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Four T-38 aircraft pass over Mercy San Juan Medical Center on Saturday afternoon. // Mike Hazlip

Latest local news briefs include an Air Force tribute to healthcare workers passing over Citrus Heights skies, concept options for improving traffic safety near schools to be presented at an upcoming Zoom meeting, and the latest news over the San Juan Water District’s response to a voting rights demand letter.

Air Force ‘flyover’ tribute to healthcare workers passes through Citrus Heights
Citrus Heights residents sheltering-in-place around noon on Saturday likely heard the roar of four T-38 aircraft from Beale Air Force Base passing quickly through the skies as pilots navigated from Roseville to Mercy San Juan Hospital —  part of a “flyover” salute to healthcare professionals serving during the COVID-19 crisis. According to a news release from Beale, the flyover began at noon at the air force base and was set to conclude an hour later after the planes completed a flight path over hospitals in the region. (See news release)

Citrus Heights Police Chief interviewed on KFBK about new campaign
Police Chief Ron Lawrence was featured in an interview on KFBK Friday afternoon to discuss the department’s participation in a new “America Strong and United” campaign. The campaign seeks to recognize first responders and essential workers in their role to help keep communities safe and functioning during the COVID-19 crisis. (Click to hear interview)

City to present option to address traffic problems near schools
The City of Citrus Heights on Tuesday will host an interactive Zoom webinar to present concept options addressing traffic concerns along Carriage Drive. and Lauppe Lane. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the city is encouraging residents who live or travel along the streets to participate. (See more)

San Juan Water District to hold special meeting regarding election transition
The San Juan Water District, which supplies wholesale water to districts in Citrus Heights, on Wednesday will consider a staff recommendation to declare its intent to transition to electing its members by division, rather than at-large. A law firm has alleged the board’s current method of elections violates the California Voting Rights Act, pressuring the board to take action. The board voted 3-2 last month to pursue a transition in 2022, but is being urged by area water districts to instead make the transition this year. The meeting will be held via teleconference at 4 p.m. on May 13. (See agenda packet)

Citrus Heights council meeting cancelled
The City Council’s regularly scheduled May 14 meeting has been cancelled. The city posted notice on Friday regarding the cancellation and also discussed plans to do so at the council’s last meeting in April.

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