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Assemblyman Ken Cooley Appointed as Chair of Select Committee on Foster Care

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Appointed as Chair of Select Committee on Foster Care

On Tuesday, March 11, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was appointed Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Foster Care. In this role, Cooley will lead his colleagues in developing policy addressing the ever-changing needs of kids in California’s foster care system.

 

“California’s foster care system is not as effective as it can be, often placing burdens on families and relatives trying to help children without homes. These policies can also restrict access to key resources children need to help them succeed,” said Cooley. “I am honored to accept this appointment as Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care, and am eager to work with colleagues and stakeholders to improve our system.”

 

Assemblyman Cooley Honors District Attorney Scully with 2014 Woman of the Year Award

Assemblyman Cooley Honors District Attorney Scully with 2014 Woman of the Year Award

On Monday, March 10, 2014, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) awarded Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully with the California State Assembly’s 2014 Woman of the Year Award. Earlier this year, Assemblyman Cooley nominated Scully for the award for her work as Sacramento’s chief criminal prosecutor and as a principal victim rights advocate in the region.

“20 years ago, in her first year as Sacramento County District Attorney, Jan was selected as “Woman of the Year” by the late Assemblywoman Barbara Alby. It is a great privilege to honor Jan as Woman of the Year on the Floor of the Assembly again as she closes out two decades of outstanding service to the people of Sacramento,” said Cooley.

3 stabbed in Arden-Arcade fight


SACRAMENTO - One of three men stabbed in the Arden-Arcade area Wednesday night died on Thursday.

Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said deputies responded the incident on the 2300 block of Wyda Way at 6:30 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies determined a 41-year-old man, a 29-year-old man and a juvenile male had been stabbed.

Information gathered from witnesses indicated a group of suspected gang members targeted the juvenile and followed him to a home on Wyda Way where they instigated a fight and stabbed him, Bowman said. Two uninvolved men who came to the aid of the juvenile were also stabbed.

The suspects fled the scene and were not identified.

Early Thursday morning, the 41-year-old man died from his injuries sustained during the incident. His identification was withheld pending notification of family, Bowman said.

USA Swimming Has Named Brian Nabeta from Arden Hills to National Diversity Select Camp Coaching Team

USA Swimming Has Named Brian Nabeta from Arden Hills to National Diversity Select Camp Coaching Team

USA Swimming has named Brian Nabeta, USA Swim Team Head Coach & Director of Aquatics for Arden Hills, as an Assistant Coach for the prestigious National Diversity Select Camp that takes place May 1-4, 2014, in Colorado Springs. At the camp, talented athletes from underrepresented populations will participate in a special, multi-day program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. The purpose of the National Diversity Select Camp is to instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming.  

USA Swimming Has Selected Kailee Nabeta from Arden Hills to Attend National Diversity Select Camp

USA Swimming Has Selected Kailee Nabeta from Arden Hills to Attend National Diversity Select Camp

Arden Hills’ swimmer Kailee Nabeta, age 14, has been selected to attend the prestigious USA Swimming National Diversity Select Camp that takes place May 1-4, 2014, in Colorado Springs.  Out of several hundred applicants this year, 36 young athletes were chosen based on performance times at USA Swimming sanctioned events.  Talented athletes from underrepresented populations will participate in a special, multi-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. The purpose of the National Diversity Select Camp is to instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming.  

Assemblyman Ken Cooley to Host Free Tax Preparation Assistance Workshop

Assemblyman Ken Cooley to Host Free Tax Preparation Assistance Workshop

On Saturday, February 15, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) will be hosting a free tax preparation assistance workshop for people in the Citrus Heights area. Starting at 11:00 AM, the workshop will give local tax filers an opportunity to sit down with licensed accountants, talk about their tax liabilities, determine what tax deductions and credits they may be eligible for, and prepare to file their state and federal taxes.

“Each year, thousands of families forego important tax credits and deductions they are eligible for because they have never been given an opportunity to sit down with a tax professional,” said Assemblyman Ken Cooley. “With the help of volunteer accountants, people in Citrus Heights will be able to talk one-on-one with these professionals and hopefully save a few thousand dollars on their taxes.”

Assembly Passes Cooley’s Legislation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Assembly Passes Cooley’s Legislation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

On Wednesday, January 29, the Assembly passed on a bipartisan 76-0 vote, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s legislation to prevent child sexual abuse. Assembly Bill 883 (AB 883) helps protect California’s children by creating a pilot program in up to three counties to specifically address child sexual abuse prevention. 

Although the state aggressively prosecutes child sexual predators and requires mandated reporting for suspected abuse, there is a lack of focus on preventing the abuse before it occurs.

“Childhood sexual abuse is devastating to the victims and the victims’ family,” said Cooley. “Often, children who are sexually abused have physical and mental health issues long into their adult lives. By putting resources at the local level into community collaboration and prevention, we have the chance to make a difference in the lives of California’s children before they become victims to sexual abuse.”