Residents from the Greenback Wood Neighborhood Watch group connect with Citrus Heights police officers during National Night Out, Tuesday.

Neighbors, Police Celebrate National Night Out Across Citrus Heights

With ice cream socials, picnics, barbecues and more, 16 different neighborhoods across Citrus Heights participated in the 31st annual National Night Out yesterday, as part of a country-wide effort to prevent crime by connecting neighbors and building local partnerships between the community and police.

Beginning as early as 4 p.m. and continuing well-after dark, residents around the city gathered outside their homes and on quiet neighborhood streets to get to know one another and do their part in preventing crime in their area.

Citrus Heights police officers made an effort to show up at each event around the city, seeing the night as a way to increase trust, build strong communities and reduce crime, according to Officer Anthony Boehle, who was out participating in a small parade in the Greenback Wood area.

“I really do think it helps,” said Greenback Wood Neighborhood Watch Community Coordinator Susan Jenkins, whose group celebrates National Night Out each year with a three-quarter mile joint parade of local police and residents

by · August 6, 2014 · City Hall, Community
Photo by Matthew Bowden.

Citrus Heights Water Use Drops 20%, While Statewide Use Rises

According to the Citrus Heights Water District, users cut overall water consumption by 20 percent so far this year and will not see any additional reduction requirements from the District — despite other water suppliers resorting to mandatory fines and penalties.

In an email response to water questions raised by residents, CHWD said its approach “has been and will continue to be education and working with customers to reduce water use,” and that it “has no intent of reviewing individual meter data to enforce a 20 percent reduction goal.”

In a July Water Update the District said it calculated its water use reduction percentage by comparing overall water use during the first six months of 2014 with the same time period in 2013, finding a total reduction of 20.6 percent.

Following statewide emergency water regulations implemented on July 29, a statement on the CHWD website said its existing Stage 3 Water Warning complies with the new regulations, and that residents will continue to be asked to cut water use by 20 percent.

by · August 2, 2014 · City Hall, Community
Campers gather around a fire and listen to live music at Rusch Park, Saturday night.

Campers Choose Citrus Heights ‘Tent City’ Over State Fair

Dozens of tents dotted the grass at Rusch Park this weekend, as the Citrus Heights Community Camp Out kicked off with live music, star-gazing, hot dogs and more, at the annual overnight event.

Drawing about 200 sign-ups from residents, camp organizers said they were happy with the turn-out, given competition from opening weekend at the nearby California State Fair.

The annual event is sponsored by the Sunrise Recreation and Park District, in collaboration with the City of Citrus Heights and the volunteer-led Residents’ Empowerment Association of Citrus Heights.

by · July 12, 2014 · Community
Residents' are invited to bring their tents and camp out, without having to leave the city.

Community Camp Out to Fill Rusch Park with ‘Tent City’

Called Citrus Heights’ “legitimate tent city,” the annual Community Camp Out plans to take over Rusch Park this weekend with an activity-filled overnight event that promises to be fun for the whole family.

“This is an opportunity for mom and/or dad, grandpa and/or grandma to take the kids camping and never leave the city,” said Tonya Wagner, president of the Residents’ Empowerment Association of Citrus Heights.

Beginning in 2001, the event has continued to bring the community together outdoors, with organizers’ saying last year’s event drew over 200 people to Rusch Park.

Campers can expect swimming, crafts, games, face-painting, balloons and entertainment — along with a dinner barbecue served by city council members. The evening will also feature a bonfire with s’mores, and star-gazing opportunities by the Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society members.

by · July 9, 2014 · Community
Residents Celebrate Independence Day Across Citrus Heights

Residents Celebrate Independence Day Across Citrus Heights

Residents of Citrus Heights exercised their freedom to celebrate the nation’s 238th birthday in a variety of ways, from setting off fireworks in the street outside their homes, to barbequing with family, to reading the Declaration of Independence, to watching the new “America” documentary at the Greenback theater.

Although City Hall was closed in recognition of the day, Citrus Heights Police Officers were on the job, responding to calls of illegal fireworks in conjunction with Metro Fire, according to a post on the Department’s Twitter feed.

Near the heavily trafficked Sylvan Corners, a volunteer group from New Hope Street Ministry took the opportunity to fund raise by selling fireworks at a TNT booth — spending the evening at the Corners until the 10 p.m. deadline the group said the county imposes on fireworks sales.

by · July 5, 2014 · Community
A tractor pulls a float at the 2014 "Red, White & Blue" Parade.

City Celebrates with ‘Red, White & Blue’ Parade

This Saturday, the 15th annual Citrus Heights “Red, White & Blue” Parade will hit the streets of Citrus Heights for a day of celebration and community spirit.

Scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 28, the parade will travel along Sunrise Boulevard, beginning north of Madison Avenue at Uplands Way and continuing to the northwest corner of the Sunrise Mall parking lot at Greenback Lane. The Rotary Club of Citrus Heights has also planned for a $5 pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon in the Sunrise Mall parking lot.

Dating back to Citrus Heights’ founding, the parade originally was created as a “happy birthday” to the City, according to Citrus Heights Event and Community Center Technician Michele Saario. Several years later, in 2002, the event became known as the “Red, White & Blue” Parade, due in part to the September 11 terrorist attack.

by · June 28, 2014 · Community
Citrus Heights Vice Mayor Sue Frost (left) and council member Jeannie Bruins (right) accept the 2014 "Growing Greenprint" award from the Sacramento Tree Foundation. // Photo courtesy of City of Citrus Heights.

Citrus Heights Wins ‘Greenprint’ Award from Tree Foundation

The City of Citrus Heights received the 2014 “Growing Greenprint” award from the Sacramento Tree Foundation this month, in recognition of the City’s “noteworthy contributions” toward building a better urban forest.

“We are honored to receive the Growing Greenprint Award,” said Citrus Heights Vice Mayor Sue Frost, who accepted the award on behalf of the City. “We appreciate Sacramento Tree Foundation who has played an important role in helping our city achieve our greenhouse gas reduction goals.”

Contributing factors that led to the award include the City’s establishing of urban forest policies, developing community partnerships, working to create an Urban Forest Management Plan and the City’s planting of approximately 150 new trees in 2013.

Emphasizing the benefit of trees in the city, the vice mayor explained the role of trees in promoting clean air, protecting against harmful UV rays and helping to filter and retain water.

by · June 28, 2014 · City Hall, Community
Auburn Blvd Night Paving to Close Lanes

Auburn Blvd Night Paving to Close Lanes

If you travel on Auburn Boulevard between 7:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., you may want to consider using another route this week, in light of night paving work that will limit traffic to one lane in each direction.

The paving work is part of the Auburn Boulevard Complete Streets Revitalization Project, and will affect traffic on Auburn Boulevard from Sylvan Corners to Sycamore Drive.

A press release sent out by the City of Citrus Heights said the night paving work is scheduled to take place between the night of Tuesday, June 10, to the morning of Friday, June 13. The release also said that patience is appreciated from those affected by the work.

by · June 9, 2014 · Business, Community
A Memorial Day ceremony held at Sylvan Cemetery was led by Citrus Heights Police Dept.'s Honor Guard.

Sylvan Memorial Day Ceremony: Freedom Isn’t Free

A large crowd of veterans and community members packed under the gazebo at Sylvan Cemetery today in remembrance of the many Americans who lost their lives in combat since the Revolutionary War began in 1775.

“We need to remember why we’re here today,” said Citrus Heights Mayor Mel Turner, who mentioned in his speech that his son recently retired from the military. “It’s not about barbecues, the Budweisers, and those kinds of things — it’s really about honoring and recognizing and acknowledging those folks who have done so many important things to allow us to do the things we do today.”

Beginning with a procession along the cemetery’s “Avenue of Flags,” the event concluded with a memorial service which featured speeches by Citrus Heights council members, veterans, and city Police Chief Christopher Boyd.

by · May 26, 2014 · Community
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