Rancho Cordova Accepting Applications for “Summer at City Hall” Internship Program

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2017-05-17

Rancho Cordova City Hall, in partnership with nonprofit group PRO Youth and Families, will launch “Summer at City Hall,” a 4-week internship program for incoming high school juniors and seniors who live within City of Rancho Cordova boundaries.

The program provides personal and professional development, as well as civic engagement lessons and activities about local government. Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and make a difference in the community. The program runs from June 26th through July 20th. Interested students must apply by May 26th.

For more information or to apply, visit proyouthandfamilies.org/WP2/sample-page/summer_opportunities/

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Free Seminar for Rental Owners and Property Managers

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2017-05-17

Housing discrimination complaints can result in thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees. The City of Rancho Cordova, in partnership with the Rental Housing Association, is offering a free seminar to help rental owners and property managers understand fair housing laws and prevent the most common forms of rental housing discrimination. Topics include steering, occupancy standards, disability discrimination, reasonable accommodations, hostile housing environment, medical marijuana, and use of criminal history in tenant screening.

The seminar will be held at Rancho Cordova City Hall on Monday, May 22, 2017 from 6 – 8 PM. Registration is easy. Simply go to www.RHA.org or call 916.920.1120 ext. 201.

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“Infrastructure Week,” Highlights $2.7 Million Water Projects

Source: Golden State Water Company Media  |  2017-05-17

In recognition of “Infrastructure Week” from May 15-19, 2017, Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) is highlighting plans to invest more than $2.7 million for local water infrastructure projects in 2017. These investments are planned throughout the Arden Cordova service area, which includes portions of Rancho Cordova, Gold River and Arden Manor.

Golden State Water continually invests to maintain and improve the local water system to ensure delivery of reliable, quality water is not compromised. Local projects planned for 2017 include: Pipeline projects to replace and install more than 3,600 feet of water main throughout the service area; Water supply enhancements through facilities upgrades and implementation of technology at local well and water treatment plants; Upgrading local meters, services and safety equipment.

For a complete list of local infrastructure projects, customers are encouraged to visit www.gswater.com/arden-cordova.

“Golden State Water has invested approximately $700 million companywide for infrastructure improvements over the last decade, because proactive system maintenance is critical to protecting water service now and for future generations,” said Denise Kruger, Senior Vice President of Regulated Utilities for Golden State Water. “We continually invest to improve our water systems here locally and across all of our service territories.”

The American Society of Civil Engineers recently released its 2017 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which assigned a “D” grade to the nation’s drinking water infrastructure. The report noted that upgrading existing water systems to meet drinking water infrastructure needs of a growing population may require at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years.

“As the nation’s aging water infrastructure continues to draw much attention, proactive system investments to protect water systems and avoid the costly and sometimes dangerous effects of deferring maintenance is now more important than ever,” said Kruger. “We appreciate the community’s patience as we work to complete these important projects.”

For additional information about Golden State Water’s local water service, customers are encouraged to call the 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800.999.4033, visit www.gswater.com or follow @GoldenStateH20 on Twitter.

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SACRT Offers Free Transfers for Connect Card Users

Source: Regional Transit Media  |  2017-05-17

With a unanimous vote, the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SACRT) Board of Directors approved a pilot program to provide a free 90-minute transfer option to passengers who use a Connect Card, the region’s new smart card fare payment system. The transfer option will be available to customers beginning on Thursday, June 15, 2017, marking the official launch date of the new Connect Card system.

RideSacRT, the agency’s mobile fare app, has included 90-minute transfers since its roll-out in January 2016. The new Connect Card is expected to be more widely used since the initial cards will be free, whereas the mobile app requires a smart phone. Transfers on the Connect Card will be good for unlimited boarding within a 90-minute period on both bus and light rail, just like the mobile fare app. The free transfers are expected to help generate additional ridership.

Connect Cards can be loaded with transit passes and stored value online, SACRT’s Customer Service and Sales Center located at 1225 R Street, and at participating retail outlets. Customers who prefer to pay with cash will also be able to receive the benefits of the 90-minute transfer by simply loading cash onto their Connect Card at SACRT’s Customer Service and Sales Center, and at select retail outlets, including Raley’s/Bel Air markets in mid-June when the Connect Card officially launches.

The Board action comes on the heels of news that fare revenue has increased by 18% over the past nine months, despite a decline in ridership. The revenue increase is being attributed to SACRT’s fare enforcement efforts, which has successfully reduced SACRT’s fare evasion rate from more than 15% a year ago, to just 5% now. “SACRT staff has taken every measure to ensure that our trains and buses are cleaner and safer than ever before,” said Henry Li, General Manager/CEO. “Fare enforcement efforts have reduced the number of non-fare paying passengers and increased the security presence throughout our system. It’s a win for everyone.”

Bus agencies throughout the Sacramento region are also adopting the Connect Card in order to provide seamless travel for passengers transferring from one bus line to another. The free 90-minute transfer will be available for six months, while the agency conducts an equity analysis.

The Connect Card and the RideSacRT mobile fare app will make it more convenient to ride by providing online sales, speeding up boarding times and removing the worry of having exact cash to pay fare.

Other ridership initiatives that SACRT is working on include improving service reliability; optimizing bus routes to make them reflect 21st century commuting patterns.

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SMUD Launches “Shine” Community Sponsorship Program

Source: SMUD Media  |  2017-05-17

SMUD recently announced that it has launched Shine, a new community development program designed to improve and revitalize neighborhoods in the Sacramento region.

Shine awards will range from $5,000 to $100,000 and are very competitive. Any nonprofit organization —501(c)(3) or 501 (c)(6)— within SMUD’s service territory is eligible to apply.

Shine awards are available at three funding levels: Spark (up to $10,000), Amplifier (up to $50,000) and Transformer (up to $100,000). Applications will be accepted through June 26.

While SMUD will consider a broad variety of potential projects, it is primarily interested in proposals within the following areas: Neighborhood revitalization or clean up; STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math); Environmental, energy-efficiency, energy conservation or greenhouse gas reduction; General beautification.

“As a not-for-profit, community-owned organization, we work hard every day to improve the lives of our customers,” said SMUD CEO & General Manager Arlen Orchard. “The Shine program is a perfect extension of that commitment. By taking a collaborative approach and working directly with local nonprofits, we’re helping make improvements that neighborhood leaders believe will have the biggest impacts on residents in their communities.”

SMUD awarded three pilot Shine sponsorships over the past six months to test the feasibility and administration of the program. Those grants include: Lighting up the Kay and St. Rose of Lima Park (Applicant: Downtown Sacramento Partnership); Creating the College and Sports Academy of Del Paso Heights (Applicant: Mutual Assistance Network of Del Paso Heights); Renovating the Wellspring Women’s Center kitchen (Applicant: Wellspring Women’s Center).

“SMUD’s Shine award will provide an important spotlight on the great people and exciting opportunities in Del Paso Heights,” said Richard Dana, executive director of Mutual Assistance Network. “We see it as the start of something tremendous.”

A Shine program information session will be held on Wednesday, June 7 at 12 p.m. at the SMUD Customer Service Center at 6301 S St. in Sacramento.

To RSVP for an information session, or for additional questions, please email rsvp@smud.org.

For more information about the SMUD Shine program and to apply today, visit www.smud.org/Shine.

To learn more about the commitment of SMUD to this community and SMUD’s efforts to keep Sacramento bright for more than 70 years, visit www.smud.org/Bright.

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Bill Giving Tax Relief to Homeowners and Renters Passes First Hurdle

Source: Office of Assemblyman Matthew Harper  |  2017-05-17

On May 16th, Assemblyman Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach) and Assemblyman Phillip Chen (R- Diamond Bar) announced the passage of their “American Dream” bill which increases the existing homeowners’ exemption on their property tax from $7,000 to $25,000, giving relief to homeowners, renters and those aspiring to own a home.

“Homeowners and renters in California are paying some of the highest overall taxes in the nation,” Assemblyman Harper said. “It’s about time that the size of the homeowner’s property tax exemption kept up with the increases in cost of living. Also, I want to thank Orange County Assessor Claude Parrish for working with me to bring this bill forward.”

“High property taxes are making it impossible for too many Californians, who spent their lifetime living and working here, to stay”, said Assemblyman Phillip Chen. This bill would provide immediate relief for millions of homeowners with an emphasis on helping those whose taxes far exceed their ability to pay.”

The homeowner’s exemption hasn’t been increased in 40 years. Meanwhile, the cost of a median priced house has increased from $21,000 to over $450,000, and represents a home that only 30 percent of Californians can afford to purchase. California has a housing crisis and providing tax relief for homeowners and renters will unquestionably lead to enhanced economic stability,” said David Wolfe, Legislative Director with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

The “American Dream” bill will also adjust the renter’s credit by a corresponding amount.

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Many Lancers Advance to Finals

By Mike Bush  |  2017-05-17

Cordova’s Faauiga Toele competed in the discus, as well as the shot put, at the Sierra Valley Conference finals last week. On Tuesday, she took second place in the shot put of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division IV-V track and field trials and finals. 
-- Photo by Rick Sloan

Members of the Cordova High School track and field program continued their race toward post-season success on Tuesday.

Competing at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V trials at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, the Lancers have many advancing to the finals that were held yesterday, Thursday. The top eight in each event who competed on Tuesday advanced to the finals.

Leading the way was senior Elijah Morgera, who took fourth place overall in the boys 100 meters at 11.22 seconds. There were two heats for the event. In the 200, Morgera was fifth at 23.23.

Another Lancer who competed at the finals is Andrew Roberts, who took fourth place overall in the boys 200 meters race at 52.83 on Tuesday. He took third place in his heat.

Adam Holman competed in the boys 110 hurdles for Cordova, where he took 10th place at 17.71. He took sixth in his heat in Tuesday’s event. At the SVC finals, he took fourth place in the same event. In the 300 hurdles, Holman was 10th at 44.41 seconds. He was fourth in his heat.

Cordova’s 4x400 boys meter relay team also moved on to Thursday’s finals. Morgera, along with teammates Roberts, Bryan Estrada and Philip Cadena, took fourth place overall at 3:30.89. The Lancers took second place in the first of two heats of the event.

Nathaneal Johnson also ran in the 300 hurdles, taking 12th place at 47.32. In his heat, he took sixth place. Johnson was fourth in the event at the SVC finals.

The boys’ long jump, which took place Thursday, had Roberts competing. At the SVC finals, he took first place at 21 feet, 4.25 inches.

For the Lady Lancers, Faauiga Toele took second place in the shot put at 36 feet, 4.5 inches. The trials and finals for the event were held on Tuesday. On Thursday, Toele competed in the trials and finals of the discus.

Ambiance Jackson just missed on advancing to the finals, as she took 10th place in the 300 hurdles at 55.61. In her heat, she was fifth.

The Lady Lancers’ 4x100 meter relay team, which took fourth place at the SVC finals, took 10th place at the trials at 54.39. Members of that squad were Lauren Johnson, Carla Donis, Kari Vanterpool and Bri Anna Samuel.

The top four in each final’s events on Thursday, and the finals that were in some events on Tuesday, advance to the section’s Masters meet at Elk Grove High School next Thursday and Friday.

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