Editor’s note: This is the second in a three part series introducing Galt Joint Union High School District Board candidates. One high school board candidate will be profiled each week through Sept. 30. Profiles will run in ballot order. Candidates’ replies to issue questions will be covered …

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a five part series introducing Galt City Council candidates. One City Council candidate will be profiled each week through Sept. 30. Profiles will run in ballot order. Candidates’ replies to issue questions will be covered in the Oct. 7 edition.

Herald Fire Protection District (HFPD) officials are all smiles right now, after learning the district has been approved for $428,571 in federal funding from FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.

With a 4-1 vote, Galt City Council approved the annexation of 58 acres of agricultural land for a gated community with 204 private homes at the teleconferenced meeting on Sept. 15. Councilmember Shawn Farmer was the dissenting vote. Along with that approval came an amendment to the city’s Ge…

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three part series introducing Galt Joint Union Elementary School District Board candidates. One elementary school board candidate will be profiled each week through Sept. 30. Profiles will run in ballot order. Candidates’ replies to issue questions will…

The Galt Herald and the Galt District Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to an evening with the candidates, Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Horizon Community Church, 446 Fairway Drive in Galt. This is the only opportunity to hear from all of the candidates in each race in one setting.

There’s a new captain at the helm of the city of Galt, Lorenzo Hines Jr., our new city manager. He’s got a vision for Galt, and his new job is to better the community while listening to its citizens.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three part series introducing Galt Joint Union High School District Board candidates. One high school board candidate will be profiled each week through Sept. 30. Profiles will run in ballot order. Candidates’ replies to issue questions will be covered i…

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Editor’s note: This is the third in a five part series introducing Galt City Council candidates. One City Council candidate will be profiled each week through Sept. 30. Profiles will run in ballot order. Candidates’ replies to issue questions will be covered in the Oct. 7 edition.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three part series introducing Galt Joint Union Elementary School District Board candidates. One elementary school board candidate will be profiled each week through Sept. 30. Profiles will run in ballot order. Candidates’ replies to issue questions will …

Galt City Council Member Paige Lampson (front left) safely delivers a proclamation from the city of Galt to Galt Joint Union High School District Superintendent William Spalding (front right). The city had issued the proclamation at a City Council meeting last month congratulating the distri…

Over the next two years, the Galt Join Union Elementary School District will receive close to $1 million to bolster pre-K English learning students and their families in learning, literacy and language with the Growing Strong Learners Grant. All pre-K Galt students will have access to resour…

In a press release Tuesday afternoon, city officials announced that after 4 ½ years of dedicated service to the Galt Police Department, Chief Tod Sockman will be retiring. His effective date of retirement is planned for Nov. 8, 2020. Sockman was hired in March 2016 after being selected throu…

Galt City Council voted unanimously to annex the 338-acre “notch” area into city limits during a regular meeting via zoom on Sept. 1. Mayor Sandhu recused himself before any discussion of the topic, being a landowner within the area.

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Seven years ago, Kami Martin made a new beginning in life by moving to Galt with her two sons. Her earliest childhood memories are of Hawaii where she lived until the age of five. It made a big impression on her life, beginning with her name.

Strike teams of firefighters from across the state are battling several wildfires that broke out in Northern California this month. Thirteen Cosumnes Fire Department (CFD) firefighters, as well as Cosumnes Fire Chief Mike McLaughlin, were deployed to five fires and three Herald Fire Protecti…

The Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) Board heard reports from directors on the first week of distance learning at a special board meeting over Zoom on Aug. 26. Superintendent Karen Schauer said she visited a number of teachers engaged with their students and was pleased w…

Editor’s note: This is the first in a five part series introducing Galt City Council candidates. One City Council candidate will be profiled each week through Sept. 30. Profiles will run in ballot order. Candidates’ replies to issue questions will be covered in the Oct. 7 edition.

In an effort to give the voters of Galt a chance to meet each of the candidates running in one of three local elections, The Galt Herald is offering candidate profiles in order to give each candidate the chance to introduce themselves to the community.

A beast on the football field as well as the wrestling mat, it was easy to recognize Blake Ritchie, since he was probably tackling someone and dominating anyone unlucky enough to stand in his way. Known for his athletic accomplishments and positive nature growing up, and more recently as a h…

Dutch Bros. begins site demolition

Galt City Council listened to a presentation and public comments on the proposed revamp of Carillion Boulevard at the teleconference meeting on Aug. 18 for three hours before deciding to table the decision until October. All five council members asked questions about the plan.

In addition to another new coffee shop, the Galt skyline will look a little different after the Galt Planning commission approved a 75-foot Dutch Bros. sign to be added to the coffee shop’s drive-thru location on Pine Street. The decision, as well as several others, was addressed at the comm…

The nomination period for Sacramento County’s elections officially ended Aug. 12 and Galt area residents will vote in just three local races. Other potential races were finalized through the nomination process where those wishing to serve on those boards did not exceed the number of open seats.

The future home of the Farm to Futures Center at McCaffrey Middle School is gearing up for a new all-weather track and field. When students can return to classes at the middle school, they will be treated to a six-lane synthetic track with an inner sod turf. Director of Business Services Loi…

The Aug. 4 City Council teleconference meeting had in-depth discussions on the Fairway Oaks Project, which included the annexation of the county island, including Cornell Road. The 39.5-acre island lies south of Glendale Avenue, west of Highway 99, northwest of Dry Creek and northeast of Cre…

With the uncertainty surrounding distance learning, the community is stepping in and stepping up. Shortly after Daniel Villalobos Madrigal posted his idea to “adopt” local classrooms on Galt community Facebook pages, he had dozens of responses. Only four days after posting, he had received e…

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The four-week nomination period for this November’s local elections came to a close Friday, Aug. 7 for the Galt City Clerk and City Treasurer offices, as well as the Galt Joint Union High School District, Herald Fire Protection District, Cosumnes Community Services District and Oak View Elem…

Cosumnes Fire Chief Mike McLaughlin will end his 32 years of fire service when he retires in December. The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) announced his planned retirement on July 22.

Sacramento county officials announced last week that they would be opening a COVID-19 testing center at the Chabolla Community Center, 610 Chabolla Avenue, every Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon.

The four-week nomination period for this November’s local elections will end on Thursday, Aug. 6 for Galt City Council and Friday Aug. 7 for other races in the county. The nomination period is extended a week if an incumbent decides to not run.

As the new school year fast approaches, Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD) teachers, staff and administrators are furiously preparing for arguably the most uncertain start in decades. Classes will be held virtually to begin the school year on Aug. 17, so textbooks, computers and …

All of Sacramento County is currently on the health “watch list”, which mandates all schools to open with distance learning only. Superintendent William Spalding said the Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD) staff and teachers are in training this week to prepare for another round …

With support from parents, staff and teachers, Arcohe Elementary School will open on Aug. 13 with the mandated remote education. Principal Troy Miller said his district has tried to retain some personal connections during the pandemic.

The Galt Joint Union Elementary School District pushed back its opening date to Aug. 20 so teachers have additional time to prepare for distance lessons. The surge in COVID-19 cases prompted the State of California and Sacramento County to mandate distance learning for all counties where cor…

After a special closed session Tuesday evening, Mayor Paul Sandhu has announced that Galt City Council has chosen Lorenzo Hines Jr. as Galt’s new city manager. Although not official until the Council’s Aug. 4 meeting, where Council is slated to approve Hines for the position and the employme…

Many businesses are trying to stay open through the pandemic and deal with the mandates made by the county and state. Restaurants have been hard pressed to remain open but other businesses are struggling as well, including The Little Farmhouse located on Fourth Street.

During the City Council’s teleconference meeting on July 21, Council members heard from Amie Mendes, economic development manager, to approve an Urgency Ordinance that will allow local restaurants a temporary outdoor dining permit. Council member Shawn Farmer recused himself, (due to) vested…

At a special Galt Planning Commission meeting Thursday, July 23, planning commissioners asked Price Walker of Elliott Homes to reevaluate the higher density portion of the developer’s Simmerhorn Ranch project, a suggestion that was met with receptivity from the developer, but resistance from…

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Dozens of community members gathered together Wednesday, July 22 during a rally to support local law enforcement officers and thank them for their service.

With the Galt Gators’ season canceled and the opening date for public swim delayed from the typical Memorial Day Weekend opening, the Gora Aquatic Center opened July 1 with a new swim schedule and limited capacity.

For months, the Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD) administration and teachers have been working to design various plans to accommodate students for the coming school year, not knowing what the county and state would allow. Last Friday, Governor Newsom put an end to planning all …

Two days before Governor Gavin Newsom ordered schools closed in counties on watch lists for upswings in COVID-19, the Sacramento County Office of Education’s Superintendent David Gordon and County Health Director, Dr. Peter Beilenson announced that county schools should remain closed.

After being presented with the Carillion Boulevard Master Plan, which includes a “road diet” and 11 roundabouts, Galt Planning Commissioners found themselves deadlocked on their recommendation to City Council. This presentation, along with two public hearings, made up the two-hour Galt Plann…

After 15 years, the city’s Community Development Director Chris Erias will move on to the City of Manteca.

The Galt City Council members heard from Interim City Manager Tom Haglund on the surge in COVID-19 cases at the July 7 City Council meeting held by teleconference. Four Galt area high school students were sworn in as new youth commissioners and the position of economic development director w…

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