Annual Toy Drive a Success!!!
RCA held its annual toy drive this past Saturday, December 7,
from 10am to 1pm in front of Save Mart in the Rosemont Plaza. About 2 shopping carts full of toys were collected and delivered to the Sacramento Sheriff’s
Department Toy Drive. Various toy donations of all kinds were made, as well as some monetary donations which were used to purchase toys from Save Mart and RiteAid and contributed towards the toy drive.
Thanks to all who helped staff the donation table as well as those who donated toys and funds for the toy drive.
RCA Welcomes Our New Sheriff’s Commander
Captain Michael Goold, who has been appointed as the new East Area Sheriff’s Commander, and Chief of Police for the City of Rancho Cordova, visited the recent RCA Board meeting and provided a briefing on a few of the recent action and plans underway to enhance safety in our area. He reported a large homeless encampment near Mayhew and Micron was cleaned out; the Travel Lodge on Micron, which has been the site of continuous drug problems, is now under new ownership with promises to clean up its act; and several buy-bust drugs operations have been conducted nearby. The SSD has the heat on several houses in the area that have been serious problems, and is finalizing some new plans to improve law enforcement here.
RCA welcomed Capt. Goold and assured him that we would do all we can to support the SSD in its work to keep Rosemont a safe community. He again reminded everyone to report every crime, no matter how seemingly minor, and even to report suspicious activity. Your report may be just the piece of information needed to solve or prevent a crime. If it is not a life-threatening emergency or a crime in progress, you can report on line at the Sheriff’s web site www.sacsheriff.com, or call 874-5115. And if you are not already in an active Neighborhood Watch program, start one! RCA has information HERE how to do that. We all need to help law enforcement keep Rosemont safe.
Board Meeting Highlights
Click HERE to see what your RCA Board did to help you at its recent meeting.
CHP Adds Second TSE Officer
The California Highway Patrol will soon be adding a second Targeted Safety & Enforcement (TSE) Officer to help cover the Rosemont area and provide greater enforcement of vehicle code violations. They will pay particular attention to speeding, unsafe driving, and traffic near our schools. We are grateful for the added and sadly needed attention. So be forewarned and be careful as you drive in Rosemont, so that no one here is ticketed.
Recent Law Enforcement Actions
Our new POP (Problem Oriented Policing) officer, Deputy Vitaly Prokopchuk, gave the RCA Board an overview of community policing and engagement. He reported the Sheriffs are conducting random patrolling and enforcement at the light rail stations in the county. The last sweep resulted in over 100 arrests and citations. The Sheriff’s Department has cracked down on narcotic sales resulting in a significant drug bust resulting in arrests, and it is also keeping an eye on the motels on Folsom bordering Rosemont. We are fortunate in that when needed, officers working in Rosemont can call in reinforcements from their colleagues in the Rancho Cordova Police Department.
Remember, strong Neighborhood Watch programs assist our law enforcement and most importantly – Report! Report! Report!
Prepare For the Cold Weather!
With serious cold weather predicted for the next few days, and occasionally throughout the winter ahead, there are important actions you can take to protect yourself, your family, your pets, and your property and plants. Obviously, dress appropriately for the cold weather, especially young children who might not be aware of the effects of cold. Take similar precautions for your pets; if they must stay outside overnight be sure to provide them with a shelter where they can be warm and snug. If you have plants that can be harmed by the cold, be sure they are properly covered, or under a shelter, or best, brought inside.
CalAm Water Offers Ways to Save on Your Water Bill
RCA has been concerned about the number of houses where the front yards seem to have not been watered and left to go brown and neglected, leaving the neighborhood look blighted. We contacted our water utility, California American Water, and they have offered the following suggestions. Hopefully this will help property owners and renters keep at least their front yards looking decent:
Water is our most vital resource, which is why California American Water is committed to ensuring water is available for future generations to come. We encourage customers to use water efficiently to ensure attractive landscaping and lower bills.
We currently provide rebates and conservation services and devices to over 180,000 residents in Sacramento and Placer Counties. Our “go-to” conservation service is the waterwise home survey - a certified conservation expert will visit your home to identify ways you can save water and money by checking for leaks, helping establish the optimum sprinkler schedule and provide you with conservation tips, devices and rebate information. We also offer rebates on sprinkler controls, sprinkler heads and turf removal. With small changes in water use habits, you can be a part of this commitment while lowering your water bill.
For more information on our water conservation services and devices and rebate information visit www.californiaamwater.com or to schedule an appointment for your free Water Survey, contact the Sacramento conservation hotline at (916) 568-4201.
Kiefer Cleanup Set for January 11
Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 11, from 8:45 to about 11:00am, and come out to the front parking lot at Atonement Church at Kiefer Blvd. and Westporter Dr. to join our quarterly Kiefer Cleanup Brigade. It’s an easy and fun chance to keep our Rosemont main street looking decent and clear of trash. It’s amazing and saddening how much trash is just mindlessly tossed from passing cars or by pedestrians as they go down the street. If we don’t regularly remove it our community will not be what we all want. So just show up with gloves and your walking shoes. We’ll supply the rest. With enough folks helping we can be done in less than two hours. See you there!
Report, Report, Report!
It’s been a while since we chanted that mantra, but it still is the rule. If you see something that looks wrong or suspicious – someone looking into car or house windows, or a suspicious sales person at your door, or someone misbehaving or seeming to be causing a problem – call the Sheriff’s Department and report it. That may be just the tip they need to solve a crime or capture a bad guy. If it is not a life-threatening situation or a crime in progress, call 874-5115 to reach the Sheriff’s dispatch directly. If it is a real emergency call 874-5111 to reach the Sheriff’s emergency dispatch (like 911 but faster from a cell phone here).
Let’s Use Code Enforcement to Keep Rosemont NiceWe have codes in Sacramento county intended to help keep our communities safe and looking nice. But we can do much on our own to help:
Rosemont High Offers Much
Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in Rosemont is the array of excellent programs that Rosemont High offers our students. In the weeks ahead we plan on featuring some of these programs to help you see some of what our kids can be doing in school. We will also report on some of the programs at Einstein Middle School as well.
It is too easy to just dismiss our teens when we are unaware of what they are actually doing in school. That does them and our community no good. Here are a few of the challenging programs offered at RHS: The LEAD Academy that helps prepare top students for college and university while giving them some practical experience in leadership; the Arts Media Pathway which gives students tools to be active, productive citizens with the skills to effectively communicate; the Energy, Science and Engineering Academy that collaborates with other local businesses and programs to provide students a practical introduction to these critical subjects; and the Green Academy, which focuses on innovative, earth-friendly science and technology while providing real world job skills and completing college and university entrance requirements. Additionally, RHS offers the most advanced placement (AP) classes in the district, such as biology, calculus, English Literature and composition, French, Japanese, Spanish, US government and politics, US and world history, physics, macroeconomics, music theory, and statistics. And of course, RHS has several bands and orchestras, and a full complement of clubs and activities. In future weeks we will looks at some of these programs in greater depth. In the meantime you can learn more at www.rosemonths.com.
Let’s Start a Conversation
In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve added a “commentary” column on this web site that is intended to stir up your thinking about topics relevant to Rosemont. It is linked from the features bar to the right on this page, or from the page link on the left of this page. We invite you to read it and offer your thoughts, or maybe suggest actions we might take together. Let’s start a community conversation about making Rosemont better!
Join or Start a Neighborhood Watch Group on Your Block!! Learn How HERE.
Traffic and Road Condition Alerts
US 50 Eastbound at Watt Ave.
Dec. 9-12, 11:30 pm to 4:30 am
There will be full closure of E/B US 50. The S/B Watt Ave. loop on-ramp to E/B US 50 and E/B US 50 off-ramp to N/B Watt Ave. will also be closed. REASON FOR CLOSURE: Removal of infill falsework. ALTERNATE ROUTE: All E/B US 50 traffic will incur a slight delay via the detour during the closure hours. A detour will be in place taking traffic off of E/B US 50 at the E/B US 50 off-ramp to S/B Watt Ave. Traffic will turn left at Folsom Blvd. and continue east to Bradshaw Road. Traffic will then turn right at Bradshaw Road and take the E/B US 50 loop on-ramp.
DRIVE CAREFULLY AROUND SCHOOLS ESPECIALLY WHEN CHILDREN ARE OUTSIDE!!
Board Agenda and Highlights
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