55 and Counting

Photos and Story by Margaret Snider  |  2016-07-22
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Celebrating the 55th anniversary of Retirement Housing Foundation are, left to right: Jonathan Glatz, representing State Assemblyman Ken Cooley; Don Nottoli, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors District 5; Dr. Laverne R. Joseph, President and CEO of Retirement Housing Foundation; Meghan Rose, Director of Policy - Housing and HCBS, Leading Age, California; Reverend Phil Konz, Pioneer Congregational United Church of Christ.

Local Affordable Housing Community Celebrates Anniversary

President and CEO Dr. Laverne R. Joseph was the special guest and speaker at a recent luncheon at McGregor Commons celebrating the 55th anniversary of Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF). “Every five years we celebrate these anniversary events,” said Wilma Wilson, RHF northwest regional manager. “It is a chance for Dr. Joseph and folks in our corporate office to meet with the residents, take a look at the properties, see what we’re doing.” Local elected officials were also invited.

Residents, staff, and community leaders gathered for the luncheon. Don Nottoli, Supervisor from District 5 presented a resolution recognizing RHF on behalf of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. “I remember when this facility was built,” Nottoli said. “You’re part of the fabric of this community... You are truly appreciated and we are looking forward to a long relationship.”

RHF is among the largest nonprofit providers of affordable housing in the country, with more than 20,500 residents in 185 communities in 29 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. In the Sacramento area two facilities are collectively called Diakonia I, the individual units being McGregor Commons in Rancho Cordova and Mendocino Plaza in Sacramento, with 24 units each.

Long waiting lists are common, Joseph said, especially in urban areas. Diakonia I currently has 35 applicants on the waiting list. “We can never estimate a time (of availability),” said McGregor Commons manager Maria Claustro, “because it all has to do with how many vacancies we get and how often we get them.”

RHF was at one time invited to be part of a study by Chicago’s Rush University on rehospitalizations – the frequency with which a person discharged from the hospital returns as an inpatient within a 30-day period. After an analysis of RHF housing in Chicago, study organizers found that of the 1,400 seniors there, hospitalizations averaged only five or six a month, with only one or two rehospitalizations. “They said, ‘you’re too atypical, you can’t be in this study’,” Joseph said. “This is what you have when you have senior housing with social services connecting the residents to free services in the community. And the residents also support one another. Having somebody to talk to, you don’t panic every time you get a stomachache.”

A number of the residents of McGregor Commons attended the luncheon, one being Wayne Bidstrup. Years ago, while helping his father on their cattle ranch near Placerville his truck overturned, resulting in a disabling spinal cord injury. He has lived at McGregor Commons for 14 years. “I think it’s a good organization, and a good apartment complex,” Bidstrup said. “(It’s) an 8 on a scale of 10.”

Clyde Thornton has lived there for six years. “I love this place,” Thornton said. Having lived in a high rise previously, he appreciated that at McGregor Commons, “everything is on one level.” He stressed the value of friends there.

The housing program is geared toward persons 62 years older whose income is not more than 50% of the area median income, and those with disabilities. It was started in 1961 by two United Church of Christ clergymen and one layman, with $7,000 and a vision of providing dignified, affordable housing and services for the elderly. Before assuming his position in 1987, Dr. Joseph served on the Board for one year while he pastored a large church in Chicago and was executive director of several healthcare communities, also in Chicago.


Local Craft Brewery Wins Back-to-Back California State Fair Gold

Source: Modular Marketing Agency  |  2016-07-22

Owner Dave Mathis and Head Brewer Andy Armstrong Celebrate.

“Coloma Brown Ale” Victorious for Third Time in Four Years

Since launching in 2012, Rancho Cordova craft brewery American River Brewing Company (ARBC) has won numerous awards for its beers, but none more so than its flagship brew, Coloma Brown American Ale.

For the second year in a row, Coloma Brown won first place in the Commercial Craft Brewing competition for the American Ale category at the California State Fair. Hosted by the Northern California Brewer’s Guild, the competition annually draws in excess of one thousand entries from more than three hundred craft breweries across the state.

The win for Coloma Brown comes on the heels of the California Small Business of the Year award for ARBC this past May.

California is a hotbed of the craft brewing industry. Since 2010 the number of craft breweries in the state has more than doubled to nearly 700. With such an immense amount of competition, ARBC founder David Mathis is justifiably pleased with the back-to-back win.

“With so many worthy competitors also brewing at such a high level, this win really validates all the hard work we’ve put into making truly great beer,” Mathis stated. “Plus, since this is our flagship beer, it means even more.”

ARBC partner and Head Brewer, Andy Armstrong, agrees that the effort was worth the result. “We spent a great deal of time perfecting the recipe for Coloma Brown,” he said, “and that was no easy process. Getting recognition like this from a panel of expert judges two years running demonstrates that we’ve gotten it as close to perfection as it can be.”

Following a recent trend among craft breweries, ARBC has begun canning some of its brews and Coloma Brown may be added to the canning lineup. “So far we have our Lawn Jockey Session IPA, Fire Break Red Ale and Capitol Copper Amber Ale ready to begin canning,” Mathis noted, “It would be fantastic if we were to include Coloma Brown as well.”

American River Brewing Company is located at 11151 Trade Center Drive in Rancho Cordova. For more information and a complete list of awards, please visit their website at www.americanriverbrewco.com.


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City of Rancho Cordova Receives Finance Award

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2016-07-22

The City of Rancho Cordova’s finance team has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

The award recognizes the City’s 2015 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) which illustrates the state of the city’s finances and twelfth consecutive General Fund surplus for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

The GFOA judging panel said that Rancho Cordova’s CAFR demonstrated a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to communicate its financial story and motivate our community to read the CAFR.

GFOA is a non-profit professional organization that serves about 17,500 government finance professionals. The City has won this award every year since 2008. The judging panel included selected members of the GFOA professional staff and Special Review Committee, including individuals with expertise in public-sector financial reporting, financial statement preparers, independent auditors, academics, and other finance professionals.

To read the CAFR, visit www.cityofranchocordova.org, click on Departments, click on Finance, and click on Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).


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Here is a Date Night Idea

By Alona Thomas  |  2016-07-21

Chef Metha of Kanpai Sushi Restaurant (left). The House of Gekkeikan Sake offers an exotic opportunity to share in the world of Sake along with a Sushi making class every other month at the brewery in Folsom.

Yep, this can be a fun, and entertaining evening for you and your significant other, or possibly a chance just to get to know someone better. This is also a great idea for a group that would like to have shared time with hands on experience or just a bonding time with your daughter-in-law. The House of Gekkeikan Sake offers an exotic opportunity to share in the world of Sake along with a Sushi making class every other month at the brewery in Folsom.

The tasting room is all set up with all the tools you need, except you must bring a sharp knife. A welcome is extended by the tasting room representative with an invitation to take part in a buffet before beginning.  It begins with an appetizer of Mango Tequila Sauce over cream cheese and crackers, Caesar Salad, Pineapple Sake Teriyaki meatballs, Meyers Lemon Rosemary sausages and cookies for dessert. Their sauce source is the excellent products from Earth & Vine*. The first tasting of Sake begins with the award winning Black & Gold, but this can depend on the weather. My class was in March so this was served warm, but in the summer months they follow the Japanese tradition serving cold Sake which is more fruity in nature.

Our teacher is Chef Metha of Kanpai Sushi Restaurant. He begins by telling us exactly how to hold the rice and place it on the Nori seaweed sheets. We are split into small groups and receive instruction on creating the perfect California Roll using the correct technique including the moistening of our fingers for working the rice. We return to our seats and have the all the ingredients to make our first roll, which is a practice run, preparing us for the Sushi competition later. While other class members are receiving their instruction we sample Haiku a light medium dry wine that is served chilled and then Suzaku, considered premium sake.

At this point I have made my practice California Roll and ate most of it while enjoying the tastings. We now enter the competition phase and have an opportunity to show off our skill. I am feeling pretty confident and make the second roll along with a pour of Zipang, a sparkling sake. This is bright and light which would complement a wide array of appetizers. However, my beautiful rolls plated with a ginger flower and slivers of cucumber did not even figure into the final two. There was lots of laughter with winners declared for both gals and guys. Our second lesson was a hand roll. Right up front, this technique was beyond my capabilities, but others seemed capable. Again we could practice and then have a second chance with winners receiving prizes. We finished our tasting with two plum wines Kobai, light and sweet, with a suggestion to be paired with blue cheese and Plum Gekkeikan, which was very good. Raffle drawings for great prizes completed the lesson.

It really was a very enjoyable and educational evening with wonderful hosts. The class cost was $35.00. With my new rice cooker, I have made sushi twice at home, but certainly have to practice a bit more.

*Earth & Vine story in April Gold River Messenger. Alona’s hobbies are food and delicious times. alonathomas@gmail.com.


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Help Reduce the Use

Source: Sacramento Suburban Water District  |  2016-07-21

Rebates are available for water-efficient sprinkler heads, drip irrigation systems, pool covers and WaterSense-labeled weather-based irrigation controllers.

Sacramento Suburban Water District Asks Customers to Help Reduce Water Use by 10 Percent

Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD) is asking its customers to keep up the great work this summer and voluntarily reduce their water use by 10 percent and to follow District’s recommended watering day schedule.

“Our customers did a fantastic job conserving water during the drought emergency, and reduced water use by nearly 30 percent from June 2015 to February 2016,”” said Greg Bundesen, SSWD Water Conservation Supervisor.  “We’re now asking them to continue their outstanding efforts by limiting landscape watering during the summer when water use is at its highest.”

The District is asking customers who have addresses that end in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) to water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and those with addresses that end in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9) to run their sprinklers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Watering is only allowed before noon or after 8 p.m. through the end of September.

SSWD also has many rebates available for its customers to make conserving water even easier.  Rebates are available for water-efficient sprinkler heads, drip irrigation systems, pool covers and WaterSense-labeled weather-based irrigation controllers.  Weather-based irrigation controllers act like a thermostat for a sprinkler system, and use local weather and landscape conditions to run the sprinklers instead of running according to a preprogrammed schedule. 

Customers who install drip irrigation systems and register their WaterSense-labeled weather-based irrigation controllers with SSWD will not be subject to future watering restrictions.  Complete details and rebate applications are available on www.sswd.org.


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Raley’s Will Remove Artificially Flavored Private Label Brand Sodas

Source: Raley’s  |  2016-07-21

Where we have control over our product lines, we want to offer products that reflect our ongoing vision to infuse life with health and happiness.

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has announced its decision to eliminate certain Raley’s private label brand soda to advance their vision of health and wellness. This includes all flavors containing high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors, including diet soda varieties.

“This is a bold first step towards improving our private label options for our customers,” said Kevin Curry, Raley’s Senior Vice President, Merchandising & Supply Chain. “Where we have control over our product lines, we want to offer products that reflect our ongoing vision to infuse life with health and happiness. Essentially, we want to make it easier for our customers to make healthier choices.”

A number of studies conducted over the past few decades suggest that consumption of high-fructose corn syrup is connected with health concerns, including a significant risk of weight gain and obesity, an increased risk of developing Type-2 Diabetes, hypertension and elevated “bad” cholesterol levels and liver damage.  Raley’s vision is to infuse life with health and wellness. The company strives to educate customers and provide wholesome Raley’s brand options.

Raley’s has discontinued production of private label soda with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors and will phase-out remaining inventory over the next two-weeks. All Raley’s private label soda with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors will be out of stock by August 1st.

In another first step in providing healthier options to customers, Raley’s eliminated tobacco in 2015. For more information, visit www.raleys.com.


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City Council Election Coming

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2016-07-21

The next regularly scheduled election will be held on November 8, 2016 for the purpose of electing three members of the Rancho Cordova City Council. The seats held by Council Member McGarvey, Mayor Sander, and Vice Mayor Terry will expire in December 2016.

Individuals wishing to become a candidate must obtain and complete the official nomination documents from the City Clerk. The filing period for nomination documents and candidate’s statement will be July 18, 2016 through August 12, 2016.  If complete nomination documents for an incumbent are not filed by 5:00 pm on August 12, 2016 any qualified person other than the incumbent shall have until 5:00 pm on August 17, 2016 to file the nomination documents for the council seat.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of California.
  • Must be a registered voter and a resident within the city limits of Rancho Cordova at the time nomination papers are issued.

The deadline to register to vote in the November 8th election is October 24th. Voter registration forms are available at City Hall, the County Registrar of Voters Office, or online through the California Secretary of State. If you are already registered, a new affidavit of registration is needed only if you have changed your name, address, or wish to change your political party affiliation.

Contact City Clerk Mindy Cuppy for more information at (916) 851-8721 or at mcuppy@cityofranchocordova.org.


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Officer Spotlight: Detective Kevin Warren

Photos and Story by Margaret Snider  |  2016-07-21

Detective Kevin Warren at his desk in the Rancho Cordova Police Department.  When he is not working, Warren coaches softball and spends time with his family, as well as being on call 24/7.

Detective Kevin Warren has been with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for 21 years. Warren served at the courthouse, at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center at the branch jail, he worked in patrol. He worked Community Oriented Policing and is now a detective with the investigations unit for the Rancho Cordova Police Department.

When Warren was younger, he worked for his family’s ambulance service. But when that was sold, he reconsidered his options. His grandfather had been a sergeant with the Sacramento Police Department, and after taking a year off, Warren attended the Sheriff’s Academy. While his new occupation was different from his former one, there were some similarities. Both occupations deal with people in crisis.

“It’s helping people in the time of need and that type of work appeals to me,” Warren said. “I like to give back to the community, and give back in any way I can.”

Rancho Cordova Police Chief Michael Goold said that even after all his years on the job, Warren is still very empathetic to every victim that he meets and treats each case like it was his first. “He’s just wonderful to the victims and just does a stellar job of building that relationship of trust with victims and families.”

There are three more detectives in the Investigations Unit, headed by team leader Sergeant Greg Johnson. Their work consists of investigating felonies, the majority of which deal with violent assault and domestic violence. Warren’s days involve talking to victims, witnesses, and suspects, getting statements, putting together photo lineups and serving warrants. As a detective he works closely with the Sacramento District Attorney’s office. “They’re very hardworking people, they work well together with us,” Warren said.

Some of their cases are more complicated than others, but all of them hit home for those working on them. It’s hard for police officers to avoid the thought that it could be one of them, it could be one of their own family members. “Especially as a detective, the victims and the victims’ families are looking at you to solve what’s happened to them, give them peace of mind,” Warren said. “...That wears on you, too. Because you’re the go-to person, they’re looking at you to help resolve what occurred to them, to bring justice to their situation.”

Some of the ways people can help the police department is to call in if they see something that doesn’t look right – to 911 if it’s a life and death situation or needs an immediate response. “If you see something suspicious,” Warren said, “don’t get involved in it, but write down license plate numbers, descriptions of cars, descriptions of people . . . Be good eyes and ears, and once we get there, be able to tell us what you saw and be able to give us descriptions that will help us in our investigation.”

In spite of 10-hour shifts, and being on call 24/7, in his off-duty hours Warren coaches high school softball and also a competitive girls’ 14 and under softball team. Several of his players have gone on to receive collegiate scholarships. Warren is a sports enthusiast, and he finds working with kids rewarding. He started out coaching Little League when he was in high school.

“(As police) we have feelings and we care about people and we want to make a decent environment for them,” Warren said. “It’s rewarding, and that’s what I enjoy. I enjoy giving back.”


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FBI Seeking “Bandaged Bandit”

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation  |  2016-07-21

Suspect Wanted for Series of Four Bank Robberies in Nevada and Northern California

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking information to aid in the identification and apprehension of an individual suspected of robbing four banks. The young Caucasian male is suspected of the following robberies:

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016
    U.S. Bank located at 229 Kingsbury Grade Rd., Stateline, NV 89449
  • Friday, July 1, 2016
    Chase Bank located at 2215 Francisco Dr., El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
  • Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Wells Fargo located at 3935 Park Dr., El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
  • Friday, July 15, 2016
    U.S. Bank located at 1850 Prairie City Rd., Folsom, CA 95630.

The suspect—believed to be in his 20s or 30s—has blonde hair and stands 5’8”-5’10” tall with a large build. He has made an effort to conceal his face by affixing bandages to his nose, chin, and other areas of his face and arms. During the commission of the robberies, the man approached the tellers and either presented a demand note or made a verbal demand for cash while threatening that he had a weapon. After receiving undisclosed amounts of money, the subject fled the locations on foot. Photos of the suspect are available on the FBI’s Wanted Bank Robber website: https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov/robbers-container/2016-07-15.6450756429.

The robberies are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and Folsom Police Department.

Individuals with information about this man may call their local FBI office or 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-885-5984). Tips may also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov. If the subject is spotted in the community, the public is urged to call 911 and not approach the individual. For more information about individuals wanted for bank robberies in your area, please visit https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov


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Family Fun at Party in the Park

Source: Vivian Cazanis, Cordova Recreation and Park District  |  2016-07-21

An Evening of Celebration at Lincoln Village Community Park

Help celebrate National Park and Recreation month with an evening of games, food, live music and fun! Cordova Recreation and Park District is hosting its annual Party in the Park event on Friday, July 22, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lincoln Village Community Park

Party in the Park features free family swim at Lincoln Village Pool, a kid-zone with bounce houses and face painting, and entertainment including live music by local band Tone Mosaic. This family-friendly event will also include more than 50 booths and vendors and food and drinks for purchase from local delights including Squeeze Inn and Taeza’s Bottomline BBQ. CRPD representatives will also be in attendance to discuss recreation and park services and upcoming events and activities.

The event is sponsored by Folsom Lake Honda, Republic Services and American Water Company.


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