News Archives: 2007


CHiPS For Kids Toy Drive

Now through Friday, December 21st join KCRA 3 and the California Highway Patrol in the 10th Annual CHiPS for Kids Toy Drive. The toys will be given to hospitalized and disadvantaged children just in time for the holidays. To participate bring a new, unwrapped toy to any participating school, to any CHP location, the Elk Grove Automall, or to any other donation location. Local drop off sites include, Ridgeview Elementary School at 9177 Twin Schools Road, (916) 791-3477. For a complete list of drop-off points and more information about the 10th Annual CHiPS for Kids Toy Drive go to

SEWER-INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING PLAN: MAC Looking for Someone to Serve on Ad Hoc Group

The Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council is looking for a community member to serve on an ad hoc committee that will help develop a strategic plan for financing sewer infrastructure improvements. No deadline has been set for receiving applications, but the seven-member MAC likely will appoint someone to fill the committee position at its Dec. 5th meeting. Applications should be submitted to Brian Jagger, Field Representative to 4th District Supervisor Kirk Uhler, at the Placer County Board of Supervisors’ offices in Auburn. The mailing address is 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn, CA 95603. Applications also can be faxed to 916-787-8959. For more information, please clck here.

Granite Bay Helps in Coats For Kids Drive

Taking place now through Friday, December 21st, help News10, Swansons Cleaners, Gottschalks, and the Salvation Army reach this year’s goal of collecting 30,000 coats for the 17th Annual Coats For Kids Drive. To do your part, you can donate new or gently used coats of all sizes, make a monetary donation or volunteer your time. Local drop-off sites include:

Swansons Cleaners: 8711 Sierra College Blvd #5
Granite Bay High School:#1 Grizzly Way
Curves:8753 Auburn-Folsom Rd.
For a complete list of drop-off sites and more information about the 17th Annual Coats For Kids Drive go to

MAC Suggests Compromise on Sign Proposal

The MAC rejected a proposal for a 10ft high architecturally designed monument sign at 7095 Douglas Blvd. Instead, the MAC recommended approval of the design but limited the height to a maximum of 8ft to maintain consistency within the community.

MAC Reaches Decision on Granite Bay Retail & Carwash

By a 6-1 vote, MAC recommended approval of a proposal to amend the Community Plan and change the zoning on a parcel on the South side of Douglas Boulevard, across from Bushnell's Nursery, to permit a carwash and retail center. The Project includes construction of three retail buildings and an automatic carwash on approximately two acres.

Pedestrian Path to be Constructed on Auburn Folsom Road

The Dept of Public Works will construct a decomposed granite pedestrian path on Auburn Folsom Road between Douglas Blvd and Joe Rodgers Road. The path will be on both sides of the road and meander around trees and other existing features. Construction will begin on the west side of the road soon and is expected to be completed by November. Construction on the east side will occur in the spring.

The 3rd Annual JDRF Texas Hold'Em Charity Tournament to be Held Soon

On Friday, September 21, 2007 at 5:00 PM the 3rd Annual JDRF Texas Hold'Em Charity Tournament will take place at the Roseville Health and Wellness Center at 1650 Lead Hill Blvd.  With a tournament fee of $150, this night of fun will also help to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which strives to find a cure for diabetes.  The no limit tournament will be limited to the first eighty players, so reserve your spot by September 14th, by sending the $100 charitable donation for JDRF to:

Warren Chiropractic
1650 Lead Hill Blvd #600
Roseville, CA 95661
(The additional $50 of the tournament fee will be placed in a prize pool.)   For more information about this event, please call Scott Warren at (916) 947-4325.

"24th Annual National Night Out"

From 6 PM to 10 PM on Tuesday, August 7th neighborhoods throughout Placer County are invited to spend the evening outside with neighbors as well as members of the sheriff's department during the "24th Annual National Night Out" crime and drug prevention event. For more information on this event, please contact Dena Evangelista-Taylor, PC Sheriff's Department at (916) 791-5159.

Granite Bay Ranks In Money's Top 100 Places To Live

According to Money magazine’s annual list of the Top 100 Places to Live, Granite Bay ranks #74. The ranking is based on data compiled from a variety of different categories, including: median family income, home prices, students’ test scores, commute time, crime statistics and divorce rate. Granite Bay’s location, bordering Folsom Lake , being two hours from San Francisco and 90 minutes away from Lake Tahoe doesn’t hurt either. To see a complete list of the Top 100 Places to Live for 2007, go to

Feist Park Tennis Courts Completed

On Friday, June 15th, a grand opening ceremony welcomed the addition of six brand-new tennis courts to Granite Bay's Ronald L. Feist Park. Located at 9180 Twin Schools Road between the high school and Oakhills and Ridgeview elementary schools, the park’s courts will now be available to the tennis programs at Granite Bay High School as well as to the general public.

San Juan Water District Announces Annual Student Science Fair Project and Poster Contest Winners

Both contests, which were held in concurrence with Water Awareness Month, focused on water issues, and helped educate students about how various conditions and elements affect water resources. The science fair, held at Cavitt Junior High School, gave students the opportunity to work with a partner, which resulted in more sophisticated and complex projects. Of those projects, the winners are:

First Place: Kevin Ranger, Will Hubbard
Second Place: Katie Zingheim, Shannon Wagner
Third Place: Micaela Saqui, Emma Slattery
Runners-up: Dana Crouch, Allyssa Anthony, Kirsten O’Guinn, Katelin Giglia
The Water Awareness Poster Contest is a joint effort of the San Juan, Fair Oaks and Citrus Heights water districts and the Orange Vale Water Company and had 212 posters submitted. This year students were asked to visually express their thoughts and ideas about how to have fun conserving water. While each agency selected three winning posters to be featured in a 2008 water awareness calendar, this year’s top winners for San Juan Water District are:
First Place: Molly Graves from Mrs. Yeo’s fourth grade class at Eureka Elementary School
Second Place: Shahana Abbasi from Mrs. Ferraro’s sixth grade class at Eureka Elementary School
Third Place: Megan Dunlop from Mr. Martin’s fifth grade class at Ridgeview Elementary School  

Fire Destroys Summer Sanders’ Childhood Home

Saturday evening, while the two-time Olympic gold-medalist and her father were attending events at the Summer Sanders Aquatic Complex, a two-alarm fire destroyed her childhood home. The home, located on Granite Bay's Carolinda Drive, is said to be a complete loss; luckily however, no one was injured. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Concerns over Plans for Folsom Lake

In a Position Paper, which can be found at, the Granite Bay/Mooney Ridge homeowners, facility users and environmental stakeholders of the adversely impacted Folsom Lake area convey their concerns regarding certain west shore elements of the Folsom Dam Safety and Folsom Damage Reduction project. As the document states, the group is specifically concerned about "the borrow (mining, dredging and blasting) of materials from the wildlife habitat and recreational corridors north of Beal’s Point, adjacent to the populated Mooney Ridge area, the development and use of staging areas and construction of in-reservoir roads and haul routes in the same areas and viewshed, destruction/modification of the recently constructed security features at the north end of Dike 4, and the construction of a concrete floodwall on Dike 4 in lieu of raising Dike 4 with stabilized soil material similar to that currently employed in Dike 4. In their conclusion the group states: "It is our desire that the Partner Agencies agree to remove the supplemental borrow site, staging and haul road contingency affecting the in-reservoir area below Mooney Ridge, in the same way the Folsom Point sites were deleted, and commit, in writing, to the acquisition of commercially quarried materials for any supplemental necessitated use. We also wish the Agencies to specifically delineate the plans for and necessity of destruction of the recently constructed bollard safety features at the north end of Dike 4 as well as the planned replacement safety feature." They also ask that others join them, by signing their petition. To learn more, go to:

San Juan Water District to Conduct Water Supply Testing

This summer the San Juan Water District along with the other agencies in the San Juan Family of Water Agencies will conduct several tests on their water systems, evaluating how well prepared they are for a water shortage or emergency. See the news release for more information. Please feel free to contact Shauna Lorance with any questions regarding the water supply testing.

Park Grand Opening

The Grand Opening Ceremony for the new tennis courts at Ronald L. Feist Park has been set for Friday, June 15, 2007 at the courts at 10:00 AM.

EU-SEPAC’s Electronics Recycling Fundraising Event

On Saturday, June 9th from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Oakhills School, the Eureka Union Special Education Parent Advisory Committee is holding its first organized fundraising event to benefit all special needs students in the District. All used/obsolete electronics can be recycled, including: televisions, computer monitors, laptop computers, computer towers, cell phones, batteries, calculators, copy machines (small desk top only), cameras, radios, stereo systems and recorders. For more details see the flyer.

New Fire District Director Appointed

The Directors of the South Placer Fire District have appointed Granite Bay resident Craig Powell to the Board of Directors. Powell will serve the remainder of the term of Ron Feist after Feist resigned when he moved from the District.  .

Supervisors Authorize Bids for Road Improvements

Supervisors approved the plans and specifications for construction of the South Phase of Auburn Folsom Road Widening, allowing the Department of Public Works to advertise for bids. The estimated construction cost is $8,300,000. Additionally, they approved the plans and specifications for the replacement of Barton Road Bridge at Miners Ravine, allowing the Department of Public Works to advertise for bids, pending right-of-way certification. The estimated construction cost is $1,800,000.

South Placer Fire Station Ground Breaking Ceremony

This Tuesday, May 1, 2007, the public is invited to the ground breaking ceremony of South Placer's new fire station. Located at 5300 Olive Ranch RD., the ceremony will begin at 10:00 AM. For more information, please call, (916) 791-7059.

County Proposes Sewer Fee Increase

The Dept. of Facility Services is proposing a 9% fee increase for Sewer Maintenance District 2 which serves most of Granite Bay. The increase will raise the fee from 44.15 per month to 48.12 per month to cover increased costs. The increase would be effective July 1, 2007 and would be maintained at that level for two years. The Board of Supervisors will meet to hear the proposal on 22nd of May.

Granite Bay MAC Secretary Vacancy

Information will be presented at the meeting regarding the process for applying for this position. Address inquiries to Brian Jagger, Field Representative, at 800-4888-4308, Ext. 4010.

MAC Takes No Action on Controversial Project

Action on a proposed subdivision at the corner of Douglas Blvd and Pardee Ct. (east of Bank of America) consisting of 35 townhouses and a new retail building was tabled after it became clear that the MAC was not ready to support the project in its current form. The MAC and residents alike expressed concern about the projects layout of the commercial building, inadequate parking, excessive density and traffic impacts. The proponent asked for some time to reassess the project and to bring the project back to the MAC next month.

MAC Recommends Approval of Two Projects

The MAC, on Wednesday evening recommended approval of a new fire station to be located at 5300 Olive Ranch Rd. at Olive Ranch Ct. Additionally, they recommended approval of a 4 unit residential project at the northwest corner of Barton Rd. and East Roseville Parkway. The project will help preserve the 300 foot setback on Douglas Blvd. by transferring the density from a parcel on Douglas to the project site and converting the Douglas Blvd. site to open space.

Friends of Granite Bay Library Tea

The Friends will host this popular annual fundraiser on May 3rd at the Granite Bay Golf Club. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the theme this year is "purses". There will be a fashion show and vendors. The cost is $60 per person. For more information contact Madelaine Kiliany at 791-1217.

Barton Road Bridge Replacement

The project over Minor's Ravine will go to bid in April with construction to start in May or June. Tree removal in the right of way has already begun.

Fire District Director Resigns

The South Placer Fire District Board has accepted the resignation of Director Ron Feist and declared a vacancy on the Board of Directors. Applicants interested in being appointed to the position should submit a letter of interest before 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2007 to: Debbie Frick C/O Board of Director Applicant, South Placer Fire District, 6900 Eureka Road, Granite Bay, CA 95746. Applicants must live within the boundaries of the South Placer Fire District. For more information regarding the position, phone (916) 791-7059.

Meetings to be Held on Folsom Dam and Reservoir

Interested community members are invited to attend two meetings, April 4th and 5th. Sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) along with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, and the California Department of Water Resources/Reclamation Board, these informational meetings which will call particular attention to local interests, serve to both increase the community’s awareness about the construction projects (flood control, dam safety as well as others) that are planned or underway at Folsom Dam over the next 10-15 years, and allow the community to voice their thoughts and suggestions about these projects.

The meetings will be held at the following locations to focus on construction activities planned for the ‘Folsom side’ or the ‘Granite Bay side’ of the reservoir:

Wednesday, April 4, 2007
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Folsom Rotary Clubhouse
7150 Baldwin Dam Road, Folsom, CA
Thursday, April 5, 2007
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Cavitt Junior High School
7200 Fuller Drive, Granite Bay, CA

For more information visit the Bureau of Reclamation's Homepage.

Eureka Schools Foundation Presents: Spring Home Tour

With the proceeds going towards the Eureka Union School District and its students, this April, the Granite Bay Home Tour showcases five beautiful Granite Bay homes as well as an outdoor garden café and home boutique/marketplace. For more information about this event and to purchase tickets,

New Web Site for Fourth Supervisorial District

County Supervisor Uhler has launched a new website ( that is intended to help the public stay up to date on Placer County's 4th District news. It will provide agendas and minutes of the Granite Bay MAC meetings, and will  provide a means to contact the supervisor to ask questions or to share an opinion on 4th District issues.

Fire District Approves Capital Facilities Plan

The 2007 Capital Facilities Plan has been approved by the Directors of the South Placer Fire District . The $5.1 million plan outlines 4 major projects:

1. Building a new station on Olive Ranch Rd. to replace the old station on Douglas Blvd. ($1,750,000)
2. Up-grading traffic signals at key intersections in the community with preemption devices. ($20,000)
3. Providing permanent administrative office space with training classrooms and meeting rooms ($3,085,273)
4. Assist Placer County with the costs of communications infrastructure improvements. ($258,971)

Contract for New Fire Station Awarded

The South Placer Fire District Board of Directors awarded a contract for $2.3 million to D. G. Grande Inc. of Shingle Springs to construct a new fire station at the corner of Olive Ranch Rd. and Olive Grove Dr.  Ground breaking is expected by the 1st of Apr. for the new station that will replace the old existing station on Douglas Blvd.

Placer County Conservation Plan Being Debated

The Lincoln Club of Placer County is announcing the debut of its Debate Series. Its premier debate will feature the foremost local experts on the Placer County Conservation Plan (PCCP) on Thursday, January 18, at the Granite Bay Golf Club. Continental breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. and the Debate begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. Cost is $15.00 per person. Guest Speakers in support of the plan are Robert Weygandt, Placer County Supervisor and other experts. Mrs. Brigit S. Barnes, Esq., Brigit S. Barnes & Associates, Inc. and other experts will oppose the plan. Dennis C. Revell will be the moderator. For more information contact Dennis C. Revell, Revell Communications, (916) 443-3816, ....more

Granite Bay Recreation Association Under Development

Six new tennis courts are due to be completed at Feist Park by spring. The courts will be available for use by the community, and will provide a home for the High School tennis teams and for the PE program. You can be a part of this great addition to the park by donating now.  .....more

Approval Recommended for New Subdivision

The MAC unanimously recommended approval of a proposed subdivision, "Micherra Place", comprising 20 single family one story homes at the southwest corner of Auburn-Folsom Rd. and Eureka Rd. just east of the fire station. Homes are planned to be from 1400 to 2000 sq. ft. on lots ranging in size from about 4500 to 6500 sq. ft.