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City of Folsom Sued Over Low-Income Housing The saga over low-income housing has reached a new level – a lawsuit. Seven Folsom residents and 3 homeowners associations have filed a lawsuit over the secret re-zoning of land in the North Folsom area. The group claims that its civil rights were violated when the city re-zoned

Price of Progress: Oak Trees to be Removed for Light Rail Folsom city leaders are considering removing the protective status from nearly 60 trees along Folsom Boulevard, in order for Light Rail to be expanded toward historic Folsom. Although they are on protected status, only 24 trees will actually be removed, and 10 of them

Multi-Family Rezoning Continues to Incense Residents Folsom planners and the city council are under increasing scrutiny due to the controversial locations of multi-family, or ‘low income’ residences within Folsom. Many grass-roots advocate groups have lead the way to move these proposed re-zones in to other areas of town. For more information about this, The planning

Folsom Ranks First in Median Income, Second in College Grads The 2000 census data is in, and Folsom has ranked first in the Sacramento Valley in median income, with an average income of $82,000. Folsom trails only Davis in the percentage of college graduates in the area. Davis, which is most well known for its

Mervyn’s to Occupy Lot Next to Target Mervyn’s is planning its first Sacramento-area store in 16 years, at the corner of Blue Ravine & East Bidwell. The 78,000 square-foot store will be located directly next to Target, in the vacant lot which currently resides there. More information is available in the Sacramento Business Journal, and

Let Summer Begin Ready or not, Memorial Day signals the start of summer, and the fun that goes with it. While some people will be electing for an outdoor barbeque or watching the Kings game, many people feel a day at the lake is a great way to celebrate the sunny season. Whether you’re camping,

Hotel Chain Plans to Expand to Folsom Extended Stay America, a national hotel chain which caters to business travellers who stay for extended periods of time, is planning to expand 3 more hotels in the Sacramento region, one of which will be in Folsom. The hotel chain plans on building a 3-story, 113 room hotel

Second High School Proposed in Empire Ranch Area The Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) is seeking an area for a second high school, in order to alleviate the incredible overcrowding at Folsom High School. Empire Ranch looks to secure the location – negotiations have begun with Elliott Homes, and a 1,500-student high school is

Folsom Looks to Increase Tourism Folsom has had little problems filling hotel rooms during the business week, however vacancy rates on the weekends are something the Folsom Tourism Bureau wants to improve upon. Folsom is looking to make the city more of a destination to residents of the Bay Area and other areas. Folsom’s proximity

Residents Furious Over Proposed ‘Low Income’ Re-Zoning Folsom mayor Jeff Starsky was greeted on Monday by a throng of angry residents from the American River Canyon North area, who are less than enthused about proposed low income housing in the area. Residents have started a grass-roots campaign, with intentions of ridding the proposed zoning, claiming

City Asks Residents for More Money With Measure A Check your mailbox… letters have been mailed out for the public vote of Measure A, a bond vote which aims to raise property taxes by an average of $50 a year, in an effort to build a new public library. Residents are asked to mail in

Folsom High School Hosts ‘Every 15 Minutes’ DUI Campaign Every 15 minutes, someone dies from an alcohol-related car accident. Folsom High students participated with Placer County Chaplaincy and local police in a national alcohol awareness project on Wednesday, April 24. A staged car accident was displayed in front of Folsom High, where 2 students “died”

Folsom Zoo’s Ursula the Bear dies at age 23 Ursula the bear, a popular black bear recently moved in to the Folsom Zoo, was put to sleep this week after an incurable infection got the best of her. Ursula is perhaps best known through then-teenager Justin Barker of Elk Grove, who raised enough money to

Prairie Oaks Elementary Groundbreaking Takes Place The long-awaited groundbreaking for Prairie Oaks Elementary took place on Friday May 3, at 4:30 PM. Prairie Oaks Elementary will be at the corner of Stewart Street and Russi Road. About 200 residents, parents, and children visited to watch the event, with refreshments served to those who attended. MyFolsom.Com

WinCo Foods Set to Move In to Folsom The Folsom Planning Commission has approved by a 6-1 margin a WinCo Foods store at the corner of Blue Ravine and Natoma Station. The controversial project includes a 24-hour WinCo at the center of a shopping complex in a vacant area, and almost resulted in the removal

More Support for Raising Folsom Dam Support for raising the Dam by 7 feet is growing. Representative Bob Matsui (D-Sacramento), has vocally expressed support for raising Folsom Dam by 7 feet to decrease the likelihood of a catastrophic flood to hit the Sacramento Valley. If this proposed project is passed, work would begin in 2003,