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Trader Joe’s Opens in Rocklin Commons Center

Trader Joe’s has officially opened the doors to their newest Rocklin location. On Friday, eager shoppers lined up outside the store in the rain, awaiting the 7:55 a.m. grand opening.

After the ribbon cutting, shoppers were given a lei on the way in the door as they walked through a  corridor of cheering crew members.


Gayaldo Park Phase 2

Phase 2 of Gayaldo Park is slated to begin in October 2021. This new phase of the park will include a turf, shrub bed, additional trees to provide shade, and a retaining wall and irrigation to support drainage. This project will be worked on in-house by Rocklin Parks staff. The park will remain open during the construction time for the community to continue to enjoy. The city is looking forward to the expanded portion of this well used neighborhood park.

Article By James Thompson

Rocklin to Honor Original 13 Friends of the Library on Wall of Recognition

The names of the Original 13 Friends of the Library will be added to Rocklin’s Wall of Recognition on November 1 for their dedication to establishing a new community-based public library in Rocklin. 

During the 1970s, community support for the small Placer County library was waning and the amenity was in danger of closing down. Thirteen Rocklin women, who had a passion for reading and for their community, took it upon themselves to raise support for the library system and gather funds to build a new one from the ground up.

Article By James Thompson

Patio Cover Regulations Allow More Builds

Backyard patio covers (structures open on at least 3 sides), can now be built with only a five-foot clearance from the property line and no longer count towards lot coverage maximums in the City of Rocklin.

The new regulations were implemented in late July and affect most properties in the City. The biggest impact may be on residential homes, allowing owners to add shade in smaller backyards, which is especially important during the hot summer months. 

Rocklin Assistant City Manager Sherri Conway

Rocklin Hires Sherri Conway as Assistant City Manager

Sherri Conway has been hired as assistant city manager for the City of Rocklin and will begin work in her new role on Oct. 25.

Conway has over 30 years of experience serving municipalities, most recently as director of the Placer County Office of Economic Development. During her time with the County, Conway oversaw business retention, expansion and attraction efforts, led workforce and job development programs, was responsible for the Placer County Visitor’s Bureau, and more.

“Supporting the Rocklin business community and developing a robust economic development strategy are key priorities as I begin work with the City,” Conway said. “I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the residents of Rocklin, City Manager Zimmermann and the Rocklin City Council.”


Rocklin Ranked in Top 50 Best Places to Live in U.S.

The City of Rocklin was recently named one of the top 50 best places to live in America by Money Magazine!

The magazine looked at cities that had a low crime risk, a diverse population between 25,000 and 500,000 people, and affordable cost of living. From there, each city was researched in greater depth, with economic, recreational, educational, and many other factors in consideration. 


New Tiller Truck Provides Rocklin Fire Flexibility

The Rocklin Fire Department is equipped with the tools and training to assist Rocklin residents in a wide variety of emergencies.

The newest, and largest, tool in their box is a 62-ft tiller truck, designed to provide better angles to attack structure fires, offer improved mobility in tight spaces, and increase Rocklin Fire’s rescue capabilities. 

Rocklin Fire 2020 Pierce Enforcer Tractor

Eagle Scout Candidate Mansour Brame

Rocklin Eagle Scout Candidate Helps Fire Dept. Stay Ready

City of Rocklin residents enjoy close proximity to open spaces and easy access to the shopping, dining, and business amenities offered by larger cities.

The beauty and sense of nature in Rocklin are, in part, offered by the juxtaposition of developed and undeveloped spaces, also called the wildland urban interface. There are over 4,000 acres of undeveloped land in Rocklin, which can pose an increased fire risk if all properties are not properly maintained.

The city partners with residents and owners to lower fire risk through weed abatement, reducing fire fuels, managed grazing and much more. However, the Rocklin Fire Department is ready to respond in a fire emergency or rescue situation.

Understanding the need for rapid response times, local Boy Scout Mansour Brame recently took up the challenge to help the department clearly mark the many wildland access points in the City as part of his requirements to become an Eagle Scout.


Whitney Ranch Parkway Extension Scheduled to Open May 18

The extension connecting Whitney Ranch Parkway from Highway 65 to Park Drive is scheduled to open the afternoon of Tuesday, May 18.

The extension will provide a west-to-east connector in northwest Rocklin, allowing current and future residents improved access to their homes, local amenities, and other major thoroughfares.

Speed limits of 35 miles per hour have been posted on the new section of Whitney Ranch Parkway (from the eastern end of Ranchview Drive to Whitney Oaks Drive) and will be enforced.

Article By Alyssa Mielke

May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the City of Rocklin is sharing tips from the organization Mental Health America.

While there is a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel as more and more people are vaccinated, coronavirus has affected everyone in some way. Daily life has been disrupted due to stay at home orders, social distancing, and business closures. It is normal to feel worry and stress during a time of crisis, and paying attention to mental health can help people better cope with the situation. 

Image of Stuart Lehman and two other Rocklin Police Volunteers

April 27 City Council Recap
Housing Element Draft, Fire Dept. Annual Report

Draft Housing Element Modifications Discussed – Item 26

The City of Rocklin, along with many cities and counties throughout the state, is in the process of updating its 6th Cycle 2021-2029 Housing Element and Safety Element consistent with recent legislation and state law.

On Tuesday night, staff presented City Council with potential options for updating Rocklin’s draft Housing Element to address critical comments from the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD).

The issues focused on five areas, including:

Article Siena Hansen

Ruhkala Community Service Awards Feature
Kathie Nippert - Pioneer Award Recipient

It often seems like Kathie Nippert is everywhere things are happening in Rocklin. Her largest role may be as a longtime member and current board member of the Rocklin Historical Society, but she also serves many other aspects of the community.

She has worked on events hosted by the Rocklin Friends of the Library, graduated from the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce’s “Leadership Rocklin” program, volunteers for the annual “Run Rocklin” event, and even read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” during Rocklin’s virtual tree lighting ceremony.