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Citrus Heights News Briefs: gag rule, school awards, looting, obituary

Latest local news briefs include the Citrus Heights City Council voting 4-1 in favor of new rules preventing planning commissioners from speaking to media, a local report on theft/looting violations, school staff awards and an obituary for an 82-year-old resident.

Memorial Day service in Citrus Heights featured on CBS 13
Sylvan Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day ceremony was held Monday, while others in the region were cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus. (See CBS 13 video)

Three ‘Spirit’ awards given to staff at Citrus Heights schools
San Juan Unified School District held its first virtual Spirit of San Juan Awards on Thursday, highlighting seven honorees, among which were three from Citrus Heights schools. Local honorees were: Veronica Allen, a bilingual instructional assistant and neighborhood liaison at Grand Oaks Elementary School; Christa Green, a school and community intervention specialist at Mesa Verde High School; and Jesica Mendoza Torres, who is a school and community intervention specialist at Sylvan Middle School. (See 30-minute video)

City Council votes 4-1 in favor of gag rule
Citrus Heights council members voted Thursday night to approve revised rules governing the city’s Planning Commission, including a change designed to keep commissioners from speaking to media about past or future items within the commission’s purview. Councilman Bret Daniels requested the item be pulled from the consent calendar and voted on individually. Following brief discussion, Daniels was the only council member to vote against adopting the revised rules.

Obituary: Shirley Mae Guinn (1937-2020)
Citrus Heights resident Shirley Guinn passed away peacefully at her home on May 24 at the age of 82, according to an obituary published Friday in The Sacramento Bee. She is survived by her two sisters and a half brother, along with two children, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. (See full obituary)

Citrus Heights police adding charges during state of emergency
Citrus Heights Police Lt. Michael Wells told ABC 10 in a story this week that the local department has issued 13 enhanced violations for “theft/looting during a state of emergency” so far. The charges are enhancements to crimes committed during the current state-of-emergency, which was extended by the City Council on May 14 in response to the coronavirus. Officers in Citrus Heights have “not made any arrests exclusively for the purpose of violating the stay-at-home order or looting during a State of Emergency,” police said. (See ABC 10 report)


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