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Lincoln's Tiger grant amazing

By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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Double yolks ... Look for the Easter Bunny to be doing double duty Saturday, April 7 during two Easter egg hunts. There is no admission charge for either event. Lincoln Host Lions Club presents its annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. sharp in McBean Park, 65 McBean Park Drive. For pre-school and kindergarten students, the hunt will be held in the big ball diamond For grades one and two students, the hunt will be held in the second Little League diamond. And for grade 3 students, the hunt will be held in the center Little League diamond. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photographs. Please bring your own camera. To learn more, contact President Rosemary Knutson at 645-9006. Granite Springs Church presents the second hunt that gets underway at 10:30 a.m., 1170 East Joiner Parkway. Visit granitesprings.org or call 645-9620 for additional information. Security measures ... On Thursday, April 12, American Association of University Women will present “Our Seniors: A Generation Worth Fighting For.” The event will be held at Valley Springs Church, 2401 Olympus Drive, Roseville from 3 to 5 p.m. All are welcome. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Speakers include Lincoln attorney and estate-planning specialist Therese Adams, Placer Country Health and Human Services’ client services counselor Karen Bone and Placer County Supervising Deputy District Attorney Suzanne Gazziniga. The program will feature all aspects of senior security, legal issues, senior care and safety, current frauds and security dangers plus advice on self-protection. A question-and- answer session will follow the program. Visit aauwrosevillesouthplacer.org for more information. Wine time ... Rotary Club of Lincoln President Joann Hilton reports that the club is sponsoring the inaugural Lincoln Wine Fest from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Rotary’s wine fest will feature nine Placer County wineries. Each will be paired with one of nine businesses in historic downtown Lincoln. Each business will also feature finger foods from one of nine local restaurants. Advance tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online at lincolnwinefest.org or from any Rotary club member. Tickets will be available on the day of the event for $35 per person. Registration will take place at the Rotary tent in Beermann Plaza. Look for red and white wines from Ciotti Cellars, Cristaldi, Dono Dal Cielo, Le Casque, Pescatore, Popie Wines, Rancho Robles, Secret Ravine and Wise Villa. Tasting locations will be located within two blocks of Beermann Plaza. In addition to registration, Beermann Plaza will also be the site for bottle sales by the participating wineries. JukeBox will be on hand to provide live music. Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves regularly visits the city’s website (ci.lincoln.ca.us). This week, he found a reference to TIGER IV Grant — “City Applies for $10 million TIGER IV Grant to Transform Historic Downtown Lincoln.” At first, Jeeves wondered if Lincoln was applying for four tigers. And if so, he wondered if the city was planning to transform downtown Lincoln with a zoo. But then Jeeves read the entire application. He learned that on March 19, 2012, the city applied for $10 million to make downtown Lincoln into a destination for shopping, services and entertainment Jeeves also discovered that TIGER is an acronym for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery. TIGER grants are distributed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (dot.gov/tiger). Jeeves was impressed by what he read in the city’s grant proposal. He hopes readers will look at it too. The first 27 pages of the application clearly, concisely and cogently present Lincoln’s downtown history - how it started, where it is now, where it wants to go and how it plans to get there. The remaining pages are appendices that include letters of support as well as Benefit Cost Analysis Summary, Market Analysis and Strategic Action Plan for Downtown, NEV Transportation Plan and Supporting Graphics. Letters of support came from Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, County Supervisor Robert Weygandt, Placer County Transportation Agency Executive Director Celia McAdam and more. Sen. Barbara Boxer and Congressman Tom McClintock, who often differ on issues, do not differ on this application. Both wrote letters of support. Jeeves was wowed. So much so that he called City Manager Jim Estep’s office to compliment and congratulate the city for a great grant application. Jeeves also wanted to find out who, in addition to the city manager, helped create it so he could thank them too. Jeeves was surprised to discover that the majority of the work was completed by Matt Brogan and Zach Siviglia of Mark Thomas & Company, Inc. along with sub-consultants Callander & Associates. Some readers may remember meeting Matt and Zach during the city’s recent workshops regarding Lincoln Boulevard. They have been helping the city with the Lincoln Boulevard project design. And Jeeves was even more surprised to discover that Mark Thomas & Company and Callander & Associates prepared the grant application on a pro bono basis. Jeeves doesn’t know how city staff persuaded these consulting firms to donate their time and skills. But he’s grateful that they did. Jeeves thanks Matt Brogan and Zach Siviglia and their associates for all the time and talent that they devoted to our TIGER IV grant. In the words of another tiger, Tony the Tiger, “They’re grrrrreeeaaat!” Jeeves and the Downtown Dogs extend birthday greetings to Buster Lucas. Buster is a black and white Shih Tzu.He turns five on Saturday. To celebrate, Buster will start with a walk alongside his handlers, Richard and Linda Lucas followed by a trip to PetSmart where he will pick out a new toy. And to complete his special day, Buster plans to enjoy yogurt at Homespun Yogurt in the Safeway Plaza. Happy birthday, Buster! If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail JustInFromJeeves@gmail.com. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.