New year, new look! The City of Rancho Cordova is kicking off 2017 with a fresh take on our monthly newsletter. We're still bringing you the same updates, tips, events, and more right to your inbox - just in a fresh new layout. We hope you enjoy the January edition of Fresh News .
Meet Rancho Cordova's New Chief of Police

Rancho Cordova's City Manager, Cyrus Abhar, announced that he has appointed Chris Pittman as the new Rancho Cordova Police Chief.  Pittman, a Sheriff's Captain with twenty-two years of experience with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, will fill the role vacated by the recent retirement of former Police Chief Michael Goold in December of 2016.

"We are pleased to welcome Chris Pittman as our City's new Chief of Police," said Mr. Abhar. "Chief Pittman is well-known in our community, having served previously as Assistant Chief of Police in Rancho Cordova in 2014 and as the current President of the Rancho Cordova Police Activities League. His long history, wealth of experience, and commitment to Rancho Cordova all make him an excellent choice to lead our police department."

Fulfill Your New Year's Resolutions

According to Nielsen, an American global information and measurement company, the top five 2016 New Year's Resolutions were: 
  1. Stay fit and healthy.
  2. Lose weight.
  3. Spend less and save more.
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest.
  5. Spend more time with family.
If you find yourself making a 2017 New Year's resolution to get fit, read on for ways to achieve your goals and have the best year yet!

Stay Fit and Healthy

Rancho Cordova has many gyms, athletic classes, and organizations that offer ways that help you get fit. Here are just a few: 

Planet Fitness
10373 Folsom Boulevard
This "Judgement Free Zone" is open 24 hours and offers many member perks, such as free personal training, access to other Planet Fitness locations all over the world, massage chairs, and mo re. Learn More

On Point Body
3054 Sunrise Boulevard, Suite G
This gym is bringing a fun new way to exercise to Rancho Cordova. On Point Body offers SurfSet Fitness classes - which range from calm yoga sessions to high-intensity workouts - all on a surfboar d! Learn More

Cordova Recreation & Park District classes
2197 Chase Drive
Cordova Recreation & Park District (CRPD) offers numerous classes in the community. From country line dancing to Zumba to adult sports teams, there's something for everyone. Learn More

Police Department Stars in Training Videos

Have you seen Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) officers being filmed around town lately? RCPD had the opportunity to star in new California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) videos in categories such as CPR techniques, automobile accidents, emergency childbirths, and more. California POST delivers high-quality specialized training videos to law enforcement agencies across the state, and RCPD officers showcased their know-how. Great work, RCPD!
Winter Tips

Stormwater Pollution

Have you ever wondered what happens to motor oil on driveways, roads, parking lots, and highways on a rainy day? Every time it rains, urban runoff travels into storm drains and impacts our waterways by creating stormwater pollution. With the increased rain we are likely to see this winter, follow these easy tips to care for your car to help avoid stormwater pollution: 
  • Inspect and maintain your car regularly to prevent oil, antifreeze, and other fluid leaks.
  • Place cardboard or an oil pan underneath your car if it is leaking fluids.
  • Take motor oil, antifreeze, and other used fluids to an automotive center or gas station with a recycling program, or drop it off at a collection center. View the Republic Services Customer Guide for more information.
  • Reduce automobile use by carpooling, riding the bus, riding your bike, or walking. 
Tax Preparation

Do you need help preparing for tax season? The AARP Foundation is offering free tax preparation to anyone who needs help, especially if you are over 50 years old or can't afford a paid tax preparation service. This service is being offered in Rancho Cordova at National University, 10901 Gold Center Drive, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. To make an appointment, call 2-1-1. To search for other AARP sites in the Sacramento area, click here.
Volunteer Nominations Needed

Do you know a great volunteer? The Cordova Community Council is seeking nominations for outstanding volunteer efforts. Winners will be honored at the 18th Annual Community Awards event, scheduled for March 10th at Rancho Cordova City Hall.

Each year, inspiring stories emerge about individuals, teenagers, businesses and organizations that are making a big difference in the Rancho Cordova community through extraordinary volunteer efforts.  Nominate a volunteer by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 3rd.
Social Media 101

Want to stay up-to-date on the latest in Rancho Cordova? Follow us, like us, and engage with us on social media.
  • Facebook: The City of Rancho Cordova's Facebook page will bring you everything from community stories to business news. Plus, you can message us directly. Like our page to learn more.
  • Instagram: On Instagram, you'll find our best photos and videos. Follow us for information on: local events (#MondayMemo), local businesses and an "insider's look" into City Hall (#WednesdayAtWork), and local food inspiration (#FoodieFridays), plus other photo inspiration.
  • Twitter: The City's Twitter page is the best place to find in-the-moment news, such as traffic conditions, city events, and other timely happenings. Follow us here
  • Pinterest: On Pinterest, you'll find everything from landscaping inspiration to water tips to recycling information that you can "pin" to your own Pinterest boards. Follow us and be inspired!
  • YouTube: The City of Rancho Cordova's YouTube page features videos from events such as our Mayor's Walks, St. Baldrick's, neighborhood clean-ups, and more. Subscribe to our video feed.
  • NextDoor: Find us on NextDoor for community information specific to your neighborhood. From road construction updates to local events to safety tips, you'll stay in-the-know with alerts directly from the City of Rancho Cordova.
Volunteers in Neighborhood Services Team

Did you know the City of Rancho Cordova has a volunteer organization? The Volunteers in Neighborhood Services (VINS) team's mission is to promote and improve the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Rancho Cordova. Working with City staff, the VINS team enhances the quality of life in Rancho Cordova through community projects, including:
  • Cleaning up the White Rock neighborhood with the help of Republic Services.
  • Handing out over 50 "Kudos Awards" to residents with beautifully maintained homes in Rancho Cordova neighborhoods.
  • Keeping a watchful eye on graffiti around town and informing Code Enforcement officers for a quick clean-up.
  • Working with the City to create the Good Neighbor Guide.
Join us from on Thursday, January 5th from 3 - 5 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, to learn more about the VINS team and how you can make a difference in your neighborhood. Contact Angel Ball for more information at (916) 635-6808 or at
Whisker Warriors "Pawtners" with Meals on Wheels

Whisker Warriors, a local non-profit organization dedicated to reducing animal overpopulation and ensuring the well-being of the animals in our community, has teamed up with Meals on Wheels. Last year, Rancho Cordova Meals on Wheels volunteers discovered that some of the senior citizens in the free food delivery program were giving their meals to their pets because of their limited resources.
In August of 2015, Whisker Warriors started supplying donated cat and dog food to Meals on Wheels to be distributed to seniors in the program who have pets. 
Today, 230 homebound seniors in the Meals on Wheels program and their 375 cats and dogs are benefiting from this partnership.

New Building and Safety Codes

On January 1, 2017 the City of Rancho Cordova began enforcing the new 2016 California Building Codes, as mandated by State law.
Building codes are updated every three years, and 2017 will be the beginning of a new code cycle. This means that any applications for permits submitted on or after January 1st, 2017, will need to meet the new code standards, which are the 2016 California Building Codes.

Business News

Now Open  

True Value and Standard Plumbing
11119 Folsom Boulevard
Stop by and check out the hardware and plumbing showroom  in our City.

Independent Training & Apprenticeship Program (I-TAP)
9856 Business Park Drive
I-TAP is a training program that offers apprenticeship and trainee programs in the commercial electrical field.  Learn More

Coming Soon

Huong Lan
10145 Folsom Boulevard

Red Dragon
Capital Village

Sunridge Plaza
Sunrise Boulevard & Douglas Road
This shopping center will feature a full-service Raley's, Great Clips, Jimboy's Tacos, Go 4 Pizza, Sunridge Nail Spa, Arco AM/PM, NG Cleaners, Pacific Dental Services.
New Sidewalks for Rancho Cordova Elementary

The Rancho Cordova Elementary School Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project has started in the Cordova Vineyards neighborhood. The project includes more than 1.5 miles of new sidewalk, ADA accessible crosswalks, and new signage to increase driver awareness of cyclists.
The project will create safe routes for residents and students in the neighborhood to walk or bike to and from Rancho Cordova Elementary School and throughout the area.

Stay an Hour After Work

Do you want to avoid rush hour traffic and cross off some items off of your "To Do" list? We've come up with a  list of things to do to inspire you to stay in Rancho Cordova for an hour after work. This month we're featuring grocery shopping ideas:

Farmer's Markets

Sunrise Light Rail Station parking lot
Folsom Boulevard and Sunrise Boulevard
8 a.m. - Noon, every Saturday year-round


11260 White Rock Road

KP International Market
10971 Olson Drive 

Smart & Final Extra!
2344 Sunrise Boulevard

Mi Rancho
10154 Coloma Road

Grocery Outlet
2801 Zinfandel Drive 

Do you have ideas of fun ways to stay an hour in Rancho Cordova after work?  Send us your suggestions!  

California Family Fitness Teams Up With Rancho Cordova Elementary

Fourth and Fifth-Grade students at Rancho Cordova Elementary School recently benefitted from a unique partnership between California Family Fitness (CFF) and the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, in which students received personal training on active living and healthy habits.
CFF's certified personal trainers coached students in weekly training sessions throughout the fall, culminating in an awards ceremony earlier in November.

Business Outlook & Economic Forecast 2017

Join the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce at the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova, 11211 Point East Drive, from 8 - 10 a.m. on Friday, January 27th. This is a must-attend event for business leaders who value well-researched information and insight into the economic development of our community. C onfirmed speakers include Mark Vitner, Managing Director & Senior Economist at Wells Fargo, and Barry Broome, President & CEO of the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council.  The City's Economic Development team will also present and share plans for the future of our community. 

Tickets are $35 and include a full breakfast, the program, and all other related materials. Reserve a table for $300, which  includes six event tickets, a reserved table for your group, and your organization's name included in the pre-program presentation.  Buy Tickets
Events Calendar

Herbs for the New Year - Wednesday, January 4th, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive
Learn the role medicinal plants play in increasing your health and well-being in 2017. This free discussion will introduce a philosophy of herbal medicine, how herbs work, and basic remedies for maintaining and increasing health and happiness. Come with curiosity; leave with recipes and inspiration! Register

Polar Bear Plunge - Saturday, January 7th, 8 - 10 a.m.
Lincoln Village Pool & Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center, 3450 Routier Rd.
Party like it's 32 degrees! Dress up in your wildest costume and take the plunge at Cordova Recreation and Park District's third annual Polar Bear Plunge. Warm up afterwards with hot chocolate, coffee, and pancakes.  Learn More

Making the Most of Membership - Tuesday, January 10, 8 - 9:30 a.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
This event is the perfect opportunity to check out your Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce. What do chambers actually do? What do they offer? How can they help your business? What are the benefits of becoming a Chamber member? Find out all this and more! Register

City Council Meeting - Tuesday, January 17th, 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

Rancho Cordova Luncheon - Friday, January 20th, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
How can art boost a city like Rancho Cordova? Jody Ulich, Convention and Cultural Services Director for the City of Sacramento, is an expert on the topic and brings it all together at this event. Join the Cordova Community Council and Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce as they kick of a new year of fascinating luncheon speakers. 

Bird Walk - Saturday, January 21st, 8 - 10 a.m.
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive
Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around the Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers. The price is $8 and proceeds support the American River Ranch Restoration & Development Fund. Register

Tommy T's Comedy Club Benefit - Saturday, January 21st, 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Tommy T's Comedy Club, 12401 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 400
Laugh for a good cause! Come out for an evening of Guide Dogs and Giggles & White Canes and Whimsy at Tommy T's Comedy Club. 75% of all ticket sales go directly to the California Council of the Blind. Learn More

Sunrise Elementary School Presents "Wizard of Oz" - Wednesday, January 25th and Thursday, January 26th, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Sunrise Elementary School, 11821 Cobble Brook Drive
Don't miss Sunrise Elementary School's annual musical performance in "Wizard of Oz"!

Sacramento Gold Rush Paper Show - Friday, January 27th to Sunday, January 29th
La Quinta Inn, 11131 Folsom Boulevard
The Sacramento Gold Rush Paper Show features a show of stamps, postcards, book and ephemera dealers. Admission is free, so stop by from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, from 10:15 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10:15 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday. Learn More
Save the Date

Don't forget to save these upcoming 2017 dates! Stop by Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, to pick up a FREE City of Rancho Cordova calendar mousepad or a new 2017 event insert for your mousepad. 

January 26: Artist Reception
January 27: Business Outlook & Economic Forecast
February 4: Sacramento Museum Day
March 10: Volunteer Awards
March 16: Aloha! Rancho Cordova
April 13: Artist Reception
April 29: Kids Day in the Park
May 6: Cordova Community Classic Golf Tournament
May 13: iFest International Festival
May 29: Memorial Day Ceremony
June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Moonlight Movies
July 3-4: Rancho Cordova Fourth of July
August 2: Artist Reception
August 4, 11, 18, & 25, September 1: Summer Concert Series
August 17: Rancho Cordova Chamber Business Expo
September 9-10: California Capital Airshow
September 23: Brushes and Brews
September 29: Rancho Cordova Chamber Golf Tournament
October 14: Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame
October 26: Artist Reception
November 2: State of the City
November 11: Veterans Day Ceremony
November 17: Holiday Craft Boutique
November 26: Christmas Tree Lighting
Every Third Friday of the Month: Rancho Cordova Luncheon

Free magnets are also available at Cordova Community Council offices in City Hall. Stop by and pick up one to keep track of all the wonderful events happening in Rancho Cordova in 2017.  Sign up for Cordova Community Council email updates here .
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