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Elk Grove Fire Station Brownouts

Fire stations in Elk Grove will continue the practice of “brownouts” where they take turns removing one engine company out of service for 24 hours……..It is a way for the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) to avoid layoffs and still save money------a lot of money-----the practice means a monthly saving of more than $100,000 and over a year a total of more than $1.4 million……..Three stations will be affected----the Laguna, North Elk Grove, and Franklin stations will rotate the brownouts.

I-5 Calvine Road Overpass Work

While the Fix 50 project is getting all the attention there is some road work taking place on Interstate 5 early in the weekday mornings that could affect Elk Grove drivers………The new overpass for what will be the Calvine Road exit off of I-5 is the spot work the work is happening------as I drove by this morning at 2:15am they were literally knocking down the some of the wood framing on one section while I drove under another…….While one might question why they started this latest phase at exactly the same time as the Fix 50 project there’s no questioning how nice it will be once completed……If you frequent the Barkley-Cavanaugh golf course or you love to visit the wineries at the Old Sugar Mill once the overpass is open you travel time will be reduced.

Earth Day For Elk Grove And Congressman Bera

It is Earth Day today and for Elk Grove’s congressional representative, Ami Bera, that means a trip to an e-waste processing facility in his district……..Congressman Bera will meet today with Chris Celsi from the Sacramento Department of Waste Management and Recycling and others to share his thoughts on what we all can do to make our world a little better…….As we get ready for the new e-waste processing center in Elk Grove to go online today is a good reminder for all of us to do what we can to mark the occasion of Earth Day.

EGPD Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

The Elk Grove Police Department is taking back your unwanted prescription drugs this weekend------Saturday, April 26th, from 10am to 2pm you can drop off all pills, tablets, and capsules at 8400 Laguna Palms Way……….What they want you to do is go through your medicine cabinets and remove any potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs and consolidate them into one bag before dropping them off------they are not accepting auto injectors, needles, or other sharp items……The service is free and anonymous----no questions asked.



Special Waste Collection Center For Elk Grove

Elk Grove is getting a Special Waste Collection Center next week……….Ribbon cutting is happening on Earth Day---Tuesday April 22nd----at 9255 Disposal Lane…….It’s going to be a special event with games, food, entertainment, music and a whole lot of celebrating…….It’s a part of the continuing effort to keep Elk Grove Green as this will be the site for typical househould hazardous waste…..for more information go the city’s website at http://www.egtrashrecycleservices.org/


"Moment of Impact" in Elk Grove

The Elk Grove Police Department is trying to make things safer for teenage drivers…..Next Tuesay the EGPD, along with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the California Office of Traffic Safety, will present the award winning program “Moment of Impact”……It is a 90 minute session that includes emotional stories, photos, clothing,  and even the actual vehicle two vibrant and dynamic brothers were in when an impaired driver crossed into their lane and killed them----They were innocent victims…… Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, contact Officer Jorge Benitez (916) 478-8125 or jbenitez@elkgrovepd.org.

Fix 50 Will Impact Elk Grove Residents

Residents of Elk Grove who work in Sacramento are going to be greatly impacted next week when the Fix 50 project gets underway……….The Fix 50 project will address the deteriorating  condition of the WX/Crosstown Freeway----the section of freeway that for a short distance combines Interstate 80 with Highway 50 just east of the Sacramento River----by repairing and replacing the surface of the roadway…….The project is being done in phases with the eastbound lanes addressed first----Up to three lanes of eastbound Highway 50 between 18th and 24th streets will be closed for construction from April 22-May 21……After that up to three lanes of westbound Highway 50 between 18th and 24th streets will be closed for construction from May 27 through June 25……Cal Trans is suggesting you plan for as much as an hour delay---let’s hope it’s less than that……For more information here is a link http://www.news10.net/story/news/traffic/2014/04/15/what-lanes-closed-be...