Council Member Dan Skoglund Passes Away

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2017-04-20

Rancho Cordova City Council Member Dan Skoglund

It is with a heavy heart that the City of Rancho Cordova announces the passing of Council Member Dan Skoglund.

Dan passed away the morning of April 20, 2017 due to complications from a recent surgery.

Dan was appointed to fill a vacancy on the City Council in 2004 to finish out the term of the late Mayor Dave Roberts who passed away during his term in office. Dan was elected to a full term in 2006, 2010 and 2014 and served as Vice Mayor in 2008 and 2013 and Mayor in 2009 and 2014.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Dan Skoglund,” said Rancho Cordova Mayor Donald Terry. “Dan had a heart for the Rancho Cordova community and as a colleague, he was always a strong advocate for what was best for our residents and the City.”

Dan represented the City on the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Sacramento Area Sewer District, Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission, and South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan Elected Advisory Board.

Dan lived in Rancho Cordova since 1975. He was a member and Vice Chair of the City's first Planning Commission. He served as a president for many organizations, including the Rancho Cordova Rotary Club, the Cordova Community Council, the Active 20/30 Club, and the Sacramento Chapter of the Professional Moving Association.

Dan was a Relocation Consultant for California Moving Systems for 35 years. He was a graduate of Sacramento High School and attended Sacramento City College.

“Dan was a gentle and kind-hearted individual,” said Rancho Cordova City Manager Cyrus Abhar. “He was instrumental in planning the future of Rancho Cordova and was known as a passionate supporter of youth programs and activities.”

Dan was a family man and is survived by his mother, Gerry; wife, Pamela; son John Skoglund, daughter-in-law Lindsey Feeley Skoglund, and grandson Benjamin; and son Jeffrey Skoglund.

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Help Celebrate the Grand Opening of Howe Park’s New Demonstration Gardens

Source: Sacramento Suburban Water District  |  2017-04-26

On Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to noon, Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD) and Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District will host a grand opening celebration for the new Gardens at Howe Park.

The Gardens at Howe Park include four, state-of-the-art, low-water use demonstration gardens, created in partnership by SSWD and sustainable gardening group, EcoLandscape California.

The grand opening celebration will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guided tours, workshop demonstration on high-efficiency sprinklers, and free gift bags filled with gardening tools for the first 100 attendees.

“We’re excited to open our newest demonstrations gardens and highlight the variety of ways people can have beautiful landscapes that are river-friendly and low-water,” said Greg Bundesen, SSWD’s Water Conservation Supervisor.

The new gardens include:

  • Sensible Switchover: This garden is designed to represent the layout of most Sacramento-area residential front yards, but features low-water plants and low maintenance solutions perfect for our region’s climate.
  • Wilder Wonders: A wilder, less structured garden filled with color and texture. It’s designed to provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies and bees.
  • Water Works: A working rain garden that shows how plants can take in, filter and hold water in the soil. It’s designed to capture the rain and let it percolate into our groundwater instead of flowing unchecked and unfiltered into our rivers, the Delta and ultimately the Pacific Ocean.
  • Effortless Edibles: This attractive garden features low-water edibles and aromatics, and can provide lots of goodies for your table, and color for your house.

Each of the gardens features informational signage that identifies all of the landscape’s water-efficient features and plants used.

For more information about the grand opening celebration for the new Gardens at Howe Park, visit

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Capital Region Small Business Week Underway

By Shelly Lembke  |  2017-04-26

The 2017 Capital Region Small Business Week Celebration (CRSBWC) is well underway in its efforts to promote, enhance and encourage small business owners. Whether novice or seasoned professional, Small Business Week offers programs and advice on all aspects of small business.

A backbone of the American economy, National Small Business Week was begun in 1963, with a yearly presidential proclamation. According to statistics, at least half of Americans own or work for a small business and create two-thirds of new U.S. jobs annually.

A previous symposium, said June Livingston, was “one of several events,” part of the larger Capital Region Small Business Week. Livingston is the Division Supervisor and a registered environmental health specialist with the County of Sacramento. In her position, she supervises the Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC), of which the Sacramento Area Sustainable Business (SASB) Program is a part.

“Yearly, we help hundreds of people,” said Livingston. “It is all free and completely confidential. The program is for the whole week and really covers the SACOG (Sacramento Area Council of Governments) Region,” she said.

BERC offers compliance assistance in a non-regulatory environment to ease regulatory concerns, facilitates the regulatory permit processes and offers continuing pre- and post-regulatory inspection compliance assistance. It provides one-on-one consultation, regulatory and technical assistance, best management practice and business advocacy, ombudsman and sustainable business services.

The Small Business Symposium: Roadmap to Success will run from April 30 through May 6, 2017, throughout Capital Region Small Business Week. The Symposium is Tuesday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McClellan Conference Center, 5411 Luce Avenue, McClellan, CA.

For help, questions or more information, visit, or call 916.874.2100

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Taxpayers Gouged at the Pump

Commentary by Senator Ted Gaines  |  2017-04-26

Here are a few facts that should give pause to anyone supporting California’s new gas tax: CalTrans is overstaffed by 3,500 people, wasting $500 million every year that could be going to roads; California diverts a billion dollars in “weight fees” into the general fund annually, which should also be paying for roads; Californians already pay some of the highest gas taxes in the country but have some of the worst roads, which points to an efficiency problem.

It’s plain to see that the fake funding crisis used to push the new taxes through the legislature was really a crisis of political priorities. The money is there – without the new taxes – to pay for modern, smooth roadways up and down the state.

Still, the legislature has a default position, and that’s to pickpocket taxpayers and businesses at every turn. Hence the new tax to backfill the waste and diversions that should be paying for roads right now.

Governor Brown, oblivious to the actual effect the bill will have on businesses and families, tried to deflect criticisms of the new tax’s cost by noting that it will set back the average family about $10 a month.

Are my rural constituents, who drive 45 minutes to get to the grocery store, supposed to be happy because of that average? Are my suburban commuters putting 80 miles a day on their cars supposed to be happy with that average? It will be meaningless to them, as they will pay hundreds of dollars more a year in gas taxes and registration fees to pay for roads that their tax dollars already could have and should have paid for.

Because of this government decision to raise gas taxes $.12 a gallon, diesel $.20, and add an additional registration fee of $25-$175 on each vehicle (and that is just a partial list of the new charges), everyone in the state can expect to pay more for everything they buy, from school clothes to groceries to laptops. Not because the items are better, but because California legislators are attaching a premium to everything with their relentless search for tax dollars.

These new taxes and fees aren’t one-time charges. They go on forever under the current bill, and will start increasing, indefinitely, starting in 2020.

I want a first-class infrastructure for our state and am willing to pay for it, but not twice. That’s what this cynical bill does to our citizens. It forces them to pay a second time for roads that their tax dollars already could have built. It’s backfilling an imaginary shortfall to cover up government failure.

A state that can afford to waste tens of billions of dollars on the colossally expensive and worthless High Speed Rail is not a state starving for money. To California’s majority party, though, every problem looks like a deficit and every solution looks like a tax. It’s killing the middle- and lower-classes in the state.

Our state has the 48th-worst tax climate already, but this gas tax proves, yet again, that legislators can’t leave unwell enough alone.

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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Baker Responds to the California State Auditor’s Report

Source: Office of Assemblywoman Baker  |  2017-04-26

CA State Auditor: UC President Hiding $175 Million in Funds While Raising Tuition and Salaries

Assembly Higher Education Committee Vice Chair Catharine Baker issued the following statement in response to the California State Auditor’s recent report detailing an undisclosed $175 million reserve fund maintained by the Office of the President of the University of California and other financial concerns:

“The UC Board of Regents just raised tuition on students and has nearly doubled in-state student tuition over the last 10 years, while spending hundreds of millions of dollars on projects and administrative salaries. Students and their families deserve confidence that their money is being spent wisely. The UC Office of the President acknowledges the need to address the Auditor’s findings. I look forward to working with my Assembly colleagues, students, and the UC to get to the bottom of this and do all we can to help UC get its financial house in order.”

Baker represents the 16th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Alamo, Danville, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.

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Let the Good Times Rock & Roll

By Shelly Lembke  |  2017-04-26

The Baby Boomer Festival will be held on Saturday, May 6 at the Placer County Fairgrounds. The event is billed by organizers as a “‘Rock-n-Roll Fair’ that focuses on the good memories, the nostalgia, the dreams and the needs of America’s ‘Baby Boomer’ generation.”

Baby Boomer Festival Expo and Music Show

The Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville will come alive as the gathering place for scores of people during the Baby Boomer Festival on Saturday, May 6. The Festival and Expo will feature music, cars and plenty of culture from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Billed by organizers as a “‘Rock-n-Roll Fair’ that focuses on the good memories, the nostalgia, the dreams and the needs of America’s ‘Baby Boomer’ generation,” the grounds will be packed with exhibits and demonstrations designed to inform and educate attendees.

The musical line up by world famous Elvis tribute artist Gene Lane and classic rock and rollers Road Test will keep toes tapping and fingers snapping. “Car songs, surfer songs, old time rock and roll, cruisin' songs and songs about those backseat girlfriends are included in the fun,” along with “lots of dancing and audience participation in poodle skirts, baggies, leather jackets and tight sweaters. It’s the music you grew up with,” say the organizers.

Between music sets, festival goers can meander through any or all of the nearly 70 booths with information and shopping for everything from financial services to artwork to healthful wellbeing or any number of goods and services tailored to the Boomer generation.

Not to be missed are dozens of classic cars also on display, including some of the iconic “woodies” (wood side paneled) cars. There will also be food, prizes and goodie giveaways. The event is family friendly and the organizers invite Baby Boomers to bring their children and even grandchildren to share in the experience “As you enter the expo,” according to the organizers, “you will be surrounded by dozens of exciting exhibits on a wide variety of subjects pertinent to your well-being and happiness. Many of the exhibitors have come from throughout the region to discuss their plans for your health, finance and home life. So please take the time to stop and talk with them. You might just find an ideal match for your needs!”

The Baby Boomer Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 6 at the Placer County Fairgrounds, located at 800 All America City Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678. Admission and parking are free. For more information including vendor lists and musical line up, visit

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Tuskegee Airmen to Appear at Rancho Library

By Margaret Snider  |  2017-04-26

RAMITELLI, Italy, WWII (From left) Lt. Dempsey W. Morgan, Lt. Carrol S. Woods, Lt. Robert H. Nelson Jr., Capt. Andrew D. Turner and Lt. Clarence D. Lester were pilots with the 332nd Fighter Group. The Airmen with the elite, all-black fighter group were better known as Tuskegee Airmen. 
-- Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen will come to the Rancho Cordova Library to give an “insightful presentation,” on the original airmen who served in World War II, said Evelyn Figeroid, Coordinator for Veterans Connect at the Rancho Cordova Library. Perry Woods, Vice President of the George “Spanky” Roberts Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen and Vice Commander of American Legion Post 709 proposed the program, which Woods referred to as a “profound event.”

The program will include a video documentary and panel discussion on the Tuskegee Airmen from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 29. The panel will discuss the history of the integration of African-American airmen into service as United States Air Force pilots, and their heroic efforts on behalf of the citizens of the United States.

The program will be held in the Community Room at the Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. Light refreshments will be served.

The original Tuskegee Airmen were a group of around 1,000 black pilots and more than 15,000 black ground personnel who overcame segregation and discrimination to serve their country in the Air Force in World War II. The airmen trained at the Tuskegee Army Airfield, and received education at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Until that time, no official black aviators had been allowed in the United States Air Force. The Tuskegee program officially began June 1941 with the 99th Pursuit Squadron at Tuskegee University.

Boyd Taylor, 95, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, is scheduled to be in attendance at the library with his wife, Gloria. Among those participating on the panel are Perry Woods, Vice President of the George “Spanky” Chapter and Vice Commander of American Legion Post 709, and James Coleman, WWII veteran who fought in Iwo Jima. Woods coordinated the program with Figeroid in order to bring the story to the public.

“I am so very excited to be offering this program to our community,” said Figeroid. “This is a story of heroics on many fronts.”

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Girl Scouts Thanked for Creek Week Work

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2017-04-26

Pictured from left: Allen Quynn, City of Rancho Cordova Public Works De-partment Associate Civil Engineer, Nyah Robinson, Jade Wilson, Asia Suna-hara (Troop 1004), Lily Bradley (Troop 555) and Rancho Cordova Vice Mayor Linda Budge. 
-- Photo courtesy City of Rancho Cordova

Rancho Cordova Vice Mayor Linda Budge presented Girl Scout Troops 1004 and 555 a proclamation in recognition of their previous volunteer work during Creek Week at this April 17 City Council meeting. The Girl Scouts will be volunteering again at cleanup locations during this year’s Creek Week between April 21-29.

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Inspire! Luncheon Honors Linda Budge

Source: Sacramento Children’s Museum  |  2017-04-26

Join the Sacramento Children’s Museum for the fourth annual Inspire! Luncheon. This year’s honoree is long time Rancho Cordova resident, City Council Member and current Vice Mayor Linda Budge.

Each spring, the Sacramento Children’s Museum honors an inspirational woman for the work she has done to make a positive impact on the lives of young children in the Sacramento area. “Every year we honor an inspirational woman but men are welcome to attend,” according Sacramento Children’s Museum Fundraising Manager Meghan Toland.

Tickets for individuals and entire tables can be purchased online, she adds. The event includes a table top design competition and silent auction. All proceeds benefit museum exhibits and educational programming. Table sponsorship starts at $500. Individual tickets are available for $75. Please contact Meghan Toland at 916-638-7225 x 101 or with any questions. Visit for more information on this and other events.

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Local Residents Can Dress as Superheroes

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2017-04-25

Sacramento Life Center’s Heroes Walk for Life Event to Raise Funds for Free Medical Care for Low-Income Pregnant Women, Teens

Local residents are invited to dress up as their favorite superheroes and join Sacramento Life Center’s Heroes Walk for Life on May 20 at Maidu Park in Roseville from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The 2K and 5K walk and fun run will raise funds for free pregnancy services at the Sacramento Life Center, benefiting low-income pregnant women and teens. The family-friendly event will include a rally, toddler dash, bounce house, face painting, crafts, magic show, and capes and masks for kids. Registration is $30, but free for kids ages 12 and under. For more information, to sign up or to make a donation, visit

“This is a great opportunity for families, individuals and teams to be heroes for mothers and babies in need of care,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “This will be a fun day celebrating the amazing work being done in our community to ensure low-income pregnant women and teens are well cared for.”

The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy testing, STI testing, ultrasounds, advocacy for men and women, education and resource referrals. The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women seeking support after having an abortion. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit

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