2010 Year in Review

June 2010 — PG&E installs canal grab cables

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June 7 — Community members can offer ideas for a new addition to Central Square. The Streetscape History and Art Advisory Committee is asking residents to suggest names to be etched into the tiles in the square. The suggestions should be names of local historical figures, Councilman Keith Nesbitt said. June 10 — Jack Duran is the winner in a bitterly fought election battle with Rocky Rockholm for the Roseville seat on the Placer County Board of Supervisors. Duran, who attacked Rockholm hard on some embarrassing spending revelations, was sitting on a comfortable 2,200-vote lead in the 1st District. June 10 — 84 Lumber on Dry Creek Road started a soft closing (June 9), with all items in stock being sold for from 10 percent to 30 percent off. The store, one of about 500 84 Lumber locations in 35 states, is expected to shut its doors when the inventory has been sold. Actual closing date has yet to be announced. June 13 — The community-based relief fund for 49 Fire victims has completed its mission — for now. Set up days after the deliberately set fire roared through a large swath of North Auburn, the fund has distributed all but $1,500 of the $50,600 raised since then. Mark Lund, a relief fund advisory board member and CEO of Community 1st Bank, said 46 households received disbursements averaging $1,100. June 15 — There will be no breed-specific legislation in Auburn. In a three-to-two vote (June 14), Auburn City Council decided to delete regulations about the mandatory spy and neutering of pitbulls from the updated animal ordinance and directed city staff to work to support Safety First, the new educational and assistance program for dog owners and community members. June 16 — Responding to safety concerns in the wake of five recent deaths, Pacific Gas & Electric announced plans to string life-saving grab cables across Auburn’s Wise Canal next week. The cables will be positioned at strategic points along the 3-mile canal, which snakes from Bell Road to Mt. Vernon Road. June 17 — The Foresthill Bridge will gain a new paint-job and earthquake-proof structural stability at the end of a 2 ½-year-long, $70 million rehab project set to start this fall. Plans will also go out to bid for what is now a 4-foot-high railing to be raised to 8 feet. June 20 — After news last week of credit card skimming devices found on Auburn gas pumps, investigators are saying that the device was caught just in time. Detective Jim Hudson with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department said (June 18) that credit card information on a device found on an Auburn pump had not been used by a group of suspects. June 21 — An organization founded in Auburn that operates in Kenya got a high-profile visit this month. Auburn’s Vickie Winkler, founder and executive director of HEART — Health Education Africa Resource Team — received a visit in Kenya from Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden. HEART assists the people of Kenya in stopping the HIV/AIDS epidemic. June 23 — Some of Placer County’s most generous employee contracts for the coming year were OK’d by the Board of Supervisors June 22. Topping the list was Dr. Olga Ignatowicz, who will receive a compensation package topping out at $371,372. June 23 — The Placer County Board of Supervisors granted some breathing room (June 22) in a dispute over a controversial 64-unit affordable housing development on Silver Bend Way in Bowman. Supervisors agreed to bump the matter back to its next meeting Aug. 10. June 30 — Plans for a Wal-Mart-Costco type store in North Auburn are on their way to the Placer County Planning Commission with the blessing of the North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council. The council voted 4-1 (June 29) to support plans by Roseville developer Jim Conkey for a 155,000-square-foot, single-story building and 16-pump gas station on 16 acres near the Luther Road-Highway 49 intersection.