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Residents Fired up Over Shooting Range

By Julia Baum
Posted: 9/19/2014

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Outraged by the future opening of an indoor shooting range next door to a public high school and accusing city council and staff of trying to evade public scrutiny, residents, including concerned parents and school staff members, showed up at a September 2nd Rancho Cordova city council meeting to make their voices heard.

Set to open at 3443 Routier Road, right next door to George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science, the Sacramento Gun Club is located in an area approved for office industrial uses such as indoor shooting. Council members said that while legally there is no opportunity for discretionary review or to stop Fite Development, Co. from opening their doors to the public, council members would look into amending city code to prevent locating similar businesses in certain areas again. The council also stressed that any future changes to city code would not affect the shooting range from operating.

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

Posted: 9/19/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Some California homeowners may receive a much larger property tax bill than they anticipated this year. Homeowners who saw lower tax bills during the recent decline in housing values may receive higher property tax bills as property values recover.

Why is this happening? When housing prices rise, Proposition 13 allows a maximum two percent annual increase in the property’s taxable value for inflation. This value is known as the “factored Proposition 13 value.” When housing prices decline, Proposition 8 allows a temporary reduction of the property’s taxable value to reflect the current market value. Because a Proposition 8 reduction is only temporary, it requires the taxable value to be reviewed annually and increased or decreased to reflect that year’s current market value (as of January 1st each year). Thus, when the housing market crashed, Proposition 8 enabled some homeowners to receive significant temporary assessment reductions resulting in lower tax bills. As housing prices increase, however, a home’s taxable value that had been lowered by the assessor under Proposition 8 may increase more than two percent if its market value increased more than two percent. The increased value, however, may not exceed the factored Proposition 13 value.

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Mark Wells
Deputy Chief Mark Wells has been selected to be the next Metro Fire Chief.

Metro Fire Selects Mark Wells New Chief

Posted: 9/12/2014

MATHER, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire) Board of Directors announced on September 6th their selection of Deputy Chief Mark Wells to be the next Fire Chief. The announcement was made during a special meeting of the Board.

“The Board of Directors is very excited to work with Chief Wells to lead Metro Fire into the future,” stated Board President Randy Orzalli. “We are confident that Chief Wells’ vision, experience and expertise will ensure Metro Fire remains amongst the most progressive and innovative in the state. Continued strong leadership from the Fire Chief is critical, as we seek to deliver the best possible public safety service within our limited resources.”

Last month, Fire Chief Kurt Henke announced his plans to retire in October after 33 years in the fire service. Subsequent to Henke’s announcement, the Metro Fire Board of Directors approved a recommendation from its Executive Committee to conduct an internal search process among the ranks of Deputy Chief to select the next Fire Chief.

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Sacramento County Seal

Sacramento County: Back in the Black

Posted: 9/4/2014

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County ended the 2013-14 Fiscal Year $44 million in the black, recording its third consecutive year of financial improvement. The $3.7 billion 2014-15 Adopted Budget will be presented to the Board of Supervisors September 9th.

In June during Budget Hearings, the Board prioritized key safety net services including emergency shelter operations, mental health services, homeless outreach and navigation, public health nursing, child abuse prevention, senior financial abuse investigation and prevention, and a myriad of other programs and services for the County’s most vulnerable residents.

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A Harrier Jump Jet Taking Off from a Carrier Deck
No runway? No problem! Arguably, one of the greatest breakthroughs in aircraft technology, the unique Harrier jump jet is capable of vertical takeoffs and landings, providing the U.S. Marine Corps with mobility, flexibility and firepower. Don’t miss the rare chance to see this remarkable aircraft show off!
All photos courtesy California Capital

You Won’t Believe Your Skies!

The California Capital Airshow

Posted: 9/5/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The ninth annual California Capital Airshow (CCA), presented by Sacramento County, announced that discounted general admission tickets are now available for purchase at all SAFE Credit Union branch locations throughout the region in addition to the event’s website. The Airshow will be held at Mather Airport on September 6-7th, 2014 featuring all things shiny, fast, and loud.

Airshow attendees won’t want to miss spine-tingling F-22 Raptors, Harriers, and the Patriots Jet Demonstration Team while experiencing thrilling aerobatics, barnstorming, pyrotechnics, vintage aircraft, music, choreography and so much more!

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Mraz Brewing Company at Whole Lotta Brews
“Whole Lotta Brews” is the premier beer tasting event in Folsom and will be an evening of beer and wine samplings from around the region along with gourmet food tastings from Whole Foods Market in-store vendors as well as local restaurants and caterers.
Photo courtesy of Folsom Cordova Community Partnership

Come Get Your Brew On!

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

Posted: 9/5/2014

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Whole Foods Market Folsom presents their annual event, “Whole Lotta Brews,” benefiting the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership. This event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 6-9:00 p.m., and will be held at Whole Foods Market in Folsom located at 270 Palladio Dr. “As part of our mission, we recognize our responsibility to be active participants in our local community. This is just our way of giving back” says Whole Foods Market Folsom Marketing Coordinator Ciara Varvas. Last year as a presenting sponsor, Whole Foods Market Folsom raised over $15, 000.00 to support the mission of the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership.

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Proposed Community Master Plan Revealed

By Julia Baum
Posted: 9/5/2014

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - After months of meetings filled with collaboration and deliberation, members of the Rancho Cordova City Council and the Cordova Park and Recreation District revealed a mostly finished master plan proposal for the community at a special August 21 work session.

Focusing largely on community facilities and sports tournament complexes, the plan proposes a park impact fee of $8,784 per single family home to help offset the cost of lighted sports fields, additional restrooms and other community gathering facilities.

Meeting the needs of youth sports programs and tournaments with the proposed design is a concern for Mac Cameron of District 5 Little League. With an expected growth of more than 100,000 people by the year 2035, outgrowing other cities such as Roseville and Folsom, Cameron is not convinced that teams or their families will be adequately served by the placemakers, or public spaces that encourage and support social connection and meaningful interaction. He would like to see facilities that are superior to those in surrounding communities for his players and more fields centrally located instead of being scattered around town for families with more than one child playing Little League during the season.

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Legends Come to Life at the Circus

Posted: 8/29/2014

Folsom Lake College Spotlight Night Career Fair Sept. 10th

Posted: 8/29/2014

Raley’s Supermarket Settles Civil Environmental Case

Special Report
District Attorney’s Office
Posted: 8/29/2014

Northstar Celebrates Opening With A Ribbon-Cutting

Posted: 8/22/2014


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