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Buckhorn BBQ + Grill Announces Opening of New Restaurant in Rocklin Crossings

Buckhorn BBQ + Grill will be opening its doors for the first time in Rocklin on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 5430 Crossings Drive, Suite 104.

“We are excited to be part of the community and serve the greater Rocklin and Roseville area,” says Derrick Fong, CEO of Buckhorn Enterprises, LLC. “We have constantly been asked when this new location will be open, and we couldn’t be more thrilled the day has come.”


Jan. 11 City Council Recap
Solar Agreement for City Parking Lots, Property Maintenance and Off-Street Parking Ordinance Updates

Agreements Approved for Solar Projects at City Parking Facilities

The Rocklin City Council approved an agreement with FFP BTM Solar (Forefront Power) to build and operate solar canopies in the parking lots at:

  1. Rocklin Event Center
  2. City Hall (Quarry Park Adventures)
  3. Lonetree Ballpark (Kathy Lund Park)
  4. Corporation Yard

The agreement estimates a utility bill savings of $24,000 in the first year of operation, with a total of $1.9 million over the life of the 20-year agreement. There will be no upfront costs to the City, with Forefront Power to design, finance, construct, operate and maintain the solar arrays. The City will pay a flat rate over the 20-year term to receive and purchase energy at the four locations from Forefront Power.

Peter Hill - 2013 Pioneer Award Winner

Ruhkala Award Recipient Spotlight
Peter Hill – 2013 Pioneer Award Winner

When the Ruhkala Community Service Awards were announced in 2013, longtime city councilmember Peter Hill was the recipient of the “Pioneer Award.”

Reflecting back, Hill called that recognition “the most significant honor” he has received since moving to Rocklin in 1976. While living in Auburn and working at a job in Sacramento, Hill began looking for a home closer to work. Upon visiting the Clover Valley area, his family found their home.


CDPH extends Mask Mandate as Omnicron cases surge

Based on CDPH guidelines, masks are required for all individuals in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status from December 15, 2021 through February 15, 2022. This update is due to the increasing prevalence of the Omnicron variant, which spreads much more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Delta variant. 


Placer County Public Health extends its health warning as COVID hospitalizations surge

In an effort to support local hospitals impacted by the sharp rise in COVID-related cases, Public Health is extending its late summer Health Warning and urging all residents to use high-quality medical masks while in all indoor settings around others to protect against the highly infectious Omicron and Delta variants. The rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations in recent days strongly suggests Omicron is spreading widely in Placer as throughout the region. 


City of Rocklin Recommends: Fun Local Activities

City offices will be closed from Dec 24-Jan 2 for the holiday furlough, but that doesn’t mean local businesses will be. The holiday season is the prefect time to connect with family and friends, and we know residents will be looking for things to do while loved ones are in the area. Below, the City of Rocklin has highlighted some fun, local activities the whole family could enjoy Mon-Fri of this week to get everyone out of the house!


New Policy on Bench and Tree Donation Approved

Two people sit on a bench in the Sunset Whitney Recreation Area that was donated by members of the public .

Rocklin constituents interested in donating benches or trees to the City in honor of loved ones now have a clear policy to do so.  The City received numerous inquiries in the past, however, a formal outline that could guide staff and constituents through a standard process did not exist.

Mayor Bill Halldin

Bill Halldin Unanimously Appointed as Rocklin Mayor

Councilmember Bill Halldin was appointed to serve as Mayor of the City of Rocklin through December 2022 with a unanimous vote on Tuesday night by the Rocklin City Council. Councilmember Ken Broadway was also unanimously installed as the 2022 Vice-Mayor.

Jill Gayaldo, 2021 Mayor of Rocklin

Message from 2021 Mayor Jill Gayaldo

I have been extremely honored to serve as Mayor of the City of Rocklin in 2021. This year has been a whirlwind of activity and excitement as I’ve been able to meet and interact with so many residents, business owners, and constituents.

Since December 2020, our community has succeeded in the face of numerous challenges.


CDPH Requires Masking for All Public Indoor Settings To Slow the Spread of COVID-19
Updated Guidance In Response to Increasing Case Rates and Hospitalizations

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to monitor COVID-19 data in order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians. Since Thanksgiving, the statewide seven-day average case rate has increased by almost half (47%) and hospitalizations have increased by 14%.

In response to the increase in cases and hospitalizations, and to slow the spread of both Delta and the highly transmissible Omicron variant, CDPH has issued updated guidance to curb the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. 


Rocklin Hires Solano County Sheriff Captain Banks as Police Chief

Rustin Banks has been hired as Chief of the Rocklin Police Department and will step into this role on December 13.

Banks joins the City of Rocklin from the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, where he most recently served as a captain commanding the Field Operations Division.

“It will be my honor and privilege to lead the Rocklin Police Department, an agency that is known far and wide for their high level of professionalism and community engagement,” Banks said. “I am eager to build upon the strong foundation the members of this Department have worked so hard to create.”


Bennett’s Westside Kitchen Bar Market to Open in Rocklin in 2022

The Bennett Hospitality Group has signed a lease at 6604 Lonetree Blvd. in the City of Rocklin where they plan to open Bennett’s Westside Kitchen Bar Market in the fall of 2022.

“We are thrilled to be able to move forward with opening a Bennett’s in the beautiful city in which we have lived and raised our family for 25 years,” Owner Brian Bennett said. “We cannot thank Mayor Jill Gayaldo, the Rocklin City Council, City Manager Aly Zimmermann, and the City’s forward-thinking staff enough for their encouragement and collaboration.”

A photo of the Rocklin public safety volunteer patch

Public Safety Volunteers Back in Action

Over the past few months, residents may have noticed the venerable Rocklin Public Safety Volunteers back in action.

After more than a year away from City offices and vehicles, the opening of the full state economy this summer also marked the return of the volunteers to the Rocklin Police and Fire departments to provide valuable assistance.

State of the City Title Slide

State of the City 2021 Highlights Business and Growth

The Rocklin Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2021 State of the City breakfast at the Rocklin Event Center on Oct. 28.

The morning was highlighted by Mayor Jill Gayaldo’s State of the City Address, where she covered key topics including economic recovery from COVID-19; downtown development activity and major projects across the City over the past 18 months; new businesses operating now or planned to open, and more.

A copy of the mayor’s address and the presentation slides can be found below.

State of the City 2021 Address Prepared Remarks

State of the City 2021 Presentation Slides

Captain Alton Tate

Rocklin Promotes Alton Tate to Fire Captain

Alton Tate, who was recently promoted to the position of Fire Captain with the Rocklin Fire Department, knew when he was nine years old that he wanted to be a firefighter.

Growing up, Tate lived next door to a fire captain who would invite him to the fire station to see the firetrucks up close and to regale him with stories of his adventures. Tate realized then that’s what he wanted to do most.