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Councilman Steve Miller responds to a question at Thursday night's candidate forum, as challenger Bridget Duffy listens.

City council challengers urge change, incumbents say ‘continue’ path

Although mild for the most part, accusations of “backroom deals,” poor decisions and “PR mistakes” highlights some of the controversial remarks made during a second candidate forum for the Citrus Heights city council race, Thursday night.

“I think we’ve done a heck of a job,” said current mayor and candidate Mel Turner, highlighting the opening of Stones Casino, which he says created jobs for 51 Citrus Heights residents. “No, we’re not perfect — yes, we can improve.”

Turner’s current colleagues Jeannie Bruins and Steve Miller likewise focused on their accomplishments while in office and expressed support for continuing in the same direction, while challenger Bridget Duffy criticized the council’s support of a failed 2012 local tax measure to pay for roads and more police.

“What kind of report card you would give your city council that’s in place today?” Challenger Tim Schaefer asked the audience, urging a vote for a “fresh perspective” on the council…

by · October 17, 2014 · City Hall
The five city council candidates seated next to a League of Women Voters moderator at Saturday's forum.

VOTER FORUM: City Candidates Divided on Taxes, New Hall & Prop 47

Updated Oct. 13, 8:44 a.m. —
A Citrus Heights city council candidate forum was broadcast live on Metro 14 television Saturday, revealing significant differences between the five candidates on a variety of local issues, with each candidate also being asked to tell voters who their top two donors were.

Hosted and moderated by the Sacramento League of Women Voters, two media panelists asked a series of eight questions to the candidates, ranging from if-and-why they would support a local tax increase, to whether they support the controversial proposal to move and build a new city hall and allow a medical office building in its place.

by · October 11, 2014 · City Hall
City Council Votes 5-0 to Oppose Prop 47

City Council Votes 5-0 to Oppose Prop 47

Citrus Heights city council leaders unanimously voted Thursday to oppose California’s Proposition 47, following a recommendation by Police Chief Christopher Boyd about the controversial ballot measure which seeks to reduce penalties for certain nonviolent drug and property crimes.

“Obviously we have to support you,” said Citrus Heights Mayor Mel Turner after the chief highlighted concerns about crime increasing and requested the council officially go on record against Prop 47. “This makes a lot of sense.”

Calling Prop 47 “dangerous to our communities,” Chief Boyd told the council the measure would “virtually assure” the release of 10,000 inmates, and would reduce the penalty for stealing guns from a felony to a misdemeanor, as long as the gun is valued under $950…

by · October 10, 2014 · City Hall, 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

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
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
Citrus Heights asks respondents to rank needs in the community.

Final Day for Input on Citrus Heights ‘Community Needs’ Funding Survey

Want to tell the City how you feel? Now’s your chance.

As part of the City of Citrus Heights’ plan to identify, prioritize and address community needs using federal, state and local funds, resident and agency input is being sought through a short survey posted on the City’s website.

With questions addressing funding priorities for sidewalk and street needs, economic development, housing assistance and public service/facility needs, the City’s “10-minute” survey asks respondents to rank needs, ranging from “very low need” to “critical need.”

The survey also has several fill-in-the-blank questions regarding community opinions on common barriers faced in obtaining services, and “critical issues” that affect the provision of local program services. It also asks for feedback on “unmet service needs or gaps in your community,” as well as providing a spot for additional concerns or suggestions.

by · September 23, 2014 · City Hall
Neighborhood ‘Meet & Greet’ BBQ Brings Community Together

Neighborhood ‘Meet & Greet’ BBQ Brings Community Together

A weekend neighborhood association barbecue in Citrus Heights drew about two dozen neighbors together for burgers, brats and a question and answer time with Vice Mayor Sue Frost.

Held at the corner of Twin Oaks and Mariposa Avenue on the Twin Oaks Baptist Church lawn, organizer Doyle Champlain said Saturday’s event was designed as a way for residents to “meet and greet” their neighbors, with guests invited to bring their families — and a side dish.

Blending in amidst a table of residents, the Vice Mayor was invited to share an update with group towards the end of the event, mentioning an upcoming candidate forum on October 16 for the five people running for three seats on the Citrus Heights city council.

by · September 22, 2014 · City Hall, Community
An artistic rendering of a proposed new design for city hall by Capital Partners Development Co.

New City Hall Site Option Draws Support, While Medical Building Criticized

A controversial proposal to relocate city hall picked up community support last night as the City presented a new site option located a block away from the existing hall, but many residents remained staunchly opposed to a related proposal to construct a three-story medical building “monstrosity” in place of the existing hall.

by · September 18, 2014 · Business, City Hall