Zone filled with bounce houses, games, balloon animals and face painting. The first hour of the event is horn-free to accommodate children with special needs and sensitive ears,” she said.
Now an annual event, this year the exhibit takes place Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Mather Sports Center, 3755 Schriever Avenue, Mather. For more information, contact the CRPD at 916-842-3300 or visit their website at www.crpd.com.
Walnutwood school instructor Jessica Cisneros-Elliott teaches students a little differently than most of her peers do and she was recently recognized for her abilities and talents by local media outlet ABC10 as their Teacher of the Month.
Cisneros-Elliott is an independent study teacher at the Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s (FCUSD) alternative education school Walnutwood. It is her ability to motivate her students that has drawn praise for her efforts. Independent study students work largely on their own outside of a classroom environment. Keeping them engaged and involved while being responsible for advancing their own educational goals, can be challenging.
“Ms. Cisneros-Elliott embodies the very best of our teachers: She has the ability to find what is important to individual students, then inspires them to continue reaching for their goals,” said FCUSD Superintendent Deborah Bettencourt.
A well-seasoned instructor, Cisneros-Elliott has been with the FCUSD for seven years, spending the last six at Walnutwood. “We’re so proud that she is being recognized for her hard work and dedication to student achievement.”
Last fall, Folsom High teacher Pam Goldman led 30 of her students to the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary in pursuit of learning. The students are part of the Principles of Engineering (POE) class that she teaches. The visit to the Folsom Zoo was part of the course curriculum, allowing students to begin designing habitats and providing enrichment items for animals living at the facility. Once the design review phase is complete, students will move on to the building and installation of their individual design projects at the Zoo.
“Students created a detailed design proposal including CAD drawings and supply lists and they recently met with engineers for the review of their designs,” stated Goldman. The yearlong Zoo Project, which is funded by grants, is designed to teach students about identifying the animals’ needs while utilizing their engineering skills, according to Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) spokesperson Kathy Escobar.
“This project is an example of the kind of engaging, hands-on learning opportunities our schools and teachers provide,” said Kathryn Allaman, FCUSD Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education. “Thanks to community partnerships and initiatives that support programs like this, these students are applying the knowledge they gain in the classroom with real-world experience, while also making a tangible impact in the community.”
One more game at its own tournament was on the agenda for the Cordova High School baseball team last week. But once again, Mother Nature had a say in the Lancers’ games.
On April 12th, Cordova was supposed to have played Menlo of Atherton in the 47th annual Cordova Baseball Easter Tournament at Peterson Field. But rain and field conditions wiped out the Lancers’ final game. Cordova head coach Doug Hughes decided to cancel the rest of the tournament that included Menlo, plus Rosemont, Mesa Verde, Redwood Christian, Merced, Enterprise of Redding and Sanger. With the tournament in the books, Hughes and the Lancers turn their attention back to Sierra Valley Conference action. Cordova (5-3 in the SVC, 8-8) is in the middle of the race that includes being tied for second place with El Dorado (5-3 in the SVC, 12-6) and sitting alone in first place is Liberty Ranch (8-0 in the SVC, 13-5).
“I (don’t) think anyone (will) run away with the league title,” said Hughes going into Wednesday’s SVC game against Union Mine (3-5 in the SVC). “All of the teams in the SVC will beat up on each other for the next three weeks. We are up for the challenge and looking forward to it.”
As a team, the Lancers are batting .350. Leading the way at the plate is senior Logan Appino, who is batting .604 with 10 RBIs. Trevor Ready follows at .405 and Jeremy Buck .400 and 12 RBIs.
On the mound, Austin Smith has a 2-2 record for Cordova. That includes a 2.75 ERA and 23 strikeouts. Appino follows with 12 strikeouts, 2.80 ERA and 1-3, and Ryan Tipton 2-1 and 12 strikeouts. On Wednesday, Cordova hosted El Dorado. Yesterday, Thursday, Cordova played at Union Mine.
Today, Friday, the Lancers play at El Dorado. Cordova continues conference play at Peterson Field against Galt (0-8 in the SVC) next Wednesday, and play the Warriors again, this time in Galt, on Friday, April 28th. Game times are scheduled for 4 p.m.
“As a team, we can accomplish anything,” Hughes said. “I can’t express how proud I am of these kids. From last year to this year it’s like night and day. Not having a JV program the last couple of years, our underclassmen have had to step up and be a huge part of our success, which they have. I’m extremely proud of them. The last seven games should be exciting.”
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.