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Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding Heads to the Senate Floor

Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding Heads to the Senate Floor

Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding

Heads to the Senate Floor

Rancho Cordova – This week, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 924 to re-establish the State Children’s Trust Fund as a donation option on state income tax forms heads to the Senate Floor.  AB 924 will reinstate the State tax form check-off box as a donation option, ensuring that the Fund will continue to support innovative and effective child abuse prevention programs across the state.

Currently, California taxpayers have the opportunity to pledge a portion of their expected tax return to charitable funds when filing their taxes. Each charitable fund’s listed check-off box location on the tax form is tied to a minimum contribution level adjusted annually for inflation. Failure of any tax check-off to meet the minimum contribution level results in that fund being repealed.

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Sergeant Michael Hughes as 2015 Veteran of the Year

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Sergeant Michael Hughes as 2015 Veteran of the Year

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Sergeant Michael Hughes as

2015 Veteran of the Year

STATE CAPITOL – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was pleased to honor United States Air Force Sergeant Michael Hughes at the Annual Veteran Recognition Luncheon in Downtown Sacramento.

“I am proud to honor Sergeant Michael Hughes, not only for his service as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, but also for his work establishing the No Veteran Dies Alone program,” said Cooley.  “Sergeant Hughes has continued  his legacy of service with his heart by assisting terminally-ill veterans reach their end-of-life with someone at their side, and even escorting the deceased along with a U.S. flag to their final resting place,” continued Cooley.

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Science Champions at the State Capitol

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Science Champions at the State Capitol

RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored three teams from two local schools for bringing home national awards at prestigious annual science competitions on Monday June 22nd. Two of the award winning teams are from Mira Loma High School (Arden-Arcade), and the third is from Winston Churchill Middle School (Carmichael).

“What a great honor to recognize the hard work and dedication these students put in to achieve these significant awards,” said Cooley. “Their emergent knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math may lead them to become the professional scientist who resolves some of our most challenging problems, such as a cure for a cancer or an engineering design that can propel us to Mars or beyond,” Cooley continued.  “An extra nod to Mira Loma’s science teacher and coach, James Hill who has lead the high school team to the national competition 17 times, more than any other coach in the United States.”

Vigil for slain Rancho Cordova teen turns to call for action


Family and friends of 17-year-old Joseph Burrola banded together Wednesday night to call for justice.

Dozens came out to pay their respects to the teenager where he took his final breaths in Rancho Cordova.

"He was just an amazing kid. He was full of life," family friend Deeana Baker said.

The 17-year-old was killed over the weekend at a house party. His murder is still unsolved.

Investigators said there was a large crowd that got into a violent fight moments before the shooting. They believe someone saw something, but witnesses are not coming forward.

Teen killed, two others shot in Rancho Cordova party shooting


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One teen was killed and two others are were hospitalized after they were shot at a party in Rancho Cordova Sunday morning.

17-year-old Joseph Burrola died from his wounds and another person had life-threatening injuries, Sacramento County sheriff's spokesperson Lisa Bowman said.

The deadly shooting happened at 2:10 a.m. in the 3600 block of Sarament Court and Burline Street. Bowman said that originally police responded to multiple noise complaints regarding a large party with 100 people at 11:20 p.m. on Saturday.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Named Legislator of the Year

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Named Legislator of the Year

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Named Legislator of the Year by

California Business Properties Association

RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that he has been named the California Business Properties Association’s (CBPA) Legislator of the Year at their association’s annual meeting in Sacramento.

CBPA currently represents over 10,000 members, making it the largest consortium of commercial real estate professionals in California.  Their contributions consist of annual direct spending for development and construction and annual expenditures to operate existing buildings, as well as all the economic activity spurred by salary and wage benefits, retail transactions and commerce, and worker productivity.

Support for Charleston: Local church reacts and challenges others


RANCHO CORDOVA—The shock of the news that nine people were killed during a Charleston church bible study has hit the West Coast.

Thursday night the World Praise International Church held an emergency prayer vigil to show their support.

"We were really hurt by the tragedy there and we felt it was out place to show support for our brothers and sisters there in South Carolina," said Pastor Ron Barnes.

Barnes said his own Rancho Cordova congregation had a bible study the same night as the Charleston shooting and he heard the news when he got home..

"It was just totally frightening because we know that could occur anywhere and none of us are exempt," Barnes added.