Special Programs in May at the Arthur F. Turner Library

Check out the Arthur F. Turner Community Library for a series of special programs in May 2014:

  • Intermediate Computer Class, May 6, 9 a.m. Go beyond the basics with an intermediate computer class, focusing on creating documents and surfing the web. Questions and practice time available at the end of the class.
  • All Things String, May 8 and May 28, 6 p.m. 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.
  • Bike Safety for All Ages, May 10, 11 a.m. You’re invited to a family-friendly program on bike safety and maintenance. West Sacramento Police Officer Nora McDowell will be the special guest.
  • Evitando Conflictos – ¡en Español! Un taller educativo y gratis sobre cómo evitar conflictos y luchas de poder con sus hijos. Presentado en español por Victor Community Support Services. 12 de Mayo a las 5:30 en la Biblioteca Arthur F. Turner.
  • Where Were You When. . .Wednesday, May 14, 11 a.m. This social group for older adults will start each session with a historic event to spark discussion.
  • Family Gardening Program, May 17, 10 a.m. The Yolo County Master Gardeners host this interactive, family-friendly program about flowering bulbs and spring garden maintenance.
  • Teen Pizza Social, May 23, 4 p.m. Teens-only, please drop in for an afternoon pizza social.
  • Japanese Drum Group, May 31st, 2 p.m. Families are invited to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a presentation of traditional and contemporary styles of Taiko drumming.
  • Buddy Reading, Mondays, 4:30 p.m. Practice reading with an older “buddy.” Each child will be paired up with a high school student from River City High School Interact Club for a 15-30 minute reading session. No reservations required.
  • English Conversation Groups, Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 4 p.m.; and Fridays at 10 a.m. Practice English in a fun and relaxed environment. Drop in visitors are welcome.

The Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave., part of West Sacramento’s Civic Center. Phone: (916) 375-6464.

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Spring Craft & Vendor Fair, May 3

The River City High School Athletic Boosters present the Spring Craft & Vendor Fair, Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the River City High School Cafeteria (and in the quad, water permitting), 1 Raider Lane, West Sacramento, off Jefferson  Boulevard.

Check out handmade gifts, vendors, a bounce house, raffle prizes, food, fun and more! Also available: the Washington Unified School District will offer registration for new students at all grade levels. For booth rental information: Jen Angeles, (916) 595-2185 or email: rchsboosterscraftfair@yahoo.com.

River City Booster Club Flyer

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Public Meeting on General Plan 2035 Scheduled

The City of West Sacramento invites you to attend a public meeting on General Plan 2035, the City’s comprehensive update to its General Plan, on Monday April 28 at 6:30 PM at the Community Center (1075 West Capitol Avenue).



City staff will provide a summary of previous work on updating the General Plan and discuss the next steps. Attendees will also be invited to provide input on four planning areas of the City:

• Stone Lock

• Pioneer Bluff

• Liberty Specific Plan Area

• Seaway

The City looks forward to your participation in General Plan 2035. Questions may be directed to David Tilley, Principal Planner, at (916) 617-4645 or davidt@cityofwestsacramento.org.

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Dog-Owner Responsibilities: Leashes and Clean Up!

Dog on LeashDog-owners: With all the outdoor opportunities, please remember to keep your dog on a leash. West Sacramento’s leash law (Municipal Code Section 6.16.020, Dogs on leashes) states, “No owner shall permit his or her dog to be in any residential, commercial or industrial area, other than on private property where the dog is maintained by or on behalf of its owner, unless the dog is restrained by a leash not exceeding eight feet in length. The only exceptions are Police K-9s, dogs assisting those engaged in hunting with a license, and dog training or exhibitions conducted with the permission of the property owner.

Further, dog owners are required by law to clean up after their pets (Municipal Code Section 6.16.220).

Please be a responsible dog owner!  Thanks for your cooperation.

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City Commission Applications Now Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for service on two City of West Sacramento commissions. 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.


■  Housing Advisory Commission: HAC members review and make recommendations regarding housing policies, affordable housing, and identify sources of housing funds.

■  Parks & Community Services Commission: These individuals act in an advisory capacity to the Council in matters affecting the well being, enhancement, and enrichment of the citizens and in matters pertaining to use, maintenance, improvement and development of City parks.

Applications are available online, apply here or at City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave., 3rd floor. More detailed information about each commission is available on the City’s website (boards and commissions) or by contacting Kryss Rankin, City Clerk at (916) 617-4500.

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New Community Center Display Celebrates 50 Years of The News-Ledger

West Sacramento Historical SocietyThe News-Ledger has been covering the news in West Sacramento since 1964. It’s been said that newspapers publish the “first draft of history.” To honor its 50th anniversary,
The News-Ledger is the subject of an exhibit presented by the West Sacramento Historical Society. The exhibit is on display in the Community Center History Gallery, 1075 West Capitol Ave., now until Aug. 1, 2014.

The Community Center’s regular schedule: Mondays thru Thursdays, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays; phone: (916) 617-4620. The West Sacramento Historical Society is online at www.westsachistoricalsociety.com; phone: (916) 374-1849.

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City Earth Day Celebration, April 19

Join the City of West Sacramento for a free and fun family event to celebrate Earth Day!

When:  Saturday, April 19th from 10:00am– 2:00pm

Where:  West Sacramento City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Ave.

First 250 attendees receive a free reusable tote bag! There will be activities for the kids, live music, local food vendors, egg hunts, great raffle prizes, and information about ways you can be a part of the solution and reduce your carbon footprint. Vendors will be on hand with information about services and products that can help your family live healthier and sustainably, while saving money and conserving natural resources.  Bring your family, friends and neighbors to be a part of the fun and help make a difference in our community and for the environment!

Visit www.WestSacRecycles.org for more information.

Thanks to our major sponsor Waste Management!

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How Are You Saving Water?

With California in a drought emergency, everyone needs to help conserve water use. Making small changes can save hundreds of gallons!
Top Tips for Saving Water at Home:

  • Limit showers to five minutes or less.
  • Check plumbing and appliances for leaks and fix them ASAP.
  • Install high-efficiency appliances such as toilets, showerheads, faucets, dishwashers and clothes washers. Learn about available rebates.


  • Limit landscape watering to two days per week in the summer, following your water provider’s guidelines.
  • Adjust sprinklers to reduce overspray and runoff.
  • Add 2-3 inches of organic mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation.

Drought Proof Your Landscape with Greywater (http://www.elkgrovegreenergardens.org/WELL) Greywater is water from sinks, showers and washing machines. Instead of sending it down the sewer, it can be safely and simply redirected into the landscape for irrigation. Reusing household greywater saves water, saves time and reduces water flowing into the sewer system. Find out if a greywater system is a good match for your home and landscaping; check with your water provider.

New Resource Available for Creating Water-Wise Landscapes
Eco-Friendly Landscape Design Plans for the New California Landscape at www.ecolandscape.org/new-ca offers visitors free of charge:

  • Four interactive landscape designs with photographs of plants and features for each plan.
  • An interactive irrigation sample design that shows and explains the irrigation equipment.
  • Guided audio tours with landscape and irrigation designers for each plan.
  • Profiles and photos of plants that were carefully selected for their ability y to thrive in the Sacramento region’s climate and ease of care.

Visit BeWaterSmart.info to learn more tips for using water efficiently, plus:

  • Find out who your water provider is and learn their watering guidelines.
  • Learn about free water provider services and rebates to help you use less water.
  • Find qualified Green Gardeners who specialize in water-wise landscaping.
  • See the BeWaterSmart calendar of community events that can help you create a beautiful landscape that doesn’t waste water.
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PG&E Gas Line Project Update

The contractor with PG&E for their Gas Line project began final road asphalt placement on Saturday (4/12).  Starting Saturday (4/12) on Jefferson Blvd. the number one lane – south and north bound, as well as the center median between Park Blvd. and through the 15th St. intersection will have 1” of material ground out to prepare for new asphalt material that will placed in the same areas on Monday (4/14).  Saturday new traffic loops were installed at the intersection of 15th St. and Jefferson Blvd.

On Tuesday (4/15) and Wednesday (4/16) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. additional road work will be occurring on 15th St. between the Union Pacific rail road crossing and River Road.

During this time traffic control measures will be in place to control vehicular movement and for the safety of the work crews.

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Caltrans Fix 50 Repairs to Impact West Sacramento and Capitol Commute, April 22-June 25

Fix 50Caltrans is preparing to replace the top deck on a segment of Highway 50 between 18th and 24th streets in Sacramento, a segment often identified as the W-X freeway. Originally built in 1968, the freeway segment is a key portion of the commuting network for thousands in the region. Caltrans starts construction work on the eastbound lanes of the W-X freeway, Tuesday, April 22, continuing thru May 21. During this period, three lanes of eastbound traffic will remain open to traffic. All freeway lanes and on- and off-ramps in the westbound 50 direction will stay open, April 22 thru the Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26.

Effective May 22, all eastbound lanes and on- and off-ramps of Highway 50 reopen. Fix 50 construction then shifts to the westbound side of the W-X freeway, May 27-June 25. Three westbound lanes will remain open to traffic in the W-X construction area. Westbound construction is expected to be completed June 25. Afterwards, all westbound lanes reopen.

Impact on connectors to and from I-5, Highway 99, and the Capitol City Freeway is also anticipated during Fix 50 construction. Caltrans is coordinating with all other construction project closures in the vicinity to help reduce impact on vehicle and transportation traffic.

In addition to traffic backups and significant commute delays, the Fix 50 project is expected to be felt on various boulevards in the region, including those in West Sacramento, especially:

  • Jefferson Boulevard,
  • Harbor Boulevard,
  • 5th Street,
  • Tower Bridge Gateway, and
  • West Capitol Avenue.

Public patience and safe driving is necessary during the Fix 50 project to reduce the risk of collisions. Avoid distractions, watch for sudden traffic stops and merge over as directed to do so.

The schedule of the Fix 50 project presents challenges to all commuters. Police, fire and emergency responders will take priority. The public is advised to make plans for transportation alternatives: mass transit, carpools, adjusted work schedules, and working from home. Between now and the start of construction, try exploring alternate routes to avoid the construction zone on Highway 50 between 18th and 24th streets, especially in the morning and afternoon commute periods.

For additional information, visit the Caltrans’ Fix 50 project at http://fix50.com. For local West Sacramento information visit us at www.cityofwestsacramento.org/fix50.

Fix 50

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