Queens, designs and fiscal footing

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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NEW QUEEN IN FOLSOM Folsom residents Erv and Noreen Engelhardt have reason to be proud. Their 17-year-old daughter Jillian was crowed Miss Teen California-World recently at the pageant held in Sacramento. She’s a senior at Folsom High School. After graduation, the young lady plans to pursue her education in child psychology. This was Jillian’s first pageant competition. She will travel to Houston, Texas, in July as a state delegate from California to compete for the Miss Teen U.S.-World 2010 title. If she wins that competition, then she would go on to try for Miss Teen World to be held in August. Congratulations, Jillian and good luck. DESIGN TIME Snowline Hospice’s pick-up and delivery trucks will get a facelift thanks to students from Folsom Lake College’s design fundamentals class. Taught by Eunyoung Hwang, more than 20 students began working on a class project in April to design a new look for the trucks. “The students learn what design elements are all about and are able to apply their knowledge to a real-life experience,” Hwang said. “As a designer out in the business world, you are commissioned, you have deadlines. When you’re finished you give a presentation to your clients and they either like it or they don’t. The students know their design might be used (by Snowline) or it might not be used.” Snowline is happy for the assistance. “Right now our trucks are invisible, and that needs to change,” said Ravel Buckley, a manager for Snowline Hospice. This represents one more way the college is helping out the community. BUSINESS BEAT Michelle Raithel, a natural medicine physician, is opening an office this week on Folsom Boulevard near It’s a Grind. Her business is called Revolution Solutions. Be sure to stop in and give her a warm welcome. … Julie Oliver, owner of Acorn Café on Natoma Street in Folsom, said she’s ready to wave the white flag, if she could do so without getting a call from the city’s sign patrol. She voiced her displeaure with the city’s draconian signage rules during the last city council meeting. “I (recently) got a call from code enforcement to remove my banners. I was confused because I don’t have banners,” she told them during public comment. “Then he clarified that he meant the penants (around the patio). … I’m not here (to speak) for myself. I’m done. … What’s uglier, a few banners and signs, or empty space?” Good point, Julie. City Councilman Jeff Starsky and Mayor Steve Miklos said they would look into the matter. CITY SCENE Speaking of the city, Finance Director Jim Frances gave the city council a fiscal snapshot at their meeting last week. “We’re right on with (the budgeted expenditures) and where we thought we would be,” he said. According to Frances, sales tax receipts and service fees (such as building permits) were both down. “We’re still in an unstable economy,” he said. “I am pleased to say the city has a very stable financial condition.” He credited the earlier moves by the city, such as layoffs and restructuring, with putting them on sound fiscal footing. “We’re in an extremely good position given the circumstances,” he said. One bright spot was the hotel room tax revenue. “It has been very strong all year long,” he said. “It has been surprising.” It shouldn’t be surprising. Folsom is a great place and others are discovering this for themselves by taking vacations here. It’s an encouraging sign. Don Chaddock can be reached at