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Newsletter – January 30, 2018

Pledge by Jed Van Wagener

Invocation by Mike Grace

Visitors/Guests: Kathryn Turner, President of the Clarksburg Rotary Club; Judy Paige, Sacra- mento Club; Judy Ratledge, West Sacramento Rotary; Cindy Schaer and Howard Schmidt— speakers and Russell, Stephen Walker’s husband and CPA!

Earl Heverly was late and paid a fine for not being there to do the invocation and save Prez Mike from having to do it!

Happy Bucks: Les Gudger is happy that he got a new job with Mother Lode Van & Storage; Rob Olmstead is happy that his wife is almost healed from her knee surgery and he won’t have to be both mom & dad for awhile.; Tom Griffin is just happy to be here and very happy his Villanova Wildcats are the #1 team in the country right now; Patrick O’Neal paid $10 and says he’ll pay another $90 if the Patriots lose on Sunday to be a Bell Ringer. Bruce Stimson says Joel bought one of his tickets and owes $200 to our local foundation.

Bell Ringers: Bill Hambrick says he won $550 at the Christmas Raffle even though he didn’t attend the party, so he donated $100 to the District fund for Human Trafficking.

Everyone without a Rotary Pin was fined $1.

Kathryn Turner from Clarksburg told us about a terrific project Norm Johnson’s (formerly a long-time member of our club) granddaughter brought to her club. Jennifer Cavalari is taking medical supplies to Honduras with a group named SELF— Sustainable Empowerment Leadership Foundation. They provide humanitarian aid to communities in need. Their next trip is next week so instead of collecting items we passed the hat and raised $279 to help in their efforts. Just before she came today, Kathryn learned that the Folsom Prison is donating 500 pair of reconditioned (by the prisoners) eyeglasses. If you want to know more about what they do, go to www.selfhn.org.

Les reminded us that February 24th is Charter Night at the Del Paseo Country Club. Les says it will be an amazing evening and everyone should come.

Tickets for the All In Poker Tournament are available February 1st. Each Rotarian is asked to sell at least 5 tickets. Remember, the event is at Mercedes of Rocklin and it will be on March 10th. Anne Marie Schubert and Scott Jones are already committed to attend.

Randy is still offering $100 to the Foundation and a $20 Starbucks card for your dona- tion to Blood Source. He wanted to praise Matt Ross for being in charge of the Foun- dation and also donating blood.

Next Board Meeting is February 7th at 5pm at Howe Park.

District Conference is May 11-13 at they Hyatt at Lake Tahoe (Incline). Mike would like to see Arden Arcade have a presence there.

Mike attended the mid-year retreat last weekend. He thought it was full of good information and Brought Pres-elect Tom Goode his own “ding-a-ling” (bell) for fun! Tom will be going to pre-pets this weekend and then PETS in May.

Bill Hambrick announced they dictionary deliveries are starting right away and he needs helpers. First delivery is tomorrow at Whitney School, 4248 Whitney Blvd., at 1:45. The next delivery is on February 5th at Cottage School, 2221 Morse, at 2pm. Everyone who has done these deliveries says they are a lot of fun!

Word has it Louise Caplan is under the weather so Michael has been taking care of her—get well, Louise!

For those of you who know Hal Shipley, he suffered a stroke and now is dealing with congestive heart failure. He is out of the hospital though.

Howard Schmidt, Chief of Staff for Susan Peters, introduced Cindy Schaer, Project Manager, from the Office of Planning and Environmental Review. Cindy came to the County Department from Rocklin where she worked in economic development and the private sector. She now tries to work on Susan Peters most challenging projects. Today she brought us updates on area like Howe Bout Arden, Country Club Plaza, Arden Town, and Arden Creek Town Center. The Arden Creek Town Center where Watt and Arden meet is being refurbished and renewed with new stores and placement of stores as well as land- scaping upgrades. The hope is to provide a gathering place for outdoor dining and neighborhood beau- ty. There were many challenges that took special development permits. The developer wanted to have people look at the bigger picture and how it benefits the neighborhood. Some of the issues they had to fight for were moving buildings closer to the street, a drive through, larger signage and better trash en- closures. While the community fought most of the new proposals, they were passed and the rendering show a much more esthetic appeal to the center. One of the other issues was the wall that needs to separate commercial from residential. The neighborhood wanted a sound wall but the developer said a prefab wall would work much better. It was also approved. Additionally, 3 monument signs were ap- proved instead of 2. Deviations to codes are site-specific and take into account existing utilities and oth- er existing structures. The developer is eliminating 2 of the 5 driveways on Watt to make is more es- thetic and also safer.

Country Club Plaza is also going through another renovation adding theaters and a Rebounders Gym (trampolines). The owner of most of the property was finally able to purchase the Macy’s building so now the parcels are owned by the same entity.

Cindy is also working with the owner of the Walmart Sam’s Club Center to reuse those buildings once they’re closed. The changing landscape in retail due to the internet and online shopping is making a big impact on traditional shopping centers. They now are coming multiuse centers called Lifestyle Enter- tainment Centers.

Cindy also spoke about the Butano Apartments and pointed out that they are not low income housing but Affordable Housing. She suggested a family of 4 living on $60,000 is the target tenant. Most often when tenants move out is because they earn too much to continue to qualify. There is a minimum and maximum salary level to qualify. It is a great project with all the parking, park and such on the interior of the buildings. They have 24 hour security. There was a fight to get these built even though the prop- erty had been zoned apartment for 50 years. When the heirs took it over to sell, the community sued so that it couldn’t be developed into apartments. The community lost. There have been no issues there

They have 24 hour on site management that is very responsive.

Another project Cindy is working on in our are is the Plaza de La Fuente homes. This project is on Estates and is a 2 acre parcel with plans for 8 homes.

Cindy says to look for the Development Proposal signs around on properties which indicate there is a proposal before the County. If you have the project number you can search www.planningdocuments.saccounty.net and find out all the information that Cindy has at her disposal about every project.

Thank you for the great information on our area and it’s changing appearance.

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