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Cooper To Hold Assembly Campaign Kick-Off Event This Saturday

Cooper To Hold Assembly Campaign Kick-Off  Event This Saturday

February 20, 2014 |
Although his intentions to run for the California State Assembly have been known for over one year, Elk Grove Vice Mayor Jim Cooper will formally kick-off his campaign this Saturday morning in Elk Grove.
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First Elk Grove Straw Vote Results in Lopsided Outcome

First Elk Grove Straw Vote Results in Lopsided Outcome

With the voting closed as of 12 noon today, Elk Grove News' first straw poll of 2014 resulted in a lopsided outcome. This first vote was for the Elk Grove City Council District 4 seat.
With a total of 202 votes cast, Steve Ly was overwhelming selected by 176 voters, Nancy Chaires received 17 and Charles Shanks got one vote. There were also four votes each for none of the above and some other unnamed candidate.
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Assembly Passes Cooley’s Legislation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Assembly Passes Cooley’s Legislation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

On Wednesday, January 29, the Assembly passed on a bipartisan 76-0 vote, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s legislation to prevent child sexual abuse. Assembly Bill 883 (AB 883) helps protect California’s children by creating a pilot program in up to three counties to specifically address child sexual abuse prevention. 

Although the state aggressively prosecutes child sexual predators and requires mandated reporting for suspected abuse, there is a lack of focus on preventing the abuse before it occurs.

“Childhood sexual abuse is devastating to the victims and the victims’ family,” said Cooley. “Often, children who are sexually abused have physical and mental health issues long into their adult lives. By putting resources at the local level into community collaboration and prevention, we have the chance to make a difference in the lives of California’s children before they become victims to sexual abuse.”

Elk Grove's Assembly Member Pan Noted in Common Cause Report On Gifts

Elk Grove's Assembly Member Pan Noted in Common Cause Report On Gifts

In a report issued by the non-partisan public interest group Common Cause, Elk Grove's representative in the California Assembly received mention on an annual review of gifts received by elected officials in 2012.

Dr. Richard Pan, who represents the state's 9th Assembly District was noted on page 16 saying "Assembly Member Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) who chairs the powerful Health Committee received free Sacramento Kings tickets worth $300 from pharmaceutical giant Envision Rx; meals from the heavy hitting medical associations like the California Medical Association, California Dental Association, and the California Healthcare Foundation."... Read More

Congressional Candidates Raising Money

Money figures are in for Elk Grove Congressman, Ami Bera, and the three Republican Congressional candidates hoping to replace him in next year’s election…..According to disclosure statements filed with the Federal Election Commission Bera raised more than $462,000 dollars in the July, August, and September quarter giving him a fundraising total of more than $1 million for the year…..As for the three Republican hopefuls in the 7th Congressional District former Congressman, Doug Ose, raised $247,000 in the quarter------Igor Birman raised $162,000-----and Elizabeth Emken raised $63,000….. Do the math and you come up with just a little less than a million dollars for the four and it shows just how expensive it is to run for political office.

Elk Grove City Council Approves $164 Million Balanced Budget

Elk Grove City Council Approves $164 Million Balanced Budget

Elk Grove, CA – The Elk Grove City Council unanimously approved a $164 million budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, with a substantial general fund reserve of $14.9 million.

The spending plan approved at Wednesday’s City Council meeting maintains the current level of service to the residents of Elk Grove and includes a focused effort on public safety and economic development. 

 “The City of Elk Grove’s balanced budget represents the City’s commitment to fiduciary responsibility and prudent strategic planning,” said Mayor Gary Davis.  “We have weathered a very difficult storm, while remaining laser-focused on our fundamental priorities.  Our fiscal prudence has paid off, and has resulted in a healthy, balanced budget that allows us to provide top-notch service to the community.”