Local Candidates Speak Out at Campaign Whistle Stop

By Margaret Snider  |  2018-10-31

Candidates who spoke at Campaign Whistle Stop at Rancho Cordova City Hall are, left to right: Garrett Gatewood, Jaya Badiga, Ed Short, Derald Langwell, Siri Pulipati, David Reid, Inez Reyes, Andrew Grant, Terri Leimbach, and Joshua Hoover. Not in photo, Mayor Linda Budge. Photo by Rick Sloan

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG)  - On October 19 at the Rancho Cordova Luncheon organizers allowed local contenders for public office a strictly monitored two minutes in which to explain themselves and their candidacy. Here are some snippets from the candidates who attended.

CRPD Board of Directors

Terri Leimbach joined the Board in 2014. Her extensive experience in accounting, including 11 years with another park district, taught her fiscal matters and policy-making in recreation and parks systems. In the last four years CRPD has won awards and resolved a long-argued Hagan Park issue. “The pool is going to be rebuilt,” Leimbach said. “It is going to be brand new . . . have two pools; it’s going to have eight competitive lanes.”  

Inez Reyes has served on the Board since 2006. “We had to dig in, do hard work, get our hands dirty . . .,” Reyes said. “After working so, I will tell you we are in the best place that we can be now.”  Reyes has focused on providing recreational services that unite the community and enhance the quality of living.

Siri Pulipati is an electrical engineer and the mother of two boys. She wants her children outdoors enjoying green grass and blue skies, not indoors focused on their devices. Pulipati volunteers with local schools to talk about science, technology, engineering, and math. Why is she running?  “I have the energy, experience, and qualifications to do this job . . . ,” Pulipati said. “So I ask you, why not?  Why not give me a chance?”

FCUSD Board of Education

Jaya Badiga has two children. “My biggest priority is socioemotional learning,” Badiga said, which involves empathy, confidence, and cognitive areas that prepare children to get along with each other. Badiga worked for WEAVE as managing attorney for 4½ years, battling to make women and their children safe. She acted for clients’ continued employment and steady schooling for their kids.

David Reid has three children in the Folsom Cordova educational system. He has 23 years of education policy experience and is currently president of the Folsom Cordova PTA Council. He has been active in FCUSD board meetings since 2015. “Our children really are our future,” Reid said. “We want to ensure the best for our kids, the best education, because for them to succeed is for us to succeed.”

Joshua Hoover has three small children. As policy director for State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, Hoover advises Kiley, vice-chair of the education committee, on education issues. “I’ll share with you my number one priority,” Hoover said, “which is to close the achievement gap between Folsom and Rancho Cordova schools.” He would ensure budgetary resources go where most needed, increase parent participation, and incentivize great teachers to teach in Rancho Cordova.

Ed Short is up for reelection, having served 16 years on the Board. Short talked about some of the many Board accomplishments of which he has been a part. “I bring no baggage to the table of public service, only my sincere desire to serve the best education interests of our children and thereby secure the future of all,” Short said.

U.S. House of Representatives District 7

Andrew Grant. A Republican, Grant is a Marine, and attended the Naval Academy. He worked in intelligence, worked at the Pentagon, Homeland Security, and Department of State. He knows Washington D.C. “There is so much about what is happening in Rancho Cordova that is so important to all of District 7,” Grant said.

Rancho Cordova City Council

Garrett Gatewood has , raised his children in Rancho.  He was able to build and grow a company because of the amazing city Rancho Cordova has become. “If you reelect me I am going to spend most of my time on what Rancho Cordovans were basically telling me as I was door-knocking – a new movie theater.”

Derald Langwell has attended around 90% of City Council meetings for the past five years. He is concerned about, among other things, personal property rights. “I see the City is kind of stepping where they shouldn’t be stepping,” Langwell said. He also would like to see sidewalks put into older residential areas. “We can get the kids out of the streets and onto the sidewalks,” Langwell said.

Linda Budge has been on the City Council since its incorporation. “We are a place that’s known as the place that has more fun than anybody else,” Budge said. “Who all went to the air show?  Who came to the City’s birthday party?  And who came to the Park Districts birthday party?”  It is important for the City Council to listen to what the residents of Rancho Cordova want, Budge said, as they have done when considering uses for Measure H funds.

Candidates not able to appear were Brian Danzl, Senator Jim Nielsen, Philip Kim, Melinda Avey, Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Congressman Ami Bera, and Donald Childs.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - With the election just weeks away, the Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Campaign has released government documents and records showing numerous examples of “epic levels” of waste, fraud and abuse of gas tax funds and other taxpayer resources at Caltrans and local transportation agencies throughout California.

The records and documents were obtained through the California Public Records Act (CPRA) process and cover only materials received back from the CA Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans), local transportation agencies in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, the Bay Area, and Sacramento. Other local government agencies also receive and spend gas tax funds - raising the question of how many more examples of waste of gas tax funds exist.

“These examples of outrageous waste of the gas tax and other taxpayer resources provide the best reason to vote YES on Prop 6 the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of the campaign. “Our existing gas tax funds are being wasted and we demand that these revelations of outrageous expenditures be immediately reformed before we give these people any more of our taxpayer dollars,” noted DeMaio.

“These outrageous examples of waste of our gas tax funds is proof that voters cannot trust California government agencies with even a penny more of their money until efficiency and accountability reforms can clean up these excessive expenditures,” said Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Yes on Prop 6 Gas Tax Repeal Campaign. “Voters can send a strong message by voting YES on Prop 6 to repeal the costly and unfair gas and car tax hikes,” DeMaio concluded.

Facts about this massive hike:

–Voting Yes on Prop 6 will repeal the car and gas tax, and ensures that any future car and gas taxes must be approved by the voters
–On Nov 1, 2017, Californians became subject to an additional tax of 12.5 cents more per gallon (20 cents more for diesel)
–Estimates suggest it will cost an average family of four $779 or more per family, per year
–The tax also hits business owners who rely on transporting goods, raising the cost of everything from apples to bread, and everything in between
–Vehicle license fees (car tax) will increase as much as $175 a year - striking the wallets of hard-working families across the state
–The tax revenue goes into the state’s General Fund, meaning there’s zero guarantee the money will be used to actually fund the transportation “fixes”  they claim will happen
–Nearly 1 million signatures were collected to qualify the measure on the November ballot; just over 550,000 were required

For more information go to GasTaxRepeal.org



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Job demand and hiring trends for the 4th Quarter

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento employers have slowed hiring with shortages of skills and applicants. However, they continue to seek expansion of workforces in the final Quarter of 2018. Down from sixty-six percent (66%) hiring in the previous three months, Pacific Staffing discovered in direct contacts with top regional employer’s fifty-seven percent (57%) will hire in October, November and December. Twenty percent (20%) of all companies report a lack of applicants as a major challenge.

While top regional employers, contacted by phone between August 23rd and September 21, will cut overall marketplace demand, those seeking workers are still motivated by expansion or growth needs in the workforce. Forty-one percent (41%) will hire for growth in the next three months with replacements within existing workforces accounting for thirty-two percent (32%) of employer demand in the Quarter ahead. Six percent (6%) of Sacramento companies also report some increased hiring for seasonal needs thru the next three months. Only one company polled reports plans to reduce workers with layoffs in Fourth Quarter (Q4) due to market slowdowns.

Seasonal shopping is going to be a gamble as Sacramento retailers polled were split 50/50 on hiring or not in October, November and December. Twenty percent of employers surveyed say simply finding applicants is a major challenge in meeting demands in the Sacramento market. Retention is another challenge. Signing bonuses and incentives like additional vacation or Flex time are being offered in the efforts to keep current skilled, experienced workers at the job and attract talent from outside the area.

One trend in employment and management appears to have lost some of the luster enjoyed in the past decade. When asked in the current booming economy with shortages of skills and applicants if ‘outsourcing’ work overseas is IN or OUT, fifty-eight percent (58%) of all Sacramento companies reported no interest in using it. While some regional employers have ‘outsourced’ and others have not, some are unable to and some forbidden to, outsourcing issues cited included ‘challenges’ in cost, management and additional paperwork in compliance with government rules.

Twenty-four (24%) of Sacramento companies report finding some specific success in utilizing out of market and international resources for printing, design, office or management functions and customer service needs. Skills in top demand for Q4 include drivers, sales, tech, warehouse, shipping and manufacturing. Employers also cite needs for specialized skills including escrow/mortgage, accounting/finance and construction trade workers.

For more information, employment blogs and market surveys go to www.pacificstaffing.com.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County 9-1-1 Centers representing all law enforcement and fire agencies in the region are excited to announce Text-to-9-1-1 service is available countywide.  This means all 9-1-1 Public Safety Dispatch Centers are now equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone Text-to-9-1-1 messages from our citizens.  

Individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing members of the community, or those in a situation where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, will have another option to call for help in an emergency, Text-to-9-1-1. The benefits to our citizens are significant, especially in cases when the caller cannot communicate verbally.  Examples include not only the hard of hearing, but also when a crime is in progress, the caller is facing domestic abuse, the caller is injured and cannot speak, or other scenarios. 

In anticipation of providing this service, we wanted to share some information with you.

Even where text-to-9-1-1 is available, if you can make a voice call to 9-1-1, please call instead of texting

Here are some guidelines for how to contact 9-1-1.  If you use a wireless phone or other type of mobile device, make sure to do the following in an emergency:

•              If you can, always contact 9-1-1 by making a voice call, “Call if you can – text if you can’t.”

•              If you are deaf and hard of hearing and Text-to- 9-1-1 is not available, use a TTY or telecommunications relay service, if available.

•              If you text 9-1-1 and text is not available at that time or in your area, you will receive a bounce back message advising “text is not available please make a voice call to 9-1-1.”

•              Location accuracy varies by carrier and should not be relied upon. Be prepared to give your location.

•              Text-to-9-1-1 service will not be available if the wireless carrier cannot ascertain a location of the device sending the message.

•              Text-to-9-1-1 is not available if you are roaming.

•              A text or data plan is required to place a text to 9-1-1.

•              Photos and videos cannot be sent to 9-1-1. They cannot be received at

the 9-1-1 center currently. 

•              Text messages should be sent in plain language and not contain

popular abbreviations (SMH, LOL, ICYMI) or emojis, which will not be


•              Text-to- 9-1-1 cannot be sent to more than one person.  Do not

send your emergency text to anyone other than 9-1-1.

•              Texts must be in English only.  There currently is no language

interpretation for text available.  This is still in development.


This is exciting news for our region and we are looking forward to providing this

service to our community.     

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Californians Who Missed Traditional Deadline another Opportunity to Register to Vote                 

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG)  - There is a new option for Californians who missed the October 22 deadline to register or update their voter registration for the November 6, 2018, General Election. A new option known as conditional voter registration allows eligible citizens to register and vote on the same day, today through Election Day. 

“There is a new opportunity for California citizens who missed the voter registration deadline — conditional voter registration,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “If you missed the regular voter registration deadline you may not be able to vote at your local polling place or by mail, but you still have an opportunity to cast a ballot. Between now and Election Day, you can go to your county election office or a designated satellite location to complete the conditional voter registration process by filing out a voter registration card and a ballot. Once county elections officials complete the regular voter registration verification process, your ballot will be processed and your vote will be counted. This is yet another step we are taking to expand voting rights in California.” 

“If you are unsure of your voter registration status, you can quickly check it at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov,” Padilla added. 

Voters in Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, and San Mateo counties can access conditional voter registration at any Vote Center in their county. These counties are adopting the Voter’s Choice Act. To learn more about the Voter’s Choice Act, visit: http://voterschoice.sos.ca.gov

Source: California Secretary of State 

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Most do not fully understand the influence of the billionaire class on our elections—many times more than Russia or China put together.  Before voting in the midterms it might be wise to assess what billionaire influences you support.

Liberal news outlets, which are all the major networks except Fox News, and some radio talk shows, want followers to know that the Koch brothers, Charles and David, unduly fund Republican Party candidates and causes on the right side of the political spectrum.  Liberal newspapers include almost all big city newspapers and most major national news magazines.  

Conservative news outlets often fail to mention the Koch brothers and speak only of George Soros as the big funder for most liberal outlets.  Neither mentions the other, leaving the impression that only the other is buying elections.  Candidates cross and crisscross America with alms bowls in hand begging the mega-rich to buy them.

First let us consider George Soros.  His money, exceeding $32 billion, is targeted for influence and political power over this nation and the world—all directed to the far left side of the political spectrum and the globalization (code for world government) of the world.  Prominent among his myriad of well-funded socialist organizations are: ACORN, the Tides Foundation, Sojourners, The Quantum Fund, and Media Matters.  Some of these organizations operate in other countries, as for example, The Open Society Institute (spends 425million a year on socialist causes) and Friends of the Earth, designed to build support for an international network of organizations dedicated to the environment.  The Center for American Progress schedules their “experts” for talk show events even developing talking points for them.  The Apollo Alliance played a major role in the development of the Stimulus Bill in 2010.  The American Constitution Society defends far-left interpretations of the Constitution.  And, MoveOn.org organizes action alerts to followers via the Internet.

No other one person, outside deceased David Rockefeller’s Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Trilateral Commission (organizations remaining the most powerful special interest groups in the U.S.), each also promoting the left and world government, has as many organizations as combat ready and as highly financed, as does George Soros.  He hosted fundraisers for President Obama and made numerous visits to the White House.  There is reason to believe that Soros greatly influenced the Obama presidency on: The Stimulus Bill, Cap and Trade, opposition to the extension of the Bush tax cuts, and banking reform.  

Even now he is believed to be financing the communist/socialist/anarchist Antifa, the hundred or so demonstrations against President Trump the past two years, and the present impeach Trump and Brett Kavanaugh demonstrations.  Most of the “yellers” in the Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings and those pounding and scratching the doors of the Supreme Court to force unlawful entree, just days ago, are believed to be funded by him.  Still, the left side of the political spectrum fails to see this as threatening and dangerous to our republic.

Now for the Koch brothers, Charles and David, who built Koch Industries making it one of the largest privately held corporation in American.  Their semi-annual summits attract the candidates, who discuss policy, and likeminded donors.  “Freedom Partners is the central hub for the Koch-backed network that includes groups like the activist-recruiting Americans for Prosperity, the millennial-targeting Generation Opportunity and the Hispanic-wooing Libre Initiative. Taken together, the Koch-endorsed groups make up a political machine that raises and spends more money than any other republican outlet.

Democrats accuse Koch-backed groups of airing tens of millions of dollars in negative ads against incumbent Democratic lawmakers in the past and of helping the Republicans win a majority in the Senate.  They also accuse them of funding the Tea Party movement—a charge without foundation.  As far as we can document the Koch brothers have not funded demonstrations, street violence resulting in property damage, or confrontation with police and followers do not wear face coverings to hide their identities, like Antifa.

Obviously funding candidates and founding organizations pushing ideology is the game of some billionaires on both sides.  The candidate with the most money and publicity usually wins and the rich, by their funding, select contenders long before the people vote.  Some may argue, since both sides are doing the same thing that it is, in this respect, fair.  But both parties project the image that only the other party invites billionaire influence.

This columnist, however, is unable to find the right side of the political spectrum, funding a single riot, or “yeller” dragged out of a committee hearing for disruptive behavior, or mob activity in the streets blocking traffic or damaging automobiles, or driving out of restaurants conservatives (even Senator Cruz) dining with their spouses, or cornering senators in elevators threatening them if they do not change their vote , or attempting to force entree into the Supreme Court.  None!!  So although billionaire candidates and organizations dominate both political parties there remains quit a difference.

So the question is, what billionaire buys your vote?  One problem, however, is that since the media personnel haven’t themselves, as a group, voted less than 80% for a Democrat in the White House for the last 50 years, most Americans only hear about the Koch brothers as buying elections.

Dr. Harold Pease is a syndicated columnist and an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and applying that knowledge to current events. He taught history and political science from this perspective for over 30 years at Taft College.  Newspapers have permission to publish this column. To read more of his weekly articles, please visit www.LibertyUnderFire.org.



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Locals Experience the Barrel District

Story and photos by Shaunna Boy  |  2018-10-31

Stephanie and Ken Miller won the giveaway at J.J. PFister Distilling Company. (Left to right) PFister co-owner Gail Keck, Rancho Cordova City Council member Donald Terry, Stephanie Miller, J.J. PFister co-owner Kevin Keck, and Ken Miller.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, with sponsorship support from the City of Rancho Cordova, hosted the inaugural Barrel District Experience on October 6, 2018. The fundraising event gave ticketholders access to private parties at the nine businesses in Rancho Cordova’s Barrel District: Gold River Distillery, J.J. PFister Distilling Company, Thin Line Brewing Company, ol’ Republic Brewery, Old Hangtown Beer Works, Fort Rock Brewing, Claimstake Brewing, Burning Barrel Brewing Company, and Strad Meadery.

Sheryl Smith, owner of Smith Real Estate Services, Inc. (a local small business in Rancho Cordova) and Chamber of Commerce board member, originated the idea of the Barrel District Experience and chaired the event. The Chamber of Commerce partnered with eight local businesses that donated food for the Barrel District Experience: Pocket Deli, Go 4 Pizza, Mod Pizza, Petali, Chick-fil-A, KP International Market, Parkwest Casino Cordova, and Yarbrough’s Catering.

Rancho Cordova locals Stephanie and Ken Miller visited J.J. PFister Distilling Company as their fourth stop in the Experience. The Millers had never been to the distillery before the event and, Stephanie said “it has a great showroom, a great ambiance.” Stephanie was the winner of J.J. PFister’s Experience giveaway: two tickets to a Sac Republic game and a bottle of gin.

Gail Keck, co-owner of J.J. PFister Distilling Company, said the Barrel District Experience “is a great program for Rancho Cordova to be doing, it’s very proactive and is a very positive image for the District.” The distillery offered samples of gin and vodka cocktails, and Keck said her favorite was the gin cocktail, which surprised her because she is not typically a gin drinker: “It hits your tongue with a taste of juniper, and then bursts into your mouth with other flavors.”  

While enjoying a beer at ol’ Republic Brewery, David Sawyer was impressed with the Experience and suggested that highlighting the Barrel District will likely bring more money into the city: “The future of Rancho Cordova is brighter today than it has been since Mather closed. Forward thinking individuals have created an event that has room to grow.”

Strad Meadery officially opened for business just 18 hours before the start of the event, and many attendees had been eagerly anticipating their opportunity to taste the sweet honey wine. Dana Dresner said, “It’s been my favorite stop out of all of them…I’ve been waiting forever for it to open.”

Dan Slort quipped that he is the “owner and dishwasher” of Strad Meadery. He first started in a location on 16th Street in Sacramento, but when he wanted to expand they just wouldn’t work with him to find suitable space in a timely manner. He talked with City Halls in a few different surrounding areas, but he said Rancho Cordova went out of its way to make it as easy as possible for him to get the space he needed. “Rancho Cordova City Hall has been awesome,” he said.

Each batch of mead is unique because it’s made from local Sacramento wildflower honey. “If you have allergies, drink two cups of mead every day for a year. And then after a year, you won’t have a job… I mean, allergies,” Slort joked.

Tony Drexel’s visit to Strad Meadery was long awaited and much anticipated; he had been calling for weeks to find out when the tasting room would be open. Drexel summed up his Barrel District Experience: “It’s been a fantastic adventure; very well organized and well executed.”

The inaugural Barrel District Experience was an extremely successful fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce and highlighted many local Rancho Cordova businesses. Kate and Mark Reuter enjoyed the Experience so much that they’re already planning to purchase pre-sale tickets for next year’s event as soon as they go on sale.

Shaun Bailey said, “It’s been a fantastic journey. Let’s experience it again with a time machine!”

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All Aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express

Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd  |  2018-10-31

The Pumpkin Patch Express pulls into the station, and riders retrieve their pumpkins.

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - At Sacramento Valley Live Steamers Railroad Museum (SVLSRM), a fully functioning railroad and steam engines are available for anyone to ride and enjoy. The main line is over 6,300 ft. and winds through trees, past water features, and over wooden trestles in a corner of Hagan Community Park in Rancho Cordova. The SVLSRM runs an annual Santa Train in December, but just started running a Pumpkin Patch Express train last year. The second year of this fundraising event was a great success, with many in attendance and long lines waiting for their turn to board the trains on October 6 and 7.

Andy Berchielli, SVLSRM president, said, “We had over 1,200 riders this weekend—a little more than 600 each day. During our normal run days we have about 200 riders. So these special events are always a big success for us. Our normal run schedule is the first weekend of the month from March to September with special events being the 4th of July, Pumpkin Train, and Santa Train.”

SVLSRM is a non-profit organization completely run by volunteers. “We all have different abilities that make the club what it is today.  From the machinist to the landscapers to those with a construction background and those that take care of us (feed us), we are one big family that enjoy sharing our hobby with those interested in trains and making this little piece of Rancho Cordova the best that it can be,” said Berchielli.

Stephanie Huntingdale, one of SVLSRM’s many volunteers, said, “We’re a 501(c)(3), so every donation goes back into the museum to repair tracks and engines…It’s really a labor of love.” They ran three trains for this year’s Pumpkin Patch Express, but Huntingdale said they wished they had four because so many people came out for the event and the wait times were longer than expected. Two of the trains are owned by the museum and one was brought in by a member of SVLSRM.

David Garner of Carmichael brought two-year old Charlie and four-year-old Jillian to the Pumpkin Patch Express. “Charlie is really into trains, so we wanted to do this to celebrate Halloween.”

“We’re having a great time here with the kids,” said Doug Foster, who came all the way from San Francisco to bring his kids to the event.

The mission of SVLSRM is to preserve the history, traditions, and lore of American steam railroading and nurture a love of trains in future generations. For more information, visit www.svlsrm.org.

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SOFIA Pilots Present to Standing Room Only Crowd

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2018-10-31

“You can learn if you put in the effort,” said Ruth, adding that NASA is a team.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) – A standing-room only crowd of adults, college students, teens, and children gathered Saturday, September 29, at the Aerospace Museum of California, a Smithsonian affiliate, to hear Liz Ruth and Ace Beall talk about what they say is the coolest job in the air – piloting SOFIA, the largest flying observatory in the world. SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is a modified Boeing 747SP that once belonged to Pan Am World Airlines, was sold to United Airlines in 1986, then sold to NASA in 1997. The plane is stationed at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California, not far from where Ruth grew up.

                She is currently the only female pilot to fly the SOFIA as an active observatory. After a career that included serving in the Air Force piloting the T-38 jet trainer and T-43 flying classroom; as flight officer for United on B737-300, B757, B767, and B777 aircraft; raising a family; and serving as a legislative assistant, she returned to the pilot’s seat in 2016 when she joined NASA. She earned her Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embrey-Riddle Aeronautical University’s McClellan campus and was stationed at Mather Air Force Base.

                SOFIA flies just over 500 mph with a range of nearly 7500 miles. Flight and mission crews are joined by scientists, observers, or educators. Although up to 30 people can be accommodated, that is rare they said. SOFIA’s lineage dates to 1968 when a Learjet was fit with a one foot diameter telescope, replaced in 1975 by a modified Lockheed C-141A Starlifter with a 2 ½ foot diameter telescope. SOFIA was put into operation in 2010, boasts an 8 ½ foot diameter telescope, and flew its first mission in 2011.

                Beall, who didn’t let a technology glitch that interrupted the slide show keep him from discussing SOFIA’s telescope specifications, flew as a space shuttle carrier pilot during much of his thirty five year NASA career. His first ferry flight was in 1984, and the former Air Force T-38 instructor found himself, through a bit of luck of being in the right place at the time, working for NASA and as a pilot flying the T-38 again. Although he retired from NASA in 2005, he kept flying and flew SOFIA until last year when age restrictions took him out of the pilot’s seat.

                Although Beall never flew with Ruth, they both discussed various missions which change nightly. A typical mission, Ruth said, might take her up to Canada and back, then to Mexico and back, then to the East Coast and back. SOFIA crisscrosses the air for the duration of the ten or so hours that crew and scientists are in the air.

                “The flight patterns drove air traffic controllers crazy,” she said, showing a map of North America with what might have passed for a toddler’s scribbles or a Jackson Pollock painting.

                Missions, which begin at sunset and end before sunrise, are driven by the scientists on board. Two or three scientists with specific and different projects each need to be at specific locations at specific times. It is the pilot’s job to make sure that the flight takes off at exactly the right time and arrives at each location at exactly the right time. That isn’t as easy as it might seem. The 2015 Pluto Occultation was an example, as Beall explained, adding that it was sort of like an eclipse

                “The trick was to be in the right place at the right time,” he said. “SOFIA was the only one to get to the center of the occultation.”

                The plane typically flies above the Earth’s water vapor line because the telescope needs to be in dry conditions and permits scientists to study the hidden aspects of space, to learn about the birth and death of stars, and to figure out how it all works, they said. SOFIA uses over 200,000 gallons of fuel per flight and weighs more than one half ton at takeoff. Ruth and Beall responded to many audience questions who wanted to know how SOFIA could be improved, what the pilots eat during the mission, why they wear those uniforms, whether safety belts were used, and how to get on one of the flights as a teacher. “You have to apply,” Ruth said.

                “You can learn if you put in the effort,” said Ruth, adding that NASA is a team effort with jobs in many fields – accountants, public affairs, photographers, mechanics, and is not just for astronauts or pilots.

                Beall suggested finding something you love to do, do a good job, don’t make enemies, and admit when you’ve messed up.

                The lecture, on the heels of the museum’s first teacher night, is one of eight events at the Aerospace Museum between now and Christmas, said Tom Jones, the museum’s director, which include a three day tribute to veterans, a visit by Mad Science, movies, and its newest exhibit, “Our Solar System: An Interactive Journey Exhibit.”

                For additional information on Aerospace Museum of California, visit: https://aerospaceca.org. For additional information on SOFIA, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/SOFIA/index.html.

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For the Glory Days

Story by Trina L. Drotar, Photos by Rick Sloan  |  2018-10-31

Athletes, teams, and coaches have been honored in football, baseball, softball, tennis, track and field, swimming, cross country, golf, running, basketball, boxing, rugby, soccer, and mixed martial arts.

4th Annual Sports Hall of Fame Inducts Eight Women

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) – The 4th annual Sports Hall of Fame inducted eight female athletes this year, the largest number yet, 46 years after the ground-breaking Title IX. Good Day Sacramento’s Ken Rudolph, Cordova High School alumni and self-proclaimed “Lancer for life,” returned as the sold-out event’s emcee.

                Shelly Blanchard, Cordova Community Council’s executive director, said that the event was “a true homerun, with more than 250 attendees and plenty of Cordova Lancer love.” It was, she added, a mix of awards event and Cordova sports reunion.

                Athletes, teams, and coaches have been honored in football, baseball, softball, tennis, track and field, swimming, cross country, golf, running, basketball, boxing, rugby, soccer, and mixed martial arts. Nominations come from the public and are reviewed by a panel of sports experts for recognition in three categories – athlete, coach, and heart of a champion.

                It’s the “Heart of a Champion” category that sets this hall of fame apart. This category, wrote Blanchard, recognizes and honors Rancho Cordova athletes like 2016 inductee Eppie Johnson, founder of Eppie’s Great Race which ended a 45 year tradition in January, “people who made huge contributions to local sports in other ways.”     

                John McFann, one of three inductees in this category, played baseball and basketball at Cordova High School but chose the Air Force over professional sports. McFann attained rank of three-star general, received numerous medals including Humanitarian Service and Distinguished Service medals.

                Thelma King, the lone woman in this category, coached soccer teams for Cordova High School and other groups beginning in the 1970s. First introduced to soccer while at Mather Air Force base, she passed her love and passion for the sport to numerous young women, including three generations in her family.

                One of the younger athletes is Angie Matheu, who was honored as “one of the most successful female swimmers to emerge from Cordova High.” She set records in butterfly, freestyle, backstroke, and relays, and she received the 2002 Athlete of the Year while at American River College.

                Hub Morphew is one of two coaches inducted this year. He spent nearly four decades coaching at Cordova High School and American River College. He had signed a professional baseball contract with the Orioles but decided basketball was more to his liking. He was inducted into the LaSalle Club Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame in 2014 and is currently enjoying retirement as is Dave Andreotti whose accomplishments include founding the Dusters youth track club and Cordova Rugby Club.

                This year’s athletes have competed in volleyball, softball, football, soccer, golf, basketball, track, pole vault, swimming, and baseball. The single baseball athlete is the 1984 Cordova High School baseball team. That year, the team was ranked as fourth best nationwide and first in California with a record of 35-5-1. Several team athletes went on to pursue professional sports careers.

                Basketball, football, and soccer were represented by the male inductees. David Crouse began as a Little League pitcher but soon found himself, because of his 6’10” height, playing basketball. He played professional basketball internationally for twelve years in numerous countries. Jeff Allen earned numerous awards, and played professionally for Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers, making a game-changing interception in a critical game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

                The eight women inductees include Kelly Crawford who played on Cordova High School’s golf team in 1981 and 1982 as the only female golfer and who made a name for herself in the world of golf. Ugo Eke, St. John Vianney School, and Bryson Stately, Cordova High School, share Olympic dreams. Eke set numerous records in track and hopes to represent Sierra Leone in the 2020 Olympics. Stately’s record includes a #2 nationwide ranking in pole vault, high school All-American in 2005, and she retains the record she set in the San Joaquin Section pole vault. She hopes to represent the U.S. in the 2020 Olympics.

                There was no particular effort by the Rancho Cordova Athletic Association or the jurors to select the women inductees, wrote Blanchard, saying that “the stars did align that way.”

                Since 1972 women in sports have gained more opportunities for development and in professional sports, which is where many of the hall of famers end up, she added, and the past quarter century has seen more accomplished female athletes in sports.

                “It’s a sign of the times that they are finding their way into the Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame and other sports hall of fame recognition programs around the country.”

                For additional information, visit: https://rcathletics.org/.

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