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2010 End of the Year Lincoln Review January Lincoln man killed by train - Third fatality in 15 years leaves questions about walker’s safety. Lincoln resident Mitchell Austin Jones, 20, died Sunday after being struck by a train. Jones, found next to the train rail on the Auburn Ravine train trestle, was pronounced dead at the scene, having sustained major trauma, according to Lincoln Police Department Lt. David Ibarra. MacLeod engineers his retirement plans - Beermann Plaza and McBean Swimming Pool have something in common, which is James McLeod, the project manager and project engineer for both. McLeod, heavily involved in Lincoln’s growth and development for the past 30 years, retired last month from his position with the city of Lincoln as senior civil engineer. Lincoln ranked fourth for growth - National study names area among America’s fastest growing - Lincoln is on a list for being the fourth of nine notable high-growth areas in the United States. This is according to a recent study by the Gadberry Group, which is headquartered in Little Rock, Ark. and “provides location intelligence services and data for the world’s top retail brands,” according to the group. Lincoln’s households grew 250 percent between 2000 and 2009, “growing from 6,287 in 2000 to 21,997 households in 2008,” the Gadberry Group study said. City to help rehabilitate abandoned houses - A resolution to assist the city in implementing its Neighborhood Stabilization Program was unanimously approved at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. By doing so, this allows the city manager to execute a professional-service relationship with Mercy Housing, according to Amanda Norton, the city’s housing and special projects coordinator. “The Neighborhood Stabilization Program can be used to get houses back into a condition where they can be put back onto the market and not be left vacant,” said Mayor Tom Cosgrove on Wednesday. “They will be affordable for lower-income families.” Rip off ear, get a year - A Lincoln woman was sentenced Jan. 14 to one year in prison for ripping another woman’s ear off in a bar fight last January. In addition to the one-year jail sentence, Andrea Gabrielle Cordova was placed on five years of probation and a suspended four-year state prison term. City: Police Chief Vizzusi on paid leave - The city of Lincoln issued a statement Friday, stating that the Lincoln police chief is on paid leave. Several readers have been calling The Lincoln News Messenger since last week, with concerns about where Lincoln Police Chief Brian Vizzusi has been these past few weeks. Last Thursday, Mayor Tom Cosgrove and Vizzusi each told the News Messenger in separate phone calls that the police chief has been on vacation. They both negated rumors about a vote-of-no-confidence and said that Vizzusi was on vacation. February Vizzusi’s job status still unclear - A lawsuit settled by the city is not why the Lincoln police chief is on paid leave, according to acting police Chief Paul Shelgren. Both Lincoln Police Chief Brian Vizzusi and Lt. Shelgren were named in this wrongful-termination lawsuit, along with the city of Lincoln. Mark and Stephanie Aita were the plaintiffs. Readers have called The News Messenger office, saying that the lawsuit is related to Vizzusi’s current leave of absence. But city officials deny that claim. Vizzusi has not been at work since at least Jan. 14. The lawsuit filed in November 2008 is about the wrongful termination of a police officer. The case was settled in July 2009. Willians, 84, was water agency fixture - Lincoln resident longest serving NID director - Former longtime Nevada Irrigation District director R. Paul Williams died Feb. 3 after suffering a stroke at his rural Lincoln home. With almost seven elected terms in office, Williams became the longest serving director in NID’s 89-year history, according to Dave Carter, the water agency’s spokesman. Williams stepped down last April, marking 27 years as the elected representative serving NID Division IV in Placer County. Library faces $125,000 budget cuts in coming year - The Twelve Bridges Library is facing $125,000 in budget cuts for next year. That figure is half the amount Sierra College contributed to the library last year, according to Darla Wegener, Lincoln’s director of library services. According to previous News Messenger reports, Western Placer Unified School District contributes $175,000 a year, Sierra College $248,000 a year, and the city of Lincoln contributes $450,000 a year. The library is facing the budget cuts because of budget issues the three organizations face, according to previous News Messenger reports. Kidnapped adult safe, questions linger - A Lincoln woman is safe Tuesday night after being kidnapped, according to Lincoln Acting Police Chief Paul Shelgren. The Lincoln Police Department responded Monday morning to a report of a missing adult. According to police, the woman’s husband reported his wife missing Monday, saying his wife left their home at the 1600 block of First Street around 7 p.m. Sunday to go to an undisclosed pizza parlor and didn’t return home. It is unknown why the husband waited until Monday morning to report his wife missing, according to Shelgren. H1N1 virus lingers - Potential new wave of flu keeps Placer County clinics vaccinating residents - While relatively flu-free for now, Placer County is girding for a possible third, stronger wave of H1N1. The first two rounds took place last spring and in the late fall. Placer County Health Department records show four deaths have been attributed in the county to the H1N1 virus since the swine flu crisis started in April. Placer County records show increases in reported H1N1 cases rising in late October and hitting their highest in numbers of hospitalizations in early December. In all, 48 Placer County residents were hospitalized with what the county is terming probable or confirmed H1N1 flu since mid-August. City faces $1.7 million deficit next year - That’s roughly all of recreation, library funds - Lincoln could run out of its $4 million-plus reserves in two years. That’s according to Anna Jatczak, assistant city manger/chief financial officer, at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Jatczak said the city would “burn through the reserves” by 2011-2012 fiscal year if the city kept the budget “at the status quo.” There is a forecasted deficit of $1.7 million for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, according to Jatczak. “$1.7 million is roughly all of recreation and all of library,” Jatczak said. The forecast for the 2011-12 fiscal year was more drastic, with a forecasted General Fund deficit of $4.6 million. Jatczak named three variables to help improve the current budget situation, which are increasing revenue, decreasing expenditures and using the reserves. It’s official, Vizzusi no longer Lincoln’s top cop - Brian Vizzusi is no longer Lincoln’s police chief, according to a press release from City Manager Jim Estep on Feb. 18. “The personnel decisions leading up to this agreement are required to remain strictly confidential,” City Attorney Tim Hayes was quoted in the press release. City official this week would not give reasons why Vizzusi left his job. Vizzusi joined the city of Lincoln police force in August 2004 as a lieutenant and was promoted to police chief in July 2006. March Deputy accused of molesting teen here - Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy Eric Cephus was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sexually molesting a 13-year-old girl at a hotel in Lincoln. According to a Placer County District Attorney press release, Cephus, 39, was arrested Tuesday night at his San Jose home and booked into the Santa Clara county jail. Cephus was booked on charges of committing a lewd act with a child under the age of 14 and of kidnapping to commit a sexual act, Lincoln Police Sgt. Terry Kennedy said. Lincoln acting Police Chief Paul Shelgren said the girl, who will not be identified, was returned to the Sacramento County receiving home. Lincoln Arts board cut in half - Three of Lincoln Art’s six board members have resigned as of Feb. 23, including president Paul Apfel. The nonprofit organization provides arts in the community through art shows and education. Bobby Pilliard and Jim Boltz are the two other board members who resigned. Boltz said he had no comment as to why he resigned. “I resigned in order to preserve my financial values and business principles,” Pillard said. “I’m very concerned about the fiduciary responsibilities the board has to members and contributors.” When asked Monday why the three board members resigned, Lincoln Arts vice president June Reeves said she had no comment. “I don’t think any of that needs to be discussed in the paper,” Reeves said. Vizzusi gets $103,590.15 - Reason for police chief leaving still unknown - Former Lincoln Police Chief Brian Vizzusi received a severance pay of $103,590.15 but it is still not known why he left. The amount given is three months worth of salary, benefits, vacation, sick leave and medical benefits, according to City Manager Jim Estep. On Feb. 23, The News Messenger sent Estep a request for information under the California Public Records Act, on what Vizzusi’s severance pay was and the reason why he is no longer Lincoln’s police chief. “The city cannot withhold the settlement agreement if the reasons are not part of the agreement,” said Jim Ewert, the California Newspaper Publishers Association legal counsel. “Everything that you can have is in the agreement,” Estep said Wednesday. “The reason I can’t talk about it is because we’ve signed a confidentiality agreement that says neither of us can talk about it.” Tea Party movement on the go - City employees were projected to receive $3.9 million in benefits for this fiscal year, which makes up more than half of the city’s salary expenses. In the meantime, the city of Lincoln’s General Fund has an accumulated deficit of $6.1 million. That’s according to a set of 15 questions in a Lincoln Tea Party Patriots memorandum given to city officials. The questions raised by the Lincoln Tea Party Patriots are derived mainly from the city’s 2009-2010 budget. Kindergarten campout - Spirits were high as of 11:45 p.m. Monday night as 41 parents camped outside of Lincoln Crossing Elementary School, in anticipation of turning in kindergarten registration packets. They were there because only 100 spots are available for next year’s kindergarten classes at the school. Western Placer Unified School District Superintendent Scott Leaman said Tuesday afternoon that there are 100 spots for incoming kindergartners because of “current staffing ratios.” Each school accepts the same amount of kindergartners each year, according to the superintendent, and the only other district school with a line was Twelve Bridges Elementary School. Schools cut meat out of budget - $2.7 million must be trimmed - A Western Placer Unified School District budget-committee member is concerned with how the district is spending money the last few months. That’s in light of the district having to trim $2.7 million from the budget for the 2010-2011 school year, which starts in August, according to Mike Kimbrough, the Western Placer Classified Employee Association’s president and budget-committee member. Proposed cuts include possible job losses, salary reductions, employee furloughs and changes to bus routes, according to the district’s Superintendent Scott Leaman, who said these ideas have been proposed during budget-committee meetings. Ex-sherif’s deputy gets 18 years - Cephus found guilty of kidnapping, sex with minor - A Placer County judge sentenced former Sacramento County Sheriff Deputy Eric Cephus to 18 years in prison for lewd acts with a minor Monday morning. Students see effects of alcohol, driving - The street in front of Lincoln High School was the scene Tuesday of a horrific crash, with shattered glass sprinkling the asphalt. Luckily, the crash was part of the Every 15 Minutes program, which simulated an alcohol-related car accident for students. It is held every three years. April Teacher accused of sexual battery - A Lincoln High School teacher was placed on administrative leave March 15 for allegations about an incident involving inappropriate behavior with a Western Placer Unified School District High School student. An investigation is being conducted by the Lincoln Police Department, according to school district Superintendent Scott Leaman. Bank robber still on the loose - The Lincoln Police Department is still looking for a male suspect who robbed the Tri Counties Bank on March 24. Police responded to the bank, which is located inside the Raley’s grocery store on Highway 65, at 3:40 p.m. after the suspect had robbed the bank, leaving with cash, according to Lincoln Police Sgt. Terry Kennedy. Highway 65 bypass construction on target for 2012 completion - Construction of the Highway 65 bypass is right on schedule. Expected completion date is in 2012. That’s according to Carl Berexa, a Cal-Trans construction engineer who gave a bypass update March 25 in Lincoln Crossing. Robbery suspect caught - Lincoln robbery similar to other store bank branches - A Smartville man considered to be a “person of interest” in the March 24 robbery of Tri Counties Bank in Lincoln was arrested April 1 by the Chico Police Department, according to Yuba City Police Department Sgt. Lincoln Eden. Shawn Victor Webber, 35, was arrested in connection with three different robberies including the one in Lincoln, Eden said. White-powder scare prompts 2-hour evacuation of post office - Emergency-response could cost $5,000 - Lincoln Post Office supervisor Marilou Pace is thankful that Saturday’s white-powder scare turned out to be a hoax. At approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Lincoln Police Department Dispatch received a call from an unidentified caller of a male and female adult pouring a white, powdery substance into the mailboxes outside the Lincoln Post Office. Residents seen, not heard at workshop - Public city budget discussion Tuesday first of four talks - Some of the 50 residents attending the first of four city-budget workshops Tuesday at McBean Pavilion were not satisfied with how it was conducted. Police relocating to substation - Leave new headquarters after $1.5 million renovation - The Lincoln Police Department will call another building home soon but the new location will be a familiar place. The police department will move its headquarters from the location on Fifth Street and Beermann Plaza to its former home on Seventh and H streets, which is now the police department’s sub-station, according to acting Lincoln Police Chief Paul Shelgren. The police department moved into its current headquarters in October 2008, and according to previous News Messenger reports, $1.5 million was used to renovate the former City Hall into police headquarters. City Council votes to hire an interim police chief - The City Council voted three to two Tuesday night to hire an interim police chief. The interim police chief will be a retired police chief and the employment contract for that person could be brought to the City Council by the next City Council meeting, according to City Manager Jim Estep. City may add new positions - The city of Lincoln’s personnel committee discussed new job descriptions during a Tuesday meeting at City Hall. The job descriptions are for a senior management analyst, an environmental services manager, a senior accountant and a principal accountant. “Today, all we are going is bringing forward job descriptions that are not budgeted positions,” City Manager Him Estep said. Lincoln without McBean Pool? - Residents say ‘no way’ at Tuesday’s budget meeting - Lincoln residents could be saying goodbye to McBean pool, Carnegie Library and this year’s Fourth of July celebration to tighten the city’s budget. Those three potential budget decisions were revealed to the 125 community members present at Tuesday’s budget workshop. Foskett Ranch a distinguished school - Foskett Ranch Elementary School is now recognized by the California Department of Education as a California Distinguished School. Foskett Ranch Elementary School was one of 484 elementary school selected in the state to receive the award, according to a press release from the California Department of Education. Youth pastor in prison for sex with teen - 33-year-old sent minor 4,000-plus texts in a month - A Placer County judge sentenced a Rocklin youth pastor to prison Wednesday for carrying on a sexual affair with a 14-year-old church member. Jeffrey Allen Waisner, 33, of Lincoln, was handed a three-year prison term for a charge of lewd and lascivious acts with a child stemming from an estimated six-month relationship with a female youth. May Teacher jobs safe for next year - District dipping into 2010-2011 reserves - Lincoln’s schools will not lose any teachers next school year due to budget cuts. That’s because the Western Placer Unified School District voted Tuesday to approve budget reductions that will help save the district $1.9 million next year without eliminating jobs. Out of the 100-plus budget reduction recommendations made by the district’s budget committee, 22 recommendations were moved forward to be suggested budget cuts. Police response times a minute slower - Short staffing blamed for increase - If your house is being burglarized or you’ve been in a car accident, it could take up to six minutes for Lincoln police to be at your side. That’s according to Acting Police Chief Paul Shelgren, who said the response time for priority-one and two-calls is six minutes for priority-three calls. All ages riding the same bus? Reduced routes could save schools money - Students of all ages could soon share space on Lincoln’s school buses. Not all parents are happy about it. That’s because kindergarteners through twelfth-graders might ride on the same bus as part of the proposed Western Placer Unified School District budget cuts. This would enable the school district to get rid of four bus routes, which would save the district money without any bus drivers losing jobs, according to Assistant Superintendent of Business Joyce Lopes. Tessa Sharp’s burial set for Monday - Growing up and working in Lincoln, the young woman touched the lives of many family members and family - Tessa Sharp Canavarro of Sacramento, formerly of Lincoln, touched hundreds of lives in her short life. More than 500 family and friends showed up to her memorial services May 10 for the 22-year-old Sacramento resident. She died May 2 after being in a car accident on Highway 80. The accident is under investigation. Neves to take helm- Interim police chief was Roseville’s top cop for five years - In his free time, Lincoln’s new interim police chief can be found communing with the great outdoors. That’s because Joel Neves, who takes over the helm Monday at the Lincoln Police Department, enjoys hiking, mountain biking and fishing when he’s not working. Neves expects to be Lincoln’s police chief for eight months. Teacher Nevarez dies at 54 - Heart attack fells popular high-school fixture - Lincoln High School lost a beloved woodshop teacher Monday morning when Frank Nevarez died. Nevarez, 54, died from heart failure at his Auburn home. He taught woodshop at Lincoln High for 29 years. Lincoln High was the only school the Humboldt State graduate taught at, according to his wife of eight years, Renee Nevarez. ‘Village 7’ preliminary plans approved - Could bring in 7,386 new residents to area - Lincoln’s Planning Commission approved the preliminary plans for Village 7 last week. Not everyone at the commission’s meeting, though, agreed with the recommendation to approve the plans. Village 7 consists of 515 acres of land owned by Lewis Planned Communities, according to Rod Campbell, Lincoln’s director of development services. The plan could result in the building, of 3,285 “dwelling units” and bring in an estimated 7,386 residents, according to Campbell. JUNE School District’s deficit: $5.1 million - Teacher’s jobs still safe - The school district is facing a larger budget deficit than expected, which will be $5.1 million. That figure was released during Tuesday’s Western Placer Unified School District board meeting. The original budget deficit was projected to be $3.5 million, according to assistant superintendent of business Joyce Lopes. Several items affected the budget deficit, such as a $275,000 decrease in revenue limit and a $125,000 decrease in interest income, according to Lopes. Tom Howcroft dies at age 67 - The Brick House Coffee Company patio lost a daily visitor when Thomas “Tommy” Howcroft died last week. A Lincoln resident, Howcroft, 67, was found dead in his home by police Friday morning, after concerned friends asked for a welfare check after he did not appear for a few days, Al Holland said. Four more police officers to lose jobs - City manager says that’s to balance city budget - Four police officers will receive layoff notices as a result of the $2 million deficit in the city’s General Fund budget. “Our budget, to balance the General Fund, would include losing four officers,” City Manager Jim Estep said Monday. “There’s not enough revenue to support them, even with concessions they make with salary and benefits.” Celebrity waiters canvass for Lighthouse - If Buonarroti Ristorante waiters seemed frantic and stressed during lunchtime Friday, they had good reason to be. That’s because the waiters serving up wine, bread and pasta were taking a break from their day jobs to participate in the Lighthouse Family and Counseling Resource Center’s fourth annual Celebrity Waiter Luncheon, helping raise more than $30,000. Plane crash kills two residents - Last fatality at Lincoln airport was 30 years ago - An ultra light plane crashed Monday night just outside of the Lincoln Regional Airport, killing two Lincoln residents. Police and fire personnel responded to the scene, where Michael Scott Gorden, 44, and Tara Lynn Riggins, 37, were pronounced dead Monday night. Gorden was the registered owner of the plane, a Rans Coyotte II. School board to decide on $163 million bond measure - The school board will decide Tuesday whether to move for ward with a $163 million general-obligation bond measure. Cathy Dominico, the district’s financial advisor, said the bond would be “repaid by ad valorem tax on property owners,” which means “according to the value of the property,” and would require a two-thirds vote or 55-percent voter approval. Most council candidates like levy - Three of four running support adding utility users’ tax - A utility users’ tax seems to be the answer for getting Lincoln our of its current budget crisis. That’s according to three out of four candidates running for City Council in November. The city of Lincoln faces a $2 million deficit in its General Fund budget, which provides funding for police, fire, library, and parks and recreation services. City could reduce 23.5 positions - That’s to balance budget for new fiscal year - Lincoln’s City Council unanimously passed a balanced budget Tuesday for fiscal year 2010-2011. That includes possibly slashing 23.5-plus city jobs. More than 100 residents attended the meeting. A handful scolded the council and city manager on excessive salaries for the top city executives. The $63,147,366 budget approved by the council is down nearly $75 million since 2009-10 budget and $121 million from fiscal year 2008-2009. JULY Architect, preservationist Richard Wyatt’s life celebrated today - Today, Lincoln will formally mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Richard Edward Wyatt who, as an architect and historic preservationist, literally helped shape the city of Lincoln and Placer County in more ways then imaginable. Richard, 60, died unexpectedly at his D Street home in downtown Lincoln. His brother, Ron Wyatt discovered his body on June 18. Nelson Lane fire destroys empty home - An abandoned home on Nelson Lane burned to the ground Monday night. The double-wide mobile home was located between Nicolaus Road and Moore Road. Police station needs work - Department has until Oct.1 to respond to concerns - The Lincoln Police Department will be responding to recommendations made by the Placer County Grand Jury regarding its 7th Street substation, which now serves as police headquarters. Shopping center bought by the bank - The Lincoln Village at Twelve Bridges shopping center was sold back to the bank July 1 for $9.8 million. The center, which is located at the intersection of Twelve Bridges Boulevard and Fieldstone Drive, was sold in a trustee sale at the main entrance of Roseville’s City Hall. Shots fired at home - Man shoots at own house, truck, arrested immediately - Lincoln police arrested Joshua Jones, 33, Monday for firing several shots inside his home, his garage, his vehicle and a next-door neighbor’s car, which were both parked in driveways. No one was injured by the fired shots. Utility fee covers cell phones, Internet - Measure to be on Nov. ballot, could net city $2.9 million - Lincoln residents could pay more on their cable, telephone and PG&E bills next year if a utility users’ tax is passed by voters in November. The tax could net the city between $2.7 and $2.9 million after one year, according to Lincoln’s Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Anna Jatczak. The city’s budget was passed during the June 22 council meeting. The budget included a $1.7-million deficit in the General Fund, which was closed by a combination of budget cuts and one-time revenue funds. Lincoln to spend $54,000 out of General Fund to educate about ‘fiscal issues’ - The city will spend $54,000 from the General Fund to educate Lincoln residents about the city’s “fiscal issues.” That’s according to a decision made Tuesday by City Council to adopt a resolution entering the city into a professional agreement with the Lew Edwards Group to “assist the city in community outreach and to disseminate information to the public regarding the budget challenges in our General Fund,” according to the staff report prepared by grant coordinator Jenny Simpson. Five classified city employees lose their jobs because of budget - Five of the city’s 47 classified employees were laid off last Thursday because the classified labor group declined concessions. Residents ask the $54,000 question - Council defends decision - The City Council approved a $54,000 professional service agreement with the Lew Edwards Group last week “to educate Lincoln residents about the city’s budget challenges and proposed utility user’s tax.” The News Messenger asked City Council members this week why the city is paying for those services. That was then, this is ‘wow’ - Lincoln Little League team in Section 4 tournament for first time in 30 years - Manager Charles Middleton’s talented team is the city’s first to advance to the Section 4 tournament in 30 years. Lincoln is the section host so hundreds of fans are flocking to Larry Costa Field on D Street. The team has not let them down, winning its first two games to reach the championship game Wednesday night. Biz reps hear pep talk on Measure K - While Mayor Tom Cosgrove said last week that city employees could not advocate for or against the council’s proposed utility users’ tax, City manager Jim Estep discussed the tax at Tuesday’s Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce’s government-affairs meeting. City calls for special ‘K’ meeting - To happen within a week, council hasn’t set date yet - City Council decided Tuesday to hold a special meeting within the next week to discuss which utilities will be taxed if Measure K passes. Lincoln Arts asked for audits - Grassroots group gathers 199 signatures - Almost 2,300 arts supports are asking the nonprofit Lincoln Arts to undergo independent annual financial and management audits. City hopes to make downtown a destination spot - Council to move ahead with consultant findings - The city of Lincoln is moving forward with a plan to keep downtown Lincoln alive and kicking after the Highway 65 bypass is up and running. Gruen, Gruen & Associates developed the action plan to the tune of $30,000 in redevelopment funds, said City Manager Jim Estep at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. AUGUST 82-year-old pilot in stable condition - Man was trapped in plane for an hour before being discovered - An 82-year-old man was airlifted to an area hospital Wednesday afternoon after crashing the ultra-light plane he was flying. City Council updates Measure K - Lincoln leaders first approved the tax without discussion - The proposed tax would raise money for General Fund-paid services in the police, fire, library, and parks and recreation departments. Utilities that could be taxed included cell phones; cable TV; telephones; city utilities such as water, sewer and garbage; and PG&E. Cable TV services cut from utility users’ tax - Cable television will not be one of the taxed utilities if Measure K, or the utility users’ tax, is approved by voted in November. Another utility users’ tax workshop set - City Council meeting to follow - Saying that it might be a late night for council members and staff, City Council Tuesday set another utility users’ tax workshop for Aug. 24. Schools lose a youth services officer - Steve Krueger moves to Lincoln High. “With the (city’s budget) reductions, we had to move Officer Krueger to the high school because they (Western Placer Unified School District) fund that position,” Interim Police Chief Joel Neves said. One fire station opens, one closes - McBean shuts down, Twelve Bridges back - In a move to address response time of greater than eight minutes, the Twelve Bridges Fire Station re-opened and the McBean Park Drive Fire Station closed. City contracts: $403,960 for accounting service - City Council adopted a resolution Tuesday to amend for the third time a professional services agreement with Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Company for $118,760 in accounting services. “They are providing accounting services for two positions vacant within the finance department,” said Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Anna Jatczak during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “I have one accountant on staff. It’s to fill in for accounting services we need to provide on a daily basis.” Friends of Lincoln Library donate $39,498 to keep Carnegie open - The Carnegie Library will remain open for the rest of the fiscal year, thanks to a $25,789 from the Friends of the Lincoln Library. An additional $13,709.46 was donated with the “stipulation” made by the Friends of the Lincoln Library that the funds will be used for Mother Goose on the Loose, Read for the Record and Read Across American programs and to keep the Carnegie open for the rest of the year. 3 retired city employees receive $100,000-plus pensions - Three retired city of Lincoln employees make more than $100,000 each in CalPERS pensions. That’s according to the California Pension Reform’s ‘The CalPERS 100k Club’ website, which provides the number of retired California government workers receiving pensions of $100,000 or more from CalPERS. Let’s talk taxes - Measure K dominates agenda - Proposed levy discussion carries into City Council meeting - Although an hour was devoted to discussion about Measure K, with the promise of more time for discussion after Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the proposed utility users’ tax was brought up several times during the council’s meeting. Don’t forget Measure J - School bond campaign kicks off Monday - The campaign is to promote Measure J, which is a $163 million bond placed on November’s ballot by the Western Placer Unified School District to fund improvements and modernizations for existing schools and also for the construction of a new elementary school in the Lincoln Crossing area and phase one of Twelve Bridges High School, according to previous News Messenger reports. Lincoln man faces 37 charges in sex case - Allegations involving Steele and child reach back to February 2002 - Charges filed in Placer County Superior Court show that 67-year-old Jimmie Steele is being prosecuted on allegations of a pattern of sexual abuse over a period of years involving two girls under age 10. Council approves development fund - Residents of future developments within the city f Lincoln will now pay $165 a year to help fund police and fire services needed for their neighborhoods. SEPTEMBER Adversity breeds inspiration for Zebra football players -Team dedicates season to linebacker injured in car accident - A steady stream of well-wishers flows into Sutter Roseville Medical Center to see Thomas Little. He was in a car accident Aug. 24 and remains in the hospital. Four of five on council take pay cut - Members receive a total of $69,722 in salaries, benefits - Healthy benefits and life insurance set Lincoln’s City Council apart from the councils of four area cities. Becky Romness dies Saturday at 57 - Celebration of life at 1 p.m. today - The Lincoln community suffered a great loss when Becky Romness, 57, died Saturday after a 2 ½ year battle with cancer Leavell pleads not guilty - Charges stem from inappropriate conduct with female student - An attorney appearing on behalf of Chancy Leavell entered a not guilty plea Wednesday on molestation charges filed against the Lincoln High School teacher. City revokes most of $54,000 contract - Lew Edwards Group work was for Measure K education - The city of Lincoln is no longer under a $54,000 contract with The Lew Edwards Group to “educate” residents about Measure K. Rainbow Market building sold - Seller signed confidentiality agreement on who buyer is - City staff announced during the Sept. 2 Lincoln Democratic Club meeting that the building once housing Rainbow Market has been sold earlier that day. City’s HR manager on leave - Lincoln officials not saying why - The city of Lincoln’s human resources manager Debbie Lindh is on administrative leave. City hires new consultants - Public raises concern - The city entered into three professional services agreements Tuesday to fill positions in the development services and public services departments. Consultants will fill positions of a public service director and positions within the development services department for engineering services, construction management and inspection services. School test scores rise six points - Standardized testing scores for Lincoln’s schools have increased by six points as per the state’s goal. Casino shoplifter led police on high-speed chase - 49-year-old crashes her car in Auburn - A Lincoln woman is sitting in jail after she led law enforcement on a high-speed chase that ended with a crash in Auburn. Sherry Sensabaugh-Rhodes of Lincoln, was ineligible for bail as of Wednesday after she was booked into Placer County Jail on several felony charges Sept. 12. Utility tax could have been larger - Measure K originally 5 to 6 percent - 3.75 percentage said by city to maintain services - The city originally wanted to set Measure K, or the utility users’ tax, at six percent. “The city manager noted that the city needed five to six percent in the form of a utility tax. Anything less than that wouldn’t work. The information they got back from the Lew Edwards’ phone survey showed that a tax of three to four percent would have a decent chance of passing.” -Anonymous former city employee. $7.1 million transferred in city funds - Beazer Homes owes a remaining balance of $752,893 for bypass project. To cover costs of the Ferrari Ranch interchange and Highway 65 Bypass sound wall, City Council voted Tuesday to transfer $7.1 million from one fund to another. OCTOBER Firemen fuel hot debate - Should local fire departments merge? Chiefs from Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville meet monthly to work together on services - The Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln fire chiefs are working together toward a common goal: efficient and effective fire services for residents of all three cities. Lincoln Fire Chief Dave Whitt, Rocklin Fire Chief Bill Mikesell and Roseville Fire Chief Ken Wagner have talked about regional cooperative fire protection since last year, according to Whitt. Cook fatally shot in Lincoln Sunday - Police don’t know where suspect is - Police are looking for suspect Gerardo Ramirez, 37, of Lincoln in connection with a fatal shooting Sunday night at a First Street apartment complex. Fire guts classroom at Glen Edwards - Damages estimated to be $300,000 - An early morning fire Sunday left one classroom destroyed and two others damaged at Glen Edwards Middle School. The one injury was to a firefighter. Walker retires early from rec department - Lincoln’s Assistant Director of Recreation Mandy Walker will take the Golden Handshake and retire early. That’s according to both City Manager Jim Estep and Walker. She said her last day on the job was Friday. School district gets half million in unexpected funds - Money from state will help pay for teachers, staff salaries - The school district received half a million dollars more from the state than expected to fund expenses, including salaries for teachers and staff. Transitional home angers residents - Twelve Bridges neighbors vent at council meeting - Twelve Bridges residents were vocal during Tuesday’s City Council meeting regarding a transitional home that houses a registered sex offender. FBI’s help requested for finding murder suspect - The Lincoln Police Department has enlisted the FBI to help locate murder suspect Gerardo Ramirez. City focuses on possible severe cuts - No library could be an option - In the face of scare-tactic accusations form some residents, city staff provided potential budget cuts to General Fund department during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. More than 100 community members in the audience were told several times by Mayor Tom Cosgrove to hold their “applause, yays, nays, boos and hisses” so others with differing views would not “be intimidated” to address the council. November Nader, Hydrick win council seats - Incumbent Stackpoole not re-elected. As of press time Wednesday, Nader received 6,588 votes and Hydrick received 4,914. There were 24,637 total votes for the City Council race. In addition, there were 81 write-in votes for this race. Two new members on school board - Wyatt, Armitage win - Kris Wyatt and Damian Armitage will be the two newest members of the Western Placer Unified School District. Wyatt received 8,470 of the 20,805 votes cast for school board, with Armitage receiving 4,548 votes. Measure J, K defeated - School district needs other funding for improvements & City officials looking for other revenue. More layoffs, expected - General Fund deficit next year is $2.4 million - The city will soon head to the negotiating table in an effort to close the gap between General Fund revenues and expenditures for next year’s budget. That’s according to City Manager Jim Estep and Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Anna Jatczak. They both said completing the audit for last year’s budget and forming next year’s budget are their main focus now. Library ‘catalyst’ Haggard died Sunday - Lincoln lost a major support of Lincoln’s libraries when Mickey Haggard, 84, died Sunday after a fight with cancer. Lincoln’s Library Director Darla Wegener called Haggard “the catalyst” in getting the Twelve Bridges Library built after moving to Lincoln in 1999. Police unsure of job stability - Final decision depends on City Council - The failure of Measure K has left employees within the police department unsure whether they will have jobs when the city’s new budget is adopted next June. “Measure K had created an uncertain atmosphere that has continued now that Measure K has failed,” Police Chief Joel Neves said Monday. “The attitude and morale is still anxious and uncertain, and employees don’t know exactly what is going to occur in the department or to them individually.” There is a projected deficit of $2.4 million for the city’s General Fund, which provides monies for police, fire, library and recreation services, according to previous News Messenger reports. Transitional home zoning examined - Rooming houses might not be allowed in residential areas - The existence of an adult residential facility in Twelve Bridges has spurred the city to look at amending part of a zoning ordinance. The recommendation to amend a section of the municipal code that describes how land can be used in multiple-family residential zones was on Wednesday night’s Planning Commission agenda. 150-plus graves vandalized at Manzanita Cemetery - More than 150 gravesites at Manzanita Cemetery were vandalized this week. Headstones, fences and flower vases were knocked over and several stones were broken. Some of the headstones date back to the 1870s. ‘Friends’ serious about funds - Dec. 7 public meeting will share ways to earn money ‘out of the box’ - Library staff and volunteers are looking for creative solutions to the library’s budget problems to present during a Dec. 7 Friends of the Lincoln Library meeting. The library, like the three other General Fund departments (police, fire and recreation), will be forced to make budget reductions to help close the projected $2.4 million deficit in the General Fund, according to City Council discussion the last few months. Panaderia rises to demand - downtown Mexican bakery in middle of expansion - Shoppers at one downtown store will have both more space to move around in and more goods to choose from. That’s because Panaderia La Michoacana, a family-run Mexican grocery store and bakery, is expanding into a newly vacated office space next door. Barringer Realty was located next door until it merged with Century 21 Select this month. The store is currently 2,300 square feet and the new addition will bring an additional 3,500 square feet, according to Gonzalo Alejandre, the store owner. December Youth Center could be closing - Funding only enough to last through May - A place Lincoln youth can go for homework help, friendships and lessons in responsibility and respect could close, due to a lack of funds. Youth Center officials are now seeking community help to keep open the nonprofit organization, which provides free services to Lincoln teens and preteens for the last two years. There is currently only enough funding to keep the Youth Center, located at 391 H St., running until May, according to Karen Hernandez, the Lincoln Youth Center’s executive director. They’re ready to take their seats - Armitage, Wyatt to join school board Tuesday - For Kris Wyatt and Damian Armitage, the culmination of their campaign efforts has led up to this Tuesday. They start their four-year terms as Western Placer Unified School District school board members. Wyatt and Armitage will replace current board members Ana Stevenson and Terry Gage, who end their terms as school board members, also Tuesday night. Stevenson has been on the school board since November 2006 and Gage since March 2009. Deputies shoot and kill parolee - Man was driving stolen vehicle - The driver of a stolen vehicle was shot and killed Monday morning by Placer County Sheriff officers in Lincoln. John William Sinor Jr., 42, was shot by officers after he did not pull over in the stolen white Ford pick-up truck, according to Lincoln public information officer Jill Thompson. The shooting occurred at 10:42 a.m. Monday in an alley next to Burger King between First and Second streets. Getting to Carnegie Hall is student choirs’ goal - Raising funds a priority now - Twenty Lincoln High School select choir members will live out a dream in April that many musicians dream of: performing on stage at Carnegie hall in New York City. The one obstacle that stands in the way of the students getting to New York City this spring is finding funding for the trip, according to teacher Cindy Hagman. General Fund’s deficit inflated - That’s according to councilman, investment committee member - Unrealized investment losses totaling $3 million were allocated to the city’s General Fund and city management doesn’t know why. That’s according to City Manager Jim Estep and Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Anna Jatczak on Friday. Just How much cash is in Lincoln’s reserves? City staff don’t know - Lincoln’s city manager and assistant city manager/chief financial officer do not know how much the city has in reserves. The News Messenger asked City Manager Jim Estep how much money the city has in total reserves, not just for the General Fund, on Monday. To find out how much the city has in total reserves, Estep said, “you would have to look up the city’s reserves by accounts.” Estep said the city has 72 founds. Special Christmas for Rhodes - The Lincoln Jewelers owner feels good - This Christmas will be especially sweet for Mark Rhodes. That’s because he wasn’t sure if he would be here this year to celebrate with his family. Rhodes, who owns the family-run Lincoln Jewelers, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a brain tumor, on Oct. 28, 2009. School district to meet expenses - $9.5 million in budget cuts to be made over 3 years - During Tuesday’s briefer than usual school board meeting, the district confirmed its ability to meet its financial obligations for the remainder of this year and the next two years. The Western Placer Unified School District board certified its first interim report as a positive. Car damages restaurant - Bucanas Mexican Grill temporarily closed for a week - An allegedly drunk driver damaged a G Street restaurant at 12:15 a.m. Monday after rolling his car and colliding with the building.