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Citrus Heights News Briefs: fire, frustration, homeless, new laws

A large canopy with heating and air conditioning allowed outdoor gaming at Stones Gambling Hall until new restrictions forced its closure. // CH Sentinel

Latest local news briefs include a fire breaking out at a Citrus Heights home on New Year’s Day, an obituary for an 85-year-old resident, frustration from Stones casino at shutdown orders, and an ABC 10 feature on the work of a local homeless advocate.

Citrus Heights casino ‘frustrated’ at ban on outdoor gaming
A spokesman for Stones Gambling Hall in Citrus Heights told the Sacramento Bee last week that casino operators were “frustrated and dispirited” after being forced to close again last month with new coronavirus restrictions. The spokesman said Stones had gone through “backbreaking lengths” and expense to open outdoors, but has had to furlough 85% of its workers while tribal casinos are allowed to stay open. (See article)

New Year’s fire breaks out at Citrus Heights home
Firefighters responded to a garage fire at a residence on Catamaran Drive on New Years Day, extinguishing a blaze that had spread to a boat and several nearby vehicles, CBS 13 reported. No one was injured. (See video)

Obituary: Frances Elsie Breien (1935-2020)
Eighty-five-year-old Frances Breien, of Citrus Heights, died peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 23, according to an obituary published Sunday in The Sacramento Bee. She worked as a nurse and is remembered for her example of “loving one another and practicing random acts of kindness whenever possible.” She is survived by her husband, four children, and grandchildren. (See full obituary)

Citrus Heights councilman, homeless advocate featured on ABC 10
Alfred Sanchez, known as the “Citrus Heights Snack Man,” was featured on ABC 10 as a local hero for his work bringing snacks to area homeless. Councilman Tim Schaefer was also interviewed, as the city recently declared Dec. 21 as “Homeless Percsons’ Memorial Day.” (See video)

These new laws went into effect Jan. 1st
A total of 372 bills were signed into law last year by Gov. Gavin Newsom, most of which went into effect on Friday with the start of the new year, according to KCRA. New laws affect criminal justice, wildfire prevention, COVID-19 response, business, and more. (See more)

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