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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.”

Assemblyman Cooley Highlights Governor Brown’s Fiscal Responsibility

Assemblyman Cooley Highlights Governor Brown’s Fiscal Responsibility

On Wednesday, January 22, following Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014 State of the State Address, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) commended Governor Brown’s fiscal responsibility in using our State’s budget surplus to pay down debt and allocate significant portions toward the Rainy Day Fund.

“I am very happy in the fiscal responsibility Governor Brown has shown in using our budget surplus to relieve our State’s debt while focusing funding towards build up programs that will do a better job to uplift our local communities and neighborhoods.”

“During my service as a councilmember and Mayor for the City of Rancho Cordova, my colleagues and I faced many financial constraints. During those times, we kept our focus on programs that made fiscal sense and made our city a great place to live. We kept our City’s debt low, focused on funding our most important projects first, and made the right choices for the long-term health of our community.”

Local malls welcome Thanksgiving Day shoppers

SACRAMENTO - Tens of thousands of shoppers packed malls up and down the Valley to take advantage of Black Friday sales.

Malls reported strong showings from bargain hunters. Arden Fair Mall had 61,000 shoppers pass through its doors between 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and 3 p.m. Friday. Mall representatives expected to welcome enough shoppers in the final seven hours of the day to beat last year's turnout of 80,000 on Black Friday.

"There were 7,000 people in the first hour," Arden Fair Director of Security Steve Reed said.

Westfield Galleria at Roseville officials said there had been a "steady stream" of shoppers after the initial rush on Thanksgiving. They did not expect to be crunching visitor numbers until Sunday evening.

Stockton's Weberstown Mall also reported "thousands" of shoppers into the overnight hours Friday morning, and general manager Tom Cleveland said 32 of his mall's stores opened at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Seven Arden Hills Swim Athletes Recently Signed Letters of Intent to Prestigious Colleges

Seven Arden Hills Swim Athletes Recently Signed Letters of Intent to Prestigious Colleges

Seven high school seniors -- all of whom are talented swimmers who train at Arden Hills -- recently gathered at the wellness resort where, surrounded by supportive friends and families, they made their final decisions and signed letters of intent to accept college scholarships for 2014.

The Arden Hills swim athletes who recently signed letters of intent include the following:
- Maddison Johnson, St. Francis High School -- Texas Christian University
- Alexis Martinez, St. Francis High School -- Seattle University
- Brittany Oxley, Vista Del Lago High School -- University of South Carolina
- Savannah Sellers, Home Schooled -- University of California, Davis
- Matt Spallas, Pleasant Grove High School -- Texas Christian University
- Jake Struckmeyer, Del Campo High School -- University of the Pacific
- Taylor Yamahata, Rio Americano High School -- Dartmouth College

 

Assembly Insurance Committee Holds Oversight Hearing in Wake of EDD System Failure

Assembly Insurance Committee Holds Oversight Hearing in Wake of EDD System Failure

On Wednesday, Assemblyman Ken Cooley participated in the Assembly Insurance Committee oversight hearing on the disrupted deployment of the California Employment Development Department’s new unemployment insurance system and delays to benefit disbursement. During the hearing, the Committee listened to EDD clients who have not received unemployment insurance benefits since the deployment of the new system in early September.

“This has been a calamity for the 148,000 people who are at a dire time in their lives and need this help,” said Assemblyman Ken Cooley. “To have this happen is a colossal problem. We need to find out what went wrong and what we can learn from it.”

17 Apps That Will Help You Get More Done

17 Apps That Will Help You Get More Done

What’s your all-time favorite app for getting more done?

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

1. Fancy Hands

I’m a huge fan of Fancy Hands. It helps me get more done by focusing on the stuff that I can’t ask someone else to do. They handle anything that can be done over the Internet, from scheduling meetings to doing specific research. It has made me much more productive with my time.