Scott Jones Re-elected as Sacramento County Sheriff

By Tab Communications  |  2018-06-21

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sheriff Scott Jones has been re-elected Sacramento County Sheriff, finishing with over 51.5% of the vote, easily outdistancing three other candidates by almost 30 points, and finishing over 75,000 votes ahead of his nearest competitor. 

“I’m honored by the support from Sacramento County,” stated Jones. “The campaign is over. Now it is time to get back to work.”

“It sounds cliché, but I really am deeply honored and humbled by the support and encouragement I have received,” said Jones.  “There have been so many people doing so many things - from our extraordinary Deputies making me look good every day; to campaign staff, donors, volunteers and community leaders working hard over the past four months to win this thing early.  It really is humbling.”

“The best campaign strategy ever is having a candidate who is already doing a great job for the office for which they are running,” said Jones’ consultant Tab Berg. 

“Winning in a crowded field is difficult, especially when special interests are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on negative attacks,” said Berg. “But voters overwhelmingly rejected their cynical tactics and partisan message - largely because Scott Jones has done an extraordinary job as Sheriff.” 

Former Sheriff John McGinness concurred, “Scott is one of the best to ever serve as Sacramento Sheriff.  I see it. Leaders throughout the county see it. Voters clearly see it.  Sacramento is better and safer with Scott Jones as Sheriff.”

The Registrar of Voters still has 4,620 ballots to count before the election can be certified, but the other candidates have been mathematically eliminated and Jones will be re-elected to a 3rd term.

Source: Tab Communications

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - California Secretary of State Alex Padilla applauds Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature for including historic investments in new voting systems and election cybersecurity in the 2018-2019 Budget.

“Cyber threats, both foreign and domestic, have become the new norm in our elections,” said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “The California Budget addresses cyber threats by providing $134 million for counties to modernize aging voting equipment and $3 million to create the Office of Elections Cybersecurity and the Office of Enterprise Risk Management. These investments will improve the voter experience, strengthen existing security measures, and improve collaboration and coordination with county elections officials and our partners in the intelligence community.”

The $134 million budget allocation will allow the Secretary of State to support counties’ efforts to upgrade or replace voting equipment including the purchase of ballot on demand technology, electronic poll books, and open source voting systems.

“While the White House remains in denial, our national security apparatus has verified that the Russian attacks on our democracy did not end with the 2016 election,” said Senator Henry Stern. “Cyberattacks and misinformation-based warfare continue today. California voters deserve secure elections and credible information leading into November. That’s why we’re establishing the Office of Elections Cybersecurity immediately. This office will bring California’s full expertise in technology and cybersecurity to bear to protect voters, and go after criminals who attempt to disrupt our democracy with hacking, voter confusion and vote suppression.”

The Enterprise Risk Management Office will coordinate efforts between the Secretary of State and local elections officials to reduce the likelihood and severity of cyber incidents, as well as establish cyber incident response best practices. The Office of Elections Cybersecurity will facilitate information sharing between federal, state, and local agencies on threats to election cybersecurity, risk assessment, and threat mitigation in a manner that is both timely and that protects sensitive information.

The Department of Finance allocated the initial $1 million to create the ERM and the California Legislature approved an additional $2 million to supplement the office's security and outreach efforts related to elections through the Office of Elections Cybersecurity.

“Given the ongoing and increasingly sophisticated threats posed to our elections systems, creating an Office of Elections Cybersecurity is an important step to ensuring that state and county elections officials have the information and the tools necessary to defend our democracy from cyber-attacks,” said Assemblymember Marc Berman. “I’m pleased that the budget passed by the Legislature today includes funding to create this critically important office.”

The legislature’s funding will also support the Secretary of State’s Communications Department to develop immediate information-correction campaigns, better outreach to communities in rural and urban areas, and assist county elections officials and voters with up-to-date information about potential threats.

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The former San Francisco Giants pitcher, motivational speaker, and author will visit Raley Field on June 22

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky will be at Raley Field on Friday, June 22, 2018 for a VIP meet and greet, a ceremonial first pitch, and to sign autographs for fans in attendance.

The River Cats will host a pregame VIP meet and greet with Dravecky which is only available to those who have purchased the 2018 Giant Pack. He will also be available for autographs on the concourse after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

Dave Dravecky played in parts of eight seasons with the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants from 1982-1989. He made his Major League debut with the Padres on June 15, 1982, and was an all-star in 1983. The left-hander was acquired by the San Francisco Giants in 1987 and was 11-7 with a 3.22 ERA in 27 starts for the Giants during his time in the city by the bay. Cancer unfortunately ended his career in 1989 during the Giants run to the World Series. The fan-favorite has had an inspiring post-retirement career as a successful motivational speaker and author.

For more information, please call the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or email

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Cordova Recreation and Park District Wins State Award of Distinction for Outstanding New Facility

By Alyssa Rasmussen, CRPD  |  2018-06-14

(L-R) Patrick Larkin, CRPD District Administrator; Brian Danzl, Board Secretary; Terri Leimbach, Board Member; Rick Sloan, Board Member. Photo courtesy CRPD

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) created a beautiful community park suited to host recreation, education and play. Last month, only a half-year after its opening, Heron Landing Community Park received an award. The California Association of Recreation and Park Districts (CARPD) granted CRPD the 2018 Award of Distinction for Outstanding New Facility.

CRPD’s Heron Landing Community Park opened in mid-December. Its opening was much anticipated by CRPD and community members, especially those who attended community meetings to voice their wants and needs and helped to shape and design critical elements of the park.  

There are many reasons the park is being recognized as outstanding. A strong resource conservation aesthetic is built into its design and is reflected in the selection of the many drought-tolerant and low water-use plants on the grounds. The park’s celebration of nature is made palpable in the shapes and colors selected for its play areas and spray park as well as in its bike path – which travels on to join other trails and ultimately connects with the Folsom Canal and American River Trail. With multiple tennis courts, basketballs hoops, ballfields, walking trails, multi-use open turf fields and a splash park, the park promotes recreation to its fullest. The District also worked closely with the community to include site specific accessible elements so that a variety of experiences can be shared by people of all abilities.

The CARPD award is the second award the park has won since its opening. The Facility Design and Park Planning Award was presented to CRPD in February by the California Park & Recreation Society, District 2.

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Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Nature Area at 2018 California Nonprofit Day Celebration

From the Office of Ken Cooley  |  2018-06-14

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Koobs Nature Area Chairperson Linda Jones and Kiwanis Club President Wayne Lang stand proud as the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area is recognized as the 8th Assembly District’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) – On Wednesday, June 6, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area as the 8th Assembly District’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year.

Each year, the California Legislature hosts the California Nonprofits Day Celebration to recognize nonprofit organizations that make significant contributions to their communities.

“The Koobs Nature Area is a gem of the region, with educational opportunities inlaid in beautiful, native scenery,” said Assemblyman Cooley.  “I am very proud to honor the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area as this year’s Nonprofit of the Year, and to share the fantastic opportunity Sacramentans have to immerse themselves in our local, natural ecosystem.”

The Earl J. Koobs Nature Area’s 4.7 acres of land was purchased by La Sierra High School and Garfield Elementary students in 1971 for environmental education, and dedicated to Earl “Ranger Jack” Koobs in 1973 to honor his inspiration for and dedication to the area.  The Nature Area features hiking trails, three ponds, a bird sanctuary, butterfly gardens, and a self-guided tour with thirty markers.  The Nature Area’s plants are predominantly native to the Sacramento region.  Throughout the year, the Nature Area hosts free public events with educational themes and hands-on activities.  Additionally, the Nature Area dedicated the first-known monument to the Vietnam War in California in 1973, and hosts annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies.  The Nature Area is currently maintained by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael and their partnerships with volunteers from local nonprofit organizations, schools, and park districts, and Boy, Girl, and Brownie Scouts.

“Our club brings meaningful learning and fun to families interacting with nature area, and it is an honor to receive this recognition,” said Wayne Lang, President, Kiwanis Club of Carmichael.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.   For more information, please visit

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Sheriff’s Canine Association Recognized as Non-Profit of the Year

Sergeant Shaun Hampton, Sheriff’s Spokesman  |  2018-06-14

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Canine Association was selected by Senator Ted Gaines as a California Non-Profit of the Year. Photo courtesy Sacramento County Sheriff

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Canine Association was selected by Senator Ted Gaines as a California Non-Profit of the Year and was recently recognized at the State Capital during the third annual California Non-Profits Day.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Canine Association officially became recognized as a non-profit association in 2005.  The association was initially established by members of the Sheriff’s Department Canine Detail who saw a need for financial assistance to aid the retired canines after they had served our community.

These fantastic animals are often asked to do extremely hazardous work and can be credited for saving lives, apprehending criminals who have evaded capture, and also locating missing persons.  Some of them are also trained to locate firearms, explosives, narcotics, and evidence.

Since its inception, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Canine Association has supplemented the training and equipment of our active canine teams and enhanced the safety of our deputies and their canine partners.  The association has also been able to assist with veterinary bills after these dogs retire and fully cover the costs of all burial fees associated with each of our retired canines when they are laid to rest.

We share an incredible partnership with the SSDK9 Association to ensure these canines are taken care of during and after their service to the community.  To learn more about the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Canine Association, please visit their website at

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Xolos de Tijuana Will Face Monarcas Morelia at Raley Field on July 11 at 7:00 p.m.

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Pazzo Sports is proud to bring two of the most successful soccer teams in Mexico to Raley Field in West Sacramento on Wednesday July 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Mexico’s best known “Dog Pound” Xolos de Tijuana will clash for the first time ever in Sacramento with México’s soccer royalty Monarcas Morelia, two of the top teams in the Liga MX this season.

Xolos de Tijuana Manager is Diego Cocca from Argentina, and he will be guiding star players Miller Bolanos, Fernando Arce, Victor Malcorra, Goalkeepers Luis Michel, Gibran Lajud, and the rest of the dynamic starters.

For Manager Roberto Hernandez, Monarcas, Carlos “El Guero” Fierro, Gabriel Achilier, Sebastian Sosa, Carlos Guzman, Angel Sepulveda, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, El Chino Millar, and the rest of the first team will be anxious to face Xolos for the first time ever in California’s capital city.

The Liga MX is the top level of the Mexican Soccer League, and each of the teams that have played at Raley Field in the past have played their hearts out in appreciation of the thousands of soccer fans that have attended the matches.

Tickets to this historic match are on sale now and available at and

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