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Council chambers in Citrus Heights were packed with a standing-room-only crowd Thursday night for the city's 20th birthday kick-off celebration. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights kicks off city’s 20th birthday with reception, review

Council chambers in Citrus Heights were packed with a standing-room-only crowd Thursday night for the city’s 20th anniversary kick-off celebration.

The evening began with a half-hour reception at city hall, complete with balloons, cake, and refreshments, followed by formal recognition of the city’s milestone anniversary during the regularly scheduled council meeting the same evening…

Citrus Heights residents fill up bags with sand at a station located at city hall. // Courtesy, City of Citrus Heights

2017 Storm Prep: Citrus Heights offers free sandbags at two locations

Citrus Heights residents seeking to prepare for expected storms and flooding this season can grab a shovel and stock up on free sandbag supplies at two locations in the city.

Free sand and bags in the city are available for Citrus Heights residents only, and proof of residency is required before picking up bags from city hall’s main desk, according to the city’s website.

An image from the front page of the Sunday Neighbor section of the Sacramento Bee from 1996, posted on the City of Citrus Heights Twitter page earlier this year.

2017 marks 20 years since Citrus Heights became a city, celebrations planned

January 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Citrus Heights becoming a city, following a decade-long battle with the county beginning in the 80’s that concluded with an election victory in the 90’s when voters approved cityhood by 62 percent.

Plans for an upcoming year-long celebration of the city’s 20th birthday were presented in a staff report earlier this year to the city council. Items presented included a “block party” outside the new city hall, a 5k run, and a proposal for…

by · December 28, 2016 · Community, Local Government
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RT eyes alcohol ads for funding, launches survey for input

Should hard liquor and other alcohol ads be allowed on RT buses?

Sacramento Regional Transit has launched a four-question survey to answer that question, seeking feedback from the public on whether it should begin accepting alcohol ads on buses, trains, and stations.

The short, one-page survey asks questions regarding hard alcohol ads versus just beer and wine ads, as well as questions about the size and locations of ads.

by · December 21, 2016 · Community, Local Government
Retiring Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, left, and outgoing Councilwoman Sue Frost were recognized for their service to Citrus Heights at a Dec. 8 council meeting.

Frost, MacGlashan recognized for years of service to Citrus Heights

Outgoing Citrus Heights Councilwoman Sue Frost and retiring Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan were officially recognized for their service to the City of Citrus Heights last week, with council proclamations delivered by the mayor and a public reception at city hall.

Frost was elected to replace MacGlashan on the five-member board of supervisors in the Nov. 8 election, winning 55 percent of the vote — including every precinct in Citrus Heights. MacGlashan, 64, had announced her…

by · December 17, 2016 · Local Government
File photo, SMUD smart meter.

SMUD publishes list of over 1,700 customers with unclaimed checks

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has published a list of more than 1,000 customers who have unclaimed money in amounts ranging from as little as $15 to more than $1,000. By law, money not claimed by Dec. 23, 2016, will become the property of SMUD.

In a statement accompanying an alphabetized list of customer names and unclaimed dollar amounts on its website, SMUD says “if your name or the name of a family member is on the list we encourage you to follow up before 5 p.m. on Dec. 23, 2016 to claim the money.”

by · November 23, 2016 · Local Government
Resident Larry Wright (left) speaks to Citrus Heights Water District Director Ray Riehle and Assistant General Manager Hilary Straus (right). // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights Water District approves 13% rate hike, despite protests

A double-digit water rate and service charge increase was approved by a 3-0 vote of Citrus Heights Water District directors on Tuesday night, despite receiving 39 letters of protest from customers opposed to the proposal. District officials said the additional revenue to be generated from the 13 percent increase is needed to cover infrastructure projects and compensate for increased wholesale water costs.

Beginning in 2017, customers will be charged 99 cents per water unit, up from 87 cents. Fixed service charges for a typical residential customer with a 1-inch line will also rise to $72, up from the current $64 bi-monthly charge. The District projects the new rates will increase revenue by about $1.5 million next year…

by · November 16, 2016 · Local Government
A Prop 218 notice informing Citrus Heights Water District customers of a proposed rate increase was sent out in September.

Public Hearing: 13% rate increase proposed by Citrus Heights Water District

A public hearing will be held Tuesday night in the Rusch Park Community Center regarding a proposal to raise water rates and service charges by 13 percent — an increase the Citrus Heights Water District says is needed to cover infrastructure improvements and compensate for increased wholesale water costs.

If passed, the proposal would increase usage rates from 87 cents per water unit up to 99 cents per unit, beginning in 2017. Service charges for a typical residential 1-inch line would also rise to $72, up from the current $64 bi-monthly charge…

by · November 15, 2016 · Local Government
Map showing how Citrus Heights voted for president on Nov. 8, 2016. Red indicates strong support for Donald Trump and blue for Hillary Clinton. Lighter colors indicate a slight lead. // Credit: Google, Sacbee.com

Citrus Heights: see how your neighborhood voted in 2016

Election results available as of Nov. 9 show Citrus Heights voters preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in all but five precinct areas, and voters in every precinct gave majority support to Proposition 66, which speeds up the death penalty process in California.

Proposition-specific data comes from results provided by the Sacramento County Department of Voter Registration and Elections and a map generated by…

by · November 13, 2016 · Local Government
Bret Daniels, pictured during a September candidate forum, won election to the city council on Nov. 8.

Bret Daniels’ election to city council called ‘a shocker’ by Citrus Heights leaders

Donald Trump’s victory was not the only surprise in Tuesday’s election. From “surprised” to “shocked,” Citrus Heights city council members and community leaders weighed in with their reaction to candidate Bret Daniels winning election to the council on Tuesday.

Daniels himself said he was surprised at his big win, having been outspent 3-to-1 by several other candidates and also having lost twice before in city council races in 2008 and 2012…

by · November 13, 2016 · Local Government
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