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Medical Marijuana Ordinance Sees New Growing Limits

By Julia Baum
Posted: 1/23/2015

Sitting Against A Colorful Mural A Young Woman Smokes
Rancho Cordova Chief of Police Michael Goold said the ordinance as written makes growing laws much easier to enforce but also said that prohibiting smoking on private property could be outside the police department’s hands for now.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Medical marijuana patients in Rancho Cordova are facing new restrictions on cannabis cultivation after city council members unanimously passed a new set of rules on January 20th, placing limits on the size and scope of their gardens.

Citing the California Court of Appeal ruling in Browne v. County of Tehama in 2013 that cities are not preempted by state law from placing limits on marijuana cultivation, outdoor growing of marijuana within the city limits of Rancho Cordova is now prohibited. Without demonstrated medical necessity to the Planning Director, indoor gardens are limited to 25 square feet or less and are also completely banned in homes where minors reside. In addition, all indoor cultivation must be shielded from view in public right-of-way areas. Violations of the new regulations will be treated as public nuisances by the city.

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Mayor McGarvey Laughs With Friends
Rancho Cordova Mayor Robert J. McGarvey (center) enjoys a light moment with luncheon attendees after his address to the community. McGarvey’s wife, Terri, is on the right.
Photo by Margaret Snider

Rancho Cordova Mayor Outlines Fresh Take on 2015

By Margaret Snider
Posted: 1/23/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Beginning his third term as mayor of Rancho Cordova, Robert J. McGarvey presented a Fresh Take on 2015 at the traditional luncheon for that purpose on January 16th. Nearly 100 people consumed rice and broccoli beef and heard about the accomplishments that are now underway or expected in the coming year.

“Over the years, you have heard about new businesses, infrastructure projects, events and amenities, public safety, and more,” McGarvey said. “Now it’s time to share our story with others.”

The city is kicking off 2015 by showing Rancho Cordova’s Fresh Take with the changes that are occurring and by emphasizing its spirit.

“Tell someone you know about Rancho Cordova,” McGarvey urged. “Tell them about your favorite restaurant, your favorite business, or your favorite park.”

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Economy Boosted by County Crops and Livestock

Posted: 1/16/2015

Bright Green Grapevines Growing In the Sun
Wine grapes continue to lead in Sacramento County’s production by raking in $141.2 million last year, making it a third of the County’s production value.
Photo courtesy of Sacramento County

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Wine grapes, milk, and pears help keep Sacramento County agriculture at the top of its game, according to the newly released Crop and Livestock Report. The year 2013 brought in a crop production value of $457.3 million, the second highest in County history.

“Everyone knows Sacramento is fertile ground, but many may not know how significant this is to our living,” stated County Agricultural Commissioner Juli Jensen. “A productive agricultural year for Sacramento means a better economy, fresher food, and healthier living overall.”

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Planet Fitness Opens in Rancho Cordova

By Linda Harper
Posted: 1/16/2015

Smiling Exercisers Get Fit In the Judgement Free Zone
Planet Fitness’ “Judgement Free Zone” aims to include anyone, regardless of their abilities or goals.
Photos by Linda Harper

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - It’s January again and you’ve made a resolution to get fit for your health and to improve your looks. You begin your search for a gym to join because you realize you can’t fulfill your January promise on your own; you need encouragement, guidance, and of course, a little fun! Look no further! Planet Fitness, an innovative health club known for its “Judgement Free Zone” and affordable prices, opened in Rancho Cordova on November 14th, 2014. Since that evening when there were 100 people waiting to get in, membership at Planet Fitness Rancho Cordova has grown to 3,100 members. The club, which is known for ridding “Gymtimidation” from the health club experience, is one of the city’s newest businesses.

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Region Employment Trends Show Growing Optimism

Job Demand and Hiring Trends for Local Companies

Posted: 1/9/2015

A Businessman Looks Forward While His Team Works Out the Details
Despite the optimistic outlook, regional acquisition and mergers combined with seasonal layoffs is reducing workforces at 6% of Sacramento regional employers polled in the first three months of 2015.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Optimism is strong for ongoing growth of the Sacramento regional economy in the New Year.

In direct contacts with top Sacramento regional employers, Pacific Staffing has discovered that 84% of company contacts expressed optimism for 2015 about ongoing economic and job growth in our region. Just 8% of those contacted in 2014 between November 12th and December 16th indicated a pessimistic outlook. Another 8% didn’t or couldn’t answer when asked, “Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the economy in 2015?” In what is traditionally the slowest period for hiring, the Sacramento Employment Trends Survey has learned the majority of top regional employers will continue at a robust pace in hiring for the first quarter of 2015.

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Drug Treatment Centers Draw Both Support and Concern

By Julia Baum
Posted: 1/9/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - A proposed residential drug rehabilitation facility’s permit request to operate in a neighborhood with a long history of crime caught the attention of many Rancho Cordova residents on both sides of the issue at a December 15th city council meeting.

American Health Services (AHS), which runs 22 programs in the state, submitted an application for a conditional use permit in June to treat up to 20 patients in a 10-bedroom residential detoxification center at 10087 Terra Loma Drive. Unlike a planned outpatient methadone clinic nearby, the detox center is not considered a medical facility and therefore is not protected by medical right. Consequently, the facility must be approved by city officials, who may make requests for accommodations such as uniformed security guards and cameras on the premises during all hours of operation.

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Merry Christmas!

By Paul V. Scholl, Publisher
Posted: 12/25/2014


Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

One Thousand Men Sought for 2015 Record-Breaking March

By Linda Harper
Posted: 12/19/2014


Disabled Sports USA Far West Opens for 2014-15 Season

Posted: 12/19/2014


California Community College Districts Show Overwhelming Interest in Developing Four-Year Degree Programs

Posted: 12/19/2014


Don’t Let Storm Repairs Turn Into An Uglier Mess

CSLB Tips Help Prevent Storm Repairs From Becoming Costly Headaches

Posted: 12/12/2014


Women’s Empowerment Receives $25,000 From Save Mart C.A.R.E.S.

Grant Will Help Sacramento Women Break the Cycle of Homelessness

Posted: 12/12/2014


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