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On October 20th at 10:20 AM…the Great California ShakeOut will begin…

On October 20th at 10:20 AM…the Great California ShakeOut will begin…


The answer is YES I WILL if you join us for our

"Great California ShakeOut Heighten Awareness – Be Prepared" Event

On the morning of October 20th between the hours of 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM in the parking area of the City of Rancho Cordova offices (2729 Prospect Drive).

NestlDe Purina releases commercial aimed at dogs

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - NestlDe Purina PetCare is releasing what it says is the first television commercial designed to appeal to dogs.

The company told the St. Joseph News-Press (http://bit.ly/os5MqA) that animal behavior experts at the NestlDe Purina Product Technology Center in St. Joseph, Mo., helped it develop the commercial aimed at selling Beneful dog food.

The ad will be shown in Austria.

NestlDe Purina says its first attempt to develop an ad for dogs had little success. But its experts in Missouri discovered a combination of sounds that attract a dog's attention without distracting from the human-focused dialogue.

The ad features the squeaky sound of a dog toy and a bell.

Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Half of children's car booster seats can't ensure a proper fit with all safety belts, an insurance industry-funded safety group says in a report out today.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said six were so bad that it recommended parents avoid them.

Booster seats, which are recommended for children who have outgrown forward-facing child seats, are designed to raise kids up so adult-size safety belts fit properly.

"Not all boosters are doing that well," says Anne McCartt, the institute's research chief.

Children ages 4-8 in booster seats are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than those using only seat belts.

Booster seats were rated based on how well they fit the roughly 20 million 4- to 8-year-olds with the lap and shoulder belts in a wide range of vehicles.

IIHS says its ratings are important because it's impossible to tell which booster seats are better just by comparing prices or features.

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.