FunDay is Coming!

By Patrick Larenas  |  2019-09-11

The City has prepared lots of entertainment for children including pony rides, inflatable bounce houses and tours of the Historic Rusch Home, where the park got its heritage. Stock photo

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Make plans to be at Rusch Park on Sunday, September 22, and have a blast at this year’s Sunday FunDay entertainment extravaganza! Bring your family, friends and business ventures to share and celebrate the last weekend of summer.

Thousands of people from all walks of life will be there enjoying the live music of the band Journey Revisited, The Citrus Heights Community Marching Band, and a variety of food to keep you satisfied while entertained. The City has also prepared lots of entertainment for children including pony rides, inflatable bounce houses and tours of the Historic Rusch Home, where the park got its heritage.

If you have something fun or activities to exhibit, set up a booth and show the public what fascinates and connects you to others in the community. Whether you are a business, non-profit or just crafting, you will attract the like-minded, giving you the chance to meet those who keep Citrus Heights friendly, alive and innovative; however, you must contact the city for vendor booth approval.

Entrance and entertainment is free. So come ready to eat and enjoy that great weather before it goes away!

The Rusch Park Sunday FunDay event is from 11 am to 3 pm and is located at 7801 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights.

For more information, visit our website at Citrus or call (916) 727-5400                                       

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to revise the Approved Budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

The Approved Budget in June totaled $4.4 billion. With the completion of the County’s FY 2018-19 year-end financial closing activities and updated information, an increase of $138 million was proposed, bringing the Budget Recommended for Adoption to $4.5 billion in appropriations. Most of this increase involved re-budgeting funds for capital projects due to shifts in timing for those projects.

In June, to close a general shortfall of $55 million, Sacramento County made $43 million in reductions in General Fund Departments and reduced $12 million in General Fund reserves to bridge the gap.

General Fund departments identified a number of targeted program and position reductions. The reductions included the elimination of 181.3 FTE positions that were either vacant or, in a few cases, filled by employees who were shifted to other positions in the same class. No layoffs were necessary.

The June Approved Budget also included budget increases in a number of areas, including:

$21.7 million to make improvements to the County’s jails as part of continuing efforts to resolve conditions of confinement concerns identified in a recent lawsuit;

$2.3 million in state and federal revenue to add 25 FTE positions in Child Support Services;

$1.2 million in 2011 Realignment Local Innovation funds to add seven positions in Probation to establish a Pre-Trial Assessment and Monitoring Pilot Program;

$1 million set aside for costs related to the Hardesty/Schneider lawsuit against the County;

$3.5 million to add 29 FTE positions in Airports Department to handle the impact of increasing passenger and freight volume; and

$668,000 to cover the cost of postcards and postage for the March 2020 Primary Election, as required by state law.

The Board is scheduled to formally adopt the Budget Recommended for Adoption on Sep. 24.

For details, read the Budget Letter to the Board of Supervisors or view all budget documents on the Office of Budget and Debt Management website.

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Opportunity Expo Brings New Franchises, Business Success Exhibits and Speakers

Business Opportunity Expo Press Release  |  2019-09-11

Keynote Speaker Professor Alan Tratner of Green2Gold “Cash in on your Great Ideas!” Photo provided by The Opportunity Expo

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Business Opportunity Expo is scheduled for September 28 and 29, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel NE. It is the most comprehensive business event for the public in this region. The show features local and national exhibits including a variety of franchises and business opportunities, financing for small to medium businesses, state-of-the-art tools for success, and business education and training.

Listen to top nationally known speakers like Professor Alan Tratner, who has been dubbed the “Minister of Ideas” and has appeared on Oprah, CNN, CNBC and has had features in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Business Week, Newsweek, and many others. Alan will teach you “How to Cash in your Great Ideas!” and can even help you get them financed. Craig Hettrich of California Growth Advisors will teach how to achieve success with “The Best Practices of Great Companies.” And Lynne Shelton, founder of Shelton Law & Associates, will show you how to choose and run a successful franchise, or how to turn your existing business into a successful franchise chain.

Visit dynamic new franchises being offered such as EnviroMerica and i9 Sports, or open a profitable candy kiosk in the mall or a successful hair salon. It’s all here at The Opportunity Expo. Admission and parking are free.

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel NE, 5321 Date Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841

When: Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, 2019, 11 am – 5 pm

Admission: This event and parking are free to the public. Please see to attend or exhibit and see the list of speakers and times.


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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The City of Citrus Heights is working to make roads in our community safer for everyone who uses them, with the goal of making sure our neighborhoods are safe places to walk, drive, bike and roll. The Multi Modal Transportation Safety Program (MMTSP), funded by a Caltrans Sustainable Communities grant, will update and improve the way the city addresses traffic and safety concerns raised by residents. This program will:

Develop a clear and transparent process for addressing complaints, identifying the best way to fix the issue, and outlining when and how changes will be made;

Develop a catalog of safety measures to address specific types of problems including guidelines for how to best apply different safety measures;

Develop a way to prioritize citizen requests to address speeding, cut‐through traffic, and other safety issues in their neighborhoods;

Package the above features into a “tool” that allows the city to quickly respond to citizen requests and track the status of requests anywhere in the process;

Provide Citrus Heights residents tools and strategies to promote safety in their neighborhoods;

The MMTSP includes a robust community involvement component, including active participation by Neighborhood Champions.

Neighborhood Champions are community volunteers interested in contributing to multimodal safety throughout the city in an active capacity. Champions will pay an important role in developing the program, including: 

Communicating the program goals and progress to their neighbors and soliciting participation in the program’s community‐based activities;

Attending training and leading “WALKshops” with residents to highlight safety issues and safety improvements;

Assisting the city in leading community workshops to develop the citizen request program;

Interested residents can watch the project information video and download the Neighborhood Champion interest form from the project website. #RoadsForAllModes

To learn more about the project, visit . Questions about the community open house and/or the project can be directed to 

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SacRT Launches Newly Redesigned Bus Network

By Jessica Gonzalez, SacRT  |  2019-09-11

Adjustments have been made to almost every SacRT bus route. Photo courtesy of SacRT

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA – The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) is getting ready to roll out a newly redesigned bus network that offers seven-day-a-week service, more late night and weekend service and more frequent service. The new bus network launches on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Customer Assistance Teams will be out across the region helping riders navigate the new bus network and offer trip planning assistance.

“We started from a blank slate and took a closer look at where people live, work and play in the Sacramento region to develop a new bus network that will improve mobility and move the region forward,” said SacRT General Manager/CEO Henry Li.

“SacRT is moving forward with significant improvements that will help reduce congestion and lead to economic growth,” said Sacramento County Supervisor and SacRT Board Chair Patrick Kennedy. “The new bus network is just one of several historic improvements that SacRT has made over the last several years to make it easier for people to travel around the region.”

SacRT began the process of redesigning the bus network nearly three years ago, with the support of our planning partners, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). SACOG assisted SacRT with the selection of a consulting team, study funding, and other key elements of the process. “An efficient transit network that helps connect more of the region’s residents to work, education, and opportunity is key to sustainable, prosperous growth,” said SACOG Executive Director James Corless. “We are thrilled that SacRT is increasing frequency and service to where people are and where they want to go.”

Adjustments have been made to almost every bus route, some minor and some much more substantial. SacRT invested an additional $3 million to improve service on the new network.

The new bus network consists of: 27 regular fixed routes; 15 peak hour only routes; All routes have 7-day a week service; More 15 minute service routes and all routes have at least 45 minute or better service.

SacRT’s Customer Call Center is expanding hours to help answer rider questions about the new bus network. Starting Sunday, September 8, the new hours will be Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends. The expanded hours will be in effect for 90 days and extended if needed.

As part of the new bus network, new system maps and new bus stop signs have been put up across the region. This is the first time in 30 years that SacRT has redesigned the bus stop sign. The new sign is double sided, so riders can see the information from both directions and features the destination name so riders know which direction the bus is headed. SacRT is also giving riders the opportunity to take home a vintage bus stop sign by emailing to request a sign.

For more information on the new bus network, including a SacRT Forward trip planner to plan your next bus trip, visit


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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Join San Juan Education Foundation for the 13th annual An Evening with the STARS on Friday, Sept. 27, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred, located at 2300 Sierra Blvd. in Sacramento. This event celebrates excellence in education, and this year’s theme is STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). Honorees for the STARS Hall of Fame are San Juan Unified alumni who have excelled in those areas. 

This year’s honorees are:        

Scott Pease
Visionary video game developer
Bella Vista High School

H. Michael Shepard, Ph.D.
Award-winning cancer biologist
Del Campo High School

Heidi Poppelreiter Parris
NASA, International Space Station flight controller
Casa Roble Fundamental High School

KVIE’s Rob Stewart of “Rob on the Road” will emcee the event. The evening will feature a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, a raffle, live music, a special collaboration with Aerospace Museum of California and the STARS Hall of Fame program.

The STARS Hall of Fame was established in 2009 by the STARS Foundation, with the support of the school district, to honor exceptional San Juan Unified School District graduates who embody an innovative spirit and have made their mark in their chosen profession. 

For further event details, ticket and raffle information, visit Proceeds support innovative learning opportunities for the K-12 students of all San Juan Unified schools.

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Annual Chicken Festival Something to Crow About

Submitted by Mary Cattolica  |  2019-09-11

Learn to cluck, crow and be a chicken with Rocky. Photo courtesy FORPD

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - At the Village of Fair Oaks, it’s time to start clucking, crowing and scratching the “Feed Court” floor for some grub at the 14th Annual Fair Oaks Chicken Festival on Saturday, September 21st.

You can join some 12,000 other villagers by attending the Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District presented festival and visiting an eclectic variety of craft vendors including painting, photography, glassworks, jewelry, woodcarvings, candles, lotions, clothing, and much more.

The main stage will be featuring live bands throughout the day (Jax Hammer, FBI, & Mullet Mechanix). The Fair Oaks Chicken Festival also features a kid’s park with kid friendly performances, games, and activities for the entire family!

The Fair Oaks Rotary Club will be providing Craft-Brew Tasting represented by local breweries in the Northern California Region. Over 10 different food vendors will be offering a wide range of food in our “Feed Court” sponsored by SactoMoFo.

The Fair Oaks Host Lions Club will host the 6th annual Cluck n’ Crow contest (chicken impersonating with a grand prize of $100!) and the Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District is happy to once again host the GREAT Chicken contest (wooden chicken decorating).

Brand new this year is a Pop-Up Paint class that will take place in Plaza Park, where participants will learn to paint their very own chicken.  Pre-registration for the class is required. Also don’t forget our Pancake Breakfast Saturday morning, presented by the Fair Oaks/Orangevale Grange #354. 

Admission & Parking are free from 10 am to 5 pm at the Village of Fair Oaks, 7003 Park Drive, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

For more information visit

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