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File photo, red light camera sign. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights to add more red light cameras at intersections, but do they work?

New red light cameras are slated to be installed by the end of July at two intersections along Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights, following a police recommendation and 4-1 approval by the city council earlier this month.

The new cameras will be installed on eastbound Greenback Lane at Parkoaks Drive and northbound Auburn Boulevard at Greenback Lane — both of which are among the top 10 most dangerous intersections in Citrus Heights, according to police.

by · July 23, 2017 · City Hall, Police
File photo, road work construction sign.

Paving to close part of Sunrise Blvd, Greenback Lane on Thursday night

Portions of Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights will be reduced to one lane of traffic to allow for pavement repairs on Thursday night and Friday morning, according to a news release from the city.

Paving work will be conducted on both directions of Sunrise Boulevard from Kingswood Drive to Greenback Lane, as well as on Greenback Lane between Sunrise and Fair Oaks Boulevards. Regina Cave, with the city’s general services division, said drivers should expect single-lane traffic controls between 9 p.m. on Thursday, continuing through 5 a.m. on Friday.

by · July 20, 2017 · City Hall
Newly appointed Citrus Heights Councilman Albert Fox is sworn in by City Clerk Amy Van on Friday, as Vice Mayor Steve Miller and Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins look on. // CH Sentinel

Q&A: How much do Citrus Heights council members actually get paid?

In response to several inquiries from our readers, The Sentinel looked into how much city council members make in Citrus Heights. Here’s what we found:

California Government Code section 36516 puts a default cap on the salary of city council members based on a city’s population. For cities like Citrus Heights with populations of 75,000 to 150,000, the default cap is set at $600 per month, which is what Citrus Heights council members are currently paid in monthly salary, according to Stafani Daniell, the city’s finance director…

by · July 16, 2017 · City Hall
Citrus Heights police reported a drop in fireworks-related calls for service in 2017. // Source: CHPD

2017 CHPD stats show drop in fireworks calls, despite ‘war zone’ on streets

Police said calls for service related to fireworks surrounding the July 4 holiday this year dropped significantly in Citrus Heights compared to 2016 — although many residents, including the mayor, said sounds and sights of illegal fireworks seemed more numerous this year.

“It did seem like there were more this year,” said Mayor Jeff Slowey, following a presentation by Police Commander Daman Christensen during the city council’s July 13 meeting. “But at the end of the day, there was some pretty cool fireworks out there,” he said with a smile…

by · July 15, 2017 · City Hall, Police
File photo, a homeless man pushes a shopping cart along Greenback Lane. // CH Sentinel

CHPD: new survey shows significant drop in homeless-related calls in Citrus Heights

The results of a Citrus Heights Police Department annual survey on homelessness are in: the homeless population has dropped in Citrus Heights and the number of homeless-related calls for service have dropped significantly as well.

During the department’s latest month-long survey, conducted annually in April, police identified a total of 85 homeless individuals in Citrus Heights — compared with 192 individuals identified the prior year, according to a June 22 report to the city council by Commander Gina Anderson…

Bret Daniels, pictured during a September candidate forum, won election to the city council on Nov. 8.

Citrus Heights News Briefs: local politics, attempted murder, campaign announcements

Latest local news briefs include an upcoming July 4 DUI enforcement effort, a Citrus Heights planning commissioner confirming plans to run for school board, Councilman Bret Daniels announcing his latest bid for county sheriff, and the arrest of a man for allegedly attempting to murder his neighbor.

Citrus Heights councilman announces campaign for sheriff–
It may be more than a year out from the 2018 election, but candidates are already busy preparing for a long campaign season. Councilman Bret Daniels officially announced Tuesday that he is running for Sacramento County Sheriff for the…

An aerial map from a city council agenda packet shows where barrier fencing is to be installed on Greenback Lane and Auburn Boulevard.

City pursues barrier fence to reduce pedestrian collisions near Greenback/Auburn

Following three pedestrian-related collisions near the intersection of Greenback Lane and Auburn Boulevard last year, the City of Citrus Heights is moving forward with plans to install barrier fencing to help keep people from running across the street.

Police Lt. David Gutierrez told The Sentinel a total of nine pedestrians have been hit within 500 feet of the intersection in the past 10 years, with three of those occurring in 2016. He said police are also aware that pedestrians frequently run across the intersection outside of crosswalks, although “thankfully they haven’t been hit.”

by · June 24, 2017 · City Hall, Community
Citrus Heights is seeking to ease regulations on garage conversions and accessory dwelling units, following the passage of a new state law. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights working to increase affordable housing by easing building regs

In an effort to increase affordable housing in the city and comply with a new state law, the City of Citrus Heights has been taking steps to ease regulations on garage conversions and secondary dwelling units.

Last month, Citrus Heights planning commissioners unanimously voted to recommend a new set of draft regulations that revise existing code to reduce parking requirements for accessory dwelling units and make it easier for proposed garage conversions to meet replacement parking requirements. The draft regulations are slated to be heard by the city council later this month, with a final vote in July…

by · June 10, 2017 · City Hall
Thousands of residents and community members showed up to celebrate Citrus Heights' 20th birthday during a June 3 block party at Van Maren Park. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights celebrates 20 years of cityhood with massive block party, music

Thousands of residents, community members, vendors and dignitaries packed Van Maren Park and a closed-off section of Stock Ranch Road near city hall on Saturday for a block party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Citrus Heights becoming a city.

A classic car show took up a section of Stock Ranch Road, followed by a long line of vendor booths and a beer garden set up in Van Maren Park — along with a live music stage that featured performances by the Boys of Summer Eagles Tribute Band and 1970’s pop-rock band Pablo Cruise. Food trucks and a…

Newly appointed Citrus Heights Councilman Albert Fox is sworn in by City Clerk Amy Van on Friday, as Vice Mayor Steve Miller and Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins look on. // CH Sentinel

Albert Fox appointed to fill vacant seat on Citrus Heights city council

In 2005, Citrus Heights resident Albert Fox applied to fill a vacancy on the city council, but didn’t get appointed. More than a decade later, he applied again and was appointed on Friday to fill the vacancy left by Councilman Mel Turner, who passed away last month.

The 71-year-old has become a familiar face to city government since moving to Citrus Heights 16 years ago, serving on the city’s planning commission since 2011. Now retired, Fox formerly served in state law enforcement and also served on the committee responsible for recommending Citrus Heights form its own police department…