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Citrus Heights News Briefs: Frost, local jobs, CPS reports, potluck

Latest local news briefs include an upcoming community potluck, new details in the case of a Citrus Heights couple charged with the death of their toddler, new job opportunities with the city, and a report from Supervisor Sue Frost’s first community meeting in Citrus Heights.

Residents invited to annual potluck dinner at community center
Promising a night of networking and education, the Residents’ Empowerment Association of Citrus Heights (REACH) is inviting residents to “bring a dish” to its annual potluck at the Citrus Heights Community Center on March 6. The evening is scheduled to kick off with a “meet and greet” from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner and presentations by two speakers who will address the topics: “Why do we Volunteer” and “Mindfulness: Fully Focusing for Efficiency,” according to an event flier.

Organizers say anyone from the community is invited to the potluck. Attendees are asked to RSVP by contacting Anna Portillo at (916) 459-7890, or by email at annaportillo@surewest.net. To learn more about REACH and find out which neighborhood area you live in, see story: Neighborhood groups REACH out to connect Citrus Heights residents

SacBee: Citrus Heights couple accused in death of toddler had lengthy CPS history
An in-depth article published in The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday detailed findings from CPS records obtained by the paper regarding a local couple who face murder charges in the death of their 22-month old child last October. Rebecca Thomas, 34, and her 23-year-old boyfriend Taylor Montgomery-Gutzman are scheduled for a court appearance on March 1. According to The Bee, prosecutors allege that the couple assaulted the toddler “using great force” that led to his death. CPS records obtained by the paper indicate emergency personnel had found the child, Kash Thomas, “bleeding from the mouth, with severe bruising to the side of his face.”

The CPS reports obtained by The Bee date back to 2009 and indicate a history of drug use on behalf of Thomas, as well as allegations that she did not comply with feeding requirements of her son and his twin brother. The twins reportedly were born prematurely and suffered from conditions that required them to be fed with a feeding tube rather than a bottle. According to The Bee’s report, Thomas had a total of four children, all of whom had previously been taken into protective custody. The twins had been returned to her in May 2016. (See full article)

Frost hosts first Citrus Heights community meeting as supervisor
All seats were filled inside a small meeting room at Denny’s on Sunrise Boulevard Friday morning as newly elected Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost hosted her first “community cabinet” meeting in Citrus Heights. The meeting is one of four that Frost has scheduled in the city this year, continuing the tradition set by her predecessor Roberta MacGlashan. Frost answered questions from the room of about 30 residents, addressing concerns about emergency services, flooding, homelessness, future monthly meetings, and her plans to form “citizens advisory committees” in the future. Her next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on April 21, at 6215 Sunrise Blvd. (See Frost’s Feb. 25 article on homelessness)

City seeks new program assistants
The City of Citrus Heights is seeking to hire several full-time program assistants, with an application deadline set for March 6 at 5 p.m. A job description posted on the city’s website describes the program assistant’s role to perform “a variety of specialized and responsible administrative, clerical and coordination duties in support of city-wide events, functions and/or programs; to keep multiple tasks on schedule; to use tact and judgment, and preserve confidentiality of sensitive information; and to perform a variety of administrative tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.” Pay ranges for the positions are listed as $19 to $25 per hour, with benefits. (See job posting)

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