Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SACRAMENTO--Sacramento's annual Grape Escape event brings wine, beer and food lovers together every June for the last 15 years - except one.

"The Grape Escape has been in Sacramento for 15 years and last year it got canceled because of old prohibitionary laws, the tied-house laws," Assemblymember Jim Cooper said.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Assemblyman Jim Cooper, along with the Galt District Chamber of Commerce, hosted a California Competes Tax Credit Workshop on Thursday, Sept. 17. Assemblyman Cooper is raising awareness for programs which assist local businesses as they expand. The California Competes Tax Credit provides state income tax credits for businesses, large and small, that are expanding their workforce.

The sizable group of business owners in attendance were shown in detail the various parameters and availability of the tax credit and how it may apply to their business. The effort of the program is to encourage and support the expansion of the labor force, particularly in economically distressed areas of the state.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

For more than a decade, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has been effective in investigating and prosecuting sexual predators who target children through the use of the Internet and social media. Law enforcement has successfully used social media to investigate sexual predators while protecting the privacy rights of consumers.

As a former law enforcement officer with 30 years of experience and as the commander of the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force for three years, I have worked tirelessly to protect our children from sexual exploitation.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A late-arriving bill has California lawmakers revisiting the issue of mandating background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers.

Assembly member Jim Cooper introduced legislation this month that would force potential drivers to undergo fingerprints and fine the companies up to $50,000 for hiring drivers convicted of serious crimes. Cooper, an Elk Grove Democrat, said he was spurred to write a bill after district attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles charged Uber last month with employing drivers convicted of murder, sexual assault and other crimes.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Victims now have better access to resources

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Sexual assault victims now have a better guarantee to get the help they need through the Sexual Assault Resource Team.

"I don't think it's necessarily gonna make them feel safer," said assemblyman Jim Cooper of Elk Grove. "When it happens, you've got a team that's put together that's worked together and that will respond and deal with it."

Thursday, March 26, 2015

State Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) said he introduced changes to law enforcement’s DNA collection policy to “fix an unintended consequence” of Proposition 47 that California voters approved last November.

Prop. 47 changed certain “non-serious” drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, resulting in reduced sentences and fewer inmates in jail.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In a ceremony Monday, Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, honored Elk Grove Unified School District Board Member Bobbie Singh-Allen as the 9th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year.

“She is an active and diligent leader in our community, dedicated to improving the lives of families,” Cooper said in a news release.