STORM: Residents pile up on free sandbags

STORM: Residents pile up on free sandbags

Updated Dec. 11, 9:46 a.m.–
“Load your own” sandbag locations in Citrus Heights have been busy this week, with shovel-ready residents stopping by through Wednesday to load up on free sand in preparation for heavy rains and high winds hitting the area this week.

“This is definitely going to be a lifesaver,” said 29-year-old Delorean Walton, who was out Tuesday helping his mom fill sandbags, saying they’ve had some close calls with flooding in the past. “It was nice they put the piles out here early.”

Although free for Citrus Heights residents, volunteer Sarah Clement was on scene checking ID’s, saying more than a few people were turned away for coming from outside the city limits.

The first-time volunteer also said the “steady stream” of sandbaggers had been “remarkably kind” all day at the McDonald Field location.

“Everybody’s been really nice and helpful,” Clement said…

by · December 9, 2014 · Community
A car splashes through a large puddle on the side of Old Auburn Road, during last week's rain.

City gears up for storm; offers preparation tips for residents

Updated Dec. 10, 12:33 p.m.–
The City of Citrus Heights is busy providing storm preparation tips and getting staff and equipment ready for fallen trees, clogged gutters and flooding that often accompany the heavy winds and rain expected this week.

by · December 9, 2014 · City Hall, Community
Citrus Heights Marching Band ‘Flash Mobs’ Walmart

Citrus Heights Marching Band ‘Flash Mobs’ Walmart

With trumpets blaring and drums rolling, about 30 members of the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band filled the Auburn Boulevard Walmart with sounds of Christmas for about half an hour, Saturday, as surprised shoppers looked on.

“I think it’s great that we have a community marching band,” said Walmart shopper Rita Fox, highlighting the diverse ages of band members. “It gives the older people a chance to mingle with the younger people.”

Parading through the isles in a circle inside the store shortly after 11 a.m., band members assembled near the entrance to play several more songs, while many onlookers took video on cellphones.

“It sounds very nice, just a little loud — you know, marching bands in the store,” said Liz Rohan of Citrus Heights, who stopped by to watch the group play tunes like “Silent Night,” and “Jolly ol’ Saint Nicholas.”

by · December 7, 2014 · Community
Crowds gather for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Citrus Heights.

18th annual Christmas tree lighting draws over 1000

Updated Dec. 10, 1:20 p.m.–
Rain held off as about 1200 people gathered outside city hall in Citrus Heights for the annual Christmas tree lighting Thursday night, followed by an evening of family-friendly activities and performances in the Community Center next door…

by · December 5, 2014 · Community
Citrus Heights Water District workers block off intersection of Mariposa Avenue and Cook Lane to repair a damaged water main, Thursday.

Mariposa Ave. closed after water main breaks overnight

Updated 6:14 p.m.– Mariposa Avenue has been re-opened.
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A section of Mariposa Avenue has been closed after Citrus Heights Water District crews tore a large hole in the pavement to allow for an emergency repair on a water main that broke at the intersection of Cook Lane, near Old Auburn Road.

By 11 a.m., crews had uncovered the damaged water line, buried several feet under the intersection — and had hauled off several truck loads of dirt and broken up pavement.

A foreman on scene said he expects repairs to be finished by 5 p.m. Thursday, and will re-open Mariposa Avenue after the access hole in the intersection is patched and dried. He was unsure how many homes were affected by the breakage, but said water was turned back on by noon, Thursday…

by · December 4, 2014 · Community
A Christmas "tree" made of donated food cans will be on display at Sunrise Mall through December 27.

Mall’s 15ft Christmas ‘CanTree’ to benefit needy families

A huge, 15-foot-high Christmas “tree” built entirely of donated cans is now complete and on display at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, soon to be distributed by The Salvation Army to provide food for needy families in the Sacramento region.

The Christmas “CanTree” is an annual fundraiser put on by the Sacramento Association of Realtors (SAR), which says its helped raise over $2 million to help local efforts to feed those in need, since launching in 1983. After breaking a record last year with a $90,000 donation, this year, the group says it has a goal of raising $100,000.

The Association says donated food will be distributed to needy families and individuals through The Salvation Army’s Holiday Food Basket and year-round food assistance program, beginning December 27…

by · December 1, 2014 · Community
Photo credit: Flickr commons,  asenat29.

Donations sought for Citrus Heights ‘Holiday Referral’ program

The City of Citrus Heights is partnering with the community this year to help provide food, household items, toys and clothes to families in need through its annual Holiday Referral Program.

“This unique community-involved program was created to help families who have experienced a hardship or critical event in their life over the past year,” said Citrus Heights Police Department Sergeant Mike Wells in a press release about the program. “We rely heavily on the community to help make the effort a success.”

Last year, organizers said the program brought together over 40 clubs, business groups, churches, schools and residents to help nearly 400 adults and children in Citrus Heights — and are again seeking those willing to donate items, adopt a family or volunteer this year…

by · November 28, 2014 · Community
Citrus Heights Water District votes 2-0 to raise rates

Citrus Heights Water District votes 2-0 to raise rates

Updated Nov. 21, 11:55 a.m.–
Directors for the Citrus Heights Water District voted unanimously in favor of raising rates and approving a new water shortage pricing structure Wednesday night, despite receiving 72 protest letters and hearing from a handful of residents who questioned the increase.

Under approvals made Wednesday, rates will rise three percent in 2015 and District directors will have discretion to raise rates 10 percent during a Stage 3 Water Warning, and up to 55 percent under the most extreme shortage stage. Additionally, directors can now increase excess water use rates by 50 percent during a Stage 4 Water Warning, with the option of a 250 percent increase during a situation exceeding Stage 5.

Ratepayer Dan Heideman acknowledged the need for some rise in rates, calling the three percent increase “no big deal” afterwards, but said he wanted to see some cost-cutting efforts from the District during a time when they’re asking ratepayers to pay more. He cited a current District office expansion and renovation project and the proposed 2015 water district budget increasing the general manager’s $166,964 salary up to $186,132 — although the budget also shows some positions taking double-digit pay cuts…

by · November 19, 2014 · Community
Stock photo. Citrus Heights Sentinel

Free composting workshop hosted in Citrus Heights

Updated Nov. 17, 12:45 p.m. — Got piles of leaves in your yard? Why not try composting them? A free workshop taught by UC Davis Master Gardeners at the Sylvan Ranch Community Garden offers training on “anything and everything about composting,” as well as free “backyard composting kits” for all attendees, according to organizers. Offered twice a year by Republic […]

by · November 13, 2014 · Community
Citrus Heights police and SMUD crews respond to the Antelope Road accident, Thursday morning.

Truck collision severs power pole; closes Antelope Road

Updated 12:52 p.m.–
A power pole was left severed at the base and dangling along the roadside this morning when a pickup slammed into the pole, cutting power and causing Citrus Heights police to temporarily shut down traffic on Antelope Road.

Sergeant Mike Wells with the Citrus Heights Police Department said the vehicle was traveling east on Antelope Road around 6:20 a.m. when it struck the pole, causing it to fall into the roadway. Responding officers closed down both directions of Antelope from Auburn Boulevard to Mariposa Avenue.

No other vehicles were involved in the collision, and there were no reports of injuries “at this time,” according to the sergeant.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District crews were observed working on the downed pole shortly after the collision, and estimate power to be restored by 1 p.m., according to the utility company’s website…

by · November 13, 2014 · Community