Articles by: Citrus Heights Sentinel

The City of Citrus Heights will be hosting a September WaterSmart worskhop, in coordination with several water districts and EcoLandcape

DROUGHT: Free ‘WaterSmart’ workshop coming to Citrus Heights

A free water-efficient landscaping workshop will be held at the Citrus Heights Community Center on September 19, designed to help local homeowners and gardeners get “the best yard with the least water.”

According to an event flier, workshop topics will help gardeners and homeowners properly position irrigation to ensure efficient watering, identify the right plants and best placement, and convert or upgrade sprinkler systems. There will also be additional information about tools and tips for irrigation scheduling.

The three-hour Saturday training will be from 9 a.m. to noon and is hosted by the City of Citrus Heights and EcoLandscape, along with three of the water districts serving the city…

by · August 25, 2015 · Community
Citrus Heights This Week: what’s happening in town (Aug.23-29)

Citrus Heights This Week: what’s happening in town (Aug.23-29)

Updated August 24, 5:05 p.m.–
Looking for some local events coming up? Citrus Heights happenings this week include a community Q&A forum with the mayor and Congressman Ami Bera, a kid-friendly safety fair, a city council meeting, and several other events.

TUESDAY, Aug 25– A community forum will be held at 6 p.m. in the Citrus Heights Community Center, hosted by Congressman Ami Bera in conjunction with Citrus Heights Mayor Sue Frost and Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan. Speakers will provide an update on federal, county and city issues, with time allowed for Q&A at the end, according to Mayor Frost.

THURSDAY, Aug. 27– City council members will hold their second council meeting for the month of August at…

by · August 23, 2015 · Community
The City of Citrus Heights is seeking to encourage small, local breweries to set up shop, by dropping use-permit requirements for commercial areas. Uri Tours ( [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Citrus Heights seeks to attract craft breweries; drops permit req

Following the growing popularity of craft beer in the region, the City of Citrus Heights is seeking to attract brew pubs to its commercial areas by amending zoning codes and removing a previously required $5,400 regulatory permit for small breweries.

“Brew pubs are the most popular trend to introduce locally brewed beer to a community,” said Citrus Heights Associate Planner Alison Bermudez in a press release issued by the City this month. “We wanted to encourage new and expanding breweries to make Citrus Heights their home and become part of our vibrant community.”

Now only requiring a simple business license from the City in order to open up shop, a brew pub would previously have had to acquire a “use permit” from the City — a three to five month-long process involving a public hearing, planning commission approval, and an approximate $5,400 permit cost…

by · August 21, 2015 · Business, City Hall
Citrus Heights Police Chief Christopher Boyd highlighted details from a study on body cameras last week.

Citrus Heights police chief: body cameras ‘likely,’ but too early

Body-worn cameras on police officers could likely become a future reality in Citrus Heights, Police Chief Christopher Boyd told somewhat-wary city council members in a presentation last week that summarized pros and cons his department had identified in a council-requested study on the issue.

“I do think this is likely in our future,” the police chief said regarding body cameras, indicating it’s the direction law enforcement is moving toward. “I think there’s a lot of good reasons to have the technology, but I think there’s a lot that needs to evolve in the technology itself.”

Citing general benefits found during his department’s study, Chief Boyd told council members various agencies have reported improved accountability, performance and police behavior after introducing body-worn cameras…

by · August 19, 2015 · City Hall, Police
A head-on collision behind Raley's Tuesday night sent one man to jail and several people to the hospital, police said.

Head-on collision behind Citrus Heights Raley’s ends in arrest

A head-on vehicle collision on a residential side street behind Raley’s Tuesday night sent several people to the hospital and one man to jail on felony DUI and reckless driving charges, according to a police sergeant on scene.

Sgt. Eric Dias said witness reports indicate the truck was driving recklessly and at “heavy speeds” while traveling south on Zenith Drive around 8:15 p.m., with the vehicle colliding head-on with a PT Cruiser after trying to pass another car in the opposite lane of traffic.

Both vehicles sustained significant damage and Dias said the two occupants of the PT Cruiser were transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries, although he did not believe them to be life-threatening. He said the driver of the truck refused medical treatment, but was later sent to the hospital prior to being booked in jail…

by · August 19, 2015 · Police
Citrus Heights police officers investigating on-scene, after a pedestrian was fatally struck on Sunrise Boulevard, Sunday morning.

Pedestrian killed in vehicle collision Sunday; PD closes lanes

Updated Aug. 17, 6:14 p.m.–
Citrus Heights police closed down several lanes at a busy Sunrise Boulevard intersection Sunday morning after a 28-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle while attempting to cross the street.

Traffic Sgt. Dave Gutierrez said the fatal collision occurred around 5:13 a.m. at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Old Auburn Road, with an investigation revealing the pedestrian was hit while crossing in a crosswalk — but during a “don’t walk” signal.

According to a police news release, officers responding to the scene attempted lifesaving efforts on the pedestrian, but the man was determined to have been killed upon impact by Metro Fire personnel on scene.

by · August 17, 2015 · Police
Citrus Heights This Week: what’s happening in town (Aug. 16-22)

Citrus Heights This Week: what’s happening in town (Aug. 16-22)

Although not much is on schedule for earlier in the week, events around Citrus Heights include a police K-9 demonstration, a weekend blood drive at the Sunrise Mall, and a local fundraiser with “the world’s funniest cop.”

THURSDAY, Aug. 20:

Police K-9 Unit Demo: Citrus Heights police will be bringing along their furriest partners for a demonstration and discussion at the monthly meeting of the Birdcage Heights Neighborhood Association. Police will share how police dogs are trained and how they excel in apprehending criminals and narcotics detection. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. inside Skycrest Elementary and is open to the public. (See flier)

THE WEEKEND, Aug. 21-23:

by · August 17, 2015 · Community
McDonald's, stock photo. Courtesy, McDonald's.

New McDonald’s to relocate in Citrus Heights shopping center

The Fair Oaks McDonald’s at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Madison Avenue is currently located just a few feet outside Citrus Heights city limits, but if things go as planned, the fast-food restaurant will soon be relocating across the street to the new Citrus Heights shopping center under development.

McDonald’s spokesperson Natalie Aronson said the decision was made due to the current facility outgrowing its capacity over the past 20 years, and the new location promises to feature a larger, modern design and site plan.” She said the new store will be almost 900 square feet larger than the existing facility.

McDonald’s will join Smart & Final and several other restaurants to make up the new shopping plaza under construction at the old Capital Nursery site on Sunrise Boulevard…

by · August 15, 2015 · Business
Classic cars on display during the 2014 Hot August Bites event at Rusch Park.

‘Hot August Bites’ brings food, car show to Rusch Park

Live music, food trucks, a bounce house and several hundred classic cars are on schedule for the 2nd annual Citrus Heights “Hot August Bites” event this Saturday, with organizers inviting folks to bring the family and a lawn chair out to Rush Park for an evening of fun.

The free four-hour event promises to include over 300 classic cars in a car show presented by Autos for Alzheimer’s, thousands of dollars in raffle prizes, and 101.9 The Wolf and Hot 103.5 on site to keep the music going.

The Saturday event is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. on August 15, with a free night swim offered at Rusch Pool from 4 to 7 p.m., according to an event flier…

by · August 12, 2015 · Community
Citrus Heights This Week: what’s happening in town (Aug. 10-16)

Citrus Heights This Week: what’s happening in town (Aug. 10-16)

Events around Citrus Heights this week include Food Truck Mania, a city council meeting, and the annual Hot August Bites at Rusch Park — which organizers say will feature 300 classic cars in the Auto’s for Alzheimer’s classic car show.

August 11: Known as National Safe Digging Day, Citrus Heights council members passed a resolution in support of the day this year, highlighting the effort to raise awareness to possible dangers of digging and the free services available by calling 8-1-1.

Aug. 12: A swarm of food trucks will once again descend on Rusch Park from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, as part of a new 2015 Food Truck Mania summer event series at the park. Continuing through September, the array of food trucks and live music will be out in the park on the second Wednesday of each month…

by · August 10, 2015 · Community