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Latest local news briefs include a councilman advocating that the city reconsider its sign ordinance, a Citrus Heights woman pleading not guilty to boarding a plane with three pounds of marijuana, and a local author showcasing his newly published book.
Councilman says Citrus Heights should reconsider ‘negative impact’ of sign ordinance
During the Feb. 22 city council meeting, Citrus Heights Councilman Bret Daniels suggested the city look into reconsidering aspects of its sign ordinance that he said are having “a negative impact on our businesses and especially our private property rights.” Mayor Steve Miller replied to Daniels during the meeting by stating he had heard from only one business owner about the sign policy, which he said “doesn’t make a public outcry.” He said the owner was directed to contact the city’s planning division or to come speak at a future city council meeting during public comment. Although no specific businesses were named, the comments came following a Feb. 10 article in The Sentinel where several business owners were quoted saying the city’s general ban on portable signs was hurting their ability to attract customers.
Since Daniels’ comments were made at the conclusion of the meeting under an agenda item for “items requested by council members,” no action was taken. For the council to officially take up the matter at a future council meeting, Daniels would need a second council member to agree to place the item on the agenda. Asked whether a review of the city’s sign ordinance would be pursued, Mayor Miller later told The Sentinel that the existing sign ordinance was crafted with business and property owner input, and said it would be premature to assume a review and update is necessary, pending meetings between concerned parties and city staff for clarification and discussion.
Citrus Heights woman pleads not guilty to boarding plane with 3lbs of pot
A Citrus Heights woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that she attempted to board a plane with 3.5 pounds of marijuana at the San Francisco International Airport last year, according to a story in the San Mateo Journal on Wednesday. San Mateo County prosecutors allege that 21-year-old Montequila Robinson, of Citrus Heights, tried to fly to Chicago with the stash of drugs, which were allegedly packed in four vacuum-sealed plastic bags in a carry-on bag.
The Journal reported that prosecutors allege Robinson first denied that the bag was hers, and then said she “must have taken the wrong bag from the car she was in when she arrived at the airport.” Due to the amount of marijuana involved, prosecutors believe she was planning to sell the drugs. She is being held on $10,000 bail and is scheduled for another court appearance on April 3. (See Journal story)
Local author showcases newly published book on history of Fox Entertainment
Citrus Heights author Michael Troyan spoke to a packed community room at Sylvan Oaks Library on Saturday, highlighting the publication of his new book: “Twentieth Century Fox: A Century of Entertainment” (Lyons Press, 736 pages, $50). The two-hour presentation included a series of videos showcasing images from popular Fox movies and little known facts of Fox studios, like which film was the most expensive to produce in the history of Fox, why movie sets located in California, and who created the logo for Fox. The event concluded with a book signing and question-and-answer with the audience.
For those interested, Troyan will also be bringing his presentation to the North Sacramento Library next month. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 7 at 2109 Del Paso Blvd., in Sacramento. (For more, see prior SacBee story)
- Donor drive. A BloodSource blood drive Citrus Heights was featured in a Fox 40 report, encouraging people to ‘Be the Match’ for a local reporter with leukemia. (Fox 40 story)
- Murder update. Authorities said on Thursday that skeletal remains found near Auburn last month were identified as those of the wife of Citrus Heights resident Michael Abeyta, who is charged with her murder. (SacBee story)
- RT Bus Bench Controversy. A story in the Sacramento News & Review said several RT bus benches in Citrus Heights have bars that appear to be designed to prevent the homeless from sleeping on them. (News & Review)
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