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Traffic Signal Problems In Elk Grove

Sometime in the last several weeks the signal timing in Elk Grove was changed and if you’ve driven down Laguna Blvd. or Elk Grove Blvd. as of late you’ve probably noticed it……..There are several signals for small streets feeding into those major roadways that used to take forever to trip but now it takes no time at all and the result is that the flow of traffic on both Laguna Blvd. and Elk Grove Blvd. is all backed up……..To be honest I don’t have to deal with it for the most part because of my “swing shift” hours but for those of you now dealing with an extra 10 or 15 minute commute it is not fun…….If you’ve seen a trouble spot of not that you think needs to be addressed give the city a call----Operations and Maintenance is responsible for traffic signal maintenance at city intersections and the number to call is 687-3005.

College Choices For EGUSD Students

As high school seniors make their choice about what’s ahead for them next year now high school juniors in the Elk Grove Unified School District have a great option as they look ahead to their educational future…..Not only does the counseling staff offer advice many schools also offer “field trips” to some of the nearby state colleges and universities……..Today at Cosumnes Oaks High School as many as 55 juniors will board a bus and head to Cal State University Chico to check out the campus and get a taste of what it would be like to be a student there……..As a parent about to take our son around the Bay Area and Central Coast to look at some other CSU’s this takes one other trip off our list---it’s a great opportunity and similar opportunities are available throughout the EGUSD.

EGUSD Cuts Water Use

If you notice some of the athletic fields in the Elk Grove Unified School District going brown it is for good reason------the district is doing its’ part in conserving water………At last weeks’ meeting the board announced it will continue to cut by at least 20% the amount of water being used to keep the more than 1200 acres of irrigated land…….Typically a school can use as much as 2 million gallons of water per week to keep the fields green but as California faces a fourth year of drought something has to give.   

TB Test Results In

Tuberculosis test results are in at Franklin High School and Franklin Elementary and ten students tested positive…….Shortly after a student at each school was diagnosed with TB skin tests were ordered for more than 250 students and faculty----the ten who tested positive have a latent or non-infectious form of the disease-----they aren’t showing symptoms and they won’t be removed from school but will continue to be evaluated and will undergo chest x-rays….Parents with questions can call either Franklin High School at (916) 714-8150 or Franklin Elementary School at (916) 684-6518. For questions about tuberculosis, call (916) 875-5881.

No Pay Hike For City Council

No pay raise for the Elk Grove City Council-----by a vote of 3-2 the council voted down a proposal to raise their pay from $800 a month to $880 a month……Council members Steve Detrick and Darren Suen voted in favor of the pay hike while Pat Hume, Steve Ly, and Mayor Gary Davis voted against it………In addition to their $800 monthly salary council members receive other compensation-----health benefits or $650 a month placed into a deferred compensation account, a $100 allowance a month for cell phone use, and a city funded retirement contribution of 15% or $120 a month.

Cosumnes Oaks Beaten

The season has come to an end for the Cosumnes Oaks High School boys basketball team----the Wolf Pack beaten 73-64 last night by Archbishop Mitty in the semi-finals of the CIF Northern California Championship…….As they’ve done all year long Jaaron Stallworth and Eric Toles Jr. were the leading scorers with 27 and 16 points respectively in their final game with the Wolf Pack……….Cosumnes Oaks ends the season with an overall record of 23-9.

Before the Impact

The Elk Grove Police Department is teaming up with the Sacramento County District Attorney and the California Office of Traffic Safety to remind us all of the dangers of driving especially for young people------deadly car crashes are the number one killer until the age of 34 and teenage drivers are most at risk………This Saturday, March 21st, there will be a special presentation of the award winning program “Before the Impact” at the Elk Grove City Council Chambers at 8400 Laguna Palms Way……”Before the Impact” educates all drivers about the effects of making bad decisions in a car and the consequences for passengers when riding with a driver who makes bad decisions…….. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, contact CSO Misty Dailey (916) 862-0597 or MDailey@elkgrovepd.org.