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Audition to Sing the National Anthem at the AMGEN Tour

Posted on: April 18, 2014



Got a great voice? Know someone who does? The AMGEN Tour of California wants you!

Winner will sing the National Anthem before the start of Stage 2 of the tour on May 12.  The tour will be televised all over the world, and if you’re lucky, they’ll broadcast the singing of our anthem, too.

Auditions to be held Friday April 25th, 6pm at Nicholson’s Musicafe.

The rules are simple, you must live in the 95630 zip code, and sing the entire National Anthem before a panel of judges.

Selected singer(s) must be available to perform on Monday, May 12th at (more…)

Owner of Powerhouse Pub Addresses New Entertainment Restrictions

Posted on: April 15, 2014

Powerhouse pub party

In response to concerns raised by Historic District residents and their supporters, the Folsom City Council recently designated the district an ‘Entertainment District’ and enacted new regulations to control the hours of live entertainment, and to hopefully cut down on the noise and other problems associated with late night partying.

This move was hailed by some, who say ‘it’s about time’, while others think it doesn’t go far enough, as it still allows partying and live music in what is also a residential area. Some residents don’t like the idea of their neighborhood being called an ‘entertainment’ district. Still, something had to be done.

Murray Weaver, owner of the district’s largest and most popular entertainment venue, the Powerhouse Pub, arguably has the most to gain and lose as the Historic District gains in (more…)

Folsom Housing Prices on the Rise Again

Posted on: March 26, 2014

folsom price per foot feb 2014


After 3 months of declining sales, falling prices and increasing days on market, the Folsom housing market has come roaring back.

According to the latest statistics from Metrolist, the average price had fallen by 7% to an average of $194 per square foot, between November 2013 and January of this year. Days on market, the time it takes to sell a home in Folsom, had risen to 49 days.

February statistics show, however, that prices spiked by 10%, to $214 per square foot, the highest level in over 6 years.  Final numbers for March won’t be out for a few weeks, but so far, the average price sold this month is at just over $210 per foot, and the average time on market has fallen to 29 days.


Tech Start-Ups Flock to Folsom

Posted on: March 20, 2014


Technology start-ups and entrepreneurs have new friends and supporters in town, as Velocity Venture Capital launches their new Entrepreneur’s Campus and Incubation Center.

The new, high tech campus, on the site of the 102 year old Granite School in Folsom,  provides space where start up companies can access facilities, equipment and guidance to grow their businesses.


Filed under: Business, City of Folsom

Folsom Goes Green on St. Patrick’s Day with mPOWER Energy Finance Program for Residents

Posted on: March 17, 2014


The City of Folsom is going green on St. Patrick’s Day with the opening of mPOWER Folsom, a green energy financing program for property owners.  Through mPOWER Folsom, residential and non-residential property owners can finance energy and water efficiency upgrades on homes and businesses with no money down, and repay the cost over time on their property tax bill.

Examples of projects eligible for mPOWER Folsom financing include heating and air condition upgrades; high efficiency windows, doors and insulation, and cool roofs; as well as water conservation measures such as drip irrigation systems with smart controllers that don’t come on when it rains.  Installation of Solar PV can also be financed through the new program.  Funding is available for up to 100 percent of the project costs, with terms that are longer than traditional programs (up to 20 years for many improvements) and a low fixed interest rate.

Filed under: Business, City of Folsom

Update on the Water Situation

Posted on: March 17, 2014


Take a look at the photos above.  On the left we see Folsom Lake as it should be. On the right, that’s what it’s looked like in recent months. It is getting better, though.

From the City of Folsom:

The good news is that inflow into Folsom Reservoir is now exceeding outflow.  However, even with February rains, the reservoir is still significantly below capacity, and Sierra snowpack is far below normal as the statewide drought continues.

Marcus Yasutake, Folsom’s Environmental and Water Resources Director, provided a water supply update at the March 11th City Council meeting.
Yasutake noted that:

 Folsom Reservoir is currently at 380,950 acre feet (approximately 38 percent capacity), compared to 199,639 acre feet in December 2013 when Folsom implemented the Stage 3 Water Warning (note that as of today, the lake stands at 398,797 acre feet, approximately 41% of capacity).


Filed under: City of Folsom, Folsom, FYI

Posted on: March 17, 2014

st patrick's day warning wishes you a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

There will be lot of joy and beer flowing at various spots around town, as Folsom residents and visitors celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  The biggest parties are likely to be on Sutter Street, where bar-hopping is popular, and at Churchill Arms Pub.

The folks at Churchill Arms are opening at 11am, with an outdoor bar and part of the parking lot blocked of for the party.

MyFolsom and the Folsom police want you to have a great time, and to get home safely. so remember, don’t drink and drive!


Folsom Lake Level Highest Since October

Posted on: March 13, 2014

folsom lake leve march 13 2014

Folsom CA: February rain, snow and resulting runoff has brought Folsom lake to 40% of capacity, still far below average for this time of year, but enough that the 5 miler per hour boat speed limit has been lifted.

With no rain in sight, however, community water restrictions are still in effect.

Check with your water district to be clear.

Mandatory water use restrictions for businesses and residences limit landscape watering to two designated days per week; prohibit washing of parking lots, street, driveways or sidewalks; and prohibit use of City water for construction purposes without approval.

City officials are slashing water usage for Landscape and Lighting districts, local parks and City property, and will continue to monitor and correct any overflow problems on public property.

Current Water Restrictions for Folsom

Filed under: City of Folsom, Folsom

Cindy Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash, Charms the Crowd at Ground Breaking

Posted on: March 5, 2014

cindy cash

Cindy Cash, the daughter of country singing legend Johnny Cash was all smiles as she and local dignitaries broke ground for the Johnny Cash Trail and Bike/Pedestrian Over Crossing last week.

The overcrossing, which will span busy Folsom Lake Crossing Road near East Natoma Street, is expected to open in the fall.
Folsom is known around the world as the site of the prison that Cash made famous with his hit song, Folsom Prison Blues.

The unique prison themed overcrossing will serve as a symbol of Folsom history and a unique gateway for pedestrians, cyclists and

“I love this project and know my dad would have been excited about it,” said Cindy. “I’m so thrilled that you asked me to be a part of this in honor of my dad. He was a great dad and a great artist.”

Cash was a passionate advocate for prisoner’s rights who gave numerous performances at prisons around the country. His two 1968 performances at
Folsom State Prison were among his most successful, forever linking the singer to Folsom. (Contrary to popular legend, Cash did not serve time in Folsom Prison.)

“It took me a long time to get here,” said Cindy, who was just about eight the first time her dad performed in Folsom. “This is the only venue my dad wouldn’t bring me to.” She said she cried that day and told him she wanted to come with him, but he said, “This was one pickin’ and grinnin’ you can’t come to.” Later she understood this was a “no girls allowed” place.

After the ceremony, Cindy sang “Daddy Sang Bass” with the Walking Phoenixes Johnny Cash tribute band, receiving enthusiastic applause from the crowd.

The $3.8 million Johnny Cash Overcrossing is designed to echo the look of Folsom State Prison’s East Gate guard towers.

When completed, the 2.5 mile Johnny Cash Trail will extend from the Historic Truss Bridge to Green Valley Road, traversing prison
property and linking El Dorado County to Folsom’s Historic District and the American River Parkway.

The trail and overcrossing project is being funded with state and federal grants provided by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Cal Trans and the State Resources Agency.

article courtesy of City of Folsom

What do you think? Are you a Johnny Cash fan? Will you use the trail? Discuss here:

Ground Breaking set for Historic Johnny Cash Trail across Folsom Prison Grounds

Posted on: February 24, 2014



Ground breaking is set for this Thursday, for the Johnny Cash Trail.

The first phase is a 2.5 mile Class 1 bike trail which will run from the Folsom Civic Center, along the southern edge of the Folsom prison grounds,  and connect with the American River Bike Trail and Folsom Lake Crossing.

A bridge across East Natoma will complete that segment of the trail, and will have architectural features to reflect the gates of the prison itself.


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