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Goodbye, 2018, and welcome, 2019

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Around this time of year, residents traditionally make lists of what they will do better and/or change in the coming months.

Universal resolutions for the new year can include anything.

They could be health-related (avoiding extra desserts to actually using that gym membership).

Or maybe financial (deciding to save more money or finally sticking to a budget).

Even civic resolutions such as becoming more involved in our community’s governing agencies or volunteering more in area nonprofit organizations are annually made (with the best intentions of following through).

The number and types of resolutions we can make are endless.

As we finalize our resolutions for the following months, now is also a good time to reflect on the past year and our hopes for the new year.

Much has happened in the past 365 days, both in our own lives and in our municipal agencies. But we often forget what happened last month, much less 12 months ago, as we go about our daily routines.

Reading our year-end review in this week’s paper and next week’s paper is a good way to remember some of our community’s highlights and issues this past year.

Many of the issues in this year’s headlines have been resolved, such as which candidates won and whether measures passed in a closely-watched November general election.

Other issues will continue to make next year’s headlines as our leaders continue working on solutions. Those issues include the proposed Village at Loomis’ next steps, what concerns Rocklin leaders have with the proposed Costco in Loomis and how the sales tax increase measure will impact Roseville.

And in 2018, we devoted a month’s worth of stories to the universal human trafficking problem that has hit Placer County. This terrible malady puts all Placer County children at risk and victims here have been as young as age 11. Fortunately, several area groups, such as Stand Up Placer, Rotary, Soroptimists and law enforcement, work daily to end this terrifying problem and headlines in the near future should reflect their successes.  

After looking at the year-end review, we’re impressed with what our community leaders and residents have accomplished in 2018, even with ongoing fiscal and staffing challenges.

Here’s looking to 2019.

We wish you a safe and happy New Year!