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#447726 Fallen Marine Comes Home

Posted by Baldguy on 17 August 2012 - 07:37 AM

Sorry I couldn't call as requested; cell phones and riding don't mix.

Riding in the motorcade was an honor.  I could not believe the turn out of citizens and emergency personnel to show support.  On every single overpass were firetrucks with personnel on top of the rigs in full uniform saluting.  The closer we got to EDH, the overpasses were more and more crowded with Prairie City and Scott Roads being the biggest.

Every so often, there would be a Sheriff Deputy, freeway patrol, tow truck, or CHP parked at a 45 degree angle on the shoulder of the freeway with the officer out of the vehicle saluting the motorcade.

Exiting the freeway at EDH Blvd I almost lost it; it's tough to ride with tears welling up.  I could not believe the number of people that turned out with flags, signs, or red/white/blue anything.  As we passed RH Middle School, the crowd was astronomical.  The lane became so narrow it was difficult to ride through; the crowd was literally taking the entire street.  

The toughest part for me was seeing grown men with tears in their eyes, women crying, full uniformed football teams on a knee with helmets off, cheerleading teams, bicycle teams, veterans....everyone in complete silence.  I've ridden Toy Runs and parades, but this was...well...something else. Silence...just the bikes making noise.  It was overwhelming...I'm still overwhelmed this morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Mote took the time to come and shake all of the motorcade members hands and thank us for our support before the plane landed and before the procession started.

I wish the Mote family the best during this difficult time....

#444009 Folsom Swim Coach Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Posted by SacKen on 25 June 2012 - 04:58 PM

LOL... it looks like my post on Friday questioning the sanity of supermom was deleted. Maybe prematurely because the posts since then have become even more bizarre. And now there's a call for a boycott against Lembi pool? Give me an effing break! Nobody did anything wrong here except the guys that were arrested.

It is unfortunate that there isn't a known "pervert" gene or some background check that reveals what you do in your private time. It is unfortunate that scum like this are typically only detected after there is a crime.

We are very fortunate in the Sacramento region to have one of the best task forces in the country looking for these people, along with all the sex slavery crime in the area.

If money were to be spent, I would rather see it go towards increasing the capabilities of the task force and not useless expenditures that would only create a false sense of security and would not have prevented any of this.

And, for gawd sake, teach your kids to not be a victim of the Sanduskys of the world. Take these opportunities to learn more about their tactics so you can teach your children what things are not right and when they should immediately mention something to you that was said or done to them.  The first sign is rarely a full-fledged molestation or rape. Teach kids to detect the little grooming techniques that are used before then.

That's about the best you can do. Because, unless we get lucky, every pedophile has at least one victim before they are caught. No amount of age restrictions and background checks are going to stop that.

#438220 Vote for Sutter Middle School Win 100k

Posted by NYGOODWILL on 09 March 2012 - 05:37 PM

I am very familiar with Schoharie School District and I would like to extend some goodwill from Schoharie to Sutter. I know that both schools share a sincere interest in the future of their children and want their school to benefit from the technology offered in the Samsung prize award. I know this has been addressed before but, please remember there will be a total of five (5) schools who will all receive essentially the same prize award. One selected by this agonizing voting process and the other four selected by the judges based on the guidelines listed in the Samsung rules. I think it is very important to keep that in perspective, to perhaps ease some of the emotionality that has been escalating throughout the course of this endless month of voting.

The reason I am posting this is to extend the "olive branch" from east to west.  All of the schools who have made it to the final stage of this grant should be very proud of their students. I am very familiar with both a large suburban school district, where I live and my children attend school, and Schoharie’s rural community, so I hold no cultural biases.  We as parents all advocate vehemently for our children, I am pretty sure that is our responsibility.

I do want to explain what is driving this very strong sense of community from the Schoharie point of view. When I first came to Schoharie I was struck by two things, the breathtaking beauty of the valley and the kindness of the people. I can honestly say that I have never met a group of children like those who attend Schoharie CSD.  These kids have no sense of entitlement. The vast majority kids don’t have Uggs, smartphones or Vera Bradley backpacks. They don’t wear Abercrombie or Hollister and they don’t seem to feel deprived. Many children work the land and appreciate the small things in life; to me it seems we would all be better off if more kids grew up in an agricultural community.

All that they had was taken from them in August. The flood waters flowed over the top of the Gilboa dam and the sirens sounded. We had always been advised if the sirens went off we would know the situation was life threatening, and it was. But the community pulled together and neighbor helping neighbor they all miraculously survived. What didn’t survive were most of the homes, all of the utilities and community buildings. Many kids lost everything they owned. Almost every high school student spent weeks shoveling rancid muck out of the homes and businesses that suffered damage, but could be restored.   The water in most homes was over nine feet deep. Entire houses collapsed into the creek, and trailers floated away and broke into unrecognizable debris. The kids lost their pets and their farm animals.  But the most tragic loss was the beauty of the valley and the precious fertility of the soil, the pride of this valley.

Our kids produced their video, with amazing independence, with the hope of solving an authentic problem in their environment. Most of the students had never used a video camera before. The prize package Samsung sent us was received with great enthusiasm by the kids and the teacher who helped them with the video, who had lost her home too. The kids learned so much about the flood (they submitted three videos) and did math calculations and scientific analysis that actually helped with the relief effort. It helped their community to understand that they can perhaps recover from the ravages of Irene.

No one in Schoharie wants a vote of pity; this is a community of strong and deservingly proud people. We just want our kids to be recognized for the monumental job they accomplished in helping our community solve an environmental problem, yes, for tomorrow. If we win we will be honored, if we don’t we will congratulate the worthy winners. Best Wishes to Sutter.

#422217 Ticketed For Throwing Cigarette Out Car

Posted by Guest on 20 July 2011 - 07:58 AM

A friend's daughter was recently ticketed for throwing a burning cigarette out of her car window as she was going over the Lake Natoma Crossing/Bridge. She is required to go to court to deal with it.  

Is anyone familiar with the regulation related to this? Throwing a ignited object out of a car?

No offense but I hope it's a very expensive ticket to teach her a lesson.  I think it's ridiculous that people throw trash out of their cars, especially lit cigarettes that could set the area on fire.

How damn hard is it to put the cigarette out in the freakin' ashtray that comes with the car? Why do people think they can throw their trash out their car windows and think that's ok?  I absolutely hate it when people throw trash out of their cars - IMO they're no better then a filthy pig when they do that.

I say don't smoke if you can't manage to keep your trash to yourself, we don't want to have to wallow in the trash these pigs throw out of the car.

Sorry, as you can tell, this is a serious pet peeve of mine.  I wanna catch the punk kids who keep throwing their fast food trash bags and cups out on one of my local streets. I hate people who live like pigs and expect others to accept it.

It's disgusting to see used cigerette butts on the streets.

#452228 Speed Trap

Posted by Sandman on 11 October 2012 - 07:42 AM

People want to cry foul and call them "speed traps" but what would be REALLY tragic is a mom with a car load of kids turning off of Serpa to head up the hill to school and gets broadsided by some joker who runs the light because they were traveling down the hill too fast to make the light.

THank you Folsom PD.  We need more "Speed Traps"

#443906 Folsom Swim Coach Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Posted by Guest on 23 June 2012 - 04:53 PM

These posts against the city are getting nutty

#485715 Suspending A Member

Posted by chris v on 11 June 2015 - 05:37 PM

This news is super!
I might even tell my mom!

#452640 Folsom Crossing Closed Till Mid Morning Sat

Posted by Silmiriel on 16 October 2012 - 10:40 AM

I've been a lurker on the site for quite a while, but finally got registered, mainly due to being frustrated about this story!

The drastic increase in head-on collisions is alarming to me - from this weekend's tragedy to the horrible June accident on Blue Ravine.  What steps need to be taken to get the city (and/or Federal Government, if this is their jurisdiction due to the federal funds used to build the crossing) to address this issue and install safety barriers and adequate lighting on this road, as well as the other dangerous, heavily-traveled thoroughfares in Folsom?  

I take a FLC college class twice a week, and always drive in the slow lane coming home on the crossing to North Folsom to try to avoid drunks, speeders and distracted drivers.  However, I read in one of the news articles that the designated driver who was tragically killed in this accident also took the precaution of driving in the slow lane and yet he still lost his life due to the other driver, so even that may not be enough if someone completely loses control of their vehicle coming the other direction.  It is also nearly pitch black on that curve; very unsafe.

So, how do we get this going?  It's completely ridiculous that this road has no center divider and such poor lighting for a road that has essentially become a freeway!

I will echo what Maxine and others have said; people drive way too fast in Folsom, and driving manners seem to have been completely thrown out the proverbial window by some drivers who are too selfish and reckless to consider the safety of others and feel it's their right to tailgate, text and talk on the phone while driving, and drive at excessive speeds.  I also drive the speed limit and am really tired of getting tailgated and nearly rear-ended by inconsiderate drivers who can't seem to put their phone down while driving.  It's made me leave even more room when I drive and when I am stopped at signals so that I can try to avoid a collision.  Inevitably, I'll look over and see the familiar head bob of someone trying to text and drive.

My heart breaks every time I read a story about the carelessness of another taking the life of someone who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

My sincere condolences and prayers to the families involved... such needless loss!

#452069 Best News Yet That The Economy Is Improving

Posted by nomad on 09 October 2012 - 01:58 PM

The main reason for increase here in Ca is people are continuosly crapping their pants everytime they pay for gas or food.

#450018 Wtg, Folsom Police Department!

Posted by FolsomPDPIO on 12 September 2012 - 08:46 PM

I think the question was not about how fast the nixle reports come out, but how the officers "requested residents to shelter in place" and why some nearby residents did not receive/hear the request.

As you can imagine, a call such as this takes up alot of resources.  As Nomad said, this event transpired in less than 35 minutes beginning to end.  The Nixle.com and Reverse 911 SIP (Shelter in Place) alert was being typed as the suspect was being placed under arrest.  We just adapted to a FYI so anyone affected would atleast know what the sirens and commotion was about, and know that they were now safe.  I HIGHLY recommend you subscribe to Nixle.com for alerts from the police department AND Facebook or Twitter.  You can also visit the Folsom Police website for a form to ensure you are on the Reverse 911 list (Cellphone and/or landline).  Its better to be informed 5 times than not at all.  Help FPD spread the word by telling your friends, family, and co-workers.  
Sgt. Jason Browning, Folsom PD

#445459 Obama Says, "you Didn't Create That" To Business

Posted by The Average Joe on 21 July 2012 - 09:06 PM

I can't believe no one has commented on this yet as it is a week old. Obama gave a speech and said:

"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

What an asshat. So let me get this straight, the person who got educated, saved their money, invested in their idea, worked hard to surmount the stacks of government rules and regs, grew their idea into a profitable enterprise didn't build it?
I suppose that "somebody else" would pay off the debt the entrepreneur incurred had he failed. I suppose somebody else worked long hours sacrificing comforts and family along the way. I suppose somebody else made the hard choices when things got tight. I suppose somebody else is entitled to the fruits of the business owners labors. Oh wait, Obama believes that last one.
Somebody invested in roads and bridges? No kidding. Where do you think the (mostly local) taxes came from? The same people who are building their business ALREADY PAID "their share" of taxes for the infrastructure. EVERYONE is entitled to use that same infrastructure to develop their own business. Business owners aren't "stealing" use of roads and bridges. What a freaking moron.
Somebody else made that happen? Hey dipstick, who do you think built the road building machinery? Who do you think built the steel mills for the bridges? WHo do you think laid the fiber optic for the internet? Private companies, that's who.
Good gawd. The most anti-business President in history, and we wonder why we're still in recession...
Lord help us if he gets reelected...

#443879 Folsom Swim Coach Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Posted by swmr545 on 23 June 2012 - 06:32 AM

We knew Eric, and like I said, he spent time with my niece and nephew (never alone). We had no idea or inkling that he was a pedophile.

Unless there is a prior (and recorded) history, there is no way of knowing who a person really is. Shutting down the pool will not help all that much, since there are other avenues for a pedophile to gain access to kids. Remember the story a few months back about the camp counselor that was arrested for molesting kids?

Are you advocating shutting down all kids activities to ensure the safety of kids? Do away with football because of Sandusky, end the Boy Scouts because of the latest news of a scout leader, end all summer camps, swim programs, and hell, since there are teachers that are molesting kids we should shut down K-12 schools.

You cannot have an absolute approach to something like this, and react in a way that doesn't help kids feel smarter. Take this opportunity to talk to your children, tell them what is appropriate when interacting with an adult, and to know that it is safe for them to come and talk to you.

#442034 Railway - Folsom To Placerville

Posted by EAH on 21 May 2012 - 05:32 PM

Love the idea of a train! Folsom is overrun by rabid bikers. My God we have more bike trails and bike stores here than any place i have ever lived.....and I have lived all over California. We even have the annual Cyclebration here and  AMGEN came through here last year. There are a ton of bike events here every year. I for one would love to be able to take a scenic ride on a historic train to Placerville!!!!!

#440574 Stabbing In Folsom Bowling Alley

Posted by dansflb on 24 April 2012 - 04:50 PM

Sounds like Mr. Son likes Folsom.  He sure spends a lot of time around here.  Who knows, maybe now that he stabbed someone he might get to be a resident! :)

First and foremost our family feels for the three victims who were attacked by David Son, we hope they have a safe and quick recovery.

The sad reality is that some people break the law regardless of where they are, and when they happen to choose to do it at our establishment our security is there to detain them and report them to the Folsom Police department. Many other establishments don't have security so there are many crimes that happen and are never caught, stopped or reported. In regards to this incident David son has a problem and he needs to get help. He was already on probation for having pulled a knife on someone at Costco gas station in 2010. Should we all stop getting gas at Costco? This reoccurrence is not because of our establishment, it's because this person was bound to have an incident because he has not received the help that he desperately needs.

Comparing the long track record of owning the Folsom Lake Bowl for 33 years we have seen a lot of trends over the years. Folsom is an amazing town to live in and go for entertainment. The people in Folsom are also amazing people that really love their town. We have observed that drinking and driving has heavily decreased over the last 10 years. That is largely due to the great jobs of the Folsom police and responsible establishments in Folsom. Folsom Lake Bowl and FLB Sports Bar & Casino has far less problems then many other serving establishments in our area. We also have a much higher amount of traffic that comes through our doors, averaging 5,000 patrons per week. This is due to always having security on staff that can openly communicate between each other and with management using high end ear pieces and microphones. We have invested in the most sophisticated ID system that is on the market that no other bar has in Folsom. We also have a state of the art video surveillance system inside and outside our establishment.

Please come in to our establishment and you will see for yourself how serious we are about operating a very well run business that is a safe and fun place to go for the whole family.  

Best Regards,
Dan, Jeremy, Monica & Wally Dreher

#439383 Trayvon Martin Shooting

Posted by The Average Joe on 02 April 2012 - 05:32 PM

What I find despicable about this story is the way the national media has hyped the racism aspect, and blindly moved forward with that meme despite the evidence to the contrary. I also find the rhetoric from Congressmen, "civil rights leaders", and hoodie supporters both ironic and moronic.

For example, calling Zimmerman a white-hispanic (WTF is that?).

Or showing the assumed victim as a 13 year old (instead of current age) and using a mug shot for the shooter...despite the fact that the Martin was actually 5 inches taller that the shooter.

Or most horrific of all (and certainly deserving of its own thread), the way NBC edited the audio on the 911 call by Zimmerman.
The way NBC edited it: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”
Full transcript:
Zimmerman: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.”
911 operator: “Okay. And this guy, is he white, black or Hispanic?”
Zimmerman: “He looks black.”

I also notice that Obama said nothing about the New Black Panther Party putting a bounty on Zimmerman's head.  Um...vigilantism is supposed to be frowned upon by the President.

The way the idiot congresspeople wore hoodies and called for his arrest was pathetic. This is America. You want "justice?" Then you cannot call for the arrest of someone because YOU think they are guilty. Our system has a process. You are presumed innocent. The state gathers EVIDENCE. It then determines if you will be charged. If you are, a jury of your peers will determine your guilt within the confines of THE LAW.

As for the actual shooting and the incidents surrounding it, I'll withhold judgement until ALL the information is available.

#432989 Parking On Sidewalks

Posted by tony on 23 December 2011 - 01:02 PM

So, before you called the police to have them ticket a guy right before the bills of christmas come in; tell me you tried communicating your vexation to this person through an anonymous letter or a visit to the owner or something? Just seems kind of smug and impersonal to notice a car parked on the sidewalk and call the pd to ticket. Does this person do this everyday? have they been warned or asked or reminded of the law?

How uncomfortable to have a set of neighbors so contentious with each other.

Frankly, I don't know if they got a ticket. They may have received a warning.  All I know for sure is that they got the message. Smug??

It was 1am, a couple of blocks from my house. I had a cell phone, not a pen and paper. I don't know the people.  If I did, I would have waited and written a note (I've done that before with a neighbor in another neighborhood and it was not very well received). I thought about knocking on the door, but I'm pretty sure at 1am I would not get a friendly reception. The police have the discretion to ticket or warn. This being a pretty obnoxious example of blocking a sidewalk (not one, but two vehicles side-by-side on the sidewalk), I suspect they gave a ticket.

As a frequent bicyclist and pedestrian, I deal with obnoxious behavior almost daily. As a homeowner in the HD, I pick up trash off my lawn several days a week. I usually brush off the behavior and move on. When it is really blatant, and I have the ability to, I do something about it.  Don't make me out to be the bad guy here, or some kind of Grinch. All I did was notify the FPD about a situation that I know they typically don't pay much attention to; given the time of night, I figured they might not be too busy to address this case. I'm not the one who was rudely and obnoxiously ignoring the law.  Lack of civility starts with the little things. If you can't be bothered to keep your vehicle off the sidewalk, or more likely, intentionally park it there because you think it will protect your car, then I'm not going to have any qualms about asking the FPD to do something about it. And now that this person got the message, they no doubt will share it with their friends and neighbors and the net benefit will be multiplied, whereas if I left a note, they may have just ignored it and continued on.

#427831 Stabbing On East Bidwell

Posted by Guest on 04 October 2011 - 04:19 PM

I quit working when my oldest turned thirteen and was home until the kids were in college.  Why?  Because teens NEED to be supervised more at that age than when they are younger.

I didn't fool myself into thinking my kids would be any different or any better than anyone else's.  My kids didn't get the latest greatest stuff all their friends had, and it bothered them, but I said tough!  Learn to save your money, babysit or mow lawns to get what you want.  They were so busy with me monitoring their homework (THAT came first)and them making money, to get that 'all important' stuff, they didn't have time to get into trouble. I made it my business to know where they were at all times and I expected them to try and get around me.

I used to set my alarm so it would go off at different times in the night to do bed checks....and my kids knew it. The pillows formed to look like they were in their beds, didn't work on me. My daughter once told her friend it was like I had eyes in the back of my head.  I always managed to bust her, when she was doing something she knew she shouldn't be doing.

Oh, there were tears and threats of running away...I'd just hug them, tell them I loved them and suggested we pick up one of their friends, get pizza and go to a movie. I gave them alternatives for having fun, not always the old "go to your room", while I kicked back and had a cold beer.  Ours was a no smoking, no alcohol household.  I didn't just talk the talk, I really walked the walk. Kids need good role models. Yeah, they called me square and too hard on them....but now they are glad I was.

Parents think if they just drag kids to church, it should do the trick....it won't.  I had an aunt who was caught doing the nasty with the preacher's son, at church!  No, parents must attend to their own kids up bringing...no short cuts work in that department.

My son once told me that living in my house was like living in a prison.  I replied, better to live in one now, with a chance to get out at age eighteen, than live in one for life, later.

I made raising my kids my career, not my pass time. My husband was the bread winner and I took care of business at home. The kids tried to place him in the middle and he would just look at them and say, "what your Mom says goes, you know that."  So he backed me up 100%,  period.

Our community and parents need to step up and MAKE this a safe place to live.  If you see a group of people, any age, that seems to be about to get into some bad stuff, call the cops!  You HAVE a phone and know how to dial 911....DO IT!  Don't just walk by and go on about your business!  You could save a life by the simple act of using your cell phone to alert the cops.

I just called the cops the other night when I saw a group of kids hanging out. They couldn't have been over eighteen.  It was after eleven and as far as I know, we have a curfew for minors.

There is no excuse for walking past trouble and not calling the cops.  NONE! Minors should be at home at that time of night.

#424273 Good Places To Get Deep Fried Ice Cream?

Posted by EAH on 11 August 2011 - 10:37 AM

I have always wanted to try it, so if you know of any places in Folsom, has has fried ice cream, please put them here. The price, kinds, or any other info would be great too. A place where I can get it and not have to sit down in a restaurant is a plus as well.


I have no idea where to get fried ice cream but had to comment on the irony of your screen name and this particular request!

#423207 What Were Your Kids Doing Tonight At...baskin Robbins

Posted by ducky on 28 July 2011 - 08:08 AM

I agree with you that this is evidence of parents not having a handle on what their kids are doing, and that this seems to happening a lot lately in Folsom.  I was actually using the term "wrong side of the tracks" not to describe kids from outside Folsom, but to describe kids from the "bad" side of town, whereby "bad" refers to the fact that there is more crime around Duchow Way, which is near Baskin Robbins.  However, upon reflection, I find it just as likely that the kids converged on BR from anywhere in town.  So I retract my "wrong side of the tracks" comment - good call-out!

Rich T, I know your perception of Duchow is shared by many, but I'd like to let you know that there really isn't as much crime on Duchow as there was in the distant past.  They have done a good job of cleaning up those apartments.  All I usually witness happening with kids over there is a corner lemonade stand, games of tag and hide & seek.  If problems do develop, the Folsom PD is on it right away.  

It's not perfect over here.  We've had some catalytic converter thefts recently, but so have newer sections of Folsom.  In fact, when I read the crime log I see a disturbing number of DUI arrests down on Sutter and the Historic District, but I also recognize names of people that I know to live in what you might consider the "good" area of Folsom.

Having lived on "the wrong side of the tracks" or the "bad" side of town for 30 years, I can tell you that not making a lot of money doesn't make you a bad parent just like having a lot of money doesn't automatically make you a good parent.  I can also tell you we don't have any more crime than the "good" side of town.  We're just living within our means.

#422221 Ticketed For Throwing Cigarette Out Car

Posted by twnkltoz on 20 July 2011 - 08:18 AM

I don't know the regulations, but I'm curious to find out how this comes out. I HATE people who throw trash out of their cars, and a lit cigarette is one of the worst things you can throw. It really steams me how many smokers (no offense to the smokers on the board who don't do this) see no problem with tossing their cigarette butts or stomping them and leaving them wherever. It's LITTERING. There's a reason littering is illegal.