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Elk Grove City Hall will be closed Feb. 21

Elk Grove City Hall will be closed Feb. 21

ELK GROVE - Elk Grove City Hall, located at 8401 Laguna Palms Way, will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21 in observance of Presidents' Day.

For urgent Public Works issues, call (916) 687-3005. For non-emergency police needs, you can reach the Elk Grove Police Department at (916) 714-5115.

City unveils 'Ask Elk Grove' community resource

City unveils 'Ask Elk Grove' community resource

ELK GROVE - The City of Elk Grove launched a new customer service program Monday that better connects the community with local governmental resources and information with a single point of contact.

The program, titled "Ask Elk Grove," seeks to minimize call transfers by connecting residents with specially-trained customer service representatives ready to assist with non-emergency city service requests, from potholes and stray animals to street lights and trash collection.

"The City of Elk Grove is committed to providing responsive, quality service to Elk Grove’s residents, businesses and visitors," said Mayor Steven Detrick. "The Ask Elk Grove program offers more tools to get information about the city directly and efficiently. One call truly does it all!"

Ask Elk Grove will allow residents to contact the city four ways:

· Dial 916-691-CITY (2489), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.

Elk Grove rolls out new online application for building permits

Elk Grove rolls out new online application for building permits

ELK GROVE - The City of Elk Grove unveiled a new web-based electronic plan submission, review and tracking system that allows the city's building permit customers to manage a plan review with the click of a mouse.

The new E-Plan application allows customers to upload files and track the status of a project review anytime, anywhere, using an Internet connection.

The city's electronic plan checking streamlines key development and regulatory processes, and offers an easy and more efficient building plan submittal that will be reviewed by the City's building, planning and public works departments. It also reduces turnaround time by distributing work to multiple departments simultaneously.

"The City of Elk Grove is committed to providing the highest level of customer service to the business community," said Mayor Steven Detrick.

Applications available for disability committee vacancy

Applications available for disability committee vacancy

ELK GROVE - Applications are being accepted for one vacancy on the City of Elk Grove's Disability Advisory Committee. This is an opportunity to serve in an advisory capacity to the city council on disability-related issues that impact Elk Grove.

Applicants should have experience or knowledge about issues that impact people with disabilities, and a broad community perspective.

For more information and to apply online, visit www.elkgrovecity.org.

Elk Grove Ford to open with celebration

Elk Grove Ford to open with celebration

ELK GROVE - City officials will celebrate the grand opening of Elk Grove Ford at 9645 Auto Center Drive on Friday, Jan. 28, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Elk Grove's mayor and city councilmembers will join representatives from the dealership, Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce and local community to commemorate the opening.

The new dealership will continue the festivities throughout the weekend including NASCAR race car displays, radio remotes, giveaways and activities for the family.

For more information about the event, visit www.elkgroveford.com.

Are Facebook Promotions Getting an Update?

Looks like new Facebook Promotions guidelines may soon be released.

According to AllFacebook, an email sent out by Facebook sales representatives outlines the new rules.  In contrast to the old guidelines where promotions needed to be explicitly approved, promotions will no longer need prior written approval from Facebook. Basically, in regards to promotions, sweepstakes and contests on Facebook:

  • They no longer require prior written Facebook approval to administer a promotion on Facebook.

  • They no longer require a minimum media spend investment to support the promotion.

The Un-Retweeted Masses

If you’re a Twitter user who is discouraged by the lack of retweet and reply action happening… you’re not alone.

According to Sysomos, a maker of social media analysis tools who looked at 1.2 billion tweets over a two-month period, 71% of all tweets produce no reaction in the form of replies or retweets. In fact, most replies and retweets happen in the first hour after a tweet has been published — 96.9% of replies and 92.4% of retweets happen within those first 60 minutes. There’s only a 5.97% chance for getting a retweet in or after the third hour, and just a 2.22% likelihood you’ll garner a reply in that time.

Sysomos’ findings also show that retweets are an especially rare commodity: only 6% of all tweets produce a retweet. And, even if you’re lucky enough to get a response, 85% of tweets only get one.