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
Polling place, file photo. // CH Sentinel

Supervisor Frost: cutting Citrus Heights polling locations was a bad idea

On June 6, Sacramento County voted to fundamentally change the way we vote in all of our future elections. Previously, you had the choice to either mail in an absentee ballot, or to go physically vote at one of the 58 Citrus Heights polling locations. Now, the number of Citrus Heights polling locations will be dramatically cut down to likely only 4 or 5 locations. You can physically go in and vote several days before Election Day, but everyone will be mailed an absentee ballot whether you want it or not.

I was the sole vote against this change, so I want to take the opportunity to explain why…

by · June 24, 2017 · Community Voices
Citrus Heights News Briefs: cooling center, blood drive, free state fair tickets, affordable housing

Citrus Heights News Briefs: cooling center, blood drive, free state fair tickets, affordable housing

Latest local news briefs include the city announcing a temporary cooling center inside the Citrus Heights Community Center in anticipation of an expected temperature spike in the area, an upcoming blood drive across from Sunrise Mall offering free California State Fair tickets to donors, and a public hearing set for a proposed changes to allow for more affordable housing in Citrus Heights.

Community Center to serve as cooling center during expected temperature spike
With weather expected to reach 108 degrees in the area, the City of Citrus Heights announced that a cooling center will be opened inside the community center on Fountain Square Drive between noon and 7 p.m. this Sunday through Thursday…

by · June 17, 2017 · Community
Two eyesores in Citrus Heights finally being fixed up after local church buys property

Two eyesores in Citrus Heights finally being fixed up after local church buys property

A pair of vacant homes with boarded up windows, peeling exterior paint, and an overgrown yard. The sight has plagued a heavily-trafficked section of Old Auburn Road near Sylvan Corners for too long, but things are changing since a local church purchased the homes in October of last year.

“We’re fixing things up,” said Angel Nolasco, pastor of a Spanish-speaking Pentecostal church tucked behind the two homes, with access from Auburn Boulevard behind Gilberto’s Tacos. Nolasco said his congregation has about 100 attendees on Sundays and members have been helping fix up the property for the past few months — slowly hacking away overgrown vegetation and recently slapping a new coat of paint on one of the houses…

by · June 17, 2017 · Community, Religion
A temporary sign announces the new location for Ben's Hawaiian Cafe in Citrus Heights. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights News Briefs: DUI arrests, 29 minutes, BBQ chicken, missing man

Latest local news briefs include a Citrus Heights Hawaiian cafe offering a lifetime eating pass for $1,000, a local officer being awarded for making 66 DUI arrests in 2016, an at-risk man with schizophrenia reported missing, and the city council wrapping up its Thursday meeting in record time.

Citrus Heights cafe offering lifetime eating pass for $1,000–
Ben’s Huli Huli Chicken and Hawaiian Cafe on Auburn Boulevard is offering loyal customers a “Food for Life” eating pass — good for one $11 meal six-days-a-week for life, according to a report on KCRA published Saturday. Owner Kit Syn told the TV station he has…

by · June 10, 2017 · Community
Sunrise Boulevard was packed with people Saturday morning for Citrus Heights' 16th annual Red, White & Blue Parade

Citrus Heights’ Red, White & Blue parade set for June 24

The sidewalks along Sunrise Boulevard will once again be lined with parade-watchers as the city’s 2017 Red, White & Blue Parade takes place on June 24.

The Saturday parade is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and will travel along Sunrise Boulevard, starting just north of Madison Avenue and ending near Greenback Lane at the Sunrise Mall. The parade will be followed by a Summer Kick Off event outside Sunrise Mall that will include a classic car show, food trucks, a kids zone and watermelon, pie, and chicken-wing eating contests…

by · June 10, 2017 · Community
Arcade Creek Park Preserve in Citrus Heights, file photo. // CH Sentinel

Love nature? Here’s the top 20 scenic spots to enjoy in Citrus Heights

The City of Citrus Heights unveiled its latest “Top 20” list for the month of June, featuring a community-generated compilation of the top natural scenic spots to enjoy in the city.

Various parks in the city make up roughly half the list, with other popular picks including Calvary Cemetery Vineyard on Verner Avenue and the historic Rusch Home garden on Antelope Road…

by · June 10, 2017 · carousel, Community
Household hazardous waste. Stock photo, Citrus Heights Sentinel

Free hazardous waste drop-off set for June 10 in Citrus Heights

Got some household chemicals or other hazardous waste you think might not be good to put in the trash or down the sink?

On June 10, Citrus Heights residents will have another opportunity to dispose of hazardous items like paint, cleaning supplies, vehicle batteries and fluorescent light bulbs, at a free household hazardous waste drop-off event behind Sunrise Mall.

by · June 7, 2017 · Community
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…

A Memorial Day Ceremony at Sylvan Cemetery began with a solemn march through the graveyard, led by Citrus Heights police motorcycles and CHPD's Honor Guard. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights News Briefs: Memorial Day, bar license revoked, Chipotle fraud

Latest local news briefs include a credit card security breach affecting the Citrus Heights Chipotle restaurant, a local bar losing its alcohol license, and a Memorial Day ceremony held to honor the fallen at Sylvan Cemetery.

KCRA: Inferno Bar and Grill loses alcohol license after investigation, arrests–
In a news report on Friday, KCRA 3 said the Inferno Sports Bar and Grill in Citrus Heights had its alcohol license revoked by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on June 1. The bar, located on the outskirts of the city at 5948 Auburn Blvd., has been closed since 2016 after authorities said undercover ABC agents were able to…

by · June 3, 2017 · Business, Community