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‘Bait Vehicle’ Signs Raise Questions from Residents

Ever wonder what’s going on with the large “bait vehicle” signs around Citrus Heights?

If so, you’re not alone, as questions about the signs have been brought up by residents at several community meetings in the past few months.

To find out the story behind the signs, The Sentinel checked in with Officer Wesley Herman of the Citrus Heights Police Department who said the signs are part of the Department’s auto-theft prevention efforts.

Explaining that “bait vehicles” look just like any other vehicle on the street, Officer Herman said the only difference is that they’re equipped with a hidden GPS tracking device and strategically placed in areas where police have observed high theft or crime trends, with the hope that criminals “bite.”

by · October 8, 2014 · Police
Signs for candidates in the Citrus Heights city council race are seen outside Walmart on Auburn Boulevard.

Local Elections: Two Upcoming Forums for City Council Race

Want to know more about who’s running for Citrus Heights city council this year?

With candidate forums set for October 11 and October 16, voters in Citrus Heights will soon have a chance to learn more about the five candidates running for three city council seats in the November 4 election…

by · October 6, 2014 · City Hall
Main entrance // Courtesy,Capital Partners Development Co.

GALLERY: Artistic Images of Proposed New City Hall

These preliminary artistic renderings of a proposed new Citrus Heights city hall were presented to the city council by Rod Johnson from by Capital Partners Development Co. during their September 25 meeting. The council voted 4-0 to select the new “Stock Property” site next to the Post Office as the preferred location for a new hall, directing staff to move forward with plans for a full Environmental Impact Report on the proposed project.

by · October 3, 2014 · City Hall
HD Supply is set to open in Citrus Heights on October 15 in the old Circuit City building on Greenback Lane.

HD Supply, Stein Mart Open this Month in Citrus Heights

October marks the opening of two large businesses in Citrus Heights, with Stein Mart opening its doors for the first time today in the Marketplace at Birdcage, and HD Supply scheduled to open the 15th on Greenback Lane near Sunrise Boulevard.

Stein Mart’s new location across from Sunrise Mall takes up the 34,000 square feet building once home to Linen ‘N Things, and is one of three new Stein Mart stores scheduled to open this fall in California, according to a news release.

As part of its 2014 expansion, the nationwide discount retailer says it identified the Citrus Heights location as a “key growth market” to bring its selection of clothing, home decor and other accessories.

by · October 2, 2014 · Business

WORKSHOP: City Seeks Community Input to Assess Needs, Direct Funds

If you’re looking for an opportunity to provide input on how taxpayer dollars should be spent in Citrus Heights, the City has a workshop for you this Wednesday night.

“We would like you to attend a Community Needs Workshop to provide your perception of critical needs in the community,” reads a statement on the City’s website, notifying the public of the Wednesday meeting.

The workshop is a step in the City’s process of developing a five-year plan to direct federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds it has received annually for the past 14 years. Funds have previously gone toward projects and services like free meals for senior citizens, homeless services, housing repair loans and grants, playground equipment, sidewalk installation and street lighting.

The new Plan will cover the years 2015 through 2019 and will identify the City’s priorities for allocating the funds to community needs. Community feedback will help the City assess community needs and develop a strategy to meet those needs.

by · September 30, 2014 · City Hall
Organic Community Garden to Host Harvest Festival Dinner

Organic Community Garden to Host Harvest Festival Dinner

The Sylvan Ranch Community Garden in Citrus Heights has planned its 6th annual harvest festival this Saturday, with an all-you-can-eat dinner fundraiser, raffle prizes and a silent auction.

Inviting the community to see what the garden has accomplished and to learn of future projects and how to get involved, the spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be held at Rusch Park on October 4, complimented by garden salads, rolls, beverages and desserts. Funds generated from the dinner will go to support the garden, with an at-the-door requested donation of $15 for adults and $5 for kids under 11 years old.

The community garden began in 2009, and is made up of a group of “civic-minded gardeners” who are dedicated to teaching, using sustainable organic growing methods and fostering a community spirit. Thanks to the help of many volunteers, the group has turned a once-empty lot at the corner of Sylvan and Stock Ranch Road into a productive 1.85-acre organic growing area, complete with decomposed granite walkways and raised beds for wheelchair access — distinguishing it as almost fully ADA compliant.

by · September 29, 2014 · Community
Council Votes 4-0 to Select New ‘Preferred’ City Hall Site

Council Votes 4-0 to Select New ‘Preferred’ City Hall Site

Updated Sept. 26, 2:23 p.m.
Opposition to a proposal to build a new city hall noticeably dwindled Thursday night, as Citrus Heights council members voted unanimously in favor of designating a newly proposed 10-acre property next to the Post Office as the “preferred site” for a possible relocation of city hall – although a final decision to move can’t be made until next year.

Thursday’s decision directs City staff to go ahead with a required Environmental Impact Report as part of assessing the new “Stock Property” site, shifting attention away from considering a site on Antelope Road. The council had previously voted on April 10 to designate a parcel near Auburn and Antelope Road as the “preferred site” for the relocation proposal, but faced heated opposition from residents who felt the site was too far removed from other civic center buildings like the community center and police department.

by · September 25, 2014 · City Hall
23 police officers piled into a small coned-off square in the weekend's final "Last Man Standing" event.

Citrus Heights Police Win 6 Awards in Statewide Motorcycle Competition

A weekend police motorcycle rodeo and Traffic Safety Fair drew about 2,000 people to the northern parking lot of Sunrise Mall, raising over $2600 for charity and leaving the Citrus Heights Police Department with six awards for performance of several competing officers.

With 23 officers enlisting in the competition from around the state, Officer Kristopher Frey took home the most awards from the Citrus Heights Police Department (CHPD), earning first and second place in several competitions.

Navigating his thousand-pound Harley Davidson Road King through a maze of obstacles and tight corners, Frey took first place in the Harley class “Slow Speed Challenge Course” – a course described by officers as “extremely challenging,” and one that some contestants couldn’t complete. Frey also took home third place in the same course on his BMW and second place in the “Solo Officer Speed Course” on his Harley.

by · September 25, 2014 · Community
Signs nearby Sylvan Middle School in Citrus Heights advocates for rebuilding the school, rather than moving or repairing it.

Parents Pack Out Sylvan Middle School Forum

A Wednesday-night community forum to discuss the future of Sylvan Middle School drew a room full of concerned parents and residents, wanting to make their voice heard regarding proposals to move or rebuild the school.

The meeting was the latest step taken by the San Juan Unified School District to find a solution to address the 76-year-old school’s aging facilities. Following an overall “D-” grade from a DLR Group facility assessment commissioned by the San Juan Unified School District in 2013, consideration of closing the school was discussed, and a community brainstorming meeting was held on April 23, with five ideas being currently floated as potential solutions.

Ideas include fixing Sylvan Middle School, rebuilding it, moving it to new facilities at Mesa Verde High School, or moving it to the campus of either Carriage Drive Elementary or Citrus Heights Elementary. A detailed description of each idea can be viewed at the District’s website.

Cost estimates for the five proposed solutions run as high as $44 million to rebuild the school, while a move to either of the elementary schools would run about $17 million, according to District officials.

by · September 25, 2014 · Schools
A sign posted near Sylvan Middle School invites residents to the community forum on Wednesday night.

Wednesday: Sylvan Middle School Community Forum

A community forum to discuss options for addressing aging facilities at Sylvan Middle School in Citrus Heights will be hosted by the San Juan Unified School District at 6:30 p.m Wednesday.

by · September 24, 2014 · Schools