Citrus Heights Sentinel Logo

Citrus Heights News Briefs: Camp Fire, Public Hearing, Obituary, Construction

Citrus Heights police, camp fire
Several Citrus Heights police officers pose for a photo while assisting with emergency response in Butte County on Saturday due to the Camp Fire. // Image credit: CHPD

Sentinel staff report–
Latest local news briefs include Citrus Heights police officers being deployed to assist with emergency response in Butte County, a public hearing scheduled for a subdivision request at the Birdcage shopping center, and more.

Citrus Heights police deploy officers to assist in response to Camp Fire
Citrus Heights police officers are assisting in emergency response efforts in Butte County, where the state’s most destructive fire is continuing to blaze out of control. At least five officers were shown in photos posted on CHPD’s social media pages on Saturday, with police announcing the officers had been deployed to the area to assist along with other agencies.

The post quickly gained several hundred “likes” on Facebook, along with dozens of supportive comments from community members. “Love seeing my new hometown PD helping in this crisis in my original hometown,” wrote one commenter. Another said she had just moved to Citrus Heights from Paradise and thanked police for assisting with emergency response. As of late Saturday, news agencies reported the blaze had grown to more than 100,000 acres in size, with only 20% containment and a rising death toll at 23. Smoke from the Camp Fire has spread across the region, with the air quality index rated at 244 in Citrus Heights as of 1 a.m. Sunday, a level defined as “very unhealthy” according to Residents are advised to avoid outdoor activities.

Public hearing to be held on subdivision request at Birdcage shopping center
Citrus Heights Planning Commissioners on Wednesday night will consider a request to subdivide the Best Buy building from the rest of the 30-acre Marketplace at Birdcage shopping center, following a public hearing on the matter. According to a Planning Division staff report, the applicant, Baker Williams Engineering, is requesting the subdivision “to allow separate ownership of the existing Best Buy building for tax and leasing purposes.” The report said the site is fully developed and no associated improvements or developments are being proposed for the location. (See full agenda packet)

Obituary: Carl E. Healy (1931-2018)
Carl Healy, who was born in Citrus Heights in 1931 and graduated from San Juan High School in 1949, passed away last month while surrounded by family. His obituary in The Sacramento Bee appeared on Nov. 11, stating he was born on Aug. 10, 1931 at his family’s home on Sunrise Boulevard in Citrus Heights. He also attended Sylvan school and later served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant after serving in the Korean War.

Healy was a member of the Citrus Heights Community Church, as well as being a Mason and Shriner. He was preceded in death by his wife Dee Dee, who died in 2015. He is survived by three children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. at Destiny Christian Church in Rocklin. (See full obituary)

New drone video shows construction progress on senior living facility
A new three-minute video published Thursday on Youtube shows aerial footage of construction work at “The Oars,” a new senior living facility being built at 6550 Greenback Ln. The new 32,000-square-foot facility will feature round-the-clock care, with 63 beds. It is expected to be completed next year. (Read more about the project)

More briefly:

  • Youth Summit. A new video highlights the San Juan Unified School District’s ‘Youth Action Summit,’ which was held last month at the Citrus Heights Community Center. (See video)
Like local news? Sign up for The Sentinel’s free email edition and get two emails a week with all local news and no spam, ever. (Click here)