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Council Meeting Recap – March 10
Wi-Fi in the Parks, Sunset Station Development, and Economic Development

Wi-Fi in the Parks

The City of Rocklin negotiated a new agreement to continue providing free Wi-Fi at all five community parks with Wave Broadband LLC. The parks include Johnson-Springview, Kathy Lund, Margaret Azevedo, Twin Oaks Park, and Whitney.

City analytics show that over 22,000 people logged in and used the amenity last year between August 2018 and August 2019. The free service benefits everyday park users and youth sports leagues and their patrons.

Article By Alyssa Mielke

Recognizing Rich Vallone, 2019 President of the Rocklin Public Safety Foundation

After more than 17 years of service as a police volunteer with the Rocklin Public Safety Volunteer Program and three years as president of the Rocklin Public Safety Foundation, Rich Vallone will be recognized with a resolution from the Rocklin City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

“Using his excellent people and managerial skills, Rich has been instrumental in recruiting, training, and managing members of the volunteer program,” said Mike Notolli, a former volunteer coordinator with the Rocklin Police Department.

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Avery Pocklington, 4th grade

Placer MLK Day Poetry Winners
Family March and Celebration an Inspiration

A crowd of over 200 people—families, residents, public officials, school staff and officials, volunteers, BSA scouts, and organizations—attended Placer County’s MLK Day Family March and Celebration on Monday, January 20. The event centered around a march from Johnson-Springview Park to 180 Church on Front Street, followed by a celebration at 180 Church.

With double the turnout from last year, the crowd speakers inspired the crowd by sharing Dr. King’s message of peace, love, and acceptance.

Article By Alyssa Mielke

Jaguar Dealership Joining Premium Auto Dealers on Granite Drive

The Niello Co. is expanding their Rocklin Land Rover site on Granite Drive to include a Jaguar dealership.

The project includes exterior and interior improvements to the existing 13,000-square-foot building, a new 14,000-square-foot addition, and related site work.

“The new dealership will be a welcome addition to the Granite Drive corridor in Rocklin, an area where premium auto dealerships have performed exceptionally well,” said Michael Young, Rocklin spokesperson.

Article By Alyssa Mielke

Ruhkala Award Recipient Recap
Bryce Jessup—2010 Individual Ruhkala Award Winner

Bryce Jessup, the President Emeritus of William Jessup University, won the Individual Ruhkala Award in 2010 for his volunteer work, mentorship, and efforts that make a difference in the Rocklin area and around the world. Ten years later and now into his 80’s, he is still creating a positive influence in many ways on those in the community.

Article By Alyssa Mielke

Bigger Acts, Larger Crowds Expected at Quarry Park Amphitheater

The lights of Quarry Park Amphitheater will shine on bigger and better acts in the coming years after the City of Rocklin hired ST Productions as the new operator of the facility.

City staff anticipates the improved talent will attract larger crowds, which will not only enjoy the shows but spend their hard-earned money in Rocklin and the Quarry District, supporting local businesses.

Article By Alyssa Mielke

Rocklin Rotaries Donate Benches to SWRA

Two park-goers sit on one of the newly installed benches at Sunset Whitney Recreation Area

There are a few new places to sit, relax, and take in the fresh air at the Sunset Whitney Recreation Area thanks to the donation of nine benches by the South Placer and Sunrise rotaries.

“This was a great opportunity to enhance SWRA and encourage individuals to get out, exercise, and enjoy nature,” said Ken Broadway, Rocklin City Councilmember and the President of South Placer Rotary.

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Is Your Business Fire Inspection Ready?
Rocklin Fire Department looks to educate business owners and increase fire code compliance

The Rocklin Fire Department is improving public health and safety through fire prevention, and will be conducting fire inspections at all businesses in the city. These inspections will provide education and information to owners and employees about fire safety with the goals of both reducing the overall fire risk faced by businesses, and protecting the vital economic assets of our community. Businesses will be notified by letter 30 days in advance of an upcoming inspection.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the inspections:

Article By Alyssa Mielke

Rocklin Historical Society Honored at Wall of Recognition Ceremony

Hank Lohse, Rocklin Historical Society President, and his wife Nancy stand with Rocklin Mayor Joe Patterson, Councilmember Jill Gayaldo, Vice-Mayor Greg Janda, Councilmember Ken Broadway, and Councilmember Bill Halldin at the unveiling of the Wall of Recognition.

Rocklin City Council, residents, and members of the Rocklin Historical Society gathered on November 7 to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments and unveil the etching of their name in granite on the Wall of Recognition.

“Rocklin Historical Society has done an excellent job at helping us preserve the collective memory of the City,” said Rocklin Mayor Joe Patterson. “I don’t think there is anything remotely like it in the area, with all their tremendous accomplishments.”

Article By Alyssa Mielke

A Closer Look at Community Development Block Grants: Stand Up Placer’s Support for Survivors

The staff of Stand Up Placer expects to serve approximately 3,000 people by the end of this year.

Once survivors of domestic violence recognize the need to leave an abusive home, it takes an average of seven “leaves” before a survivor is finally able to make the break. One such survivor is “Hannah,” who participated in several programs with Stand Up Placer and now lives independently with her children. She credits the nonprofit with changing her family’s life and hopes to one day return as a volunteer “to carry the burdens of women still stuck” in the cycle of domestic violence.

Article by Alyssa Mielke

Second Annual Sunset Run Promises Fun

The second annual Sunset Run 5K fundraiser will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from 4-10 p.m. at the Sunset Whitney Recreation Area (SWRA). The evening includes a run/walk at 5 p.m. and activities before and after, such as food vendors, lawn games, a DJ, and a free showing of Toy Story 4 under the stars at 6:30 p.m.

Article By Alyssa Mielke

Exceptional Fire Safety Rating Benefits City

The City of Rocklin is in the top 4.1% of the nation in fire protection, according to a recent evaluation by the Insurance Services Office (ISO).

On a scale of 1-10, with a rating of 1 denoting the best ability to respond to a fire and a 10 signaling little or no fire protection, the City was classified as a 2 on the Public Protection Classification (PPC). Only 1,800 communities in the country have this rating or higher.

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Willard Park Grand Opening Gallery

The City of Rocklin’s newest park, Willard Park, had its Grand Opening on Saturday, October 26. This all-new park features rubberized play surfacing, ramped access, musical and sensory features, and other amenities for children of all abilities. There is also a sand box, a Little Free Library, and a hard-top seating BBQ area as well as ample grass for play. The park is located at 820 Lazy Trail Drive.

Check out the photos of everyone who came to celebrate!

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October 22 Council Meeting Update

Johnson-Springview Park Splash Pad Update

Plans for a new splash pad at Johnson-Springview Park are taking shape after City Council accepted staff’s recommendation to construct a water feature similar to amenities in Kathy Lund and Whitney Community Parks.