Public Works for You

Every year, the City of Rancho Cordova's Public Works Department completes a number of construction projects in our community.  These projects beautify Rancho Cordova and ensure the City has walkable and connected neighborhoods and safe routes for residents, bikers, and drivers. Tour our new, online map to see projects that are under construction, ongoing, completed, and planned at cityofranchocordova.org/currentprojects.

Rancho Cordova Traffic Management Center Project
The project will connect traffic signals on major City roadway corridors to ensure traffic flows more smoothly. This will also allow the City to respond more efficiently to traffic incidents. The project is anticipated to be completed by Summer 2017.

Rancho Cordova Justinian Drive at Sunrise Boulevard Signalization Project
The project will install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Justinian Drive near the Anatolia neighborhood. The project will also create safe routes to Heron Landing Park, a new community park under construction near the intersection. The project is anticipated to be completed by Summer 2017.

Rancho Cordova Folsom Boulevard Fence Replacement Project
This project, supported by the City's Community Enhancement Fund, will include a new masonry wall, and it will also beautify a main entrance to the Walnut Wood neighborhood, as well as a main corridor used frequently by pedestrians, bikers and drivers. It also includes the installation of two artistic murals on the new wall.

The construction timeline, locations, and updates for these and other current projects are available on the City's website at  cityofranchocordova.org/currentprojects.
Making a Promise

Applications are now being accepted for the Folsom Lake College/Rancho Cordova College Promise program! Members of the high school graduating class of 2017 who are Rancho Cordova residents can apply for this innovative scholarship program that will allow them to attend their first year of Folsom Lake College completely fee-free. Eligible students will receive funding that can be applied toward tuition and fees, textbooks, or class materials.


The initial funding for the Folsom Lake College/Rancho Cordova College Promise program was provided by the City of Rancho Cordova's Community Enhancement Fund. 
Community Enhancement Fund Grant Applications Open Soon

The Community Enhancement Fund Fiscal Year 2017/2018 grant application period will be open from February 15, 2017 through March 15, 2017. During this time, the City will be accepting applications from individuals, organizations, businesses, and community partners who are interested in enhancing our community.  Learn More

The City of Rancho Cordova has launched a new, online map to showcase how Community Enhancement Fund grants are being spent. More than 60 projects received funding during the 2016/2017 fiscal year. The City Council reviewed the grant applications with a focus on improving public safety, quality of life, community pride, civic engagement, arts and culture, and children and youth programs. Learn which projects were approved, where the projects are located, and how much funding each project received at cityofranchocordova.org/communityenhancementfund.

The City of Rancho Cordova's Community Enhancement Fund is supported by Measure H, a half-cent sales tax approved by Rancho Cordova voters in November 2014. The program generates approximately $6.8 million annually.
Museum Day

On Saturday, February 4th, participating local museums in the Sacramento area will offer free or half-priced admission from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. during the 19th annual Sacramento Museum Day! With more than 25 museums and destinations, from the California Museum to the Sacramento Zoo, there's something for everyone. 

Rancho Cordova's own Sacramento Children's Museum will also offer FREE admission from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.! Stop by the Sacramento Children's Museum, 2701 Prospect Park Drive, for a fun, interactive day of learning. The museum is designed for infants to eight-year-olds with exciting exhibits such as Mr. Noodles' Forest, Gear Up, Solar Car Racers, and more.

Neighborhood Clean-Ups

Residents from the Anatolia neighborhood are organizing neighborhood clean-ups throughout the year - with a little help from the City of Rancho Cordova. Last month, Craig Osborn of the Anatolia Homeowners Association reached out to the City and requested materials to aid neighbors in their clean-up event.

"The January storms scattered quite a bit of debris. With equipment provided by the City, we cleaned stretches of Sunrise Boulevard and several of the major streets within our neighborhood. As a result of these neighbors' efforts, our neighborhood is looking better - for us, our visitors, and pass-through traffic along Sunrise," said Craig Osborn.

Are you interested in cleaning up your neighborhood? Contact us to borrow materials such as trash grabbers, safety vests, and even trash bags. All you have to do is pick up the materials - the City will even collect your trash bags! Contact Lorianne Ulm at  lulm@cityofranchocordova.org or (916) 851-8755 for more information.
Hometown Hero Grant

It's time to apply for the Hometown Hero Grant! Every year, the Rancho Cordova Rotary Club Charitable Foundation (RCRCCF) will grant an individual or organization funding to complete their proposed idea to enhance Rancho Cordova schools, parks, playgrounds, or programs. The proposed funding for the Hometown Hero Grant will be approved for each fiscal year by the RCRCCF Board of Directors, and this year, $3,500 is available.

Applications are due by March 15, 2017.  Click here for more information.
Mills Middle School Wins Statewide Anti-Bullying Honor

Go Mustangs! Mills Middle School has been named by the Lozano Smith Foundation as one of the best schools in California for preventing bullying and creating a safe learning environment, earning a premier-level award.
 
"Our District could not be prouder of Mills Middle and the dedication of its students, staff, and families to contribute to a safe, positive climate for all learners," said Daniel Thigpen, Director of Communication and Community Engagement for Folsom Cordova Unified School District. "Their recognition honors years of research-based efforts that continue to show dramatic results."
 
Mills will receive $1,500 as part of its recognition. The Rancho Cordova middle school was honored for its creation of a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team, which consists of teachers, administrators, parents, and a student leader, who create a positive school climate and take a proactive approach to discipline and bullying prevention.

Calling All Vietnam Veterans

Were you an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975? If your answer is yes, then the City of Rancho Cordova wants to hear from you!  The City of Rancho Cordova will honor all Vietnam War-era Veterans with a recognition event on Thursday, March 30th from 7 - 8 p.m., at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive.

"Recognizing our Vietnam War-era veterans is long overdue," said Council Member Robert J. McGarvey, who is leading the effort. "We want to let Vietnam veterans and their families know that we appreciate their service and sacrifice to our nation. The lapel pin says it all: 'Vietnam War Veteran,' 'A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You.'"

Sports Hall of Fame Nominations Open

Rancho Cordova's legendary sports history is celebrated annually with inductions to the Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame, and nominations for this prestigious award are now open! 

Organized by the Rancho Cordova Athletic Association, nominations for the Sports Hall of Fame honor outstanding achievements in the categories of athletes, coaches, and "Heart of a Champion."  Nominations for this year's class of extraordinary sports figures will close March 31st and the event will be held this fall on October 14th. Submit a Nomination
Business News

Coming Soon

Sunridge Plaza
Sunrise Boulevard & Douglas Road
Starbucks, Bark Place, and Soho Sushi will be  joining seven other businesses in this new development. Stay tuned for updates!

Huong Lan Sandwiches
10145 Folsom Boulevard
This Vietnamese restaurant will offer  bánh  mì sandwiches, noodle bowls, Thai tea, and many more delicious options.

Red Dragon Express
3187 Capital Village Lane
This Chinese restaurant, located in Capital Village, is currently under construction. 
Partnership with Hacker Lab

The City of Rancho Cordova is excited to partner with  Hacker Lab  on a feasibility study to determine whether Rancho Cordova would be a good community for a Hacker Lab location.

Hacker Lab is a Sacramento-based co-working space for entrepreneurs and makers that offers education and training classes, as well as community mentorships for startups, designers, and students. Their current locations are in downtown Sacramento and Rocklin.  The cost of the feasibility study is supported by the  City's Community Enhancement Fund , a half-cent voter-approved sales tax that supports local priorities.

Join us for the City of Rancho Cordova "Town Hall" Idea Fest on Thursday, February 23rd to gather ideas for this Innovation Center. Stop by American River Brewing Company , 11151 Trade Center Drive, from 6 - 8 p.m. to share your thoughts and join the discussion. RSVP Here

2017 California Capital Airshow

The California Capital Airshow returns to the skies on September 9-10, 2017 at Mather Airport.  Become an Airshow Insider  to learn everything you need to know about the 12th annual Airshow in the coming months, including performer announcements and discounts.
Events Calendar

"Zoom In" Art Exhibit - Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. through April 7th
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Artwork that takes a close-up look at the world is now open at Rancho Cordova City Hall. Stop by and take in this fascinating, free exhibit any time City Hall is open! Rancho Cordova Arts

Pruning Workshop - Saturday, February 4th, 10 a.m. - Noon
Sunrise Elementary School, 11821 Cobble Brook Drive
Join a certified arborist to learn how to prune young shade trees for structure, beauty, and health. Indoor class includes presentation and hands-on practice. Register

City Council Meeting - Monday, February 6th, 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

"Haunted Ink and Love" Book Release Party - Monday, February 6th, 6 - 8 p.m.
White Rock Elementary, 10487 White Rock Road
Join 916 Ink, a local organization that empowers students with creative writing programs, for a book release party! Support these young authors at this event with light refreshments, book sales and signings, and readings from some of the writers.

Rancho Cordova Arts Meeting - Monday, February 6th, 7 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova Arts  i s an organization for artists working in painting, drawing, fiber work, sculpture, photography and more. This group is setting sail for an exciting year of activities and invites all local artists to hear more and join the movement.

All Community Neighborhood Watch Meeting - Tuesday, February 14th, 6 p.m.
Rancho Cordova Police Department, 2897 Kilgore Road
Join the Rancho Cordova Police Department for an informative meeting about public safety and participating in neighborhood watches.

Pasta Feed Fundraiser - Friday, February 17th, 6 - 9 p.m.
Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center, 3480 Routier Road
The Friends of Cordova Parks, the non-profit partner of Cordova Recreation & Park District, is holding a fundraiser and pasta feed for the H.Y.D.E. Out Teen Center and Hagan Community Pool Renovation Project. Grab the family for a night of laughs, great food, and wonderful raffle prizes.  Learn more and buy your tickets here.

Rancho Cordova Luncheon - Friday, February 17th, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Come and hear Mayor Donald Terry's vision and plans for 2017 at this month's Rancho Cordova Luncheon. Tickets are $12 for members of the Cordova Community Council or Chamber and $20 for non-members. Buy Tickets

City Council Meeting - Tuesday, February 21st, 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

A Garden in Every School Symposium - Saturday, February 25th, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 26th, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive
Network with like-minded teachers, parents, garden designers, community leaders, school garden coordinators, and others involved with helping kids make the connection between food, health and the environment. Learn More

City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 20th, in observance of President's Day.
Food Truck Lunches

The food truck lunches are back! Every Thursday, Off the Grid Sacramento brings a pop-up food market with rotating local food trucks to our City. From gyros to burgers to lobster rolls, they've got you covered from January through June. Join us for lunch on Thursdays at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn More
Save the Date

Cork and Fork - Friday, March 3rd, 6:30 p.m.
Sacramento Marriot Rancho Cordova, 11211 Point East Drive

Community Volunteer Awards - Friday, March 10th, 6 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

Aloha! Rancho Cordova - Thursday, March 16th, 5:30 p.m.
Sunrise Events Center, 11167 Trade Center Drive

Breakfast and Bingo - Saturday, March 18th, 8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center, 3480 Routier Road
Free Composting Workshops

Want to learn how to turn waste into nutrient-rich matter that can be added to your garden or yard? Join Soil Born Farms, in partnership with Republic Services and the City of Rancho Cordova, for free composting workshops in 2017. You will learn how to build, maintain, harvest, and troubleshoot a compost pile during these  informative hands-on classes. Plus, all Rancho Cordova residents will receive  a free composting bin!

March 15th: Traditional Composting
June 28th: Worm Composting
October 11th: Advanced Composting

All classes will be held at Soil Born Farms, 2140 Chase Drive, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. To register, contact Esther Santacruz at esantacruz2@republicservices.com or at (916) 502-2096.
Top 5 Trees for Attracting Wildlife

Beautify your landscape and benefit the critters in your area with these trees! Change your landscape this spring  with a free tree from the   Sacramento Shade Program , a partnership with SMUD and the Sacramento Tree Foundation aimed at improving our urban forest. 

Little Leaf Linden: Fragrant, honey-like spring blossoms on this medium-sized tree are wonderful to beneficial pollinators like honeybees.

Washington Hawthorn: Bright red berries that live on this tree not only add winter beauty to your garden, they also provide a tasty snack for birds and squirrels.

Valley Oak: The crown jewel of our native tree canopy hosts a wide variety of local wildlife, from squirrels, to birds, to a wide variety of beneficial insects.

Prairifire Crabapple: Dark pink flowers in spring are celebrated by bees, and then the dark red berries that follow on this small tree are popular with birds.

European Hackberry: The small dark berries on this tree will bring many songbirds to your yard, and are a great snack for turkeys and squirrels.
Chamber of Commerce Seeking Volunteers

Do you want to support the growing business community in Rancho Cordova? Volunteer at the Chamber! The Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to assist in the office on a variety of projects. Join our fun and engaging environment and help make a difference for businesses in Rancho Cordova. 

Contact Dawn Hall at (916) 273-5703 or at dhall@ranchocordova.org for more information.
Social Media Post of the Month

In every edition of Fresh News, we'll highlight one of our posts from the City of Rancho Cordova's social media channels. This photo, which appeared on our Instagram page in January, featured the showroom at Casual Elements, a family owned and operated business since 1996 Casual Elements, 2419 Mercantile Drive Suite B, is your local resource for hand-crafted solid wood furniture for the home and garden. Casual Elements also crafts barn doors, pergolas, gazebos, fire pits, and lightweight concrete and iron tables. Visit their Facebook and Instagram pages for more product photos and deals.

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