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A community forum in response to the murder on Mills Park Drive

In response to the recent murder on Mills Park Drive, Weed & Seed and the Cordova Towne Neighborhood Association are hosting a Community Safety Forum on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 7-8:30pm at Rancho Cordova City Hall.

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CA American Water hike meeting brings frustration, concern

SACRAMENTO, CA- An informational meeting on proposed water rate hikes by California American Water brought frustration and worry over higher bills from company customers.

California American Water serves about 600,000 people in Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights and parts of unincorporated Sacramento County.

The company plans hike over the next several years that range from roughly 16 percent to over 40 percent for many customers.

"Unfortunately, it's very important for us to continue to invest in our water infrastructure," said company spokesman Evan Jacobs.

He said the rate hikes are being fueled by new water meters required by California, along with other infrastructure and that that water is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity.

Customers said they feel like they're facing sticker shock.

Updates on county animal shelter

Although the County Animal Shelter continues to be faced with numerous challenges, Rancho Cordova Post reports the 2010's successes.  Read more... 

The Rancho Cordova Jan. 21 luncheon with Mayor Robert McGarvey

SLIDESHOW: Rancho Cordova Jan. 21 Luncheon with Mayor Robert McGarvey

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Rancho Cordova Community Council Executive Director Shelly Blanchard started off this month's luncheon by unveiling the Council's 2011 events.

Among them, the Damento Juggling Festival on Feb. 5th and 6th, Kids Day in the Park on April 30th, and the Rancho Cordova 4th of July festival.

Next Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce CEO Jane Daley talked about the many benefits of becoming a member or sponsor of the Chamber.

Lastly Mayor Robert McGarvey shared his vision for creating more entertainment and health care benefits for the Rancho Cordova community.

The Rancho Cordova Luncheons are held each month on the third Friday at Rancho Cordova City Hall.

 

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State jobless rate increases; Gov't jobs face biggest cuts

SACRAMENTO, CA -- California is still losing jobs with unemployment on the rise, while the national jobless rate dropped in December.

The state's jobless rate increased from 12.4 percent in November to 12.5 percent in December. The national unemployment rate decreased last month to 9.4 percent.

The Employment Development Development (EDD) released figures Friday which show job losses in four primary industries: government, mining and logging, construction and trade, and transportation and utilities.

State and local governments posted the largest decline in jobs last month, cutting 15,4000 jobs in December, according to EDD.

December 2010 jobless rate by county:

El Dorado County: 12.7 percent

Placer County: 11.2 percent

Sacramento County: 12.6 percent

San Joaquin County: 18 percent

Stanislaus County: 17.6 percent

Sutter County: 21.5 percent

Yolo County: 14.3 percent

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Northwest winds and patchy low clouds overnight lead to Thursday morning's foggy conditions during the commute. But skies cleared and the sun will be shining by afternoon as a high pressure ridge builds in across the state, according to News10 meteorologist Mellisa Paul.

Highs for Thursday will be near 60 and north winds will calm throughout the day leading to a foggy Friday forecast in the valley. But the fog should clear late in the day Friday for an afternoon of sunshine and highs remaining near 60.

Amber Alert System raises questions, receives praise

SACRAMENTO, CA - The latest Amber Alert catches the eye of many drivers thanks to highway signs and high tech digital billboards.

Exactly how helpful have amber alerts been though since 2002 when it was first activated?

"We've been tremendously successful. We've had 175 activations and recovered 213 children," Assistant Chief of the California Highway Patrol Ike Tani said.

Authorities also caught more than 100 suspects.

During the past three years, 24 Amber Alerts were sent out statewide each year, even more kids are found. In many cases, authorities catch the suspects.

The California Highway Patrol said it's been a great service, but not perfect. In fact, some people question why the CHP doesn't issue Amber Alerts sooner.

"Normally, that has to do with investigating agency, the investigating agency has to put the criteria together to make that determination," Tani said.

Divers end search for Amber Alert suspect's car in canal until Thursday

PATTERSON, CA - Dive teams have concluded their search for the night at the Delta Mendota Canal for a car matching the description of one driven by the suspect in a Patterson abduction was seen going into the water Tuesday.

Sheriff Adam Christianson said a man who works in the area called his department Wednesday afternoon after learning about the Amber Alert for 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas. He reported seeing a car like the Toyota driven by abduction suspect Jose Esteban Rodriguez driven into the canal yesterday.

Christianson said divers dragged the canal and reported snagging a large object.

On the first dive, a diver found the object to be a large piece of concrete. On a second dive, a car that had been reported stolen was brought up but it was not the one connected to the abduction.

Divers found a third object in the water, but were not able to identify what it was before it got dark.

Divers will return to the canal at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Oak Ridge boys & St. Mary's girls top this week's Sac-Joaquin Massey Ratings

SACRAMENTO, CA - This week's high school basketball Massey Ratings catapult the Oak Ridge Trojans boys team into the Sac-Joaquin Section top spot, ahead of the second ranked Sacramento Dragons.

The undefeated Trojans become the area's top boys team this week in the Section and rank 13th in the state.

Joining the Trojans and the Dragons in the Sac-Joaquin top ten boys Massey Ratings this week are:

1.  Oak Ridge Trojans (18-0)

2.  Sacramento Dragons (12-4)

3.  Jesuit Marauders (13-6)

4.  Sheldon Huskies (12-7)

5.  Granite Bay Grizzlies (15-3)

6.  Luther Burbank Titans (12-4)

7.  Woodcreek Timberwoles (16-3)

8.  Franklin Wildcats (Elk Grove) (14-5)

9.  Monterey Trail Mustangs (13-5)

10.  Fairfield Falcons (13-5)

ACLU questions use of Taser during mistaken identity arrest

SACRAMENTO, CA - Three days after a woman was Tasered by Rancho Cordova police outside a CVS store on Zinfandel Drive, the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concern over the use of the high-voltage device by police.

Andrea Boarman, 24, said she was hit with a taser dart after she was taken to the ground by a pair of deputies who thought she was a shoplifting suspect at the CVS pharmacy.

Boarman said she was told by deputies she fit the description of a young black woman wearing a dark coat.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said Boarman was argumentative with deputies and resisting arrest when deputies tried to take her into custody.

The ACLU said in a statement Wednesday that Boarman "had a receipt for her purchase, and during the melee the robber got away."