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Medication Take-Back Day
Multiple agencies taking back unwanted prescription drugs

Graphic information card about the Medication Take-Back Day, listing the Rocklin locations for Oct 28 (10 am-2pm): Rocklin PD (4080 Rocklin Rd) and Rocklin Fire Station #3 (2001 Wildcat Blvd)

On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Rocklin Police Department and multiple agencies across western Placer County will help the public prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medications.  


Traffic Safety Committee Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, September 28, at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chambers

An overhead shot of a Rocklin roundabout with text in the foreground: "Traffic Safety Committee Town Hall Meeting, September 28, 2023 at 6 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers (3970 Rocklin Rd)"

Rocklin residents take pride in living in a safe, family-oriented community. As Rocklin has developed and the population increased, the City’s 550 lane miles of road have become busier with people commuting to work, taking kids to school, or just walking or biking to the numerous parks in the area.

Traffic safety issues affect everyone and the City of Rocklin often receives and responds to traffic inquiries from citizens who want to improve conditions in their neighborhoods.

To offer opportunities for residents to learn more about traffic safety planning and to share traffic safety concerns, the City will hold it’s bi-annual traffic safety committee town hall on Thursday, September 28, at 6 p.m. in the Rocklin City Council Chambers (3970 Rocklin Road). 


August 22 City Council Meeting Recap
Summer Civic Career Program; Assemblyman Joe Patterson

Summer Civic Career Program Students Recognized

City Council recognized the efforts and accomplishments of this year’s Summer Civic Career Program (SCCP), participant’s. 

This program introduces high school students to some of the behind-the-scenes roles that help the City function and highlights some of the more visible roles, like firefighter, police officer, and building inspector. Fifteen applicants were split into two teams and spent a minimum of four hours with each department in the City.


Extreme Heat Safety

Protect yourself and those you love by preparing for extended days of excessive heat. Heat-related deaths rank among the highest of all weather-related hazards. Sensitive groups are especially vulnerable: elderly, children, sick people, and animals.

  • Plan your outdoor activities accordingly. Try to schedule activities in the morning or evening when temperatures will be cooler, and with less exposure to direct sunlight.
  • Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water

Find more heat safety tips at the National Weather Service site here -

Rocklin’s Chinese-American Legacy (Part 2)

Rocklin’s Chinese-American Legacy (Part 2)
How Chinese Americans Built California and the History of Violence They Encountered

In the previous article in this series, we explored the role of California’s Chinese population in the history of the West, including the building of the Transcontinental Railroad and the development of agriculture in the Central Valley and Rocklin’s Whitney Ranch.

California’s Chinese population was instrumental to much of what made California successful, but constantly faced discrimination and prejudice. In the 1870s, these Anti-Chinese feelings would escalate into a wave of violence across the state, leading to the destruction of Rocklin’s Chinatown.

Alan Wing

2023 Ruhkala Community Service Awards Honorees Recognized by City Council

The Rocklin City Council held a special presentation for the 2023 Ruhkala Community Service Award Winners at the May 9 City Council meeting and honored them with an awards reception.

This year’s honorees have been involved in decades of volunteerism, helping veterans and students in need, promoting education, leading youth sports, and honoring Rocklin’s library.


SWRA Master Plan Outline

City Council received a presentation from the Parks & Recreation Director Kevin Huntzinger, and representatives from Melton Design Group on the proposed master plan for the Sunrise Whitney Recreation Area (SWRA). The 184-acre unused land, formally the Rocklin Golf Club, was purchased by the City in 2018. On April 26, 2022, City Council approved the master plan contract with Melton Design Group for SWRA in order to ensure the area is developed appropriately.


Midas Ave. Road Closure

Storm Damage Repair on Midas Ave

May 8, 2023

Midas Avenue between Fifth Street and Argonaut Avenue is NOW OPEN to THROUGH TRAFFIC.

City crews have completed paving work at the site, which will now allow vehicle and pedestrian access. Construction will continue on Midas Avenue through project completion.

May 4, 2023

Construction at Midas Avenue between Fifth Street and Argonaut Avenue continues to progress. Last week the bottom of the repair was completed and began safely carrying water flows. Crews also completed laying backfill gravel, which is required to reinforce the base of the structure before paving work can begin. City Crews will begin pouring the sidewalk, curb, and gutters later this week as long as the weather is construction safe. Since backfill work has been completed, paving is scheduled to begin early next week, which will allow for vehicle and pedestrian access. Final project completion is intended for mid-May.

Midas Ave. - May 4 2023

April 27, 2023 Update

Crews remain active on-site on Midas Avenue between Fifth Street and Argonaut Avenue and have completed construction of the new culvert structure, which is approximately 10 feet high. The bottom of the repair is now complete and safely carrying flows as intended. Backfill work, as you see in image 2, is currently process. Backfill gravel is required to reinforce the base of the structure before paving work can begin. Project completion is intended for mid-May.

Image 1: Construction of the culvert structure was completed early this week.

Image 2: Completed culvert with backfill in progress to stabilize the structure.

Image 3: Completed culvert carrying flows.

April 19, 2023 Update

The Midas Avenue emergency repair project has impacted the community since January 16, when an immediate street closure was required on Midas Avenue between Fifth Street and Argonaut Avenue due to a potential street and sidewalk failure. Excessive rains in late 2022 and early 2023 caused stress to the underground culvert, which diverts storm water from infiltrating the surrounding soil. This failure created unsafe conditions for vehicles and pedestrians.

Since January 16, City staff have provided frequent updates on the status of the emergency repairs. At this time, we wanted to share some visual updates of the ongoing work at the project site.

January 16

City staff were notified of a potential street and sidewalk failure and immediately began work to secure the site.

Midas Ave sidewalk failure

January 17-March 23

City staff immediately began work with outside utility partners to ensure underground water, gas, and phone/cable utilities in the area were not impacted. Staff also installed a diversion pipe to ensure the waterway did not erode further

Governor Newsom declared these early storm events as a state of emergency to support ongoing response to these events. Placer County followed suit with a local proclamation requesting state and federal assistance. City staff began working with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who conducted a disaster site visit at the end of January. Staff have continued to coordinate efforts with FEMA for potential reimbursement opportunities. While storm events continued throughout January, February, and March, City staff have coordinated emergency permits with the Army Corps of Engineers, State Water Board, and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. Staff also completed the engineering design work for the repair and ordered the replacement culvert, which had a lead time of 4-6 weeks.

While awaiting construction weather conditions and replacement parts, crews continued site excavation and permit coordination.

Midas Ave construction picture 2

Midas Ave construction picture

March 24

On March 24, the replacement culvert structure was received by City staff. However, unprecedented weather conditions have prolonged the initial anticipated start of construction. Preliminary work continued on-site to prepare the area for major construction. Crews continued to remove existing rip rap and soil to ensure the area would remain stable through continued weather conditions.

Midas repair construction - March 24

April 3

Weather permitted construction began on-site. City crews completed the deconstruction of the existing structure and installed backfill. During this phase of construction, City staff continued to work with impacted utilities in order to manage unsuitable soil and utility conditions.

Midas Ave. repair picture - April 3

Current Status

This week crews have been active on-site pouring footings on the southside of the emergency closure. Construction will continue throughout the week to remove the diversion pipe, which has been in place to prevent further deterioration of the site.

Due to the unprecedented weather conditions, it is expected that this project will take approximately 45 days for completion since the start of construction in early April. Crews have been working 7 days a week and will continue to do so until emergency repairs are complete. City staff will continue to provide updates on the project website as they are available.

Midas Ave. Culvert repair

April 13, 2023 Update

Heavy rain fall January through March severely impacted the initial repair timelines. The initial assessment of required repairs used to establish a project timeline were unable to foresee unsuitable soil conditions and impacted utilities, which require further investigation. Crews continue to work seven days a week in order to make up for lost time due to weather and site assessments, and an updated estimated completion date will be shared with the community next week.

April 6, 2023 Update

Staff are on track to complete this emergency project by the end of April/mid-May. Crews are working seven days a week and have extended working hours in an effort to keep this project on pace. Over 50% of the demolition on the existing structure has been completed and staff are working with impacted utility companies to demo the last portion of the failed structure. Following the complete removal of the failed structure, crews will begin digging footings, while also balancing any inconvenience to our residents.

We understand that this closure has been an inconvenience for many in our community.
Public Services staff will do everything in their power to complete the repairs as soon as possible. 

March 30, 2023 Update

Preliminary work continues to prepare the area for major construction on Midas Avenue and Fifth Street/Argonaut Avenue. Staff continue to monitor creek flows following heavy rains. Anticipated full demolition and excavation at the project site is expected to start in coming weeks. Any construction and demolition is weather dependent.

March 23, 2023 Update

As many know, on January 16, an immediate closure was required due to a potential street and sidewalk failure. Excessive rains at the beginning of the new year caused stress to the underground culvert that diverts storm water. Preliminary work continues to prepare the area for major construction on Midas Avenue and Fifth Street/Argonaut Avenue. The replacement structure for the project was received this week. City staff are working on removing existing rip rap and as much soil as possible, without jeopardizing the area, until we are through the heavy rains. Staff continue to monitor creek flows, which have been steady. Anticipated full demolition and excavation at the project site is expected to start after Tuesday. Any construction and demolition is weather dependent.

Crews are diligently working to keep the updated construction to Midas Avenue on track following heavy winter storms.

March 16, 2023 Update

Repairs between Midas avenue and Fifth Street and Argonaut Avenue are still on track for a late April completion. Despite continued harsh weather conditions, the projected timeline for the Midas Ave. closure has not been impacted. On January 16, an immediate closure was required due to a potential street and sidewalk failure. Excessive rains at the beginning of the new year caused stress to the underground culvert that diverts storm water. Currently, the replacement arch culvert is scheduled to be shipped mid-March. Preliminary work continues to prepare the area for the major construction work that will take place once the culvert is delivered.

Staff will continue to keep residents informed on the Midas Ave. closure and anticipated completed construction.  

March 9, 2023 Update

As many residents are aware, Midas Avenue between Fifth Street and Argonaut Avenue has been closed since January 16, when heavy storms created a street and sidewalk failure, which required an emergency repair.

With forecasted storms on the horizon, City staff have been working hard to mitigate additional stress on our streams and creeks, including a drainage diversion for Midas Avenue creek crossing. A drainage pipe was installed to carry water flows, in the event of further collapse of the existing structure. Sandbags have been placed to divert water flows around the failed area and into the creek or diversion pipe. While crews have been working at the site removing trees, stumps have been left in place to stabilize the banks until after the storms.

Despite extreme winter storms, the Midas Avenue emergency repair project is still estimated to be completed in late April.

March 2, 2023 Update
Residents may have noticed some work happening at the Midas Avenue closure site recently. Crews have been clearing the site and removing trees in preparation for the culvert replacement. Some materials have been delivered, but staff are still waiting for all materials needed to complete the replacement. Much of this work is weather dependent, however crews have still been able to accomplish work despite the rain the past week. Once the weather patterns change and creek flows are steady and predictable, the contractor will install the diversion pipe and start demolition of the existing structure to build the footings for the new structure.
January 17, 2023 Update

As many in the community are aware, Midas Avenue between Fifth Street and Argonaut Avenue has been closed since January 16th. The immediate closure was needed due to a potential street and sidewalk failure that required an emergency repair. The excessive rains from the first two weeks in January caused stress to the underground culvert that diverts storm water. This caused water to infiltrate the surrounding soil and created unsafe conditions for vehicles and pedestrians. Underground water, gas, and fiber-optic utilities in this area were exposed, and City crews are working with utility partners to ensure that utilities are not impacted. 

To repair the damage to the culvert and road, crews will need to divert the existing water flow, purchase, construct, and install the new 12-foot by 10-foot culvert, and reconstruct the road. The repair is estimated to take 10 to 12 weeks. While these repairs take place, this area of Midas Avenue will remain closed to vehicle and foot traffic. Residents may not see active work in the area, but crews are working behind the scenes to ensure the repair is complete as soon as possible.   

This site remains an active and hazardous construction zone, so residents are encouraged to find alternate pedestrian paths away from the area. Traffic is being detoured to Sunset Boulevard from Whitney Boulevard to the north and Third Street to the south. Residents can find more information about the repair process on the City’s website here: You can also view the road closure map by clicking on the photo below.

The Midas Avenue repair was discussed at the January 24, 2023 City Council meeting. The read the staff report for the presentation, click here (pdf) To view the PowerPoint from the presentation, click here(pdf).

Map depicting in red the road area between Argonaut Ave and 5th St along Midas Ave that is currently closed to traffic.


College Park Project Final Environmental Impact Report
Scheduled Planning Commission Public Hearing Date: November 15, 2022

The Rocklin Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 15, at 6:30 p.m. at 3970 Rocklin Rd. to discuss the College Park Project proposed entitlements and Final Environmental Impact Report.


Community Shows Enthusiasm for SWRA Master Plan Concepts
Approx. 175 People Attended Sept. 12 Meeting

The City of Rocklin held a public meeting to share initial ideas and proposed amenities for the Sunset Whitney Recreation Area master plan on Monday, Sept. 12 at the Rocklin Event Center.

The evening featured a formal presentation outlining the current iteration of plans along the main corridors of the SWRA, including a central area for activities currently labeled “The Hub,” a new park space near Sunset Blvd. on the west side of the SWRA, and more passive recreation proposed on the east side.

Article By Warren Jorgensen, Community Recognition Commissioner

City Accepting Nominations for Wall of Recognition
Former Mayor George Magnuson Reflects on Volunteerism

George Magnuson was one of the City’s longest-serving City Councilmembers, a volunteer firefighter, and community activist. He recently recalled the feeling of pride he took from in being a volunteer and that he was pleased to see a spotlight shined on the many others who give back when the “Public Safety Volunteers” were included in the first group of honorees to be inscribed on the Wall of Recognition in 2018.