Santa’s Fire Truck is Coming to Town!

West Sacramento Santa Fire TruckThe West Sacramento Fire Department, in conjunction with the West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association, is preparing for the annual “Santa Run” through West Sacramento. With the help of many off-duty firefighter “elves,” Santa will be riding through various neighborhoods on an elaborately decorated fire truck “sleigh” and handing out candy canes purchased and donated by the West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association. Additionally, Santa will have a pickup truck following his “sleigh” with helpers collecting any canned food donations for the needy.

The West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association would like to extend its most sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who come out to make canned food donations, as well as to the Fire Chief & City Manager, for permitting the usage and decoration of the ladder truck for this annual tradition.

This year the Santa Run is scheduled for six nights beginning at 6:00 PM each night. Santa will be in the following areas on these dates:

Monday, December 8th, Broderick and Bryte area: Fremont, Douglas, Andrew, Sixth, Cummins, Anna, Kegle, Carrie, Lisbon, North Hobson, and Fourness.

Tuesday, December 9th, North Business 80: Pine, Palomar, Marigold, Doran, Garnet, Green Meadow, Evergreen, Sycamore, Buckeye, Poplar, Proctor, Willow, Rockrose, Chaparral, Lilac, Manzanita, Washington, Oxford, Michigan, Maple, Walnut, Holly, Pecan.

Wednesday, December 10th, Old West Sacramento: Deerwood, Lakewood, Fernwood, Sonora, Haverhill, Meadow, Webster, Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland.

Thursday, December 11th, Southport North East: Kinsington, Aster, Manchester, Gateway, Sausalito, Sansome, Hearst, Randolf, Mojave, Merced, Rubicon, Ironwood, Spruce, Redwood, Alder, Limewood, Almond, Peppertree, Peachtree.

Friday, December 12th, Southport South West: Independence, Lagoon, Meadowlark, Starling, Sandpiper, Pheasant Hollow, Duet, Constitution, Summerfield, Jacquelyn, Janet, Betty, Shirley, Leslie, Diane, Brenda, Kathy, Nancy, Violet, Mareca, Teal, Canvasback, Pitzer, Allen.

Monday, December 15th, Southport West (Bridgeway Island): Cayman, St. John, Martinique, St. Croix, Haiti, Swan, Suisun, Ryer, Catalina, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Cooper, Fiji, Bowen, Solomon Stuart, Graham, San Salvador, Abaco, Bridgeway Lakes, Henshaw, Eagle, Lewiston, Tahoe, Coyote.

Please understand that Santa cannot get to every street. Santa’s route will not include mobile home parks, courts, or dead-end streets. For further information, call (916) 617- 4600 (Please do not call 9-1-1; emergency operators do not have information about the event.)

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Chamber Presents Breakfast with Santa

Santa is ComingHave you heard the news: Santa Claus is coming to town, and making a stop at the West Sacramento Community Center! The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce presents the annual

Breakfast with Santa,
Saturday, December 13, 2014
at the Community Center,
1075 West Capitol Ave.

Have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Yummy brunch items, pancake decorating and hot chocolate. Christmas-themed activities for children. Send letters to the North Pole. And complimentary photos with Santa. Breakfast with Santa is presented in association with CBS 13 and CW 31.

Two breakfast seatings are offered:
• 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.; or
• 10:30 a.m.-Noon.

Pre-registration recommended:
• Children under 12: $6 pre-sale;
• Children 12 and under: $10 pre-sale; and
• Adults and children 13+: $12 pre-sale.

All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
All tickets will be $15 at-the-door.
No refunds for tickets sold.

To get tickets, visit the Chamber’s website: www.WestSacramentoChamber.com or call (916) 371-7042 for more information.

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Annual West Sacramento Tree Lighting Celebration

Hosted by the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, City of West Sacramento and sponsored by Capitol Yards, the 2014 West Sacramento Tree Lighting will include a program of music and carols by local community groups and holiday refreshments of coffee, hot cocoa and cookies.

Performing choirs include the River City High School Choir, West Sacramento Community Singers, and the Russian Evangelical Baptist Church Youth Choir. This event also marks the first appearance of the season for jolly old Santa, who will pose for free family photos from 6:30p – 8:00p.

The Holly Jolly After Party will follow the tree lighting and program in the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria located at 1110 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento.

What: Annual West Sacramento Tree Lighting Celebration 
When: Friday, December 5th 6:00 p-8:30p.
Where: West Sacramento City Hall 1110 West Capitol Ave, West Sacramento 95691

For more information about the West Sacramento Holiday Celebration, please visit www.westsacramentochamber.com or call the Chamber of Commerce at (916) 371-7042.

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Mike McGowan Bridge Scheduled to Open, Dec. 5, 4 p.m. – New “Locks Drive”: Signs to Replace South River Road Connector Signs, Beginning Dec. 2nd

The Mike McGowan Bridge is scheduled to open Friday, Dec. 5, at approximately 4 p.m. The Mike McGowan Bridge connects the north and south portions of South River Road across the old barge canal. Named in honor of an original member of the City Council and the City’s first mayor, the Mike McGowan Bridge will be 615 feet long and approximately 80 feet wide. The bridge includes 6-foot bike lanes, a raised median, and two 6-foot walkways separated from traffic by a concrete barrier. The bridge also features a half circle-shaped pedestrian “overlook” on both sides of the bridge at mid-span.  Providing a new north-south route on the east side of West Sacramento, the Mike McGowan Bridge is expected to help alleviate congestion on Jefferson Boulevard.

As part of the Mike McGowan Bridge project, the segment of South River Road that connects to Jefferson Boulevard is going through a name change, beginning Dec. 2. New signs for “Locks Drive” will be going into position, replacing South River Road street signs from the south end of the Mike McGowan Bridge west to Jefferson Boulevard.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Observed

For your holiday planning purposes, City offices are closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Offices are closed Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th.

Garbage, recycling, yard waste, and used oil collection will not occur on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, 11/27/2014. The holiday will result in a one day change to your service day. For example, if your regular service day is Thanksgiving Day (Thursday), it will be moved to Friday and Friday service moved to Saturday.

Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)

Deep frying a turkey this holiday season? Fats, oils, and grease are a natural by-product of the cooking and food preparation process. Known as FOG (fats, oils, and grease), sources include food scraps, meat fats, cooking oil, lard, baked goods, salad dressings, sauces, dairy products, shortening, butter and margarine.

Proper disposal of fats, oils and grease is important because FOG in the sewer system can build up and eventually block collection pipes and sewer lines, resulting in back-ups and overflows on streets and even in the home.

Proper FOG Disposal Is Easy! Follow these simple rules at home to keep harmful FOG out of pipes and sewers:

• FOG should NEVER be poured down the sink, drain or garbage disposal, which is not designed to properly handle FOG.

• Before rinsing or washing cookware, dishware and utensils, scrape or wipe excess food scraps and grease into the trash. Always use a strainer in the sink to catch food scraps and empty into the trash. Improperly disposing grease or fatty foods down the sink, drain or garbage disposal can clog pipes and sewers.

• Use cool water, not hot, to RINSE dishes before hand washing or putting in the dishwasher. Hot water breaks down grease only temporarily so when grease cools, it sticks to the inside of pipes and sewers, which can eventually cause a blockage.

• Pour grease (or other fats that become solid when cooled) into a disposable container that can be tossed in the trash when full. Oil, or liquid fats, should not be placed in the garbage. Instead liquid fats may be properly disposed of at the following locations:

City of West Sacramento Public Works Corporation Yard
1951 South River Road, West Sacramento
Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm.

Yolo County Central Landfill Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility
44090 County Road 28 H, Woodland
Every Friday and Saturday 7:30am to 3:30pm

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Outdoor Watering Restrictions Remain in Effect

The weather is changing, but California is still in the midst of a serious drought.  The City of West Sacramento wants to remind our customers that the outdoor watering restrictions that were implemented over the summer are still in effect.  Thanks to the conservation efforts of our customers so far this year, the City’s water use has been reduced by an average of 20% over the same time period last year.  Keep up the good work and remember to follow these water use restrictions:

  • Do not use potable (drinking) water to wash down sidewalks, driveways, streets or parking lots.
  • Do not use drinking water to wash down buildings or to cool building roofs.
  • Do not water lawns or landscaping between noon and 6:00 p.m.
  • Limit outdoor watering to the odd/even schedule. Customers with street addresses that end in an odd number may only irrigate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Customers with street addresses that end in an even number may only irrigate on Wednesday, Fridays, and Sundays. No irrigation is permitted on Mondays.
  • Do not wash a motor vehicle with a hose unless it is fitted with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
  • Do not operate a fountain or other decorative water feature unless the water is part of a recirculating system.
  • Do not allow landscape irrigation to runoff to an adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.

For more information about water conservation, visit www.cityofwestsacramento.org/water

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Bridge to Housing Move Day a Success!

Yolo County public agencies and WSPD assist in the Bridge to Housing Move Day, Nov. 12.
Photo courtesy of Yolo County.

On Nov. 12, approximately 100 volunteers and staff moved 63 homeless individuals, along with their 40 pets, from the North Levee encampment in West Sacramento into temporary housing. The move, along with provision of services, was a collaborative effort between Yolo County, Yolo County Housing, the City of West Sacramento and numerous private and non-profit partners. Over the next 60 to 120 days, with $100,000 in financial support from Yolo County and the City of West Sacramento, along with private donations, these individuals will be housed and will receive assistance for benefits in which they may be eligible to prevent homelessness in the future.

The Bridge to Housing pilot project is a time-and population-limited project designed to test the Housing First model in Yolo County an approach to ending homelessness that centers on providing people experiencing homelessness with housing as quickly as possible, and then providing services as needed. While Yolo County Housing manages the housing component, Yolo County, along with other non-profit organizations, are now assisting with job training, chemical dependency, health insurance, mental health services, disability benefits, counseling and other services.

“This one-of-a-kind pilot project is a massive undertaking,” said Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas who represents the West Sacramento area. “I am so proud of our community and the support to help transition homeless folks from living along the river to temporary housing for the winter. Thanks to all who helped make this first step a success.”

Prior to the move, the residents of the North Levee homeless encampment requested an opportunity to give back to the community with a clean-up day. On November 8, the residents, again with numerous community volunteers, collected approximately 15 tons of trash.

Other partner agencies in the Bridge to Housing project include: Legal Services of Northern California, United Christian Centers, CommuniCare Health Centers, Mercy Faith Coalition, Yolo Community Care Continuum, California State Parks, Yolo Food Bank, Home Depot, Waste Management, Turning Point Community Programs, Northern California Construction & Training, Yolo County Day Reporting Center (Sacramento County Office of Education) and Ethan Conrad Properties.

To donate to the Bridge to Housing Pilot Project through the New Hope Community Development Corporation 501(c)3, visit: www.newhopecdc.org or mail checks made payable to: New Hope CDC, 147 W. Main Street, Woodland, CA 95695. Tax I.D. number #68-0440554.

For full Press Release and Photos click here.

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Free Flu Clinic at City Hall, Saturday, Nov. 22

The City of West Sacramento, in association with the Yolo County Health Services Dept., will provide a one day free flu shot clinic, Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave.

The clinic is free for all individuals 6 months of age and over. Only the seasonal flu vaccine will be provided.

For more information, call (530) 666-8645.

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City Commission Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for service on various City commissions. These commissions work directly with City staff in developing goals and advising the City Council on many issues. These Mayor-appointed positions are a great way to get involved in your community.
Applications are due by Nov. 28, 2014.

  • Agriculture & Natural Resources Commission: Members of this commission provide recommendations in the areas of tree and habitat conservation, open space, and energy policies.
  • Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation Commission: This commission evaluates and identifies needs in the area of cultural enrichment, the designation and inventory of historic resources, and placement and use of art throughout the city.
  • Board of Appeals: These members review the workings and finances of the Fire Department hazardous materials program, as well as provide interpretation pertaining to uniform codes and City ordinances. Membership preference is granted to those with backgrounds in architecture, civil engineering, building trades, or fire protection.
  • Commission on Aging: These individuals examine and evaluate programs and services targeted to the elderly and identify specific areas of need.
  • Disaster Council: The Disaster Council meets at least once each year to review the emergency preparedness status of the City and reports their findings to the City Council.
  • Economic Development Advisory Commission: Commission members review and comment on economic studies, marketing strategies, business retention and recruitment, and work with the Chamber of Commerce on programs of mutual interest.
  • Housing Advisory Commission: Members of this commission review and make recommendations regarding housing policies, affordable housing, and identify sources of housing funds.
  • Library Advisory Board: The Board acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian and includes the review of library operations and services, budget policies and programs and priorities for the Yolo County Library. The Board is comprised of a representative from each Yolo County district, as well as one member from the Board of Supervisors.
  • Parks & Community Services Commission: These individuals act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in matters affecting the well-being, enhancement and enrichment of citizens and in matters pertaining to use, maintenance, improvement and development of City parks.
  • Planning Commission: This commission is a decision-making body as designated by state law. Members are heavily involved in planning and zoning law, and land use policy.

Applications and more detailed information about each commission are available on the City’s website, www.cityofwestsacramento.org or by contacting Kryss Rankin, City Clerk, (916) 617-4500.

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Fall Water Conservation Tips

Water Year 2014 ended in September as one of California’s driest-ever with no promise the new water year will be any wetter.

It’s more important than ever to remember that just because we are out of the dry season doesn’t mean the drought is anywhere near over. When it does rain, conserving water may be the last thing that comes to mind. However, water conservation should be a daily, year-round habit for all of us.

To help guide us into the cooler, fall months in California, here are some tips and ideas on how to conserve water all season long:

  • Change your sprinkler schedule. As the weather cools down, lawns and plants don’t need as much water . . . and when it’s raining, they don’t need to be watered at all. Remember to turn off the sprinkler when it’s raining. Another option is to invest in a weather-based sprinkler system.
  • Get a jump on spring plantings. Gardeners will tell you that plants set in the fall season require less water and will look better come springtime.
  • Help your trees survive the drought. Continue to water wisely and maintain your trees and landscape carefully throughout the fall season. Our trees provide a wide range of benefits at a low coast and with little effort.
  • Invest in a rain barrel. Consider using a rain barrel to collect and store rain water runoff throughout the wet months. Water collected can be used to water indoor or outdoor plants, when needed, instead of turning on your sprinklers.
  • Redirect downspouts to capture water. Simply direct downspouts outside your home to capture any rainwater and direct it to garden or plant areas.
  • Check for leaks. Find and fix leaks now. One way to find out if you have a leak present is to read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you most likely have a leak.
  • Install low-flow showerheads. Most water is wasted outdoors, but did you know showers are the largest indoor water-waster? Reduce your indoor water use by as much as one-third by simply switching your showerheads with low-flow showerheads.
  • Hold a housing meeting to remind others to stick to these easy water-saving tips: Keep showers to 5 minutes (a shower timer is handy); run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads only; fill the sink when hand washing dishes–don’t let the water run; don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket; and keep a bucket in the shower to catch water that can be used on container plants.

For more tips, visit www.SaveOurWater.com .

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Hearing Officer Applications Being Accepted

The City of West Sacramento seeks qualified individuals to serve as the City’s Administrative Hearing Officer.  The Hearing Officer makes legal determinations related to nuisance abatement and hears appeals related to tree removal, agricultural operations, certain business license denials, water service, and more, in accordance with the City’s municipal code.  The Hearing Officer will review all staff and applicant/appellant documents, conduct the administrative hearing in accordance with City policy, take evidence if applicable, and issue a decision and/or order supported by findings.

To access the Request for Qualifications package, please visit the City’s website by clicking here.  Applicant documents are due by December 1, 2014.  Additional information is available by contacting City Clerk Kryss Rankin at kryssr@cityofwestsacramento.org or at 916-617-4500.

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Veterans Day 2014

For your holiday planning purposes, City offices are closed in observance of Veterans Day. Offices are closed Tuesday, November 11th.

Garbage, recycling, yard waste and used motor oil collection services will continue as normal.

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November Election Results

Yolo County has posted local results following the Nov. 4 election. You’ll find links to West Sacramento mayoral and city council results, in addition to Washington School Board and local measures. Thanks for casting your ballot!

Visit: http://www.yoloelections.org/returns/

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Free Things to Do in November at the Turner Community Library

Book SaleAll events are FREE and take place at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave. in West Sacramento. For more, call (916) 375-6465.

Special events in November include:

NaNoWriMo—Saturdays in November: All Month Long-National Novel Writing Celebration—Join us each Saturday from 2-4pm and get started on that novel you’ve always wanted to write.

Computer Class – Tuesday, November 4th at 9am: Creating Custom Holiday Cards.  Visit or call the Library to register.

Video Game Afternoon – November 7th at 4pm: Teens are invited to come and play video games. All supplies provide.

All Things String – November 13th  at 6pm: Whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or enjoy other fiber arts, this social crafting circle is for you! Bring your current project or start something new!

Where Were You When? – November 19th at 11am: This social group for older adults will start each session with a historic event to spark discussion.

Evening Book Club – November 19th at 6pm: Books are collected and distributed at the meetings.  Please contact Cindy at 916-731-5504 for more information.

Tales for Tails – November 24th at 4pm: School aged children are invited to come to the Library and practice reading with a therapy dog. 

Regular Ongoing programs include:

Buddy Reading – Mondays at 4:30 pm: Practice reading with an older “buddy”. Each child will be paired up with a high school student from the River City High School Interact Club for a 30-minute reading session. Reservations are required.

Homework Center Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm: FREE afterschool program for students in grades 3 through 8 to receive homework help. Pre-registration is required. Visit the Library to sign up.

Mother Goose on the Loose Tuesdays at 11:15am: Parents with children ages 12 to 36 months are invited to join us for music, movement, visual literacy and language development. Limited to the first 20 families.

Preschool Story Time Wednesdays at 11:15am: Parents and children ages 3 to 5 are invited to join us for stories, rhymes, fingerplays and songs to help develop early literacy skills and encourage children to engage in group participation.

Hug-a-Bye Baby Thursdays at 11:15am: A warm and cuddly lap-sit program that will share with parents and caregivers ways to stimulate language development through songs, lullabies, fingerplays and books. This program is for infants 0 to 18 months ONLY.

English Conversation Groups – Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm, Thursdays 4-5pm and Fridays 10-11am: Join our adult Conversation Group and improve your English in a fun and relaxed way with the aid of a group facilitator. No registration is required; drop-in
visitors are welcome.

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Tuesday is Election Day–Don’t Forget to Vote!

A reminder that Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day. Please visit your polling place and vote!

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