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Donkey and Elephant Square Off Over Votes

Freedom Is Not Free

By Paul V. Scholl, Publisher
Posted: 10/31/2014

On November 4th, Election Day across the United States, we will be deciding if we are heading in the right direction for our county, and especially our great state of California. Higher taxes and ever-growing burdensome laws are crushing small businesses, costing Americans millions of jobs. Out-of-control spending by the federal government means tightening everyone’s belt - except theirs. It is not a question of higher taxes and fees. It is a question about whether or not they will tell us what they are doing with all the new legislation “before they pass it.” We cannot just let them continue pretending to be transparent.

On a statewide and local level, we are voting on many ballot measures and propositions. We are also choosing our leadership on many levels of local and state government. Ask yourself this, “Am I tired of working harder and harder and keeping less and less of my own hard-earned money?”

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Ceremony Celebrates Completion of Phase One of Sunrise Boulevard Rehabilitation

Posted: 10/31/2014

Chris Boyer, Bob LoRusso, Stephen Muck, Ken Cooley, Ami Bera, Dan Skoglund, Robert J. McGarvey, Roberta MacGlashan, Linda Budge, Brian Nakamura, Hardeep Sidhu, Pat Braziel, and Britton Snipes

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Cutting the ribbon at the Sunrise Boulevard Rehabilitation Project Ceremony on Tuesday, October 28th are Chris Boyer, Rancho Cordova Public Works Department and Project Manager; Bob LoRusso, Salaber Associates; Stephen Muck, Teichert Construction; Assemblyman Ken Cooley; Congressman Ami Bera; Rancho Cordova Mayor Dan Skoglund; Rancho Cordova Vice Mayor Robert J. McGarvey; Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan; Rancho Cordova Council Member Linda Budge; Rancho Cordova City Manager Brian Nakamura; Hardeep Sidhu, Sacramento County Department of Transportation; Pat Braziel from County Supervisor Don Nottoli’s office; and Britton Snipes, Rancho Cordova Senior Civil Engineer. The ceremony celebrated the completion of Phase 1 by the City of Rancho Cordova. Phase 2 will be done by Sacramento County and will begin in early 2015. The $2.2 million Phase 1 was on Sunrise Boulevard, from Zinfandel Drive to Trinity River Drive.

Source: City of Rancho Cordova

Amputee Athlete Shows the Leg That Got Him Out of a Wheelchair
In a study performed by the California Insurance Commissioner’s office, it was determined that the overall cost to consumers to include comprehensive prosthetic coverage to Covered California’s Essential Benefits list would be 16 cents per month, or less than $2.00 per year. In perspective, paying to ensure an amputee can walk or have the use of their arms and hands would cost California insurance consumers less than purchasing 40 pieces of bubble gum within a year’s time.
Photo courtesy of the Amputee Coalition

Arms and Legs are Not a Luxury

By Linda Harper
Posted: 10/24/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - Did I get your attention? If you’re reading this article in your community newspaper, you’re probably turning the pages to view vital stories, features, and advertisements published to keep you informed of the happenings in your neighborhood. Now, imagine the frustration you would feel if you have no arms or hands to aid you in grasping the pages, the simplest of everyday tasks. You have an artificial limb to provide you physical freedom, give you self-reliance and ability, but it’s propped up on the sofa a few feet away, unable to be utilized. It doesn’t fit properly, and your medical insurance won’t pay to have it repaired or adjusted because you’ve used up your allotted yearly or lifetime benefit. For the over two million people in the United States who have suffered the loss of one or more of their limbs, this situation is not unusual and is a harsh reminder that things are just not what they seem within President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act. In California, it’s been given the catchy name Covered California.

The main goal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), signed into law in 2010, was to make health insurance not only affordable but comprehensive for everyone. Federal law contains a set of 10 “essential health benefits” providers must guarantee consumers of individual, small business insurance policies, and government sponsored programs (Medi-Cal). The White House has said repeatedly that these Obamacare guarantees “eliminate substandard policies that don’t provide minimum services.” States were allowed to craft their own set of essential health benefits, and California even came up with several additional benefits that range from organ transplants for HIV sufferers to Phenylketonuria treatment. Although a minimal allowance for prosthesis is available under the Rehabilitative and Habilitative portion of California’s declared essential benefits, there doesn’t appear to be an equitable provision for the replacement, repair, and maintenance of artificial limbs.

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Groundbreaking Scheduled for Mather Veterans Village in Rancho Cordova

Posted: 10/24/2014

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Mather Veterans Village will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 30th. The building site, 3611 Bleckely Street in Rancho Cordova, is adjacent to the Sacramento Veterans Administration Medical Center at the former Mather Air Force Base.

A special part of the program will be the testimony of James Jacobs, a resident of El Monte Veterans Village in Southern California. VFW Post 10125 in Rancho Cordova will perform the flag ceremony and Doug Shoemaker, President of Mercy Housing California, will be master of ceremonies.

Located on a 3.65 acre site, Mather Veterans Village will provide much needed housing options and supportive services for local veterans in an ideal location. Phase 1 will consist of building 44 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom permanent supportive homes for disabled and homeless veterans. The existing building, which was constructed on the site in 1952, will be renovated and adapted to provide offices and meeting space. Phases 2 and 3 will include transitional housing and additional permanent supportive homes.

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Cordova High Alumni Return for Homecoming

Posted: 10/16/2014

Rancho Cordova High Alumni

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The seats were full, the game was great, the food was fantastic, and the fans were overflowing with enthusiasm at Cordova’s 51st homecoming. Students, alumni, and local fans came out to be a part of the celebration Friday evening. The Lancers went up against Galt, winning 36-10. At halftime, alumni paraded around the field, and the homecoming king, queen, prince, and princess were crowned. The Cordova band was joined by alumni, and News 10 covered the event. The Lancers brought a close to the night with a victory celebration in front of the grandstand.

Their Own Field of Dreams

By Kaylie Tickner, Ben Romero, and Jennifer Rossiter
Posted: 10/10/2014

Jamal Jones, Mckenzie Emery, Carmen Short, Paige Leahy, Kaylie Tickner, and Karlo Gabriel Standing in a Field of Grass
(From left to right) Jamal Jones, former treasurer; Mckenzie Emery, secretary; Carmen Short, vice president; Paige Leahy, president; Kaylie Tickner, reporter; and Karlo Gabriel, sentinel. The Cordova FFA Chapter was established in 2010 when Mr. Bret Harden formed the Agriculture Academy at Cordova High School. Agricultural production encourages a hand-on learning by doing atmosphere in which our students participate in classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experiences, and leadership activities.
Photo courtesy of Cordova FFA

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - There’s a lot people don’t know about the FFA and how much of a benefit it is to the communities it serves. Rancho Cordova is lucky enough to have a local chapter that provides expanded agricultural opportunities encompassing science, business, and technology, in addition to production farming. Cordova FFA provides training to and helps to promote the success of Rancho Cordova’s future leaders. FFA stands for Future Farmers of America, but in 1988 the organization changed its name to National FFA Organization to better reflect this breadth of opportunity.

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Tradition of Hiring Continues at 23rd Fall HIREvent

Posted: 10/3/2014

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Jobseekers have been connecting with employers for over two decades at Sacramento’s Annual Fall HIREvent, and the tradition continues at the Crowne Plaza hotel on Tuesday, October 7th.

Dozens of representatives from private and public-sector organizations will be seeking to fill rewarding positions in a wide variety of fields at this free event. Those who want to make the most of this opportunity should dress professionally and be prepared to make a positive first impression with recruiters who are eager to hire. Employment experts will also be available for complimentary one-on-one resume consultations.

Sacramento’s 23rd Annual Fall HIREvent takes place on Tuesday, October 7th, from noon to 4 pm at the Crowne Plaza of Sacramento, 5321 Date Avenue, near Madison Avenue and I-80.

For more information, visit and click on “Job Fairs” or call 888-THE-JOBS (843-5627).


Challenge Rancho Cordova on October 4th and 5th

Posted: 10/3/2014

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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Challenge Rancho Cordova triathlon takes place on Saturday, October 4th, and Sunday, October 5th at Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive in Rancho Cordova.

A Family Fun Run will be held on Saturday, October 4th at 9 a.m. The 1 mile run around Village Green Park is open to all ages. Registration for the Family Fun Run is open at
for $25 in advance and $35 on the day of the run.

The triathlon takes place on Sunday, October 5th, and will consist of a 1.2 mile swim at Lake Natoma, a 56 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run that ends at Village Green Park. Registration is open for individuals or teams to participate in the race at

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Like the Weather, Capitol Growth Cools Off in Q4

Posted: 10/3/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Customer service, sales, manufacturing, and drivers are in high demand among Sacramento’s top employers in October, November, and December. Making, storing, distributing, and selling products is driving hiring in the next Quarter. Truck drivers able to pass background, DMV, and drug tests can find work with bottling plants, regional distribution centers, materials suppliers, local delivery, and manufacturers.

Pacific Staffing has discovered that a robust hiring market in the last Quarter has maintained its pace into the last three months of 2014 among the region’s top companies. One difference noted is the change in motivation for hiring as learned from direct phone contacts with regional companies between August 21 and September 12, 2014.

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City Government Makes Fortune Magazine’s Best Workplace List

Rancho Cordova Is First-Ever And Only Government Agency On List!

Posted: 9/26/2014

Women’s Empowerment Receives $10k Grant For Homeless Women’s Workforce Development

Posted: 9/25/2014

Residents Fired up Over Shooting Range

By Julia Baum
Posted: 9/19/2014

Your Property Tax Bill May Be Going Up More Than the Normal Two Percent

Posted: 9/19/2014

Metro Fire Selects Mark Wells New Chief

Posted: 9/12/2014

Sacramento County: Back in the Black

Posted: 9/12/2014

You Won’t Believe Your Skies!

The California Capital Airshow

Posted: 9/5/2014

Come Get Your Brew On!

“Whole Lotta Brews” Raises Money to Empower Local Children and Families

Posted: 9/5/2014

Proposed Community Master Plan Revealed

By Julia Baum
Posted: 9/5/2014


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