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Local Brewery Awarded First Place Gold Ribbon at State Fair

American River Brewing Company’s Coloma Brown Wins American Ale Category

Posted: 7/31/2015

Gold Ribbon for a Brown Ale
Coloma Brown wins gold ribbon at the California State Fair.
Photos courtesy of American River Brewing Company

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - American River Brewing Company, located at 11151 Trade Center Drive #104 in Rancho Cordova, was awarded First Place Gold in the American Ale category for Coloma Brown at this year’s California Craft Beer Competition at the California State Fair. There were 120 entries for American Ale in this year’s brewery battle, making it the most hotly contested category in the entire competition. This is the second First Place Gold Ribbon awarded to Coloma Brown at the State Fair, the first awarded in 2013.

American River Brewing Company founder and brewmaster David Mathis was overjoyed by the results. “This is a great win not only for our brewery and for the city of Rancho Cordova, but for the Sacramento region as well,” he said. “It validates our position as a hotbed for great craft brewing.”

In addition to the first place ribbon, Coloma Brown was further distinguished with a third place award within the Best of Show category. This placement recognizes the best beers entered into the competition. “With over 1,000 beers entered this year, I’m extremely proud of a bronze medal,” Mathis noted. “That makes us the producer of the third best beer in all of California. I’d say that’s not too shabby.”

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Records Shattered During 2015 California State Fair

Posted: 7/31/2015

California State Fair Blue Ribbon

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA - Record numbers of guests attended the California State Fair in 2015 and business was incredibly strong for vendors and horse racing during the 17-day annual State Fair. Total attendance grew to 787,833 in 2015, up from 750,445 in 2014. This represented more than 37,000 additional visitors—a 5% increase year over year—that came to Cal Expo to celebrate the best 17 days of summer.

The average daily total attendance was the highest since 2007 at 45,992 and the average daily paid attendance was the highest in 10 years. Paid attendance was up 4.1% from 556,440 to 579,338. The State Fair has run for 17 days since 2013; from 2007-2009 and from 2011-2012 the Fair ran for 18 days. In 2010, the Fair ran for 19 days.

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Cooling Center Available in Rancho Cordova

Posted: 7/28/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Temperatures this week are forecast at upwards of 100 degrees in Rancho Cordova. To beat the heat, Rancho Cordova City Hall will be offering a cooling center from Tuesday, July 28th through Thursday, July 30th.

The cooling center will be open from noon to 8 p.m. all three days at 2729 Prospect Park Drive. Signage will direct you to the cooling center room.

Water will be provided in addition to periodic free movie showings. Please note pets cannot be accommodated at Rancho Cordova City Hall.

Source: City of Rancho Cordova


State Assemblyman Jim Cooper Speaks at Rancho Cordova City Hall

Story and Photo by Margaret Snider
Posted: 7/24/2015

Jim Cooper and Malvero Woods
Assesmblyman Jim Cooper (left) who grew up in Rancho Cordova, poses with former football teammate Malvero Woods after Cooper’s address at the Rancho Cordova July Luncheon. Woods now works for the Franchise Tax Board in the Executive and Advocate Services office.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - State Assemblyman Jim Cooper, who grew up in Rancho Cordova, spoke at the Cordova Community Council’s July luncheon about his history and also his experience in the eight months since being elected a member of the California State Assembly.

A former Elk Grove city councilman and mayor, Cooper said that accomplishing objectives in government is easier at the local level. “At the local level you’re dealing with just five members, so you really do get a lot done,” Cooper said. “In the Assembly, there are 80 members, so your chances of getting things done aren’t as good.”

Nevertheless, Cooper has not wasted any time in getting to work. “I’ve got a lot of bills this year,” Cooper said, “but my signature bill was AB 390, and that’s the DNA bill.”

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On-the-Job Training Increases, Employment Pool Shrinks

Posted: 7/24/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Employee retention, qualified applicants, and specialized skills are motivating more in-house training and opportunity in the Sacramento area. Internships and probationary and apprenticeship programs are growing as the pool of skilled workers shrinks. For several quarters, an increasing number of Sacramento’s top regional companies have noted growing problems with finding enough qualified applicants (those with specific, often technical skills) and keeping the employees currently on the job. Falling unemployment, recovery from recession years, and an aging workforce are thinning the formerly large numbers applying. Pacific Staffing discovered a “back to the future” approach when polling local companies, finding a vast majority (76%) report having existing or now using more on-the-job training in meeting specific workforce needs in hiring.

Sacramento regional employers were asked, “Is it time for employers to open work to entry levels and train on the job for specific proprietary needs?” Just 23% didn’t have or support on-the-job training, while 1% didn’t answer. The apprentice or “old school” approach to filling employment needs has never gone completely out of style with Sacramento regional companies. As some HR contacts noted when surveyed directly between May 19th and June 19th, 2015, a policy to recruit from local sources and train within the company for specific skills also reaps greater loyalty and individual company and geographic identity.

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A Family of Five Sit Smiling
County placement agencies especially need foster homes for adolescents and homes that have enough room to permit siblings to stay together. They also have a need for homes that may be used on an emergency shelter basis.

Local Foster Family Agency Needs Good Families

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 7/17/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Nationwide, more than 500,000 children live in foster care. California has over 60,000 children in the foster care system, the largest foster care population of any state. The number of foster youth has tripled in the past 20 years. In our area of California, there are nearly 4,000 children who require temporary out-of-home care because of parental neglect.

How and why these children of all ages and needs end up in foster care is important. There are several reasons. Physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation, and the lack of ability to care for children are the most common reasons. The largest percentages are African American and Latino children. Some stay in foster care for weeks, some for years. You can remain in foster care until you are 18, but can stay up to the age of 20 if you meet eligibility requirements.

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DUI Checkpoint Planned this Weekend

Posted: 7/17/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rancho Cordova Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, July 17th at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20% when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

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A First Class 4th!

Posted: 7/10/2015


Freedmen’s Bureau Project to Make African American Records Available

By Margaret Snider
Posted: 7/10/2015


Celebrating All Weekend for Independence Day

Rancho Cordova Gears Up for the Fourth of July Festival

Posted: 7/3/2015


New Red Light Digital Camera System Location

Posted: 7/3/2015


Locally Owned Bonney Plumbing, Heating & Air Hires New CEO

Offers Accounting, Finance, and Growth-Risk Management Expertise

Posted: 6/26/2015


Volunteers Plant Trees to Provide Native Habitat

Posted: 6/26/2015


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