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Assemblyman Cooley’s AB 2187 Signed by the Governor - Ensures Funding for Child Abuse Prevention

Assemblyman Cooley’s AB 2187 Signed by the Governor - Ensures Funding for Child Abuse Prevention

On Monday, June 30, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) announced that his bill – AB 2187 – was signed by Governor Brown.  AB 2187 clarifies the pathway of the fee collected for copies of a child’s birth certificate, as to the portion of the fee used for child abuse prevention and intervention programs. Previously, the fee collected did not necessarily follow the child into the county in which he or she was going to be raised to fund programs in that county, if the child’s mom gave birth outside of that county and that county had a delivery facility.

“Given the current nature of health care delivery, in which health insurance rules may dictate what delivery facilities are in a patient’s ‘network,’ some patients may not have a choice but to deliver outside the county in which they live. As a result, the birth certificate fee revenue is lost to the county in which they delivered not the county where services may be used,” explains Cooley.

2 construction workers hit by car, driver arrested

A Carmichael woman is accused of driving under the influence when she struck two construction workers on Arden Way Wednesday night.

One of the men had head and internal injuries and the other suffered a broken leg, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Sgt. Troy Rivers said a car traveling about 40 mph entered a marked construction zone on Arden east of Eastern Avenue about 10:45 p.m. The driver, later identified as 35-year-old Shaleen Khan Shiltz, tried to stop but hit the two victims. She is facing felony DUI, the CHP said.

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Vietnam Hero as 2014 Veteran of the Year

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Vietnam Hero as 2014 Veteran of the Year

On Wednesday, June 25, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored Don Harper as the 8th Assembly District’s 2014 Veteran of the Year. Each year, the Assembly Veterans Committee hosts the Veteran of the Year Awards to recognize veterans with distinguished military careers or those who have continued to serve making significant contributions to their communities.

“Following his distinguished service in the Marine Corps, Don became an outstanding community leader who continually serves his fellow Americans,” said Cooley. “His tenacious attitude and drive to serve have helped him succeed in his 20-year career in local government, as the director of Vietnam Veterans of California, and as one of the founding members of the Sacramento Veterans Resource Center.”   

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks

SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento area has seen an average of one serious fire a day in recent weeks. And when fireworks go on sale at noon on Saturday, fire agencies start their busiest week of the fire season.

"We're seeing fires daily," Sacramento Metro Fire spokesperson Michelle Eidam said. "We all know that, so what we want people to hear clearly is, enjoy the fireworks but be really, really smart about them."

Eidam points out that safe and sane fireworks are illegal for anyone under 18 to use.

"Because of the fire danger. There's a million reasons, but that's a hard and fast rule," Eidam said. "Parents will be cited, parents can be cited."

Eidam said safe and sane fireworks should never be modified and or used more than one at a time. Fireworks that are not safe and sane are easily recognized, she said.

2 suspects arrested in baby's abuse death

SACRAMENTO - Fourteen months ago a 2-month-old Sacramento baby died under suspicious circumstances. On Friday, authorities announced they arrested his mother and her boyfriend on suspicion of murder and assault causing bodily injury resulting in death.

An autopsy on the baby boy determined he had been abused, had multiple injuries and his death was a homicide, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. The child was found unresponsive April 8, 2013 at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Edison Avenue. Doctors at a local hospital pronounced him dead.

On Wednesday, law enforcement arrested 24-year-old Davonna Byrd, the baby's mother, and 25-year-old Damian Porter, her boyfriend, in San Francisco where they had moved, for the baby's death. The suspects have been transported to Sacramento County Jail

Cooley Bill to Protect Youth Football Players

Cooley Bill to Protect Youth Football Players

Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 2127 passed out of the State Senate on Thursday, June 19, with a bipartisan vote, and now awaits Governor Brown’s signature.

AB 2127 seeks to reduce brain injuries and concussions among California’s middle and high school football players by limiting “full-contact” practice time and by ensuring student-athletes who have suffered a brain injury do not return to the playing field too soon. Procedures for return-to-play will be developed by the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees competitive high school sports for 1,540 California schools.

Here kitty, kitty … oh, that's a mountain lion

Here kitty, kitty … oh, that's a mountain lion

SACRAMENTO - Law enforcement and animal control were called to East Sacramento after a mountain lion was spotted early Saturday morning.

Sacramento Police Officer Doug Morse said A resident called 911 at 1:35 a.m. to report seeing a mountain lion in the area of 58th and M streets. Then around 3 a.m., another resident called to report seeing the mountain lion near 36th Street and Folsom Boulevard.

A lieutenant responded to the area around 4 p.m. and saw what appeared to be a mountain lion at 36th and R streets, near the light rail tracks, Morse said. The animal jumped over a chain link fence and moved toward Highway 50.

Around 10:21 p.m., an officer located the mountain lion inside the yard of a home in the area of 32nd and X St.

California Department of fish and wildlife officials were called to the scene and sedated the animal without incident.