The MACC Celebrates Mather’s Centennial

Story by Trina L. Drotar, Photos courtesy Cordova Community Council  |  2018-08-31

“Century of Service – 100th Anniversary of Mather Field” will run for two weeks from September 5 through September 15. For additional information, visit

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Mather is celebrating a milestone as it turns 100 this year. To help ring in another century of service, the Cordova Community Council has planned a two week feast for art and music lovers and history buffs at the Mills Art and Culture Center (MACC), which opened in February at the Mather Field/Mills Station light rail location. The celebration kicks off with a grand opening reception on Wednesday, September 5 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. providing the first look at “Century of Service – 100th Anniversary of Mather Field.” The exhibit includes memorabilia, artifacts, art, music, and 48 life-size historical timeline boards designed by graphic artist Mark Loper.

“Bob Martinelli, the last commander at Mather, worked really tirelessly to put together some historical boards that take us through WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and into its commercial airport status as it is now,” said Cheryl Gleason, MACC event coordinator.

Exhibit items will move to the California Capital Air Show, which opens after the MACC events close, providing nearly a full month of celebration for Mather and its impact on the United States military and the Sacramento region.

“We’ve also partnered with the Aerospace Museum of California over at McClellan,” she said. “They have lent us some original uniforms and mannequins. I have a Tuskegee Airman in a sort of jumpsuit with a parachute on board. We have a WAC uniform,” referring to the Women’s Army Corps. The uniforms, she added, will illustrate style changes from early United States Army Air Corps through its transition to the United States Air Force.

Photos of the Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” biplane being towed down Folsom Blvd. are among the many items that have been collected for the exhibit. Gleason has a bottle of wine from Mather, an old wooden plane prop, and several items from Center for Sacramento History. Newspaper clippings and photos of social events will complement and expand on Mather’s significance.

The exhibit promises to highlight the contributions of artist Wayne Thiebaud, who began doing nose art and cartoons while stationed at Mather. Theibaud was one of many artists associated with Mather through its history. Mather’s role as a training academy for male and female navigators was critical. The base housed the only flying classrooms outside of Texas for cadet training.       

“I think it’s going to be a great tribute to the times and the history of Mather,” said Gleason.

James Scott, Sacramento Public Library’s Sacramento Room reference librarian, will give two talks during the ten day event. The first, “Panoramic History of Mather AFB,” is scheduled for September 6 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The second, on September 13, will focus on Mather’s role during WWI. Scott was praised by Gleason for his contributions to the exhibit. She is also excited that George Hudson, a Rancho Cordova resident who is an original Tuskegee Airman, will speak on September 15 about his experience and remembering the African American aviators who fought during WWII.

The gallery will open at 3 p.m. on September 7, and the RC Swing Band will perform “Fabulous Forties,” a tribute to the sounds of the 1940s, from 6:30 – 7:30 on the patio. A Mather reunion, “Silver Wings Saturday,” takes place on September 8 from noon to 5 p.m. with complimentary hot dogs until 2 p.m.

“Everything will happen at the MACC,” said Gleason. “It is such a convenient place. If you live in downtown Sac, just jump on the light rail and you’re right there at the doorstep.”

“Century of Service – 100th Anniversary of Mather Field” will run for two weeks from September 5 through September 15. The gallery will be open three days each week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Gallery and event hours vary. For additional information, visit If you go: 10191 Mills Station Road, Rancho Cordova, CA.

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Cake4Kids Bakes in Sacramento

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2018-08-31

Alyssa Van Hofwegen (L) and Mary Barnes show off a delicious example of one of the cakes.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A baker’s dozen is thirteen as the cake enthusiasts who attended Cake4Kids’ orientation at Arcade library on Saturday, August 18 know. This second orientation in the Sacramento region for the Sunnyvale-based nonprofit drew bakers of all backgrounds and ages hailing from Carmichael, Arden Arcade, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, Rancho Murieta and beyond to learn more about Cake4Kids.

Mary Barnes, Cake4Kids’ Sacramento ambassador, led the hour long program. Barnes is a Sacramento native who first discovered the group when she lived in San Francisco. When she returned to Sacramento to pursue her legal career she wanted to bring the program with her and spoke about why she chose the eastern part of Sacramento.

“We thought about logistics,” she said, “An area where there were a good number of residential areas to pull volunteers from.”

This area, she explained, is close to freeways, homes, several nonprofits serving the demographic that Cake4Kids supports – homeless, recent immigrants, those in foster care, and victims of human trafficking – and it doesn’t cost money for parking so that left downtown and midtown out of the running.

“It is supported by Carmichael, east Sacramento, Sac State students, and ARC students. We thought it was a good location to start because of all of those factors.”

In addition to being the nonprofit’s Sacramento ambassador and tackling the job of finding volunteers, contacting agencies, and filling requests, Barnes, like other volunteers, works full time. She is also a volunteer baker and delivered the first cake in Sacramento to Opening Doors, an organization that serves individuals and families escaping human trafficking and refugees new to the area. She baked a vegan banana cake for a boy and decorated the cake with a racecar theme, complete with toy cars atop a protective layer of marzipan, and topped with vegan chocolate frosting.

“We have several requests for vegan cakes from this organization.  We’re challenging our bakers right away,” said Barnes, adding that all requests had been claimed and filled since the first orientation in July with twenty attendees.

In 2010, Cake4Kids was born. Only thirteen cakes were baked and delivered that year. Fast forward eight years when more than 10,000 cakes have been baked and delivered by volunteers as far south as San Diego. The nonprofit also serves Fresno, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, and five other California counties. Each cake is prepared from scratch especially for the child, decorated, packaged in a cake box, and delivered to the requesting agency. Although volunteers never meet the children, they often receive thanks from the children or, in some cases, from the parents or caregivers.

Before volunteer bakers can claim cakes, they must attend a mandatory orientation where they’ll learn about the organization, the demographic served, logistics, and resources. One of the volunteer benefits is that each baker may take cake decorating classes and be reimbursed for up to $100.00 each year. The ability to be a fabulous decorator is not a requirement, although some cakes are quite lavish. Each cake, she added, must have the child’s name.

During the orientation, Barnes said that 60,000 children are in foster care and only 5% between 15 and 18 years of age are adopted in California. Nearly 30 percent of children are homeless in the United States, and Barnes referenced the thousands of U.S. based human trafficking cases annually. These are some of the at-risk children Cake4Kids serves.

Julie Eades, the organization’s executive director, attended the inaugural orientation in July and said in a telephone interview that, “When you’re on or near the poverty line, a cake might not be the thing you choose to spend your money on. We talk about the fact that these children get moved from home to home and sometimes they don’t get any birthday celebrations. Not because nobody cares. It’s just one thing extra that people caring for them have to think about.”

Cake4Kids serves children and young adults up to the age of 24 and Eades said that some children as old as twenty have never had a cake before the one baked and delivered by a volunteer. She also said that the older children are extremely appreciative of the cake made just for them. Everyone should feel special one day a year.

Men, women, and children 16 years and older interested in baking cakes and bringing joy to a child should sign up to be a volunteer on the organization’s website. Sacramento orientations will be held through December at Arcade and Arden-Dimick libraries. The goal is to have 100 volunteers on board. On October 20 and December 22, orientations will be held at Arcade library on Marconi from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. On November 10, Arden-Dimick will host from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The September orientation date and location has not been set. For additional information, visit

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Gov. Jerry Brown was recently ordered by the state’s 3rd Appellate District Court to repay more than $331 million in funds the state illegally diverted from a national fund intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures from the housing crisis. Instead of complying with the court order, Democrats are pushing through a bill to legitimize the theft of funds.

The Assembly already passed Assembly Bill 1829, which makes the statutory changes related to the National Mortgage justifying this theft.  AB 1829 was passed on a party line in the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, 12 – 5, with all Republicans on the committee voting no.

Bill Analysis reports:

In 2012, the federal government and 49 states sued, and eventually settled with, the five largest mortgage servicers in the country related to their actions leading up to and during the 2008 financial crisis. The resulting National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) resulted in comprehensive new mortgage servicing standards, provided more than $20 billion in financial relief for homeowners damaged by the mortgage crisis, and provided about $2.5 billion directly to states for a variety of uses, including “to compensate the states for costs resulting from the alleged unlawful conduct of the [bank defendants].” California’s share of this $2.5 billion was roughly $410 million. Under the terms of the settlement, each state’s Attorney General would designate the uses of the funds. The California Attorney General’s Office designated allowable uses of the received funds.

“California received approximately $410 million of the $2.5 billion paid to the states by the big five mortgage servicers – Ally (formerly GMAC), Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo – under a National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) with the federal government, the ruling states,” Legal NewsLine reported.

Under then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the National Mortgage Special Deposit Fund was established in 2012 to directly help homeowners who suffered and were impacted by the housing crisis.

However, the money was “unlawfully diverted” to the general fund, affirming a lower court’s ruling in a case taken against the state by the National Asian American Coalition, COR Community Development Corp. and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Upon receiving the funds Governor Brown’s administration raided $331 million dollars from it and spent it backfilling budget deficits in various agencies.

Legal NewsLine explains:

The money was to be placed in each state’s NMS Deposit Fund and the attorneys general were charged with setting the parameters of how it could be spent, with the states ordered to comply. Then-Attorney General Kamala Harris drew up a set of instructions on how the money could be used.

But the legislature then passed an act setting up the special deposit fund, which included a provision that allowed 90 percent of the money to be diverted to the general fund, regardless of Harris’ instructions. A total of $331 million was sent to the state’s main fund.

Harris instructed that the money be spent, among other elements, on the administration and monitoring of the compliance elements of the agreement, supporting relief programs, ongoing investigations and enforcement, borrower relief, funds for legal aid and grants.


In 2014 a coalition of minority counseling groups sued Gov. Jerry Brown and his Department of Finance, accusing them of illegally diverting the NMSDF relief funds. In June 2015 a Sacramento County Superior Court Judge ruled that the funds were indeed “unlawfully transferred and must be returned.” And the 3rd Appellate District Court upheld the lower court’s decision. However, the Legislature is ignoring the Appellate Court ruling.

Apparently, those Senate Democrats who voted to pass the bill were apparently okay with taking money that was specifically intended for homeowners damaged in the housing crisis. Senate Democrats just turned their back on all the damaged California homeowners who lost so much during the housing crisis.

California continues to suffer from a housing crisis because of a lack of affordability. AB 1829 is not simply a clarification of legislative intent; it is a shameless theft by this administration of money intended for the California homeowners whom the funds were intended to help.

Specifically, the settlement funds would have directly helped many California homeowners, including low-income families and people of color. Ironically, Democrats stood side-by-side with “Occupy” groups, proclaiming their outrage over the actions of “Big Banks” and ”Wall Street” which hurt homeowners in California. The Legislature is also thumbing its nose at the judicial system. Over the years there have been many sneaky, back-room and duplicitous actions perpetrated on the people of California by the governor and Democrat-controlled Legislature. But stealing money intended to help people damaged by what Democrats called “predatory lenders” and “Wall Street” in order to bail out the gross abuses by the Governor’s and Legislature’s wasteful and spending is probably among the lowest actions.

Now, when the illegal diversion of funds have been called out by the courts and this Legislature has a chance to make things right, Democrats not only can’t acknowledge the wrongness of their diversion, they’re actually seeking to legitimize it.

In a unanimous opinion authored by Judge Andrea Lynn Hoch, the appeals court largely affirmed but remanded the case to a trial court with an order to issue a writ of mandate “directing the immediate re-transfer from the general fund to the NMS Deposit Fund the sum of $331,044,084,” Legal NewsLine said.

After this “reclassification” of intent, the State will probably appeal to the California Supreme Court.

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Meet the Rancho Cordova Police Department’s Detection K9 Zoe

By Rancho Cordova Communications Department  |  2018-08-31

Detection K9 Zoe will be partnering with School Resource Officer Steve LeCouve. When he became a School Resource Officer, local school districts were looking for innovative approaches to address the changing landscape of schools, as well as drug and weapon searches. Photo courtesy RCPD

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) is pleased to introduce you to the newest member of the Youth Services Unit that supports Rancho Cordova schools: Detection K9 Zoe!

Zoe is a 20-month-old German shorthaired pointer who is focused, driven, playful and friendly. On July 6, Zoe became certified to California Peace Officer’s Standards and Training, which followed a 120-hour training course from Top Dog Police Canine Training Center. She is trained to identify narcotics, firearms, ammunition and explosives to help keep our students and schools even safer.

Zoe will be partnering with School Resource Officer Steve LeCouve. When he became a School Resource Officer, local school districts were looking for innovative approaches to address the changing landscape of schools, as well as drug and weapon searches. Officer LeCouve believes having a detection K9 is a groundbreaking effort geared toward school safety.

“Our goal is to be even more proactive during school hours, in addition to extracurricular hours, to proactively patrol things like sporting events,” said Officer LeCouve. “Having Zoe as a member of our team will allow us to further deter criminal activity and keep students and administrators even safer.”

Officer LeCouve’s favorite and most rewarding job over his 30-year career in law enforcement has been as a K9 Handler.

“Animals are unconditionally loyal and a positive way for RCPD to interact with our community,” said Officer LeCouve. “It becomes a double positive, allowing us to further keep Rancho Cordova safe while also making people smile.”

The detection K9 program, which includes our detection K9 and a marked patrol car, are funded by the City of Rancho Cordova’s Community Enhancement Fund, which is supported by a ½ cent, voter-approved sales tax. The Community Enhancement Fund provides an additional $1.3 million in funding to the $20 million+ annual police budget during the 2018/2019 fiscal year.

We look forward to introducing you to Zoe at an upcoming event or during a visit to one of our Rancho Cordova schools! Stay tuned to future editions of The Dispatch to learn more about the Youth Services Unit. Not a subscriber? Sign up now at

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Airshow After Dark is Back

California Capital Airshow Release  |  2018-08-31

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - As the sun sets, the skies over Mather Airport will ignite with a feast for the senses as thrilling jets and aerobatic performers light up the sky with streaming flares, showers of colorful bursts from their wings and thundering pyrotechnics.

The California Capital Airshow After Dark (Airshow After Dark), presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, is a unique nighttime extravaganza of flying, fireworks and music amid an aviation-themed festival atmosphere of family fun and entertainment. Airshow After Dark will kick off the weekend commemorating Mather Airport’s 100th birthday, Friday, September 21 at 5:00pm.

Come check out the ramp before the flying starts:

  • Explore STEM exhibits including Aerojet Rockedyne's LaunchPad & Sacramento Children Museum's Kiddie Hawk
  • Take a walk down memory lane in the Mather 100 Museum
  • Check out the Recruiting Zone and learn about a variety of job opportunities in all branches of the U.S. military
  • Grab a bite to eat from one of the many concessions booths & interact with miles of exhibitors!

Flying performances begin at 6:30pm:

  • Opening ceremonies will include the U-2 Dragon Lady & T-38 Talons
  • Enjoy Matt Chapman's aerobatic performance in his Embry-Riddle Extra 330LX
  • The Canadian CF-18 Hornet will rock the skies -- don't miss the afterburner!
  • Check out the most unique aircraft in the Airshow industry -- Fat Tire Cowboy's Yak 110

Don't miss these performers lighting up the sky with lights and pyrotechnics:

‘Magic by Moonlight’ - The world’s only nighttime aerobatic performance in a Beech 18. Equipped with 17 spotlights and 13 strobes, the top of this huge transport airplane lights up the night sky. Smoke, noise, choreography, and an incredible musical score, captivates audiences in this one-of-a-kind performance!

“Mr. Airshow”- “Mr. Airshow” will also amaze the crowd at NIGHT with fireworks mounted on ShowCat’s wingtips. This act will send chills down your spine as he flies a spell-binding performance set to music against the night sky.

Shockwave Jet Truck - You won’t want to miss Shockwave’s night show performance as it lights up the darkness with flames, thunderous noise and a flash of speed that will jolt your senses!

Redline Airshows - Jon Thocker and Ken Rieder in their RV-8s will light up the skies over Mather Airport with heart-stopping aerobatics enhanced by luminescent flairs, showering pyrotechnics and music!

US Army Golden Knights - This one-of-a-kind jump includes pyrotechnic canisters affixed to the soldiers' legs!

This one-of-a-kind Airshow will conclude with a MASSIVE wall of fire and breathtaking fireworks display!

The party will continue with a live concert – dance the remainder of the night away to pop hits performed by Wonder Bread 5 celebrating the Grand Opening of Sacramento Mather Jet Center’s massive NEW facility!

Check out a preview of the Night Show:

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Source: California Capital Airshow

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SACRAMENTO, REGION, CA (MPG) - Beginning in June of this year, consumers from across the United States began reporting that they were losing money to one of eight similar online retailers advertising a California address, including the websites:,,,,,,, and

These ecommerce websites advertised a variety of merchandise which Better Business Bureau (BBB) found to be available for purchase from other online retailers, including one of a kind handmade products from members of the website Additionally, addresses advertised on the websites did not appear to be legitimate store fronts or warehouses and included apartment complexes and residences. Scammers often advertise fake addresses at which no one representing the alleged business is actually located.

Complainants reported to BBB that shortly after completing their purchase they received an automated email stating:

“Your order on [website URL] has been refunded. [. . .] While our website may have indicated an in-stock status, one or more items in your order were not in stock at the time your order was to be fulfilled. Your order cancellation will process today, and we are currently processing your refund. However, depending on your card issuer, it may take up to 7-21 days for the money to be available in your card balance.”

Despite the promise, consumers received neither their purchase nor a refund. In total, consumers who contacted BBB of Northeast California reported losing $5,753.51 to these scam websites.

In the past year BBB of Northeast California has received 102 reports of Online Purchase scams. These reports make up almost twenty percent of all scams reported in Northeast California, and are the number one scam reported in California and the U.S. overall. Considering the popularity of online shopping, it is not surprising that scammers have been taking advantage of the opportunity it presents.

BBB urges consumers to avoid becoming victims by verifying the validity of all ecommerce websites before making a purchase. A website may be a scam if:

  1. It was recently created. You can verify the website's creation date by checking the URL on the website,

  2. It does not prominently display verifiable contact information, such as a phone number, email address, and a street address.

  3. The street address is fake, a home address, or belongs to a different business. Do an online search of the advertised address; you may be surprised.

  4. The price is too good to be true. Fake websites often lure potential victims with their amazingly low prices. If you know the product costs $500 everywhere else, and the website you are looking at has the exact same product for $150, it may be a scam.

  5. Other consumers have reported being scammed by the website. Check for other online reviews and search the business name and URL on

If you do decide to purchase from an online retailer, BBB suggests paying with a credit card, instead of a debit card. If the company fails to deliver the product, you can file a dispute with your credit card company. If you can’t tell whether an online retailer is legitimate, use the BBB Locator to contact your local Better Business Bureau.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - As students return to school, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges parents and guardians to ensure immunizations are on their back-to-school checklist. Many vaccine-preventable diseases, such as whooping cough and measles, can easily spread in child care and school settings.

“Immunization can help keep our children healthy, in school and ready to learn,” said Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “If you haven’t done so already, check with your child’s doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs. Vaccinations are the best way to ensure that students are protected against serious and preventable diseases.”

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for getting sick and spreading diseases to students in their classrooms, and children and adults within their communities. Babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions are especially susceptible.

California law requires students to receive certain immunizations in order to attend public and private elementary and secondary schools as well as licensed childcare centers. Schools and licensed childcare centers are required to enforce immunization requirements, maintain immunization records of all children enrolled, and report students’ immunization statuses to CDPH.

Families that are having difficulty obtaining required immunizations prior to the start of school can contact their local health department for assistance in finding other local immunization providers.

Visit for more information on immunization laws and required vaccinations for students in California.

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CRPD Supporting Those in Need

By Alyssa Rasmussen, CRPD  |  2018-08-24

The Cordova Recreation and Park District staff and Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s Homeless Services staff are working together to provide youth in need with backpacks and underwear. 
From left to right: Danielle Jones, CRPD Clerk of the Board and Executive Assistant; Patrick Larkin, CRPD District Administrator; Rebecca Budge and Galina Padure, Program Assistants with FCUSD Homeless Student Services; and Gail Bair, CRPD Administrative Specialist.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - In early spring of this year, Patrick Larkin, the District Administrator for the Cordova Recreation and Park District, turned to community partner Rebecca Budge, a Program Assistant for the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District’s Homeless Student Services, to find out what area youth need most.

Upon hearing the answer, the Cordova Recreation and Park District launched “We’ve Got Your Back,” a backpack and underwear drive for elementary to high school aged youth. Last week, Cordova Recreation and Park District made their first delivery to Rebecca Budge, who will work to distribute donations to those that need them most. This first delivery included over 50 contributions made by a combination of district residents and CRPD employees.

A number of teens, all members of the Cordova Recreation and Park District’s HYDE Out Teen Center, also joined the “We’ve Got Your Back” effort. During their afterschool program, the teens personalized the district’s plain collection containers, covering them with inspirational quotes, bright flowers and colorful designs.

In addition to the backpack and underwear drive, the Cordova Recreation and Park District partners with the City of Rancho Cordova’s Homeless Outreach Team to engage and assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness and help them improve their situation. The Homeless Outreach Team, comprised of two officers, code enforcement and a Homeless Navigator, builds relationships with homeless individuals and families to assist them in finding services, education and resources to help them become self-sufficient, while also enforcing violations of the law, throughout the city.

The backpack and underwear drive will continue until the close of the year and donation bins can be found at locations across the Cordova Recreation and Park District. Call 916-842-3300 for more information.

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Ken Cooley: Reifying Participatory Government

By Margaret Snider  |  2018-08-24

Assemblyman Ken Cooley (center) stands with Allegra Pickett (L) of Teichert Foundation and Sarah Koligian (R), Superintendent of Folsom Cordova Unified School District, at the Rancho Cordova August Luncheon. Photo by Rick Maness

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Assemblyman Ken Cooley joked about the origin of the word “politics” at the Rancho Cordova Luncheon on August 17. Cooley said, “It is derived from the Greek word poli, meaning many, and tics, meaning blood-sucking insects.”  However, Cooley’s interest in politics began early.  He still has the envelope with the Kennedy White House return address that he received in answer a letter he sent at the age of nine.  When he was 11, living in Las Vegas, he spent a day shadowing the city manager, and at 17 had lunch with the city manager of Pacific Grove. 

Cooley worked tirelessly with his colleagues for Rancho Cordova cityhood and he first ran for public office in Rancho Cordova.  He was elected to the first city council when Rancho Cordova became a city in 2003.  “It was sixteen years ago this month,” Cooley said, that I started what is now very much my trademark going door to door and knocking on doors and talking to people.”  He was reelected to the city council in 2004 and 2008, and served as mayor in 2005 and 2010.  In November 2012, District 8 elected him to the California State Assembly.

Sarah Koligian, Superintendent of Folsom Cordova Unified School District and also a member of the Senate Education Committee, said that Cooley hears from people like herself often on bills that have direct impact on education.  “Last year he came out and visited all our preschool programs at Cordova Lane Center,” Koligian said.  “He was right there with the students and very much an advocate for early education and supports the First Five initiative.”

Cooley talked about the neighborhood “walks with the mayor” he carried out, and the involvement of the public at an unofficial opening of the new Rancho Cordova City Hall in 2005.  “We invited the community in to write messages to the future on the floor and walls of our chamber, so that our community would enter the building and own the chambers before the council ever met there,” Cooley said. 

The August luncheon was attended by Mayor Linda Budge, Vice-Mayor Bob McGarvey, Council Member Donald Terry, and many others who are regularly at the monthly luncheons.  It was the first time attending for Allegra Pickett of Teichert Foundation.  As grants manager for the foundation, Pickett said, “We are focused on helping the communities in specific ways that they need, and so this is a part of that, for getting to know Rancho Cordova and understanding more about what our needs are here.” 

One thing that stood out to Pickett about Cooley’s address was his use of the word reify, applied to making participatory government more real.  “I definitely feel part of my approach to being present in public life,” Cooley said, “is being out, being visible, sitting at Starbucks . . . and connect(ing) people to the system of which it has been said, ‘Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.’”

As chair of the Joint Committee on Rules, Cooley has been involved in the Annex Project at the State Capitol.  The West Wing of the capitol is invested with an abundance of symbols of our system of governance, while the Annex is totally devoid of those symbolic references.  The purpose of the Annex Project is to re-establish a functional “People's House” that will support California's executive and legislative branches of government for the next century.  This includes incorporating the historic symbolism and narrative to be compatible with the original West Wing. 

The completion of the Annex Project, Cooley said, is perhaps 10 years away.  A new office building must be built and the legislature, now in the Annex, moved into that building temporarily.  The Annex will be renovated, and the legislature moved back.  “I at most can serve six more years, so I won’t actually be in the legislature when this thing gets done,” Cooley said.  “A lot of professional endeavors are like launching a ballistic missile.  In a ballistic missile . . . it takes a very big motor to get the thing up off the ground and up high.  Then little motors to steer it back wherever it’s going.  I sort of feel my job is to, with my team, be the big motor to get this thing up and running.  So then when I’m not here, others can kind of step in and it will be a little easier to carry on.”

For more information about the State Capitol Annex Project, go to

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Multicultural Business Expo Relocates to Carmichael

Story by Trina L. Drotar, Photos courtesy Russian American Media  |  2018-08-23

The Multicultural Business Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 5 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Milagro Centre in Carmichael.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Now in its ninth year, the Multicultural Business Expo has relocated to the Patriot Event Center at Milagro Centre on Fair Oaks Boulevard at Marconi Avenue. Olga Ivannikov, CFO of Russian American Media and the event’s organizer, is excited about the new location. “The expo is going to be both outdoors with canopies and indoors with a hall filled with exhibitors,” she said, adding that local restaurants, breweries, and wineries would be on hand with samples for hungry attendees and exhibitors.

More than 100 businesses and non-profit agencies are expected to exhibit at this year’s event, which, based on the event’s continued growth, should draw more than 2,000 attendees from the greater Sacramento region. “This year we wish to make an emphasis on personal connections,” she said. The face to face meeting is why the event draws so many people.

The expo provides a forum for small business owners to connect with other small business owners or with banks, credit unions, or with many businesses that offer subcontracting opportunities. For students and recent graduates, there will be opportunities to connect with businesses that may have job opportunities like the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department or California Highway Patrol. Mid-career business people will also find opportunities to connect and pass out resumes. The general public can connect with possible service providers, pick up samples, and wander the booths.

Some exhibitors will be familiar names throughout the region. SMUD’s Supplier Emerging Enterprise Development (SEED) team will help small business owners learn about state certification and bid on SMUD contracts. “They’ll provide an overview of our business contracting procedures and explain the SEED program in detail,” said Chris Capra, SMUD’s Public Information Specialist. Exhibiting at this business expo helps SMUD grow its pool of qualified potential contractors and helps business owners learn how to maneuver the state’s certification program, a win-win for both. “SMUD also realizes reciprocal benefits by promoting the economic development of its customers who own the company,” added Capra.

Other exhibitors, like Language World Services, Inc., may be less familiar. This translation and interpretation organization, located in Carmichael, provides services in more than 80 languages for healthcare, law enforcement, conferences, insurance, disaster preparedness, and many other areas. Job opportunities are available throughout the Sacramento region and San Francisco Bay Area.

Exhibitors will be on hand in three different areas. The business expo will feature government and corporate entities offering resources and contracting opportunities to small business owners. Joining SMUD will be Siemens, DGS, and others. Owners interested in business financing, presenting their products or services, investigating export opportunities, and reaching new customers should stop by with business cards.

Students and recent high school graduates may wish to peruse the educational opportunities area. Asher College, Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA), Pacific Charter Institute, and CSUS will be on hand with information about undergraduate programs, the transfer process for community college students, opportunities for working adults, and the all-important financial aid. Asher College, founded in 1998, is a trade school specializing in medical, business, and IT with campuses in Sacramento, Dallas, and Las Vegas. SETA, now in its fourth decade, features Sacramento Works with offices in Sacramento, Mather, Galt, Rancho Cordova, and Citrus Heights.

Job seekers should be prepared with resumes and proper business attire to meet with the many businesses that will be on hand. Connect with Wells Fargo Bank, SAFE Credit Union, American River Bank, and others to learn about available positions, the hiring process, or to submit your resume in person.

Other exhibitors with business or learning opportunities include GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization based in Oakland. GRID works in the highly popular field of renewable energy and offers volunteers the opportunity to assist with installation projects, a sort of try before you buy idea. GRID also has training, certification programs, and jobs. ANG Health Care, Inc., located in Folsom, will be on hand to discuss its offerings in skilled nursing, speech therapy, and in-home care services. Insurance companies, accounting firms, medical offices, and health clubs are expected to be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

The expo has grown each year and draws people from Sacramento County and surrounding areas. “We started out as a local community fair and grew into a major business exposition which is organized by a number of non-profits and all major chambers in the Sacramento valley,” said Ivannikov. “We reach out to Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Elk Grove, West Sacramento, Sacramento. We contact all of the multicultural chambers, the Asian Pacific, Hispanic, African American, and the metro chamber.” For more information: visit or call 916-677-9397. If you visit: The Multicultural Business Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 5 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 6241 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael, CA  95608.

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