Residents can trap cats and bring them in for free sterilization, using a humane trap available for rent from the City.

Citrus Heights Teams Up with Non-Profits to Offer Free Cat Sterilizations

Citrus Heights residents can now neuter or spay feral cats for free, thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities that seeks to address cat overpopulation and nuisance problems throughout the city.

“This grant and the pilot program affords residents who have cats, or are taking care of stray or feral cats, to do so in a way that saves lives and reduces nuisance issues associated with high concentrations of unaltered cats,” said Michelle Parker, program assistant for Citrus Heights Animal Services.

The grant includes $105,950 to cover surgery and rabies vaccination costs for up to 2,200 cats over a two‐year period. Feral cats will have the tip of their ear removed while under anesthesia to visually indicate that they have been sterilized.

The program has been met with success, according to Parker, who said about 200 cats were spayed or neutered in the first four months of the program.

by · May 17, 2014 · Community
DROUGHT: City Residents Reduce Water Use by 16%

DROUGHT: City Residents Reduce Water Use by 16%

Late rains in Citrus Heights have brought little drought relief, with calls for reducing water consumption to continue as the summer heat approaches.

“The current Stage 3 Water Warning and call for 20 percent reduction will likely remain in effect for the remainder of 2014,” said David Kane, assistant general manager for the Citrus Heights Water District.

So far, Kane said local water users have responded to the call for reduction, showing a 16 percent decrease in water consumption between January 1 and April 30 – when compared to the most recent 5-year average.

Kane added that the District’s switch to metered water rates in 2008 was an effective tool in reducing waste, as customers began paying for water based on their actual use, rather than paying a flat rate for unlimited water.

by · May 14, 2014 · Community
An early rendering from 2014 showing the three-story medical office building at Fountain Square Drive and Greenback Lane. // Courtesy of Dignity Health

City Takes Heat from Residents Over Controversial New City Hall Proposal

Controversy erupted at a community meeting this week over a proposal to bring a new 3-story medical office building to the existing Citrus Heights city hall location, and move the hall to Antelope Drive.

In a full room of about 200 people, public comments from the audience were largely critical or skeptical of the proposal, although Board Chairman Evan Jacobs from the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce announced the Chamber had recently taken a unanimous vote in support of the proposal.

The meeting was the sixth in a series of evening sessions designed by the City to inform the community about the proposal and invite feedback from residents — and during the evening’s four separate Q&A times, many residents expressed concern over building size, construction noise, traffic, location choice and cost.

Event Facilitator Wendy Hoyt sought to keep the meeting moderated and on schedule, but audience members shouted accusations of “cutting off” speakers when she tried to close comments while a few hands were still up in the room.

Holding a Citrus Heights city council proclamation in recognition of Building Safety Month, Susan McLendon and Greg Anderson from the building department stand with Mayor Mel Turner (right).

City Kicks Off Building Safety Month

The Citrus Heights building department hosted a Thursday kick-off event in order to raise awareness to Building Safety Month, an international effort which seeks to improve building safety through education during the month of May.

In addition to the city council passing a Building Safety Month proclamation, city officials were at work educating about building safety even before the month-long event began.

An April monthly meeting of the Citrus Heights Neighborhood Area 6 featured a visit from Chief Building Official Greg Anderson who discussed the purpose of Building Safety Month, and explained the “why’s” of building codes.

A sign invites passers-by to participate in a clothing drive for the community garden.

Plant sale exceeds goal for community garden; clothing drive now underway

Organizers said that a weekend organic plant sale exceeded fundraiser projections by over $100, although they hope to raise the attendance level for the event next year.

“Our first annual plant sale was a success, and we were happy with the results,” said Debbie LeVon, a board member for the Sylvan Ranch Community Garden in Citrus Heights. “We are working on lessons learned on how to do better next year.”

by · April 30, 2014 · Community
[VIDEO] Pet-a-Palooza Competition: Small Dog Hesitates Before Big Jump into Pool

[VIDEO] Pet-a-Palooza Competition: Small Dog Hesitates Before Big Jump into Pool

Dogs of all shapes and sizes competed at the Splash Dogs pool jump competition in Citrus Heights, Saturday.
Although most dogs jumped right in after their owners tossed a toy into the pool, the dog in this video eagerly –but hesitantly– perched on the ledge over the water before taking the big leap.

by · April 26, 2014 · Community
Gun Owners to Host Fundraiser in Citrus Heights

Gun Owners to Host Fundraiser in Citrus Heights

A statewide gun rights group has chosen the Citrus Heights Community Center for its April 25 crab feed, citing its growing numbers as a primary reason for the venue.

With an auction, gun raffle, and games planned — and $55 dollars a seat, or $800 for a table — the gun rights group is hoping to raise money to “Get out the vote” this election year, as well as gain some new members.

Boasting nearly 10,000 supporters on Facebook, the organization seeks to distinguish itself with a “no-compromise” approach to its lobbying efforts, drawing support from gun owners who say other groups are not strong enough on 2nd Amendment issues.

by · April 21, 2014 · Community
Pet-a-Palooza event coming to Rusch Park

Pet-a-Palooza event coming to Rusch Park

A pet-friendly “Pet-a-Palooza” event this Saturday is promising “nonstop action for you and your dog,” with obstacle courses, doggy treats, a “splash” area, and a K-9 demonstration by the Citrus Heights Police Department…

by · April 20, 2014 · Community
Attendees taking a closer look during a guided tour of the Ranch's drought-demonstration garden.

“Day on the Ranch” Highlight’s Hidden Nature Preserve, Conservation

A small crowd of community members and city leaders came together for a day of workshops, food, and tours at the newly enhanced Stock Ranch Nature Preserve — a 47-acre park, tucked away behind the Citrus Heights Wal-Mart and Costco.

“It’s a beautiful, pristine, natural preserve, right here in the middle of a city,” said Vice Mayor Sue Frost, who attended the event. “You wouldn’t even know it’s here.”

by · April 12, 2014 · Community
EVENT: “A Day on the Ranch” Free Tour & Workshop

EVENT: “A Day on the Ranch” Free Tour & Workshop

Citrus Heights will be showing off its newly enhanced Stock Ranch Nature Preserve on April 12, with tours, gardening workshops, entertainment, and food. A grant by the California Department of Parks and Recreation in 2011 gave the City an opportunity to create outdoor learning opportunities in the 47-acre preserve. Now complete, upgrades include a native plant demonstration garden, oak woodland […]

by · April 11, 2014 · Community