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Citrus Heights News Briefs: homeless camp, local jobs, missing toddler

Hiring, SRPD
The Sunrise Recreation and Parks District is now hiring. // Photo courtesy, SRPD.

Latest news briefs include the Sunrise Recreation and Parks District announcing new job openings, a missing 2-year-old being found, Citrus Heights Community Center bookings reaching a new milestone, and news of a local family’s battle with a homeless camp behind their property.

Fox40: Citrus Heights family concerned about homeless camp behind home
A perpetual homeless camp behind a Citrus Heights home near Interstate 80 and Antelope Road is causing safety concerns and frustration for a local family who lives next to the camp, according to an April 4 report on Fox 40. Cameras showed sleeping bags, clothes, and trash outside a fence behind the family’s home, which reportedly has been a homeless camp for five years.

Resident Jennifer Spurr told the TV station that the problem is exacerbated by the camp being located on CalTrans property next to the highway, causing jurisdiction to reportedly lie with the California Highway Patrol and CalTrans, rather than the city. “Citrus Heights and CalTrans are kind of fighting over who’s actually going to solve the problem. Meanwhile, we’re at home threatened by these people, and we feel like there’s no recourse,” said Spurr. Citrus Heights Councilman Bret Daniels posted the story on his official Facebook page and said “when residents cannot even go into their own backyard, something has to change.” (Watch Fox 40 segment)

Community Center reaches 7,000 bookings since opening in 2010
According to an April update from the Citrus Heights Community Center, the local event center on Fountain Square Drive has now exceeded 7,000 bookings for its facilities since opening in 2010. More volunteers are currently being sought to help answer questions at the front desk, provide tours, and do basic office administrative work. For more information or facility availability, the center can be reached at (916) 727-5400.

CHPD: Missing 2-year-old found
Responding to several questions posted by community members on the Citrus Heights Police Department’s Twitter page on Tuesday, police said a missing child had been located safely by police and was returned to parents. According to the tweets, the missing child was a two-year-old in Batman pajamas who had last been seen on Sunrise Boulevard. As previously reported on The Sentinel, CHPD averages around 50 missing person calls per month.

Sunrise Parks District is now hiring
Know someone looking for work? In an April 4 posting on the Sunrise Recreation and Parks District’s Facebook page, several seasonal park and janitorial positions were announced, with additional job openings also posted on the district’s website. Other openings include aquatics positions, teacher aide jobs, basketball and baseball coaches, and day care/pre-school teaching positions. More information is posted at

Other happenings around town included Babies & Bumps being held at the Community Center on Saturday, and Sylvan Ranch Community Garden’s annual plant sale fundraiser being held at the corner of Stock Ranch and Sylvan roads on April 7-9.

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