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Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Science Champions at the State Capitol

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Science Champions at the State Capitol

RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored three teams from two local schools for bringing home national awards at prestigious annual science competitions on Monday June 22nd. Two of the award winning teams are from Mira Loma High School (Arden-Arcade), and the third is from Winston Churchill Middle School (Carmichael).

“What a great honor to recognize the hard work and dedication these students put in to achieve these significant awards,” said Cooley. “Their emergent knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math may lead them to become the professional scientist who resolves some of our most challenging problems, such as a cure for a cancer or an engineering design that can propel us to Mars or beyond,” Cooley continued.  “An extra nod to Mira Loma’s science teacher and coach, James Hill who has lead the high school team to the national competition 17 times, more than any other coach in the United States.”

Vigil for slain Rancho Cordova teen turns to call for action

Family and friends of 17-year-old Joseph Burrola banded together Wednesday night to call for justice.

Dozens came out to pay their respects to the teenager where he took his final breaths in Rancho Cordova.

"He was just an amazing kid. He was full of life," family friend Deeana Baker said.

The 17-year-old was killed over the weekend at a house party. His murder is still unsolved.

Investigators said there was a large crowd that got into a violent fight moments before the shooting. They believe someone saw something, but witnesses are not coming forward.

Teen killed, two others shot in Rancho Cordova party shooting


One teen was killed and two others are were hospitalized after they were shot at a party in Rancho Cordova Sunday morning.

17-year-old Joseph Burrola died from his wounds and another person had life-threatening injuries, Sacramento County sheriff's spokesperson Lisa Bowman said.

The deadly shooting happened at 2:10 a.m. in the 3600 block of Sarament Court and Burline Street. Bowman said that originally police responded to multiple noise complaints regarding a large party with 100 people at 11:20 p.m. on Saturday.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Named Legislator of the Year

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Named Legislator of the Year

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Named Legislator of the Year by

California Business Properties Association

RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that he has been named the California Business Properties Association’s (CBPA) Legislator of the Year at their association’s annual meeting in Sacramento.

CBPA currently represents over 10,000 members, making it the largest consortium of commercial real estate professionals in California.  Their contributions consist of annual direct spending for development and construction and annual expenditures to operate existing buildings, as well as all the economic activity spurred by salary and wage benefits, retail transactions and commerce, and worker productivity.

Support for Charleston: Local church reacts and challenges others

RANCHO CORDOVA—The shock of the news that nine people were killed during a Charleston church bible study has hit the West Coast.

Thursday night the World Praise International Church held an emergency prayer vigil to show their support.

"We were really hurt by the tragedy there and we felt it was out place to show support for our brothers and sisters there in South Carolina," said Pastor Ron Barnes.

Barnes said his own Rancho Cordova congregation had a bible study the same night as the Charleston shooting and he heard the news when he got home..

"It was just totally frightening because we know that could occur anywhere and none of us are exempt," Barnes added.

Dry lawns, severe drought spark concerns about firework sales

RANCHO CORDOVA - Bone-dry conditions from the ongoing drought is sparking lots of concern about fireworks going on sale for the July 4th.

"We're starting to see more stands pop up around Sacramento County, but they have yet to open," Rancho Cordova resident Ruth Kauer said.

Kauer said the fire danger is so serious that the county should consider banning fireworks this year.

"To me, they are a natural way to start a fire," Kauer said.

Driving through her neighborhood, Kauer sees yellow lawns. As a way to conserve, residents are watering their lawns less.

Kauer emailed the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors last week asking for help and to consider banning local fireworks sales.

"This is an extreme situation," Kauer said. "I'm not asking for a ban forever at this point, but if we're so short on water."

Deadly accident in Rancho Cordova blocks Highway 50

At least one person has died in an accident that blocked multiple lanes of westbound Highway 50 Monday morning. Just after 8 a.m., a white truck and two other cars crashed near Bradshaw Road.

It is not clear which vehicle the victim was in; there are also reports of a person with injuries being treated.

The crash, which is in Rancho Cordova, left debris across multiple lanes of traffic. A sigalert was activated to let drivers know of the situation. At one point, three lanes of westbound Highway 50 were closed as emergency crews responded.

Just after 10 a.m., all lanes were re-opened.