It's Time to Celebrate (and plant more trees!)

The City of Rancho Cordova, along with the Sacramento Tree Foundation and SMUD have teamed up to increase Rancho Cordova's tree canopy by planting one tree a day in the City. With a goal of 365 trees each fiscal year, we are excited and proud to announce that we have exceeded that goal by planting a total of 436 trees in Rancho Cordova during the 2017/2018 Fiscal Year! 

This milestone was achieved by offering free trees and planting services to residents, community parks, and local businesses through a grant from the City's Community Enhancement Fund. If you are interested in receiving free trees from the City and learning more about the program, go here

Community Enhancement Fund

Community Enhancement Fund Oversight Board Appointed
Residents were recently sworn in as official board members of the Community Enhancement Fund Oversight Board, a board dedicated to overseeing the revenue and accomplishments of the City's voter-approved Community Enhancement Fund. Board members will ensure that grantees are in compliance and provide feedback to staff among other responsibilities. 

Programs and Projects Approved for the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year
On Monday, June 4, 2018, the City of Rancho Cordova approved more than 50 community grants from the Community Enhancement Fund for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. Along with supporting various programs and projects that enhance our community, the Community Enhancement Fund provides an additional $1.3 million monies towards public safety and $952,000 towards public works projects and enhancements. 

A list of approved projects and programs can be found  here

Business News

Building Rancho Cordova One Barrel at a Time
Recently, Rancho Cordova's growing Barrel District was profiled and featured in CraftBeer.com. The article details the various breweries, distilleries, and meaderies in Rancho Cordova in the City's effort to create an authentic craft experience in the region. You can read the article in full here

Greater Sacramento Economic Council Competitiveness Forum
Recently, small business owners, experts, and elected officials got together at City Hall to discuss the region's Prosperity Plan, the impact of regional industry partnerships, and the importance of consolidating community efforts around a single economic development strategy. 

Now Open 
The Mimosa House Restaurant, which serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner is officially open and located in Capital Village at 3155 Zinfandel Drive. We also had a new addition to the City's growing Barrel District with Ol' Republic Brewery opening at 11151 Trade Center Drive. 

Public Works for You

Douglas Road Construction Update 
Douglas Road construction began on June 4 to improve the road from Rancho Cordova Parkway to Grant Line Road. Due to large trenches required to install underground utilities, the road will be closed between Americanos Boulevard and Grand Line Road for several months during construction. Detours will be in place with signs directing you where to go. 

Stone Creek Trail Pedestrian Signals Project 
The City completed construction on the Stone Creek Trail Pedestrian Signals Project, which included two new bike and pedestrian traffic signals where the existing Stone Creek Trail intersects Zinfandel Drive and Prospect Park Drive in the Stone Creek Neighborhood. 

The City wants to hear from you!
The City of Rancho Cordova is seeking funding for three projects to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists throughout our community. The projects include new bicycle striping and signage north of Folsom Boulevard, new safety improvements for six elementary schools, and bicycle safety education and programs. 

You're invited to provide feedback on these projects to help the City receive state or federal funding for these projects. The event is on June 20 from 4 - 6 PM at City Hall (2729 Prospect Park Drive). Learn more

Folsom Lake College Summer Session Registration
 
Registration is currently underway for the Summer 2018 session at Folsom Lake College's Rancho Cordova Center. An extensive selection of general education, university transfer, and personal enrichment courses - offered both on campus and online - are available. 

The summer session runs June 11 through August 9, and offers courses in various lengths, including eight week, six week, and four week-long terms. View courses

For questions, please contact the Folsom Lake College Rancho Cordova Center at (916) 361-6321. 

Mosquitos and West Nile in Sacramento: How to Report

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District has confirmed that the first dead bird of the season has tested positive for West Nile virus. The public is encouraged to report dead birds by calling the California Department of Public Health hotline at 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473). Residents can visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net to subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for upcoming mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up, go to Spray Notifications on the website. 

Education News
 
Best High School Ranks
Each year, the  U.S. News and World Report  produces the "U.S. News Best High Schools" rankings, based on the school's state reading and mathematics assessments, graduation rates, and college readiness.
Within Rancho Cordova, students, both of our schools made the list for California schools. The City of Rancho Cordova congratulates George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science for receiving Silver status, and Cordova High School for receiving Bronze  status!

Cordova High Awards Night
Since 2007, the City Semester Program offered by the City of Rancho Cordova has provided an opportunity for a Cordova High School social studies student to experience city government in a hands-on environment. This past semester, the City was very fortunate to hire Esther Oliferchik, an incredibly talented senior from Cordova High School.
Recently, Mayor Linda Budge attended the Cordova High Awards Night to present Esther with a $1,000 scholarship on behalf of the City of Rancho Cordova. 

Upcoming Birthday Events

Celebrate Rancho Cordova's 15th birthday by attending these events!

Friday, June 29, snack vendors open at 7:30 PM, showtime is 8:30 PM: Moonlight Movie Night
Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive
Watch a movie under the stars as you enjoy free popcorn brought to you by the City for our birthday. Free admission. Learn more

Monday, July 2, 6:30 PM: Birthday Celebration at City Council Meeting
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Attend our City Council Meeting for a birthday celebration featuring a pop-up concert, desserts and more. Free admission. Learn more

Tuesday, July 3, 8:15 PM: Fourth of July Community Concert
Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive 
Join us for Rancho Cordova's two-day Fourth of July festival and fun, featuring a special concert with a Bruno Mars Tribute Band. Plus, there will be a special surprise for concert-goers and birthday-themed fireworks! $2 admission to the Fourth of July Festival. Learn more

Wednesday, July 4, parade at 10:00 AM, concert at 8:15 PM: Fourth of July Parade and Community Concert 
Coloma Road from McGregor Drive to Chase Drive 
Kick off your Fourth of July with a patriotic parade that is famous for its hometown flavor. Enjoy floats and performances from local organizations, including the City's birthday-themed float! Later on, join us for a concert with an Elton John Tribute Band. Free admission for the parade. $2 admission to the Fourth of July Festival. 

Library Lunch Program

The Rancho Cordova Library will have their annual Lunch @ the Library this summer to provide children and teens with healthy lunches. The program, which runs from June 12 to August 3, will provide meals from 1:00 - 2:30 PM on Tuesdays through Fridays to youth ages 0-18. There are no qualifications for children to receive the meals. Learn more

Fireworks Safety Tips

The City of Rancho Cordova, Rancho Cordova Police Department, and Sacramento Metro Fire Department encourage residents to be safe when using fireworks this Fourth of July season. All legal fireworks in California are called Safe and Sane Fireworks and have the State Fire Marshal's seal. They may be sold only from noon on June 28, 2018 through 10 PM on July 4, 2018. 

In Rancho Cordova, use of fireworks is allowed between  noon on June 28, 2018 through 10 PM on July 4, 2018. Click here for fireworks safety tips to ensure your July 4th celebration is safe for everyone. 

RCPD will have extra patrol officers working on July 4, 2018. The use of illegal fireworks is prohibited by law, with punishment up to a year in county jail and up to a $1,000 fine. If you suspect the use of illegal fireworks, report incidents to RCPD by dialing 916-362-5115. 

Soil Born Farms - Teen Empowerment & Leadership Program

Six-Week Summer Program with Work Experience
Soil Born Farms is offering twelve young people (ages 15 to 18) the opportunity to participate in a six-week empowerment and leadership program this summer at the American River Ranch. They will select a diverse group of teens who are interested in hands-on work experience, a chance to make new friends, develop leadership and learn important life skills. Fun outdoor group activities will be planned for Fridays. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, our summer interns will help out in the kitchen, on the farm, in the greenhouse and flower gardens and provide support for events and youth programs.  More details

Applications due on or before June 8 , 2018. 
Please download the application and email to akassner@soilborn.org.
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