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Posted on: September 23, 2022

Becoming the City of Citrus Heights: The History of a Unique Incorporation

Becoming Citrus Heights Book Newsflash

The City of Citrus Heights commemorates the 25th anniversary of cityhood with the release of a book entitled, “Becoming the City of Citrus Heights: The History of a Unique Incorporation.”

Written by Sacramento author Miranda Culp in collaboration with Citrus Heights businessman Bill Van Duker, the book chronicles the 12-year legal battle between Sacramento County and the residents of Citrus Heights. The struggle to attain cityhood ascended all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and changed the nature of incorporation in the state from that point on.


The celebration recognizing the completion of the publication will continue at the City’s annual Sunday Funday event in Rusch Park September 25, from 11am-4pm, featuring live music, food trucks, inflatables, tours of the historic Rusch Home, and the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band. The Citrus Heights Historical Society will have hard copies copies of the book for new members, and an e-book version is available for free on the Citrus Heights website.

The City’s History & Arts Grant Program funded the project, which outlined the publication of “Becoming the City of Citrus Heights”. Local writer and bookstore owner, Miranda Culp, conducted numerous interviews and copious research. Bill Van Duker, an integral member of the Citrus Heights Incorporation Project (CHIP), contributed documents and perspective on the long and fractious journey to cityhood. Production and printing of the book is a donation to the City by Bill and Janie Van Duker and All Star Printing.


“This book tells a critical story about local democracy in action and how our city came to be,” says Citrus Heights Mayor, Porsche Middleton, “We’re delighted to be able to offer it to the community as part of the city’s 25th anniversary.”

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