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This Week: Comments invited for draft EIR on planned relocation of Citrus Heights City Hall

Marilyn Barcala, 2, of Dixon, studies the ice at the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink with a little support from her mother, Jillian Stevens, Saturday, December 27, 2014. This will be the last full week that the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink, at 701 K St., will be open this winter. Hours will be 2 to 8 p.m. today through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 19.
Marilyn Barcala, 2, of Dixon, studies the ice at the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink with a little support from her mother, Jillian Stevens, Saturday, December 27, 2014. This will be the last full week that the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink, at 701 K St., will be open this winter. Hours will be 2 to 8 p.m. today through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 19. The Sacramento Bee

A report on the environmental effects of relocating Citrus Heights City Hall and constructing a medical office building on the current civic center site will be the subject of a hearing Wednesday before the city Planning Commission.

The meeting is intended to receive public comment on the draft environmental impact report, which was released in December. The consultant who prepared the document will provide an overview, and the public comment period will follow. The hearing will focus on the environmental analysis of the project. City officials said overall project details and financial information will be provided at a later date.

The project calls for demolishing all city buildings on the civic center site, except the police station, to allow Dignity Health to construct a three-story medical office building at Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive. A new City Hall building would be constructed on property north of the post office on Fountain Square Drive. The city proposes to purchase the 10.9-acre parcel that extends along the east side of Fountain Square Drive to Stock Ranch Road.

The draft EIR can viewed here, or a hard copy may be viewed during business hours at City Hall, 6237 Fountain Square Drive, or the Sylvan Library, 6700 Auburn Blvd. The document is also available free on CD at City Hall.

Written comments may be submitted via email to planning@citrusheights.net, or mailed or delivered to City of Citrus Heights, Planning Division, 6237 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95621. Comments are due by Jan. 26.

Wednesday’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers, 7117 Greenback Lane. For more information, go to www.citrusheights.net.

Cathy Locke


Last chance this week to ice skate downtown

This will be the last full week that the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink, at 701 K St., will be open this winter. Hours will be 2 to 8 p.m. today through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 19.

Info: www.downtownsac.org


Folsom council to discuss smoking ordinance

Folsom City Council members Tuesday will consider whether to pursue modifications in the city’s smoking ordinance to prohibit smoking in multifamily complexes, and in outdoor and unenclosed areas of bars and restaurants. A staff report notes the city currently prohibits smoking in common areas of multifamily complexes, but some people have urged the council to ban smoking entirely at these complexes. In the case of bars or restaurants, the current ordinance allows the operator of the business to choose whether to allow smoking in unenclosed areas of the establishments.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers, 50 Natoma St.

Info: www.folsom.ca.us


Winterfest 2015 planned at Sacramento hotel

Winterfest 2015, a beer, wine and food-tasting fundraiser, is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel and Conference Center, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento. There will be more than 80 craft beer varieties and 20 wines offered, plus local food-vendor tastings and entertainment. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Runnin’ for Rhett youth fitness programs and will fund scholarships for area college students who aspire to work in the special education field.

Info: www.sacwinterfest.org


Birding walk scheduled at Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society will lead a birding walk from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael. Birdwatchers of all levels are welcome. Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes before start time.

Info: www.effieyeaw.org


Harlem Globetrotters return for hoop fun

The Harlem Globetrotters will return to Sleep Train Arena for two shows, 2 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 19. See the world-famous basketball marvels, known for their ball-handling skills, trick shots and comedy routines, take on the Washington Generals at the arena, 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento.

Info: www.harlemglobetrotters.com

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