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City News and Press Releases

View the latest Rocklin news and access PDFs of City press releases. 

View the latest Rocklin news and access PDFs of City press releases. 

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Steve Rudolph

Steven P. Rudolph Appointed Rocklin City Manager

The Rocklin City Council on May 8 voted unanimously to appoint Steven P. Rudolph as Rocklin’s next city manager. Rudolph’s contact runs through June 30, 2023 and includes a base salary of $228,000, which is comparable to city manager salaries in the region. The complete benefits package can be found at rocklin.ca.us.

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Wall of Recognition Honors Rocklin Contributors

Roy Ruhkala, the patriarch of the Rocklin Ruhkalas at over 90 years old, was front and center with multiple generations of his family at the unveiling of the Rocklin Wall of Recognition on Nov. 1 at Peter Hill Heritage Park. The Ruhkalas were joined by two other groups of honorees whose accomplishments were etched on the wall, including representatives of the Rocklin Public Safety Volunteers and former long-time Rocklin City Manager Dr. Carlos Urrutia and his family.

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Rocklin Ranked the Best Place to Raise a Family in Placer County

The City of Rocklin was recently named the Best Place to Raise a Family in Placer County based on research by Niche.com, a website that ranks cities, neighborhoods and schools in various categories.

The Best Places to Raise a Family ranking takes into account factors including safety, access to family amenities, affordability and schools, with much of the data sourced from the U.S. census or Niche’s own research.

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Rocklin Requests Caltrans Move Night Demolition Work on the I-80/Hwy 65 Improvement Project to a Daytime Schedule

Caltrans, in coordination with the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, is leading construction of phase one of a $50 million Interstate 80/Highway 65 Improvement Project with the goal of alleviating traffic congestion along the corridor.

Overnight demolition work of a concrete barrier on the northern section of the Hwy 65 viaduct near the City of Rocklin recently began, causing excessive construction noise and impacting surrounding residents.

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Land Use and RHNA Ad Hoc Committee Meetings to Begin Oct. 19

The City Council formed the Land Use/Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Ad Hoc Committee in August of 2018 to provide the City Council with recommendations pertaining to land use balance, guidelines for evaluation of specific types of rezones, updates to the RHNA available sites inventory, and development standards for mixed use zones.

Click here to access RHNA Committee agendas, meeting materials, minutes, and recorded audio of the meetings.

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Rocklin Appoints New City Attorney

Sheri Chapman was appointed to the position of Rocklin City Attorney after her four-year contract was unanimously approved by the Rocklin City Council on September 11, 2018.

Chapman most recently served Placer County as Interim Director of Human Resources, taking on that management role after vacating her previous position as Deputy County Counsel. Chapman has also served as Assistant County Counsel for Nevada County and Senior Deputy City Attorney for the City of Sacramento.

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Rocklin Fire Santa Tours

Rocklin Fire Santa Tours

Every December the Rocklin Firefighters are called upon to assist Santa Claus in visiting the neighborhoods of Rocklin.  This tradition has been occurring in Rocklin since the 1970’s and has continued to be a favorite event of families in the community.  You can follow Santa each night from the the Rocklin Firefighters Local 3847’s Facebook page.

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Wealth of Information Offered by City GIS Online Maps

The term Geographic Information Systems may sound complicated to many people, like a mixture geography and information technology classes hazily recalled from long-ago college days.

While the practice and implementation does require knowledge and skill from both sciences, using the end product boils down to simply viewing useful information displayed by online maps.

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Summer Program Provides Career Insight to Local Students

Summer Civic Career Program Students

High school students today often don’t have professional experience to draw from when looking forward to college and choosing a career path. The City of Rocklin, in partnership with the Rocklin Unified School District (RUSD) and the Rocklin Educational Excellence Foundation (REEF), facilitates the Summer Civic Career Program each year to provide approximately 10 students a two-week crash course in working for local government.

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Be alert and be rattlesnake safe

The City of Rocklin contains more than 585 acres of parkland and more than 700 acres of publicly maintained open space. The integration of green spaces into the community is often cited as one of Rocklin’s most appealing aspects, offering residents ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and providing habitat for wildlife.

While most local creatures don’t pose a threat to people, the City of Rocklin would like to remind everyone that venomous rattlesnakes are part of California’s ecosystem, and Rocklin is no exception.

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The Rocklin Police Department Awarded Grant to Combat Illegal Tobacco Use

The City of Rocklin was recently awarded State grant funding in the amount of $200,680 from the California Department of Justice.

The purpose of the grant is to assist law enforcement in combating the illegal sale of cigarettes, vapor inhalation devices and other tobacco related products to minors.

Funding for this grant is made possible as a result of Proposition 56, the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016, which raised the cigarette tax by $2 per pack. 

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Fire Prevention Always a Priority

The summer season begins this month and the City of Rocklin wants to remind everyone that a proactive approach to fire prevention is important to keeping the community safe.

The Rocklin Fire Department Community Risk Reduction Division works daily with residents, contractors, and commercial property owners to provide guidance, approve plans, inspect projects, and ensure a fire-safe environment for patrons and employees of businesses.

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Rocklin Spraygrounds open May 14 - Oct 15

Water Spraygrounds

There’s nothing better to beat the heat than to play in the spray!

Water spraygrounds are located at Kathy Lund Park (6101 West Oaks Blvd.) and Whitney Park (1801 Whitney Ranch Pkwy.). They will open May 14 through Oct. 15 from 10am to 7:30pm, 7 days a week.

For more information, contact:
Parks & Recreation
916-625-5200

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Rick Horst

Rocklin City Manager Announces Resignation, Effective June 22

Rocklin City Manager Rick Horst has announced his resignation from his post effective Friday, June 22. Horst has accepted a position as City Manager for the City of Maricopa, Arizona.

Horst was appointed as Rocklin’s City Manager in 2011, and has more than 23 years of experience in the position. Prior to his work in Rocklin, Horst served as City Manager for the Cities of Ocala, Florida; South Jordan, Utah; and three others cities in Florida and Utah.

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Information on Garage Sales and Signs in Rocklin

The weather is once again right for garage sales but before putting out those little treasures for browsing, the City encourages residents to know the rules.

A permit is not required in order to have a garage sale in Rocklin; however, guidelines are in place to maintain the integrity of our community. We trust that you’ll understand the necessity to keep Rocklin clean, uncluttered, and safe through the education and enforcement of the Rocklin Municipal Code.