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California’s economy isn’t just L.A. and Silicon Valley. We need a statewide strategy

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?

50 Years After War, Vietnam Veterans Honored for their Service to our Nation in Sacramento, CA

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.

Oversight needed of Delta Tunnel, High Speed Rail

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.

Should California renovate part of the Capitol – or tear it down?

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 The future of the Capitol annex, an outdated building that houses the offices of most of the 120 lawmakers in Sacramento.

Women's Veterans Event Honors Many Who Served

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG)  |  Story and Photos by Paul Scholl: Dedication to our nation was on display at a recent event held to support women veterans of the United States Armed Services. A very impressive group of women who have served our country came together at the gathering and celebration, hosted by American River Brewing Company.

Best of Carmichael Businesses Honored

Carmichael, CA (MPG)  |  Story and photo illustration by “Best Photographer” Susan Maxwell Skinner:

Twenty-nine businesses were the toast of the town when the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce and Carmichael Times hosted the “Best of Carmichael” awards gala last week. Results were decided by public vote and presentations were made at the Patriot Event facility in Milagro Centre.

Winners received proclamations from Congressman Ami Bera, Senator Jim Nielson, Assemblyman Ken Cooley and Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters.

Prolific 11-year-old Author Named ‘Youth Hero of the Year’ by the American Red Cross

An accomplished 11-year-old Indian American boy from Sacramento, Calif., Akshaj Mehta, who has written five books and countless articles, essays and poems, was honored recently by the American Red Cross as its “Youth Hero of the Year.”

Mehta was recognized at the Red Cross’ 100 Years of Sacramento County Heroes Presentation May 31.

During the event, the youngster — the youngest recipient of an award at the event — was honored by Assemblyman Ken Cooley with a certificate of recognition, as well as from the American Red Cross.

Piedmont Council Scouts go to Sacramento, meet lawmakers

From the East Bay Times:

PIEDMONT — On April 5, 49 youth delegates ranging in age from 8 to 20 from across the state represented the Boy Scouts of America in Sacramento to present the organization’s Report to the State, according to Jo Hazelett of the Piedmont Council.

Small Business Workshop Offers Vital Resources

Carmichael, CA (MPG)  |  Story and Photo by Jacqueline Fox: Although Citrus Heights resident Gary Winter is just a few years from retirement, he’s not planning to leave his career behind when gets there. Instead, he’ll do what he’s been doing for most of the last decade, except he’ll be the boss.

Kiyo Sato Named Woman of the Year at Annual Celebration

Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) joined the California Legislative Women’s Caucus to recognize women from across the state in celebration of Women’s History Month. This year, Assemblyman Cooley honored Kiyo Sato of Sacramento.