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Smart Irrigation Scheduler

Save more water by adjusting your controller for cooler weather. Use this irrigation scheduler to calculate optimum run-times based on current conditions: Sacramento Region Smart Irrigation Scheduler.

Additional information can be found at Beyond the Drought , which provides a series of short videos and tools to help your yard survive during the drought.


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City Launches Two Urban Ag Apps

The City of West Sacramento, in partnership with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) today launched two software applications designed to promote the development of urban agriculture in the Sacramento region. The apps were designed and built as part of a year-long fellowship between Code for America, an organization that promotes the development of technology-based solutions in government, SACOG and the City of West Sacramento. Both apps were unveiled at the annual Code for America Summit in Oakland.

Named Acres and Farm Stand, the two apps will help facilitate the growth of urban farming by increasing access to land that can be used for farming and aggregating demand for products grown at urban farms.

Deputy City Manager Jon Robinson and Code for America Fellow Grant Smith

Deputy City Manager Jon Robinson and Code for America Fellow Grant Smith


Acres allows landowners to upload information about available urban farm sites into an online database which can then be accessed  by aspiring farmers. They can select sites for follow-up based on criteria such as soil quality, size, and availability of water, or by land-owners who want to list their property on the database. By facilitating connections between landowners and farmers, Acres will help West Sacramento accelerate the benefits from the establishment of urban farms.

Farm Stand is a demand aggregator for products grown at urban farms to help residents and institutional buyers have greater access to fruits and vegetables. Farm Stand allows farmers to upload information including hours, available produce, and prices. That information is then disseminated to interested persons or institutional buyers online, via text, voice mail, or e-mail. Residents and larger buyers such as school districts would sign up for these notices after receiving flyers or reading signs posted in the vicinity of the farms. Farm Stand helps close the loop between the establishment of a farm and the consumption of healthy, local food by area residents, especially those who reside in food deserts where fresh produce is more difficult to acquire.

The apps will continue to be tested  in West Sacramento as part of the development process with the intention of having them made regionally available to interested governments through SACOG by the end of 2015.

West Sacramento is a leader in the urban farm movement, with five urban farms in operation through a partnership with the Center for Land-based Learning.

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Southport Levee Improvement Project Begins

MAP vILLAGE PARKWAY SOUTHFor more than five years, West Sac Flood Protect has been planning and designing for the launch of the Southport Levee Improvement Project. The project improves a vulnerable stretch of levee along the Sacramento River in Southport.

The first phase of the Southport Levee Project is construction of Village Parkway South, which begins this October. Village Parkway South will replace segments of South River Road; construction is anticipated to last nine months. The City of West Sacramento’s General Plan already identifies the construction of Village Parkway but due to the levee improvements, construction is starting 10 years earlier than previously anticipated. Construction of the six-mile levee improvement will start next summer.

Also under construction this fall is a roadway project called Village Parkway North. Although not associated with the Southport Levee Project, the construction schedules overlap. When both roadway projects are complete next year, the new continuous Village Parkway will connect the Mike McGowan Bridge to Gregory Avenue.

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Longtime Assistant City Manager Carol Richardson Retires

Carol Richardson has retired as Assistant City Manager after 28 years of amazing service to the city.

Richardson was honored during a retirement party in the City Hall Galleria attended by dozens of current and former employees, City Council members, family and friends.

“Carol’s fingerprints are on every major project since the City was incorporated in 1987,” said Council member Bill Kristoff. “The City of West Sacramento is a much better place because of Carol Richardson.”

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said, “Carol makes us all better, she makes everyone stronger. Her perseverance has changed the community and opened so many doors for others.”

Richardson helped create the Universal Preschool program, which has been recognized as a model for the rest of the country. She was also instrumental in the development of the West Sacramento Community Center, City College Campus, and the Arthur F. Turner Library.

“My time is West Sacramento has been a labor of love,” said Richardson. “A lot of credit for these projects goes to the City Council’s vision. I just helped execute the plan.”

Retired Assistant City Manager Carol Richardson pictured here with the four City Managers she worked with. (L-R) Martin Tuttle, Toby Ross, Joe Goeden, and Gene Roh.

Retired Assistant City Manager Carol Richardson pictured here with the four City Managers she worked with.
(L-R) Martin Tuttle, Toby Ross, Joe Goeden, and Gene Roh.

Amanda Berlin has been selected to serve as the City’s next Assistant City Manager, effective October 12. She has served as Senior Counsel at Remy Moose Manley, LLP in Sacramento since 2006, advising a variety of public and private agencies on land use planning, transportation and business issues. A longtime resident of West Sacramento, Berlin has an environmental engineering degree from Cal Poly, SLO and is a member of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar.


Related: West Sacramento’s Longtime Assistant City Manager Retires with Numerous Projects Under Her Belt

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Still Time To Register for Free Drought Workshops In October

October 2015 Ecolandscape workshop flyer pic 1

The City of West Sacramento and EcoLandscape California are presenting two workshops
to help homeowners make their yards drought friendly.

Workshop Date:

West Sacramento
– October 3

9 am to 12 pm

WaterSmart Irrigation – Getting the Best Yard with the Least WaterWest Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento,CA 95691
Registration deadline: Friday, October 2, 5 p.m.

■ Identify the right plants and best placement
■ Convert or upgrade sprinkler systems
■ Properly place emitters to protect your investment
■ WaterSmart  irrigation scheduling apps and resources
Workshop Date:

West Sacramento
– October 24

9 am to 12 pm

WaterSmart Gardens – Converting Thirsty Lawns to Beautiful BedsWest Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento, CA 95691Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 21, 5 p.m.

 ■ How to remove your lawn
■ Water-smart irrigation techniques and devices
■ Convert traditional sprinklers to low-volume drip irrigation
■ Build a living “soil sponge”
■ Identify the right plants and best placement

Register Here!

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Traffic Alert Saturday, Sept. 26 along Harbor Blvd. and Rice Ave.


This Saturday, September 26th, Harbor Boulevard (between W. Capitol Ave. and Reed Ave.) along with Rice Avenue is scheduled to be resurfaced with a slurry seal treatment as a part of the Westfield Village Street Rehabilitation Project – Phase II. Lane closures will begin at 5:00am and the work is expected to take all day. Extensive delays are expected during this phase of work. Please use alternative routes and avoid the construction zone. This project is expected to be completed in early October.

Rice Map closure


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West Sacramento General Plan Update Scoping Meeting Set For Sept. 29

West Sacramento proposed General Plan land use map 2035

West Sacramento proposed General Plan land use map 2035

The City of West Sacramento is  undertaking a general plan update that will serve as the master planning document for the City’s overall vision and guide development through 2035.

Part of this process includes a scoping meeting scheduled for September 29, 2015, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the River Room, at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue.

Federal and state agencies, and the general public at large are encouraged to attend to offer verbal and written comments.

For additional information please see this Notice of Preparation (NOP) document.

David Tilley
Principal Planner
Phone: 916-617-4645

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Annual WSFD Open House at Fire Station 45, Oct. 10

fire dept open house

The West Sacramento Fire Dept. invites the public to the 9th annual Open House at Station 45 on Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Station 45 is located at 2040 Lake Washington the Southport area. Admission is free! Bring the family! It’s a fun and informative day with your local firefighters.

Activities include equipment demonstrations, the “Fire Safety House,” “Safe Place” information, a jump house, a slide, a coloring contest, face-painting, blood pressure checks, kids fingerprinting, and free hot dogs.

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West Sacramento Hosts Regional Financial Planning Day

Please join us for a free financial planning workshop at West Sacramento City Hall on October 10, 2015.

Personal financial planning is essential, regardless of age or income, and it is vital to meeting life goals, such as buying a home, paying for college or achieving a secure retirement. The Greater Sacramento Financial Planning Day features highly qualified CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals, all volunteering their time and expertise to provide free one-on-one counseling and classroom-style educational presentations addressing key personal finance topics. Best of all, there are no strings attached – volunteer financial planners will not sell products or services, give out business cards or take down names.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit: Greater Sacramento Financial Planning Day.

West Sacramento City Hall

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:00 am – 3:00pm
Location: City of West Sacramento City Hall

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TBD Fest Begins In Bridge District; Noise Levels Will Be Closely Monitored

TBD Fest 2014. Sacramento Business Journal photo.

TBD Fest 2014. Sacramento Business Journal photo.

With three days of music on four stages along the Sacramento River, there’s bound to be some noise.

In addition to contracting with a consultant to monitor noise levels during TBD Fest, the City of West Sacramento has set up a Hot Line to handle noise or other nuisance complaints from the public regarding the festival. The number is (916) 617-4554. It has also been provided to the YOLO 911 Dispatch Center. Callers will be directed to call the hotline, where they will receive information regarding this year’s event and measures being taken for amplified sound control.

Callers will also have the opportunity to go to the City’s customer service website and leave a comment or contact the Event Administrator at (916) 617- 4624.

Related:  Growth on the bill for West Sac’s TBD Fest

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