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Citrus Heights News Briefs: strategic planning, street flood, marijuana bust

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Latest news briefs include business owners gathering to discuss homelessness and vacancies on Auburn Boulevard, a 300-plant indoor marijuana grow discovered by Citrus Heights detectives, flooding near Sunrise Mall after a contractor hit an underground water main, results from a weekend DUI checkpoint, and more.

Business owners developing strategy to address homelessness, vacancies on Auburn Blvd.
A pair of meetings held on Sept. 12 and 18 at city hall by the recently formed Auburn Boulevard Business Association resulted in a major step forward in developing a strategy for improving the high-traffic boulevard in Citrus Heights, association President Rich Hale told The Sentinel. The top issue discussed at the meetings was homelessness, which Hale said businesses on the boulevard “deal with every day.” He also said the group discussed three other key issues, including cleaning up vacancies, branding and marketing the boulevard, and “keeping the boulevard looking clean and safe.”

Learn more about ABBA: New business association envisions bright future for Auburn Boulevard

Hale said input presented by several dozen business and property owners at the meetings will be finalized into an action plan by MMS Strategies and will be presented at the association’s Nov. 14 meeting. The Sacramento-based MMS Strategies consulting firm was hired using a $25,000 grant from the city designed to help the association network with other businesses and write a formatted plan for what they would like to see take place over the next decade.

Citrus Heights police discover 300-plant indoor marijuana grow
Police announced on Thursday that detectives had discovered a “very sophisticated indoor marijuana grow” while executing a search warrant at a home on the 8000 block of Dicus Court, located off Lichen Drive near Interstate 80. The search was conducted around 9:45 a.m. and resulted in the seizure of around 300 marijuana plants, which were under 23 high intensity discharge bulbs, police said.

“Although the exterior of the home appeared normal, it was solely being used to illegally cultivate marijuana,” police said in a statement. “The home’s doors and windows were fortified to prevent entry and to secure their criminal operation.” Arrests were not announced, but police said the investigation is ongoing and detectives “have identified persons of interest.”

Street floods after contractor hits water main near Sunrise Mall
A contractor working near Macy Plaza struck an underground water main on Thursday afternoon, causing flooding in the area between Birdcage and Chase Bank. Citrus Heights police posted an advisory statement on social media about the flooding shortly after 2 p.m. on Sept. 21, notifying drivers that the area had flooded and was “very muddy,” but the water had been shut off.

Regina Cave, with the city’s general services department, said the contractor responsible for the damage is believed to have been doing work for Comcast. As previously reported on The Sentinel, another water main was hit by a Comcast subcontractor who was doing underground boring in May at the intersection of Fair Oaks Boulevard and Sunrise East Way.

More briefly:

Fatality: A Citrus Heights family is seeking justice after a family member, Nauhn Rocha, was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver around 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 14 while he was riding a bicycle home from work at a Folsom restaurant, according to a Fox 40 news report published on Saturday. Police arrested suspect Justin Greene, 27, who is charged with vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident, but was released from jail after posting bail. The TV station reported the family lost another family member to a drunk driver five years ago. (See full story)

DUI Checkpoint: A DUI and drivers license checkpoint operation held Friday night at Greenback Lane and Birdcage Street did not result in any DUI arrests, but police issued five citations to those driving without a license or with a suspended license, and 21 citations for other violations. According to a report provided by Sgt. Kris Frey, a total of 884 vehicles were stopped during the six-hour operation, and two vehicles were towed in connection with citations for suspended or revoked drivers licenses.

Deadline: The deadline to apply for Leadership Citrus Heights has been extended to Sept. 26th, according to Chamber of Commerce Interim Executive Director Cendrinne DeMattei. For more, read prior article: Leadership course to offer training for business, civic life.

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