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Citrus Heights News Briefs: water issues, Gold’s Gym, layoffs

Gold’s Gym is located at 8485 Auburn Blvd., in Citrus Heights. // CH Sentinel

Latest local news briefs include the San Juan Water District making a controversial decision to delay its transition from at-large elections, Gold’s Gym announcing plans to reopen in Citrus Heights, and layoffs announced at the Sacramento Bee.

Water District votes 3-2 to delay switch to district-based elections
In a special meeting on April 14, the San Juan Water District, which supplies wholesale water to water districts in Citrus Heights, narrowly voted to delay its switch to district-based elections to the 2022 election, rather than this year. Directors Marty Hanneman and Dan Rich opposed pushing the transition to 2022, while Pamela Tobin and Kenneth Miller were joined by Board President Ted Costa in supporting the later date. The board is slated to hold a followup vote via public teleconference call on April 22 to officially declare intention to transition. (See agenda packet)

Gold’s Gym in Citrus Heights to reopen, while others close permanently
The general manager of Gold’s Gym in Citrus Heights said in a statement Friday that the franchise location at 8485 Auburn Blvd. will reopen once state health officials determine it is safe to do so. Gold’s Gym International is reportedly permanently closing 30 company-owned locations nationwide amid the COVID-19 shutdowns, according to several media outlets. (See statement)

SacBee lays off publisher amid slow ad sales
The Sacramento Bee’s parent company, McClatchy, announced furloughs of ad sales representatives and layoffs of executives last week as advertising slowed amid the coronavirus crisis. SacBee publisher Gary Wortel was among four executives who were laid off, according to the Sacramento Business Journal. (See story)

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