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Construction Begins on New Citrus Heights City Hall

Story and Photos by Elise Spleiss
Posted: 8/7/2015

Artist's Rendering of Proposed City Hall Entry
The plan for the new City Hall.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The cheerful fountain and informative digital sign that has welcomed drivers to the Citrus Heights Civic Center for the last 19 years has gone dark. But while this chapter in the history of Citrus Heights has closed, a new one is rapidly being constructed to improve the lives of those who live, work, shop, and visit this evolving city.

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Water Merger Proposal Circles Down Drain Amidst Controversy

Story by Julia Baum
Posted: 8/7/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Recent plans for a merger between the San Juan Water District (SJWD) and Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD) fell through at a June 25th meeting. Proponents said that the merger would have provided customers with more effective water management and perfected beneficial use, in addition to more groundwater for current SJWD customers. SSWD voted down the merger in a 4-1 vote, while SJWD did not take a vote.

Opponents called the merger a money grab and accused several SJWD board members of strong-arm tactics to push the merger through, including threatening to run new candidates in future elections against board members of other water districts who questioned the deal.
“If [the merger] had taken place, it would have had a profound effect on about 400,000 people,” said Bill Eubanks, a SSWD customer. “The attitude of the San Juan board was, ‘We don’t need any data, all we need is a vote.’”

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A Family of Five Sit Smiling
County placement agencies especially need foster homes for adolescents and homes that have enough room to permit siblings to stay together. They also have a need for homes that may be used on an emergency shelter basis.

Foster Agency Needs Good Families

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 7/17/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Nationwide, more than 500,000 children live in foster care. California has over 60,000 children in the foster care system, the largest foster care population of any state. The number of foster youth has tripled in the past 20 years. In our area of California, there are nearly 4,000 children who require temporary out-of-home care because of parental neglect.

How and why these children of all ages and needs end up in foster care is important. There are several reasons. Physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation, and the lack of ability to care for children are the most common reasons. The largest percentages are African American and Latino children. Some stay in foster care for weeks, some for years. You can remain in foster care until you are 18, but can stay up to the age of 20 if you meet eligibility requirements.

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Operation Brokenheart II Leads to Arrests of Child Predators

Posted: 7/17/2015

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force along with ICAC task forces around the country took part in “Operation Brokenheart II;” a nationwide effort to identify and arrest as many child predators as possible along with providing outreach and internet safety education. This effort took place during the months of April and May of 2015 and was a coordinated effort by law enforcement representing more than 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies nationally.

The Sacramento ICAC task force, which is part of the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes task force, arrested four people for child pornography during the two-month-long national operation. They also served 17 search warrants and presented internet safety education to over 250 adults and children.

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Emily Marie Grant, Jason F. Knittle II, Tessa Zehnder, Charlie Holliday, Jodi L. Church
Cast members from left to right: Emily Marie Grant plays the part of Mandy Sanders, the mother of Robert Sanders (played by Jason F. Knittle II). Jason F. Knittle II plays the part of a 17 year old who witnesses a murder. Tessa Zehnder plays the part of Sara in RELLIK. Charlie Holliday is an actor and a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Union Representative for Northern California. Jodi L. Church on the red carpet.
Photos by Christie Spurlock.
Photo illustration by Messenger Publishing Group.

Local Filmmakers Premiere Crime Thriller

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 7/3/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION , CA (MPG) - On June 21st, the locally based crime thriller pilot of RELLIK premiered at both Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con and the Tower Theatre in Roseville. The Roseville premiere featured most of the cast and crew, and the excitement was palpable as everyone saw the results of their work on the big screen.

RELLIK was directed by Tim Russ, known primarily for his role as Tuvok on Star Trek Voyager. Originally contacted to act in the series, Russ was intrigued by the script and ended up directing instead. The cast and crew hope that the web series will be picked up by a streaming service for wider distribution.

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Renée Taylor Uses the New Charger
SMUD Director Renée Taylor attaches a Nissan Leaf to the new SMUD electric vehicle fast charger at 7825 Lichen Drive in Citrus Heights, just off of Interstate 80. This new station can charge most electric vehicles in less than 30 minutes.
Photo courtesy of SMUD

SMUD Unveils Electric Vehicle Station in Citrus Heights

Posted: 6/19/2015

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Electric vehicle drivers have a new resource in the Sacramento region—a fast-charge station located immediately adjacent to the Interstate 80 freeway at 7825 Lichen Drive in Citrus Heights. The fast-charge station is just the second in the region to accommodate most types of electric vehicles manufactured by foreign and domestic automakers, and it’s one of the first installed in the U.S. by a utility. SMUD installed the first electric vehicle fast charger in the region last year near its headquarters at the 6200 block of S Street in Sacramento and plans to open more fast-charge stations in the coming years.

Electric vehicle drivers will pay approximately $2 per “gallon” to charge up using the station—about 40% less than the current price of gasoline. By using technology that charges vehicles at 480 volts—four times that of a standard household outlet—fast-charge-capable vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Spark EV, BMW i3 and others can fill up about 80 percent of their batteries in 30 minutes or less.

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Lady Antebellum: A Traveling Family

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 6/19/2015

The Band 'Lady Antebellum' Posed on Stage
Lady Antebellum views their upcoming show as an opportunity to have fun and make a memory with everyone in the audience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of that memory.
Photos by Niño Munoz.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Lady Antebellum has been playing together for almost nine years; this August will mark the ninth anniversary of their very first show together. In an interview with Messenger Publishing Group, Hillary Scott described the friendship that anchors the band as “a real summer camp vibe.” Scott explained that she and bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood grew up watching VH1’s Behind the Music, so they were very familiar with the all-too-typical story of successful bands breaking up over petty arguments and egotistical posturing. “So we just learned how to talk to each other, to compromise,” said Scott.

When Scott, Kelley, and Haywood began writing songs together, Scott said, “It was like I had met my musical best friends, my brothers.”

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Rellik: It’s A Wrap

Pilot Set to be Released at Local Comic Con

By Ben Barber and Christie Spurlock
Photos by Ben Barber
Posted: 6/5/2015

Craft Brewfest and Wine Tasting

Posted: 6/5/2015

Our Heroes’ Dreams Give Hope to Returning Combat Veterans

By Justin Bond and Elise Spleiss
Posted: 5/22/2015

More Upgrades of Citrus Heights Streets and Roads

By Chris Gilbert
Posted: 5/22/2015

Miss Citrus Heights Crowned Miss Northern California

Posted: 5/8/2015

Mandatory Cut Proposal Concerns Citrus Heights Water District

By Chris Gilbert
Posted: 5/8/2015


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