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Fire Damages Folsom Home

March 25, 2019 

FOLSOM, CA- Firefighters from the City of Folsom Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded to a one-alarm structure fire to a single-story home located in the 100 block of River Ridge Way in Folsom. A total of four engine companies, two truck companies, one paramedic ambulance, one air unit, two chief officers, and one fire investigator were dispatched to the scene.

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1919-2019: Rainbow Bridge Centennial Celebration Saturday, May 4

March 20, 2019 

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Folsom’s iconic Rainbow Bridge at once-in-a-lifetime events planned in the Historic District Saturday, May 4.

The Rainbow Bridge will close to vehicular traffic to allow the community to explore the bridge on foot. The festivities kick off with a rededication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. World-renowned slackline athlete Ryan Robinson – who was raised in Folsom – will attempt to set a world record by traversing the 1,919-foot span over the American River between Lake Natoma Crossing and the Rainbow Bridge on a 1-inch wide line. A festival with informational displays about the landmark bridge, guided walking tours, hands-on activities, and a display of vintage cars round out the morning events that are free and open to the public.

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Celebrate Moms, Family, and Fitness

March 19, 2019 

Honor and celebrate moms at the 5 th annual Love My Mom 5K Saturday, May 11. This popular event is presented by Folsom Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Palladio and Kaiser. The 5K course – 3.1 miles – is flat and closed to traffic, making it an ideal route for runners, walkers, and stroller striders. The race starts and finishes at Whole Foods; the course includes the Palladio’s interior streets and surrounding roads. Kids ages 10 and under can register for the Kids’ Dash and take home a medal to commemorate their accomplishment.

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Fight the Bite this Spring

March 19, 2019 

It's that time of year again, longer days, warmer temperatures and... mosquitoes. Increased rain from a very wet winter left behind stagnant water and more areas where mosquitoes can develop. More mosquitoes means a bigger threat of West Nile virus, a disease transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Protect yourself from mosquitoes by following these tips from the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District:

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Tax Season is Here

March 11, 2019 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officially began accepting tax returns on January 28, 2019. As the April 15 deadline approaches, more and more criminals are out trolling for their next victim. Make sure you don’t become a victim this tax season.

Here are some of the most common tax scams that have surfaced over the years.

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Community Service Day Brainstorming Meeting, Request for Project Proposals

March 11, 2019 

The Folsom community is coming together again to plan the sixth annual Community Service Day, Folsom’s largest day of volunteerism. This powerful day of service mobilizes thousands of volunteers of all ages and interests to complete dozens of service projects throughout Folsom. Organizers are seeking community-based projects for this year's Community Service Day event, planned for Saturday, September 21.

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Volunteer for Trails Day, Arbor Day and Creek Week Events

March 11, 2019 

Trails Day/Arbor Day
Join other community volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13 for Folsom's 25th annual Trails Day and Arbor Day event. Volunteers are needed to help with trail enhancements, and tree maintenance and planting along trails and open space areas in the city. All volunteers receive a free commemorative T-shirt, lunch, and beverages – plus the satisfaction of making a positive contribution to the environment and community. The event is free, but you must pre-register to participate.

Creek Week/Earth Day
Volunteers are needed to clean up sections of the Humbug, Willow, and Hinkle Creeks in Folsom. This event is sponsored by the Sacramento Area Creeks Council as part of the Regional Creek Week activities. Register for Creek Week volunteer duty online or call 916-454-4544 for more information.

Volunteers should wear work clothes and shoes, and bring a pair of work gloves. These events are free, but you must pre-register to participate!

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Paintings by the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary Animals on Exhibit

March 5, 2019 

An exhibit of special paintings created by some of the zoo sanctuary animals opens Friday, March 8 in the Community Gallery at 48 Natoma Street. The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary’s “animal artists-in-residence” program includes Boss Hog the African pygmy hedgehog, Ernie the Zebu, Henry the black bear, Funk the skunk, Delilah the mule deer, and Pouncer the tiger. Each animal uses washable, non-toxic paint to create their unique, one-of-a-kind works of art. The act of painting provides the animals with behavioral enrichment, and all proceeds from the sale of the paintings are used to help care for and feed the zoo sanctuary animals.

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Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

March 5, 2019 
Working smoke alarms can help you and your family safely escape a home fire. When you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, make sure to change your batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71 percent of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. And about three out of five home fire deaths occurred where there were either no smoke alarms or they were not properly working.
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Applications For The Landscaping And Lighting District Advisory Committee Now Available

March 5, 2019 
The Folsom City Council is seeking applications from persons interested in serving on the Landscaping and Lighting District Advisory Committee.
The Landscaping and Lighting District Advisory Committee helps establish lines of communication between city staff and elected/appointed city bodies as well as make recommendations to the landscaping and lighting district manager and parks and recreation director concerning the maintenance and associated costs to maintain and improve landscaping and lighting districts.
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Senate District 1 Special Primary Election

February 25, 2019 

The Special Primary Election for Senate District 1 will take place on March 26, 2019. In Sacramento County, Senate District 1 covers Orangevale, Folsom, Gold River, and most of Fair Oaks. A ballot will be mailed to every registered voter within Senate District 1 in Sacramento County. Voters have the choice to vote one of three ways: by mail, at a Ballot Drop Box, or at a Vote Center. Learn more.

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Video: Where Folsom Gets Its Water

January 30, 2019 

Ever wonder where Folsom's drinking water comes from? Find out about our water source and how water is treated at Folsom's water treatment plant before it makes its way to your tap? in this video from the Folsom Environmental & Water Resources Department.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Assist Folsom’s First Responders

January 22, 2019 

The Folsom Fire Department’s annual Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course begins in March. The course curriculum includes: how to assist family members and neighbors until emergency responders arrive, disaster preparedness, first aid, search and rescue, and emergency response plans. Students who complete the required training course and pass a background check will become members of the Folsom Fire Department’s volunteer CERT team. The CERT training course is free; participants must be age 18 or older, and preference is given to applicants who live or work in Folsom. For more information and to register, email folsomcert@folsom.ca.us.

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Folsom Parade of Champions Tomorrow

January 22, 2019 

A celebration parade in Historic Folsom tomorrow night will honor the 2018 state champion Folsom Bulldogs team and the 2018 state champion Vista del Lago girls varsity cross country team. The parade begins at 7 p.m. with participants marching down Coloma and Sutter streets. The parade will conclude with a rally at the Folsom Historic Amphitheater. Those planning on attending the parade should park at Rodeo Park or the Historic District parking garage. The community is encouraged to attend. For information about shopping and dining in Historic Folsom, visit www.historicfolsom.org.

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Lake Natoma Trail Gap Closure Project is Finished

January 8, 2019 

The Lake Natoma Trail Gap Closure project in Folsom’s Historic District was completed at the end of December and is now open for use by cyclists and pedestrians. It includes the city’s first Class IV bike trail, also called a “separated bikeway,” which is a 12-foot-wide paved path that parallels Leidesdorff Street between Reading and Wool streets.

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Keep Gutters and Storm Inlets Free of Fallen Leaves

November 30, 2018 

The City of Folsom Public Works Department has been busy clearing gutters and storm drain inlets of fallen leaves. When leaves accumulate on the street, it is challenging for street sweepers to pick up the leaves, which can clog storm drain inlets resulting in localized flooding. Here’s how residents can help:

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Notice From The Folsom Fire Department Regarding Use of Masks

November 14, 2018 

Per the Sacramento County Public Health Officer it is advised to not use masks, such as the N95, due to wildfire smoke in the area as the health risks of the mask outweigh the benefits.

The Folsom Fire Department is recommending people stay indoors as much as possible and to keep doors and windows closed. This precautionary advisory is effective through November 16th due to smoke from the Camp Fire that is impacting our local air quality.

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Red Flag Warning - November 10-12, 2018

November 10, 2018 

The Sacramento area, including Folsom, will be under a Red Flag Warning from 10 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. Monday morning. The City of Folsom Fire Department urges its residents and business owners to remain extra vigilant during this time and to report fires to 9-1-1 immediately.

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Intersection Safety Tips from the Folsom Police Department

October 31, 2018 

Intersections can be dangerous areas for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, especially during peak commute times.

More than 50 percent of the combined total of fatal and injury crashes occur at or near intersections, according to the United States Department of Transportation. Inattentiveness, reckless driving, and speeding can all lead to a serious accident at an intersection.

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Fall Into a Beautiful Water-Wise Landscape

October 29, 2018 

Fall is the perfect time to redo your yard and add low-water use plants great for our climate. The soil still holds summer's warmth, which encourages root growth, but new plants don’t require as much water because the days are getting cooler instead of heating up.

When spring rolls around, your fall plantings will have established root systems and be ready to start their growth spurt and be better prepared for the heat of summer.

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Voting Starts October 27 - The California Voter’s Choice Act

October 22, 2018 

The California Voter’s Choice Act became law in 2016, making voting more convenient and accessible. Ballots are now mailed to all voters, and you may choose to vote via mail, drop-box or the new Vote Centers. Vote Centers open October 27 through Election Day, November 6, and any voter may visit any Vote Center.

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New Text-to-9-1-1 Service

October 22, 2018 

If you need to contact 9-1-1 for emergency services, you can now do it by text anywhere in Sacramento County, including Folsom.

Sacramento County 9-1-1 Centers representing all law enforcement and fire agencies in the region announced Text-to-9-1-1 service is now available countywide. This means all 9-1-1 public safety dispatch centers are now equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone Text-to-9-1-1 messages from citizens.

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Folsom’s Johnny Cash Trail

October 22, 2018 

In October 2017, the City of Folsom celebrated the completion of the Johnny Cash Trail. The 2.5-mile paved trail provides cyclists and pedestrians with a scenic journey through open meadows and mature native oak woodlands, and views of the American River. The completion of the Johnny Cash Trail also makes it possible to travel a full circle around Lake Natoma entirely by trail, and provides connections to Folsom’s Historic District.

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Folsom Plan Area Update

October 22, 2018 

An 18-month schedule of infrastructure, road and safety improvements that started south of Highway 50 in the spring of 2017 is now complete. That first phase of work included sewer, water, streets, streetlights, and utilities as well as the reconstruction of East Bidwell Street between the first portion of the new Alder Creek Parkway and White Rock Road. More than 3.5 miles of sewer pipe were laid and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District built a substation to serve the area with electrical power.

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Lake Natoma Trail Gap Closure Project Enters Phase II

October 16, 2018 

This project broke ground in late June and creates Folsom’s first Class IV bike trail, for exclusive use by cyclists. The first phase of construction is nearing completion with a new sidewalk for pedestrians and a 12-foot-wide dedicated bike path in Folsom’s Historic District along Leidesdorff Street between Reading and Wool streets.

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Oak Parkway Trail Undercrossing

September 24, 2018 

Construction begins the week of October 1 for the new bike/pedestrian undercrossing that will connect the Oak Parkway Trail to the Johnny Cash Trail. Motorists are encouraged to use caution in the work zone on Natoma Street between Fargo Way and Prison Road.

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Lake Natoma Gap Closure Project

May 24, 2018 

The Leidesdorff Street trail connection to the Lake Natoma Trail/American River Parkway will be closed until the end of June due to the Lake Natoma Trail Gap Closure Project.


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Volunteer Opportunity: Assist Folsom’s First Responders

January 30, 2019 

The Folsom Fire Department’s annual Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course begins in March. The course curriculum includes: how to assist family members and neighbors until emergency responders arrive, disaster preparedness, first aid, search and rescue, and emergency response plans. Students who complete the required training course and pass a background check will become members of the Folsom Fire Department’s volunteer CERT team.

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Project Lifesaver Brings Local Child Home within 10 Minutes

January 29, 2019 
People with cognitive disorders, such as Autism or Alzheimer’s, or other medical conditions may have a tendency to wander away from caregivers. Funded by the Folsom Police Foundation, Folsom Police Department’s Project Lifesaver Program is designed to help bring these individuals home quickly and safely to their families.


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Citizen’s Academy Applications Available Now

October 16, 2018 

The Folsom Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2019 Citizen’s Academy. This 12-week academy starts January 9 and provides an in-depth look at the Folsom Police and Fire Departments and other city services. Classes are held every Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. and class size is limited.

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Aquatic Center Renovation Project

October 2, 2018 

The Folsom Aquatic Center will be undergoing a major renovation project on the 50-meter side of the facility. The project begins the week of October 1 and includes replastering the 50-meter pool and replacing approximately 12,000 square feet of existing pool deck. The project is scheduled to be completed in December 2018.

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Construction Begins on New Trail Undercrossing

October 2, 2018 

Work to connect the Oak Parkway Trail to the Johnny Cash Trail near East Natoma Street and Prison Road begins the week of October 1. This project will create a tunnel directly under East Natoma Street and provide a seamless and safe route for trail users to transition between the two trails.

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New Traffic Management Center at City Hall

February 5, 2019 

A new Traffic Management Center at City Hall allows traffic engineering staff to monitor traffic signal operations throughout the city in real-time, make real-time adjustments of the signals and provide immediate response for any malfunctions to the traffic network system.

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Mayor Howell Delivers 2019 State of the City Address

January 22, 2019 

Folsom Mayor Kerri Howell delivered the 2019 State of the City address at a luncheon hosted by the Folsom Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, January 17. In the annual address, Mayor Howell reviewed recent accomplishments and shared upcoming milestones in the year ahead. A recorded version of the speech is available on the City’s website.

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“The Man in Black” Land Art Installation Update

October 16, 2018 

The City of Folsom created a temporary land art installation in May 2018 to celebrate hosting the Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 men’s race start. The large-scale banner was installed near the corner of East Natoma Street and Folsom Lake Crossing, the future site of the Legacy Park. The banner depicted an artist’s rendering of “The Man in Black” statue that is a future planned work of public art for the Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience. The Stage 6 route started riders on the Johnny Cash Trail and continued onto Folsom Lake Crossing; the race stage ended in Lake Tahoe.

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L’Etape California Bike Ride and Expo

October 8, 2018 

For the first time, the City of Folsom, Visit Folsom, and Palladio at Broadstone are proud to host this mass participation bike ride open to the public and to road cyclists of all skill levels. The scenic rides are designed by Le Tour de France directors and provide cyclists with challenging courses comparable to an Alps mountain stage of the world’s most well-known bike race. The event includes a Cycling and Lifestyle Expo Saturday, October 27 at the Palladio.

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Broder Family Homestead Park Construction

September 17, 2018 

Progress on the Broder Family Homestead Park parking lot, at East Natoma Street and Bowen Drive, continues with an expected completion date of November 2018. Once parking lot construction is complete, construction on the 4.7-acre Broder Family Homestead Park will begin.

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Folsom City Council Adopts General Plan

August 29, 2018 

The Folsom City Council unanimously voted to approve the Folsom 2035 General Plan and Final Environmental Impact Report at the August 28 City Council Meeting. The General Plan provides a framework for the long-range physical development of Folsom, and it guides policy decision-making about land use, transportation improvements, public services, economic development, housing, and other important issues. It is a document required by the State of California that serves as a blueprint for how Folsom will grow and develop, and sets a vision for goals and policies for the future of the community. Folsom’s last General Plan was adopted in 1988.

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Treats for Troops Donation Drive

August 13, 2018 

In support of the 5th Annual Community Service Day, the Rolling Hills Blue Star Moms are collecting items for overseas military troops. A one-day donation drive will be held on Friday, August 24 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Folsom Aquatic Center at 1200 Riley Street in Folsom.

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Air Quality Tips

August 13, 2018 

Wildfires burning across the state are impacting all of us in the Sacramento region. Here are tips you can follow to protect yourself and your family members from unhealthy air.

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Christa Freemantle Named ADA Coordinator

August 9, 2018 

The City of Folsom is committed to establishing and maintaining an accessible community and wants all residents to enjoy the city’s programs, services and activities. The city has a designated ADA Coordinator to oversee and coordinate the city’s efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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