Read the lips of these 200: They just love their town

Over and over, the Top 40 hit "Good Time" by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen blared through the parking lot at Rancho Cordova City Hall on Sunday afternoon. A cast of more than 200 residents waited on standby, eager for the director's cue to start lip-syncing.

They'd gathered to film a "lip dub" video of "Good Time," which will premiere July 3 as part of Rancho Cordova's 10th anniversary as a city. Lip dubs are an increasingly popular method of creating homespun music videos, which in some cases have become Internet sensations.

Frogs 'have a lot on the line' in annual Capitol jumping contest

Democracy! One of its greatest aspirations is treating elected representatives and the everyday people who elected them equally -- a leveling that, once a year in Sacramento, includes California lawmakers trying to grasp slimy frogs and then dancing around and stomping to encourage said frogs to hop.

Tuesday was the 39th annual Capitol Frog Jump day, a hallowed occasion that honors Mark Twain's well-known story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."

Teen drivers will soon see new driving restrictions along with earlier curfew times

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - California lawmakers moved to make newly licensed 18 and 19-year-olds follow rules that already apply to younger drivers.

Some teens wait to get their license until they are 18 and skip drivers education courses but, Assembly Bill 724 would change that and require new 18 and 19-year-old drivers to complete a 30-hour driver education course and six hours of professional driver training. 

Tighter rules sought for teen drivers

Tighter restrictions could be coming to California's newly licensed 18- and 19-year-old drivers pending a bill making headway in the Legislature.

Assembly Bill 724, authored by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, seeks to provide similar regulations required of drivers under the age of 18.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Assists Small Business

AB 393 makes California more business-friendly

Rancho Cordova- Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 393, a bill focused on helping small businesses, received bi-partisan approval today from the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee. AB 393 requires the “GO-Biz” website to house information on the fees state agencies charge businesses and when they are due throughout the year so that start-ups, as well as small businesses, can budget accordingly throughout the year for the expenses.

“Small businesses are integral to maintaining California’s diverse and vibrant economy,” said Cooley. “Government can act as a facilitator to bring key information to business owners to give them an edge in today’s lean economy.  One way to do this is to provide access to a user-friendly website, where they can easily locate their business fee requirements and fee schedules.”