Excerpted from FairOaks-Carmichael Patch
April 11, 2014

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Crime Victims United of California presented Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) with its 2014 Legislator of the Year Award. Crime Victims United presented Cooley with the award for his support on a variety of bills that strengthen public safety efforts and protects victims’ rights.

“I am greatly honored to be presented with this distinction,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “Beginning 30 years ago, I worked on legislation to put together the first county programs statewide to fund child abuse prevention. Today, we still need new and strengthened awareness and efforts to combat this type of abuse and human trafficking. Much of my work locally and as an Assemblyman has been to that end. Additionally, as the new Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care, I will continue my work to protect young victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking.”

Assemblyman Cooley authored Assembly Bill 934 which requires that any agency collecting restitution on behalf of crime victims make a reasonable effort to locate the victim before the agency distributes the money to itself. Governor Brown signed AB 934 into law last Fall.

He also authored Assembly Bill 883 which authorizes counties to create a multi-year plan to address child sexual abuse that emphasizes community collaboration and education, training on identifiable risks and warning signs, local prevention plans and data collection. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are sexually abused before the age of 18. This bill is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Human Services Committee.

“We have made great strides in advocating for important policy changes, and count legislators like Assemblyman Cooley as great allies in our work to protect those who have been victimized,” said Harriet Salarno, President of Crime Victims United of California. “We saw great success in 2013 with the passage of nine bills we supported. We will continue to educate legislators on the impacts violent crimes have on our communities, and support legislation that will help keep people from becoming victims in the future.”

According to recent Justice Department statistics, in 2012, 3,047 violent crimes were reported in Sacramento County. Of those, 1,830 were from aggravated assault, 999 from robbery, 186 from forcible rape, and 32 from murder. During that same time, 6,406 domestic violence-related calls for service were made in the county. 2,722 of them involved a weapon.

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.

Successes

  • Fiscal Prudence
  • My City Hall
  • A Model Government

Ken's conservative financial habits reflect the values of his home life with Sydney, his wife of 36 years, who has served for many years as bookkeeper for Cordova Neighborhood Church.

His habit of care with money was deepened and reinforced by his 18 Year private sector business career as In-House Counsel to State Farm Insurance, one of America’s most successful financial enterprises. The stewardship of Ken’s city with tax dollars makes it a rarity — 8 yrs of balanced budgets, every year a surplus, never yet dipped into our reserves, chosen as an All America City during his second term as Mayor...

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Government works best when it is connected to those it serves.

I believe that, and during my 1st term as Mayor in 2005, I did something to make that idea a part of my city’s history and identity.

While still under construction, I opened our future City Council Chamber to City residents for an event I called ”My City Hall”. City residents – young and old - had one evening to enter the shell of our under construction City Hall...

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International study into effective governance makes City of Rancho Cordova its first stop.

The People’s Republic of China has 10 study missions now underway around the globe to explore how a variety of modern democratic societies manage change through deliberative government institutions. Rancho Cordova was singled out as the first stop for the team that is conducting its survey here in the United States. The clip that folllows was aired on Sacramenmto area television as the local news crews profiled the team from China’s visit to Rancho Cordova City Hall.

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