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1 lucky Elk Grove Unified high school student could win $20,000 for a new car!

1 lucky Elk Grove Unified high school student could win $20,000 for a new car!

ELK GROVE - For 10 lucky graduating seniors, the road ends at the Elk Grove Auto Mall (Laguna Grove Court) on Wednesday, May 11. Thanks to a donation by the auto mall and its dealerships, 10 Elk Grove Unified (EGUSD) graduating seniors will vie for one grand prize of $20,000 to be used towards the purchase of a vehicle at the auto mall through the Elk Grove Auto Mall Graduating Seniors Attendance Drive.

The program is a part of EGUSD’s No Excuses - Go to School Attendance Campaign.

Weigh in on Carpool lanes on I-5

From Caltrans, Wednesday night is an open house for the I-5 Project:

Caltrans to Host Public Workshops for I-5 Project

 

Sacramento - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and the Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA) isproposing to add approximately 13 miles of Bus/Carpool Lanes (also known as High Occupancy Vehicle or HOV lanes) in the median of Interstate 5 (I-5) in Sacramento County, about one mile south of Elk Grove Boulevard to U.S. Highway 50.

Drive a Hybrid? 'Yellow' clean air car stickers expire July 1

Drive a Hybrid? 'Yellow' clean air car stickers expire July 1

California’s carpool lanes will soon be “off limits” to solo drivers of hybrid vehicles displaying “yellow” clean air stickers. They expire July 1, 2011!

To make sure everyone is aware of this change, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will mail out 85,000 letters to registered vehicle owners with these stickers beginning May 1. The information will also include a warning: solo drivers caught cruising in a High-Occupancy (HOV) lane, after the expiration date, will be cited.

In 2004, Assembly Bill 2628 created the “yellow” sticker program, which allowed hybrid vehicles to also access HOV lanes. However, the privilege of driving alone in the carpool lane ends on June 30, 2011.

The hybrid vehicles that enjoyed the carpool exemption met California’s strict partial zero emissions standards and had a 45 miles per gallon or greater fuel economy highway rating.

The next generation of clean air stickers is anticipated to be released in 2012.

JPA Connector public workshop scheduled for April 14

JPA Connector public workshop scheduled for April 14

ELK GROVE - The Capital Southeast Connector is a proposed 35-mile roadway that will link communities in El Dorado and Sacramento counties and the cities of Elk Grove, Folsom and Rancho Cordova. The project’s draft Environmental Impact Report was released on March 15 for public review.

Regional public outreach workshops will began the week of April 12 with a workshop being held at the City of Elk Grove on April 14 at 6 p.m. the City Council Chambers, 8400 Laguna Palms Way. To view the report and comment, visit www.connectorjpa.net.

Elk Grove police plan DUI checkpoint April 9

Elk Grove police plan DUI checkpoint April 9

ELK GROVE - The Elk Grove Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint within the city limits on Saturday, April 9, from 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.

The checkpoint will focus on removing impaired drivers, as well as unlicensed drivers from the roadways. Educational materials covering the dangers of driving under the influence will also be handed out to motorists. The public is encouraged to call the police department at (916) 714-5111 (emergency line) or 911 if they see a suspected drunk driver.

Funding for the sobriety checkpoint is provided through a DUI Enforcement and Awareness Grant made available by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

New AAA iPhone app maps way to cheaper gas

New AAA iPhone app maps way to cheaper gas

California gas prices are almost 90 cents more now than they were at this time last year, but AAA has a solution to try and ease pain at the pump. Those with an Apple iPhone can download the free AAA TripTik® Mobile application, the first free app to offer access to frequently updated gas prices.

“AAA TripTik Mobile is a GPS-based app with maps showing gas station locations, points of interest, hotels, restaurants, and attractions that are near a driver’s location. Drivers can also punch in a location of their choice and get the same type of information,” explained AAA Northern California spokesperson Matt Skryja. “Among the details that users can access are updated prices for all available grades of gasoline. Drivers can also sort gas stations alphabetically or by distance.”

Hotel and restaurant information includes AAA’s Diamond Ratings based on professional in-person inspections. There’s also an option to call for lodging reservations with the touch of a button.

Traffic advisory: East Stockton Blvd. closed Friday evening

Traffic advisory: East Stockton Blvd. closed Friday evening

ELK GROVE - On Friday, March 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., East Stockton Boulevard between Geneva Pointe Drive and Sheldon Place Drive, will be closed to all vehicle traffic for an organized event in the area.

Motorists traveling southbound on Power Inn Road will be detoured at Geneva Pointe Drive. Motorists heading northbound on East Stockton Boulevard will be detoured at Sheldon Place Drive.