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Citrus Heights News Briefs: business news, potluck, conviction

REACH potluck, Michael Marcus
Speaker Michael Marcus addresses a crowd of about 100 residents and city leaders at a potluck workshop event at the Citrus Heights Community Center on March 5, 2018. // CH Sentinel

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Latest local news briefs include a Citrus Heights company making it on a list of top mortgage bankers in the region, a potluck and workshop at the community center, police department comments on the conviction of a man who robbed an elderly veteran, and more.

REACH potluck, workshop highlights building stronger community
About 100 residents and community leaders attended the fifth annual potluck and workshop at the community center Monday evening, hosted by the Residents’ Empowerment Association of Citrus Heights. Speaker Michael Marcus, of the Sacramento-based Consultants for Community Resources, focused on building strong communities by thinking of community in terms of assets, rather than problems, and then harnessing those assets together to create positive change. Local artist Thomas Spencer also addressed the group on improving the quality of community.

The three hour event was emceed by Tim Schaefer and concluded with raffle prizes and informal discussions among attendees. Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost was among those in attendance, along with Mayor Steve Miller and most council members.

Citrus Heights PD commend veteran after jury convicts robbery suspect
Following the announcement last week of a 38-year-old’s conviction for the 2016 brazen robbery of an elderly Citrus Heights veteran, local Investigations Lieutenant Michael Wells commended the efforts of the victim as well as the police department’s efforts to investigate the incident and quickly apprehend the suspect, Benjamin Tremper. “It was a complete team effort which ensured this violent suspect was arrested and will no longer be able to terrorize our community,” said Wells in a written statement to The Sentinel on Thursday.

“Most importantly, I would like to commend Mr. George who refused to be victimized,” the lieutenant said, referring to the veteran who was robbed. “Mr. George struggled with the suspect and was ultimately able to summon help. He was then able to provide responding officers necessary details and positively identify his attacker after he was located. Mr. George’s bravery was critical in the apprehension and conviction of this dangerous predator.” (See related story for more: DA: Man convicted for brazen robbery of elderly Citrus Heights veteran)

Citrus Heights company listed among top regional mortgage bankers
Residential Home Loans, a Citrus Heights-based mortgage lender, was ranked No. 16 on a list of 25 mortgage bankers in the region published by the Sacramento Business Journal this month. The local lender, which has offices at 5751 Sunrise Blvd., reported a total of 368 home loans in 2016, totaling just over $105 million. The No. 1 regional mortgage banker topping the list was Finance of America, which reported 2,898 home loans the same year, totaling $891 million.

The Journal’s list ranked companies in the Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo county region, using data from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. Residential Home Loans is a division of Cherry Creek Mortgage, based in Greenwood Village, Colorado. (See full list)

More briefly:

  • Sheriff’s Race. Citrus Heights Councilman Bret Daniels, who is running for Sacramento County Sheriff, was mentioned in separate articles about the race in the Sacramento Bee and News & Review over the past week.
  • Laundry biz. Owners of a Citrus Heights laundromat were featured in an article by American Coin-Op about how they got into the laundry business. (Read article)
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