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Man Convicted of Elk Grove Burglary, Assault Sentenced

Written By EGN on Friday, December 19, 2014 | 11:30

December 20, 2014 |

A man convicted of a September, 2013 burglary and assault in Elk Grove was sentenced today in Sacramento Superior Court. 

Giovanni Mabon
Giovanni Mabon was sentenced today by Honorable Michael G. Bowman to 25 years to life in prison. On November 14, 2014, a jury convicted Mabon of first-degree burglary, attempted robbery and assault by force likely to result in great bodily injury. 

On September 12, 2013, Mabon broke into a family’s home in Elk Grove when an 18-year-old female was home alone. Mabon assaulted the young woman, causing injury, and then fled the home. He was identified by fingerprint and cell tower evidence.

In 2009, Mabon was convicted of robbery in Alameda County. In 2010, he was convicted of first-degree burglary in Contra Costa County. 

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Two Hospitalized Following Afternoon Fight in Elk Grove's Morse Park

Written By EGN on Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 18:05

December 18, 2014 |

Two people involved in a large fight this afternoon at Elk Grove's Morse Park were hospitalized after sustaining injuries.

The fight broke out among a large group shortly after 1:30 according to Elk Grove Police. During the course of the rumble, some of the participants pulled out knives.

The 16 and 18-year old males were taken to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The incident is under investigation and no arrest have been made.

Morse Park is the site of Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis' annual Elk Fest and for this Saturday's SactoMoFo food truck mania event.    

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SactoMoFo Food Truck Mania Coming to Elk Grove's Morse Park

December 18, 2014 |

In the mood to get your grub on at a food truck gathering?

If so, you are in luck. This Saturday don't miss a gathering of SactoMoFo food trucks at Elk Grove's Morse Park at 5540 Bellaterra Drive. This chow fest, complete with Santa Claus, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.

Among the food trucks on hand will be Krush Burger, Drewski’s, Chando’s Tacos, Bacon MANia, Gameday Grill, Happy Cow Ice Cream and Sweet Spot Baking Co.

This event will be held every third Saturday at Morse Park in Elk Grove.

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Rural Elk Grove Convenience Store, Gas Station Robbed at Gunpoint

December 18, 2014 |

The Circle K store on Grant Line Road in Elk Grove's rural Sheldon community was robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday morning.

According to Elk Grove Police reports, an unknown suspect entered the store on Grant Line and Wilton roads just after 2 a.m. brandishing a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. After the employee complied with the demands, the armed robber fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash in an unknown direction.

The suspect was described as a white male adult, in his 20`s , 6'1", thin build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with a black cloth covering his face and gray sweatpants. The employee was not hurt during the robbery 

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Big Oil lobbyist heroically defends the First Amendment!

By Dan Bacher | December 18, 2014 |

In her eloquent salute to the First Amendment recently printed in the S.F. Chronicle, Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the distinguished President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), has finally convinced me that the oil industry only has the best interests of the Constitution, the people and the environment in mind when it does anything!

Her touching prose in defending the free speech "rights" of Big Oil to be free of pesky "climate change" labels on their gas pumps in the City of Berkeley brought a deluge of tears to my eyes.

"One of the underlying tenets of our cherished right to free speech is that everyone is entitled to it — even people with whom we disagree," gushed Reheis-Boyd.

"It seems fitting — indeed essential — to remember this important principle as the city of Berkeley and the city and county of San Francisco debate whether to compel service station owners in those Bay Area cities to display so-called “climate change labels” on their gas pumps," she said.

Reheis-Boyd courageously invokes the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement to stand up for the First Amendment rights of the downtrodden oil companies!

"It is, of course, ironic that the city of Berkeley — birthplace of the Free Speech Movement 50 years ago — would even consider an ordinance that so clearly treads upon the free speech rights of the men and women who own and operate service stations within its borders. Even some members of Berkeley’s own City Council criticize this proposal as a 'feel-good solution looking for a problem' and really being about 'making people feel bad,'" wrote Reheis-Boyd.

There is no doubt that Reheis-Boyd and the Western States Petroleum Association are heroic defenders of the First Amendment, the environment and the public trust. That's why Reheis-Boyd generously volunteered to Chair the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create glorious "marine protected areas" in Southern California - and to selflessly serve on the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Forces for the Central Coast, North Central Coast and North Coast.

She had only altruistic motives in mind when she so selflessly donated her time to kicking pesky fishermen, Tribal gatherers and divers off the water - and letting the oil industry, corporate polluters, the military and corporate aquaculture off the hook in these iconic "Yosemites of the Sea."

How could she be anything but a dedicated "environmentalist" when NRDC, the League of Conservation Voters, the Ocean Conservancy and other "environmental" NGOs and self-sacrificing state officials touted the process that she oversaw as the most "open, transparent and inclusive" process in California history?

This marine guardian/First Amendment defender is also now pushing for the expansion of sustainable hydraulic fracturing and the long-overdue weakening of California's environmental laws for noble, saintly reasons that truly touch me. She and other oil industry lobbyists and executives are modern day John Muirs and Rachel Carsons who must be worshipped for their dedication to fish, water, the environment and the public trust! Go Big Oil! Go WSPA!

Reheis-Boyd's profound tribute to the First Amendment can be read here.

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Elk Grove's, CCSD's 'Island Park' Grand Opening Celebration Planned for Thursday

Written By EGN on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 11:00

December 17, 2014 |

The Cosumnes Community Service District and The City of Elk Grove will celebrate the opening of an island adventure-themed park this Thursday night in Laguna Ridge. 

Island Park will officially open to the public on Thursday, and a grand opening celebration is planned for 5:30 p.m. at the new park, located at 8825 Bonito Circle.

The Island Park celebration will include a brief ribbon cutting ceremony followed by island holiday-themed festivities, including milk and cookies with Santa Claus, pictures with Santa and Grover the Elk, special giveaways and a preview of the new park. The event will be held rain or shine, but will be cancelled in the event of extreme weather.

The new 2.3-acre park, developed in partnership with the Cosumnes Community Services District, features island-inspired park features and play equipment, as well as sandy play areas, picnic tables and an outdoor fitness station.

For more information visit www.elkgrovecity.org or contact Christine Brainerd at 916-478-3632 or cbrainerd@elkgrovecity.org.

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Car of Missing Pregnant Woman Found Last Night in Elk Grove, Body Inside

Written By EGN on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 10:05

December 16, 2014 |

The car of a missing full-term pregnant woman with a deceased body inside was found last night in Elk Grove

The vehicle, a Toyota Prius was found in the Walmart parking lot on the 8400 block of Elk Grove Boulevard with a body inside. Positive identification of the body will be made by the Sacramento County Coroner's office. 

20-year old Aubrey Andrews of Sacramento went missing on Saturday, December 6. At the time of her disappearance, Andrews was reportedly distraught. 

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Chew's Reviews - 'Foxcatcher'

By Gary Chew | December 16, 2014 |

Opens this Friday
Occasionally, there comes a movie that makes me uncomfortable but because it's so well-made with an engrossing script and brilliant acting, I just grit my teeth and say to myself, “This is worth watching anyway -- no matter I'm feeling my skin intermittently crawl.” For me, Foxcatcher is such a film.

Generally, I'm not a big fan of sports movies or pictures that take most of their psychological hook from violence and grisly outcomes. And have you noticed lately how popular such films continue to be, as well as those violence-fill video games that sell at the drop of a hand grenade?

On the surface, Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher is about wrestling; championship Olympic wrestling, dramatically taken from events that happened in the Eighties. I only vaguely remember the event, as it wasn't of much interest for me. A film by Miller that loudly rings in my head is Capote,which won Philip Seymour Hoffman an Oscar.

The factual story that's told in Foxcatcher is about Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), an Olympic wrestling champ and one of the producers of this movieDave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) was Mark's older brother; also a revered Olympic wrestler. John Eleuthรจre du Pont (Steve Carell), a member of the multi-million dollar dynamite and chemical dynasty, was an avid wrestling fan and sometimes an actual participant of the sport.

E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman's script chronicles du Pont's obsession for wrestling and his overblown sense of patriotism ... and for winning. The latter trait is the only thing that du Pont shares with Mark and Dave. The Schultz brothers are blue collar: Dave is a married man with children and probably the movie's only completely sane lead character. Mark is a solitary, unsocial kind of guy. His constant brooding is coupled with an almost ruthless desire to be the greatest on anybody's wrestling mat. The script doesn't explain to any extent why Mark displays this anguish. I could only guess.

Mark is brought under the financial wing of du Pont and takes up residence on the du Pont estate where he trains at a du Pont-funded gym in preparation for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. Mark wants Dave to drop his wrestling coach job and move with him for the intense training. The money is good but Dave, not wanting to uproot his family, declines. Ultimately, Dave is drawn to the du Pont compound in Pennsylvania, bringing his wife and children with him.

Great conflict erupts among the three as the training progresses. Even du Pont's elderly mother, played by Vanessa Redgrave, makes physical and psychological forays into the emotional mess of insuring victory for the U.S. and resolving, if possible, the delusions of du Pont and the triangular tensions among him and the Schultz brothers.

The elephant on the Foxcatcher set are the latent emotions among the three. No homosexual scenes are contained in the movie, but subliminally, I could hear the blaring silence of three cymbals crashing. The outcome of that subliminal din among the trio is tragic.

Steve Carell is what I call just plain great as du Pont. Some are saying Carell has surprised them that he could effect such an acting career switch. I'm not surprised at all. His earlier turns in Little Miss Sunshine and The 40-Year-Old Virgin told me he could do heavy roles if he took a mind to. At this juncture in the Oscar race, I'd say it's either him or Michael Keaton (Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) who'll take the Best Male Actor Oscar.

Channing Tatum is perfectly cast as the surly Mark Schultz, and Mark Ruffalo never gives a bad performance. It's a talented threesome that shows up for this unsettling and powerful movie.

Copyright © 2014 by Gary Chew. All rights reserved.

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Roaming Suspects Stage Two Gunpoint Saturday Night Robberies on Elk Grove Streets

Written By EGN on Monday, December 15, 2014 | 11:20

December 15, 2015 |

Two men are suspected of staging two separate armed robberies on the streets of Elk Grove late Saturday night. 

According to Elk Grove Police, the first armed robbery victims were a 41-year old female and 45-year old male who were approached in the area of Club Park Drive and Swainson Hawk Drive in Elk Grove's Stone Lake neighborhood by two suspects described as black males approximately 19-years of age. One of the suspects pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded their property. 

After the victims complied with the demands, the two were seen fleeing in a dark colored vehicle. Not long after, suspects fitting the description of the earlier robbery then confronted three teenage male victims, brandished a handgun and demanded their property.  

As with the first robbery, the suspects then fled in a dark colored vehicle. 

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Suspect Brandishes Gun, Pistol Whips Victim in Elk Grove Home Invasion Style Robbery

December 15, 2014 |

An Elk Grove man was pistol whipped on Friday morning during a home invasion style robbery that started when he took out some garbage.

According to police reports, the 59-year old male victim arrived at his house on the 5000 block of Krista Court and drove his car into the garage. After parking, the victim took some garbage to the curb when he was approached by an unknown person, who brandished a handgun and demanded money.

The suspect then held the male victim at gunpoint and directed him into his residence. When entering the residence, the suspect confronted a 37-year old female victim who was able to flee.

The male victim then was led to the upstairs of the residence where the suspect struck him in the head with the handgun and took an undisclosed amount of cash from a drawer. 

The suspect, who was described as a black male adult, thin build, short hair style and wearing a dark t-shirt, dark colored pants and white shoes, fled the residence and was not located. 

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Four Teens in Custody on Suspicion of Attacking, Injuring Man on Streets of Elk Grove

December 15, 2014 |

Four juveniles were taken into custody early Friday night after they allegedly attacked and injured a man in Elk Grove. 

According to Elk Grove Police, the four male suspects ages 15, 16 [2] and 17 were involved in a verbal altercation with the 39-year old victim on the 8800 block of Bond Road. During the confrontation, one of the suspects punched the victim in the head and the others joined in on the attack.

When the victim fell to the ground, the four juvenile suspects continued to hit and kick him in the head and body. The suspects then fled the area on foot.

Responding officers contacted the victim who had sustained visible injuries to his face. Officers were able to locate the four suspects, and after detaining the group, the victim positively identified them as the suspected assailants. 

The four teens were taken into custody and transferred to juvenile hall. 

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Video - Davis Backtracks From His and Ly's Campaign Promise of Elk Grove Jobs

December 15, 2014 |

If there was one promise made over and again in Steve Ly's successful campaign for the Elk Grove City Council's District 4 seat, it was to bring quality jobs to Elk Grove.

In numerous mailers, Ly frequently featured his political Godfather, Mayor Gary Davis, who said Ly was needed on the council to help the Mayor bring jobs to Elk Grove.

In one mailer, Davis was quoted saying "Throughout his sixteen years in Elk Grove, Steve Ly  has proven he is the type of partner I need at City Hall. Steve will word hard to help me recruit new businesses to Elk Grove."

Another mailer-letter quoted the Mayor, in slightly less strident tones, saying "Throughout his sixteen years in Elk Grove, Steve Ly has proven his ability to get results. His dedication is what we need at City Hall to help recruit new jobs to our city." [bold their emphasis.]

And finally, in a baseball trading card-type promotional piece featuring teacher Davis, and pupil Ly, yet again quotes the Mayor saying "Steve Ly is the partner we need to strengthen neighborhoods and bring new jobs to Elk Grove."

Clearly, Davis and Ly were conjoined during the campaign making the job-development promise a keystone of their platforms. In all sincerity, we hope the mentor and his protege are successful in fulfilling their promise.

To that end, readers may have noticed a clock installed on the site showing the approximate elapsed time since Davis and Ly were sworn-in last Wednesday. Since the duo made the jobs promise, we thought what better way to monitor their progress in this lofty goal that to see how long it will take them.

The clock will stop when Davis and Ly can verify their efforts alone brought a major employer (at least 50, private sector, non-retail, living-wage jobs) that were recruited free of economic incentives such as those given to the California Prison Health Authority. Of course, we will gladly announce Ly and Davis' conquest should it materialize and make a modest contribution in their names to a charity of their choice. 

Interestingly, from the time this clock was conceived and installed over two weeks ago and last Wednesday's city council swearing-in ceremony, the Mayor has seemingly backtracked on this promise.       

After he and Ly had been sworn-in, Davis said his priorities for 2015 would be infrastructure improvement and bringing in Regional Transit Light Rail to Elk Grove. 

"As I look to 2015, it's the year of infrastructure," he said. See video below. 

While both are worthy endeavors, why the sudden shift for the Mayor away from recruiting jobs? Could the Mayor have found Jesus and taken to heart concerns expressed by Elk Grove Public Works Director Richard Shepard about the city's poorly maintained roads?

Or could it be, now that the campaign is over, and Davis has his protege on the council, he is backtracking on a promise that he knows is damn hard for he and Ly to accomplish? 

Whatever the case might be, we will keep the clock ticking and see if and when Davis and Ly fulfill their lofty goal. We wish them well in this endeavor.

As for Ly, the novice council member would be wise to break immediately free of the Mayor, be his own man, or risk being perceived as nothing but a kowtowing Davis servant.  

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Bera Swears-in Elk Grove-South County Dem Club Officers, Comments on Recent Election

Written By EGN on Sunday, December 14, 2014 | 13:15

December 14, 2014 |

In a festive meeting of the Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club yesterday afternoon, the group's 2015 officers were installed by Democratic Congressman Dr. Ami Bera.

Elk Grove South County Democratic Club officers Sandi Russell (l)
Dan Schmitt, Nancy Fox, Debra Ladwig and Joyce Lee taken 
their oath. 
The club, whose membership grew substantially in 2014, elected new officers at their regular meeting on Tuesday, December 9. This year's leadership includes Dan Schmitt, President; Nancy Fox, Vice President; Debra Ladwig, Treasurer; and Joyce Lee and Sandi Russell, Co-Secretaries. 

Aside from administering the oath, Bera also commented on his hard-fought victory for California's Seventh Congressional District over his Republican opponent, former Congressman Doug Ose. Also accompanying Bera and commenting were California Assembly Members Ken Cooley of Rancho Cordova and Jim Cooper of Elk Grove.

Watch videos below.

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Elk Grove Police Arrest Parolee on Suspicion of Stealing Change From Car

Written By EGN on Friday, December 12, 2014 | 15:30

December 12, 2014 |

A Sacramento man on parole was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of stealing a large amount of change from a car and for alleged narcotics possession.

According to Elk Grove Police, officers were dispatched to Blue Maiden Way and Shasta Lily Drive after receiving reports of a suspicious person looking into vehicles with a flashlight. A responding officer observed a person matching the description closing the driver's side door of a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence. 

After contacting and detaining Keith Dennings, a records search found he was on parole. A search of the suspect led to the discovery of a large amount of change and narcotics paraphernalia. 

The owner of the vehicle, that was parked in the driveway, exited the residence and confirmed that he had locked his vehicle. The owner also discovered that all the change he had in his car was gone. 

Officers observed that there was damage to the driver's side window frame. Dennings was arrested and booked into the county jail where he remains in custody ineligible for bail. 

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Elk Grove Police to Ramp-up Holiday DUI Enforcement; Checkpoints Start Tonight

December 12, 2014 |

Elk Grove Police announced this week there will be increased DUI enforcement and checkpoints now through January 4, 2015.

As part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement, additional patrol units will be scheduled throughout the city and regionally. Also participating in the program will be the Sheriff's Department, CHP and other city police departments.

The first DUI and license check will be conducted tonight at an undisclosed location in Elk Grove from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m Saturday. Another check is also planned for Friday, December 19 within city limits.

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From the Kitchen of EGN - Super Easy No-Roll Sugar Cookies

Written By EGN on Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 19:50

December 11, 2014 |

Nothing beats cookies around the Holidays. Everyone has their favorite and we have several favorites.
While most people tend to go for classic chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin, both of which our crew will undoubtedly demolish, another classic is the venerable sugar cookie.
One of the reasons they are overlooked is because a really good sugar cookie requires rolling. Thanks to the wonder of the internet, we tracked down this spectacular no-roll recipe a few years ago on the Andrea the  Kitchen Witch Blog and have been using it ever since.
It is really easy to make for a sugar cookie and it tastes great!
Below is the recipe and here is a link to the original from Andrea The Kitchen Witch.
Sugar Cookies makes 3 dozen cookies
1 1/4 c white sugar
2 sticks butter (1 cup)
3 egg yolks
3 t vanilla
2 1/2 c AP flour
1/2 t cream of tartar
1 t baking soda
1/4 t table salt
about 1/2 c sprinkles, colored sugars or granulated sugar to roll in
Cream the butter and sugar together in a stand mixer with the paddle until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes on medium speed.
Scrape down the sides and add the vanilla extract. Mix until incorporated. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well between each addition and scraping sides of bowl and paddle after each addition.
Mix the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt together in a bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients, scraping down the sides after each addition. Scoop balls of dough and roll in colored sugar or sprinkles, coating all sides.
Line cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment paper and baked at 350 for 11-12 minutes.

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Elk Grove Moves Forward With Vet Center, Appropriates Design Money For Senior Center

December 11, 2014 |

The first significant act of the newly formed Elk Grove City Council Wednesday night was met with an uproarious round of applause from a standing-room-only audience when $2.4 million for the construction of a long-sought Veterans Center and the appropriation of $100,000 for the design of a new senior center was approved. 

The Veteran's Center, which was pursued tirelessly by former Elk Grove City Council Member Sophia Scherman over the course of her 12-year tenure, will be part of the city's long-awaited civic center. That center, which includes plans for a city hall, performing arts center, children's museum and aquatics centers is located east of Big Horn Road and south of Civic Center Drive in the city's so-called Laguna Ridge planning area. 

"This is my tenth year that I have been discussing, asking, even begging that a veterans hall be built right here in our city," Scherman said. " I was the only one that was out there of those 10 years, but in 2013 I knew that the time had come for me to come before the council."

The current senior center located on Sharkey Avenue has consistently received grant money from the city and it currently operates under a nominal lease from the Cosumnes Community Services District and is said to be at full utilization. Elk Grove currently has about 40,000 senior citizens and with the aging demographics, it is expected to be a spike in needed senior services in the coming years.

During public comment on the matter, several Elk Grove veterans spoke of the need to have a center to serve the needs of the approximately 7,200 veterans currently residing in the city. Aside from serving as a gathering site for veterans and general events hall, proponents said the facility will be used as a place to directly provide services to veterans.

"It will be a place where the healing process can begin by having open talks with their fellow brothers and sisters who have been to hell and back," Scherman added.  

Elk Grove resident and veteran Norm DeYoung rejected one idea presented by city staff construct a combination senior and veterans center saying it would lead to numerous conflicts. 

"You are going to create more problems than you solve," he said.

Speaking on behalf of the Senior Center of Elk Grove, Pat Beal said the current facility is stretched to its limits and needs will continue to grow.

"I think we need your help to continue to serve the community," Beal said.

Beal also said that both groups had unique and equally important needs that both should be addressed. 

"They have both earned that right," she said. 

During their deliberations, the council expressed their general desire to honor veterans service and the needs of growing needs of an aging population, but also expressed some concern. 

In his first meeting, District 1 City Council Member Darren Suen agreed that both populations were deserving, but sounded a note of financial caution. 

"We have only so many resources," he said.  

The idea of locating the Veterans Center at the current Senior Center was discussed but was dismissed. Assistant City Manager Becky Craig said that the Cosumnes Community Services District staff did not respond to an inquiry regarding that suggestion.

After the council unanimously approved the funding for both proposals, the large contingent of veterans in the chamber council erupted into a loud round of applause. 

"It is Christmas time after all," noted Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis.

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Elk Grove Swears-in Two New Members, Two Incumbents to City Council

Written By EGN on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | 18:35

December 10, 2014 |

In a crowd not seen since its incorporation in 2000, the city council chambers at the Elk Grove City Hall were overflowing with well-wishers tonight for the swearing-in ceremony of four Elk Grove City Council Members.

The four taking the oath were incumbent members Mayor Gary Davis and Pat Hume, both of whom were reelected unopposed. Also taking their oath were District 4 City Council Member Steve Ly, who was elected to a four-year term, and Darren Suen, who was appointed to the two-year term to fill the District 1 vacancy created upon former Elk Grove City Council Member Jim Cooper, who was elected to the Ninth District of the California State Assembly.

The ceremony also acknowledged the service of Cooper the other outgoing council member, District 4 Council member Bob Trigg. Davis thanked Trigg for stepping into the district’s vacancy two years ago and noted his long service to the community as a council member and previously as the Elk Grove Unified School District’s superintendent.

“You served us well, “ Davis said.

The council also honored Cooper, who was the last original council member from the city’s 2000 incorporation. In that seminal election, Cooper came in first place in the 20-plus candidate field and as such, was Elk Grove’s first mayor.

Noting his ascension to the Assembly and several projects in the city’s near future, Cooper quipped he was a little jealous and said there are great things ahead for the city.

“Tonight is a little bittersweet,” Cooper noted. “I love Elk Grove, it is an awesome place.” 

Steve Ly was sworn-in by five people including student
Kashia Jensen and former EGUSD Superintendant Dave Gordon. 

Darren Suen takes his oath from his wife Denise.

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Elk Grove Braces For Powerful Storm, Sand Bag Distributions Sites to Open; CCSD Postpones Activities

December 10, 2014 |

In anticipation of the major storm forecast to hit Northern California in the coming hours, the City of Elk Grove will be distributing sandbags should the need arise.

If conditions warrant, according to the city's website, "call Public Works at (916) 687-3005 to determine if sandbags are being issued. Depending on the event and the inventory of sandbags available for protecting private property, the number of sandbags issued per resident or business owner may be limited."

Heavy winds are expected to start Wednesday night with heavy downpours of rain forecasted to start late tomorrow morning. Sandbag distribution sites and more information is available here.

Separately, the Cosumnes Community Service District announced on Twitter this afternoon programs at the Pavilion and Youth Center at the Elk Grove Park have been canceled for Thursday, December 11. 

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Officers Elected, Dickinson Discusses Big Money at Elk Grove Democratic Club Meeting

December 10, 2014 |

At their last meeting of the year, the Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club elected officers for 2015 and heard an impromptu presentation by former Sacramento County Supervisor and California Assembly Member Roger Dickinson.

Serving as the club's President will be Dan Schmitt, Nancy Fox will be Vice President, the Treasurer will be Debra Ladwig, and the Co-Secretaries will be Joyce Lee and Sandi Russell. The officers will be installed at a coming function with Congressman Dr. Ami Bera presiding.

Dickinson, who lost his bid for California's Sixth Senatorial District to fellow Democrat, Dr. Richard Pan in the November general election, thanked the club for their endorsement. By a popular vote of the club's membership earlier this year, Dickinson won the hard-fought endorsement over Pan.

In his comments, Dickinson noted the influence of so-called independent expenditure committee played in California's new open primary election system. Even though he and Pan are both Democrats, Dickinson said big business interests found a way to influence the election.

"Business interests of this state have figured out how to use the open primary," he said. "They have figured out how to use independent expenditure committees."

Dickinson went on to say that the business interests used massive expenditures that serves their purposes, and not those of the people. Although this is the first time in over 20-years the Sacramento Democrat has not held elected office, Dickinson indicated he intends to remain involved. 

"I don't have any intention of going away," he added. 


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iPhone App Aids Elk Grove, Sacramento Police in Apprehension of Robbery Suspect

December 10, 2014 |

An unsuspecting robbery suspect was tracked down last night by Elk Grove and Sacramento Police with the help of an iPhone tracking application.

The incident started at about 9:30 as the 23-year old male and female victims were seated in their vehicle in a parking lot near the Chevy's restaurant on the 7400 block of Laguna Boulevard when a white Ford Expedition pulled in front of them. One of two passengers in the Expedition, an unknown white male suspect, approached the  male victim, while the other vehicle occupant, 36-year old Rosevelt Hall of Sacramento confronted the female victim. 
An iPhone app led to the apprehension of robbery
suspect Rosevelt Hall of Sacramento

The unknown suspect opened the male victim's door and placed his forearm against his neck, demanded money, took his iPhone and punched him in the face. The unknown suspect also took the female victim's cell phone and a power drill that was in the vehicle.

When Elk Grove Police officers arrived, they utilized the find my iPhone application in an effort to locate the suspects. The application provided a possible location in Sacramento. 

Information about the robbery was provided to the Sacramento Police Department (SPD). SPD officers located a vehicle matching the description in the area of Franklin Boulevard and Shining Star Drive being driven by Hall. 

SPD officers conducted an enforcement stop at Cottonfield Road and Fernridge Avenue and detained Hall. EGPD officers transported the victims to the location of the stop and were able to positively identify Hall as one of the individuals responsible for the robbery as well as the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle Hall was driving led to the discovery of the stolen iPhones and the power drill. A controlled substance was also found inside the suspect's vehicle. 

Hall was arrested and booked into the county jail where he remains in custody on a $1 million bail on felony robbery, misdemeanor drug charges and for violation of probation.  

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Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club to Meet, Select Officers Tonight

Written By EGN on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 13:30

December 9, 2014 |

The Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club will hold their monthly meeting tonight in Elk Grove.

Aside from going over last month's election results and making plans for 2014, the club will be electing their officers for the coming year. Tonight's meeting will be held at the Elk Grove Public Library at 8900 Elk Grove Boulevard and starts at  6:30 p.m.

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California OES Issues Advisory on Coming Storm

December 9, 2014 |

The Director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Mark Ghilarducci, issued a statement about the storms that are expected to arrive in California tomorrow.

"This week California is expected to experience high winds and heavy rains in several parts of our state. For many of us, these rains are a welcome sign for agricultural and domestic water needs. We live in the arid West and this year has been historically dry. Any help that Mother Nature provides will alleviate extremely low water levels and is greatly needed.

We know that it can flood anywhere that we receive heavy rains. This storm will present a risk of flash flooding and debris slides in areas where ground conditions have not adapted to the saturation. This year was also a significant fire season for Northern and Southern California and burned areas are especially at risk for debris slides. Even regions that don't experience regular seasonal flooding could see flash flooding during this intense storm system, which could be the largest to date of this year's rainy season.

Before the rain comes to your area, educate yourself and be aware of the potential risk to the places where you live, work and play. I urge all Californians to take basic steps to increase their own ability to be resilient through these storms and their impacts. The public safety community will be very busy during these storms and it's important to help reduce 9-1-1 call volumes by lowering your risks of danger as much as possible."

During a disaster is not the time you want to be thinking about creating an emergency plan or creating a disaster kit. Individuals and families can follow these basic guidelines to increase their personal emergency preparedness before an emergency.

- Establish out of area emergency contacts.
- Create a simple, small emergency kit that can sustain you and possibly others for 72 hours following a disaster (click here for more information.)
- Stay away from rising waterways, such as creeks and rivers.
- Know how to evacuate quickly, should you experience rising water levels.
- Stay informed during hazardous weather conditions, listen to your local radio or TV stations for watches, warnings and the latest information bulletins.
- Flood Watch means it is possible that flooding will occur in a specified area.
- Be alert and prepared for a flood emergency.
- Flood Warning means flooding is occurring or is imminent in a specified area. Move to safe ground immediately.

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