1st Annual Rio Linda/Elverta Hometown Christmas Light Parade

131290186_11nOn the evening of Saturday December 10th, please join us for the first ever Rio Linda/Elverta Hometown Christmas Light Parade. The Rio Linda VISIONS Committee, the Rio Linda/Elverta Chamber of Commerce, and the Rio Linda/Elverta Lions Club have come together and are working hand in hand to bring a real hometown Christmas light parade and tree lighting to our community. That’s right! All the entries will be lit with Christmas lights! Horses, dogs, cars, trucks, The Rio Linda High School Marching band and even Santa himself!

After the parade, join us at Depot Park for Santa, carolling, hot cocoa, and the traditional lighting of the Depot Building.

Help us create a new tradition, and welcome in the holidays the right way… the Rio Linda way.

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New Rio Linda Crisis Residential Program Ribbon Cutting June 20, 2016

Sacramento County’s Division of Behavioral Health Services and Turning Point Community Programs will open a new Crisis Residential Program in Rio Linda in early July, 2016.

A ribbon cutting will be held 10 a.m. Monday, June 20th with an opportunity to see the new facilities at 505 M Street in Rio Linda until 7 p.m.

It has 8 bedrooms for up to 15 adults experiencing mental health crises and will offer a much-needed alternative to psychiatric hospitals and emergency rooms. Clients are referred through various mental health service providers and cannot self refer. It is funded through the Mental Health Services Act, California Health Facilities Financing Authority, and the Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013, which addresses crisis intervention, crisis stabilization, crisis residential treatment, rehabilitative mental health services, and mobile crisis support teams.  The annual operating budget will be $1.7 million and will create 14 to 18 new jobs.

Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan said, “We are excited to offer this newly remodeled facility in Rio Linda, to better serve this area of Sacramento County. Turning Point’s CEO, Al Rowlett, said “We met with interested community members to explain our services and to be good neighbors.”   Leslie Springer, Turning Point’s Deputy Director of Program and Residential Services explained the current program receives a volume of referrals that far exceeds the service capacity. “We are thrilled to be able to serve more adults in a timely manner, through our centralized referral process.”

Crisis Residential Programs provide a homelike atmosphere with 24/7 staffing, coordination of care, crisis intervention, individual and/or group psychosocial rehabilitation support and therapy, family meetings, medication monitoring, peer counseling, and discharge planning. Services promote recovery, personal responsibility, with self-help strategies to support clients’ transition to the least restrictive living situation upon discharge. Clients participate in communal activities and practice daily living skills. The telephone for the new facility (opening in early July, 2016) will be (916) 287-4067 and the fax will be (916) 287-4068.

Turning Point Community Programs has offered a path to mental health since 1976 and has successfully operated a crisis residential program in Sacramento since 1992. Find out more at
More information about Sacramento County’s services can be found at

Turning Point Community Programs: Leslie Springer (916) 737-9202
Sacramento County: Laura McCasland (916) 875-2008

Visions Meeting Notes from May 9 2016

The RL/E Visions Committee met for our monthly meeting on May 9th. Joining us at this meeting were Sacramento County community prosecutor Ron Linthicum. With him were another attorney from the DA’s office, and Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Manthei. We are extremely grateful that they set aside some time to educate our group.

Mr. Linthicum spoke regarding MarVal Plaza;

  • Sacramento County Code Enforcement has been out to the property on many occasions, and have issued two fines. The owner has appealed those violations. after dragging his feet before an appellate hearing, the violations were upheld. Code Enforcement is now issuing additional fines on the property.
  • County Council has noted that a bankruptcy has been filed involving the property, which complicates the situation. However, a bankruptcy trustee will generally more willing to resolve existing issues.
  • The calls for service for MarVal Plaza have not been very high.
  • Once it becomes a magnet for crimes and becomes a larger issue, there are more options for prosecution and law enforcement.
  • The property owner has refused the County access to the property.
  • County Council and Code Enforcement will be seeking an inspection warrant.
  • No action yet taken by the County has gotten the owner’s attention.
  • Deputy Manthei isn’t seeing any documentation, and the local beat deputies aren’t seeing a level of crime to warrant immediate action. It’s not a case (yet) of criminal nuisance.
  • People need to call and document the complaints. Every. Single. Time.
  • The community can seek civil action against the property owner in small claims. The small claims limit is $7500 dollars PER PERSON. Multiply that by 30 people, and that’s nearly a quarter-million dollar judgement. When that kind of money is involved, many times the owner will make the needed changes, which may be less expensive, instead. This has been done in Orangevale. It was done on the Auburn Blvd. corridor, where the motels who hosted prostitution and drug dealers were removed and the economic redevelopment has been amazing. It’s a strategy that works.
  • The Department of Economic Development is also involved now.
  • (Around this time, we started hearing Sheriff’s cars. A lot of them. Turned out there was a shooting near/across the street from Bowinkles.)
  • Ron Linthicum will come back to update our group in July.

RLE Visions will create flyers to distribute at the Oak Lane Apartments, encouraging the residents to call Sheriff’s non-emergency number at 874-5115 to document these issues. We have to play a long game. We can’t expect immediate response for these issues (unless there’s a legitimate emergency), but we have to build a case against the property owner.

If activities at the MarVal Plaza are disturbing your peace, it’s a crime, and you need to make the call.

Food Closet:

  • Served 507 people in April,
    • Age 0-3 – 11 served
    • Age 4-17 – 104 served
    • Age 18-59 – 307 served
    • Age 60 and over – 65 served
    • 48 homeless – 9.5% of total served
  • Many homeless right now don’t want to work at the Food Closet, so they are not being served and are (apparently) getting their food from another charity.
  • Catherine Green is running for Honorary Mayor’s race. This runs through May 26th.
  • Will be providing treats for children at Farm and Tractor Days.
  • Bake Sale on May 28th at the corner of Elkhorn and Rio Linda Blvd.
  • Walk for the Hungry on June 4th at the corner of Elkhorn and Rio Linda Blvd.

Visions Programs:

  • Tummy’s will be expanding, opening June 1st.
  • Rio Pub will be open June 1st, interested in hosting a beer garden for the Country Faire.
  • Next Visions Mixer will be hosted by The Key Shop on July 12th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. John Todd to develop advertising.

Arch Lighting Project:

  • The Arch lighting is fixed, all four legs are working thanks to Aerial Lift company. Seems birds were pecking away at the wiring.

Bike Trail Extension to Placer County:

  • Work in progress.

Christmas Parade:

  • December 10th
  • Theme is “Christmas in the Country”
  • Tabitha Worth is on the agenda for the next Lion’s Club meeting to discuss insurance for the Christmas Parade.
  • Parade will start at Westside Park and go to Depot Park/Community Center. Sunset 5pm. Parade will start at 5:30pm.
  • We’re asking that candy NOT be thrown during this parade.
  • Rio Linda Elverta Chamber of Commerce will be providing hot chocolate, and Santa will be visiting the Community Center for caroling and the tree or Depot lighting ceremony.
  • Will ask that homes and businesses along the parade route light their buildings in celebration. Contest is possible, need to coordinate with Chamber.
  • for communication

April 23rd Community Cleanup

  • Went very well, however the area was limited, and wasn’t very inclusive.
  • Communications broke down between the County and Visions, which was unfortunate.
  • Will work harder to work closely with the Supervisor’s office and keep communications going.

RLE Visions web site

  • Mailing list is growing weekly.
  • Web Site looks great.
  • Charlea will provide email list?

New Business:

  • Streetlight improvements will happen before the end of October.
  • Starbucks/Rite Aid has been proposed. Property has been optioned, will be at least 2 years before opening.
  • Papa Murphy’s was supposed to have been open in February. Visions will reach out to Papa Murphy’s management and Roberta MacGlashan’s office to express our concern about the amount of time it’s taking.
  • John Todd presented Certificate of Appreciation to be handed out to businesses who have been helpful to the committee and community.
  • Mike Huiras will be on the Twin Rivers Board meeting agenda June 21st to propose removing the fence along M Street in front of the library/old Rio Linda Elementary campus and open up that space.
  • Mary Harris noted that Mike looks great.


  • Rio Linda Grange is hosting a Horse, Pedestrians, Bikes and Vehicles: Share the Road presentation and potluck, June 2nd 7pm
  • Rio Linda Grange and CHP is hosting Senior Driving June 7th 2pm
  • Pirates Adventure Faire at Gibson Ranch,  June 11th, 12 noon
  • Rio Linda Farm and Tractor Days May 20th and 21st.
  • CPAC meeting May 25th 7pm, Depot Visitors Center
  • Friends of Dry Creek Parkway creek cleanup June 12 weather permitting
  • Rio Linda Historical Society, Potluck Sunday June 12th, Dry Creek Ranch House

Full meeting audio: