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Monday, June 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The Joint Committee on Rules today approved a landmark overhaul of the Legislature’s policies on sexual harassment with an aim of transforming the workplace culture in California. The comprehensive policy revision attempts to promote a workplace culture of respect, civility and diversity, using a range of tools.

“This Joint Senate and Assembly hearing to update our policies and processes on sexual harassment and other misconduct is notable in the history of California as incontestably a historic, bicameral and bipartisan undertaking to support the work of the People’s House in a way that upholds the values we hold dear,” said Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Chair of the Joint Committee on Rules.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael’s oldest school has begun its 101st year. Carmichael Elementary (Sutter Avenue) opened its doors for Centenary celebrations last week. An estimated 600 past and present students -- and many former teachers -- attended family-style festivities.

The formal program included a performance of the school song. Borrowing melody from the US Army’s “Caisson Song,” the school’s previous Principal, Brandei Smith, authored its lyrics. The “Cougar Song,” declares:

“We are bright, we don’t fight -- we will always choose the right -- as the Cougars go rolling along (Rah! Rah!)…”

Oldest reunion participant was Jack Pefley, 94, a WW II veteran who trudged to school from his family’s Palm Drive farm during the 1920s. He and siblings began three generations of his clan to attend the institution. Youngest centenary attendees included 2018 kindergarten pupils.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his AB 2596 successfully passed the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee. 

AB 2596 requires the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to lead the preparation of the California Economic Strategic Plan, outlining economic goals for the state, identifying impediments to those goals, and evaluating the effectiveness of the state’s current economic development programs.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

We all feel California is in the driver’s seat. The Golden State has the keys to the most innovative economy in the world, yet we are constantly managing economic crises in housing, poverty, homelessness, and infrastructure.

Why are we faced with these ongoing, systemic issues when we are the world leader in innovation and fuel the strongest economic engine in the country?

California should independently, regularly and cohesively measure its economic behaviors and build a comprehensive statewide economic development plan, as well as create an opportunity for constructive dialogue on the unique needs and features of our state.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

March 31, 2018 - Vietnam-era veterans were honored on Thursday afternoon during a noon-time ceremony at the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, California Department of Veterans Affairs, and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500 held a ceremony to recognize Vietnam-era veterans and present them with commemorative lapel pins marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Tucked away in a book in my Capitol office is a letter addressed to Kenneth William Cooley whose return address is stated simply as The White House.  A 4 cent stamp on the envelope shows a Mercury space capsule floating above a luminous Earth with the words “US Man in Space.” Its cancellation mark shows it was mailed on May 4th 1962 in Washington, D.C. I had written President John F. Kennedy at the age of seven, and received that response shortly after I turned eight.

As a child, I was inspired that President Kennedy dreamed big dreams and was bold-minded as an innovator. As an adult, I now know the ensuing US space program reflects his willingness to ask “what might be?”

In my adult life, both as a founder of the City of Rancho Cordova, with 10 years on its City Council and two terms as Mayor, and now as a State Assemblyman, I find another John Kennedy quote relevant almost every day.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO -- Today members of the California Senate and Assembly Rules committees will meet for a hearing in the same room for the first time since 2002.

What special topic prompted the rare appearance of both sides of the Joint Rules Committee? The future of the Capitol annex, an outdated building that houses the offices of most of the 120 lawmakers in Sacramento.

The Capitol annex hasn't been significantly renovated since it was constructed in 1952, despite longstanding gripes that a structure dreamed up in an era of typewriters no longer meets the needs of a modern-day Legislature.