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Rancho Cordova man receives notice from city to water lawn


A homeowner's quest to conserve water could be landing him in hot water with the City of Rancho Cordova.

At least, that's what Yoro Shcherbanyuk thought when he received a notice in the mail Wednesday stating that he needs to water his lawn more.

"I was kind of surprised," Shcherbanyuk said. "I was kind of mad."

Shcherbanyuk said he's been doing his part and only watering once, maybe twice, a week to conserve water because of the drought. But the notice he received stated a number of residents have complained about the appearance of his property. It also indicated Shcherbanyuk could face a number of fines for his golden-color lawn.

"It said we have until Sept. 29 to start watering our lawn or we'll get a fine," Shcherbanyuk said. "First, it's $100 and then it's $200."

Fans head to Levi's Stadium on the train

Fans head to Levi's Stadium on the train


With the San Francisco 49ers' first game at their new Levi's Stadium set for Sunday, some in the Central Valley are seeing the Capitol Corridor Amtrak train as the best way to get there, while saving both time and money.

"I cannot wait. I cannot wait. I mean, the first train - I will probably be on it because I want to go to the 49er game. I do not like the drive," said Carrie Croteau, as she stood in line at the Sacramento Amtrak station ticket window.

Several Sunday trains can get you Levi's Stadium in time for 49ers games for $55.50 round trip, that includes a 25 percent discount Amtrak is providing through April 2015. The trip should take about 2 hours and 40 minutes, according to Amtrak.

The trains drop passengers within a short five minute walk of the stadium, eliminating the need to pay for parking.

Noted California zoo director dies while on a trip

Noted California zoo director dies while on a trip


SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say the executive director of a zoo in Northern California has died unexpectedly during a trip overseas.

Mary Healy, the executive director and chief executive officer of the Sacramento Zoo, died Thursday while traveling to the Galapagos Islands.

Zoo spokeswoman Tonja Candelaria said Saturday the 61-year-old Healy had left a port in Ecuador by ship when she suffered a cerebral aneurysm and was declared brain dead.

Candelaria says Healy was headed to the Galapagos Islands on business and vacation to see animals in the wild and their habitats. Healy's husband was traveling with her.

The widely respected Healy, who had been the Sacramento Zoo's director for nearly 15 years, also worked at zoos in Texas and South Carolina and at a Disney animal park in Florida.

Classic cars cruise streets of Sacramento

Classic cars cruise streets of Sacramento


Hundreds of classic cars will be cruising down Sacramento streets Saturday afternoon during this year's California Automobile Museum Car Cruise.

The route starts at Sacramento State University at 4 p.m. as cars drive down Fair Oaks Boulevard and Fulton Avenue.

The event ends with a huge car show between El Camino and Marconi Avenue and will feature a beer garden, food trucks and a music festival.

People can register their classic ride at Sac State starting at 1 p.m. The on-site fee is $50.

You can find all the information about the California Automobile Museum Car Cruise at http://bit.ly/1shkv7P


Email chain shows homeowners pressured city staff to block Sacramento River access

Email chain shows homeowners pressured city staff to block Sacramento River access


SACRAMENTO - Homeowners on two riverfront cul-de-sacs pressured city staff to block public access from their neighborhood to the Sacramento River for at least five years before the residents erected fences on their own.

That information is contained in scores of email exchanges dating back a decade provided by the city of Sacramento in response to a Public Records Act request from News10.


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Teacher responds to story about educator compensation


Responding to a recent News10 story regarding "double-dipping" and high teacher salaries, a Rancho Cordova educator wanted to share a teacher's perspective.

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"Our salaries were going down, and the cost of benefits were going up," high school English teacher Tony Ruiz said.

Ruiz has been teaching high school English for 12 years.

"I trust people as professionals, and sometimes I just wish teachers got the same respect," Ruiz said.

Police need help finding hit-and-run suspect vehicle

Police need help finding hit-and-run suspect vehicle


Sacramento police need the public's help finding a suspect vehicle in an injury hit-and-run case.

A bicyclist, a woman in her 40s, was going south on the 6800 block of 24th Street around 4 a.m. on Sunday, July 15 when she was hit by a SUV. Police said she suffered serious injuries.

Through the investigation, detectives believe the SUV to be a 1996-2001 Ford Explorer or a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer. Police said it is a dark colored SUV and would have damage to the right front headlight area, with possible damage to the right front hood area.