Lancers’ Opportunities Eliminated

By Mike Bush  |  2016-05-04

Making the throw to first base is Cordova third baseman Zach Guerrero. Photo by Rick Sloan

Last month, the Cordova High School baseball team was in the thick of the race in the Sierra Valley Conference.

The Lancers had battled conference leader Union Mine, plus Liberty Ranch, El Dorado, and Rosemont to be grab one of the conference’s top three playoff spots that earns a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs that start this month.

But the last two games have seen the Lancers’ opportunities eliminated. On Tuesday in their final home game of the regular season against Rosemont, Cordova led until the final inning when the visiting Wolverines posted an 11-5 victory.

The loss eliminated Cordova (5-9 in the SVC, 6-13-1), but it could still play the spoiler going into Thursday’s SVC finale at Rosemont. Union Mine (9-5 in the SVC) sits alone in first place. Liberty Ranch, Rosemont and El Dorado are tied for second place, as each sport an 8-6 mark. On Thursday, Liberty Ranch played Galt (4-10) and Union Mine took on El Dorado. A Cordova win over Rosemont would favor Liberty Ranch and El Dorado, should they win their conference finale.

Cordova led 5-4 entering the seventh frame. That’s when Rosemont scored seven runs in which the Lancer committed three errors.

“We played well for six innings but you need to play well for seven,” said Cordova head coach Doug Hughes. “We got a very good pitching performance from Jacob Larson who made is pitching debut on Senior Day.”

Larson tossed 3 2/3 innings and allowed one run in the contest.

At the plate, the Lancers’ bats were led by Jeremy Buck, who went 3-for-4 that included double and 2 RBIs. Logan Appino followed by going 2-for-3 and scored twice and Zach Guerrero was 2-for-4, scored a run and had an RBI.

The other Lancer seniors on the squad are Jarrett Harris, Jerimiah Anderson and Matthew Williams.

Liberty Ranch 11, Cordova 1

In an SVC game in Galt on April 28th, the Lancers were held to four hits. Two of the Lancers’ hits came off the bat of Spencer Gudgel, who also had an RBI.

The game was tied 1-1 after the first inning. Then in the fourth inning, the Hawks scored six times and four more runs in the fifth that halted the game because of the mercy rule.

The host Hawks had 13 hits in the game. Corey Potthoff and Thomas Mickelsen had three hits each.

After yesterday, Thursday’s SVC finale, Cordova is scheduled to play a non-league game at McNair of Stockton on Tuesday, May 10th. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Rancho Cordova Radio

You will soon see 100 new trees in Lincoln Village! The City of Rancho Cordova and the Sacramento Tree Foundation are coordinating with the “It Takes a Lincoln Village” neighborhood group to identify locations to plant 100 trees in the neighborhood.

As they grow, the new trees will provide shade canopy for energy conservation, clean air, and beautify the neighborhood. Plus, tree canopies help keep essential water in the soil and require little water during the drought.

According to USDA Forest Service i-Tree, large size trees provide a positive net gain return on investment from every dollar invested in the Sacramento Region. A large size tree five years after planting returns $22 to $23 dollars a year. That same tree 40 years after planting returns $63 to $73 dollars a year. This means the 100 trees in Lincoln Village will add from $2,200 per year to $7,300 per year as the trees increase in size!

The neighborhood will come together on Saturday, May 21st for the tree planting event. Volunteers are needed to help plant the trees from 8 a.m. to noon. Lunch will be provided to all event participants as a special thank you. Interested in volunteering? Sign up by May 16th at

We look forward to coming together as a community and helping to increase the urban tree canopy in Rancho Cordova, one neighborhood at a time! If you have any questions about Rancho Cordova’s trees, please contact City Arborist Gordon Mann at (650) 740-3461 or

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Just in time for Small Business Week, the City of Rancho Cordova launched two online programs to help entrepreneurs receive information about permits and get fee estimates with the goal to apply and receive some local permits and licenses — all in one day!

It’s all part of the City’s “Startup in a Day” pledge, making Rancho Cordova the first City in the Sacramento Region to participate in this nationwide initiative led by the White House and U.S. Small Business Administration.

OpenCounter strives to make complex projects, like starting a new business, easier to understand and navigate in Rancho Cordova. The tool helps a business determine if its preferred location is zoned appropriately, answers questions it may not have thought to ask, provides an estimate of fees, and generates an outline of the permits and

ZoningCheck gives businesses streamlined access to zoning regulations that can often seem complex. The system lets businesses quickly select a new business location by exploring sites in the approved zoning areas. Once businesses have picked a location, they can peruse resources including grant information, support organizations, and helpful checklists.

Visit and click on the Tools & Resources section for 24/7 access to OpenCounter and ZoningCheck.

“Small businesses are the engines of our local economy,” said Rancho Cordova Mayor David Sander. “Rancho Cordova is on the cutting edge of tools designed to give entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to invest in our community a clear roadmap of the process and a fast route to getting started and business success.”

For questions or more information, please contact our Economic Development Department at (916) 851-8700 or

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Lady Lancers Suffer SVC Losses

By Mike Bush  |  2016-05-04

Cordova slugger Samantha Lutman makes contact in last week’s SVC home game against Liberty Ranch. Photo by Rick Sloan

Now the pressure is on the Cordova High School softball team.

On Monday, the Lady Lancers were looking to upset Sierra Valley Conference leader Union Mine at the Diamondbacks’ field in El Dorado to build momentum toward one of the conference’s three playoff berths. But Union Mine remained undefeated in SVC action at 12-0 with a 5-1 win over Cordova (4-7 in the SVC, 8-12 overall).

Despite the loss, the Lancers still keep their slim playoff hopes alive. But Cordova must have beaten El Dorado on the Cougars’ field in Placerville on Wednesday and today, Friday, Cordova against Rosemont in the SVC finale and get some help from other teams to earn that berth. Today’s game against Rosemont will be played on the Lancers’ field at 4 p.m.

In Monday’s game, the Lancers had four hits. But the D’backs doubled that number and then some with 10 hits. The Lancers’ only run in the game came in the top of the seventh inning on Mason Pittaro’s home run, her fourth of the season. 

Along with Pittaro’s blast, Nikki Jones had two of the Lancers’ four hits. Vanessa Cain cranked out the Lancers’ other base hit.

Liberty Ranch 12, Cordova 5

The April 29th game on the Lady Lancers’ field was a hitter’s fest; both teams combined for 30 hits. Cordova had 11 and Liberty Ranch 19.

Cordova trailed 4-3 after three innings. But the Hawks erupted for three runs in the top of the fourth, one in the fifth and four more in the sixth to seal the victory. The Lancers scored a run each in the bottom of the fourth and fifth frames.

Jones, along with Traci Mahony and Kai’lee Cole, had three hits each for the Lancers. Cole clubbed a triple in the game. Joycelyn Brown had two hits. Cain and Pittaro, along with Samantha Lutman, had a hit each.

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It Takes a Community

Story and photos by Margaret Snider  |  2016-05-03

President Wayne Langford of the Cordova Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (right) stands with Deacon Walter J. Little, creator/director of the Cordova Community Food Locker (white shirt in center) and food locker workers.

Diapers, formula, and baby food are in constant demand at the Cordova Community Food Locker. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) collected all these in its recent donation drive as well as non-perishable food items, for the benefit of the food locker and its patrons. The drive culminated on April 30th, when participants brought their donations to the central collection location at the Cordova Stake building of the church on Wisseman Drive in Sacramento.

Besides its many relief operations throughout the world and continuing local service projects, the LDS church chooses one day each year to provide coordinated service in an individual way in each Stake. The Cordova Stake this year chose to carry out the donation drive.

Throughout the month of April members gathered items and reached out to neighbors for their contributions. Michael Goold, local public affairs director for the church, coordinated the effort. At the Stake building, youth of the church worked hard for three hours sorting the goods into categories and loading them up for transportation. The clothing and household items they loaded into two pods for Deseret Industries Thrift Store in Sacramento. They filled a trailer with food and baby supplies for the food locker. On May 2nd, Goold, along with Wayne Langford, president of the Cordova region (or Stake) of the LDS Church, brought the donations to the food locker located at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Rancho Cordova and transferred them over to Deacon Walter J. Little, creator/director of the food locker.

“It was a great effort,” Goold said. “We think it’s a great way for our church to interact with the Catholic Church and the Acts of Mercy and to make our community a better place to live, and help those less fortunate than us.”

Since its inception in 1987 through December of 2015, the Cordova Community Food Locker has provided 16,183,404 meals to 1,798,156 individuals. From the beginning, the food locker has been a community project rather than a Catholic Church project, said Little. “A large portion of the community came on board, and the City Council, and I think that’s what makes it the success that it is,” he explained. “That’s where the success really stems from.”

The food locker is associated with Sacramento Food Bank Services and receives food items regularly from that source, as well as from Federal government sources. Safeway and other grocery outlets provide recently outdated items such as bread and dairy to the food locker. Donations from the local community also play an important part.

“We’re always looking for ways to give more,” Little said. The food locker is one of the contenders for City of Rancho Cordova Proposition H funds, the distribution of which will be decided soon for the coming years.


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Officer Spotlight: Tracey Jacobs

Story and photo by Margaret Snider  |  2016-05-03

Rancho Cordova Deputy Tracey Jacobs is a Field Training Officer, and has been part of the Rancho Cordova Police Department for almost 10 years.

The Officer Spotlight on Deputy Tracey Jacobs kicks off a series that will focus on an officer each month from the Rancho Cordova Police Department. Police Chief Michael Goold and Assistant Chief Kate Adams decided on Jacobs to be the first. “She’s typical of the caliber of officer that we’re lucky to have in Rancho Cordova,” Goold said. “We just want the citizens of Rancho Cordova to know the great officers that we have.”

Jacobs has worked for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for 15 years, and for the Rancho Cordova Police Department since 2007. She was recently selected to be a full-time field training officer. She chose to go into law enforcement “because law enforcement overflows with opportunities to be a blessing to people who are in unfortunate situations. …It has also given me the opportunity to meet and raise my son, which, in turn, has blessed me beyond measure.”

She first met Dominic when she worked at the skating rink on Broadway. “Frankly, he was my biggest troublemaker,” Jacobs said. Over a period of time Jacobs’ nephew became friends with Dominic, invited him to attend church with him and his Aunt Tracey, and that became a regular occurrence.

When Dominic was about to fail 8th grade, Jacobs helped. “We had to go to tutors, and I had to get him counseling for a lot of issues,” Jacobs said, “but we got him on track and he barely made it, but he was able to walk with his 8th grade class.” Jacobs and Dominic bonded and Jacobs eventually gained custody. From being a child who almost didn’t pass 8th grade, Dominic became student of the year his first year in high school. He is now 20-years-old, in the U.S. Army, and successful.

The faith that helped Jacobs rescue a troubled boy comes with her to work. Respect is part of that, and in police/public relations, Jacobs said, an attitude of mutual respect is an important factor.

“Law enforcement officers are going to treat (a person) with respect until that person gives us a reason not to,” Jacobs said. “A lot of the bigger incidents that have happened between law enforcement and the community are from lack of compliance and lack of respect for law enforcement.”

Last December, Jacobs was at the Rancho Cordova Walmart after a live morning broadcast for a local T.V. station when she was called over by a cashier because a woman couldn’t find her wallet and thought it had been stolen. Jacobs took what she felt the simplest and fastest solution: she paid for the two carts of already rung-up items herself. That allowed the cashier to proceed ringing up purchases for the long line of inpatient customers behind. The woman later found that she had left the wallet at her house and tried repeatedly to repay Jacobs, who did not consider that to be necessary.

“That was an answer to prayer to me, to be put in a position to be able to help her,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs didn’t tell anyone at the Department about having paid for the woman’s purchases. The woman, however, ran into Chief Goold and Assistant Chief Adams at a school where she worked, and crying with emotion, told them the whole story. Jacobs ended up receiving an “unsung hero” award from the City of Rancho Cordova. The woman did eventually succeed in reimbursing Jacobs by sending the money through Jacobs’ lieutenant.

Of course a police officer’s duties are not often so gratifying. “Any homicide, and anything happening to children or the elderly is very difficult, especially abuse,” Jacobs said. “By far the most difficult call that I’ve ever been on was a triple homicide out here involving a mother and two small children that were stabbed to death.” She was first on the scene along with two other officers. “At the time, 10 years on, I thought I’d seen it all — that was pretty terrible.”

Officer Jacobs came to Rancho Cordova at the age of 6 and attended Rancho Cordova schools through Cordova High School. She studied criminal justice at Cosumnes River College and completed the rigorous training required in the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department Academy.

If she had it to do over, would she choose law enforcement again?

“Absolutely,” Jacobs said. “I only regret not doing it sooner.”

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Falcon Golfers Set New School Record on Their Way to Big 8 Championship

Source: Folsom Lake College  |  2016-05-03

2016 Big 8 Conference Golf Champions: Folsom Lake College Falcons. Photo courtesy Folsom Lake College

The Falcons are champions once again.  After finishing second in the tough Big 8 Conference the last two years, the FLC golf team shot a school-record team score of 361 on their way to victory in NorCal Major Tournament #5 at Yolo Flyers Golf Club in Woodland on Monday afternoon. With the win, the Falcons secured the Big 8 title for the third time in the last five years. All six FLC golfers shot 76 or better, led by Nick Fowler’s 2-under-par 70, which earned him low medalist honors. Freshman Mason Troike shot a 71 to wrap up the Big 8 MVP award as well as the All-Region MVP. Five Falcons earned All-Conference by virtue of their season-long scoring average: Troike, Fowler, Eric Olsem, Chris McKnight, and Matt Shirley. Olsem also finished as the third lowest scorer in the region.

“I just hope we’re not peaking too soon,” noted coach Barry Zarecky, referring to next week’s NorCal regional championship and the May 16th State Championship. “We’re playing as well as any team I’ve ever had.” The Falcons will host the CCCAA NorCal Regional next Monday at Rancho Murieta Country Club (the team’s home course), where players must play 36 holes in one day with hopes of finishing in the top 4 teams (or 6 individuals) to qualify for the state championship in Palm Springs.


FLC baseball team to face Sac City in best-of-three playoff series


The FLC baseball team finally learned on Sunday afternoon that they’ll play their first-round of the CCCAA regional playoffs at Los Rios sister-college Sacramento City this Friday and Saturday (May 6th and 7th). The best-of-three series begins with a night game at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by a 2 p.m. game on Saturday afternoon and, if necessary, a 6 p.m. Saturday night finale. The Falcons (23-13) are seeded 14th in the regional, while the host Panthers (27-9) are seeded 3rd. The winners will advance to the super regional round 2, set for May 13th-15th.

Upcoming Sports Schedule

Friday May 6th: Baseball: Regional Playoffs Round 1 at Sacramento City (best 2 of 3), 6 p.m.

Saturday May 7th: Baseball: Regional Playoffs Round 1 at Sacramento City (best 2 of 3), 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (if necessary)

Monday May 9th: Golf: CCCAA NorCal Regional Championship at Rancho Murieta, 8 a.m. (all day); 36 holes.

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The City Celebrates Building & Safety Month

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2016-05-03

Mayor David Sander presented a proclamation to City Interim Chief Building Official Joe Cuffe (pictured right) at Monday’s City Council meeting. Photo courtesy City of Rancho Cordova

Building & Safety Month, sponsored by the International Code Council, is a campaign that hopes to raise public awareness for sustainable construction, and safety in the businesses and homes we work, play, and live in. It also highlights the essential role that building codes and standards play in decreasing the damaging effects that natural disasters and structure fires have on the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

The campaign also reinforces the need for adoption of modern building codes, a strong and efficient system of building code enforcement, and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain public safety.

This year’s theme for Building & Safety Month is Building Codes: Driving Growth through Innovation, Resilience, and Safety. Each week in May, focus is given to a unique topic that highlights one facet of what Building Code Professionals like those at the City of Rancho Cordova do to serve their communities:

Week One May 2nd - 8th: Building Solutions for All Ages

Week Two May 9th - 15th: The Science Behind the Codes

Week Three May 16th - 22nd: Learn from the Past, Build for Tomorrow

Week Four May 23rd - 29th: Building Codes: A Smart Investment

Mayor David Sander presented a proclamation to City Interim Chief Building Official Joe Cuffe (pictured right) at Monday’s City Council meeting. The proclamation recognizes May is Building & Safety Month, conveys the importance of the month, and encourages all residents to participate in celebratory activities.

Beginning the week of May 9th, the City of Rancho Cordova will be hosting a Building and Fire Safety Trivia Contest on the City's Facebook page at The City will be posting a trivia question that will be related to the four weekly themes of Building & Safety Month. Everyone who responds with the correct answer by May 31st will be placed into a drawing to win an emergency disaster kit and gift card!

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Lancer Graduate Makes Hometown Proud

Source: Richard Williams  |  2016-05-02

Elijha James Williams makes Lancers proud. Photo courtesy Richard Williams

Elijha James Williams is a hometown son who graduated from Cordova High School in 2012. For three years he started on Guy Anderson’s Lancer varsity baseball team playing shortstop, where in his senior year he was a captain.

However, this is not where his story ends. Coming this May 21st, 2016, Elijha will be graduating, with honors, from California State University-Sacramento, with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. And soon afterwards, he will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force on June 11th. We anticipate Elijha will continue to make us all Lancer-proud serving his country.

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Public Library to Shake Taboo on Death

Source: Sacramento Public Library  |  2016-04-29

In her memoir, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Doughty helps to demystify death by sharing her experience working in a Bay Area crematorium. Photo courtesy The Order of the Good Death

Sacramento Public Library will shake the taboo off of death during the second session of its new community discussion series called “Let’s Talk About.”

The discussion will focus on why our society doesn’t openly talk about death. Facilitating the discussion will be author Caitlin Doughty and local law enforcement Chaplain Jenny Ebinger.

In her memoir, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Doughty helps to demystify death by sharing her experience working in a Bay Area crematorium. Today, as a modern mortician, she has founded the death acceptance collective, The Order of the Good Death, and reaches nearly 75,000 people with her “Ask a Mortician” YouTube series.

Chaplain Jenny Ebinger helps local families to acknowledge and cope with death. As an active law enforcement chaplain volunteer, she supports local officials, families and victims as they deal with death.

The discussion takes place on Sunday, May 15th from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria located at 828 I Street in Sacramento. Seating is limited. Register for the event at

Sacramento Public Library’s new discussion series called, “Let’s Talk About” is designed to engage the local community in the lost art of conversation. It’s a meetup for your mind.

The series addresses topics society doesn’t often discuss and provides resources for people to educate themselves on those topics.

Sacramento Public Library will provide a respectful environment for the discussions to take place. The community is invited to join the discussion as an observer or a thoughtful contributor.

For more information, visit

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