2010 Year in Review

April 2010 — Sutter Auburn Faith unveils remodel

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April 1 — A chemical explosion rocked a North Auburn apartment complex (March 30) and investigators now say it was caused by a possible clandestine hashish lab in the bathroom. Four people who had been in the Auburn Court Apartments unit where the explosion took place were taken to the hospital with burns, according to Lt. Jeff Ausnow with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. April 6 — Police are investigating a brazen burglary during which robbers chipped through a brick wall and cut open a safe inside an Old Town Auburn business. Back County owners Susan and David Holtzinger were reeling from what appeared to be a planned burglary of their store, which netted an estimated $30,000. Police received the call at about 7 a.m. April 1. April 6 — Upgrades to Auburn’s wastewater treatment plant, originally projected to cost $24 to $25 million will now run about $4.6 million, Auburn City Manager Bob Richardson said. Upgrades include replacing the chlorine chamber with an ultra-violet disinfectant chamber. April 7 — Placer County won’t be sprouting pot shops anytime soon. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to back a planning division staff proposal to ban collectives and dispensaries by revising zoning rules. The board’s decision applies to unincorporated areas of the county and follows bans already in place in Auburn and other Placer County cities. April 13 — A spring storm weather pattern dumping rain and snow in the foothills and Sierra on weekends has brought precipitation levels to nearly normal. In the foothills, the early runoff is creating a bounty for whitewater enthusiasts. April 14 — Another bank robbery in Auburn — this time at US Bank on High Street. A suspect described as in his late 50s robbed the bank at about 11:55 a.m. April 13. April 14 — When it comes to bad intersections, Bell Road at Quartz Drive is notorious with the California Highway Patrol, spokesman David Martinez said. Another problem area is southbound Highway 49 between Gold Rush Subaru and the Interstate 80 exit. April 15 — Cheryl Maki has been selected as the 2010 Vernon Gould McCann Award winner. The Journal gives the award to recognize extraordinary community service. Maki was selected in recognition of her many volunteer efforts and longtime commitment to the community. She will be honored at the State of the Community Dinner. April 16 — The fight is on to keep Lake Clementine open. The recreation area could be closed in October because of a potential cut in federal dollars. It’s boiling down to coming up with about $60,000 a year, officials said. April 18 — It took three letters and a request for arbitration, but Gold Rush Chevrolet of Auburn finally got the answer it was seeking — the doors will stay open. Steve Snyder, owner of Gold Rush Chevrolet/Subaru said he had received a letter from General Motors granting reinstatement of the dealership, which was slated to close for good in October. April 19 — Twenty-four students from Germany are stranded in Auburn because of ash from a volcano in Iceland that has brought European air travel to a standstill. The students are part of a Placer High School exchange program, with the Germans visiting Auburn for two weeks. April 19 — Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital has completed a second-floor remodel that includes cosmetic as well as technological updates. It is the first component of a $18.6 million facelift. The work included new windows, flooring and wall coverings. In addition most of the rooms were changed from semi-private to private. April 28 — Placer County supervisors approved five more furlough days for union workers (April 27), despite a plea for further discussions from a Local 39 representative. The county is attempting to whittle down a projected $23.6 million budget deficit for the next fiscal year starting in July. The five furlough days would be mandatory for Placer Public Employees Organization’s 1,860 members and save the county $2.8 million in wages.