What is happening in Elk Grove this week, February 26, 2024

Nominate and Celebrate Elk Grove’s Stars of Service
So many people in our community give and serve behind the scenes. Help us to spotlight and recognize some of Elk Grove’s shining stars. Nominations for this year’s program will close this Thursday, February 29. Don’t let someone who deserves our appreciation get overlooked! Six awards will be presented in April by the Elk Grove City Council. Learn more and nominate someone today at elkgrovecity.org/starsofservice. 

Have Coffee with a Cop
Sip, savor and socialize with Elk Grove Police Department at Coffee with a Cop this Thursday, February 29 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Starbucks at 8868 Bond Road. This is a great opportunity to get to know the people behind the badge patrolling the community and keeping your neighborhood safe. Learn more. 

What will you do with an extra day this week?
It happens every four years to keep Earth’s orbit around the sun in alignment, Leap Day. This year includes an extra day on Thursday, February 29. That’s another day to celebrate life, tackle your to-do list, perform a random act of kindness, or serve the community. How will you commemorate Leap Day? 

Elk Grove 101 Offers Deeper Dive into City Services
If you’ve considered becoming more involved in city government, this free class is for you! Elk Grove 101, an immersive new seven-session course is designed to engage, empower, and enlighten community members about their local government. The City of Elk Grove is offering this course for anyone 18 and older who lives or works in Elk Grove. Classes will meet weekly from April 2 to May 7. Most sessions are scheduled 6-8 p.m. at District56 with dinner and materials provided. Apply before March 1Learn more.

Who’s Digging in Your Yard?
Are there construction workers in your yard? Do you know what a Public Utility Easement (PUE) is? The City has created an informational website with an interactive map to share “Who’s Digging in Your Yard?” Utility companies upgrade their infrastructure or perform routine maintenance to ensure the delivery of utilities such as electricity, water, gas, broadband, and telecommunications to homes and businesses. By exploring the website, you can search within the City limits for any work being done. By clicking on a line segment, you can learn the status of the permit, the type of work, who the contractor is, and their customer service phone number in case any questions arise. Explore the website to see who may be digging in your yard—visit elkgrovecity.org/whosdigging.  

Fiscally Fit and Well Positioned for PERS Long-Term Pension Obligations
While many California agencies have struggled to meet their long-term pension obligations, the City of Elk Grove has addressed these risks by making $13.5 million in additional payments to the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). The City’s funded status of 86% places it among the top 10% of all CalPERS agencies in funding status. 
The California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) took effect in January 2013 and changed CalPERS retirement benefits by placing compensation limits on new members. As Classic members leave or retire from public service, they are generally replaced by PEPRA members. Over the last 10 years, the percentage of PEPRA members has grown to replace nearly 80% of the City’s workforce that were in the Classic, more costly, tier. This trend is expected to continue until all active members are subject to the rules and provisions of PEPRA. 
The City continues to be on strong footing financially by prioritizing its long-term pension obligations. Continued annual prepayments are included in the current City Budget as well as the General Fund Five-Year Forecast. Learn more about the City’s retirement costs and liabilities.

Paws and Effect: A Conversation with Elk Grove Animal Services Manager, Sarah Humlie
We’re diving into warm, fuzzy, heartwarming tales and essential local services. Animal Services Manager, Sarah Humlie, talks with us about the services provided by Elk Grove’s Animal Services team to support Elk Grove’s four-legged residents. But that’s not all – John and Kristyn share a success story from the Enhanced Winter Sanctuary, promote a resource for residents to safely sell their stuff online, and share a call for nominations for the Stars of Service awards program recognizing the extraordinary individuals who go above and beyond to make Elk Grove a better place. Join us for an episode filled with heart, hope, and the vibrant spirit of Elk Grove. 
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City Calendar

02/28 City Council Meeting (6 p.m.)
02/29 Coffee with a Cop (7:30 a.m.)
03/02 First Saturday Art Reception (4 p.m.)
03/03 Tire Collection Event at the Special Waste Collection Center March 3-6
03/06 Food Truck Mania (5 p.m.)

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