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Looking for something to do around Citrus Heights? Local events and activities planned for October include several car shows, a local candidate forum, "Brews and Boo's" at the community center, a "Howl-o-Ween" parade and harvest festival, and more. Here's 17 events happening in Citrus Heights this month:

New Staff Report Recommends Council Take “No Action” on Moving City Hall

A new Staff Report is recommending the Citrus Heights city council take "no action" on the controversial proposal to move city hall, according to documents released Friday night on the City's website. "Staff recommends that the City Council take no action on the medical office building and City Hall project at this time and direct staff to do additional environmental review," reads a summary of the report issued by City Manager Henry Tingle, who has been a vocal supporter of the proposal. Opponents of the plan to move city hall see the report as a change in the right direction, as prior reports from staff have recommended going ahead with the proposal. "We see this as a favorable development, but our position remains unchanged," said Tim Schaefer, with the group Save City Hall. "We will remain vigilant until moving city hall is off the table for good."

CPS Audit Report Due April 8


Assemblyman Tim Donnelly speaks during a rally held last June to audit Child Protective Services.

A California state audit report is due for release on April 8, nearly a year after Child Protective Services — accompanied by armed officers — seized 5-month-old Sammy Nikolayev from his Sacramento-area home.

Although CPS eventually returned the infant, a CPS audit was passed unanimously by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee after Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) took up the Nikolayev’s cause and spear-headed an audit effort last June.

“This is a huge win for the many families who have been victimized by Child Protective Services throughout the years and it is a ray of hope showing that we can achieve system-wide reform and accountability soon,” said Donnelly, reacting to the passage of the audit by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee on June 5, 2013.

The audit request was directed to State Auditor Elaine Howle, who selected three of the state’s 58 counties for review. According to Donnelly’s office, the counties of Sacramento, Orange, and San Francisco were selected by the auditor’s office.

In a “scope and objectives” document posted on the auditor’s website, audit 2013-110 focused on reviewing and evaluating policies and procedures for seizing children–especially in conjunction with law enforcement. The report will also include a review of financial expenditures associated with CPS actions.

Donnelly, who is now running for governor, highlighted his involvement in the Nikolayev case in a video on his campaign YouTube channel.

“Together, we helped save Christmas for a loving mother and her beautiful son,” said Donnelly in a video released late last year. “While our rights are under threat, standing up still makes a real difference, as seen in the case of Anna and Sammy.”

The CPS audit will be posted on the state auditor’s website, which has listed an “estimated release date” of April 8.

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