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20 interesting facts you likely didn’t know about Citrus Heights

20 interesting facts you likely didn’t know about Citrus Heights

Do you know how many businesses are based in Citrus Heights? How about what year “Citrus Heights” got its name, or why there are roving rabbits around Sylvan Oaks Library?

Answers to those questions and more can be found in the city’s latest list of top 20 facts about Citrus Heights, a list compiled by the city as part of a “top 20” series of lists being released each month in 2017 to celebrate the city’s 20th birthday. All 20 facts are published below, along with additional details added for context:

1. In 1997, Citrus Heights was the first city to incorporate in the state since 1963. (Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova soon followed by incorporating in 2000 and 2003, respectively)

2. In 1910, a real estate developer changed the name from “Sylvan” to “Citrus Heights.”

by · September 8, 2017 · City Hall, Community
View of the fountain outside the new city hall in Citrus Heights. // CH Sentinel

Leadership Citrus Heights: course to offer training for business, civic life

Want to better understand local government and develop more leadership and management skills? The Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce will soon be launching its 2017 Leadership Citrus Heights classes, with a goal of developing local community leaders, activists, visionaries and advocates at all levels.

Past graduates of the program can be found in various positions of leadership throughout the city, including current city council members Steve Miller and Albert Fox, as well as newly appointed planning commissioner Porsche Middleton, who graduated from last year’s program…

Goats grazing behind the Citrus Heights city hall on Aug. 18, 2017. // CH Sentinel

Goats currently clearing acreage behind Citrus Heights city hall

About 140 goats will be grazing in several locations around Citrus Heights over the next few weeks, beginning at the vacant field behind city hall.

In an announcement made earlier this month, Mayor Jeff Slowey said parents are welcome to bring children out to watch the goats graze — although he cautioned that electric fencing will be set up around the grazing perimeter…

by · August 15, 2017 · City Hall, Community
Citrus Heights Mayor Jeff Slowey. // Image credit: Ron Lawrence, Twitter

Citrus Heights mayor gives positive outlook in ‘State of the City’ address

Mayor Jeff Slowey gave the annual “State of the City” address during a luncheon at the Citrus Heights Community Center on Tuesday, highlighting new proposed developments, increases in projected revenue, accomplishments from the past year, and some challenges faced by the city.

Slowey kicked off his 25-minute speech to the group of about a hundred business representatives and city staff, focusing on Citrus Heights’ landmark celebration of 20 years since becoming a city in…

by · August 12, 2017 · Business, City Hall
File photo, road work construction sign.

More paving work to close lanes on Greenback Thursday night, Friday morning

Portions of Greenback Lane between Sunrise and Fair Oaks boulevards will be closed on Thursday night and Friday morning to allow for pavement repairs from winter storm damage, according to an Aug. 8 news release from the City of Citrus Heights.

Lane closures are set to begin at 9 p.m. on Aug. 10 and will continue until 5 a.m. on Friday. Officials said signalized intersections put on flash should be treated as a stop sign and reminded drivers that vehicles should come to a complete stop before entering the intersection.

by · August 10, 2017 · City Hall, Community
File photo, road work construction sign.

Q&A: why isn’t roadwork on Sunrise Blvd done at night?

With the city’s announcement that one lane of Sunrise Boulevard near Sayonara Drive will be closed on weekday’s from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow for drainage improvements, some residents have questioned why the work wasn’t scheduled at night.

While the city has previously announced nighttime closures on Sunrise Boulevard due to paving work in the past, this time the closure is affecting a busy roadway during the day for an extended period of time, through Sept. 15…

by · August 5, 2017 · City Hall, Community
File photo, road work construction sign.

Drain work to close one lane of Sunrise Blvd from Aug. 2 to Sept. 15

The City of Citrus Heights’ General Services Department announced on Thursday that upcoming storm drainage improvement work will result in the closure of one southbound lane of Sunrise Boulevard on a short section of roadway between Sayonara Drive and Arcade Creek.

The project is scheduled to begin Aug. 2 and continue through Sept. 15, with construction work taking place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, according to a news release from the city.

by · July 27, 2017 · City Hall, Community
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