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Elected Officials Discuss Southeast Connector, Job Development at Region Builder Forum

Written By EGN on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 13:05

October 21, 2014 |

At a panel discussion featuring numerous elected officials centered on transportation infrastructure needs the Southeast Connector highway project was seen as a keystone in area development. Sponsored by Region Builders, the Friday, October 17 forum held at Sacramento's Sutter Club also featured two keynote speakers who addressed the importance of infrastructure to the regions future. 

The Southeast Connector is a proposed expressway that will start in southern Elk Grove at I-5 and head in a northeast direction connecting to U.S. 50 in the Folsom, El Dorado Hills area.

The panel discussion heard from local officials including Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis, Folsom City Council Member Jeff Starsky, Rancho Cordova City Council Member David Sander, Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan and El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Mikulako about their views and two keynote speakers who discussed infrastructure projects and general economics.

Speaking first was Will Kempton, Executive Director, Transportation California who portrayed road construction as a quality of life issue. Kempton noted that in the current political environment, however, voters are not inclined to support the additional gas taxes needed to support new road construction.

Kempton said other factors complicating matters are policy changes on climate change, the focus on sustainable development and the lingering effects of the recession.

“The whole issue of climate change has taken over transportation,” Kempton said.  “We have a very difficult political environment.”

Noting the funding challenges needed for completion of the Southeast Connector, Kempton said over 50-percent comes from local funding sources, like Sacramento County’s Measure A. He also told the group not to rely on any Federal earmarks to fund the road either.

“If you want this connector built, you’ll have to do it yourself,” he concluded.

Discussing the Sacramento regional economy was Dr. Sanjay Varshney, former Dean, College of Business Administration, Sacramento State. In his presentation, Varshney said  the Sacramento regional economy is lagging the state’s overall recovery and the region’s per-capita income is lower than the statewide average. 

Varshney said Sacramento’s lagging economy is due to its reliance on government jobs and its preponderance of low-paying service jobs. He also said the regional as a whole needs to dedicate more resources and work cooperatively to attract more than just service related employers to the area.  

“How can we sustain an economy just on a service-based economy,” he queried the audience.

Looking into the future, Varshney said that while the area’s population is expected to double in the next 25-years, there is no projected matching growth of non-service related jobs needed to support a viable regional economy. 

“Unless we do something creative, or we do something strategic now, it’s not going to happen on its own,” he said. “Every community in this country is competing for the same industry, for the same company, for the same jobs, We’re not that special.”

During the panel discussion of Sacramento County’s Measure A transportation levy and SACOG funding for the Southeast Connectors, Folsom City Council Member Jeff Starsky noted the lack of regional cooperation. Until there is a regional vision for the Southeast Connector, Starsky said local politicians will continue to pursue their local interests.

“We are so goddamned parochial,” he said. “We do not look at the region, we are so worried about the money for our little bike trail.” 

Starsky said the local elected officials need to do a better job of promoting the idea to their constituents and to be persistent in seeking state and federal funding for the project.

Rancho Cordova City Council Member David Sander noted even though his city is a strong employment center, the traffic along Highway 50 and Sunrise Boulevard can hamper future development. The Southeast Connector, Sander said, is crucial to maintaining the region’s strongest base of non-retail private sector jobs.

“We have to have roads to get people in the region to their jobs,” Sander said.

Noting Rancho Cordova’s strong job market and the thousands of his city’s residents commuting to jobs there on a daily basis, Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis suggested a short-term solution to commuter traffic and the dearth of jobs vexing Elk Grove residents. 

“I’ve said this before, I say I take 25 or 30 thousand Elk Grove residents and ship 25 or 30 thousand Rancho Cordova jobs,” Davis said. “We’ll just switch.” 

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Chaires Beneficiary of Democratic Party Mailer

Written By EGN on Monday, October 20, 2014 | 20:30

October 20, 2014 |

While one Elk Grove city council candidate can claim the support of the hometown party club, another of the same party is benefiting from a county-wide endorsement.

Such is the case for the two District 4 candidates of the same party, Elk Grove Democrats Nancy Chaires and Steve Ly. 

In a mailer to Elk Grove Democratic voters, the Democratic Party of Sacramento County sent a list of county-wide endorsed candidates. For Elk Grove voters, that includes Chaires, Elk Grove Unified School District Trustee candidate James Letoa and Elk Grove Water Board candidate Davies Ononiwu.

This particular mailer was paid for by the state and county party organizations. 

Under California's new electoral system, the mailer also highlights the often conflicting endorsements now facing politicians in the same party for the general election. While a recent mailer sent by Ly touts his endorsement by Dickinson, this mailer shows Dickinson and Chaires both being endorsed by the county party. 

Interestingly, the mailer did not list a preference in another high profile race featuring two Democratic candidates, California Ninth Assembly District rivals Jim Cooper and Darrell Fong. While Ly has not received an endorsement from either of these candidates, Chaires and Cooper have mutually endorsed each other's candidacy.   

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Ly Targets Elk Grove Party Partisans With Recent Mailer

October 20, 2014 |

Although the candidates running for the Elk Grove City Council District 4 seat appear on the ballot as a non-partisan race, all four have clearly signaled their party alliances.

On the Democratic side are Nancy Chaires and Steve Ly, while Daniel Jimenez and Nayyar Sarfaraz occupy the Republican side.

With this in mind, in his last mailer, Ly targeted registered Democratic voters in Elk Grove. In the mailer Ly includes endorsement from two of his party mentors, Assembly Member Roger Dickinson and Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis.

It will be interesting in the post-mortem analysis of this election to see if Ly's use of both, with Dickinson in particular, will have helped his candidacy.

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Staged Vehicle Accident in Elk Grove Leads to Armed Robbery

October 20, 2014 |

Two female victims, one of them 83, were robbed at gunpoint Friday night in what appears to have been a staged vehicle accident.

According to Elk Grove Police, the two female victims ages 55 and 83 were driving eastbound on Calvine Road near Winterberry Drive when their vehicle was struck from behind by a black SUV. After both vehicles pulled over, the 55-year old victim who was driving the vehicle, exited to exchange information.

An unknown male suspect approached the driver and pulled a handgun out then the victim ran away. The male suspect and another unknown female suspect approached the older female victim who was still in the vehicle with a pointed handgun.

After a brief struggle with the older victim, the two suspects stole her purse and fled in a black Toyota Highlander. The suspects were described as an Asian male adult, 20's, wearing dark clothing and armed with a handgun and the female suspect as an Asian adult, 20's, wearing dark clothing. 

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Big Oil Company Donates $250,000 to Yes on Proposition 1 campaign

Top contributors to water bond donated over $8 million 

by Dan Bacher |October 20, 2014 |

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) revealed on October 17 that Aera Energy LLC, a company jointly owned by affiliates of Shell and ExxonMobil, has contributed $250,000 to the Yes on Proposition 1 and 2 campaign. 

The total of money donated by top contributors for Governor Brown Prop. 1 and 2 campaign has risen to $8,026,015 to date, according to the FPPC. (

Aera Energy LLC is one of California's largest oil and gas producers, accounting for nearly 25 percent of the state's production, according to the company’s website. (

“Formed in June 1997 and jointly owned by affiliates of Shell and ExxonMobil, we are operated as a stand-alone company through our own board of managers,” the website stated. 

“We are industry leaders that specialize in tapping heavy oil and other unconventional light reservoirs. With headquarters in Bakersfield, most of our production is centered in the San Joaquin Valley. We also have oil field operations in Ventura and Monterey counties. Aera produces about 131,000 barrels of oil and 36 million cubic feet of natural gas each day and has proved oil and gas reserves equivalent to approximately 712 million barrels of oil,” the website said. 

Opponents of Proposition 1 say Governor Jerry Brown’s $7.5 billion water bond is an expensive and unfair taxpayer giveaway to special interests, including Big Oil and Big Ag, that won’t solve the drought or help secure California's water future. They see the latest contribution as one of many by powerful corporate interests to pay for slick campaign ads to trick the voters into approving the controversial measure. 

The Con argument in the California Progressive Voter Guide states: “It allocates over $3.6 billion, without oversight by the legislature, to build dams and pay for water transfers for corporate agribusiness. Prop 1 with interest will cost CA taxpayers $14.4 billion or $360 million per year for 40 years out of our State’s general fund, money that could be used for other needs like education and healthcare." 

It’s hard not to see the irony of a big oil company contributing $250,000 to a campaign for a water bond that allocates $900 million for alleged “groundwater sustainability” less than two weeks after the Center for Biological Diversity released state documents revealing that almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater were illegally dumped into Central California aquifers that supply drinking water and irrigation water for farms. 

The documents also reveal that Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board testing found high levels of arsenic, thallium and nitrates, contaminants sometimes found in oil industry wastewater, in water-supply wells near these waste-disposal operations. 

The bond money includes $800 million for prevention and clean up of groundwater pollution and $100 million for local plans and projects to manage groundwater. So is the oil industry backing the bond so that the taxpayers will foot the bill, rather than Big Oil, for the clean up of water in aquifers contaminated by fracking wastewater filled with toxic chemicals?

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UPDATED Video Elk Grove Candidate Forum - City Council District 4

Written By EGN on Sunday, October 19, 2014 | 15:50

October 19, 2014 |

The Elk Grove City Council District 4 candidates participated in a forum on Thursday, October 9.

The forum, sponsored by Elk Grove News and the Elk Grove Citizen was held at city council chamber at the Elk Grove City and was moderated by Elk Grove City Council Member Pat Hume. The four candidates, Nancy Chaires, Daniel Jimenez, Steve Ly and Nayyar Sarfaraz answered a host of questions in the hour long program.

The videoposted below was shot,edited and produced by Markeda Shorter, owner of Elk Grove-based Short Stack Entertainment. Our thanks to Short Stack and all the parties who coordinated the effort to bring the four candidates together in an Elk Grove forum.

Watch the video and remember to vote by mail or in person on November 4. 

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Elk Grove Hit-and-Run Suspect Apprehended, in Custody

John Kariuki Minju.

October 19, 2014 |

The man suspected of a hit-and-run accident was apprehended following a multi-agency search this morning.

According to Elk Grove Police, 40 year old John Kariuki Minju of Sacramento was apprehended on the 7900 block of Symington Way. Minju was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and leaving the scene of a vehicle accident causing bodily harm.

Minju allegedly was involved in an accident at Elk Grove-Florin and Sheldon roads while driving a Toyota 4Runner. The suspect is alleged to have collided with an Elk Grove Police patrol unit and another vehicle and fleeing the scene on foot. 

Minju is being held in custody at the county jail on $60,000 bail. 

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Update: Manhunt Underway For Suspected Hit-and-Run Driver

October 19, 2014 |

Elk Grove Police along with the California Highway Patrol, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and Sacramento Police are conducting an area search for a suspected hit-and-run driver.

Shortly after 11 p.m.on Saturday night, a vehicle collision involving an Elk Grove Police patrol unit, a silver Toyota 4Runner and one other identified vehicle occurred near the intersection of Elk Grove-Florin and Sheldon roads.

According to Lt. Eric White of the Elk Grove Police Dept., the 4Runner hit one of the two cars and following the collision, the driver fled the area on foot. The police officer and passengers in the other car sustained non-life threatening injuries and were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The suspect driver was described as a male adult. It is not known if there were passengers in the 4Runner.

In addition to patrol units, a CHP helicopter has been deployed to assist in the manhunt. Elk Grove Police are conducting an investigation into the details of the incident.

The intersection at Elk Grove-Florin and Sheldon is closed and traffic is being detoured.


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Developing Story - Hit-and-Run Accident Involving EGPD Patrol Unit

October 18, 2014 |

Shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday night, what is being reported as a hit-and-run vehicle collision occurred near the intersection of Elk Grove-Florin and Sheldon Roads.

There were at least three severely damaged cars, including one Elk Grove Police patrol unit, observed at the scene. Several ambulances from the Cosumnes Fire Department were seen leaving the accident scene.

No other information is available at this time.

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Write-in Candidate Qualifies For District 4, Time Left to Jump into Other Elk Grove Races

Written By EGN on Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 17:30

October 18, 2014 |

Earlier this week, an Elk Grove resident submitted the necessary paperwork to be a qualified write-in candidate for the District 4 seat of the Elk Grove City Council race. That candidate, Charles Shanks, joins Nancy Chaires, Daniel Jimenez, Steve Ly and Nayyar Sarfaraz in the race to fill the seat that was at one time occupied by Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis.

According to information from Elk Grove City Clerk Jason Lindgren, there is still time, albeit quickly diminishing, for interested citizens to qualify as a write-in candidate for District 4 and the District 2 and mayoral race. District 2 Elk Grove City Council Member Pat Hume and Mayor Gary Davis are appearing on the ballot unopposed.

According to Lindgren the requirement to qualify as a write-in are as follows:

"The process is very similar to what candidates did back in July/August, with the exception that as a write-in candidate will not appear on the ballot, they would not have a ballot designation to submit, also, since the publishing deadlines are done, they would not have a candidate statement either.

There is a filing fee of $25.00.  Interested parties would see me, and I would issue the Nomination Petition, and requisite paperwork.  An interested write-in candidate would have to qualify to hold the office sought (i.e. be a registered voter either in the City to run for mayor, or the applicable district for Council Member seats in Districts 2 and 4).  I can only issue the nomination paper documents to the candidate, or their proxy if that proxy has a signed statement from the individual wanting to be a write-in candidate.

The nomination paper requires the signature of 20 registered Elk Grove voters.  There are FPPC filings that would also have be filed, and a few other odds and ends to file as well (media sheet, subscription to the Code of Fair Campaign Practices, and some County documents). 

The deadline to file is by end of day Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (write-in candidates take an oath to me when they submit their paperwork).  As noted above, they have to first pick up a valid nomination paper that I would issue."

The various forms are available from the California Fair Political Practices Commission

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Elk Grove City Council to Consider Purchase of Transitional Housing

Written By EGN on Friday, October 17, 2014 | 15:35

October 17, 2014 |

When they meet next Wednesday night, the Elk Grove City Council will consider the purchase of a residence to provide additional transitional housing services.

Should the city council authorize the purchase of the residence located at 9200 Meadow Grove Drive for the proposed price of $410,000, it would be the second such acquisition to assist residents in need of transitional housing. The dwelling the city opened in April 2013, now known as Grace House, has not received any complaints from neighboring dwellings according to the staff report.

Part of the purchase is being funded by a Community Development Block Grant of $211,000 targeted specifically for transitional housing. The new dwelling, which has seven bedrooms and is located near transit and other services, has anticipated rehabilitation costs of $25,000.

As with Grace House, Sacramento Self-Help Housing and PATH plan to organize volunteer efforts to improve the backyard, including installation of a play area. These organizations and other private donors will also provide furnishings and appliances for the house. Sacramento Self-Help Housing will be responsible for maintaining the exterior and the front yard in excellent condition year-round.   

Next Wednesday's meeting starts at 6 p.m.


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Elk Grove Police, Jiffy Lube Offer Free Catalytic Converter Etching

October 17, 2014 |

The Elk Grove Police Department is partnering with Jiffy Lube to host two free catalytic converter etching events.  The events will take place at Jiffy Lube (9611 Auto Center Drive in Elk Grove) on Thursday, October 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 2 from 12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

During the "Etch and Catch" event, your vehicle's license plate number will be etched onto your catalytic converter(s). The etching may deter thieves from stealing your converter.  

The presence of license plate numbers on catalytic converters can also provide law enforcement with the information needed to identify stolen property, contact victims, and apprehend criminals.  This free "Etch and Catch"  event is open to residents of all cities. 

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Chew's Reviews - 'Fury'

Written By EGN on Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 20:40

By Gary Chew | October 16, 2014 |

Now showing

Following the thought processes of the principal characters in the new Brad Pitt film, “Fury,” might offer a semblance of reason as to why such barbaric acts are nowadays being performed for real ... (!) … by the ugly phenomenon known as ISIS or ISIL. The twist, though, is that the ISIS-like perpetrators in the movie are the good guys – slaughtering Nazis.

Since I came to cognition of my existence during World War II -- living in America -- I can accurately report that I seriously loathe the concept of Nazism. There's no need to conclude that I have any fascistic tendencies.

Fury” puts you inside a Sherman tank … that large, growling machine of war that can spout death on a sylvan glade of pasture in a heartbeat. Pitt (“Wardaddy” Collier) and his crew are in deep trouble since German Panzers are far superior to US tanks in the spring of 1945 when the Allies are marching on Berlin and the demise of Hitler and the Führer's imposed agony is imminent.

This is no “John Wayne” war movie. In terms of despair and death, “Slaughterhouse-Five, “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Thin Red Line” come closer. Grisly is the predominate tone of this “Fury.” Also unnerving are the psychological paths the minds of the slogging tankers ricochet along. Brutality takes its toll on Wardaddy and his crew ... all slipping ever more deeply into what was called “Shell Shock” in WWI ... and now PTSD.

Fury” is a five-star movie if measured for machismo and testosterone. There's even a short sequence when the killing subsides enough to allow Pitt to remove his shirt and, bare-chested, shave his chin stubble. “Wardaddy” is the paragon of a hard-nosed SOB; a loving father figure who brooks no screwing around about slaying Germans. He'll kick your ass, but always have your back. Wardaddy's motivation suggests that, outside being the boss of a big armored tank, Staff Sergeant Collier “ain't” got much going for him but pride and honor in what he does. It's at once impressive and pathetic ... and makes a person thankful such men exist for fighting for a just cause, and compels one to wonder if ISIS-types feel precisely the same way for reasons similar to what Wardaddy's guys experience when wasting German soldiers. Seems to me, it's not a bad idea to over-think such stuff.

This might be Pitt's best outing. He is terribly convincing. Also, Boyd “Bible” Swan, played by Shia LeBoeuf, diminishes any disbelief that might ensue as you watch “Fury.” Other excellent turns come from other crew members: Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis (obviously a Louisiana native) played by Jon Bernthal; Trini “Gordo” Garcia played by Michael Peña and Norman Ellison played by Logan Lerman as the new guy on the Sherman who has only been on active duty for eight weeks as a clerk typist before being ordered to serve on Wardaddy's mean machine that’s harder to handle than any funky Underwood typewriter.  Look for Lerman to be back since he's quite a good actor, doing an fine job with a important role that works heavily on the narrative.

David Ayer wrote and directed “Fury.” He could have fooled me about where he shot the film. It sure looks like über muddy rural terrain in Germany, but all of it was filmed at various locations across the UK and in London. Ayer had a writer's or director's hand in three other super macho movies: “The Fast and the Furious,” “Training Day” and “End of Watch.” Vin Diesel, Denzel Washington and Jake Gyllenhaal appeared in one of that kick-ass trio of flicks.  Add Brad Pitt to Ayer's list.
                                                                                                                                                             Copyright © 2014 by Gary Chew. All rights reserved.

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Audio Interview - Seventh California Congressional District Candidate Doug Ose

October 16, 2014 |

The following is an audio interview conducted with Congressional Candidate Doug Ose.

Ose, a former three term Congressman, is facing Democratic incumbent Dr. Ami Bera for California's Seventh Congressional District. Bera's campaign did not respond to numerous requests seeking an interview with the freshman legislator.

This interview was conducted on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

See video below.

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Ose also received the endorsement Thursday of the Sacramento County Farm Bureau. Below are comments Ose made after formally announcing the endorsement.

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Elk Grove Mayor to Participate in 'Building our Region' Symposium

October 16, 2014 |

Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis will be a panelist on a symposium sponsored by Region Builder tomorrow morning in Downtown Sacramento.

The symposium, titled "Building Our Region - Prioritizing Transportation Infrastructure" will feature keynote speakers Will Kempton, Executive Director, Transportation California and Dr. Sanjay Varshney, PhD. Panelist for the discussion that will be moderated by former Elk Grove Planning Commissioner Tim Murphy include Davis, Folsom City Council Member Jeff Starsky, Rancho Cordova City COuncil Member David Sander, Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan and El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Mikulako.

The event, which is sponsored by GC Delta-Sierra Chapter, Laborers Local 185, Quincy Engineering, Dokken Engineering, Region Builders, Inc., Miller & Owen, SBM Corp, Ironworkers Local 118, Operating Engineers Local 3. will be held from 7:30 to 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Sutter Club located at 1220 9th St. Tickets are $25.

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Ly Focuses on Endorsements For Two Mailers in Elk Grove City Council Race

October 16, 2014 |

Elk Grove City Council District 4 candidate Steve Ly's two most recent mailers uses endorsements to help his candidacy.

In a mailer received in the 95624 zip code, Ly uses his experience as a teacher at the Sacramento County Juvenile Detention facility. The endorsement comes from a former student who says "Mr. Ly never stopped believing in me and showed all of us we had more to offer."

The mailer does not specifically say anything about his positions regarding city issues, but the student endorsement ends with a P.S. that says "It would be cool to see Mr. Ly on the City Council."

The other mail that came last week and was dropped in the 95757 zip code, was more politically direct. This mailer came with a full-throated endorsement from Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis.

The mailer is a direct appeal to voters from Davis saying Ly is the person who will help him solve the city's well-documented houses-to-jobs imbalance. In his endorsement Davis says:

 "Throughout his sixteen years in Elk Grove, Steve Ly has proven he is the type of partner I need in city hall. Steve will work hard to help me recruit new businesses to Elk Grove."

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Oops! Major Law Enforcement Figure Misidentified in I.E. Mailer

Written By EGN on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | 21:10

October 15, 2014 |

During a recent review of some of the political mailers received in Elk Grove, a colleague and I were informally grading the effectiveness of each piece. When we came upon a recent independent expenditure  committee mailer, we initially gave it a relatively high grade.

This particular piece, which was sent on behalf of State Senate candidate Dr. Richard Pan got a high grade because it personalized the mailer. But upon further review, it got a failing grade.

Lest we get accused of a case of the pot calling the kettle black, given the amount of money involved, this was beyond a typo or incorrect date. 

The reason it received a failing grade - it misidentified Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones as Scott Brown. We are not sure where this piece was produced - perhaps New Hampshire or Massachusetts! 

Well at least Dr. Pan didn't have his hand in this mess up. 

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Three Elk Grove-Based Candidates Express Solidarity, Community Commitment at Fundraiser

Elk Grove Community Connection's Linda Ford (l), Connie
Conley, Nancy Chaires and Teresa Rodriguez.
October 15, 2014 |

Three Elk Grove-based candidates expressed solidarity and commitment to their community at a fundraiser held last night in Elk Grove.

The three candidates Rod Brewer, Nancy Chaires and Jim Cooper were the beneficiaries of the event held at Logan's Steakhouse and organized by the Elk Grove Community Connection (EGCC). Brewer is seeking his second term as a Director with the Cosumnes Community Services District (CCSD), Chaires is seeking election to the District 4 seat of the Elk Grove City Council and Cooper, who currently serves on the Elk Grove City Council, is seeking election to the Ninth District seat of the California Assembly.

In introducing the three, EGCC's Connie Conley said that group is supporting all three because they share the same core values.

"They believe in their community, and most importantly, they have compassion for the people they represent, which we believe is very important," Conley said.

Brewer, who is one of three people running for two positions on the CCSD, said he was proud of his service for the district in light of the difficult economic decisions that were made as a result of recession.  

"The economy is improving, we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel," Brewer said.

Chaires, who faces three opponents and is a current member of the Elk Grove Planning Commission, noted that as the city matures it will be her priority to continue to focus on quality of life issues and to ensure continued public safety. As a planning commissioner, Chaires said she always questions how things would affect people. 
Rod Brewer (l), Nancy Chaires and Jim Cooper.

"With every decision the city council makes, I want to make sure that quality of life and our public safety are first and foremost," she said. "And with my experience on the planning commission, I've already had an opportunity to do a lot of that." 

In his comments, Cooper noted one of the best decisions he made was appointing Chaires to the planning commission noting "she is smarter than all of us."

Cooper said that he hopes to continue his focus on helping children should he win his Assembly race. Noting Elk Grove's high rate of youth sports participation keeps them from getting involved in gangs or drugs, Cooper said he hopes as an Assembly Member to similarly help children district-wide.

"That is my passion, is to make a difference in our kids life's," he said.

Noting the expected low voter turn-out, Cooper, who is in what is thought to be a very competitive race also urged everyone to vote.

"Voter turn-out is going to be very low," he said. "So every vote truly counts."


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Elk Grove Woman Arrested After Alleged Check Forgery

October 15, 2014 |

An Elk Grove woman was arrested yesterday afternoon after she allegedly tried  to cash a forged check.

According to Elk Grove Police, 31-year old Letrica Gordon attempted to deposit a fraudulent check at the Bank of America branch on the 8900 block of Elk Grove Boulevard. When Elk Grove Police officers arrived, Gordon fled the location with 25-year old Cherish Blakes of Sacramento. 

Officers contacted both as they were walking away from the bank. The owner of the check was contacted and confirmed they did not write a check payable to Gordon.

A records check revealed that Blakes had an active warrant out for her arrest and a search of her purse led to the discovery of narcotics. Both suspects were arrested and booked into the county jail where Gordon is being held for violating terms of her probation and a $30,000 bail while Blakes is not eligible for bail. 

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Elk Grove Police Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Collision

October 15, 2014 |

At 10:01 p.m.last night, the Elk Grove Police Department responded to the intersection of Elk Grove Boulevard and Bruceville Road regarding a vehicle collision involving a tow truck and a pedestrian.      

Upon arrival, officers determined that the tow truck was travelling eastbound on Elk Grove Blvd. with the right of way (green signal light), when the driver struck a pedestrian. The adult male pedestrian was dressed in dark clothing and was running across the intersection (north to south) in a marked crosswalk when he was struck.  After the collision, the tow truck driver immediately pulled over and called 9-1-1.

Medical personnel arrived and determined that the pedestrian had suffered life threatening injuries. The unidentified pedestrian was transported to a local area hospital where he passed away as a result of the injuries sustained in the collision.  

Identification of the deceased will be made by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.  The driver of the tow truck was not injured in the collision, and alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the cause of this collision.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Traffic Bureau at (916) 478-8148

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Elk Grove Shoplifter Pepper Sprays Employee, Gets Away With Merchandise

Written By EGN on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 13:15

October, 14, 2014 |

In what is becoming a common practice, a shoplifter used pepper spray in the commission of a crime last night in Elk Grove.

According to Elk Grove Police, an unknown female suspect selected over $300 worth of merchandise at the Sports Authority store on Laguna Boulevard and proceeded to the cashier. An employee rang up the items, placed them in a bag, at which time the shoplifter grabbed the bag and ran towards the exit. 

Another employee blocked the suspect as she attempted to exit the store, but the suspect pulled out pepper spray and sprayed the employee. The suspect exited the store and was last seen getting into a dark colored vehicle via the passenger side door. 

The suspect was described as a black female adult, in her 40's, dreadlock hair style, wearing a denim jacket over a white knee length dress. The employee was not injured during the incident. 

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