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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

SACRAMENTO – On Tuesday, October 23, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care held a joint hearing with the Committee on Human Services.

 

Assemblyman Cooley was joined by Assemblymembers of the Committee on Human Services. The Assemblymembers heard from experts in the foster care system and former foster youth who shared their experiences with the system and provided insight on potential changes. 

 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – In a solemn remembrance echoing centuries of firehouse tradition, uniformed firefighters, family members and grateful citizens gathered on Saturday in the heart of California’s capital to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The 16th annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony recognized 37 California firefighters who have died in the line of duty, whether from traumatic injury or job-related illness.

Their names were added to nearly 1,400 fellow fallen firefighters inscribed on the brushed limestone wall of the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento’s Capitol Park.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — If you are viewing on the ABC10 app, tap here for multimedia.

The first light bulb in the California State Capitol was installed in July of 1895. Today, thousands of light bulbs illuminate the historic building, and changing them is a big job.

Inside the historic building, 128 bulbs light up the inner dome. And when one burns out, electrician Eugene Adame is there to change it.

"I've been working at the Capitol for about seven years," said Adame. "Heights don't bother me."

From the floor to ceiling, the bulbs are more than 100 feet off the ground. To get make the change, Adame takes the elevator up four floors, then climbs a maze of stairs to the outer dome balcony.

"The view is pretty good up there," Adame said.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect have experienced unimaginable trauma that will follow them throughout their lives. All these children need specialized care and services to help them heal.

But there is a small subset of California’s 60,000 foster children who require even greater attention and care, whose special needs and intense service requirements often don’t fit into an easy placement solution.

When the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 403 in 2015, the goal was simple: better delivery of services and home-based care for foster children. Not quite two years into implementing the reform, the state and county agencies are working tirelessly to get it right. But examples of high-need, severely traumatized youth continue to rise up.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

RANCHO CORDOVA – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his AB 2083 to help the most traumatized children in foster care find placements passed the Legislature today and will now move to the Governor’s desk.

Monday, August 20, 2018

DRAPER, Utah -- Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett died 800 miles from home, in the mountains of Northern California.

Now, he's remembered as a friend, colleague, mentor, father, and husband on the Wasatch Front, and as a hero in the shadow of California's high Sierras.

"Indivisible," said California State Assemblyman Ken Cooley, when asked what word came to mind as he attended Burchett's funeral in West Valley City, Utah.

"On a day like today we are reminded of that great word in the pledge of allegiance that we never use until we say the pledge, and that's 'indivisible,'" Cooley said.

Cooley, the chair of the Rules Committee in the California State Assembly was on hand representing California Governor Jerry Brown. He delivered a letter and a California Flag from Brown.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Hundreds of people descended on Herald last Saturday, filling the streets, park and nearby property as friends and neighbors gathered to celebrate the annual Herald Day event and celebrate with event honorees Ron and Judy Jacobson. The couple was given mementos of the event by Herald Community Club event organizers, and Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli was on hand to honor the couple as well.

The event began with a festive parade filled with classic cars, antique tractors, floats, horses and a genie in a magic lamp.

The Manly Mower Men were back with more shenanigans. A very “manly” genie popped out of the newly constructed magic lamp, complete with different colored smoke to highlight the event. The Manly Mower Men ended the parade with a lively dance inviting all to come and join them.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Friday, July 20, 2018

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, whose 8th district includes Rancho Murieta, will be the Kiwanis Club's guest speaker at its meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at the Villas clubhouse, on Murieta Parkway. Everyone is welcome. Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2012, Cooley was mayor and served on Rancho Cordova's city council.