City Council Member Jeannie Bruins and Ted Mitchell at the event. Photo by Larry Fritz

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - March 31, 2018 was a day of browsing through Citrus Heights history for the nearly 300 who visited the 102-year-old Rusch Home located at 7301 Antelope Road. Guests represented generations of long-time Citrus Heights residents, many having watched their city grow from a small farming town to becoming part of Sacramento County’s Central Township in the 1850’s to finally becoming incorporated as a city on January 1, 1997. Now it is an up and coming city with a population of over 87,000.

Everything from a resident of 80+ years to a new transplant would want to know was held within the walls of this 1,700 square foot home, surrounded by hundred-year-old heritage oaks, shrubs and heritage rose bushes. 

History unfolded before them in text and photos on 20 large colorful history display panels and in a 16-minute silent black and white film.  Donated to the city by the estate of Maurice Rasmussen, who was in charge of public relations for the Chamber of Commerce when it was started in 1958, the video is a traveling journey to 20 locations which still exist, along with the visual stories of people and organizations.

Reliving step by step each turning point, milestone and highlight of the city’s history, the panels and film evoked many inquisitive and reflective moments. Parents also explained to their kids and grandkids that this is where they were raised and what they had experienced in the “olden days” of Citrus Heights.  Some belabored of those good old days when Greenback was just a two-lane road lined by huge trees.

Larry Fritz, president of the Citrus Heights Historical Society, wrote the text for the assorted panels which were designed by volunteer Christine Stein. One of the panels that drew the most interest was of the first shopping center in Citrus Heights; the Mariposa Shopping Center off of the old US Highway 40 on Mariposa Avenue. It shows a Texaco gas station, Hall’s Groceries and Meats, Hall’s Furniture and Appliance, Pay-Less Cleaners, the Doughnut Den and the town’s first post office.

In the Rusch Home itself the kitchen’s large white sink and black and white checkered counter and floor are original with functional appliances. Even though all the original furniture was removed when the home was donated to the county, all present furnishings are authentic period pieces and do not deter from the historical feel of all the rooms.  

Each room held new surprises and interesting facts. One panel explained how Citrus Heights got its name, revealing that the new town was not actually known for citrus, but that the name was a marketing strategy by Alfred Trainor of the real estate company, “buying up and selling large tracts of land in the Sylvan District.”  Other panels depicted the history of Mitchell Farms, the 160 acres surrounding Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard and the Brown Farm, which was one-third of the Volle Ranch left to Emma Rusch, the youngest daughter of Herman and Louisa Rusch, who married Americus Brown.

Other informational panels on displaye featured the Rusch House, San Juan High School, Friends Church, Sylvan School, Sylvan Cemetery, 14-Mile Roadhouse and Citrus Heights Water District.

The milestone that had the most impact was likely the progression of the city’s changing infrastructure, from the creation of the unpaved Lincoln Highway in 1913, to 1927 when it became Highway 40, to the 10-lane freeway that it is today.

History Day is sponsored by the Citrus Heights Historical Society. The Historical Society was formed in 1991 to preserve and promote the history of Citrus Heights. While it has been inactive in recent years, the Society is now working with the Sunrise Recreation and Park District to promote local history and the Rusch Home.

The History Day project was funded through a new History and Arts Grant Program. According to the City’s website, organizations and community members are urged to apply for a grant up to $10,000 to “enrich the historical preservation and arts culture in our community through projects from public art pieces to theatre performances to historical documentaries.”

For more information, please contact Larry Fritz at 916-802-7241 or visit www.facebook.com/CHHistorialSociety.

A Clean Sweep for Creeks

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-04-20

Sacramento County youth organizations rallied to clean up waterways during Creek Week. Girl Scout Troops 333 (Antelope) and 890 (Foothill Farms) celebrated a job well done during festivities at Carmichael park.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A party celebrating Creek Week caused a big splash – and vital lessons in water conservation – last weekend at Carmichael Park.

Many sponsoring agencies sent an unfiltered message: everyone must do their bit to save and protect water. Early that morning, 2,000 volunteers from youth and neighborhood groups formed an army to scour 85 locations.  Creeks from the Delta to Folsom and from Elk Grove to Antelope benefited from the clean-up.

Four work areas within the Rancho Cordova community yielded 1,420 pounds of trash. City biologists also conducted a nature walk along the recently-restored banks of Cordova Creek.  The tour celebrated revitalization of a formerly barren channel; Cordova Creek Naturalization Project replaced decades-old concrete creek lining with tons of river rock. Achieved in partnership between city, Sacramento County and the non-profit Water Forum, the three-mile effort has recreated 10 acres of vegetated habitat.

Now 28 years old, Sacramento County’s Creek Week program aims to refresh dozens of waterways by removing garbage and invasive plants. The annual volunteer work force is swelled by the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps, whose members recycle dumped rubber tires.

Beyond tires, mattresses and shopping carts, the 2018 junk-hunt gleaned many tons of smaller stuff alien to healthy arteries.  Sacramento Area Creeks Council President Alta Tura noted that high waters from recent rains washed much trash downstream into river flows.  “At the same time, more garbage entered our creeks and was trapped by vegetation,” she said. “Cigarette butts, plastic straws and fast food packaging are more damaging to wildlife than big stuff. Animals ingest plastic and can end up starving to death. Waterfowl can become entangled in discarded fishing lines. There’s no place in our waterways for plastic in any form, yet thousands of plastic items were among the tons of junk we bagged. The volunteers did a stellar job.”

At Carmichael Park, rewards for the weary army included clean tee shirts and hot dogs dished up by Carmichael Chamber of Commerce and Mission Oaks Park District volunteers.  “The party celebrates everyone’s hard work,” said Tura.  “It also teaches people about nature; how to save water and be better stewards of our environment.”

Learn more about the annual creek cleanup at www.creekweek.net

To report illegally dumped tires to the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps, call (916) 792-0429.

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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The City of Citrus Heights is a proud sponsor of the Crossroads 2nd Annual Employment and Resource Fairon April 25 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Citrus Heights Community Center (6300 Fountain Square Drive). At the event, participants can network with local employers, learn about community-based organizations, explore training programs and scholarships, meet one-on-one with a job coach and more! To preregister for the event, visit caljobs.ca.gov. For more information, contact the Crossroads Job Center at (916) 676-2540.

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AAA Tipsy Tow Service Across Northern California will Start 4:20 p.m. on Friday, April 20, and Continue Until 4:20 a.m. April 21.   

AAA Press Release  |  2018-04-20

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - AAA has provided free Tipsy Tow service for events and holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day, the Super Bowl and New Year’s Eve since the 1990s, but this is the first campaign involving marijuana. Dispensaries in California began selling legal recreational marijuana on Jan. 1. The service is not offered in Southern California.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re drinking alcohol or using recreational marijuana, there’s never an excuse to drive impaired,” said John Moreno, public policy manager for AAA Northern California and six other Western states. “You should always plan for a safe ride home, but if those plans fall through, AAA will get you and your vehicle home safely on 4/20. We want to keep intoxicated drivers off our roadways, which keeps all of us safer.” 

To take advantage of the service, drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant managers should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) and state that they need a Tipsy Tow. Drivers should be prepared to provide their name, home address, phone number, location and vehicle description.

Tipsy Tow provides a free ride home and vehicle tow of up to 10 miles. For mileage beyond this, motorists are charged a standard towing rate. The service does not include roadside assistance. You do not have to be a AAA member to use the service.

AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction can cost a motorist more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, legal fees and increased insurance costs.

AAA Northern California offers a wide array of automotive, travel, insurance, DMV, financial services and consumer discounts to its 4 million members. AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers since it was founded more than 117 years ago.  Visit AAA.com for more information. 

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Carmichael Elks Holds Classic Car Show

By Carmichael Elks  |  2018-04-20

Come out and see some great cars! - MPG file photo

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 8am-2pm

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - We are proud to present our SIXTH Annual Carmichael Elks Classic Car Show featuring Muscle Cars as well as Classic Collector cars vintage years 1919 through 1975. We invite owners of newer, late model non-show competition cars who want to display their unique machines to park in the parking lot facing Cypress Avenue.

Show Cars will be displayed in our spacious and shady back yard featuring a wide variety of vehicles that are entered into the judging contest from many of the local car clubs for your viewing pleasure. This year we are anticipating 100 or more cars and some car parts and merchandise vendor booths.

For those early bird folks that want to enter their cars early to get the best shady parking spots, we recommend that you register early and arrive around sun rise. Day of show entrants pay the $6.00 regular Pancake breakfast price, including coffee service.

The purpose of the show is to raise funds for the Lodge Beautification Project that will allow the Carmichael Elks to increase memberships and provide more capacity to hold charitable events for the benefit of the community. All cash donations and/or unique raffle prize donations are gratefully accepted. Last year, donated bottles of wine and spirits were raffled off and that raffle netted $100 for our Fund.

Raffle Prizes, Guessing Games, Fifty/Fifty Drawing, Kids Activities, all go into making this event a fun time for the whole family. We request that you leave your dogs and other pets at home (if possible).

General Admission is FREE!

For additional information: Carmichael Elks Lodge, 5631 Cypress Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608 - Phone: 916-489-2103. Email: carmelks@mycci.net or information@carmichaelclassic.com.

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Walmart to Host Free Health Screening Event in Sacramento Stores

Walmart Press Release  |  2018-04-19

What: Sacramento Walmart stores will be hosting the second Walmart Wellness Day event of the year on Saturday, April 21. This free health screening event provides people in the community an opportunity to learn valuable health information, including:

  • Blood glucose
  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index
  • Low-cost immunizations
  • And in select locations, customers can also take advantage of free vision screenings

Since its first Walmart Wellness Day event, the company has provided more than 2 million free screenings to people across the country, helping countless customers uncover existing health problems. For some, the screenings have been life-saving. Hundreds of thousands of Americans turn out for each Walmart Wellness Day event, making it America’s largest single day health fair event. 

Screening like these provide important resources for people who may be dealing with challenging health conditions. More than 35 percent of children in in grades 5, 7, and 9 attending public schools in Sacramento County were obese, according to a 2015 study from Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. And according to the California Department of Health, Sacramento County has a significantly higher rate of diabetes related deaths compared to statewide data.

Additional assets may be found here for packaging stories in advance of Walmart Wellness Day.

Media is invited in store to capture an interview with a store spokesperson and customers, alongside photos and b-roll of the event.       

Where:         Sacramento Walmart Stores

When:           Saturday, April 2

                      10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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2018-19 Watershed Stewardship and Education Grant

Sac County News  |  2018-04-19

Photo courtesy Sac County News

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - ​The Sacramento County Stormwater Quality Program is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Watershed Stewardship and Education Grant.  Each year,​ the Stormwater Quality Program offers schools, non-profit, and community organizations up to $2,500 for projects to help students understand the importance of keeping local creeks and rivers clean and healthy.

This is the 13th year the County is offering grants to help raise awareness about the need for protecting creeks and rivers.  By collaborating with schools over the years, the County has seen positive results from students who participate in the program and show a better understanding of stormwater pollution.  Expanding this program to non-profits and community groups offers another avenue to increase education.
Thirty-five schools have participated in the program.  Will Rogers Middle School is one of the original participants and has taken part in the program every year since it launched in 2005. 

Over the years, grant winners have completed 85 projects like creek clean ups; hands on education about Sacramento’s watershed, creeks, or rivers; eco-friendly gardens; water quality experiments to assess the health of a creek/river; and school-wide campaigns to increase awareness about stormwater pollution.  Each year, grant winners submit a report to the County on their projects shows many of the students in the program gaining a better understanding of stormwater pollution and the environment.
Eligible projects must in some way protect or enhance local creeks, rivers, or watersheds.  Projects will generally fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Educational Projects - Projects that inform or instruct about the aquatic ecosystem, watersheds, or stormwater pollution prevention
  • School/Club Projects - Projects that can be organized by teachers, classrooms, or clubs
  • Community Outreach Projects - Projects that involve and inspire the community
  • Monitoring Project - Projects that measure water quality, species, or habitat
  • Restoration Projects - Projects that restore or enhance riparian habitats, wetlands, creeks, or rivers

Eligible projects must be implemented within the Stormwater Utility boundaries of Sacramento County or directly affect the residents of these areas.  The application for the 2018-19 Watershed Stewardship and Education Grant is available on the Stormwater Quality Program webpage.


The application deadline is July 1, and the grants are awarded in August.

For more information, contact Jeanette Huddleston at 916-​874‐4711 or huddlestonj@saccounty.net.

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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The City of Citrus Heights is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to provide professional services for the Citrus Heights Electric Greenway Project.
  
The Citrus Heights Electric Greenway Project is an Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant funded project. The Electric Greenway is a 2.9 mile multi-use trail between Sunrise Boulevard and Wachtel Way largely following an existing Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) electric corridor. The project is in the City of Citrus Heights and unincorporated Orangevale, connects several neighborhoods to seven parks, several schools and the Sunrise Marketplace.  

An electronic copy of the Request For Proposals is available on the City's Website at no cost. All proposers are responsible for registering with the General Services Department to ensure they are placed on the List of Proposers for this project.  We also recommend you sign up for the City's "Notify Me" service to be notified of any updates or addenda to the Request For Proposals.  Click http://www.citrusheights.net/list.aspx to sign up.  Please scroll down to select Bid Postings.

There is no Pre-Proposal Meeting for this project.  Questions about the RFP shall be submitted per the instructions in Section V: Proposer's Questions in the Request For Proposals. 

Proposals shall be submitted in the manner specified in the RFP. Submittal deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018. 

The firm(s) must meet all municipal, state and federal affirmative action and equal employment opportunity practices. 

Consistent with the Cal Trans Annual Anticipated Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Participation Level (AADPL) for FFY 2017, the City has established an overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal of 19% for the Project.   Minority owned firms are invited to submit their qualifications independently or as a joint venture with other consultants for the entire assignment. 

Read more at http://www.citrusheights.net/Bids.aspx?bidID=75

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Qualifying Veterans and Japanese American Citizens May Receive Belated High School Diplomas

By Operation Recognition  |  2018-04-18

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) wants to honor the many contributions of those whose education was interrupted due to wartime circumstances. Current and former Sacramento County residents who left high school to serve in the U.S. military during World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War, and received an honorable discharge, may contact SCOE to receive their high school diplomas. SCOE also presents diplomas to Japanese American citizens forced to leave high school due to WW II internment. Individuals may request diplomas on behalf of themselves or qualifying family members, including persons now deceased. Those who earned a G.E.D., or graduated from high school while in an internment camp, are still eligible for diplomas. To be considered for the spring 2017 awards ceremony, submit applications by April 26, 2017. Applications are available from the Sacramento County Office of Education by calling (916) 228-2416 or visiting scoe.net/or.

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Trump, Brown Tangle Over California State Border Control

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-04-18

Governor Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - California Governor Jerry Brown spoke at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, defending his sanctuary cities and claiming that the country’s immigration debate has become “an inflammatory football that very low-life politicians like to exploit.” He continued, “And I think it’s shocking, it’s despicable and it’s harmful to California, mostly to the people.”

Brown let it be known that he has no plans of changing his stance on the state’s immigration and sanctuary cities.

“We’re not backing off,” Brown said. “And I believe we have the legal horsepower to block the immediate legal moves by the Trump administration.”

The 80-year-old Brown, who is in the final months of his second term as California governor, proclaimed, “I’m not riding off into the sunset. You can be sure that you’ll hear from me.”

Just before Brown spoke on Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted, “Looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous Border. He cannot come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border. The high crime rate will only get higher. Much wanted Wall in San Diego already started!”

Trump took to Twitter once again on Wednesday morning, saying that many parts of sanctuary cities throughout California want out of Jerry Brown’s control.

“There is a Revolution going on in California,” Trump tweeted. “Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!”

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