CHPD Explorer Program

Source: CHPD  |  2016-02-08
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The intent of the Police Explorer Program is to educate and involve youth in police operations, interest them in law enforcement careers, enhance community outreach efforts, and raise awareness of law enforcement’s role in society. Photo courtesy Citrus Heights Police Department

The Citrus Heights Police Department’s Police Explorer Program is for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 who have an interest in law enforcement.

The intent of the Police Explorer Program is to educate and involve youth in police operations, interest them in law enforcement careers, enhance community outreach efforts, and raise awareness of law enforcement’s role in society. These Explorers receive instruction in all phases of law enforcement including criminal law, traffic law, criminal investigation, crime prevention, crime scene investigation, traffic control, accident investigation, dispatch, records, and other related fields. CHPD’s Police Explorer program affords participants the opportunity to engage in our Ride-Along Program and work side by side with officers and other police department personnel in both group activities, and special events. Explorers develop physical and emotional strength, sound character, solid values, and a sense of purpose.

Graduating from CHPD’s Explorer Program gives these young adults an edge when applying to their chosen universities, Officer Candidate School (OCS), United States military, or for a position within the law enforcement industry. By their own admission, graduates from the program credit the confidence, discipline, and poise developed as a CHPD Explorer for many of their subsequent accomplishments. The experiences our graduates come away with have set them up for a lifetime of opportunities and successes.

The Citrus Heights Police Explorer Program is actively recruiting new members. The group meets bi-monthly and participates in various events throughout the year. To learn more, please visit our website at http://www.citrusheights.net/318/Explorer-Program or call (916) 727-5549.

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Sue Frost for Supervisor picked up critical endorsements as her campaign continues to pick up steam. Recently, Frost’s campaign announced that she has earned endorsements from the Republican Party and the Sacramento Rental Housing Association.

“Sue Frost earned the early endorsement from the Republican Party with an overwhelming vote,” said Sacramento County Republican Party Chair Sue Blake.  “District 4 is the most Republican seat in the County, and we’re fully committed to helping Sue Frost win.”

Frost also announced endorsements from grassroots Republican clubs, including the Sacramento State College Republicans, Sacramento Republican Assembly, and Republicans of River City.

The Sacramento Association of Realtors endorsed earlier in the campaign, and after an interview process, the Sacramento Rental Housing Association announced their endorsement of Sue Frost as well.

“We are proud to endorse Sue Frost for Supervisor,” said Robert Winger, President of the Rental Housing Association.  “She is a businesswoman and community volunteer who rolls up her sleeves to solve real problems that confront our communities.”

“She is the one candidate with a real record as a fiscal conservative,” Winger continued, “she shares our belief that the first obligation of government is to keep our neighborhoods and citizens safe.”

Sue Frost currently serves as Councilwoman in Citrus Heights, and recently completed her term as Mayor.


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SCSO Singathon at Sunrise Mall Offers Something to Sing About

Source: Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra  |  2016-02-05

Conductor Donald Kendrick will lead the Chorus and Guest Singers (Surprised Shoppers) in well known and beloved Broadway tunes in the Mall. Proceeds will help the SCSO with their Spring 2016 education and outreach efforts. Photo courtesy SCSO

Strains of great Broadway hits—and perhaps a preview of Carl Orff’s riveting Carmina Burana—will put a smile on the faces of Sunrise Mall shoppers of all ages on Thursday evening, Feb. 18th, during the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra’s (SCSO) annual Singathon fundraiser in front of Macy’s Women’s store from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

SCSO members will come to sing…and sing they will! Under the able and entertaining direction of Conductor Donald Kendrick, both singers and shoppers will croon their way through such great Broadway memories as The Sound of Music, Westside Story, and Oklahoma, with an excerpt or two from the SCSO’s March 5th Carmina Burana concert thrown in for good measure. The event may include some “spontaneous guest conductors” and would-be Fred Astaires and Ginger Rogers who will add heartwarming entertainment value to the event.

According to Singathon 2016 Coordinator Brent Wallace, “The purpose of this Chorus-generated fundraiser is to work off the pledges that our dedicated volunteer Choral Society members have obtained over the past month. We are absolutely thrilled to say that we are spiraling our way towards our $40,000 goal. With the help of our community we hope to surpass this year’s goal of 40K. In fact, people wishing to support our efforts can make an online donation at www.sacramentochoral.com. We are pleased to continue to uphold our reputation as a fiscally accountable and well managed arts organization in our community.”

Proceeds from the Singathon will help offset professional orchestra expenses for the SCSO’s upcoming March and May 2016 choral orchestral classical concerts at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. The fundraiser will also support the SCSO’s important education and outreach to veterans, students, the underprivileged, and other area nonprofits. Come join in the fun and support the SCSO!


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With winter storms slowly boosting water supply, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its water delivery estimate for most recipients from 10 percent of requests for the calendar year, as announced in December, to 15 percent.

“Our modest increase underscores the fact that we still have a critical water shortage after four-plus years of drought that we don’t know when will end,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “One look at our low reservoirs tells us that we need a lot more wet weather before summer.”

Although there is no exact formula for ending the drought and conditions vary region by region, a rough guidepost is that approximately 150 percent of average winter precipitation — rain and snow — would significantly ease statewide conditions, with the major exception of groundwater depletion.

The State Water Project (SWP) delivery estimate (allocation) may be increased further if storms continue to build rainfall and snowpack totals. The 29 public agencies that receive SWP water (State Water Project Contractors) requested 4,172,786 acre-feet of water for 2016. With today’s allocation increase, they will receive 631,115 acre-feet.

Collectively, the SWP Contractors serve approximately 25 million Californians and just under a million acres of irrigated farmland.

It is important to note that nearly all areas served by the SWP also have other sources of water, among them streams, groundwater, and local reservoirs.

Key reservoirs are beginning to rise from early winter storms, but remain low.

Lake Oroville in Butte County, the State Water Project’s principal reservoir, was recorded recently as holding 1,366,061 acre-feet, 39 percent of its 3.5 million acre-foot capacity and — 60 percent of its historical average for the date. Shasta Lake north of Redding, California’s and the federal Central Valley Project’s (CVP) largest reservoir, was holding 2,138,566 acre-feet, 47 percent of its 4.5 million acre-foot capacity and 71 percent of its historical average. San Luis Reservoir, a critical south-of-Delta pool for both the SWP and CVP, reflects the same trend of lower reservoir storage this year. San Luis was holding 641,729 acre-feet, 31 percent of its 2 million acre-foot capacity and 41 percent of normal for the date. Folsom Lake, a CVP reservoir near Sacramento, is holding 398,523 acre-feet of its 977,000 acre-foot capacity, 79 percent of average for the date.

Though still critically low, many reservoir levels have dramatically risen from recent storm runoff. Groundwater aquifers recharge more slowly, with many in the Central Valley sinking toward record levels.

Last year’s (2015) 20 percent allocation was the second lowest since 1991, when agricultural customers of the SWP got a zero allocation and municipal customers received 30 percent of requests. In 2014, SWP deliveries were five percent of requested amounts for all customers.

The last 100 percent allocation — difficult to achieve even in wet years largely because of Delta pumping restrictions to protect threatened and endangered fish species — was in 2006. SWP allocations in recent years:

2015 – 20 percent

2014 – 5 percent

2013 – 35 percent

2012 – 65 percent

2011 – 80 percent

2010 – 50 percent

2009 – 40 percent

2008 – 35 percent

2007 – 60 percent

2006 – 100 percent

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a drought state of emergency on Jan. 17th, 2014 and followed up with statewide water conservation mandates. Since then, the state has been swept by drought-fueled forest fires, vast tracts of farmland have been fallowed and some communities have scrambled for drinking water.

Long-range weather forecasts are uncertain, and there is no way to know if this winter will deeply dent the state’s historic drought.

DWR’s California Data Exchange Center (CDEC) Web sites show current water conditions at the state’s reservoirs and weather stations.

Reservoirs: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/resapp/getResGraphsMain.action

Precipitation: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow_rain.html

Snow: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/snowapp/sweq.action

While the early winter rain and snowpack are promising, this may yet prove to be a fifth consecutive year of drought in California. To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visit Drought.CA.gov. Every Californian should take steps to conserve water; find out how at SaveOurWater.com.


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From Senator Jim Nielsen: “The State’s first priority must be saving money for the Rainy Day fund to ease the pain of budget cuts in an economic downturn. Programs that provide care to the most vulnerable Californians like Developmental Disability Services have not been adequately funded.

“To better serve people with developmental disabilities, I introduced Senate Bill 818, a bill similar to the one I introduced in Special Session last year. My commitment to make this funding permanent in the State's General Fund is unwavering.

“And I am so glad to hear that the Governor reaffirmed his commitment to build water storage. We must increase the state's above-ground water storage.

“Conservation alone won't get us out of this historic drought nor will it help get us through the next drought.

“Sites Reservoir is shoveled-ready to store up to 1.8 million acre feet of water.

“Planning for access to clean water is essential to the prosperity of future generations.”

Source: Office of Senator Jim Nielsen

 

From Senator Gaines: “In a state with the highest poverty rate in the nation, hundreds of billions in unfunded liabilities, and some of the highest gas taxes and worst roads, I hoped to hear more about the Governor's vision for solving those massive problems without crushing taxpayers.

“I’m happy that the state revenues are surging, but that should be viewed as an opportunity to pay down debt and fund one-time, high-priority projects. This month's stock market meltdown shows that our budget picture could change dramatically in just one year proving again that California needs to be a model of prudent, careful spending.

“I want the Governor to put some money back into working families' pockets. No tax increase extensions, and no new taxes on gas and health plans. Let’s—for once—grow the quality of life instead of growing bureaucracy.”

Source: Office of Senator Gaines

 

From Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner: “I share the governor’s optimism when it comes to California's future. Our state has a diverse economy, a strong commitment to education and more than enough revenue to fully fund roads, schools, and water storage without raising taxes.

“As the governor himself warns, we must continue to exercise fiscal prudence. The true test of his leadership will be whether he can hold the line on spending against the tax-and-spend liberal legislators of his own party.

“Instead of raising taxes, our focus should be on providing greater value for Californians by improving quality of life and by seeking solutions that make this state a more affordable place to live and work.”

Source: Office of George Runner

 

From Assemblymember Rocky Chávez: “Today, the Governor continued his theme of fiscal caution and hopeful planning for the future in his comments. While I applaud his recognition of this important principle, Governor Brown needs to focus on practical government solutions that cut back on waste and gets our State back to common sense governance,” said Chávez.

“We have a major hole in our Healthcare system, we have a backlog of billions of dollars in infrastructure repairs and we continue to face one of the worst droughts in California with no adequate water storage. The rubber band can only stretch so far until it snaps. We need to put practical solutions into place to take care of these issues while continuing to budget for our rainy day fund.”

“In his closing, the Governor discussed being courageous yet cautious. With the changing world markets, the uncertainty of how foreign affairs will affect our state and our volatile income tax dependency, Brown made one thing certain today, 2016 will not be 2015,” said Chávez.

Source: Office of Rocky Chávez


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Blackjack Fundraiser to Send Police on 120 Mile Run

Source: Citrus Heights Police Activities League and Folsom Police Foundation  |  2016-01-29

Runners and support staff from the Citrus Heights and Folsom Police Departments who participated in their first Challenge Cup: Baker to Vegas Race in 2015. Photo courtesy Citrus Heights Police Dept.

“120 miles of pavement, 20 stages, over 8,000 runners, guests, family members, and support staff. Hot days and cold nights.  Blood. Sweat. Pride. Honor…..”

On March 19th and 20th, 2016 a team of over two dozen runners and staff from Citrus Heights and Folsom police departments will be part of their 2nd Challenge Cup Relay - Baker to Vegas Race between Baker, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev.

Started in 1985 by two Los Angeles police officers, Chuck Foote and Larry Moore, the Baker to Vegas Race helps police organizations raise funds to support their local community programs. According to the Folsom Police Foundation website: “Police organizations from all over the United States form relay teams to compete in the 120 mile run that encompasses 20 stages in the grueling heat of the day and the desert cold at night. The Folsom Police Department and Citrus Heights Police Department have once again joined forces to enter a team to raise proceeds for the Folsom Police Foundation and Citrus Heights Police Activities League.”

A Blackjack Tournament fundraiser to help fund the team’s participation in the race will take place on Feb. 4th, 2016 at Stones Gambling Hall in Citrus Heights. The tournament will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A $40 fee includes appetizers and the tournament. To register to the event call 727-5500 or go to http://www.citrusheightspal.com/blackjack-tournament.html.

In 2015 the Citrus Heights/Folsom team finished 167 out of 262 teams overall. Each department provides an equal number of runners plus alternates. Their time was 18:17:07 over the 120 mile course. In the mixed category the team finished 18 out 27 teams. The mixed division teams are comprised of only police officers and have at least five women running.

For more information on the race visit http://bakervegas.net/about-us/race-history/.


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American Pickers to Film in California

Source: American Pickers on History Channel   |  2016-01-29

This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars, and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Photo courtesy American Pickers on History Channel

California is excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series American Pickers throughout California. Filming is scheduled for early March.

American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars, and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle America, restore forgotten relics to their former glory, and learn a thing or two about American history along the way.

American Pickers is looking for leads and would love to explore what you may have. They are on the hunt for interesting characters with interesting and unique items.  Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-50’s western gear.

American Pickers is produced by Cineflix Productions for History. New episodes air Wednesdays at 9pm E.T. on History.

If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com (855) OLD-RUST.


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Take a Sentimental Journey via Cabaret

Source: River City Chorale  |  2016-01-29

The River City Chorale, 60 voices strong, has been presenting the Cabaret for many years and it is by far its most popular concert. Photo courtesy River City Chorale

The River City Chorale presents its ever-popular Cabaret on Saturday and Sunday, March 5th and 6th, with two shows each day: 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It’s conveniently located at the Serbian Church Hall, 7777 Sunset Ave (between Sunrise and San Juan), in Fair Oaks, Calif. 95628.

With the theme of Sentimental Journeys you will be transported back to the era of such songs as “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Route 66,” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”

Upon entering the hall you will be greeted by the sounds of a traditional jazz combo and escorted to your reserved place at decorated round tables seating up to eight persons. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at your table by the singers and you can partake of libations at an open bar. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for one of four fun prizes, with winners to be announced at the end of the concert.

Then the show begins! In keeping with the tradition of the cabaret you will be entertained by small groups, soloists, a chamber choir as well as the whole ensemble who will be perched—cabaret style—on stools onstage. A combo led by Richard Morrissey, the director of the Chorale, with piano by the very talented Kathy Earl Midgley, will provide the accompaniment.

The River City Chorale, 60 voices strong, has been presenting the Cabaret for many years and it is by far its most popular concert. So get your tickets early by going online at www.RiverCityChorale.org or call (916) 331-3810.


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The City is accepting applications for one (1) position on the History and Arts Commission. The position is to fill an unexpired term ending December 2018. Applications are available at City Hall, 7927 Auburn Boulevard, or can be downloaded from www.citrusheights.net.

The deadline for submitting an application is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall. The City Council will make the appointment at their February 25th meeting.

The History and Arts Commission preserves and promotes the City’s historic resources; fosters, develops, and enriches programs for the arts; and encourages citizen participation in its outreach activities.

For additional information please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (916) 725-2448 or cityclerk@citrusheights.net.


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Annual Crab Feed and Auction Supports Youth

Source: Citrus Heights Rotary Foundation  |  2016-01-25

Generous donors are the key to their success and make it possible for the Citrus Heights Rotary Club to provide scholarships, dictionaries to third all graders, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, International Youth Exchange Program, and Christmas Food Baskets. Photo courtesy Citrus Heights Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Club of Citrus Heights is having their 28th Annual Crab Feed and Auction at the Citrus Heights Community Center Feb. 13th, 2016. In order to ensure the success of this very important fundraiser, they are seeking contributions to help defray the costs associated with the event, so that all funds raised can go directly toward the community.

Generous donors are the key to their success and make it possible for the Citrus Heights Rotary Club to provide scholarships, dictionaries to third all graders, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, International Youth Exchange Program, and Christmas Food Baskets; also, for the communities changing needs, they have expanded their service efforts to address such pressure issues as illiteracy, children at risk, world hunger, clean drinking water, and environmental degradation.

A major goal for Rotary International is the eradication of Polio around the world. They hope that they can count on your support to help them. Your donation will be listed in their event program, as well as on the event website page.

Each year this event becomes more of a success, last year alone over 750 people attended the Crab Feed. This year they are expecting over 800 attendees and hope to raise over $50,000 dollars. At the event there will be a Silent Auction. They ask you to become a sponsor of the event or donate a live auction item. They always acknowledge gift donors during the event and would also request some advertising literature to accompany your donation to acknowledge your generosity.

The Rotary Club of Citrus Heights is a Foundation and your contributions may be tax deductible. Their EIN number is 03-0566682 if you have any questions please feel free to contact Jessica Mang, who is available for donation pickup at (916) 595.3761. They thank you for your time and consideration.


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