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Cordova High Alumni Return for Homecoming

Posted: 10/16/2014

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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

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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Great Place to Work has again named the City of Rancho Cordova as one of the best 25 small workplaces in the United States on its annual Best Small & Medium Workplaces list that was published in the September 18th FORTUNE magazine.

Ranked #21, this is the third consecutive year, that the Rancho Cordova City government has received this prestigious honor. Competing against hundreds of companies across the country, Rancho Cordova participated in a rigorous selection process which included an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about benefits programs and company practices. Great Place to Work evaluated each application with a methodology based on credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.

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

Posted: 9/25/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Bank of America has awarded $10,000 to Women’s Empowerment’s workforce development programs for women who are homeless, including a new paid job training program. “Bank of America has continued to increase its support of our workforce development programs that ensure women can find steady work that supports their families,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “This is the key to breaking the cycle of homelessness, and we are grateful to Bank of America for partnering with us in this important mission.”

Women’s Empowerment’s eight-week program for women who are homeless, addresses their basic needs such as health and housing while preparing them to become work-ready. The job-readiness component is mostly taught by volunteers from the community and includes computer literacy training, resume writing, communication skills, mock interviews, dressing for success, and more. They also meet with an onsite employment specialist to search for jobs.

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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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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: Back in the Black

Posted: 9/12/2014

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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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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