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Folsom as an Economic “Hub” With a little help from Intel, Folsom has become a hub of economic prosperity in the Sacramento region. Approximately 277,000 workers are employed in the Folsom region (Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Rancho Cordova, etc.), a 57% increase in the last 10 years. Though Folsom did little to attract large corporations

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New Water Meters Causing a Stir The Folsom City Council has given the green light on putting an initiative on November’s ballot over water meters. The center of the controversy is how much will residents pay – misleading wording and accusations of not being impartial are what have a few residents miffed. Mayor Starsky claims

Dam Bridge Gets Federal Funding Progress is being made for clearing construction of a new bridge, to replace the Folsom Dam Road bridge that currently spans over Folsom Dam. Due to traffic, security concerns and the possible heightening of the dam, a new bridge would be necessary. The biggest roadblock was who would pay for

MyFolsom.Com Nominated for a ‘Dottie’ MyFolsom.Com has been nominated for a ‘Dottie’, a local web award which honors the top websites in Northern California. The Dotties, formerly the Sacramento Web Awards, is an annual award show which features the best of the web – Movies have the Oscars, TV has the Emmies, while the Web

Will Folsom House a Light Rail Yard? The progression of light-rail to the city of Folsom poses a new question: Where to put the rail yard. This poses an interesting dilemma, as Rancho Cordova is concerned with housing it in their business park area, since residents may be concerned with a rail yard’s image. The

Intel to Cut 4,000 Jobs Worldwide Folsom employer Intel Corporation, one of Sacramento Valley’s leading employers, recently announced it will be cutting 4,000 jobs in its global workforce, in an effort to cut costs. CEO Craig Barrett made this announcement early Tuesday morning, and it is not known how much this will impact Folsom employees.

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Measure C Money Being Used For Many Upgrades Measure C, the FCUSD school bond which raised money to repair classrooms and build a Prairie Oaks elementary school, is already showing improvements in our schools. At the corner of Russi and Stewart St in Prairie Oaks, you’ll notice a new elementary school going up. A new

Dog Park Expected Soon in Folsom The Folsom Parks District is expected to have a new off-leash dog park some time in the near future. Although last year’s plan for a dog park in the Prairie Oaks area was ultimately dismissed, a new dog park is planned in Livermare Park off of Riley Street. It’s

You Got a Hot News Tip? Let Us Know! Do you know of some Folsom news that you’d like to share with the rest of Folsom? Perhaps you saw an interesting link that might appeal to Folsom residents? Perhaps you own a Folsom website yourself and you’re interested in exchanging links. Whatever the case may

It’s Rodeo Time! It’s that time of the year again – time for the Folsom Pro Rodeo. This year’s Rodeo will take place nightly from July 3-6, at Folsom City Park. Come on by to check out the buckin’ broncos, cavalcades, and the always popular “mutton-busting”. This year will feature a special tribute to America,

Floating Port-O-Potty Creates Controversy The American River Parks District has recently installed several new lake ‘port-o-potties’, or floating toilets, on Lake Natoma. One of which was recently installed directly under Lake Natoma Crossing. The location has since been moved, however it is still in plain view of anybody looking at Lake Natoma from the Old

Folsom Answers to Residents on Affordable Housing The City of Folsom, after a massive public backlash, has created a public affordable housing committee in order to best represent the needs of residents in Folsom. The committee is still looking for residents in the following areas: Prairie Oaks, the Parkway area, Willow Springs, the Flower Drive

Folsom Zoo Reaches Out to Educate The Folsom Zoo, in an effort to educate young children, is offering several summer programs, in which children can learn about wildlife through crafts, games and such. The “ZooMobile”, a travelling zoo of sorts, also travels throughout town to local schools and facilities to help reach out to children

Juneteenth Celebration at Negro Bar on Saturday Come on out for a free bag lunch, live music, and living history re-enactments on Saturday, June 15 at Negro Bar. The third-annual ‘Juneteenth’ celebration will occur at the African-American mining camp, along the side of Lake Natoma. ‘Juneteenth’ celebrates June 19, 1865, which was the end of

Library Bond Fails to Pass Preliminary reports indicate that Measure A, a write-in special bond aimed at increasing property taxes by $50 a year, failed to pass. 66% of all votes was needed to pass the bond, which would have built a new library for the city. Out of 10,849 votes, 6,414 (59%) votes ‘yes’,

Now There’s More to MyFolsom… Games, too! While you may be here to check out the latest news on what’s going on in Folsom or chat with your neighbors, now MyFolsom.Com has added some more features, including games! The old version of MyFolsom.Com had video games – we’ll be re-incorporating that soon in to the

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,