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Citrus Heights News Briefs: coffee conflict, police pursuit, Frost, sewage rates

Master Donuts
Owner Vong “Dee” Cheak stands outside her donut shop on Sunrise Boulevard, where a new coffee drive-thru is poised to set up shop next to her. // CH Sentinel

Latest local news briefs include concerns over a new coffee drive-thru locating next to a donut shop, a Citrus Heights man being sought by Bay Area authorities, former mayor and councilwoman Sue Frost being sworn in as county supervisor, and details on another proposed rate increase for sewer-sanitation charges.

New coffee drive-thru approved on Sunrise; donut shop owner unhappy
A proposed new Human Bean drive-thru coffee kiosk on Sunrise Boulevard near Old Auburn Road received unanimous planning commission approval on Jan. 11, giving the green light for work to begin on the project. Although no comments were made during a public hearing, Owner Amy Wallace answered commissioner questions about the potential for long lines of cars at the location and also addressed a concern about whether the new coffee shop would hurt Master Donuts, which is located next door. Wallace said she had offered to sell the neighboring shop’s donuts and said relations with neighboring tenants have “been fine so far.” City staff said the location should be able to handle several cars in line, and Wallace said a typical car at her other location in Rocklin is only in line for 90 seconds.

In an interview with The Sentinel this week, Master Donuts owner Vong “Dee” Cheak said she was “not happy” about the coffee shop setting up next door, believing it will hurt her own coffee and donut sales. Despite her objections, she confirmed signing an agreement with her property manager to allow Human Bean to set up shop, noting she didn’t have money for a legal battle and was concerned her own lease might not be renewed if she didn’t sign the agreement. Cheak said she would not allow Human Bean to sell her donuts, but was aware of the offer.

Citrus Heights man listed as suspect sought in Bay Area pursuit
A local 22-year-old man is being sought by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly leading deputies on a pursuit that began in North Richmond on Jan. 13. The pursuit was called off after an officer collided with another vehicle, leaving the suspect at-large. In a news release, the sheriff’s department said the vehicle pursued is believed to have been driven by Eddie Nute of Citrus Heights. Authorities said Nute has a $1 million dollar arrest warrant for auto burglary and gang-related charges. Anyone with information on Nute’s location is asked to contact the the sheriff’s department at (925) 646-2441. Anonymous tips can be left at (866) 846-3592, or emailed to

Regional San proposes 5-year rate increase; will hold meeting in Citrus Heights
A meeting will be held at the Citrus Heights Community Center on Feb. 2 to discuss a proposed rate increase for Regional Sanitation customers. The proposal seeks to raise fees for a typical residential home owner from $35 per month to $39 per month by 2021, through gradual increases of 50 cents to one dollar each year. Unless on septic, home owners also pay an additional monthly fee to the Sacramento Area Sewer District, but that rate will not be affected by the proposal and the District does not expect a need to raise rates until 2020. Regional San previously raised rates from $26 at the beginning of 2014 up to $35 last year. The sanitation district says increases are needed to pay for completion of a new EchoWater treatment plant, to comply with 2010 state mandates about filtration standards. The Feb. 2 meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 6300 Fountain Square Dr., and will also be broadcast on Facebook live. (Learn more)

Former Citrus Heights mayor sworn in as new county supervisor
Sue Frost was officially sworn in as the newest member of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. A ceremony and reception for Frost was held in the supervisor chambers in downtown Sacramento and was attended by about 200 people, including officials from Citrus Heights as well as Sheriff Scott Jones and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

Frost is one of five supervisors representing the county, with her district covering the cities of Citrus Heights, Folsom, part of Rancho Cordova, and other outlying areas of the county. Following a four-year term on the Citrus Heights city council, she was elected as supervisor in November with 55 percent of the vote. Frost replaced former Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan who announced her retirement after 12 years on the board.

Related links: KFBK radio segment with Frost from Jan. 11, SacBee story on MacGlashan from Jan 7, Sentinel story on Frost & MacGlashan from Dec. 17

Sue Frost took a seat for the first time on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, Tuesday. // CH Sentinel
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