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Don’t Let Storm Repairs Turn Into An Uglier Mess

CSLB Tips Help Prevent Storm Repairs From Becoming Costly Headaches

Posted: 12/18/2014

House Crushed by Fallen Tree
The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof. Consumers can use CSLB’s online resources, available at or, to review the license status of contractors they plan to hire and to get tips about the best approach for making home repairs.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) reminds California home owners to use only licensed contractors when it comes to storm damage repairs. The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof.

“Anyone who needs to make repairs from storm damage should be looking for a legitimate, qualified tradesperson, especially in an urgent situation,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “Licensed contractors are skilled in their specific trade, insured and bonded, and not likely to leave you in the lurch when it comes to properly completing the job at a fair price.”

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Sue Frost is the New Mayor of Citrus Heights

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 12/18/2014

Sue Frost and Mel Turner at Citrus Heights Tree Lighting
Sue Frost and Mel Turner at the 2014 Christmas Tree Lighting.
Photo by Elise Spleiss.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - At the December 11th Citrus Heights City Council meeting, Sue Frost accepted the gavel from Mel Turner and assumed her duties as mayor of Citrus Heights.

In leaving his term as mayor, Turner shared his thoughts on his experiences the past year. Turner said, “The most challenging decisions/discussions were the Creek Trail Study Project. Over 200 residents were very concerned about the creek trails coming through their collective properties. The study became a very emotional and divisive issue. The decision reached by the council was not only a victory for transparent government but also a case study in listening! I was proud to be involved in this item.”

Turner, along with City Clerk Amy Van and her staff, created a brochure, available at city council meetings, to educate meeting attendees about how the council meetings operate and how to participate in them.

Another program in which Turner was instrumental was the Shadow Program. Developed by Turner and Monica Alejandrez, assistant to the city manager, the Shadow Program invites student government leaders at San Juan High School and Mesa Verde High School to meet with and actively learn about city government from city council members, the city manager, and other city department heads.

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Help Keep Citrus Heights the #1 Toys for Tots Regional Donor

Marines Bring Toys for Tots Event to Citrus Heights Veteran’s Center for Second Year

Jim Rounsavell Sits on Santa's Lap
Santa's helper, from Coldwell Banker Real Estate, asks Jim Rounsavell, owner of the Citrus Heights Veterans' Community Center, to once again help with the Marine's Toys for Tots program for needy kids. Rounsavell promised he and the community will answer the call for the kids in true military fashion.
Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 12/10/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The word is out!  For the second year in a row, Santa and the Sacramento Marine Corps Reserve Detachment are asking for the help of the Citrus Heights Veteran’s Community Center and the surrounding community to provide donations of toys for their Toys for Tots program. Sacramento Toys for Tots collects and distributes toys at Christmas for needy children in the greater Sacramento area.

The community is invited to bring new, unwrapped toys to the Veteran’s Center at 6921 Sylvan Road from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

  On Saturday, December 20th, the Toys for Tots toy collection event will take place at the Center located at the historic former Sylvan School. The Marines will be present to collect toys and visit with guests. And of course kids of all ages can tell Santa what they want for Christmas and have their picture taken with him.

In 2013, Marines loaded eight overflowing bins into their truck at the end of the final day of the Vet’s Center toy drive and had to return with a large U-Haul for the rest of the toys the following day. This was the largest single donation of toys received from all the 2013 toy drives in the Sacramento region.

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Calling All Elves

Posted: 12/10/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Santa’s helpers are in desperate need this holiday season, and now is the time for giving. Feed the Needy is asking for people to assist those in need by giving a toy or two or three to those families that are unable to buy gifts for their families. Any gift for the kids would be appreciated. All donated toys should be dropped off on Wednesday, December 17th.

Feed the Needy is also accepting food for the Christmas dinner. If you are able to add to their Christmas dinner, please bring any food items to Feed the Needy’s kitchen on Wednesday, December 17th. The kitchen is located at the back of the parking lot of Holy Family Catholic Church at 7817 Old Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95610.

Dinner will be served promptly at 5:30 p.m. on December 17th. Any questions can be directed to Tricia Lynch at (916) 213-7752.

Source: Tricia Lynch

Remembering Pearl Harbor 73 Years Later

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 12/4/2014

USS Missouri Anchored At Pearl Harbor
The decommissioned Iowa-class battleship, Missouri, is docked at Pearl Harbor as a memorial.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - While local veterans George Marks (93) and Jerld Hackney (92) were a bit too young to be serving during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th,1941, they both had experiences made them want to serve their country.

Both remember where they were and what they were doing on December 7th, 1941 when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. There was no telephone or Internet to spread the news. Depending on where you were, it may have been days or longer before you heard of the attack.

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Jan Scully’s Retirement Celebration and Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center Fundraiser

Posted: 12/4/2014

DA Jan Scully Will Retire December 31
Jan Scully

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Jan Scully began her career as a deputy district attorney in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office in 1979, and she was first elected district attorney in 1994. Her fifth and final term as Sacramento County’s district attorney will come to an end on December 31st, 2014.

To mark this momentous occasion, a retirement celebration will be held to honor Scully’s 20-year tenure as the elected DA, and near 36-year career dedicated to serving justice and public safety.

The event will also serve as the first inaugural fundraiser for the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center (SRFJC), a collaborative agency partnership benefiting local victims of domestic, family, and interpersonal violence. This inaugural event will set the foundation for what will become an annual fundraiser to continue garnering support for the SRFJC, raising awareness, and sharing the vision of “A Family Free of Violence is a Community Free of Violence.” For more information about the SRFJC and to view the “I’m In” video, visit

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Citrus Heights Producers Premiere "Incongruity" at Gala

By Margaret Snider
Posted: 11/20/2014

In Fine Fiddle

Old Time Fiddlers’ Association Has a Love for Americana Music

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 11/20/2014

Robin Hooding for Homeless Third Annual Collection Drive

Posted: 11/20/2014

Supporters Line the Streets to Show Respect for Fallen Sheriff’s Deputy

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 11/6/2014

New Arcade Creek Park Preserve Opens for Fun and Play in Citrus Heights

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 11/6/2014


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