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…

Seniors in Galt can have free meals delivered to their homes 2-3 times a week thanks to Sacramento County’s Dine at Home Sacramento program. The meal delivery program, presented by the county’s Agency on Aging/Area 4, is available for residents 60 years old and older.

Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD) Trustees heard from Director of Educational Services Sean Duncan on the five committees working on protocols for reopening schools and the results of the surveys sent to parents, students and staff members. The in-depth surveys included question…

The Wilton Rancheria has a new tribal chair: Jesus Tarango. He was elected by his tribe on June 13 to replace his cousin, Raymond “Chuckie” Hitchcock, who held that office for two consecutive terms.

Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County health official, joined the teleconference meeting on June 24 to answer questions from the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GHUESD) Trustees on protocols and recommendations on reopening schools this August. Kasirye emphasized the mandated pr…

Although coronavirus restrictions have shut down dozens of events across the valley, Galt Parks and Recreation officials didn’t let that stop them from thinking outside the box and offering local residents a unique, social distance-friendly occasion to celebrate first responders and other heroes.

According to Sacramento County health officials, COVID-19 created high stress levels for students, families and educators. As schools plan to reopen for the 2020-21 school year, meeting the safety, social and emotional wellness needs of all students will be a priority.

It was a packed agenda for the June 16 teleconference meeting of the Galt City Council. In addition to hearing multiple presentations from local nonprofits and the Galt Youth Commission, Councilmembers approved the formation of a Community Facilities District (CFD), a new way finding program…

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After studying the survey results from parents, staff and teachers, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) designed three possible scenarios for re-opening the new school year. Parents were sent a survey this week for their opinions, but the last word on which option will be ch…

Friday night begins the special light display to honor local heroes, with a special tribute to Galt’s fallen police officer Kevin Tonn.

Galt Planning Commissioners will hear a presentation tomorrow night, Thursday, June 25 at 6 p.m., about the Fairway Oaks and county island annexation project, just one of many public meetings that have and will take place regarding the plan. The project is also in its California Environmenta…

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The positive COVID-19 cases, in Galt, has tripled since May 1, triggering an admonition from City Hall Sunday morning. The city issued a statement through a social media platform and its website asking residents to take the virus seriously and to practice social distancing and proper sanitat…

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At the June 11 Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD) board meeting, trustees heard about reopening plans, received a budget update, set the wheels in motion to have area voting precincts rather than at-large voting for trustees, and approved new software in order to communicate with…

The city of Galt has begun the time period for public comments on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reports for three projects requiring annexation. The Simmerhorn Ranch Project, Fairway Oaks and County Island Annexation, and Summerfield at Twin Cities Road CEQAs’ public review per…

Belen Cerda Luna has come a long way from the student who was struggling to keep up as an English learner in her first grade classroom. In the last four years, the 2020 Liberty Ranch High School graduate took almost a dozen AP classes, was voted president of several school clubs, and graduat…

At the June 2 Galt City Council meeting held over teleconference and zoom, 18 residents expressed their concern over the current social climate and approved the annual budget.

More than 100 residents ventured outside of their homes last Friday, June 5, for the first official public event since the March Sacramento County public health order telling residents to stay at home to help flatten the coronavirus curve. The event was held on the Fourth Street Promenade in…

In the wake of the national protests and riots responding to the Minneapolis police brutality case that left African American George Floyd dead, Galt community members last week rallied together in front of city hall to tell their fellow Galtonians that enough was enough.

After weeks of stagnant numbers, Galt’s positive cases of COVID-19 saw an increase of eight in a week’s time period, bringing Galt’s number to 20. The positive case number sat at 12 since April 27 and didn’t see an increase until last week.

With posters, American flags and a sound system blaring patriot music, nearly 50 Galt residents gathered in front of Galt City Hall Saturday, May 30 to rally for the reopening of all businesses, schools and churches in Galt, after the statewide shutdown to help “flatten the curve” of the spr…

Editor’s note: Due to technical issues with email routing with the new city of Galt domain, writer Karen Watson did not receive responses to questions regarding council discussion at the May 19 Galt City Council meeting. Vice Mayor Rich Lozano, Councilmembers Paige Lampson and Curt Campion, …

The Galt Parks and Recreation Department will host a drive-through light show starting on Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28 at the Galt Market Grounds from 8:30 to 10 p.m. The three-day event was decided on after the yearly Independence Day Celebration was canceled due to COVID-19 rest…

Galt resident Jay Vandenburg holds a sign telling City Councilmembers to listen to their constituents.

Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) Trustees held their regular May meeting via teleconferencing and heard from Director of Business Lois Yount on the state’s revised budget plan for schools. According to the state’s presentation, schools across the state will experience a s…

Attention Galt high school students (from both high schools), and eighth graders (who will be freshmen soon): Summeris in the air. What does this mean? Well, it means open spots will be available to join the Galt Youth Commission (GYC).

The Galt Cemetery usually is bustling on Memorial Day; not so this holiday season, as yet another special ceremony was canceled, another victim of the coronavirus.

Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD) has been named a College Board Advanced Placement® District of the Year for being the national leader among small-sized school districts, a recognition not easily obtained. Only 7 California districts have earned this honor in the past decade.

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