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2010 Year in Review

September 2010 — Auburn derby gets funk-y

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Sept. 1 — It could be lights out this year for one of the Auburn area’s brightest Christmas traditions. The theft of thousands of twinkling lights and a baby Jesus statue may put an end to the eye-popping display each year at Frank Calabretta’s bail house on Atwood Road. Calabretta has put up the display for the past 25 years. Sept. 5 — Two brothers, whose nursery business has been solidly rooted in the community for nearly eight decades, are this year’s Gold Country Fair Boosters Parade grand marshals. Earle and Harvey Eisley, owners of Eisley Nursery in Auburn, will lead the parade Sept. 9, the kickoff day of the fair in Auburn. Sept. 9 — Cotton candy, funnel cakes, animals and screams of excitement drifting from thrilling rides. The Gold Country Fair is back in town. The fair opened Thursday and runs through Sunday with the theme “Bee a kid again.” Sept. 10 — Area Tea Party Patriots will have their say during a demonstration (Sept. 12) in Sacramento. Auburn resident Steve Cavolt will be among the estimated 25,000 to 50,000 expected to participate in the McClellan Park gathering. Sept. 12 — More details have emerged in the Placer County District Attorney’s case against three Colfax High School students charged with throwing rocks and other objects off the Canyon Way overpass of Interstate 80, seriously injuring a motorist July 26. The new information includes allegations from the prosecutor that the three were drinking alcohol that night, had earlier attended a party and had joked about the incident the day after. Sept. 15 — In a 3-1 vote (Sept. 14) The Auburn Urban Development Authority, made up of Auburn City Council members, granted $8,000 of redevelopment block funds for the engraving of names in tiles in Central Square. Sept. 16 — Colfax City Council approved a consulting agreement with former U.S. Representative John Doolittle. He’ll be paid to use his experience to obtain federal grants to help Colfax fulfill wastewater treatment plant improvements, including at $2.5 million project to line the plant’s Pond No. 3. Sept. 22 — A man brandishing a handgun robbed the West America Bank in Auburn Sept. 21. The bank robbery is the fourth this year within city limits and the sixth in the Auburn area. Sept. 23 — The Auburn Police Department has beefed up security, installing cameras in five patrol cars. Capt. John Ruffcorn said the cameras help the department show evidence for incidents that happen in the field. Cost is about $15,000 per camera, including the server that goes with it. Sept. 29 — Placer County supervisors gave their support Sept. 28 to the controversial Bohemia development, clearing the way for a court battle over a possible Costco or Wal-Mart in North Auburn. The board voted 5-0 to deny an appeal filed by the Alliance for the Protection of the Auburn Community Environment after the county planning commission approved the proposal for a 155,000-square-foot store in July. Sept. 30 — The Proposition 19 buzz is already hitting Auburn. With the potential to be part of the first state to legal recreational use of marijuana, Auburn-area residents have strong — and divided — views on the proposition.